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Jan M

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  • The Case of the Haunted Address

  • An Aggie Underhill Halloween Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 9)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It’s Halloween night, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are invited to a haunted house by a handsome vampire. Little did they know that they were about to encounter something incredibly spooky. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Cute!

  • By Jan M on 10-18-18

Short and Cute!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This is such a fun short listen. I really enjoy the character of Aggie Underhill that Michelle Ann Hollstein has created. This halloween story has great imagery, humor, and a surprise ending. Eliza Anders did a great performance. She has distinctive voices for the various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • The Dream Groom

  • Texas Titan Romances
  • By: Taylor Hart
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Scar Walker, professional football player and ex Navy Seal, only wanted to focus on getting his gym built for military vets while he was in San Diego. He didn’t want to take crap from his brother, he didn’t want to deal with a lippy waitress, and he really didn’t want random people calling him on the phone. Shayla Castle came to San Diego to finally live out her childhood dream. When she accidentally calls the mysterious phone number left on her table while waitressing, she never anticipated it would be the handsome jerkface soldier who chewed her out that morning. It confuses her even more when the same jerkface shows up the next night and saves her from an attacker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dream Groom

  • By Christy D on 10-18-18

Awesome Book!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I so enjoyed this book by Taylor Hart! The Dream Groom truly is a dream. Scar and Shayla are remarkable characters. Add in the incredible imagery of San Diego plus an original storyline, its easy to love. I find it so refreshing to listen to a book that has chemistry and great character development without sex. The narration by James Fouhey was great! He added the right emotions to this listen. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator. This book is a standalone listen and part of the Texas Titans series.

  • Greyhound at the Gravesite

  • Pets Reporter Mystery
  • By: Kyla Colby
  • Narrated by: Lane Cannon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Samantha Hodges is ready to get as far away from crime reporting as possible - especially after what happened in Chicago. Writing for the paper in her pets-obsessed hometown will be easy. Except that she’s not really into animals. And her first interviewee turns up dead.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love dogs

  • By Troublemer on 10-19-18

Fun Cozy Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Kyla Colby wrote a fun cozy book. I loved the original storyline in this pets reporter mystery. Some of the characters are very endearing, I loved the unexpected twists this book had. I so enjoy it when I do not have the killer figured out. The imagery was great in this story too. I felt the narration by Lane Cannon fit the book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Solomon Key

  • A Dane Maddock Adventure (Dane Maddock Adventures, Volume 10)
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The legacy of a kidnapped African warrior turned pirate sets Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake on a collision course with a deadly organization that will stop at nothing to claim the greatest treasure in history. But more than riches are at stake. Enemies old and new and even old friends stand in Maddock's way in a struggle to control the mysterious power unlocked by the Solomon Key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great ride and just the right length!

  • By John on 10-18-18

I Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Solomon Key by David Wood does an incredible job of meshing history with fiction in one incredible adventure. I have listened to several books with the character of Dane Maddock, and really enjoy them. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I loved the imagery in this story and how the author incorporates so much into the tale. The twists are excellent! Without giving away spoilers, the ending was perfect. The narration by Jeffrey Kafer is outstanding! I loved his distinguishable voices for the various characters. I could easily hear who was speaking, which added to my enjoyment. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator!

  • Lady Justice and the Devil's Breath

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Devil’s Breath is called the most dangerous drug in the world, and it’s come to Kansas City. It is said it takes away a person’s free will, and minions of a Colombian drug lord are using it to rob, steal, kidnap, and even commit murder. Fate throws Walt and his geriatric sidekicks into the path of the purveyors of Devil’s Breath endangering their lives and the lives of those around them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking!

  • By Susan Patterson on 10-18-18

Lady Justice!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Robert Thornhill continues to amaze me with how well he brings current issues to light while providing a humorous listen with endearing characters and some very thought provoking insight. Medical Marijuana versus Big Pharma and mind altering drugs are the topics in this book. I so enjoy how Walt is evolving from his retired Realtor and Police Officer careers, into the private investigation sector. Lady Justice and the Devil's Breath is nonstop with its fantastic imagery. The characters in this book are multi-dimensional, and I enjoy the glimpses into their lives. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. George Kuch performs the book brilliantly. One can hear exactly who is speaking. He has the perfect voice inflections for this series. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Fatal Agreements

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Whispered rumors tickled the ears of the residents of an entire town for decades about the disturbing secrets of the old Halstead House, dating all the way back to the early 1920s. Most people didn't believe them. Several people will soon discover they should have listened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-16-18

Fate

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I was immediately pulled into Fatal Agreements by Ashley Fontainne from the very beginning. I loved how the author built the background for the characters in this book. The imagery in the story was impressive. I loved the Southern feel to the story. Having spent much time in Hot Springs Arkansas, I had a great sense of the area. Andrea Emmes performance of the book was excellent. She added the right tension and suspense and other emotions to the story. The characters came alive with her help. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by the author and narrator.

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  • Murder and Chocolate Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When convicted murderer Wade Becker breaks out of prison, amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson finds herself staring down the hardest case of her life. After all, Wade isn't just any killer. He's a man who Sabrina put behind bars. So now that Wade is on the loose, Sabrina can't help but look over her shoulder. As desperation sets in, Sabrina finds herself asking one question: Will she be able to track Wade down, or will she become his next victim? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Enjoyable Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Murder and Chocolate Cake by Meredith Potts pulled me in with its vivid imagery. This is a short listen that has lots to it. I loved how the storyline was original. The concept of criminals going for retribution seemed a little far fetched, along with Sabrina's involvement in the investigation, yet so enjoyable. My favorite scene in the book was the mystery room with their daughter using deductive reasoning to figure a way out. The narration by Carrie Burgess was well done. She added the right emotions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Christmas Cookies with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Fun-filled parties. Beautiful decorations. Delicious food. Fantastic presents. Joyous family celebration. And murder. This is shaping up to be a holiday season that Sabrina Daley will never forget. But if she doesn't act fast, it will be for all the wrong reasons. Can Sabrina bring a killer to justice before her Christmas is ruined? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Cozy!

  • By Jan M on 10-15-18

Fun and Cozy!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Meredith Potts has a wonderful way of writing cozy mysteries that pull me in. I so enjoy this series featuring the Daley Buzz with Sabrina and David. This book is both a standalone listen and part of a series. This story has many suspects, and its fun finding the clues. I like how the author combines romance, humor and suspense in this book. Lisa Beacom performed this book wonderfully. I highly recommend this book!

  • Spicy Chocolate

  • Book 3 of the Alcott Family Adventures
  • By: Dawn Greenfield Ireland
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Everyone croons over Dorothea’s twins and Bambi’s baby in Lila Mae’s dining room. Louie jumps up and barks, waking the babies. Lila Mae and Amelia look to see who arrived - everyone was already accounted for. A young Hispanic woman gets out of a cab with luggage. She sashays to the kitchen door and waves at Amelia and Lila Mae. Amelia opens the door, and the woman barges in. She’s Chiquita, one of Uncle Tito’s nieces. She was sent to train for Amelia’s job. Everyone is flustered. Why would Uncle Tito send Chiquita? Was Amelia going to quit? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Alcotts just grow on you...:)

  • By Lidia Chymkowska on 09-15-18

The Storyline Continues

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Spicy Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland is an awesome continuation to the series. I love how the author has developed the characters in this series. They are unpredictable and original. I find the humor to be delightful. The imagery in the book is vivid and full of life. The narration by Kelley Hazen brings all of the characters to life with their distinguishable voices. I love how I can listen and know exactly who is talking by just hearing the voice. She adds so much to the enjoyment of listening. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Bitter Chocolate

  • Alcott Family Adventures, Book 2
  • By: Dawn Greenfield Ireland
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Lila Mae has a fit over the annual Chocolate Ball that she and her sisters host. Dorothea and Madge dump it on her. If it weren’t for Julian Gillespie, the Chocolate Ball would have melted. Bernie, the Alcott patriarch, wants his Bentley back. Joseph’s cousin, Chewie, is hired as chauffeur. Bambii's thrilled to be expecting while Dorothea, pregnant at 55, is at war with the world. No one is exempt, especially Henry, who she refers to as “Mr. Responsible”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT SEQUEL

  • By Tina on 04-11-15

Better than the First!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Bitter Chocolate by Dawn Greenfield Ireland is a fun listen. I loved the family dynamics in this book, and how things flowed. This book has vivid imagery, humor, suspense and awesome narration. Kelley Hazen performs this book brilliantly with her distinguishable voices for the various characters. I highly recommend this series.