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  • Angels of Darkness

  • By: Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Three masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in three all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil. Bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her Guild Hunter universe to tell the story of vampire Noel, and Sharon Shinn returns to her Samaria series to tell the story of a blind angel and the woman helps him---even though she hates and fears angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FUN!!!

  • By Linda on 10-28-11

A fun read to tide you over to the next full book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I loved the Nalini Singh and Ilona Andrews stories. Nalini Singh's story, "Angel's Wolf", is a fun addition to her Guild Hunter series, and Justine Eyre is her usual narrator, which makes it fit right in with the readings of the rest of the Guild Hunter series. Ilona Andrews' story "Alphas: Origins" narrated by Renee Raudman (also her usual narrator) was wonderful: while the Alphas world was new to me, the story drew me in right away. The Sharon Shinn story dragged on for me a bit, but that could just be because I'm less familiar with her Samaria series. I don't know if Coleen Marlo is the usual reader for the Samara books, but she's the usual reader for the Wishcraft cozy series, and she's very consistent. All three narrators are good, really, with good quality recordings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wisteria Wonders

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Zara Riddle is trying to find work-life-magic balance, but there's one big secret this witch needs to crack. Chet Moore, the moody shifter who lives next door, has been running hot and cold like a broken faucet ever since they met. Zara finally resorts to magic to get the truth out of him. It turns out her instincts were right. Chet has been hiding something, and it's a doozy. Now Chet wants Zara's help with an intensely personal mission. He wants her to track down a lost soul and solve a cold case - a strange and violent case that powerful entities would rather keep buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is on a roll

  • By Kay on 03-05-19

This series is on a roll

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I'm so excited that the Wisteria books came to Audible! This is definitely my new favorite witch series, made even better now that some of the overarching mysteries are being unraveled. Zara's quick wit and great sense of humor make the book laugh-out-loud funny in places. Her mastery of magic continues and there is a lot more world-building. Some threads still need to be followed in subsequent books, but this book has a satisfying ending (although I'm always looking for the next book, lol). Definitely recommended.

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  • The Case of the Haunted Address

  • An Aggie Underhill Halloween Short Story (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book 9)
  • By: Michelle Ann Hollstein
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It’s Halloween night, and Aggie, Betty, and Roger are invited to a haunted house by a handsome vampire. Little did they know that they were about to encounter something incredibly spooky. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Halloween listen.

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-28-18

Great Halloween Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I've been on a short story kick this Halloween, so I jumped at the chance to receive a free copy of The Case of the Haunted Address in exchange for an honest review. I was so glad I listened to it. It was perfect for the hour-long drive with family. It's one of those stories that builds gradually, letting you get to know the characters before delving into the action. I'm not sure the narration did the banter justice, although the narrator's voices were distinct and the sound quality was excellent. Everyone thought it was funny and it lead to a great discussion about improvising Halloween costumes afterward. I definitely wanted more when it was done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked Wisteria

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Zara Riddle moved to Wisteria for a quiet, simple, safe life. Instead, she got ghosts, demon birds, shifters, and even gorgons. Luckily for Zara, her family tree is riddled with witchcraft. She may be a late bloomer, but this witch is crafty. When mysterious forces erase words from the town's books, Zara conjures a magical creature to restore the text. But magic has a mind of its own, and magical creatures love trouble. Pretty soon, the bodies start piling up. Now Zara must face whoever (or whatever) is behind a dark plot to destroy everything she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Kay on 10-10-18

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Zara is hilarious in this second installment of the Wisteria Witches series. She’s still learning the ins and outs of becoming a witch under the sharp eye of her Aunt Zinnia while working on unraveling the mysteries surrounding the supernatural inhabitants of her new town. A seemingly tiny event—words disappearing from printed pages—-launches Zara into an investigation that quickly becomes complicated by a ghost and builds out into a one of the craziest must-read conclusions yet. Definitely recommended! I’m still loving this narrator. She’s perfect for Zara and the production quality is excellent. I can’t wait for the next book to come out on Audible.

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  • Murder and Layer Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Volume 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Amateur sleuth Sabrina Carlson has solved every case that she has ever investigated. Only this time, things are different. She's fresh out of leads. And the clock is ticking. It has been over a week since Mark Wilcox was murdered. Not only is the killer still at large, but a panic has taken hold of the idyllic small town of Treasure Cove. Will Sabrina find a way to catch Mark's killer, or will this case go cold?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MEREDITH POTTS!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 01-08-19

Right in the middle of the action

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This quick cozy mystery begins right in the middle of the action. Sleuth Sabrina and husband David have already been working the case without us and are at a dead end. Because so much has already happened before the story starts, there is a lot of telling instead of showing as previous suspect interviews and interactions are summed up. The layer cake in the title is a treat the investigators eat as they work to get back on track. I don’t think the narrator did this novella justice. It was refreshing though to read about a detective and civilian team where the detective actively encouraged the civilian to investigate. David actually seemed to take a back seat to Sabrina’s investigation. It also looks like this is part 2 of another series by this author. It stands alone, but I think I would have felt more connected to the characters if I had started at the beginning. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Wolves of Wisteria

  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Zinnia Riddle doesn't use her witch powers much these days. She works as a clerk at the Wisteria Permits Department, where there hasn't been much need for spells and potions...until now. When a beloved coworker is found dead next to her desk, the whole office gets paranoid. Is one of them a killer? Did the victim leave behind clues in the book she was writing? Is there a town-wide conspiracy, or is some lone serial predator on the loose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Amanda on 09-11-18

A great addition to the Wisteria witch cozy books

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I was excited to learn that more Wisteria witch books were coming to Audible. I loved Wisteria Witches, the first book about Zara, and I can't help comparing them. Wolves of Wisteria is from Zara's aunt Zinna's point of view. Unlike Zara, who is a new witch, Zinnia is a trained and capable witch, so this book is full of magic spells and information on the supernatural community. The mystery kicks off right away, with a murder at Zinnia's office and the supernatural events keep coming from there. Zinnia's friendships with Detective Fung and Margaret are some of the most fun aspects of the book and they provide a lighter counterpoint to the darker aspects of the murder. Zinnia isn't as funny as Zara, but I found her quirky, witchy ways were as much fun to listen to. Near the end of the book, Zinnia's story dovetails with Zara's, providing some new perspective on Zara's arrival in Wisteria. This book does provide some background information about the Riddle family, but leaves a lot of questions unanswered, both about Zinnia's past and the rest of the family (the mystery is resolved, no worries there). I get the feeling that the Riddle family history will be explored more in future books. The very end of this book sets up the next and I definitely want to hear about it.

  • Wisteria Witches

  • Wisteria Witches Mysteries, Volume 1
  • By: Angela Pepper
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Zara Riddle moved to a small town so her life could be quiet and safe. But now that her witch powers have kicked in, life is anything but. Long-lost relatives are coming out of the woodwork, and it turns out the family tree is riddled with magic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny and clever from start to finish!

  • By Montzalee Wittmann on 07-30-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I'm so glad this came out in audio. Wisteria Witches is a witch cozy mystery series about a single mom and her daughter who move to a new town and uncover a new world of magic and mystery. The main character, Zara has a smart, quirky sense of humor that leads to some laugh-out-loud funny moments. The humor is bright and good-spirited, without being painfully embarrassing. Zara is very much grounded in today's culture and technology, and uses a lot of fun pop culture references that give the book a slightly geeky, fresh feel. A lot of world-building takes places as Zara becomes introduced to the supernatural community around her, and the magic system has some fun twists I haven't seen before. The author leaves a lot of loose threads for further expansion. It is clear that this book is part of an ongoing series, but it can still be read on its own. The romance quotient is low in this book, but the main prospect seems to have a lot of backstory still to be explored in future books. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review, and I am happy I was so I wouldn't miss this one.

Wow, Tiffany Williams is a fantastic narrator. She really brings Zara to life and she has a good range of voices. There were several group scenes in the book where several people were talking in succession and I found it easy to tell the characters apart. The production values were great on the narration, too, I didn't notice any of the hissing or popping you sometimes hear. (And on an unrelated note: I'm loving that cover art.)

If you are a fan of Juliet Blackwell, Bailey Cates or Heather Blake, I think you'll love this book.

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Pound of Flesh audiobook cover art
  • Pound of Flesh

  • The Half-Demon Warlock, Volume 1
  • By: J. A. Cipriano, Conner Kressley
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

My name is Roy Morgan, and I'm not your average Atlanta cop. For one, most of them don't have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It's a half-demon thing. Yep, that's right, half-demon. It's awesome, especially since I'm half-warlock too, and those two sides don't much get along. Still, that and a buck will get you a candy bar. So it's all good. Or at least it was. See, I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery in progress and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren't your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of Quincy Harker have a new friend

  • By Mary Karowski on 03-27-17

Trying too hard

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

The narrator really gives this book his all. The story is fine and the world building is interesting, but the the women are written poorly and author is trying so hard with the main character's inner monologue that it get tedious. Kindle says (this book is on the kindle unlimited service) that the word "like" is used 160 times-- "...feeling like a kid pulled away from dessert" "Like blue balls for the soul." "...readying to cut her like a fish" "...this guy was big enough to palm my head like a basketball" "...like a punch to the face" "...like fresh cut farts" "...we'd get rolled over like Mufasa in the Lion king." Somethimes it's funny; sometimes-- when there is more than one comparison in a single paragraph-- it's relentless. The world was enough to hold my attention. Maybe the writing will improve in the second book.

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  • Fallen Idol

  • Nakamura Detective Agency, Book 1
  • By: Percival Constantine
  • Narrated by: Andrea Harbin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

When a disgraced former pop star plummets to her death from her Osaka apartment, all signs paint a picture of a troubled young woman who took her own life. But once her parents hire Kyoko Nakamura to learn the truth, the private detective discovers not everything is as it seems. Kyoko's investigation will lead her into a world of drugs and prostitution, face to face with dangerous criminals, and through the seedy underbelly of Japan's music industry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fallen Idol's can rise like a Phoenix ,will ours?

  • By Amy on 07-18-17

A fun modern mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Kyoko and her two employees, Saori and Nobu, comprise the Nakimura Detective Agency, which has been hired to investigate the suicide of a former idol singer. The characters, while stylized, are intriguing and fun to follow. I especially enjoyed Nobu and the glimpses of his underworld background. The story is set in Japan, and author's locales and slices of daily life feel authentic. The mystery suffers a little as Kyoko works on the edges of the Japanese justice system, which is portrayed as being uninterested in truth or justice unless it can further someone's career. The twists and turns kept my interest. I hope there is some follow up to this book in the next story, as some things are left unresolved at the end. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Butter Witch

  • Torrent Witches, Book 1
  • By: Tess Lake
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The International Butter Festival has come to town! When Harlow Torrent, part-time journalist and full-time Slip witch stumbles upon a dead body, frozen and drained of blood, she's pulled into a murder mystery. Someone has murdered one of the Butter Festival competitors. Was it Zero Bend, punk sculptor extraordinaire with a history of violence? Perhaps Fusion Swan, a sleazy agent playing the publicity game when his clients meet their untimely end?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 10-11-16

Fun Witch Cozy

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

This book starts a bit rocky like a lot of new series, doing a lot of scene-setting and explaining up front and then jumping around as it tries to fit in all the background information. It settles into its stride about mid-book when the solving of the mystery kicks into high gear. The characters are fun and memorable, particularly Harlow, and all of the family members stand out as individuals.

I don't think narrator Natalie Duke did them justice in setting them apart from each other, although I did enjoy a lot her reading in general, a lot of her female voices are hard to tell apart.

I read some reviewer comments that these books are too similar to another witch series from Amanda Lee, but I don't personally think that's the case. There are some superficial similarities as they're both journalists and witches with crazy families in coastal towns, but it's no more similar than all the small-town bookstore-owning or bakery-owning cozies out there are to each other. So I would say if you like witch cozies this series is definitely worth trying.

I read a lot of witch cozies and this one stood out for me. I'm going to listen to Treasure Witch next, the second book in the series, and I'm looking forward to see the characters continue to develop. Disclaimer: I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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