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  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-17

I had a hard time with the protagonist

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

She's so susceptible and naive it hurts.

I'm currently at the 4th chapter but I'm still going to give this a shot.

The story seemed interesting to me so this is why I'll keep listening, but her stupidity is almost too much.

Nope. I've changed my mind. I'll return this to audible.

The narrator does a great job here though.

  • Silent City

  • A Claire Codella Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Carrie Smith
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The world of New York City school politics takes a deadly turn when Hector Sanchez, the popular principal of an up-and-coming public school, is murdered. Detective Claire Codella catches the high-profile case while she's still struggling to get back up to speed. This is her first case since taking leave to battle cancer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, great narrator

  • By Ioana-Dorina on 10-14-18

Good story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I liked the concept of the book, I actually liked the protagonist, the fact that she was sketched but not too much, I liked the fact that most of the characters lied, which made solving the case more difficult.

From reading these types of books I realised that people do lie for selfish reasons and that the solving of a murder is most of the time less important to them than saving face, all people have flaws after all.
I also really liked Munioz (I hope I spelled that correctly), despite all he did act as the better man.
I'm looking forward to listening to the next book.

The narrator did a great job and it made listening to this book enjoyable.

  • Ghost Gifts

  • By: Laura Spinella
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213

All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn't include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden - until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't pay full price

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 05-07-16

Good read, fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This was a pleasent read, nicely written.
I actually liked that it wasn't horror, the story was focused more on the interior struggles of the protagonist.
I liked that the background of the characters was unveiled gradually, but not excessively.
What I liked a bit less was that it was a bit predictable at times.

All in all it's a story worth reading, but I would strongly recommend listening to it, because I think the narrator did a fantastic job with this book and added a lot of value to the story.

  • Jane Doe

  • A Novel
  • By: Victoria Helen Stone
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty and extra efficient. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes - meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven. But plain Jane is hiding something. Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. So she can take it all away. Just as he did to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vengeance & Retribution!!!!

  • By shelley on 08-07-18

A very very like-able sociopath

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Jane loses her best friend, the only person she loved and trusted in the world and she's pretty pissed off. Her best friend puts an end to her own life due to emotional abuse from her boyfriend.

I loved this book. It's a book about love, grief, friendship and hypocrisy, from a sociopath's perspective.
I loved how being a good friend could make even a sociopath love.
The portrayal of hypocrisy is so strong, so funny, yet so sad. How many hypocrite men take advantage of women?

The manner in which she inflicts her revenge is ingenious and I think it only possible because of her sociopathy, but I like her and I find her cold sarcasm fascinating.

This is a book worth reading.

  • Get Over Your Damn Self

  • The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business
  • By: Romi Neustadt
  • Narrated by: Romi Neustadt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855

Romi Neustadt is passionate about helping others build lucrative direct sales and network marketing businesses that help create lives with more freedom and flexibility, greater purpose, and a lot more fun. In this book she offers you the same direct, no-BS coaching she's given to tens of thousands to help you acquire the skills to build this sucker and teach your team to do the same. And, equally important, she'll work on your mindset so you stop over complicating it all and stop letting the negative voices in your head win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE THIS BOOK

  • By Alliegoblue on 04-19-18

For MLM People

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I think I was just expecting something else...

I don’t work in MLM and after reading this I just find working in this kind of business scheme daunting, plus I think you need to have the personality of a manipulator.

I was looking to find interesting business advice for entrepreneurs, extra small business owners, like 1 guy and his computer, one mom and hers.
I din find some advice here and there but mostly this teaches you to be a ruthless MLM person.

  • Armed and Fabulous

  • Lexi Graves Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Camilla Chafer
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

All Lexi wants to do is get through the day at her boring temp job with Green Hand Insurance. That's until she discovers the vice president, Martin Dean, in a pool of blood and herself at the center of an investigation into insurance fraud.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So stupid it hurts

  • By Ioana-Dorina on 05-06-18

So stupid it hurts

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Why oh why did I spend my money on this?

The female protagonist is ... stupid.

This book is an insult to females all over. I Gave up after first chapter.

  • Home Sweet Maison

  • The French Art of Making a Home
  • By: Danielle Postel-Vinay
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

How do the French create the elusive and alluring sanctuaries they call home? This question long intrigued Danielle Postel-Vinay. Thanks to a chance encounter with a French expat in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and years of immersive research, she embarked on a quest to discover the secrets of the French home aesthetic. Experiencing first-hand la belle vie - the beautiful life - Postel-Vinay now shows everyone how to create their own French sanctuary, a home sweet maison, no matter where they live.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pass

  • By Crystal Forbes on 06-14-18

Interesting perspective but too rigid

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

My review is most definitely biased, because I love minimalism in a hope, most of all, the ideea of living a in a de cluttered home.

I read this book because I love the charm French home have, but it was presented in an extremely rigid way.

Collect knick-knacks and antiques, must have a sitting room, a dining room, a whatever room, and so on.

I love their charm but after listening to this book I honestly don’t want it.

A home can be happy and personal without decorating it with a shitload of “personalized junk”, it’s ok to have an open plan home especially if you have small children, while you’re cooking you can socialize and have fun with your close ones, even if you have friends over, you can still have meaningful conversations while cooking and so on...

I think all this French lifestyle stuff is highly overrated, because when visiting or moving in new country, with a different culture everything seems fascinating, but it’s highly exaggerated.

Useful things I learned:
Take the time to have dinner with family with no distractions.
It’s ok to personalize your home (no shit)
Work less😀
It’s ok to have cobwebs inside your home, and dusty books, dirt is good... It’s full of fucking charm.

I want my money back and I’ve decided I’m not to read any more books on French charm and lifestyle. 😀

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Them Bones

  • By: Carolyn Haines
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 387

Meet Sarah Booth Delaney...an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi...if it doesn't make her the deadest. No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth's situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over 30, she's flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By Deedee on 05-06-18

Good Mistery, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This is a good cozy mystery, and by good I mean average. It’s a nice relaxing read and the narrator does a wonderful job, that is why I rated it so high.

What I liked was the fact that a completely hopeless woman, ready to settle for a marriage of convenience, which could also be called “legalized prostitution “, managed to find something to do with her life.

What I really disliked was the fact that she’s an awful friend, a stellar liar and a manipulator, with a conscience so thin you could call it anorexic.

Basically if it wasn’t for the narrator I would have asked to get my money back, that’s how much I disliked the female lead.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up.... It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a lovely sequel!

  • By Liz on 08-06-18

Beautiful yet annoying at the same time

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

The performance was great, the humor was good, the characters were like-able, but, and this is a big but, Jenny was poorly done.
She was supposed to be intelligent, with a stutter problem and a low self esteem problem , and in this book, because it’s the second one, she was supposed to have evolved.
The problem here is that besides her relapses into low self esteem, looks like her intellect went down to one of a 13 year old child...
There’s a difference between low self esteem and lack of intelligence and I think the author, trying to make a good portrayal of low self esteem, ended up lowering her intelligence instead...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Merit Badge Murder

  • Merry Wrath Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Leslie Langtry
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

When CIA agent Merry Wrath is "accidently" outted, she's forced her into early retirement, changes her appearance, and moves where no one will ever find her - Iowa. Instead of black bag drops in Bangkok, she now spends her time leading a young Girl Scout troop. But Merry's new simple life turns not-so-simple when an enemy agent shows up dead at scout camp. Suddenly Merry is forced to deal with her former life in order to preserve her future one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable ex-spy cozy, Sounded familiar

  • By Techpotato on 06-13-17

Liked the story, Hated the narration

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

My God, I had to speed up the narration! She was speaking at a glacial pace! With pauses... a lot of pauses for drama...
Read this instead.