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  • Made Marian Shorts

  • By: Lucy Lennox
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 129

The Marians aren’t the only ones finding their happy ever after! In this collection of four short stories, some of our beloved secondary characters from the Made Marian series steal the show and find a love of their own. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secondary characters find their match!

  • By DPiazzi on 08-07-18

Fun & Sweet

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Short fun stories - a nice side to the main events. If you want a sample of the writing this is a great choice!

  • Draakenwood

  • Whyborne & Griffin, Book 9
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152

Widdershins has been unusually quiet for months. But now a mysterious creature from the Outside is on the loose, assassinating members of the town's old families by draining their blood. Whyborne and Griffin set out to solve the mystery -- but as the evidence piles up, the police begin to suspect Whyborne himself is the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't disappoint

  • By Diane on 11-25-17

Narrator voice changes are jarring.

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I enjoy listening to Ms. Hawk's stories more than reading them, but this time the audio isn't as riveting.

There are quite a few corrections (I'm assuming that's the reason for the voice change) and usually I might notice a longer silence or a change in background noise, but nothing that detracts from the story. That isn't the case here, I find it annoying.

That being said, the story is as usual, exciting, and Mr. Simmons narration (when it isn't interrupted) is excellent and part of the reason I come back to listen to the books every time.

Whyborne's cluelessness is heartwarming, and the love between the characters makes this series a must listen for me.

I do enjoy all the side romances too. And there are several funny bits that make it very worthwhile.

Horror and suspense isn't usually my go to read, but the audiobooks have made this a most enjoyable journey and I'm afraid without them I would have missed some lovable characters and an interesting story teller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fish Stick Fridays

  • By: Rhys Ford
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Deacon Reid was born bad to the bone with no intention of changing. A lifetime of law-bending and living on the edge suits him just fine, until his baby sister dies and he finds himself raising her little girl. Staring down a family history of bad decisions and reaped consequences, Deacon cashes in everything he owns, purchases an auto shop in Half Moon Bay, and takes his niece, Zig, far away from the drug dens and murderous streets they grew up on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Gripping It Stole My Saturday

  • By Kris on 03-27-16

Great story and good performance by Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

The story is really interesting. Big scary biker and mild mannered book store owner meet and make beautiful music together. Zig may be scarier, but she is really a jewel in the rough. Rhys Ford does it again.

Spencer Goss did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and I am adding this book to my re-listen to list. If your looking for a book by a great author which is well performed look no further, Fish Stick Fridays is that kind of book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mexican Heat

  • Crimes & Cocktails Series, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon, Laura Baumbach
  • Narrated by: Holden Madagame
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

SFPD detective Gabriel Sandalini might as well have put a gun to his own head. One red-hot sexual encounter in a bar's back room has put two years of deep undercover work in jeopardy - two years of danger and deception as he worked his way into crime boss Ricco Botelli's inner circle. Gabriel can't afford emotional entanglements. Hell, he can't afford emotions. But that was before he had a name to pin on that anonymous one-off-Miguel Ortega.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Josh Lanyon was NOT INVOLVED in making this audio!

  • By Johanna on 01-24-16

I love the book, the audiobook; not so much.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Mexican Heat the most enjoyable?

I really wanted to hear the story with a good voice actor that could bring the words to life. The best thing I can say is that I still love the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mexican Heat?

The trip to Mexico and when G confesses that he doesn't understand how he can be loved.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The characters are both strong men but the voices used were weak. At times the voice actor uses the voice he's chosen for one character for the other and it takes away from the story because it throws you.

. There were many errors that weren't taken out and the attempts to pronounce the Spanish words 3 and 4 times are still in the book. There are stops and repeats in quite a few places. It was very distracting.

I prefer an audiobook to entertain me. The best books, for me, are ones where the voice actor brings the characters to life. That didn't happen here.

I love to reread and relisten to my books. I really don't know if I want to listen to this again. Right now, I'm leaning towards no.

Any additional comments?

Please read the book before you listen. I think the performance is fair, but I think if you don't know the story, this performance will not endear it to you.

If you are a Josh Lanyon fan, try the Adrien English, Holmes & Moriarity, the I Spy books, The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks or Come Unto These Yellow Sands. They are all on audible and are well done. I haven't read any other books by Laura Baumbach as of writing this, but I have purchased A Bit of Rough after listening to the sample. The sample sounded good and I hope the book will be too.

I also recommend, if you don't know the voice actor's work - listen to the WHOLE SAMPLE. I will admit I had before I purchased this book and waffled about the purchase. I also read the reviews. I still broke down and got it because I really wanted to hear the story. I'm not saying that I'm sorry about the purchase, I'm saying I was hoping to be surprised instead of disappointed..

4 of 4 people found this review helpful