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  • Seashells, Spells & Caramels

  • A Cozy Witch Mystery
  • By: Erin Johnson
  • Narrated by: Hannah Somerville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Imogen Banks has dreamed her entire life of opening her own bakery in Seattle. But when she accidentally sets fire to her apartment and loses all her possessions, her dreams get toasted. Still coping with her loss, she receives a cryptic invitation she can't possibly refuse: entry into a mysterious baking competition on a beautiful French island.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Toni D. on 02-21-19

What a treat!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Imogene has been saving for many years to open her own bakery. She receives an invitation to enter a baking competition in France. She creates an entry with the hopes of being selected. Finally when she thinks she has saved enough but in the blink of an eye, her dreams are destroyed by a fire. Then she receives the news that she has been accepted into the competition. She quickly makes the decision to use the last of her money to travel to France and compete. The twist - this is not a normal competition but a magical one nad Imogene has no magic or does she?

This is a brand new author for me. What a completely enjoyable cozy. I enjoyed Imogene's character and her quirky sense of humor. And, if you have ever watched a TV baking competition, the judges for Imogene's competition will certainly remind you of those shows - especially the banter between the judges. The use of magic and magical things - such as the oven Iggy - who [it] became one of my favorite characters. Overall, just lightheated fun!

The narrator was a perfect compliment to this book. Her enthusiasm in the narration is infectious.

  • The Accidental Scoundrel

  • Rochdale Manor
  • By: Andrew Chapman
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cassidy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

A group of elderly and bored aristocrats have taken to stealing rare and priceless items to pass the time. A young man named Richard gets swept up in their world when he gets engaged to the daughter of the dangerously unpredictable Lord Rochdale. Although Richard is not particularly comfortable with theft, or much of the roguish behavior that goes with it, he must prove to Rochdale that he has scoundrel potential in order to marry his daughter and, more importantly, stay alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought a smile to my face...

  • By Catrina P on 06-17-19

Tongue Firmly Planted in Cheek

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Richard is engaged and believes he has come to his fiance's country estate to meet her family. However, he first meets his prospective father-in-law while Richard is using the bathroom. Not long afterward, Richard is ensnared into participating in a heist to steal a valued bottle of whiskey.

This is full of quirky/zany characters - some over-the-top and cartoonish. The story is told in a humorous fashion - with most of the humor hitting its target. This is a tongue firmly implanted in cheek story that you enjoy for what it is and not for any in-depth character arcs or story. It's lighthearted and enjoyable.

The narrator did a good job and used various voices to distinguish the characters. What I wish this production would delete is their haphazard use of sound effects - which I found distracting.

  • William's War

  • Earth Under Siege, Book 1
  • By: Robert McDermott
  • Narrated by: Tory Bozeman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

When William gets thrown 500 years into the future, humanity is on its knees in a war for survival. The same gene that sent William to the future brings him other benefits. As his body develops special powers he meets Sara, the resistance's best warrior. Sara is the only other person to have shown these powers and has become formidable in their use.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance

  • By Rick Del Rio on 05-25-19

Action Packed Engaging Story

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, William is a normal 14-year-old boy. He has a dream/nightmare where he is now a 14-year-old adult who has been recruited to fight in against alien invaders. He has special powers and there is only one other like him - Sara.

This is the first book [really a novella] in Earth Under Seige series. In the beginning, it has a Twilight Zone type feeling as you are unsure if the action is real or just a dream. But this soon resolves itself as William starts training for his battle and working with Sara. I enjoyed the humor as William tries to adjust to being an adult while still a teenager. It's an action packed engaging story. This has a complete ending with a nice twist.

The narrator did a nice job.

  • Louise's War

  • By: Sarah R. Shaber
  • Narrated by: Jenny Hoops
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

It's 1942. Louise Pearlie, a young widow, has come to Washington DC to work as a clerk for the legendary OSS, the precursor to the CIA. When, while filing, she discovers a document concerning the husband of a college friend, Rachel Bloch - a young French Jewish woman she is desperately worried about - Louise realizes she may be able to help get Rachel out of Vichy France. But then a colleague whose help Louise has enlisted is murdered, and she realizes she is on her own, unable to trust anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The audio version of a page-turner!

  • By Maggie May on 01-20-18

Intriguing Cozy Set During WWII

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Louise Pearlie series. It is set during WWII in Washington DC. Louise is a widow and has gotten a job as a clerk with the US govt. Through this job, she is privy to a lot of secrets. Her Jewish friend from college is living in Nazi occupied France. Louise comes upon some information which she believes will help her friend escape. She passes the file to her superior and soon thereafter, he is dead and the file is gone. Louise decides to investigate so she can help her friend.

I read the 4th book in this series - and so enjoyed it that I wanted to start from the beginning. I love the historical aspect of this series. It is also very interesting to see a woman - who is learning to stand up for herself - navigate her way through a very male-dominated workplace with the male-dominant thinking of the time. Especially intriguing, given the time period, is Lousie trying to determine who to trust and who is not quite what they seem. Louise lives in a bording house and the sub-story of the other borders, especially Joseph, was a lot of fun.

The narrator is absolutely perfect for this series - and her accents for the various characters were great.

  • The Magic Shop

  • By: Justin Swapp
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Marcus and his twin sister, Ellie, live in the loft above their grandparents' magic shop - the one all the rumors are about. Soon the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with some rough edges.

  • By Dingo 883 on 01-11-18

A Wonderful Magical Adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, twins Marcus and Ellie live with their grandparents, who own a magic shop. After receiving a review from their school teacher, their grandparents decide that the twins could use a little responsibility by working in the magic shop. The twins are less than thrilled with the idea. One day Marcus sees his grandfather take a customer to a secret room. He is curious about it. Marcus also sees there is a magic shop across the street with lines around the block - so what are they doing to pull in all these customers? One day, the twins are left alone in the shop when a customer makes a request for some unique magical items. Marcus takes him to his grandfather's secret room and sells one of the artifacts from the room, believing this will help his struggling family. However, when he tells his grandparents, he realizes how wrong he was and his family is not quite what had believed.

This is a book for the entire family. It has a lot of twists and turns as Marcus and Ellie try to help their grandparents and get the magical artifact Marcus sold back. This story is completely engaging as you learn about magic, how it used and it is more than just slight of hand. This is a wonderful magical adventure - highly recommend! Be warned - the story ends with a set up for the next book in the series [a soft cliffhanger].

The narrator was superb. He has a magical voice with a variety of accents and knack for bringing each of the characters to life. He made a wonderful story even better.

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  • The Shadow Rises

  • Witch-Hunter, Book 1
  • By: K.S. Marsden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In the face of dark magic and evil witches, a secret witch-hunting society works tirelessly to keep them at bay. The Malleus Maleficarum Council has strict rules and practises for eradicating magic. Due to their work, witches have been almost forgotten, relegated to myth - but rumours are starting to emerge of a new power that will throw the world into chaos. As the only seventh generation witch-hunter, Hunter Astley is the best the MMC has to offer. With the help of his colleagues, it’s a race to track down this new threat and stop it...in any way he can. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horror of the Witch Variety

  • By Simone on 06-18-18

Keeps You Glued to Your Seat

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Witch Hunter series. It is a standalone book but does have an ending which sets up the next book in the series.

Here, Hunter is a 7th generation witch hunter, which is quite unusual. He is on holiday when he rescues Sophie, a woman he notices in the bar, from witches. He believes that he will never see her again when she shows up at his home asking to become an apprentice. Hunter agrees and apprentices Sophie to another witch hunter. Soon that witch hunter is murdered by a very powerful shadow witch and Sophie must be safe guarded. But is everything as it seems?

There is great worldbuilding in this story - the hierarchy of witch hunters and the development of witch hunters is great, although it would have been nice to have a little exploration as to why witches/magic is completely evil and must be destroyed. I loved Hunter's relationship with his mother - who he barely tolerates. But, the relationship between Sophie, Hunter and James [Hunter's assistant] is most interesting. There are plenty of twists and turns in this to keep you glued to your seat. This is a very solid start to a series.

The narrator was a perfect compliment to this work. He has a very pleasant low key voice which is both intoxicating and soothing.

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  • Melinda and the Wild West: The Award Winning Original Version

  • A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho Series, Book 1
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Melinda Gamble wants to make a difference in the world. Without hesitation, she accepts a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho. She has many challenges such as trying to help a rebellious student, coming face-to-face with a notorious bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and finding herself in a terrible blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life. No matter the trial that comes her way, she is ready to fight for what she believes in. But it’s a rugged rancher who challenges Melinda with the one thing for which she was least prepared - love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Sweet

  • By Karl hill on 05-21-19

Sweet Clean Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho series. The story takes place not long after the Civil War has ended. Melinda is 26 and still not married and not really interested in pursuing marriage unless it is for love. She accepts a job as a schoolteacher in a small town in Idaho and moves there from Boston. As she has never lived in the "wild" west, many things are new to her. She meets the father of one of her students - a widower named Gilbert. As their paths begin to cross, a spark of a romance starts to blossom.

This is a clean sweet romance story. I enjoyed some of the historical aspects of the story. Melinda is a bit out of her element, but I enjoyed how she learned to conquer her fears and begin to feel like her new life in Idaho was the life she is meant to live.

The narrator did a very good job with the various character voices, including children.

  • The Keeper

  • By: T. F. Allen
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

When a famous artist is kidnapped, the only one who can save him has a body no one can see, and a voice few can hear. Angel, spirit, or ghost - the Keeper doesn't know exactly what he is. But he knows he needs to protect Michael Delacroix, a famous artist who is kidnapped and locked in a windowless room deep beneath a Napa Valley vineyard. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great thriller

  • By timj26 on 05-02-19

Don't Miss This Thriller!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Michael is a great artist. He takes a knife and destroys one of his best known paintings. Soon thereafter, he is kidnapped. But, no one knows it except for the Keeper - who is a spirit and can travel uninhibited and inhabit people's minds. In an effort to help Michael, the Keeper seeks out a nun - who believes she hears the voice of God and a reporter.

This is a really good and intense paranormal thriller. It had me from the very beginning and it doesn't let go. It is told completely from the point of view of The Keeper, which allows you to get into the thoughts of multiple characters but also allows you to interpret those thoughts/motivations through The Keeper's looking glass. It was completely captivating. The action is non-stop with one twist after another. Highly recommend!!

The narrator was fantastic and was such a compliment to the written word - elevating it to another level.

  • Anasazi Intrigue

  • The Adventures of John and Julia Evans, Book 1
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

When a devastating flood takes out several homes in a small town, residents are shocked by the news of also a possible poison spill that kills many of the fish and neighbor's pets. Julia, the town's newest reporter, begins her investigation but realizes the story is much bigger and more dangerous than she thought! Julia and her husband find themselves on the run trying to save their lives while finishing the story of a lifetime! She never realized that being a reporter could be so dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adventurous

  • By bluepits73 on 06-11-19

Enjoyable Cozy

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

Reviewed: 06-04-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Adventures of John and Julia. John is a historian and Julia is a reporter for the local paper. Julia is looking for a story and after discovering some dead fish after a flood, she also learns some cats have suddenly died. She sends the fish off for testing and learns they died from cyanide poisoning. Now she believes she is on to something and begins to investigate in earnest - which causes someone to try to get her to stop.

John and Julia are a cutesy couple - married for decades and still mad about each other. At times I did not understamd that if this was their relationship, why Julia would keep secrets from him - although she does rectify that eventually. I liked the historical aspects of this mystery and learning about the Anasazi Indians. Overall, it was an enjoyable and interesting read.

The narration, for me, fell flat especially during what should have been highly tense moments. The dialogue, as read by the narrator, often seemed very stiff and the male character voices were just not very good. However, she read clearly.

  • The Wind

  • Tales from a Revolution: West-Florida
  • By: Lars D. H. Hedbor
  • Narrated by: Shamaan Casey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Gabriel is a simple sailor, doing the bidding of his Captain and King, when he is swept up in a storm that changes his life in ways that he could never have anticipated. Carlotta yearns for her lost home, and is searching for her lost husband, but both remain elusive in a world that has been turned upside-down by forces far outside of her control. When the storm that is Governor Bernardo de Gálvez breaks over them both, neither will ever be the same - and nor will their world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes history so much fun

  • By KD on 10-17-18

Wonderful Historical Drama

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is a historical fiction story set during the Revolutionary War. Here, the story takes place in the South [Florida, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico]. Gabriel is a sailor but has been washed ashore after a storm. He is found by Carlotta, who is searching for her hisband after the storm. She nurses him back to health. Spain has entered the Revolutionary War and Gabriel is recruited as Carlotta continues her search for her lost husband.

Having grown up on the east coast, I was very familiar with the Revolutionary tales/wars in that region. I was not that familiar [although I had an inkling] with the events occurring in the south and Spain's involvement. This, in particular, was very interesting to me. I do enjoy historical fiction - when the author, as he does here, is able to deftly weave historical fact/people in with fictionalized characters.

The narrator did a great job, had wonderful pacing and his narration was a compliment to the written word.

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