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  • The Murder of Paolo Mancuso

  • A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery
  • By: Owen Parr
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Paolo Mancuso was killed in a bar in Little Italy 20 years ago. To this day, his murder has gone unsolved. A cold case the NYPD has not paid much attention to in all these years. Enter "Tony the Hammer" Falcone, Paolo's best friend and co-Mafia family member. Tony, in his deathbed, reveals to Joey that the Mafia had nothing to do with his dad's murder, something Joey always believed it had. Instead, with his last breath, Tony whispers only three words to Joey - Barcelona, Wetherly, Stevens. With just those three words, Joey sets off to Barcelona. Is it justice or revenge Joey seeks?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!

  • By Claire on 10-16-18

I love this series!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

What a great addition to the series. This book picks up shortly after the previous book in the series and with new information indicating it wasn't a mafia hit as he previously though he begins investigating what did happen. With more twists than a formula one racetrack this book took me on quite a journey.

I love the characters in these books, even having missed reading some of the series the characters still come a live in each book, their personalities and their opinions shine through and it just gets better with every new book in the series.

I never guess how these books will end and this one was no exceptions, and yet, I can always understand how all the clues planted throughout the book lead to the outcome.

Skillfully planned and beautifully written this books pages would turn themselves if I wasn't listening to the audio version.

Which leads me to the narration, naturally phrased, smooth and engaging the delivery was excellent. The character voices are beautifully done, clear, gender specific and easily recognizable.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Ace in the Hole

  • City Meets Country, Book 4
  • By: Mysti Parker, MJ Post
  • Narrated by: Audra Cook
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

After being run over, shot, and stabbed one too many times, Ace Montgomery left law enforcement for private security. When he’s hired as a bouncer in NYC, he’s ready to kiss Kentucky goodbye and leave his painful past behind. How rough can a bar called The Hole in a yuppie Brooklyn neighborhood be anyway? Sailor Kingston, the bar’s rich, gorgeous owner, is an exhausted wreck when he arrives. All Ace has to do is train her useless bouncers, drive out the troublemakers, and make the place safe for high-class patrons. But it isn’t that simple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Chemistry

  • By Claire on 10-16-18

Great Chemistry

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

All the books I've read in this series have one thing in common, great characters and great chemistry between the lead female and lead male characters.

Sailor is probably my least favorite lead female in this series, I found her reactions a bit over the top at times, but I have seem people react more extremely in less extreme situations so it's not over dramatized, it's just not within my normal.

The narration is well done again, the delivery is smooth and flowing and the character voices are clear and distinct.

In this book sparks fly between ACE and Sailor, I loved the way that they interact. The tension between them builds naturally over the course of the book and I didn't want to stop listening.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  • High on You

  • City Meets Country, Book 2
  • By: Mysti Parker, MJ Post
  • Narrated by: Sandra Parker
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

As the owner of Pie in the Sky Tours, Jaxon Wheeler loved flying tourists over the beautiful forests of Daniel Boone National Park. He's great at his job. But at promoting his business? Not so much. To avoid bankruptcy, he needs help from a clever advertising agent. He doesn't expect that help to be Lena, his sister's college friend from Brooklyn, the one who drank too much and called him...that doesn't matter. She hates the outdoors and flying, but she's hotter than an August day in Kentucky. How's a city girl supposed to do anything for his business?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaxon and Lena

  • By PATRICIA on 08-17-18

Great storyline!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

There are minor spoilers for book one in this book, you could read this as a standalone, but if you plan to read the series you should read them in order.

The characters are great in this book, I considered them the highlight of book one, in this book I got to know new but related characters and they were great again. Well crafted the characters feel real and came alive in my mind as I listened to the book.

The narrator did a great job with the character voices, they're all clear and distinct and sound like the right gender. The overall delivery is also well done, it's light but dynamic and enhances the sweet nature of the romance.

Speaking of romance, Jaxon and Lena have great chemistry and seem like a really good match for each other.

I loved the hot air ballooning scenes, the descriptions of the scenery were well done, enough detail, but not too much.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  • Drive Me Crazy

  • City Meets Country, Book 1
  • By: Mysti Parker, MJ Post
  • Narrated by: Dana Dae, Brad Hackworth
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 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

Luke Martelli had been hours away from working his dream job with a pit crew when a freak accident took that chance away. Then Ellison Carlisle, a rich girl from Kentucky, has the nerve to tell him to accept his fate. What does she know about pain? For Ellie, moving to Brooklyn was supposed to be a fresh start. She's homesick, but getting away from painful memories in Lexington is worth the change. Until she meets Luke, who's entirely too sexy for his attitude. Her track record for boyfriends is 0-for-3. Is it worth the risk to try to break that big chip on Luke's shoulder?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Driving Me Crazy!!!

  • By PATRICIA on 05-24-18

Great first book

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This book is a great start to the series and it left me wanting to read the next book.

The characters are a highlight in this book, they're well written and come a live on the pages. The romance between Luke and Ellison is really sweet. I loved the city meets country aspect, the contrast worked really well together and their differences complemented each other well.

The story has a few great twists and kept me engaged from beginning to end.

It was a great book to listen to partially because the narrators did a great job with the character voices and the delivery overall. They worked well together and the character voices were recognizable with both narrators.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

  • Creighton Manor

  • By: Karen Michelle Nutt
  • Narrated by: Patrice Gambardella
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Zachary Creighton, a gambler with one goal: to win back Creighton Manor. Marriage is not part of the plan, but since he is found with Gillian in his room, reputations are at stake, his included. To keep peace with his reluctant bride, he makes a bargain with her. He needs a tutor for his nephew Tyler, and she needs a roof over her head until they can annul their sham of a marriage. However, Zachary finds himself falling for Gillian's oddly charming ways despite the fact the woman claims to be from the future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new author [ to me]

  • By Sherry k on 09-17-18

Great characters

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I loved this story, especially the quirky dog who left me with so many questions.

Well written to story grew me in and held me hostage, there was a lot going on with the two time periods and the surprising connections. Everything was interwoven between the characters and the different times, it's really well done.

Great writing, the characters and the story are vivid and compelling.

I enjoyed the narration, the character voices are well done, the accents are interesting but I can't comment on how realistic they are or aren't. The delivery could have used some more variation, it was a little flat.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Left Hanging

  • By: Cindy Dorminy
  • Narrated by: Britney Clause, Bradley Spoon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella. When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book really has it all!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 09-01-18

Great twists!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The blurb for this book called to me and the book delivered. It's well written with great vivid characters and the story came alive as I listened to it.

I loved Darla, her dedication to Stella and her inner sadness touched my heart. Theo comes across as a bit of an arse at first, although he grew on me fairly quickly. The chemistry between them manages to be both sweet and hot.

But what I liked best were some amazing twists that forced me to re-evaluate everything I'd thought I knew so far.

The dual narration works really well, the story came alive with great character voices and a heartfelt delivery.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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  • Whisper Forever

  • By: C.A. Harms
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

I wanted to forget him so many times. Erase the memories we shared and pretend he didn’t exist. It would have made his absence easier to accept. Lucas Rivers broke my heart more than once. In my world he was my guy, the one I’d grow old with and laugh with. But things aren’t that simple, and time changes everything. That naive girl with dreams of happily-ever-afters was gone. I didn’t need a man to complete me. I was enough - no, I was more than enough. I was strong and determined. I was Madelyn Emery and never again would a boy break my heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Countryside Southern Charm!

  • By Sophie Koufes on 09-08-18

Left me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I loved Lucas and Maddie, there is such a sweet history between the two of them. Not what I'd typically call a second chance romance, since they've never actually dated before, it did still have the feel of a couple re-finding each other.

A couple of great twists made things far from smooth sailing and helped make this sweet romance a lot of fun to listen to. The book is well written and the emotions of the characters come alive on the page, what they felt, I felt.

The character voices are very well done, easily recognizable they matched the characters accents and personalities. Great delivery, it was dynamic and carried the emotions of the scenes.

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  • Dark Legion

  • Blood of Blood, Book 1
  • By: Paul Kleynhans
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Saul - a former prince - and his allies plot to steal the crown of Ubrain from the emperor's vault. In the crown, he sees the means to unify his enslaved people and bring them to freedom. But their road is not a straight one, and they soon find themselves caught in the middle of an unseen war as older powers work to twist the world to their own design. Saul has never been one to set easy tasks for himself, but he is determined to break the Empire's grip on his people, no matter how much blood must be spilled along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked on this series...

  • By Claire on 09-30-18

I'm hooked on this series...

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Saul makes for an interesting man character because he's often making choices that show him to be someone that I wouldn't want to meet. He's often in situations where he has to make hard choices and sometime those choices sow just how ruthless he can be. But since his choices aren't made out of self interest, but rather they are made so that he can free his people from slavery, and it's hard to know what you wouldn't do if you were having to make those choices. So in the end I'm left with a main character I'm not sure I like but that I find I can respect.

This story contains great world building and characters, both come alive on the page, leaving me almost able to smell, taste, and see everything that is happening.

I loved the creativity of the story, I never knew what was going to happen next.

Excellent narration, the character voices were distinct and recognizable and seemed to match the personalities of the characters. The delivery was well paced and matched the tone of the book.

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  • Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodlines

  • By Deedra on 06-20-18

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I really enjoyed most of this book, Alex and Maggie have great chemistry and both are very likeable. The greedy friends add some great drama and humor to the story.

I loved the ghost element, it was really well done, enough to be a strong story element without being overdone.

A couple things could have been better done, the doctor giving Alex patient info for people he's not related to was jarring because no American doctor would do this without patient connect. The dialogue was a bit young for the given ages of the characters, possibly used to convey immaturity, it just didn't work for me.

I don't know if the writing contributed to this but eh narrator uses weird phrasing on the delivery, it stopped me getting really absorbed in the book. Good male character voices, the female voices were odd, really odd and while they were distinct and easy to tell apart they were not believable.

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  • The Kammersee Affair

  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Ben Werling
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Fritz Marschall knew that neither he, nor his friend, should really have been there. They, like many others before them, had been attracted to the lake by the many rumors that had been circulating. He thought of the endless stories there had been, of treasures sunken in or buried around the lake. He recalled the stories of the lake being used to develop torpedoes and rockets during the war. Looking out across the dark water, he wondered what secrets were hidden beneath the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Kammersee Affair

  • By G. Roo on 10-02-18

Vivid and entrancing

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

On the pages of this book a cast of characters came alive, some very different from each other they all felt real. The descriptions of the setting let the book play out like a movie in my mind. The characters and settings combined into a book I couldn't stop listening to.

The story unfolds in two different times and there are a lot of different elements that interconnect, it made the book a tapestry of elements and people all woven together.

The narrator did great character voices, they were distinct and easy to recognize, and the delivery was dynamic and used tone effectively to accentuate the emotions in each scene.

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