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Ann Townsend

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  • Born of Fire

  • The Elemental Origins Series, Book 2
  • By: A. L. Knorr
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Saxony Cagney counts herself lucky when she wins a position as an au pair in Venice for the summer. It’s her responsibility to take care of two young boys - speak to them in English, make sure they get to their swimming lessons on time. Piece of cake, right? She unexpectedly forms a strong bond with the youngest boy - Isaia. She also meets two Italian men. So far, things are going her way. Who doesn’t like options? When she discovers Isaia is actually dying and his mom is trying to keep it a secret from his dad, things get a violent shove into complicated...and then contagious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series Excellent Narration and Story

  • By Ann Townsend on 08-12-18

Series Excellent Narration and Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I really enjoyed the first in this series, Born in Water. The narrator, Gabe’s Zackman, is admittedly one of my favorites She does Italian well. This story, lick the rest in this series handles character development well. Strong female protagonist is an understatement. Better than just another YA. Enjoy.

  • Born of Water: An Elemental Origins Novel

  • The Elemental Origins Series, Volume 1
  • By: A.L. Knorr
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A mysterious shipwreck could unlock ancient powers… or send her to a watery grave. Targa MacAuley feels more at home on dry land than in the watery realm of her mermaid ancestors. After 17 years on solid ground, she fears she’ll never grow into the creature her mother hoped she’d become. To keep her mom’s homesickness and true identity under wraps, Targa signs on for a mysterious salvage dive in the Baltic Sea. Her plan to blend in with the rest of the crew is spoiled when she catches the eye of a handsome local. A freak accident and a strange connection to the ancient shipwreck below attract even more unwanted attention. With both her mom’s secret—and her life—in danger, Targa must finally find the courage to unleash the currents surging deep within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-05-18

YA and Adult, Confusing and Great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I really like the personalities and the differences between species as to what is perceived as important and worth worrying about. I’m a fan of elemental-based stories. This is a great twist on water, and one I’ve never personally encountered. It was a fantastically engaging story! Now to the rest of my review subject...

The YA is due to the 17/18-year olds about to become seniors in high school. I totally appreciate the realistic reversal of roles between mother and daughter. It did cause some brain glitches occasionally, since Targa “read” like an adult, but wasn’t. Yet.

I get other cultures and species have different ideas about teens and intimacy, but if you’re going to blur that line, why not twist it to 2275 and recognize if you can do something that inherently requires responsibility just in case the consequences are expensive, then you can own a company. Why wait until 18 for one and not the other?

Totally dig the book on balance.

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  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,810

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

Fun fun fun... Tasty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Once again Faith Hunter has delivered us through a twisty, inner-snake-like mass of excitement, intrigue, new and interesting relationships, and the fun fun fun of an international Mithril snack-down! Somehow Jane, with the help of all of the love in her life, shakes up the undead-but-maybe-not-soulless world of conniving vampires and weres. Beast and Brute both get tasty snacks! I even shed a tear at the end that surely cannot be the true-end of our delight in this verse. I’ll just have to stay tuned for more more more... much more than five... ;D Well done!

  • The Practitioner

  • By: Ronica Black
  • Narrated by: Brittni Pope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Johnnie Hamilton has conquered a lot in life. An anxiety disorder, loss of her business, and homelessness have been difficult to overcome. But Johnnie has come through the other side to find success as an artist. Now, however, she's lost her creative drive and she's struggling to produce. Elaine Taylor is a “creative practitioner”, known to awaken her clients' creative side by using many different approaches, including a sensual or sexual approach. Most of her clients are male and she likes it that way. Women are the last thing she wants in her life, having lost the most important woman she's ever known, her wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Sondra A., Cobb on 05-11-18

It Spoke to Me

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-18

This story is beautiful, intense, erotic, painful, refreshing, liberating, passionate, and soul-steering. It is for those who search and those who’ve found. Great narrator.

You don’t have to be a tortured soul to want to understand people or want to glimpse into a world that intrigues you. This story was well crafted and really had a finger on the pulse of the truly human endeavor of hoping and searching for peace within one’s self.

As a someone who is creative and intense, this story spoke to me. The author was an artist. I felt all the good and all of the bad. I saw lives that I understood and some I didn’t. I was at once transfixed and transported.

  • Casting Lacey

  • By: Elle Spencer
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319

Coming out is easier when you've got someone by your side. At least that's how the hyper-private Quinn Kincaid sees it. When her publicist suggests a good old-fashioned sham of a Hollywood relationship, Quinn reluctantly agrees. And that's how the star of Jordan's Appeal, TV's highest rated legal drama, ends up with a fake girlfriend - the very real, very sexy, and very gay soap star Lacey Matthews.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m not crying, you are.

  • By Kendall Jamison on 06-20-18

Words + Narrator = Fricking Aaaamazing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

HILARIOUS! One could suggest “it’s been done before,” but this author made accidents make sense and what could have been a hole, slide right by without the listener feeling cheated. From the first passage, people I’d walk by ask why I was grinning so hard. I listened while trying to fall asleep, but couldn’t because I was laughing so hard. Near the end was painful, but what a GREAT story.

  • Charming the Vicar

  • By: Jenny Frame
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Finnian Kane, famous master of illusion, mentalist, and renowned atheist, has a crisis of faith after her sister's death. She rents a cottage in the village of Axedale in Kent, desperately trying to find a safe haven from the intrusive media to grieve and work out how to move on. The Reverend Bridget Claremont makes it her mission to help the enigmatic Finnian find her faith in life again. Their chemistry is clear from the start, despite their different beliefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audio.

  • By Margaret on 01-09-18

Not Just about Staying Relevant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-18

This story struck more than one chord in my heart. It navigated the stressful competition asked of LGBTQIAP+ Christians and those who forsake faith, because of the opinions of only a few of faith’s attendants. While there is truth is the statement people are drawn to stories, lores, myths, and religion in which they can see themselves, the majority has wisely determined that Love is not just about being relevant. Particularly it isn’t about what’s popular or in fashion. Love is about Love, and we were designed to our atoms to Love... Love our neighbors, our friends, our families, and love as we were created to love in communion and trust, in community, as are all animals great and small.

Fantastic story!

  • The Zero Blessing

  • The Zero Enigma, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her 12th birthday, Caitlyn hadn't even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her - and her magical sisters - to Jude's Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers. But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a world of Magic, One Girl has Zero

  • By Jas P on 10-26-17

Great Story & Narrator! Often Forgot It Was YA

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-17

While the ages are pre-teen, the intelligence and invention that the lead character, even with the voice appropriately young, often allowed me to forget the age. The material is clean and appropriate for the age. The latter allowed the focus to be on the excellent story telling. The narrator, Ms. Maarleveld, is excellent, as always.

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  • Unexpected

  • By: Jenny Frame
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Self-made business owner Dale McGuire has always enjoyed two things in life: women and fast cars. Now in her mid-30s, she's restless and can't work out why. Then one day a 10-year-old boy turns up, claiming to be her son, and her simple ordered world turns upside down.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Did not disappoint!

  • By Mrs. NY on 08-17-17

Bone Deep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

This was a fantastic listen! I loved the narrators character depiction. The author really did a good job drawing out all of the characters from neonatal to 40-somethings. The relationships were real. The love and the passion were mentally palpable. The bad guys really pissed me off. Well done!

  • The Roundabout

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Megan Phenix - bar and grill owner in gay-friendly Eureka Springs - is labeled as "playing hard to get" and finds herself the object of much unwanted attention. If only she were seeing someone...maybe the women would leave her in peace. Leah Rollins thinks 50 is too young to retire, so instead she opens a store in the touristy shopping district of Eureka Springs, next to the popular Phenix Grill. She soon learns that Megan Phenix is a bit on the grumpy side as they spar over parking spaces....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings.

  • By Margaret on 03-12-17

Little San Francisco, Snark, LOL, & Social Wake-up

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I grew up in Eureka Springs. I've been away for more years than I lived there, but it's hard to get some of that place out of one's system. I imagined the Phoenix where the five and dime sits, and the book store where McGees and the New Age book store sit/sat on Spring Street. There's a steak house down from those two that would suffice, location-wise.

"The funny" in that town is that it's a backwater cosmopolitan with hills and chalets. It's been described as Little San Francisco, particularly in the 70s and 80s. It's nickname, "for serious", is Little Switzerland. It comes complete with rustic Czech, Pollyanna French, an opera school to rival NYC, a seven-story Christ replica of the one found in South America, "cricks" not "creeks, seven generations of Buchanans, and is in the Heart of the Ozarks, 30 miles south of Branson, "Mazura" (Missouri) as the crow flies. It's produced more poets, artists, actors, actresses, college-graduating magma and summa cum laude, and Rhode Scholars than any piece of the south should have. It was the primary filming location for Pass the Ammo with Tim Curry, as well as the Blue and the Grey with Stacey Keech and Gregory Peck. It's odd place from top to bottom.

Anyway, I enjoyed this break from death, violence and mayhem. I think the author was attempting to support social awareness, not blindly accept or suggest supporting harassment. There are a lot of people who still don't get the harm that can be done when someone's personal mess is spilled on the Internet. It is 't funny and shouldn't be rewarded. On the other hand, should one give credence to the innuendos and image as any form of media presents it? Half of anything on the internet is BS. The rest is either marketing, pr, or self-agradizement. Reality is real and sometimes harsh.

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  • No Good Reason

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed. When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • YA?

  • By Donna on 06-11-17

Seriously, LOTS of Room for a Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-17

You know what I like about Cari Hunter's characters -- other than the way Nicola Victoria Vincent narrates them? The characters are this blend of serious, funny, cheeky, strong women. The characters aren't a blend of some formula.... I can see the rescue worker in Snowbound interacting with Meg in this book, No Good Reason. I can see Sane (Sah'nah) hanging out with Alex from Desolation Point.

I like Nelson well enough, but if Alex and Sarah ended up in North Umberland for peace and quiet of rural England, and Alex chose to get back on the horse as a copper under Eleanor.

Then, were Alex to be partnered with Sane or Sane and Nelson, that'd be just fine with me. American and U.K. police work combined.... THEN all they'd need is a nice portion of Irish and Scottish lasses for the culmination. That'd be cool. Great righting! Cheers!

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