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  • Two Suspects: A Legal Mystery

  • By: Gary Sherbell
  • Narrated by: Nick Zane
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

There’s been a burglary in a luxury high rise co-op in Manhattan: an elderly woman was assaulted in her apartment, with jewelry taken. The prime suspect is Johnny Jones, who was in the building around the same time, helping his lawyer, public defender Alan Goldman, move temporarily into the apartment of his friend, corporate lawyer Tim Wilson. But another suspect soon emerges: a look-alike intruder who got into the building through a basement door with a broken lock. The victim is suing the co-op for millions, represented by her niece, litigator Cathy Collins - Tim’s ex-girlfriend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Double crosses abound!

  • By Neesie315 on 01-13-19

Double crosses abound!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

If you enjoy legal drama in any form, you will love this book. So many twists and turns, so many crosses and double crosses that it's hard to keep track of who is stabbing who in the back!

You have a Public Defender, an Assistant DA, a highly paid lawyer in a huge firm, and an "Ambulance chaser"/Litigator all involved in what appears to be a simple burglary. The suspect, Johnny Jones, has been accused of the crime and Alan Goldman is the PD who gets the case. He believes Johnny is innocent, but is he or isn't he?

Add in the recently dissolved love affair between Cathy Collins and Tim Wilson, a possible highly profitable lawsuit and more and you have a true case of who is really the guilty party. All parties will stoop to low levels in order to get what they want and sex is a definite bargaining chip (but it's all behind closed doors). Beware: none of the characters are what I would call likeable (they are far too busy trying to outwit each other for that!), but they are entertaining.

The narrators did a good job and kept my interest level high. A fast-paced story that will entertain you and keep you wondering up until the end.

I received a copy of this Audible version of the book from the publisher and chose to review it.

  • Impersonation: Age of Expansion

  • The Ghost Squadron, Book 5
  • By: Sarah Noffke, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Killing the bad guy just got a whole lot harder. Eddie and Julianna are perplexed when a major thief strikes a security corporation. They track down the thieves at a top-secret Federation facility. What they learn only creates more problems. They’re dealing with shapeshifters. The Saverus race was thought to be a myth. It turns out they’ve only been hiding, taking on the identity of others. Biding their time. Now they’re trying to steal a device that could tear the entire galaxy apart.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can you really believe what you see?

  • By Neesie315 on 01-12-19

Can you really believe what you see?

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Another great addition to a wonderfully written and fun series! If you love the campiness of the original Star Trek and/or Doctor Who, you should give these books a try. The characters are totally irreverent and curse a lot, so if that is a problem, stay away! But, if you love snark and sci-fi, this one's for you!

Teach and Juliana and the rest of Ghost Squadron are tasked with finding a group of thieves intent on stealing a device that could tear the galaxy apart. They soon discover that the thieves are probably from the Saverus race, a group of shapeshifting snakes that was thought to be extinct. How can you know who to trust when the Saverus can take on anybody's identity?

This book has some twists involving characters that were introduced in earlier books. I like the fact that the authors continue to add more dimensions to some of the lesser characters. And, there are some new, quirky characters that make an appearance in this book as well.

I especially enjoyed Pip, Juliana's AI, in this book, as he tries to become more human, even suggesting that he take over Juliana's body! The dialogue between Pip and Juliana were great fun, especially as he tries to convince her to go Vegan. Lots of LOL moments between these two!

The book has plenty of action, some cringe worthy aliens (snake-people and rat-people.......EWWWWWWW!), and hints of romance. All of this along with the usual snarkiness and witty dialogue that readers of the series have come to love and expect.

In the author's notes, Sarah Noffke hints at 49 more books in order to satisfy the fans......YEAH! I never get tired of listening to these books and hope that there are many more to come. Always good for great entertainment! The narrator, Chris Abernathy, does his usual wonderful job and adds greatly to the enjoyment this series brings to my life.

  • The Billionaire's Email-Order Date: A Christmas Romance

  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Amanda Stribling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Billionaire businessman Chris Everett is successful, admired, and in charge. But when he decides to follow his friend’s advice and take an email-order date home for Christmas, he has no idea what he’s in for. Kate Grant is a struggling artist without a family. Facing the holidays alone again is more than she can bear. When Kate turns up at the Everett mansion with a Christmas-Gram to deliver, Chris mistakes her for his date. Maybe a snow-white Christmas on a cozy ranch in Montana will be just the thing Kate needs to help her get through the holidays.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Widower Can’t Move Forward...Until

  • By Romance junkie on 01-18-19

A Christmas Romance

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

If you need an uplifting story to lighten your heart, this is the perfect book to do just that.

Chris Everett is a self-made billionaire and seemingly has it all. Kate Grant is a struggling artist who has recently lost her adoptive parents in an accident. When they meet, a misunderstanding brings them together for the Christmas holidays at his parents' ranch in Montana.

Chris is still reeling from the death of his wife, Mia, three years ago and has come to dread the holidays. He isn't interested in ever loving anyone again, but will Kate be able to change his mind? Kate has been searching for her birth mother and just wants to feel like she fits into a family.

Ms. Holt always writes a great story with wonderful characters and heartwarming descriptions. This book is no exception. The narrator, Ms. Amanda Stribling, does a great job and adds a lot to the listener's enjoyment of the book.

If you are looking for a happily-ever-after with Christmas in the background, this is the perfect book for you. Nothing unexpected, but enjoyable all the same. Of course, there are the usual misunderstandings between our couple, but knowing that all will work out in the end is what makes this type of romance so wonderful.

I was given the chance to listen to the Audible version of this book by the author and chose to review it.

  • Sitting Bull: An Immortal Spirit of Resistance

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Larry G. Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Sitting Bull lives on in legacy as a Native American chief who fought against white oppression. When the US government broke land treaties to seek gold in the Black Hills, Sitting Bull took a stand against the desecration of this sacred land. He led his people, the Hunkpapa Lakota, through a period of resistance amidst crisis. He persisted through the end of the Great Sioux Wars, famously facing off against George Armstrong Custer in the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. Though shot and killed in 1890, Sitting Bull's immortal spirit of resistance continues to inspire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good intro to a fascinating man.

  • By Adam on 11-05-18

Sitting Bull

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I love being able to get a one hour history lesson in subjects that I really don't know much about. In60Learning gives the listener the opportunity to get a glimpse into an aspect of our history and culture in a very short time. This is a great way to learn a little bit in order to see if you are interested in a more in-depth study of the topic.

Most of my knowledge about Sitting Bull has been gathered from watching Western movies and TV shows (which I know are notoriously inaccurate). I knew that he was a fascinating man and this short narrative just gave me further proof of that. My one complaint about this book is that I would have preferred more about Sitting Bull and less about the movies/TV shows that portrayed this amazing warrior. I think that the time spent on the one chapter that was devoted to this could have been used to give more information about the true Sitting Bull.

The narrator was pretty good, but was a little monotone for my taste. I found myself having to "rewind" a few times because I wasn't listening due to his voice. Also, this book has the same problem that I find throughout the Western genre: the narrator should know how to pronounce "Cavalry" properly! This is one of my pet peeves in watching Western TV shows and movies.

I was given the opportunity to listen to this Audiobook by In60Learning and chose to review it.

  • Sticky Fingers: The Complete Box Set Collection

  • 36 Deliciously Twisted Short Stories
  • By: JT Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Roshina Ratnam, Bianca Flanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

This compelling collection of 36 short stories by JT Lawrence is diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice collections of short stories

  • By VonB on 11-01-18

Sticky Fingers

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

This is a collection of 36 short stories that range from poignant to creepy to hilarious. The author touches on depression, suicide, theft, dystopian worlds, medieval tales of witchcraft and Vikings, and mental illness. I liked the way that there were certain themes/stories that carried through the 3 collections and the fact that the first tale tied into the last one.

Ms. Lawrence has a definite way with words that keeps you reading/listening. Her descriptions are wonderful and I found myself getting lost in these stories. It would be difficult to say which one was my favorite, but the Trip Advisor stories were great fun. You will find yourself laughing, crying, looking behind you and racing to finish to see how the stories end. Some of the stories were truly sad and will really give you a different perspective on life.

Reader beware: Ms. Lawrence does touch on some subjects that might be difficult for certain readers, so be advised. But, if you like your stories to have wonderful characters with a touch of darkness, give this collection a listen. You won't be disappointed.

Both of the narrators did a great job and added a lot to my enjoyment. They both set the mood of the stories perfectly. I was given the opportunity to listen to this collection by the author and chose to review it.

  • Zombies on a Plane

  • Still Alive, Book Three
  • By: Javan Bonds
  • Narrated by: S.W. Salzman, Sean Runnette
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

For Mo Collins, surviving the zombie apocalypse isn’t getting any easier. Defeating blunatics, saving survivors, recovering treasure, and securing Guntersville Island has been taking up Mo’s time when he would rather just make time with his girl. But he can’t avoid his scripted destiny; his personal Oracle, Smokes, won’t let him. He can still bitch about it, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They'er at it again!

  • By Joyce on 12-15-18

Bluenatics!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Javan Bonds is able to bring out my inner pre-pubescent boy like nobody else! If anyone had ever told me that I would love a series full of adolescent humor, I would have told them that they were crazy. But, here I am, a 60 year old woman, laughing at dick jokes!

Mo, Smokes and Hammer take off on a quest to rescue Mo's younger brother, Ezekiel (Easy), using a plane they have found. Little did we know that Smokes can fly a plane! And, he is actually a very good pilot! When he spies a Newport semi truck, he lands in the middle of the road and races to grab some cigs. What other character would risk life and limb during a Zompoc to feed a habit? Why, Smokes, of course!

Gene, the tech, is living with the beautiful widow, Georgia, and her son Hunter. Will Gene finally find love? Or, will something intervene to stop their budding relationship? Then, we have the possibility that one of the main characters is a terrorist....or is he? Maybe he is their savior in disguise!

I could go on and on with the references and the story, but it's much better if you listen/read it for yourself. There is plenty of action in this installment, complete with a female dictator, a traitor and a villain or two. Will Mo and his band of survivors be able to win against these odds? Will Mo finally get together with the love interest, Sarah?

I loved the new name given to the Peevies by Gene. Bluenatics seems like an appropriate description of these foul smelling blue zombies. Add in a character named Bobbit and another named Dick and Mr. Bonds had me laughing in spite of myself.

Two of my favorite quotes:

"Oh no! I just realized that Smokes is wearing a red shirt!" (Thanks for the old school Star Trek reference!)

"I've seen this movie and it doesn't end well for everyone."

S.W. Salzman does a fantastic job in his narration, switching from Mo's redneck/cracker voice to Smokes' streetwise banter, then to a Middle Eastern doctor with ease. His narration adds a lot to this series and I find myself hearing some of the voices in my head long after I finish the book.

If you are easily offended by adolescent humor or political incorrectness, steer clear of this series. Mr. Bonds' writing is wildly entertaining and brings a totally new perspective to the Zompoc. I hope that this series continues for a long, long time!

I begged the author and narrator to let me listen to this book and thank God they caved! My opinions in this review are totally my own and not influenced in any way by outsiders!

  • William Wallace

  • The Spirit of a Scottish Martyr
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Alexander Doddy
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

William Wallace started out as a humble knight, but he died a war hero. He gave up everything in his fight for Scottish freedom, including his life. When captured, Wallace was hung, drawn, and quartered by the English king for crimes against the crown. Though he was memorialized in the 1995 film Braveheart, this book tells how much of what we associate with Wallace is more legend than fact. Still, the spirit of the great Scotsman lives on in the hearts and minds of his compatriots today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • William Wallace Rocks!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 12-30-18

Braveheart

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Since I really don't know anything about William Wallace AKA Braveheart or Scottish history, I decided to see what I could learn from this quick listen.

This is good brief overview of the story of William Wallace, who has gone down in history as a martyr for the Scottish cause. Since most of what I knew about him came from Hollywood, I found this true history to be very different and a whole lot less romantic!

These 60 minute learning listens are great for those of us who only want a brief introduction to a subject. If the reader is interested in more in-depth information, this is a great place to start to see if the subject is one that they are truly interested in for the long haul.

The narrator does a good job and kept my interest throughout this quick book. I was given the chance to listen to this book through Audiobook Boom! and chose to review it.

  • Tombstone Jack and the Wyoming Raiders

  • By: Dan Winchester
  • Narrated by: E. M. Carberry
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Bounty hunter Jack Coltrane finds a burning wagon lying on its side in the Wyoming Territory. The ground is littered with the dead, but he finds one survivor, a woman named Bridget Decker. Jack gets her to a doctor in Cheyenne. He discovers the Wyoming Raiders, a band of outlaws, are the ones who attacked the wagon, and they want to make sure there are no witnesses. And now the Raiders know about Jack, too. Who will survive the deadly showdown?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gunfights and raiders

  • By Rabid Reader on 08-22-18

Look out Wyoming!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This short story is another in the adventures of bounty hunter Jack Coltrane, better known as Tombstone Jack. But, this nickname isn't because of the number of men he has killed; it's for a much tamer reason that he goes by this name.

Jack and his traveling companion, Burt, come across a burning wagon with two dead men alongside. Upon further inspection, Jack finds a mortally wounded woman. Of course, being the kind of man that he is, he takes her to Cheyenne to a doctor, even though this takes him away from his true purpose of collecting a wanted man and the bounty it will bring.

The story continues as Jack encounters the men responsible for this tragedy, but since there isn't a price on their heads, he hesitates to do more. But, since he is basically a good guy at heart, readers know that he will eventually get the chance to make things right.

These short tales of Tombstone Jack are entertaining for anyone who enjoys the Western genre. Jack is a true Western hero, troubled (but you really don't know why), quick with a gun, gentle with the ladies and only trying to survive. I love the humor that his companion, Burt, adds to this series. The author has a wonderful way with words and I found myself laughing out load a couple of times.

The narrator is perfect for this book and adds a lot to the listener's enjoyment. I was given the chance to listen to this book by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

  • Season of Love

  • Cutter's Creek Series, Book 11
  • By: Vivi Holt
  • Narrated by: Paul Curtis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Margaret Hutchins has been alone since her parents died of influenza in Chicago a decade earlier. When she moves to Cutter’s Creek in Montana Territory for a fresh start, as the new teacher for the little school, she discovers a cozy community where she’s welcomed and appreciated. Heath Moore had his heart broken by Charlotte Beaufort years ago, and he’s hesitant to court again. Until, that is, he runs into Margaret just before Christmas - she’s beautiful, intelligent, and compassionate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Season of Love

  • By Christy D on 01-18-19

Season of Love

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

A beautifully heartwarming story that will lift your spirits and give you hope.

Margaret Hutchins is the school teacher in Cutter's Creek, Montana. Heath Moore is a lonely bachelor who owns a huge ranch nearby. When a group of 6 orphan children arrives in the small community, nobody is able to take them all in. After they are separated, they runaway at every chance to spend time together.

Margaret (Meg) feels led to volunteer to take all six children into the farmhouse that has been left for the school's use. She really doesn't know anything about raising children, but feels that this is her calling. Heath is attracted to Meg and seems to care for the children as well.

The story is predictable, but wonderfully written. As the children flourish under Meg's care, Heath feels more and more attracted to her. All romance readers know how the story will end, but it doesn't make it any less satisfying.

Wonderful characters, great story and perfect narration make this the perfect quick read when you need hope in your life! I was given the chance to listen to this audiobook by the author and chose to review it.

  • Christmas in the Forest

  • By: Edward Alan Kurtz
  • Narrated by: Gregory Diehl
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

It's Christmas time and there's a big problem in the forest! People from a nearby village want to chop down a special tree to use for their Christmas decorations. But this is the most beautiful tree in the whole forest! Wendy the Warbler, Wally the Woodlark, William the Woodpecker, and Sebastian the Squirrel all live in this old pine tree. All the animals have a plan to save the special tree and help the people from the village have a merry Christmas!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forest Creatures Unite!

  • By Neesie315 on 12-24-18

Forest Creatures Unite!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

The creatures of the forest love their Old Pine Tree and can't imagine it ever being gone. However, the townspeople have another idea! They have decided to cut down this Old Pine for the town's decorations. The animals, under the leadership of the wise old owl, Olivia, decide that they have to do something to save their tree from destruction!

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story, just right for Christmas. I loved the descriptions of the animal's homes, each decorated with their favorite colors. My favorite character has to be Stephen, the snake, and the narrator's hissing voice for Stephen was just perfect! And, the animals are oh so polite, always offering tea to their visitors. These animals drink more tea than you can imagine! At the end, the true meaning of the Christmas spirit is realized by everyone (except maybe the curmudgeonly old Army Captain).

This is a great book for families to listen to with their children, but it is also entertaining for those of us who are a lot older! The writing was perfect, the story was entertaining, and the narration was wonderful.

I was given a chance to listen to the Audible version of this book through Audiobook Boom and chose to review it.