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  • Mail-Order Brides: A Durango Romance

  • By: Julie Pollitt
  • Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Rachel Carson spent much of her life being treated as a second class citizen. When her well-to-do uncle died and left her penniless, she had no choice but to find a mail-order husband. She could only hope and pray he would be a kind and gentle man that she could spend her life getting to know and love. Tom Kinney had a bit of a bad rap around town, but that wasn't about to stop his entrepreneurial spirit. Tom decided he would work hard promoting his new hardware store and find a wife to help settle his reputation down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • part 3

  • By Slim on 04-18-16

Lovely!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This story was perfect for my evening commute, and I found myself hanging to every word and forgetting about the traffic around me - just wonderful!

I love short books like this, with a story that fits the time constraint nicely and leaves you with a feeling of completion and liking the characters.

I got this book as a gift and leave this review voluntarily, but I'll be surely getting more books from the author (really, my commute sucks so books like this are a godsend). The narrator also did a wonderful job, with a pleasant voice and fitting voicing of the characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quest of the Dreamwalker

  • The Corthan Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Stacy Bennett
  • Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Cara has been a prisoner all her life, shackled by a broken soul and fear of her father's temper. When a mercenary captain is taken prisoner, he sparks something in her she doesn't recognize - rebellion. Determined to save the captain's life, she flees with him intent on leaving her past behind. It isn't love that drives her father's zealous pursuit, but a hidden magical birthright she never knew about. Now she must solve the puzzle of her past before her father kills everyone she loves in his bid to reclaim her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-27-17

Addictive!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This is such an epic story, I loved it! There is intrigue, there's drama, there's action, there's a cliffhanger that made me super excited to see what's to come in the next installment, and there's also a budding romance.

The characters are gradually developed, and we grow attached to them - and therefore frustrated or disappointed sometimes! There were situations I found myself as if watching a character in a horror movie going to the room where the killer is, and screaming "nooo!" at the screen.

Stacy Bennett did a wonderful job writing this book, and Zachary Johnson was a great narrator. I got this one for free in exchange for an honest review, but I'm sure I'll be buying the next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat Who Got Married and Other Purr-fectly Romantic Stories

  • By: Neil S. Plakcy
  • Narrated by: Kelly Libatique
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Pilar is a six-toed Abyssinian cat whose forebears lived with Ernest Hemingway at his house in Key West. When she and her owner, Ryan, move up north, they both have a hard time getting accustomed to the cold weather until Ryan starts to get pointers from his lovely coworker, Lisa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Purrre romance!

  • By Ra Vendredi on 10-19-17

Purrre romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

I'll start off by saying I love cats, and that I agreed to leave a review in exchange for a copy of the book.

I gobbled it up in a day, the multiple-story format was great and all stories were cute and uplifting. Also, the stories had cats but were not -about- cats, you see? This way, even if you're not a huge cat fan you can still enjoy them!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sharpe Edge

  • Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Lisa B. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

A Christmas party for the upper crust of the small Texas town of Maycroft turns tragic when the hostess ends up dead. Everyone assumes her death is an accident - everyone except her daughter, Estelle. She turns to Deena to help solve the mystery. A jealous friend and a mysterious heir are just two of the likely suspects. As a school teacher turned newspaper reporter, Deena must get crafty to dig out the truth before anyone else gets hurt, including her own brother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another great mystery

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 06-02-17

Finished in a day!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Delightful read, or should I say... listen?

I was given this book and decided to leave an unbiased review voluntarily, since I loved it!

It's a clean mystery with enough twists and turns to entertain, and characters that are easy to like. Seriously, I finished it the same day I started, I just couldn't take my earphones off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Strife

  • By: Sky Corgan
  • Narrated by: Marie Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Pepper has hit rock bottom. After being thrown out on the streets, she's willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Dmitri Strife is a world famous rock star trying to break into the movie industry. Seedy company leads him into a chance encounter with Pepper that will change both of their lives forever. Strife is a story of privilege and poverty, of kindness and cruelty, and of learning who to trust when the whole world seems to have turned its back on you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sky Corgan does it again!

  • By PATRICIA on 06-04-17

Hot romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

We have a famous guy who isn't into meaningless sex anymore, and a young woman who's been kicked out and turns to sex to support herself. It's nice to see the chemistry between them, and follow them to their HEA!

I took a star from the narrator because, while super pleasant to listen to, at times I was confused by who was who since she used the same "voice" for all characters.

As for the story, I didn't completely love it because I thought the main characters could have avoided so much trouble, or at least gotten over it faster, had they just communicated better.

I was given this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review, but will be checking the author in the future!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Shame

  • The Shadow Series, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

Ivy Jeffries falls hopelessly in love with Jonas Armstrong, a man who has forced himself into a somewhat reclusive lifestyle owing to his sordid past. Ivy is elated when he finally lets his guard down and kisses her. She thinks they are now moving forward into a relationship, until he tells her it meant nothing to him. How could a kiss like they shared mean nothing to him, when it meant the world to her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christian Romance😊

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-12-17

Clean, sweet romance

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I got this book in exchange for an unbiased review, and I loved it.

Barbara's books are wonderful, really, and I love how she always gets new narrators as main characters change from book from book. Tom did a wonderful job as a narrator and when reading the lines, injecting just the right amount of emotion.

I love romances, and it's so amazing to find gems that hold precious values and also have a dreamy narrative!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Quarter: Dominium

  • The Complete Series
  • By: MJL Evans, GM O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Elaine Baden
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 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

Against the political stage of 1689 Port Royal, Jamaica, the unswerving Atia Crisp is thrust into the world of bondage, violence, beauty, and love. Shipwrecked and sold into slavery with her sister Livia, the pair are soon separated and Atia is used as a pawn in a card game. Captivated by her beauty, Atia is swiftly liberated by sugar merchant, Capitaine la Roche (also known as the pirate, Gator Gar), whose past is stained with blood and grief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dominium the complete series

  • By Zoe on 04-01-18

Pirates, oh my!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I was offered a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I jumped at the opportunity. Because... pirates!

This story was surprisingly engaging and detailed. You can easily notice a lot of research was done about the time and vessels. Don't worry, even if you - like me - are not familiar with nautical terms you will do just fine. In my case, I can even say I learned a lot!

I am glad I could get all the six books in a single volume, as the story is engaging and I kept wishing for more. At about three to four hours per book, it was the perfect length for a day of commute and housework.

I really started to care for Atia, and I think Elaine's narration helped with that. She has a very pleasant and fluid narration style, and was the perfect fit for the story in my opinion. Elaine made Atia sound so badass at times, and that alone made me a fan.

You better believe I'll keep an eye for more from the authors and narrator!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hilary Manningham-Butler Mysteries

  • Omnibus
  • By: Jack Treby
  • Narrated by: Jack Treby, Angela Dawe
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The year is 1929. As the world teeters on the brink of a global recession, Bletchley Park plays host to a rather special event. MI5 is celebrating its twentieth anniversary and a select band of former and current employees are gathering for a weekend of music, dance and heavy drinking. Among them is Sir Hilary Manningham-Butler, a middle aged woman whose entire adult life has been spent masquerading as a man. She doesn't know why she has been invited but it is clear she is not the only one with things to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an interesting premise!

  • By Ra Vendredi on 06-05-17

What an interesting premise!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I listened to the sample on Audible and was hooked from the start. I had the opportunity to ask the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review, and I jumped at it.

Jack Trebi did a wonderful job writing and narrating this story. The pacing is not too fast nor too slow, but just right to keep me engaged and expectant.

The story borrows from the right genre tropes to feel comfortable and familiar, while also developing well on its own. There is a healthy dose of humor, too! There were so many interesting characters too, even if few as intriguing as the middle-aged woman protagonist who masquerades as a man. The second book was my favorite, because when you are on a confined space - such as a zeppelin - there isn't much leeway for error.

The change of narrators was more felt because this is contains two books, I believe it would be less of an impact had it been two separate books. Still, Angela Dawe is a talented narrator and though it took me a bit to get used to a new voice I appreciate the new air she breathed into the story.

I will certainly read more from this author and listen to both narrators in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cain Conspiracy

  • The Cain Series, Book 1
  • By: Mike Ryan
  • Narrated by: Charles Hayward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40

Shot in the head and recovering from brain surgery, Delta Force soldier Thomas Nelson wakes up in a military hospital unable to remember who he is. Faced with going through recovery alone, with no family that he's aware of, he is recruited by a top secret government agency. Project Specter is tasked with eliminating targets they deem to be a threat to the United States. Their goal is to turn Nelson into a super assassin named Matthew Cain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable audio that needs a little work

  • By Cyn on 05-28-17

Could become a fun movie!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

I'm one of those people that usually go to the movies to see special effects and explosions. I prefer to watch quiet, dramatic or insightful movies at home, when I'm looking at the big screen I want noise and lots of cool guys walking away from explosions!

This would have been my kind of movie. Is it revolutionary or world-changing? No, it's not. It doesn't redefine the genre, but borrows from it to make up a fun story. I liked the female characters - Heather a little more than Lawson - and in fact thought they were a little more developed than the main character, who I thought to be a little too trusting at times.

Narration was great. The narrator's voice matched the image of the main character, in my opinion, and he did a fine job sounding more urgent or quieter when the scene called for it. I appreciated the fact that he didn't try to sound as a woman when voicing female characters, as that usually backfires.

At any rate, I received a copy in exchange for an honest review and I liked it. I saw some reviews mentioning spelling errors, but since I had access to the audiobook and not the print version I can't really tell.

All in all, a fun and non-pretentious read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story

  • Hearts of Hays, Book 3
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Garrett L. Whitehead
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Hays, Kansas 1886. Courted by Silas for three years, Cassie feels it's time to move their relationship to the next level: marriage. Silas is forced to reveal a secret past life that must be dealt with before he can commit. This secret takes him to Kansas City where he is thrown into jail for a crime he claims he didn't commit. After not hearing from Silas for months, Cassie decides to move on with her life. If Silas returns, will he forgive her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel that I am being repetitious, however...

  • By DK on 07-10-17

Could be two books, actually!

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Everyone makes mistakes, but not all are ready to deal with their consequences. Silas wasn't ready, but he had to face his past and make things right before he could have a future.

This is a (non-preachy!) Christian, clean romance that I found so sweet! I could partly guess where the story was headed and what had actually happened, but I still found it great fun to follow the characters along. The story of Cassie and Silas was a good lesson on how to stay true to both your heart and what is right - and how to hold your ground when you see things are headed in the wrong direction.

This book can be divided into two archs, one about solving the past and one about solving the present. I found the second part - in particular what happened the day of the counseling - to be unnecessary. The second part of the book wasn't bad by any means, but I think the book would have been able to stand on its own without the added drama. I loved the first part of the book and was a little disappointed by what happened when things started getting back on track - it might have been because I'd finished Mail Order Compromise recently, and seeing a similar event wasn't as impactful.

Garrett Whitehead has a very pleasant voice and clear narration. I had listened to other books from the same author that had been narrated by the same female (Reagan Boggs) and even though she is very talented, it was a nice surprise to listen to the story being told by an equally talented male narrator. Will definitely look forward to listening more from him in the future! I removed a star because - though I'm not sure whether this is a narration or an editing issue - I felt some sentences ran into others. At times a new scene/chapter started without any pause as an indication, so it irked me a little that some characters appeared to teleport or appear out of nowhere!

I asked the author for a free copy of the story in exchange for a review, and I was happily surprised! Barbara Gross writes stories that are usually shorter than others, but that's because she doesn't spend time on nonsense. It's very nice to start and finish a book in the same day, even though I miss the characters a little when it ends.

Definitely recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful