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  • The Secret Chord (The Conor McBride Series - Mystery Suspense Thriller Book 2)

  • By: Kathryn Guare
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Conor McBride has lost everything, and if he can't find a way to disappear in a hurry, the next thing he loses could be his life. Running from enemies he's never met and haunted by his own destructive actions, Conor needs a refuge secure enough to hold his secrets. A farmhouse inn tucked amidst the green mountains of Vermont seems ideal, but when his past catches up with him, Conor discovers the beautiful young innkeeper has secrets of her own, and hers are more likely to get them both killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good adventure

  • By cosmitron on 03-31-18

Mystery and Love

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Mystery and Love, two of the most popular topics readers pick up and Kathryn Guare does well to pair them together in this book.
In the end, I was truly swept away by her extensive novel of agents, farmers, heiresses, and mobsters. Although, I must admit it was hard to keep up with all of the twists and turns created in the story but on the whole it was a story that kept me intrigued to the very end.

Wayne Farrell's narration was very notable for me. His character voices were subtle yet distinguishable and his narration easy to listen too.

Overall I would recommend this to all who love a good action packed mystery and don't mind a little love thrown in.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Death by Disputation

  • The Francis Bacon Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Anna Castle
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Thomas Clarady is recruited to spy on a group of radical Puritans at Cambridge University. Francis Bacon is his spymaster; his tutor in both tradecraft and religious politics. Their commission gets off to a deadly start when Tom finds his chief informant hanging from the roof beams. Now he must catch a murderer as well as a seditioner. His first suspect is volatile poet Christopher Marlowe, who keeps turning up in the wrong places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable historical fiction.

  • By Terri A. on 04-29-18

Another Great Read

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Anna Castle welcomes you back into her well crafted historical fiction mystery with all the best characters from book one. Although it could be read as a stand alone book--a feat many authors struggle with--this book was just as witty and artfully written to keep the reader fully engaged. I'm becoming a true fan of Castle's writing and love how each book includes historical persons breathed into life by her carefully plotted words all playfully tied up in an intriguing mystery.

Joel Froomkin out does his first performance in this book's narration. Great cadence, easy tone of voice, subtle but distinct character voices and superb timing. His art of being able to juggle all the characters Castle wrote in is outstanding.

Overall a fantastic read and I recommend it to all who love a good mystery and like to dabble in history.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Murder by Misrule

  • The Francis Bacon Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Anna Castle
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder. Bacon's powerful uncle, Lord Burghley, suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man's legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets. Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss - and in danger - until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying characters

  • By Jennifer Olson on 12-09-17

Thoroughly Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I truly enjoyed this book to the fullest. What a wonderful Historical Fiction that keep you on your toes with mystery, had you laughing out loud with witty writing ,and had you fully engrossed in the lives of the characters author Anna Castle developed. I looked forward to listening to this book every chance I got. I will without a doubt be looking for more of Anna's works.

Narrator Joel Froomkin was superb. He had a smooth and careful narration with a knack for keeping the listener engaged. I appreciated his ability to stay true to the heightened language but not go over the top. I would love to listen to more of his work.

Overall, a wonderful book. I would recommend it to all.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Half-Assed Wizard

  • Book 1
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Half-assed wizard

  • By MANI on 03-31-18

Not much, but Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

The plot wasn't too complicated and the characters not well developed but Gary Jonas created an easy to listen to novel. If you're looking for something to just throw on to pass the time, this book is for you.

Joel Hempel's narration was great. Pace was perfect and nothing was over the top. I'll be looking for other genres he's produced.

Overall, an ok book but not something I would recommend to friends.

This audiobook was given in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Earth Dwellers

  • The Dwellers Saga and The Country Saga, Book 4
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Khristine Hvam, MacLeod Andrews, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

As President Borg Lecter threatens to annihilate the Country tribes in order to expand his glass-domed empire, Adele ventures into the belly of the beast. Her only hope of survival is the consolidation of Dwellers and Country power before it's too late. Former demagogue President Nailin is eliminated, yet civil unrest infects every alliance. To save Adele, President Tristan faces his greatest challenge yet: unifying unfriendly Dwellers in the Tri-Realms to raise an army against Lecter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great End to a Fantastic Series

  • By Felisha on 09-26-17

Great End to a Fantastic Series

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I really enjoyed the final book in the 2 part Saga. Everything was knit closed nicely and a few twists I didn't expect. I loved that the story was brought to life by all the main character's in the saga, which allowed the reader to stay engaged as each chapter was a different POV for the current situation. My absolute favorite part was the final chapter. Estes could have ended it the chapter before, but the final chapter cleared up all questions and gave a final bow to all characters.

I am thankful all the narrators throughout the 2 saga's returned as well. It allowed the story to maintain its seamless quality.

Overall, like I said in the title, a great end to a fantastic series. Well done Estes.

I would recommend this book to all.

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  • Ice Country

  • The Country Saga, Book 2
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Dazz, a hard-edged, fun-loving Icer, likes fighting, particularly while at his favorite watering hole. However, while recovering from a particularly bad break up, his decision to engage in a brutal pubroom brawl leads to a series of events that thrust him into a dark and mysterious scandal involving King Goff, the ice country ruler. When his seven-year-old sister is abducted in the dark of night, Dazz pledges to do whatever it takes to get her back, embarking on a quest that threatens to rip apart the very fabric that's barely holding his shattered family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Humble & Honest on 10-08-17

Getting Cold in a good way

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

I really enjoyed this story. The characters, the plot, and the merging of stories in the saga flowed well.

Macleod Andrews was enjoyable to listen to. His voice inflections were subtle and yet different. Nothing over the top. His pace and tone were spot on.

Overall my favorite book in this 3 part saga. I would recommend it to all.

  • Water & Storm Country

  • The Country Saga, Book 3
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Kirby Heyborne, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother's untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he's transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good tie in with The Dwellers series!

  • By Humble & Honest on 10-08-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

This 3rd book in the series was interesting. It wasn't my favorite of the saga but it was nice to finally bring everything together. I felt some of the story was jumpy or over dramatic between the two main characters but overall not bad.

Kate Russ's narration was pretty good. She was passionate and sharp. I wasn't a fan of some the character voice such as "evil" but over all easy to listen to.
Kirby Hayeborne was ok at best. He kept the same vocal cadence almost the entire time which made his part drag for me. I like the sound of his voice I just wish it had more energy and diversity.
I was glad to hear Khristine Hvams voice again. She has power and spunk in her voice which is always fun to listen too.

Overall, it was a good read and I would recommend it to all.

  • Fire Country

  • The Country Saga, Book 1
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low that the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn 16 and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers. Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT follow up!

  • By Humble & Honest on 10-08-17

A New Saga

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I adored The Dwellers Saga, so when I saw it continued into this series I was excited to listen. The overall story was good, but not as well developed as the Dwellers saga, in my opinion. There is a lot to be left to the imagination and some character development seemed lacking. But I enjoyed finding out what happened to those who survived and discovering a new world.

Khristine Hvam's narration was well done. Nothing over the top and easy to listen to, even with the twang.

Overall, a good start to this Saga and I'm eager to jump into book 2.

I would recommend this all.

  • The Last Serenade

  • Sybil Ingram, Volume 2
  • By: Amanda DeWees
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

In September 1873, medium and actress Sybil Ingram is looking forward to her new life as the wife of dashing violinist Roderick Brooke. But their plans for marriage are interrupted by a cry for help from Julia de Lioncourt, Roderick's former lover, who implores him to come to Paris to rescue her from a blackmailer, Danton Fournier. When they arrive in Paris, the bewitching beauty proposes a daring plan: Sybil will take Julia's place in a new melodrama while Julia, her alibi thus secured, recovers the letters from Fournier's home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding gothic historical mystery!

  • By LilMissMolly on 07-11-17

Mystery Done Well

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Amanda DeWees' novel is a perfect blend of mystery and soft romance. This historical fiction was engaging with little twist and turns that had me guessing to the very end. The characters were well developed and relatable and the plot pleasingly plausible. I particularly enjoyed that the main character was a strong willed, passionate, and empathetic woman. I truly enjoyed DeWees writing style and plan to listen to more in this series.

This was my second time listening to narrator Elizabeth Klett and I was thoroughly impressed. Her accents and dialects were superb. Although the writing included heavy amounts of French, and quick transitions from British, to American, to French speakers, Klett spoke it with ease and nothing was overdone. I plan to listen to more of her work.

Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend it to mystery and/or romance fans.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • H.A.L.F.

  • The Makers
  • By: Natalie Wright
  • Narrated by: Dylan White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

You've seen the aliens known as "the Greys" in movies and on TV. But what if everything you think you know about them is wrong? And what if the Greys are only the beginning? On a nondescript planet on the far side of the galaxy, the M'Uktah have evolved from a wolf-like predatory creature into a highly advanced species that has mastered intergalactic travel. They are cultured. Refined. And hungry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read book 1 first but awesome (tho hard to follow)

  • By coreybeth on 01-11-17

Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Natalie Wright welcomes us back into a world where we are not the only ones out there in the universe and, in fact, those "others" want to infect or kill humanity. Jumping right into where Book 1 left off, readers are forced to piece together the main plot as each chapter focuses on a different character's situation. It can get a little confusing at times and made the story had to follow but each character's story line eventually sync and the book ends with a great cliff hanger.

Narrator Dylan White did a fine job with taking on a book 2 in a series. His variation in character voices were great and enjoyable to listen to, but to me, his narrator voice sounded forced and almost always ended on the downbeat, sounding like the narration for action movie trailer. I find this amusing as the narrator for book 1 had the opposite problem. Put them together and it would have been perfect.

Overall, still a bit over the top of a plot but stayed true to the series as a whole. I'd recommend this to fans of young adult Sci-fiction.