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  • Ghostly Paws

  • Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Leighann Dobbs
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

Middle age can be murder.... At least that's how it seems to former crime journalist Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect: She sees ghosts. After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian, who insists Willa solve her murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy with ghosts and cats

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-15-16

Could have been good....

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I am returning this purchase as a terrible attempt to write a fun storyline others have already written with much better quality. The author needs to get a better story outline before attempting another book. I have enjoyed books with nearly the same storyline (e.g. Ilona Andrews Clean Sweep books) but this was a very poor attempt at creating a much loved genre.

  • Alpha Class

  • The Etheric Academy, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

Follow us as we have the people in the Etheric Empire setting up a special academy to train the first set of teens on a leadership track. They are supposed to learn about the different groups in the Etheric Empire. Unfortunately, some of the members of those teaching teams tapped to train the kids don't realize how...adventurous...the teens can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1

  • By Book Junkie on 01-22-18

More a Short Story

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I am not a Kurtherian Gambit addict but I tried the original now that Honor Harrington is infrequent and my favorite Bujold is semi-retired. Definitely not up to those standards but it's a bit like the Omega Force books I like. So I've read the series but the spin offs are flat.

This spin off is the worst. The entire story could have been done as a short story, it's kinda teen material not appealing to old folks like me, and I literally got nothing from the story. Like literally I can barely remember more than team BMW screwing up again. Think I'll pass on these books.

  • The Hollow of Fear

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 3
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. When the estranged wife of her dear friend Lord Ingram is discovered dead on his estate, all signs point to him as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to find out the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By Jane on 10-02-18

Not as good as first two.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I struggled to finish this third book, whereas I was through the first two in a blink. I'm not sure why....the narrator is superb but somehow the story never caught me up. Perhaps there just wasn't enough deducing going on.

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  • Monster Empire

  • By: Michael-Scott Earle
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

Step 1 - Find beautiful monster girl. Step 2 - Bed beautiful monster girl. Step 3 - Make half-monster-half-human child that has magical abilities with beautiful monster girl. Step 4 - Go to Step 1 with different monster girl until an unstoppable horde is made. Step 5 - Conquer the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good premise, but thin build up

  • By Scott on 10-19-18

Ok if you like juvenile Sci fi

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Not a bad story for the testosterone type of mating ritual Sci fi and I would have given it a higher rating for the cute kid BUT....I resent the credit for a story that stops to make me wait for any kind of decent development of the storyline half way through what should have developed far enough for me to want more. Definitely going back. I can enjoy juvenile but not feeling cheated by the author ending the story abruptly with...."wait for the next installment ".

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Melodrama among the exodus

  • By Michael G Kurilla on 10-17-18

loved the first two...this was less cohesive.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I was enthralled by Ms. Chambers first two story lines by Ms. Chambers. This third book isn't bad but was not nearly as good as Long Way from a Small Planet. All the different POV was difficult to follow and distracting.

Not bad but not up to my enjoyment of her first installments.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Mage

  • Magical Mayhem, Volume 2
  • By: K. F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

After narrowly surviving my debut into the magical world, I made a promise to myself: no more hiding in broom closets. But with the Mages' Guild reorganizing faster than anyone thought possible, and naming me as their number one target, that promise seems a little far-fetched. Especially since my training with Callie and Dizzy, the highly experienced dual-mage pair, goes off like a cake in a cannon. Left to find someone that can fill the role, it isn't until a formal dinner party goes horribly wrong that I find the best (and worst) solution imaginable: Reagan Somerset, the leather-clad crazy woman who busted into my broom closet sanctuary in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Book Junkie on 06-20-18

Disappointing second book.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I barely listened to the last 2/3rds of this while cleaning house because I was so disappointed with the writing after enjoying the first book so much. It was verbose with little excitement or anticipation included that I would normally would have put it down less than half way through. I didn't because I am willing to give the author a third chance in hopes the next book is as good as the first.

  • Renegade Star: Publisher's Pack 3

  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Renegade Star: Publisher's Pack 3 contains audiobooks five and six of the Renegade Star series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Ending!

  • By Linda Luella on 09-03-18

Good Ending!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Yes, this series was an escape reality and have fun with it type of story. I enjoyed the entire series in less than a week but I normally wouldn't give it 5 stars. I gave this last book that many stars because the ending was so satisfying after the long road of 6 books! So yes, the series was worth the 3 credits it cost.

P.S. The 5 stars is in recognition of how tired I am of so many series not really wrapping the story up. I never know if or. when I'll get the next installment or if there will ever be another book in many series. Then there's the wrap up that leaves big questions about whether maybe the author will write another one or a spin off series. This was very refreshing!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of the Innocent

  • Onset, Book 3
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

The alliance with the Elfin Warriors has allowed the US government’s supernatural forces, the Omicron Branch, to hold the line against the demons and take the war to the Vampire Familias, defeating them in battle and reclaiming their resources. Victory against the vampires, however, leaves David White with a moral dilemma as he captures an entire convoy of freshly turned vampires: beyond saving, but innocent of their species’ crimes. Duty only allows one fate for them - but then an ancient vampire arrives to negotiate for their freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well.....

  • By Walter W. Chu on 09-10-18

Best of the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I wasn't sure if I would like this new series but it's gotten better with each succeeding book. I didn't care all that much for book 1, book 2 was interesting, and this third book really grabbed me and made me glad I stuck with it.

Surprisingly this is the opposite of my experience with Starship Mage. I still believe the first book of that Glynn Stewart series is an all-time favorite I will reread often.

  • Space Team

  • By: Barry J Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027

Cal Carver is having a bad day. Imprisoned and forced to share a cell with a cannibalistic serial killer, Cal thinks things can't possibly get any worse. He is wrong. It's not until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is abducted by aliens that his day really starts to go downhill. Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of some of the sector's most notorious villains and scumbags.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fonkin’ Terrific

  • By DobieChuck on 01-15-17

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I bought this book because of the numerous reviews saying the story was humerous. I didn't laugh once and couldn't find any humor. Was hoping for something like Omega Force but this first book wasn't close in terms of being entertaining.

Narrator was good and I didn't hate it (or I would have given 1 star), so I'll try the next book in hopes it gets better.

  • Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space

  • The Henry Gallant Saga, Book 1
  • By: H. Peter Alesso
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets' fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but could be improved.

  • By cosmitron on 09-05-18

What's the author's point?

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I always wonder whether my state of mind affects my opinion of the book I just listened to but I think this was bad enough I can review and return it immediately. Not only is the short book (thank God) boring but I just can't figure out without straining what the author is trying to set up that makes this worth a series of books. No desire to get book 2 as the characters in book 1 were ALL either TSTL, have no background, or aren't worth knowing.

NARRATION : The narrator would have been great for any book that had something interesting or good banter in it but his matter of fact style in a book that has no exciting episodes or snark intercourse between characters made it even more boring. So 3 stars for a competent narrator trying to read a 0 star story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful