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Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries Box Set: Books 1-3 audiobook cover art

Fascinating PI with some secrets below the surface

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

**BOOK ONE**

It didn't take long to fall for Angelina Bonaparte. The private investigator is likable for many different reasons, not the least of which is her quirkiness. Though the writing is not entirely elegant, it is very down-to-earth and realistic. The author does a great job of making Madison, Wisconsin seem like a very happening place, at the center of the crime and punishment world. And the plot is entertaining without crossing over into the ridiculous.

The narrator plays a big role in bringing the interesting characters to life, and adds to the overall charm of the novel. I look forward to listening to the other two books.

**BOOK TWO**

Angelina Bonaparte does it again! The feisty PI is faced with a tough challenge: prove the innocence of a man with the odds stacked against him while nurturing a budding relationship with her cop boyfriend. Will she be able to do it?

Another interesting book that pleasantly surprised me.

**BOOK THREE**

Maybe each book was just a little too long, or maybe three is one book too many, but whatever the reason, this one didn't quite thrill me as much as the other two. Don't get me wrong, I didn't NOT like it, but I also didn't love it. Still, the series as a whole would be a marvelous read for any mystery fan.

Sinclair: The World's End Murders through the Eyes of a Killer audiobook cover art

Interesting true crime story

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

Reviewed: 07-23-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The author presents a compelling and intriguing look into the life of a brutal killer, a man who sought out targets and showed no mercy. The author does a good job of showing the trajectory of the killer's violent life.

The narration adds to the story, and is very well done.

Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds audiobook cover art

A new take on the Apocalypse...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

It's hard to come up with a completely novel approach to the end of the world. But that is exactly what the author has done with Eight Minutes, Thirty-Two Seconds. The story takes place after an apocalypse has occurred, and through flashbacks we try to learn how it was that it happened. The plot is very intriguing, and the author pulls it off nicely.

The narrator of the audiobook does a good job of intensifying the intense situations, and though not perfect, mostly adds to the story without detracting from it.

Overall a very interesting read which I would highly recommend.

A Mind to Kill audiobook cover art
  • A Mind to Kill
  • A gripping psychological thriller packed with suspense
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry

Interesting setting, characters, and plot.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

As a person of Welsh ancestry, it was very interesting to read a book that takes place in that least known and celebrated segment of the British Isles. The author did a great job of setting the scene and giving just the right amount of local color, adding to the intrigue of the story.

The characters were well developed and the plot was quite interesting. The narrator of the audiobook portrayed all of the characters in an interesting way. The ending was satisfactory without being predictable or contrived.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of police thrillers or crime dramas.

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Trust Me: The True Story of Confession Killer Henry Lee Lucas audiobook cover art

Interesting and engaging true crime

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

I've read a lot of true crime, but nothing by this author before. I found his storytelling style to be very interesting and engaging. The cases discussed were very interesting, and the way they were presented heightened the drama and made it better. And while the author doesn't go into every detail, I think the length is a great way to introduce the cases and criminals without exhausting or overdoing it.

The narration of this audiobook was terrific. The narrator did a great job of accentuating the story.

The Tesla Gate audiobook cover art

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 06-09-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The Tesla Gate was an interesting concept, but I didn't love it. I thought the writing was a little corny, and not well-polished. The underlying feel of "right vs wrong" felt a little ominous, more like if you didn't agree in the one type of "right" that the author was promoting, you were clearly in the "wrong". I don't think that accurately captures what I'm trying to say, but the tone was just a little weird to me.

The narration was not bad, but I didn't find it especially outstanding either. If you have time to kill, check this one out. You may find it more enjoyable than I did.

Rotten Little Things: A Novella audiobook cover art

A little better than the prequel

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The psychological aspects of this book made it somewhat more enjoyable than its prequel. Still, much of the drama felt unrealistic and forced, and the action was not very compelling. It didn't feel like the characters were developed much either. Maybe would have worked better as a short story.

The narrator of the audiobook was not bad, given the circumstaances. I will definitely check out more works by this narrator.

Alter audiobook cover art

Great despite some flaws

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

There were a lot of things about this book that might have bugged me. Some of the plot points and the twists and turns were totally implausible, the violent scenes were unrealistic and kind of felt like reading a movie script, etc. But the fact is that none of these things actually bothered me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book! It throws you immediately into the story, but then it doesn't go where you think it will, and that's okay.

The narrator of the audiobook did a great job of heightening the tension when required and conveying the depth of emotion present in the book. It kept me engaged and interested, and added to the overall appeal of the book.

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Tamer Animals audiobook cover art

Gruesome, gory, and poorly written

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

This is not high-class literature. Nor is it intended to be. But even evaluating it for what it is meant to be, it falls woefully short of being good.

The plot is extremely shallow, more like a bunch of scenes of gore and violence loosely linked together. And the characters are never really developed, especially the evil ones. The flashing back and forth didn't really work for me.

And then there were all the grammatical errors and all the awkward writing. And while SOME over-the-top violence and gore can be excused, the majority of the "shock factor" here was far too unrealistic, even bordering on impossible.

The narrator of the audiobook makes a valiant effort, and does a pretty good job.

The Way of Aloha: Lanai audiobook cover art

Inspirational imparting of traditional wisdom.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

First of all: "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

The Way of Aloha: Lanai is a well-written inspirational story that imparts wisdom from traditional Hawaiian culture. The lessons are deep and meaningful, and can be applied to many situations and settings in life. And having associated with the author's family, I can attest to the fact that the lessons were well-learned and applied in his personal life.

The narration of the audiobook is extremely well done. The narrator does a great job of complementing the traditional wisdom with his confident tone and superb interpretation of the lessons learned.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!

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