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  • A Killer Retreat: A Downward Dog Mystery #2

  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery.

When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center's two caretakers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Downward Dog

  • By Neesie315 on 12-05-17

Kate is back and it's a killer story

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Being a huge mystery fan, I can usually spot who is gonna die and who the killer is pretty early on. While I was correct that Monica was gonna die, who was guilty of what really startled me. I was so certain it was ...... well, I can't tell you who I thought or who really was guilty without ruining the surprise for others. But I didn't figure it out until just before Kate solved it.

Emmy was a lot more shrewd than I thought, the "grumpy yogini" was not who we thought, and the secret Helen is keeping was sweeter than expected. The goat rescuing lawyer was a charming shock.

Bella, Michael, Sam and Renee are familiar faces though there's suspense and mystery there too. And more than enough chaos at home despite them being gone.

I look forward to listening to more of this series in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeleton in the Closet

  • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

A haunted library is no place for a girl who can see ghosts, but when Verity Long stumbles on a dead body in the middle of the main reading room, she has to believe someone...even a dead someone...must have witnessed the crime. Her ghostly sidekick, Frankie, warns her to stay out of it. The very alive, very handsome deputy sheriff, Ellis Wydell, inadvertently places her directly in the middle of it. And her ex-fiancé, Ellis' brother, is back with an agenda of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!

  • By Beatrice on 01-14-16

book two and love it twice as much

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Tavia is an awesome narrator and Angie is a super author. I suffer from severe anxiety attacks triggered by things like storms, but if I pop my headphones on with Tavia reading Angie's work everything is good with the world and I don't get as anxious. Having a bad day? I listen to this series and feel better.

I love Verity, the constant run-ins with the Wydell family, and especially Frankie's snarky humor. This book had surprises and twists that even I never saw coming.

  • Murder Strikes a Pose

  • A Downward Dog Mystery
  • By: Tracy Weber
  • Narrated by: Anne James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Seattle yoga instructor Kate Davidson often acts more like a champion fighting rooster than the Dalai Lama. When she's not teaching yoga, she spends her time hiding from her creepy landlord and dodging her best friend's relentless matchmaking attempts. Even though her father was a cop, Kate has zero crime fighting aspirations. She has enough trouble keeping her struggling yoga business afloat while trying to live up to yoga's Zen-like expectations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's about love, dogs, and murder!

  • By Jan on 12-05-16

Yoga, dogs and murder.....oh my

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

Would you listen to Murder Strikes a Pose again? Why?

Yes, see below
I rather enjoyed this audio version of a fun new series. I loved Bella and felt bad about her prognosis; I had a friend who's German Shepherd had the same disease (sadly both my friend and the dog have passed away). Kate was a bit irritating at the beginning but her character grew and was much more likable. I hated Kate's landlord's husband because he just felt so slimy with each interaction. The narrator is very good at her job because I could feel (Kate's dad's friend) John's frustrations with Katie for sticking her nose into the series business of murder. The story built up well and reached crescendo perfectly, the narrator made the words come to life with extreme skill. I think I'm gonna be trying more if both the Downward Dog mysteries and the narrator's works.

What did you like best about this story?

Comes alive
I rather enjoyed this audio version of a fun new series. I loved Bella and felt bad about her prognosis; I had a friend who's German Shepherd had the same disease (sadly both my friend and the dog have passed away). Kate was a bit irritating at the beginning but her character grew and was much more likable. I hated Kate's landlord's husband because he just felt so slimy with each interaction. The narrator is very good at her job because I could feel (Kate's dad's friend) John's frustrations with Katie for sticking her nose into the series business of murder. The story built up well and reached crescendo perfectly, the narrator made the words come to life with extreme skill. I think I'm gonna be trying more if both the Downward Dog mysteries and the narrator's works.

Which scene was your favorite?

All
I rather enjoyed this audio version of a fun new series. I loved Bella and felt bad about her prognosis; I had a friend who's German Shepherd had the same disease (sadly both my friend and the dog have passed away). Kate was a bit irritating at the beginning but her character grew and was much more likable. I hated Kate's landlord's husband because he just felt so slimy with each interaction. The narrator is very good at her job because I could feel (Kate's dad's friend) John's frustrations with Katie for sticking her nose into the series business of murder. The story built up well and reached crescendo perfectly, the narrator made the words come to life with extreme skill. I think I'm gonna be trying more if both the Downward Dog mysteries and the narrator's works.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked the whole thing
I rather enjoyed this audio version of a fun new series. I loved Bella and felt bad about her prognosis; I had a friend who's German Shepherd had the same disease (sadly both my friend and the dog have passed away). Kate was a bit irritating at the beginning but her character grew and was much more likable. I hated Kate's landlord's husband because he just felt so slimy with each interaction. The narrator is very good at her job because I could feel (Kate's dad's friend) John's frustrations with Katie for sticking her nose into the series business of murder. The story built up well and reached crescendo perfectly, the narrator made the words come to life with extreme skill. I think I'm gonna be trying more if both the Downward Dog mysteries and the narrator's works.

Any additional comments?

I rather enjoyed this audio version of a fun new series. I loved Bella and felt bad about her prognosis; I had a friend who's German Shepherd had the same disease (sadly both my friend and the dog have passed away). Kate was a bit irritating at the beginning but her character grew and was much more likable. I hated Kate's landlord's husband because he just felt so slimy with each interaction. The narrator is very good at her job because I could feel (Kate's dad's friend) John's frustrations with Katie for sticking her nose into the series business of murder. The story built up well and reached crescendo perfectly, the narrator made the words come to life with extreme skill. I think I'm gonna be trying more if both the Downward Dog mysteries and the narrator's works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eternal Echoes

  • Sisters of the Divine, Book 1
  • By: Anastasia Virgas
  • Narrated by: Sarah E. Purdum
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Ariston Dago is a sentry - a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he's compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate - the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talented tentacles!

  • By Chelly on 11-08-17

Very unique story, can't wait to read/hear more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I enjoyed the story of Teaganand Ari that Anastasia told with this book. It took me a few chapters to get used to the narration style of Ms Purdum but once I did, I couldn't remember why it did. I love the idea of a future where the gods of old are back again with various groups of species that are human but extra because of their beliefs. The ultra conservative fringe organization was very believable because it's such a human thing. I will be getting book two next pay period to see what happens to the other members of Teagan's family that Daigo mentioned were holy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unhoppy

  • The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist #3
  • By: Cynthia St. Aubin
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When pictures surface of Matilda caught in the middle of a hit man-Cupid sandwich, she lands in the oily grip of a ruthless blackmailer whose motives are as ugly as his mustache. Now Matilda must betray the trust of someone who cares for her to meet the blackmailer's demands, or she can kiss her reputation, her practice, and even her freedom good-bye. But blackmail is only the beginning when the immortal mystery client brought to her couch by a seductive demigod causes Matilda to fling caution - along with her panties - to the wind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE IT!

  • By BikeVON on 08-01-16

OMG

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-16

So trying to figure out what to say. Didn't like Barrett the ferret in the beginning, a suicidal Easter bunny certainly got my attention as did the sexy Adonis. The story built well and holds you to it through every word. Hollie is a wonderful narrator for the series and makes the characters each individual and so real. That ending just.........wow! Didn't see any of those coming at all! Go listen to or read this book. And hopefully Cynthia and Hollie have a new one out soon.

  • Unlovable

  • The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist
  • By: Cynthia St. Aubin
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

It isn't every day a sexy demigod throws a pissed-off Cupid onto psychologist Matilda Schmidt's couch and informs her the fate of the world depends on her ability to get him off his diapered ass and back to helping people fall in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great short story

  • By Jaime on 06-29-17

I loved this "Unlovable" book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Matilda is so much fun as a character, the way she diagnoses almost everyone she encounters despite being a bit......special herself. Crixus is just a sex magnet and watching the bond form between Liam Matilda was heartwarming. Cupid was a riot as he went from cute to annoying to wow to wanting to throttle him. I was glad to see how his crises were solved. Hollie makes these character so fun and lifelike, a perfect narrator.

  • Unlucky

  • The Case Files of Dr. Matilda Schmidt, Paranormal Psychologist
  • By: Cynthia St. Aubin
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Accused of stealing gold from an infamous Irish street gang, paranormal psychologist Matilda Schmidt will die in exactly five days if she doesn't cough it up - guilty or not. With minutes ticking away and her office overrun by a leprechaun who's loopier than he is lucky, Matilda makes a deal with a demigod - give him one night in her bed and he'll help her locate the missing gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leprechauns...demi-gods...Oh, my!

  • By Loves to Read on 03-31-16

I laughed so much I almost made rainbow soup

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Cynthia has a magical way of putting together words and Hollie has a way of reading them that had me laughing like a loon. I'm definitely going to go listen to book one now and order book three for when it comes out.
The characters were so fun yet lifelike. And Flick's full name....oh my stars, I spit my tea across my papers laughing. Julie, Matilda, Liam and Crixus are definitely my new go to book friends when I need a laugh. Thank you Cynthia for giving me this to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Virgin

  • The Nora Tierney Mysteries
  • By: Marni Graff
  • Narrated by: Ms. Nano Nagle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Despite a planned move, the mysterious death of photographer Bryn Wallace keeps American writer Nora Tierney glued to Oxford in order to clear her close friend, artist Val Rogan, who has been wrongfully accused of Bryn's murder. Or has she? Nora quickly becomes embroiled in the murder investigation, much to the dismay of two men: Detective Inspector Declan Barnes, the senior on the case; and Simon Ramsey, the illustrator of Nora's children's book.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid mystery.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-03-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

I really enjoyed this mystery, the narrator made the characters very lifelike and the author kept me guessing who the guilty party was up to the end of the book. I tend to solve mysteries a few chapters before the end but this one kept me guessing right up to our detecting heroine solves the case. A perfect splash of sorrow, romance and comedy made this an ideal listen.

  • Curing Doctor Vincent

  • The Good Doctor Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Renea Mason
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin Deward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

Audie Award, Erotica, 2016. Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister's life and isn't immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project. But Dr. Vincent has other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a MEGA HOT listen... Perfect Narrators

  • By Jacqueline's Reads on 06-11-15

Just what the doctor ordered

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, Ms. Mason draws you in with her characters, their flaws and vulnerabilities that are also played against their strength in its own way

What did you like best about this story?

How the one that send to have all the strengths and answers is the one with the most damages and questions

What does Noah Michael Levine and Erin Deward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They really brought Elaine, Vincent and cast to life in a way I wouldn't have imagined

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried, I laughed, I held my breath and gasped at plot twists....I was thoroughly drawn in to the story.

Any additional comments?

Thank you and I can't wait to listen to the others

2 of 2 people found this review helpful