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  • The Fire

  • Northwest Passage, Book 4
  • By: John A. Heldt
  • Narrated by: Chaz Allen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

When Kevin Johnson, 22, goes to Wallace, Idaho, days after his college graduation, he expects to find rest and relaxation as his family prepares his deceased grandfather's house for sale. Then he discovers a hidden diary and a time portal that can take him to 1910, the year of Halley's Comet and the largest wildfire in US history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this book

  • By Listener on 11-02-16

An Historical Time Travel Story

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This story is a pleasant and sweet one. What I found very entertaining was picturing a modern day young man that travels back in time and tryes to act as a proper gentleman should in the early 1900s. It does put a smile on your face...
What I gained from the book is the fact that Kevin should have been born and lived in that era, as he seems to be more suited to that lifestyle. He definitely had more success with the ladies there...
The historical events were very well represented and the involvement of the protagonists in the big fire's drama very credible.
I was expecting a happy ending even after Sarah's death, but I though it might have come as an accidental meeting in modern times with another girl reminiscent of Kevin's lost love. Did not foresee the reappearance of Sadie in Kevin's life. Glad though that Sadie got her wish ultimately and since she didn't leave any family behind, probably the most logical and painless one. What I didn't like however was the ambiguity of Kevin's sentiments. One moment he was pining for the loss of his beloved Sarah, the love of his life, the next he was declaring that same undying love to Sadie. Mmmm... makes you wonder...
The narration was a little puzzling. I did not dislike it exactly, but there was a certain cadence to it that at times did bother me a little. I would have liked a little more "interpretation" and a little less "reading". However the diction was clear and the tone pleasant so it did not distract me from the story.
I have not listened to any of the other books in this series but did not find it a problem keeping up with the storyline. It works very well as a standalone novel.
I think you will like this sweet time travel book, so give it a try.

  • An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Immediately following the success of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott sat down to write An-Old Fashioned Girl, expanding on the subject of rich versus poor that she explored in her first novel. It’s a story of a country mouse and a city mouse: 14-year-old Polly Milton travels to Boston for a stay with her friend Fanny Shaw. The wealthy Shaws’ way of life is foreign to Polly who tries to adapt but is quickly labeled “old-fashioned”. Fanny and her friends dress and behave as their elders do, flirting with boys and gossiping.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Old-Fashioned Story

  • By Teresa on 10-04-18

An Old-Fashioned Story

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This novel for young readers by Louisa May Alcott is the product of her society and needs to be seen in that light. Polly is a good example of modesty, decency, and hard-work created by the author to inspire young and impressionable girls of the era. That "subliminal" technique would not work as well on this generation and I doubt many of them would find this well-written story very inspiring. I know I'm being a little cynical, but unfortunately I think that might be an indisputable truth.
My hope however is that the popularity of Ms. Alcott other novels, such as "Little Women", might entice some young readers to want to explore this classic author's other works. The story is clean, pleasant, and even though the ending was easy to imagine, we still rooted for that to happen. A good read even for a young pre-teen with advanced skills.
The "read" narration was good, and delivered with enough emotions behind it.

  • Last Request

  • A Victorian Gothic
  • By: Jeff Chapman
  • Narrated by: Caprisha Page
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

"For the love of God, cut off my head." The last request in Uncle Silas's will shocks everyone speechless, everyone except his favorite niece, Anna. More than death itself, the claustrophobic Silas fears a premature burial. Will her elders carry out his request? Anna is certain they will not. It's up to her to do the right thing, even if it is a bit grisly. Armed with butcher knife and candle, Anna heads for the crypt underneath the church in the dead of night. All does not go according to Anna's careful planning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quintessentially Victorian Gothic

  • By Christine Newton on 05-23-18

It Could Have Used a Little More Pathos

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I would classify this book more as a period novel than a Victorian Gothic. There are dead people, a crypt, a young damsel in distress, but I didn't get any "chills" from it. It is a short novel and maybe that precluded the terrifying aspect to be fully developed. The only ghosts present, are the ones in the imagination of a drunken and a little deranged overseer. And where is the handsome hero that comes to the rescue??? Cute period novel but not much of a Gothic.

The narration was well done and the writing pleasant enough. The story could have been a little more complex

  • The Eye of Strife

  • By: Dave Duncan
  • Narrated by: Anthony Lee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Sword fights and romance, miracles and mystery, treachery and sly humor.... A god summons a curious assortment of witnesses to his temple to testify on what they know about a jewel that was lost 1,000 years ago. At least one of them is guilty. Others are lying.... Dave Duncan at his devious best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Everything felt flat

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-12-18

It Has Its Moments, But...

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

It took me a long time to get through this book especially at the beginning. I just couldn't understand what the quest was all about. I got the symbolism of the eye, but the different characters' machinations to possess it, the higher sacred hierarchy of priests and priestesses, Mother and Father, kings and warriors, made for a very confusing melange of criss-crossing events with little to share. I'm thinking that maybe reading the book would have been more self-explanatory and easier to follow. I could't find many connections between the various events but for that "maleficent" eye. And that is the impression I received from the story, not one of a magnificent God.
The narration was fine but maybe because the book didn't grab me, I couldn't appreciate the interpretation either.
I will give both the narrator and author another chance however. There is meat on the bone, so I can see that the potential is there.

  • Interview with a Ghost

  • Restless Spirits Cozy Ghost Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Marie Hoffman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Piper was hoping to meet her favorite author before he died, but she was a day late. The famous man's luck ran out right before Piper showed up at his house for a casual interview. Piper finds herself at the heart of the literary world's biggest scandal yet. A celebrity crime reporter hires Piper as her apprentice. When a budding romance with a murder suspect begins to blossom, Piper finds herself in a dangerous situation. Interview with a Ghost is a riveting, cozy ghost mystery that will keep you engaged, and you'll gasp at the twist ending! 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story with good characters.

  • By cosmitron on 04-12-18

Cozy but Complex Cozy Mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This book delivers just what it promises; a cozy mystery. Also you won't feel like you're missing something if you didn't start reading the series from the beginning. This book makes absolute sense as a standalone. What surprised me is that this is a full length book. When dealing with this genre I usually find the books to be cute but short to the bone. Not so in this case. It is a story that is well developed and follows the unexpected ending one step at a time, without rushing through it. The characters are also well developed and their different personalities shine through, even the incorporeal ones. It is a ghost story (good ghosts for the most part... no sleepless nights...), a cozy mystery, even a budding love story blessed by a best friend. What else would you need? Oh, yes! The little pooch is also a vital part of it. Now you have it all!!!!
Great interpretation and easy listening.

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and Better!

  • By Jan M on 04-17-18

Another Good Chapter of an Enjoyable Series

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This series of cozy mysteries will transport you to an era when women were considered a decorative object more than an actual human being. However that is not the case with Julia, the indomitable and high strong main character. I know that John Pickett is supposed to be the one, but he comes across as a little too timid and insecure. I like Julia much better!!!! So are her adventures that I'm drawn to much more than the solving mysteries' skills of the detective. John however is a gentleman through and though regardless of his upbringing and should be given credit for that. I just wish he had a little more backbone. We can only hope that with the success of his detective's skills, his self-assurance will prevail at the end. Looking forward to that moment.
Great interpretation and smooth writing skills.

  • Inborn Error

  • By: Bruce R. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: David Bosco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It is the smallest of anomalies. A tiny error lurking in Bob Ludlow’s DNA that could have untold consequences for civilization. Dr. Barry Gifford hopes that understanding this genetic error could provide revolutionary advances for humanity. Bob believes in Barry and his vision for the future. The two men team up to solve the mystery of Bob’s genetics and to develop a drug based on this inborn error. Unfortunately, in the cutthroat world of medical research, altruism doesn’t always take precedence over money or ego. Dr. Dexter Brunswick, a bitter man with a tough past, is strangely jealous of Barry’s accomplishments. Yet he needs Barry’s research to unlock the treasures hidden in Bob’s genetic code. Unlike Barry’s noble intentions, Brunswick’s plans are more sinister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thriller

  • By willee on 05-06-18

A Genetic War

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was enthralled by this book right from the beginning. The fate of triplets was decided with their first breath that catapulted them into lives so different that the mere chance of reuniting was a miracle in itself. The upbringing of the three brothers plays an important role in their psychic development. Their genius is apparent as are the physical differences within them. A quirk of nature creates genetic differences within brothers that is at the heart of this medical thriller. The twists and turns of events are quite complex and for most of us the medical jargon might be a little too complex, but it's a tribute to the intensive research that went behind the creation of this fascinating book.
The narration was excellent, a fact that we have learned to appreciate from the talented David Bosco.
An audiobook I definitely recommend.

  • Drowning in Deceit

  • Hope Hadley Cozy Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Rachel Carr
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When Benjamin Norton's body is found face down in his swimming pool, there initially doesn't appear to be anyone who wanted him dead. As amateur sleuth Hope Hadley digs deeper, she uncovers a web of burglary, adultery, and deceit that stretches her investigative skills to the limit.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 05-13-18

A Fun Chapter in a Warm and Fuzzy Series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

If you want a mystery that will make you smile without taxing your overworked brain, you'll find this story just what the doctor prescribed... This mystery's solving tale of two siblings bent on uncovering the truth behind the murder of a pool boy, has plenty of moments when you'll find yourself smiling, right from the beginning when an alligator decides that living in a home it's much more to his taste than living in Florida's swampy waters and that a pool will do very well for his daily swim.
Short but sweet, this story will lighten up your day.
The narration is just that, not and acting interpretation. If you like to be read to, then this is for you.

  • Metal Magic

  • By: Brian Barr
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A metal guitarist is gifted with a guitar grimoire, which he inherited from his late father's library. With careful reading, practice, and commitment, this strange occult book could make him the greatest musician in the world...if the magic works in his favor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bang your head, shred your axe, and cast a spell

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-09-18

A Macabre Short Story

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

After listening to this short story you cannot but feel sorry for Kevin who by trying to reconnect with a father he idolized and despised while alive, found himself delving in the realms of dark magic. Definitely no happy endings here...
A little macabre (or a lot), some sexy scenes, an unorthodox family, and there you have it...
Worth a listening and well narrated.

  • The Jonathan Shade Series: Books 4-6

  • Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, Wizard's Nocturne
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The Jonathan Shade series continues with books 4-6: The Complete Time Travel Trilogy. Includes: Anubis Nights, Sunset Specters, and Wizard's Nocturne. From hunting a dead sorcerer in ancient Egypt to the roaring 20s where flappers dance to jazz and secret societies kill each other for magical dominance....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great series continues.

  • By cosmitron on 04-12-18

A Superb 2nd Part of this Anthology

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I have enjoyed the second part of this series just as much as the first three books. The characters are all so unique and likable. They are also "human", not so perfect to make them unrealistic.
I think that listening to the entire series at once did add to the interest because it was easier to connect the dots between one story and the next, but I suspect that you still might be able to follow the storyline even if you listen to just one of them. But why do that when you can actually experience the entire series at once?
The narration was also extremely well performed. You won't be disappointed...