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  • The Flood

  • Unicorn Daze, Book 2
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Gus the Unicorn takes young Jessie on an adventure to meet Father Time inside the Great Veil and Noah just moments before the Great Flood. Jessie learns what happened to the unicorns and why we don't see them in the world today. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story 👏

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 09-08-18

Her voice is so soothing

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Laura Hesse's books for children are so sweet. Her audiobooks literally sound as if a beloved family member is reading to your child. Her voice is very soothing and my three-year-old loves to fall asleep to whatever adventures Gus the unicorn gets up to. This is another fun installation in the adorable Gus the Unicorn series…highly recommend for your little fantasy fiction lover, especially around bed time. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • A Watched Pot

  • By: Mr. Blue
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Graham is trying his hardest to save his marriage. When his wife, Cressida, invites two new friends over for dinner he offers to cook even though he has no experience with vegan food. Something troubles Graham about the couple, but he can’t quite put his finger on it. He takes a journey into Facebook to find a terrible truth which creates a sinister consequence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short entertaining read

  • By cosmitron on 10-04-18

A great little story...

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Now this is an author who knows how to tell a short story. Characters were compelling and well developed for such a short span of time to have spent with them. The bits about dietary choice arrogance and obnoxious social media behavior had me laughing out loud and made me appreciate the ending even more. The narrator has an elegant voice and does a great job with this story. I would certainly be interested in checking out more from this author and this narrator. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Sharpe Point

  • Maycroft Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Retired from teaching, rookie investigator Deena Sharpe wants justice for the wrongly accused. She also wants to impress her new boss. But when she trips over a dead body in the church’s haunted house, the police try to pin it on one of their clients. Can Deena defend a person she thinks may be guilty?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ashley Hedden on 09-16-18

Such a fun series to follow

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The Maycroft cozy mystery audio books narrated by Kelley Hazan mix the right amount of charm, quirk, spooky murder mystery, and well, coziness to make this a series you'll want to follow. Prime example from the opening chapter of this installation in the series... The main character bakes a cake under the strict supervision of her persnickety mother in law (a master baker) to bring to a church Halloween cake walk. Wacky events unfold (which they are want to do in Maycroft) and a large man falls dead atop the cake. As the character is explaining the situation to her husband and mother in law later that evening her mother in law questions how badly the deceased's head squished the prized cake and whether or not it (the cake) could have been salvaged. If lol moments like that don't sell you on the series than the fact that Hazan delivers these memorable lines with a fantastic array of voices should. Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Hazan, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of this book. I have left my unbiased review here of my own accord.

  • Sharpe Turn

  • Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

When a famous author agrees to teach a writing course at the library, amateur sleuth Deena Sharpe eagerly signs up. But on the second day of class, the author's wife dies in a car crash, and the police suspect foul play. Is it a hoax to teach his students about plotting a murder mystery? Not likely. Deena dives into the investigation when a friend is accused of the crime. With her brother's help, she must clear their friend's name and stay out of trouble with the town's newest detective. As if that weren't enough, it's her husband's birthday and her pushy mother-in-law is coming to town. What's a Southern gal to do?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen

  • By lynda on 12-11-17

The Sharpe books really grow on you...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This is my 2nd Sharpe cozy mystery series book by Lisa B. Thomas, narrated by Kelley Hazan and I've found that the series has really grown on me. I think the key thing for me has been the narrator...she is absolutely fantastic at capturing voice nuance and really makes you feel like you're a fly on the wall listening to suburban housewives engage in petty squabbles, typical awkward moments between in-laws in middle America, an average people trying to go about the business of living whilst not-so-average things occur all around them. Kelley Hazan animates those quirky ancillary characters beautifully as well...this time around it was the main character's brother's cantankerous old friend. The things he said and that hilarious voice he said them with...the whole situation had me laughing out loud on a few occasions. These books are fantastic at the bedside as there's truly a soothing quality to the stories themselves (I suppose there's a reason they're called "cozy") and to Hazan's voice. I believe these books are good enough to rival the famous Diane Mott Davidson Goldie Bear Cozy Mystery audio books (also beautifully narrated). Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Hazan, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of this book. I have left my unbiased review here of my own accord.

  • The Unicorn & the Dragon

  • Unicorn Daze
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Laura Hesse
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

The ghost of Sir Lancelot helps Jessie and her unicorn friend, Gus, stop a dragon from destroying the Great Plains and even time itself. Jessie discovers how to release the power of the magical Karkadan horn to do good, and Gus finds the courage to live up to being the son of the unicorn king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next one 🐲

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-07-18

The new surprise bedtime fave in our household!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book appears to be a self-funded independent project in which the writer herself narrates the audiobook. Her unpolished style isn’t necessarily what adults are looking for in an audiobook but it is PERFECT for little kids! My son loves this audiobook because he said it “sounds like mommy reading it”. In fact, it is a much bigger hit in our household than other classic children’s tales that are professionally narrated because those narrators fail to capture his attention. The Unicorn and the Dragon literally sounds like it’s being read by a mother or a grandmother to her own loved ones. I love it because the story itself and the narrator sooth my little one off to sleep. He’s got a library of audiobooks to choose from and lately he’s been asking for The Unicorn and the Dragon every night. So glad to have stumbled upon this cute story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Method

  • By: Duncan Ralston
  • Narrated by: Rick Gregory
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

After a prolonged illness, Frank and Linda's marriage has begun to fray at the edges. When old friends tell them about an "unconventional therapy retreat" called The Method, they jump at the chance to attend. One last attempt to stay true to their wedding vows. Till death do they part. Dr. Kaspar's Lone Loon Lodge is a secluded resort deep in the Montana wilderness. The staff is friendly. The other couple joining them is intense. But when one of the guests is murdered events quickly spiral out of control, leaving Linda and Frank unable to trust anyone but each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: do not listen to this book at night.

  • By cosmitron on 04-21-18

Fast paced & engaging but outlandish towards end.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I found this book to be entertaining and it was certainly fast paced. However, there were several frustrating plot holes and towards the end it became increasingly unbelievable. What starts off as semi-believable fiction eventually leads to a story that, for me, requested far too much suspension of disbelief…it simply asked too much of a me, as a reader. I won’t say too much here for fear of leaving serious spoilers for people who’ve yet to read the book, but I’m a psychiatrist and as such am extremely well-versed in the reality of involuntary commitment. That being said, the protagonists simply would not have been able to pull off/get away with the large-scale operation that’s been described here in this book based on so many societal (legal guidelines, cultural norms, etc.)…and why would they want to? In the end, the whole thing just became too outlandish for me. Was the whole point that the doctor (spoiler alert!) was a nazi and as such just wanted to torture people for torture’s sake? (Another spoiler alert!) I suppose the couple at the end did end up staying together, but the story had just become so far fetched by that point that I found myself no longer even remotely caring if their relationship stayed intact. On a more positive note, I have heard this narrator before and I quite enjoy his deadpan style. He’s got a distinct lack of affect which I believe would be an excellent fit for stories told from the perspective of the “bad guy” (think Mr. Mercedes – the parts of the story told by serial killer Brady Hartsfield). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Animals Eat Each Other

  • A Novel
  • By: Elle Nash
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In this stunning and powerful debut, a girl with no name embarks on a fraught three-way relationship with Matt, a Satanist and a tattoo artist, and his girlfriend Frances, a new mom. The liaison is caged by strict rules and rigid emotional distance. Nonetheless, it’s all too easy to surrender to an attraction so powerful she finds herself erased, abandoning even her own name in favor of a new one: Lilith. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice and bleak...

  • By Ad n' Audie on 09-17-18

Nice and bleak...

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

This book is nice and bleak, and it reminded me of the Mars Room (which I loved). It comes across as fairly realistic and is a real headlong dive into the psyche of a complicated girl who seems to make one bad decision after another. Well written with a nice flow... this is a good read as long as you're not the type of person who requires a happy ending. The narrator was excellent and perfect for this story. She had this very subtle way of taking a deep inhale during particularly painful descriptions within the story that made it seem as if the story was 100% true and the listener was hearing it told straight from the horse's mouth. I would certainly read more of Elle Nash and Kasi Hollowell's work, based on this experience. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Gregg Rizzo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Set in Yukon, Canada, in the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, the central character of the novel is a dog named Buck. The story opens at a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as a sled dog in Alaska. He becomes progressively feral in the harsh environment, where he is forced to fight to survive and dominate other dogs. By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great version of a classic story

  • By Ad n' Audie on 08-31-18

Great version of a classic story

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Call of the Wild is remarkable in it's extensive character development within a relatively short story. It's unique in that the characters who are most developed and the dynamics that are most explored pertain to dogs. In Call of the Wild human characters play second fiddle and are essentially just used to move the plot forward. It's a great classic tale and should certainly not be missed. Gregg Rizzo, the narrator, has the perfect voice for Call of the Wild. He absolutely brought it to life and his voice is strong and steady enough that it could believably represent the dog's inner narrative. He comes across as a true professional narrator and this makes for a great version of a classic story - one that could be used for classroom or personal use. Thank you to the author, the narrator, and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

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  • 52 Sleepless Nights

  • Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, and Horror Short Stories
  • By: Tobias Wade
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Did you know that heaven keeps a prisoner? Or that the grim reaper's scythe isn't there to harvest you? It's really to protect you against something on your journey. This is a huge collection of 52 psychological horror and supernatural horror stories, the second volume to the Amazon best-selling horror collection, 51 Sleepless Nights.   

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-24-18

Deliciously Dark!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

How is Tobias Wade not a writer for American Horror Story yet?! This guy is a brilliant story teller of the darkest variety. I would love to sit down with him for a coffee and ask him loads of questions regarding where he gets his ideas and about his life in general...for someone to come up with this many interesting dark little tales, well, that's unique. I would bet that he grew up reading the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books as a kid (as I did). 52 Sleepless Nights is perfect for anyone who grew up loving the Scary Stories books or Goosebumps or anything along those lines and is now looking for an adult version of that type of entertainment...these stories are creepy to the core and many will leave you thinking (and potentially sleeping with the light on) long after you've finished reading them. This is not my first encounter with this narrator either - he's brilliant, totally professional and excellent at creating a spooky feel with his voice alone. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Laurel Hill

  • New Beginnings, Book 1
  • By: Erin Mackey
  • Narrated by: Jae Huff
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

When sixth-grader Maggie and her mom leave their lifelong home to move to the small town of Laurel Hill, Maggie is a little nervous about how it will turn out. She isn't exactly shy, but making new friends is not the easiest thing to do-especially near the end of the school year. Nikki, Jennifer, Amy, Morgan, and Katie have been friends for years. They do everything together! But when Maggie is introduced to their class as a new student, they realize she would be a great addition to their group. Laurel Hill: New Beginnings tells an exciting story about finding new friends, solving mysteries, learning to deal with bullies, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Maggie and her new friends discover that new beginnings show how God renews his promises to us day by day. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea.

  • By KD on 10-17-18

Great narration to capture a child's attention.

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Great narration to capture a child's attention but the story fell flat for me. The indoctrination of Christianity throughout the story felt awkward, a bit forced, and caused flow issues. Overall I found this to be a shame given the important life lessons the author was going for (adjusting to change, difficult social dynamics faced by school age children, etc.).

Aside from the aforementioned it was a nice story with characters that many children could potentially relate to. The frequent praying just came across as odd and inorganic. Additionally, it is very important to remember that children must not be allowed to feel that if something goes wrong (perhaps not being able to make friends quite as easily as this character, or something even worse, such as the death of a loved one) they could have somehow prevented it by praying more or in a different manner. I think the way this story approaches religion teeters upon that very hazardous precipice.

It would have been enough for the story to have simply had wholesome characters who behaved in an ethical manner showing kindness towards each other and acceptance of their differences. That is WJWD, after all.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.