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  • Peril by Post

  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L. Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The eighth book in the series finds John Pickett bound for England's scenic Lake District, where an unsigned letter has summoned him for an unspecified reason. Pickett and his wife Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, take a room at the Hart and Hound as the letter instructs him. Once installed there, however, Pickett can do nothing but wait for the anonymous contact to identify himself. A midnight search of the inn's register seems to identify the innkeeper, Ned Hawkins, as his man, but before Pickett can discover the reason for his summons, Hawkins is pushed from a cliff - surviving the fall only long enough to call Pickett's attention to the letter in his pocket.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book in the series!

  • By Dee on 12-07-18

Delightful Listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Wonderful investigation by John Pickett and his wife Lady Julia. Sheri Cobb South outdid herself with this story. I loved the vivid imagery and the tenderness in the story. The story has such a sweet insightful way of meshing people of the upper class with those of the trades. The characters of John Pickett and his wife are so endearing. I love how they communicate and try to help each other. The title of this book fits the plot so well too! The narration by Joel Froomkin is perfect! He has distinguished voices for the various characters, and his singing as John Pickett was spectacular at the dinner party. He adds authentic accents to various characters making the listen that much more enjoyable. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I cannot wait to listen to the next adventure by this talented author and narrator. The twists in the story are so well done.

  • Nate

  • Brothers in Blue Series, Book 2
  • By: Simone Carter
  • Narrated by: Lissa Blackwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Someone is stalking Sophie Cruz. She doesn’t know who, and she doesn't know why. Growing up as a foster child, Sophie never really thought she’d find love, but police officer Nate and his family have taken her by surprise. It seems romance is on the fast track until her stalker intervenes. Nate is shot by an unknown assailant, and Sophie worries that she’s endangering his life as well as her own. Should she leave him to keep him safe or confront this danger head on? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brothers in Blue 2

  • By Jan M on 12-06-18

Brothers in Blue 2

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Nate by Sinone Carter is the second book in this series and a standalone listen. I loved how the author meshed romance with suspense in this book and took stalking to a new level. The characters in this story were well developed quickly. Nate is a wonderful protector and has his eyes on Sophie. I loved the cameo appearances by his family members that were introduced in the book Nick. Lisa Blackwell performed this book wonderfully. She added to the suspense with the stalker, and had distinguishable voices for various characters. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • One Frosty Christmas

  • The Holiday Series, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Leslie Howard
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

This is a charming, hankie-waving Christmas classic for girls who love horses, ages 8 and up. Teased by the local kids for being a city girl and an amputee, Hannah Storey feels alone and isolated, just like the old mustang she sees on the way to and from school every day. Hannah vows to save the pony the local kids have cruelly nicknamed Frostbite from freezing to death or being sent to slaughter, but events spiral out of control. Will Hannah be able to save the pony?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet little story

  • By Tanya M. Spiegel on 12-27-17

More than a kids book!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

One Frosty Christmas by Laura Hesse is so much more than I expected. The story is well written and covers many issues. I loved how the main character had determination and perseverance. This book features a young girl who feels bullied by some classmates, then finds more friends than she anticipated. I loved her feisty side. There is hope and humor in this book too. I enjoyed how the small town had a wonderful community. The abuse described that Frosty endured was so sad, but realistic. The narration by Leslie Howard was very well done. She added the right emotions to the book. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

  • Casino Girl: A Gripping Las Vegas Thriller

  • Baxter and Holt Series, Book 2
  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Gwendolyn Druyor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer. When a beautiful, young girl is killed in the high-roller Pleasure Pit of the exclusive Scala Casino, the news reverberates for hours among the ritzy clientele. Before taking the stage where she found her death, Crystal was last seen boarding an unmarked helicopter for a late-night flight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Mystery, and Intrigue

  • By Jan M on 12-05-18

Murder, Mystery, and Intrigue

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Casino Girl by Leslie Wolfe has everything I love in a thriller. Its non-stop twists, endless suspects, and perfect narration. I could hear exactly who was talking in this book. Gwendolyn Druyor added the right emotions to this book, and gave the various characters distinguishable voices. I loved how this book was more than just a murder of a casino girl. The Internal Affairs aspect added to the plot. I enjoyed the relationship of Laura and Holt. I did not guess who the killer was in this book! Well done Leslie Wolfe! I received this review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Out of the Tower

  • A Detective Story of the Emotions
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Jemima Forbes is seven years old when a mysterious event occurs and her father and uncle disappear from her life one night. She spends her growing years obsessing about this, and when she is old enough, she leaves home to find out what happened. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected

  • By Jan M on 12-05-18

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Out of the Tower is not a true detective listen. It’s more coming to age and dealing with a dysfunctional family. I wasn’t certain I liked the main character in the book, but definitely did not care for her mother. The author wrote some great twists in the story and Jemma did find answers in the end. The Narrator did a good performance with adding the right emotions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would listen to more books by the author and narrator. Without giving away spoilers, the ending was very fitting.

  • Backwater Tide

  • Kurt Hunter Mystery Series, Book 6
  • By: Steven Becker
  • Narrated by: Paul J McSorley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When special agent Kurt Hunter finds a boat adrift in the Biscayne National Park with the dead body of a famous treasure hunter aboard, the race is on to find his killer. Alliances shift and the bodies start to pile up as Kurt and Justine navigate the devious and dangerous world of treasure hunters to find the killer. From the iconic Intracoastal Waterway of Miami to the beauty of the Biscayne National Park, this new mystery from best-selling author Steven Becker reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of South Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t put it down!

  • By YS on 12-08-18

Great Story! Fantastic Narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Backwater Tide brought back together some of my favorite characters from various books by Steven Becker. I loved having Mac Travis make cameo appearances with Kurt Hunter, Justine and others. This book pulled me in from the very beginning with its incredible imagery, action, and humor. Treasure hunting is a big theme in this story along with the relationship of Kurt Hunter and his boss. I found humor in the ways he tried to out maneuver his boss. Kurt has a panache for finding dead bodies and does not disappoint with this book. He may be rough around the edges, but that is part of his appeal. Paul J McSorely performs this book flawlessly. I could hear exactly who was speaking. He adds the right emotions to the scenes. I highly recommend this book and will definitely listen to more by this author and narrator.

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  • Night at Key West

  • A Simon Wolfe Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Craig A. Hart
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When private investigator Simon Wolfe is hired to follow his friend’s wife under suspicion of adultery, he could never have guessed it would lead him into a friendship with the world’s leading writer, Ernest Hemingway. Nor could he have predicted the strange and disturbing twists the investigation would take. The case accelerates quickly when the wife is found murdered in a Key West hotel and discovered to have a secret life. But that revelation is downright boring as the plot thickens with increasingly bizarre revelations, capped off with a macabre ending no one saw coming.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed very much

  • By Pam C on 12-10-18

Noir Murder Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Night at Key West pulled me in from the very beginning. Simon Wolfe sets out to prove his friend's innocence at the death of his wife. This book takes place in 1937 Key West. I loved the historical details and look into "Papa" Hemingway. The author, Craig A. Hart, wrote some great twists in this story. I had my suspicions on who the killer was, but wasn't correct. Well Done! This book has some great mystery, vivid imagery, wonderful details, and humor.
The narration by Tom Jordan is outstanding. His voice sets the mood perfectly for the atmosphere and gives the various characters distinguishable voices. I could hear exactly who was speaking. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • my life as a country album (my life as an album)

  • By: LJ Evans
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

I belonged to you the moment you told my mama you were waiting for me when I was still inside her stomach. I belonged to you as we grew up sharing a tree house, a yard, and the lake. I even belonged to you when our three-year age difference tried to pull us apart rather than put us together. But I was most especially yours when you kissed me and told me you weren't letting me go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Tribute!

  • By Jan M on 12-02-18

Beautiful Tribute!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

My life as a Country Album by LJ Evans is an incredible listen! I found the story to be a beautiful tribute to a love lost. This book has friendship, unconditional love, tragedy, humor, happiness, moving on, and coming of age. I loved the story of Cam and Jake. The awareness that others have after loss was very insightful. The chapter titles were also adeptly selected and related to the story on so many levels. I loved how the author meshed music with fiction. Sarah Puckett hit this narration out of the ballpark! She is absolutely phenomenal with the voice of Cami, and has the Southern accent down to a T. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I cannot praise this book enough. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • Mia's Men: A Reverse Harem Romance Novel

  • The Heiress's Harem, Book 1
  • By: Lucy Felthouse
  • Narrated by: Poppy Jay Fox
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Mia Harrington’s father just lost his brave battle with cancer. Naturally, she’s devastated. With her mother long-since dead, and no siblings, Mia has a great deal of responsibility to shoulder. She’s also the sole beneficiary of her father’s estate. Or so she thinks. Unbeknownst to Mia, her father made a change to his will. She can still inherit, but only if she marries a suitable man within 12 months. If she doesn’t, her vile cousin will get everything. Determined not to lose her beloved childhood home, she resolves to find someone that fits the bill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sizzling read!

  • By Sairaika on 11-26-18

Mia's Men

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

Lucy Felthouse has a great writing style. I enjoyed this adventure of Mia meeting her father's will condition. Choosing the right suitor and balancing the men was her dilemma. The author did a wonderful job filling the book with the right amount of sex and twists. The narration by Poppy Jay Fox was great. This book is both a standalone listen and the start of a series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review, I will listen to more books by this author and narrator.

  • A Murder Near Perfect

  • By: Steve Saxon
  • Narrated by: Eddie Leonard Jr.
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Jack Morrison has it all. He's the CEO of a successful company. He has a beautiful wife. And he's having an affair with one of the secretaries at his workplace. He is known for making the necessary cuts in business to make things work and decides to make another "cut" to make his life better. And that cut is getting rid of his wife. Jack decides to drown his wife in a lake but soon sees her apparition whenever he looks at anything that contains liquid. Is the haunting real or a figment of his imagination?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narration, Average Story

  • By Azura S on 12-07-18

Great Short Story!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

A Murder Near Perfect by Steve Saxon pulled me in from the very beginning. Jack is having an affair with Veronica, who wants him to end his marriage to Marie. The twists in this book were so good! I did not expect the ending. Without giving away spoilers, the ending was spectacular. Eddie Leonard Jr did a great performance with this book. He gave the characters distinguishable voices. I could hear exactly who was speaking. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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