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  • Baby Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch, Book 3
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Tooty Townsend bore a child at the age of 16. Now, four years later, she has her hands full raising Harris and trying to make a living. Reclusive author Maxwell Henry, aka Miles Brightman, is looking to hire a personal assistant while in Colorado finishing up his latest suspense thriller. Sarah Tanner, stepmother to Tooty's best friend, Julie, recommended her to the author. Unfortunately, Harris climbed onto the guy's lap at Julie and Jacob's wedding reception and asked him to take him for a ride in his wheelchair. Then he asked him to marry his mommy and become his daddy! 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute kids...

  • By Claire on 11-11-18

Cute kids...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is book 3 in the series but it's the first one that I've listened to. I didn't feel like I was missing anything so this can be listened to as a standalone.

It was a bit cliche at times. The whole relationship seemed a bit forced, they really didn't interact much with each other. I didn't like how Tootsie and Miles came together in the end. While the very end is sweet the rest of the book isn't and the ending feels like it was just shoved on to the end it didn't evolve from the rest of the story.

We didn't learn much about the characters, there was no real development, and there was little to no growth during the book.

The blurb shows a lot of potential but none of it was realised. The book is OK if you're prepared to ignore the glaring plot holes.

The narrator did a good job with the character voices, the delivery was well-paced and nice to listen to

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tao Te Ching

  • By: Lao Tzu
  • Narrated by: JD Kelly
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The Tao Te Ching is a Chinese classic text traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Lao Tzu. The text's authorship, date of composition, and date of compilation are debated. The Tao Te Ching, along with the Zhuangzi, is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism. It also strongly influenced other schools of Chinese philosophy and religion, including Legalism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, which was largely interpreted through the use of Taoist words and concepts when it was originally introduced to China.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A small glimpse into Chinese culture

  • By cosmitron on 10-10-18

Timeless

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I've heard a lot about this book before reading it, there are several translations into English and there are differences between them. I enjoyed this translation but I have read the others so I can't comment on the differences.

Listening to this book I picked up many gems and I'm sure that reading it again in a few months would allow me to pick-up more so that's exactly want I plan to do. In fact I;'ll probably listen to it every few months for a few years.

The information in this book is timeless, no matter who you are there is something in this book for you.

The narrator did a great job with the tone of the delivery, it was easy to listen to and had a smooth consistent sound.

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

  • Nighthawks

  • Children of Nostradamus, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Flagg
  • Narrated by: Robin J Sitten
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Twenty-six-year-old painter Conthan Cowan takes art to a shocking frontier. His debut exhibit features the transformation of his high school friend, Sarah, as she went from a shy, soft-spoken girl to a Child of Nostradamus - an individual gifted with extraordinary abilities. Living in a society where the Children of Nostradamus are captured by the government, Conthan's exhibit draws attention from officials and protesters alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an entertaining story with an engaging plot

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-05-17

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I loved listening to this book it's incredibly creative, the whole scenario was really intriguing, and the execution of it is very well done.

The book raises many questions about human nature and a propensity to discriminate against anyone who's different. The Children of Nostradamus also called the Nighthawks the next stage in human evolution, they have spectacular abilities and I feared by many despite having no intention of causing harm. As we have seen in the past with discrimination based on colour, sexuality, religion, and nationality, the nighthawks are also discriminated against because of their differences. They are seen as less than human, something to be controlled, something to be studied, and something to be locked away. The response is so realistic that it breaks my heart.

Vividly described, and packed with action, this book hits the ground running and does not stop.

Book one left me wanting more, so book two is definitely on my agenda.

The character voices did a good job of conveying the personality of each character, and the tone and pace of the delivery enhance the moods of the book.

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

  • Exit Strategy

  • Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Cross
  • Narrated by: Petrea Burchard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Diamonds, danger, and a deadly secret... A Katerina Carter Fraud Thriller. Private investigator and forensic accountant Katerina Carter uncovers a sinister connection between blood diamonds and organized crime. Then two company employees are brutally murdered and her investigation becomes much more dangerous than she had ever imagined. Can she can stay alive long enough to expose the real criminals...or will her first case be her last? Buy this audiobook today!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A winner

  • By cosmitron on 10-25-18

Great tension

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This story had a lovely depth of complexity to it, at first it seems Katerina has been hired to do a simple investigation but it soon becomes apparent that there is far more going on than it first seemed.

The character development is incredibly well done all of the characters feel real and they all have complex thoughts and motivations. I loved Katarina, she's strong, stubborn, and driven, and as things he's up and what information comes to light she's not prepared to walk away even when that's the easy option, even when that's the safe option.

Driven by the complexities of human motivation and human greed this book hold my attention from the first minute to the last.

The narration was well done, the character voices were clear and consistent. The tone and pace of the delivery worked well with the tone of the book.

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

  • The Fix

  • By: Michael Balkind, Ryan Burr
  • Narrated by: Alex Perlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Star college quarterback, Colt Walker, has it all: good looks, brains, one of the best arms in the game, not to mention potential for the Heisman and a first round NFL draft pick, until he puts it all on the line as he slides into the ugly world of sports gambling. College football referee, Frank Gastner, is a man stewing in his own misery, consumed by a drinking problem, heavy gambling debt, and heading into a nasty divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, enjoyable, easy listen...

  • By jstep on 10-24-18

Falling off a pedastall hurts...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I spent most of this book thinking no no no don't do that. The lead characters seem to make bad choice after bad choice to the point that it was almost painful to listen to. Yet it was very realistic and showed how easy it is to make a mistake and then more mistakes trying to fix the first one.

The character development was spot on, everyone from the lead characters to the ones that really popped up we're realistic and came alive on the page.

Descriptions were attention grabbing and allowed me to picture everything happening in my head.

The dialogue came across as very natural, and the entire story felt like you could be taking place at a college somewhere right now.

The narrator didn't excellent job with the mail character voices, the female character voices were OK but not particularly realistic. The overall tone and Pace of the delivery worked well with the different tensions in different parts of the novel.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homestead: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Human Survival

  • After the Pulse, Book 1
  • By: L. Douglas Hogan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

Two years after the Pulse shut down the nation’s power grid, Darrick, his wife Tonya, and their autistic son Andy, show up on the doorstep of Darrick’s childhood home. Darrick must make peace with his older brother Jimmie and ailing father James, all the while reacquainting himself with the life of a homesteader. Meanwhile, a looming omen hovers over everything he holds dear. A huge murder of crows circles a large, well-equipped, and organized group of aggressive survivors that are about to discover the homestead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top tier in genre

  • By Keith LaDue on 10-16-18

A great start to the series

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The narration is clear and smooth, the tone and Pace match the feel of the book. The character voices are clear consistent and recognisable.

I've read a lot of apocalyptic and post apocalyptic in the last year and this is one of the best. It starts about 2 years after the apocalyptic event so it doesn't deal with the immediate aftermath except in flashbacks. Instead it deals with survivors have had to do many things they would never have previously considered in order to survive.

It came across as realistic, even probable. I enjoyed the style of writing, it was very easy to read and also emotionally compelling.

The characters are well written and come alive on the page. The motivations are ones you can relate to, even when you don't agree with them. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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

  • Fatal Agreements

  • By: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Whispered rumors tickled the ears of the residents of an entire town for decades about the disturbing secrets of the old Halstead House, dating all the way back to the early 1920s. Most people didn't believe them. Several people will soon discover they should have listened. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-16-18

Great writting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The narration needs better editing, there are many parts where the volume increases significantly for a few seconds and then decreases again. Sometimes it's hard to tell who is speaking and occasionally the wrong characters voice is used.
The pace and tone of the narration are a good match for the story, it builds tension where it's needed and conveys the emotions of the characters.

I loved the descriptions, they allowed me to make vivid pictures in my mind as I immersed myself in this story. The plot is complex and twisting, if there was a chance for things to go sideways they generally did, I loved how unpredictable actions were and how the past kept coming back to haunt people.

Beautifully written I listened to this quite long book all in one sitting. It held my attention and left me wanting to read more of this author's books.

Great character development meant it was easy to connect with the lead characters. Their personalities their strengths and their flaws all came through in the dialogue and their actions.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Reigns

  • Witch-Hunter, Book 2
  • By: K.S. Marsden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ip
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war. New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: Can a witch-hunter who practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice continuation.

  • By Amanda on 11-29-18

Who's the good guys?

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

For me the series has highlighted how difficult it can be to identify who is in the right, who is the good guys, it beautifully illustrates that history is written by the victors. While the good guys seem obvious at the beginning of book 1 the further into book 2 I got the less obvious it is.

Both sides do things that are morally questionable and both sides believe passionately that their cause is the right one. As the reader probably supposed to side with the Witch Hunters and yet at times this is difficult to do.

Book 2 has me desperately wanting book 3, to know what will happen next, and to hopefully find out who the good guys are.

This book to be on an emotional journey, a journey that had me conflicted because I want Hunter and Sophie to win and they're on opposite sides.

The narration is well done, the character voices are clear and distinct. The pace and tone of the narration matched that changed pace of this book.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secret Kindness Agents

  • By: Ferial Pearson
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Watson
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school. Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers, but they were willing to find out. So they became the Secret Kindness Agents. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story

  • By cosmitron on 10-06-18

A must read!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I've been doing a lot of reading about gratitude, mindfulness, and the science of happiness. This book ties in amazingly well, by spreading kindness the students in this book discover how much personal happiness they received as a consequence of doing something nice for another person.

Regardless of where you are in your life this book has something in it for you, if you're a teacher or a parent then there's even more to gain from sharing what you learn.

The information in the book is laid out in a logical order and is easy to understand. The language used it simple and the writing is clear.

Rosemary does a wonderful job with the narration, she makes the author's tone and voice come alive.

  • Hating My New Boss

  • By: B. B. Hamel
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Justin Hayes was my best friend up until the day he broke my heart and disappeared. When I find out he’s my new boss, I’m about to leave with my middle fingers held high. Instead, I stop dead in my tracks as soon as he steps into my office. Justin’s all grown up, and he’s even more gorgeous than I remembered. He was always handsome, but now he’s the kind of man I really want to...get to know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy and Exciting

  • By Virginia on 10-06-18

Sparks fly...

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The chemistry in this book is incredibly hot, the two lead characters spark off each other from the first chapter and it doesn't stop until the book ends.

I loved the way the characters are written, Justin and Remi have strong personalities and don't back down from what they think is important. The emotional connection between them is raw and filled with pain from their past.

Story of letting go, it shows the importance of learning for the past but also forgiving and moving on. I love the way it shows that there are two sides to every situation.

I loved the narration, a character voice is very well done, that's one of the delivery conveys the emotions of the characters as well as their inner thoughts.

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