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  • Tiaras & Texans

  • A Presley Thurman Mystery
  • By: Laina Turner
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Presley wins a bet and thinks she finally is going to get a chance to work with Cooper and show her she's got the potential to be a good security detail for his company. She is miffed when she finds out her first assignment is to protect a bunch of self absorbed beauty queens at a Texas pageant. It soon becomes a more interesting gig than she thought, much to her delight and Cooper's dismay, when one of the beauty queens turns up dead and the fierce competition leave the door wide open to suspects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Cozy Mystery!

  • By Heather on 06-09-13

Fun Cozy Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Tiaras & Texans to be better than the print version?

I haven’t read the print version of Tiaras and Texans but I definitely enjoyed the audiobook version. The narration is fabulous and the story is fun.

What other book might you compare Tiaras & Texans to and why?

I don’t really like comparing books I will say that this is a great cozy mystery, which is a subgenre of crime fiction where the sex and violence are downplayed or even portrayed humorously. (Thanks Wikipedia!)

Which character – as performed by Lee Ann Howlett – was your favorite?

One of the things I enjoyed the most of Lee Ann Howlett’s performance while listening to this audio book was the depiction of the pageant contestants each one was unique which is fantastic when you are listening to an audiobook. The best part is the accent that each one of her characters had, a lot of the time people try too hard for Texas accent and end up sounding awful and since I am a native Texan I can definitely attest to the magnificent job of Lee Ann Howlett.

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

There isn’t a singular part in the book that moved me the fun of a cozy mystery is the mix of mystery with the light heartedness of a contemporary romance, which this one definitely had.

Any additional comments?

Tiaras & Texans
A Presley Thurman Mystery
By Laina Turner
Narrated By: Lee Ann Howlett


Presley wins a bet against her boyfriend allowing her to finally work for his security company. Though she starts the assignment especially excited knowing she will be good at this job she ends up annoyed when she finds out that the job in question is to protect beauty queens at a Texas pageant. Soon after beginning the job she and Cooper, her boyfriend and now boss, find that this will be more than just protecting the girls against childish pranks now they will have to find out who murdered one of the girls before it happens again.

I absolutely loved Lee Ann Howlett’s narration of this book. First off her characters where each distinct from the low timber of cooper to the high pitched whine of some of the beauty pageant contestants making the story come to life. What really made this an excellent performance though weren’t just the different voices of her characters but also the accents. I am a native Texan and so many times I come across audio books or even on television where an actor or narrator will butcher the accent but Lee Ann Howlett was spot on, I didn’t even cringe once. The story itself is a great cozy mystery, which is a subgenre of crime fiction where the sex and violence are downplayed or even portrayed humorously. (Thanks Wikipedia!) Laina Turner did a wonderful job with the mystery aspect of the book not once did I suspect who had done it until the very end which is great! You can tell this is not the first book in the series but the fun of a cozy mystery is you don’t really have to start at the beginning this book is no exception Laina Turner makes sure you can keep up with the story from the very beginning. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries or even a beginner I definitely recommend this book, and be sure to check out the great audio book the narration makes it so much better.

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  • Trapped

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475

After 12 years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave. Having no other choice, Atticus, his trusted Irish wolfhound, Oberon, and Granuaile travel to the base of Mount Olympus, where the Roman god Bacchus is anxious to take his sworn revenge - but he’ll have to get in line behind an ancient vampire, a band of dark elves, and an old god of mischief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as some of the others in the series

  • By Melissa Schroff on 12-18-12

Best Audio Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Trapped to be better than the print version?

Absolutely! I was sent an advanced copy of the book for review, but about 10% through I knew I had to use one of my precious credits to get the audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oberon, not only do I think he is the funniest character, but come on a talking dog?

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

Luke Daniels does an amazing job with each of the characters.

Any additional comments?

I was actually sent an advanced copy of this book for review, but about ten percent through I knew I had to use one of my precious audible credits and get the audio book. Luke Daniels has done an amazing job with this audio series and it has by far become my favorite to listen to. The story itself is so much fun, from the beginning Atticus is thrown into another instance where his mouth has brought doom upon his head. With excellent comedic timing both by Kevin Hearne and through the narration of Luke Daniels along with the fast paced action this is a great read. If you are a fan of any mythology Kevin Hearne has you covered this entire series covers ancient Gods from Norse to Christian each with their own unique personality that the author has brought to life in a remarkable way and Luke Daniels furthers this with his dramatization. The only thing I didn’t like was that Luke Daniels changed the voice of Atticus’ mentor whom he frequently has arguments with inside his mind, this book he wasn’t as high pitched and sounded much more serious than he has in the previous books, not bad just not as funny. This is by far one of the best audio book series and one of the best story lines I have come across I cannot wait to see where Kevin Hearne will take us next.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful