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  • Fairy Tales and Legends

  • By: Nikolai Teleshov
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Enjoy strange and wondrous stories inspired by folklore from various corners of the world, carefully assembled and adapted by a Russian writer and political journalist Nikolai Teleshov. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Diversity is fun

  • By Mindjacked on 09-29-18

Fun and heartwarming stories for the whole family

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

This is a collection of Russian tales and legends, each with a moral incorporated into the story. They have enough depth to be enjoyed by children or adults on different levels, each relating as per their experience and maturity. There is a diversity of styles, and everyone will have a different favorite. My personal favorite was "Dawn," a tale of love and power, with a clever twist ending. I also found "The White Heron" to be mesmerizing, and enjoyed all the others as well. The narrator does a fine job capturing each mood and style, and differentiating the voices very clearly. All in all, a very enjoyable listen for the whole family.

  • Virtually Perfect

  • By: Maria K.
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Surrounded by close buddies offering toasts and congratulations on the upcoming nupitals, along with sly comments about the bottom line, Sam Horton discovers more might be at stake than a transaction. It takes two to consolidate, but when the other one turns into Bridezilla, Sam's about to experience a lesson in fortitude and empathy. Technology takes a strange turn when role playing ups the ante and makes walking in others' shoes a tough lesson to swallow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short story

  • By Cyndi on 08-29-18

Like a Twilight Zone episode

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This was a mesmerizing short story with a great payoff at the end. The narration felt like I was listening to a radio play. A short, but satisfying listen.

  • Porcelain Doll

  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Derick Snow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Is art imitating life in 1982? Jana Lane, ex-child star, is doing a comeback film about murder. When a crew member is killed on the set, it looks like Jana could be next. Thickening the plot is Jana's breathtakingly handsome and muscular leading man, Jason Apollo, whose boyish, southern charms have aroused Jana's interest on screen and off. Will Jana and Jason stop the murderer before the final reel, or end up on the cutting room floor in this fast-paced whodunit with a shocking ending?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Cozy Murder Mystery

  • By Susan C-K on 02-10-18

Masterful Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This book kept me at the edge of my seat. It is full of humor, fascinating and diverse characters, a bit of romance, and a mystery plot that kept me guessing until the end. Joe Cosentino has a great writing style that draws you into the story and characters; the descriptions bring the people and places to life; the humor and quirky characters keep you entertained; and the story is full of unexpected twists and turns, with surprises revealed throughout. The ending was a big surprise, but the clues were actually there all along, just carefully disguised in the best Agatha Christie style. Derick Snow creates some great voices, and you always know who is speaking. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you will love this book.

  • Paper Doll

  • A Jana Lane Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Charissa Clark Howe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Jana Lane was America's most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at 18 years old. Now a 38-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana's flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-20-16

Great mystery plus a touch of romance

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

If you could sum up Paper Doll in three words, what would they be?

Intrigue, humor, romance

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jana, of course. She was both strong and vulnerable, and she grows as the story moves along. I look forward to following her adventures in the next Jana Lane mysteries.

What does Charissa Clark Howe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She makes the story clear, with good pacing, emotion, and distinct characters.

Any additional comments?

This story grabbed me from the start, and kept me guessing. Whenever I though I knew who did it, something came up to change my mind, and then I was totally surprised at the end. A very well crafted mystery, great characters, and full of both romance and humor. This is a great listen that you won't want to stop.

  • To Light The Dragon's Fire

  • Dragons, Griffons and Centaurs, Oh My!
  • By: Margaret Taylor
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Dragon King, Draven Taraxus, never wanted the crown. Born to a dying breed of Rulers, Draven has sat on the throne for the last 100 years, thanks to his father's impeachment. Boredom and stagnation have left his kingdom, and his heart, ripe for the picking by a power hungry evil that has spent the same amount of time plotting and scheming to take over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Women take on Another World!

  • By Nancy Finelli on 08-16-15

Exciting and sexy

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

Reviewed: 11-28-14

What made the experience of listening to To Light The Dragon's Fire the most enjoyable?

Lanie and Terra are strong women, matched with equally strong men. The other characters are also captivating. The evil versus good and the supernatural themes are all very thrilling. The romance is tender and exciting. The story moves along quickly, with constant twists and turns. The narrator does a great job with pacing, characters, and emotions.

Have you listened to any of Fred Wolinsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He always does a great job at distinguishing each character with voice, tone, personality, and accent. He is also good with the narration parts, filling it with emotion and drama.

Any additional comments?

Get this book if you like paranormal romance! I can't wait to hear book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The League of Doorways (A Book of Vampires, Werewolves & Black Magic) (The Doorways Saga 2)

  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

With a werewolf and a vampire for company, Zach Black makes his way across a vast apocalyptic wasteland in search of the box which contains the Heart of Endra. In the desert, they stumble across a mechanical man who tells Zach and his friends that if they want to reach the box, they will have to cross a desolate land inhabited by terrifying creatures, which have been smuggled from the other side of the doorways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative beasties, betrayal, friendship!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 11-05-14

The adventure continues!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The League of Doorways to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but there were things in the audio that really brought it to life for me, so I would imagine the audio has even more to offer than the print.

Have you listened to any of Fred Wolinsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard a few of Fred Wolinsky's books, and they are all good, but this series is the best that I have heard from him. His narration in this book is just as good as Book 1 of the series. He has a clear voice, distinguishes each character with personality as well as voice quality. His narration is full of drama and emotion.

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

There were some funny as well as touching moments, but mostly this book was exciting and fast moving.

Any additional comments?

This continues the adventure from Book 1. It follows many twists and turns, with some real surprises. It leaves us on a cliff-hanger, and I can't wait for Book 3.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doorways

  • (A Book of Vampires, Werewolves & Black Magic) (The Doorways Saga 1)
  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When Zach Black discovers a doorway, he enters a world similar, yet very different from his own. A world inhabited with vampires, werewolves, and zombies, Zach makes a journey like no other. With the help of a beautiful vampire named Neanna Cera and a werewolf called William Weaver, Zach's journey to save the person he loves takes him through the Doorways. But the Doorways have the power to change you - altering your appearance and abilities as you pass between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure magic!

  • By Susan Keefe on 09-09-14

A thrilling listen

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

Reviewed: 10-27-14

Where does Doorways rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was very enjoyable and entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doorways?

When William finally reveals his back story, it is both touching and exciting.

What does Fred Wolinsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Fred really brings the story to life. He makes each character distinct and alive, and brings a thrilling emotion to the storytelling. I don't think I would have enjoyed the book quite as much by reading it myself. It was thrilling having Fred read it to me. I would like to hear more of his books.

Any additional comments?

This is a fun adventure book, creating a fascinating new world. While it seems geared to young adults, it can be enjoyed by anyone with a sense of adventure who loves to explore new worlds and strange creatures.