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  • Passion, Power and Sin

  • Books 1-5
  • By: Mike Wells
  • Narrated by: Karin Allers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story and Audiobook

  • By BC on 08-02-14

A Fantastic Romantic Suspense Adventure

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

Where does Passion, Power and Sin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Initially I wanted to review Passion, Power & Sin book by book but I caught up in the story that I lost track of where one book began and where the next book started. It was just that good! I didn't think Mike could top Lust, money and Murder - which is one of my favourite audio books ever. Passion Power & Sin is equally on par in my opinion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Enzo, he just crept into my heart and melted it. I loved Gareth and Heather too!!

What about Karin Allers’s performance did you like?

Karin has a great voice. She is easy to listen to and acts out the various characters brilliantly. In the beginning I thought the transitions were sometimes a bit rough but as the story progressed it evened out. She is versatile and her accents are perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I didn't think Mike could top Lust, money and Murder - which is one of my favourite audio books ever. Passion Power & Sin is equally on par in my opinion.

Definitely 'unputdownable'!!

  • Akasha

  • The Complete Saga
  • By: Terra Harmony
  • Narrated by: Emily Gittelman
  • Length: 37 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 21

Elemental powers in the palm of her hand. . .and it won't be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Follow the saga as one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between Kaitlyn and Earth's survival.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I want my credit back

  • By Aaron on 10-22-13

A great adventure!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

What made the experience of listening to Akasha the most enjoyable?

The plot is brilliant with twists and turns you don't see coming. Terra paces everything perfectly.

What did you like best about this story?

The character growth for all the characters throughout the story.

What three words best describe Emily Gittelman’s performance?

Initially I found Emily's narration to be a bit staccato getting in to the book. She didn't really draw me into the characters until about halfway through the first book where her pace evened out. I found that I enjoyed her voice when she acts out the other characters like Micah, Shawn and Cato more than when she is the main character Kaitlyn. By book two I settled into her narration style a little bit better and she became the characters more fully. Her transitions were fluid which helped the flow of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, it tugged at my heartstrings throughout the story.

Any additional comments?

This was a great adventure and one that I will gladly listen to again!

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  • The Drive-By Wife

  • By: Mike Wells
  • Narrated by: Mark Torres
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MIKE'S WRITING!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 07-09-15

A great suspense read

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

Reviewed: 06-28-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The Drive-by wife was a great listen. Mike starts off with an intriguing captivating scene that gets you intrigued and keeps you listening from the word go. As I have come to expect from Mike, he starts off with a great hook to kick off the book. The characters are well rounded, each with their own ways which makes them interesting. I enjoyed the character development throughout the book, as Mike peeled away the layers of each character in different ways

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drive-By Wife?

I enjoyed the chapter where we learn were it all went wrong for Billy

What three words best describe Mark Torres’s voice?

Smooth, enjoyable, steady

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes I would. It would make a great movie

Any additional comments?

The Drive-by Wife was an enjoyable listen, although I preferred Lust, Money & Murder. This is a great book for people who enjoy suspense with a dash of romance.

  • The Djinn

  • By: J. Kent Holloway
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

In the final years of the first Kingdom of Jerusalem, in a vault, hidden deep beneath the Temple Mount, Baron Gregory De L'Ombre has made an astonishing discovery. Imprisoned within the vault are twelve monstrous abominations, created by one of King Solomon's wives as a final act of revenge. The secrets of the vault will ensure Gregory's absolute power and forever enslave the Outremer-the Holy Land. No man dares stand against him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Readers Together on 05-10-14

A great fantasy book

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

Would you listen to The Djinn again? Why?

Yes, I enjoyed Wayne's narration of the story and I enjoyed the interesting characters, plot line and world Holloway created

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed all the scene's where the Djinn's sense of humor shine through the situation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listened to it in one sitting but I enjoyed listening to the story every morning and afternoon when I traveled to work.

Any additional comments?

Final Thoughts: I am so glad I requested this book. I would definitely pick up another book from J Kent Holloway and would be happy to listen to Wayne Farrell narrate another book.

** Note **
I received this audiobook free from the Audio Jukebox Solid Gold Reviewer Program and Seven Realms Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I received no chocolate or any other compensation in exchange for my review.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,907

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

A brilliant start to an awesome series

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

Reviewed: 02-21-14

Would you listen to Halfway to the Grave again? Why?

Yes, Tavia does a brilliant job of bring the characters to life and I loved the story/plot.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Halfway to the Grave?

Only 1? I enjoyed all of the tender moments between Cat & Bones as well as all the humor throughout the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

“Lucifer’s bouncing balls, Kitten, not again!
You’re not a woman, you’re the Grim Reaper with red hair!
Come on, Kitten, let’s go. Before you murder someone else.” -Bones&Cat”

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I was pulled in completely. I laughed, cried became angry and enjoyed all the tender moments.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant brilliant brilliant book & Narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lust, Money & Murder

  • Books 1, 2, & 3
  • By: Mike Wells
  • Narrated by: Sue Sharp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery!

  • By Parajunkee on 01-13-14

A great mystery & suspense with a touch of romance

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

What did you love best about Lust, Money & Murder?

Everything. The pace was brilliant and the story line kept my attention through all the books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Elaine Brogan but Nick Le Grange was my favourite character. He is true, honest, street smart, witty and your good/bad boy who doesn't follow the rules. What u see is what u get.

Which character – as performed by Sue Sharp – was your favorite?

All of them but I enjoyed Nick the most when he appeared. I also really enjoy some of the smaller characters like Toni & Dimitri.

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

When Elaine went to go and revisit her father and home town for closure.

Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic story about love, friendship, betrayal, revenge and truth. Elaine's life and journey is easily relatable, filled with good times and tough or dangerous situations. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and suspense type book with a touch of romance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful