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  • Inspector Hobbes and the Blood

  • Unhuman, Book 1
  • By: Wilkie Martin
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

Set in a small Cotswold town, Inspector Hobbes and the Blood is a fast-paced comedy cozy mystery fantasy about the adventures of Andy, an incompetent reporter, when he is reluctantly working with Inspector Hobbes, a police detective with a reputation. Andy soon finds himself immersed in a world where not everyone is human, and a late-night visit to a churchyard nearly results in grave consequences, and a ghoulish outcome. An accidental fire leads to Andy having to doss in Hobbes's spare room.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A more realistic and mundane supernatural story

  • By Ravin on 01-20-18

Amusing with a side of headdesk

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I look forward to giving.five stars to one of the books in this series. It was fun to see a writer take a goodly number of trite phrases and turn them inside out to add giggles and eye rolls to a simple detective story. It got a four stars because i lost the thread of the story somehow so was glad for the summarization at the end. I expect the second book will show the writer's improvement. That's the fun of a series. One gets to watch the making of an author.

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Adrian Praetzellis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

"Treasure Island" is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". First published as a book on May 23, 1883, it was originally serialized in the children's magazine "Young Folks" between 1881 and 1882 under the title "Treasure Island or the mutiny of the Hispaniola", with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic adventure

  • By Curious on 08-14-18

Classic adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This was as riveting a tale as i have heard since i was a child. indeed, given the language, boozing and violence, I'd be surprised to find the book in Bible Belt public and school libraries. Well narrated, Praetzellis held my attention. I down-checked the work one star because i found it annoying to be told this was the end of the chapter, then to have the tale interrupted at the beginning of each chapter to tell us this was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I think we knew that. Otherwise, credit well spent, this was.

  • The Melon Rind Cafe

  • Bud Shumway Mystery Series, Book 9
  • By: Chinle Miller
  • Narrated by: Richard Henzel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When ex-sheriff and watermelon farmer Bud Shumway learns his wife, Wilma Jean, wants to sell her cafe and become a backcountry pilot, he senses his world is about to change, and not necessarily in a good way. But Bud never guesses he’ll soon be deeply involved in trying to solve the mysterious death of a crusty old Scotsman who, as he was dying, told Bud his killer was a witch’s tongue. Bud soon becomes an unwilling witness to the frenzy surrounding the hunt for the old man’s hidden treasure, and it soon appears Sheriff Howie is also getting involved.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miller gets better

  • By Curious on 08-07-18

Miller gets better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The Melon Rind Cafe was a pretty good addition to the Shumway series. I'm enjoying how Chinle Miller's writing is getting better and better.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,110

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Long winded

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I stuck through to the end, but this book is long on yammer, interesting as some of it was, and very, very short on action.

  • Who Moved My Goat Cheese?

  • Farm-to-Fork Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Cahoon
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Angie Turner hopes her new farm-to-table restaurant can be a fresh start in her old hometown in rural Idaho. But when a goat dairy farmer is murdered, Angie must turn the tables on a bleating black sheep.... With three weeks until opening night for their restaurant, the County Seat, Angie and her best friend and business partner Felicia are scrambling to line up local vendors - from the farmer's market to the goat dairy farm of Old Man Moss. Fortunately, the cantankerous Moss takes a shine to Angie, as does his kid goat Precious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instance Fan

  • By JennsPage on 05-17-18

Goats and murder -- interesting combo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I enjoy Lynn Cahoo's books because they're fluffy enough that I don't have to give my full attention but have enough meat on the bones to make it interesting and just that tad of romance to give some spice to the mixture. This book was recipe made and hit the spot. However, I think I missed something, because when I zoned back in, the characters were talking about taking care of the kids. In a book with goats as the centerpiece, I question the use of that word relating to anything but baby goats. Needless to say, I was confused for a bit until I (virtually) rolled the narration back to where I must have fallen asleep. All in all, Cahoon's latest offering gets a five star because it does what any cozy mystery is supposed to do -- entertains without offense.

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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,752

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

A wonderful Clines rollic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

How could Peter Clines be surprised that his fans, when they found it, would snap up his latest. I don't visit Facebook that often, so don't have Clines friended or followed. Thus the delay in getting to Paradox Bound. Having Ray Porter narrate thr book thenwas a major plus. Following Harriet and Eli bounding through the weres and might have beens of American history in Eleanor, the Model A, in search if the missing American Dream was a great way to escape the shambles of the America that is. It was a feeding much needed by the spark of pride in my country that still gleams deep in my heart. My logic sees no hope for us, my heart still hopes. Paradox Bound nurtures that hiope, no matter how naive.

  • Death of a Dentist

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Murder with bite…Dr. Frederick Gilchrist has a reputation. Though his cheaprates and penchant for pulling teeth have earned him a clientele, wiser highlanders avoid the womanizing dentist. It takes a blinding toothache to send Hamish Macbeth 120 miles out of Lochdubh to see the man, only to find him dead.Since everyone is pleased the dentist is deceased - patients, several harassed women, his ex-wife - Macbeth faces one of the more biting challenges of hiscareer. When he starts extracting clues, he uncovers a past as dangerous as it is shocking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice lively performance

  • By Curious on 10-30-17

Nice lively performance

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Shaun Grinnell ' s lively performance with the lilting Scottish brogue I am used to really made this particular outing of Hamish Macbeth entertaining. Hamish sorting out the tangles in this Highland mystery was a headshaker for one who likes to hold the threads if the plot in their mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Ghost

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery, Book 32
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth hears reports of a haunted castle near Drim, he assumes the eerie noises and lights reported by the villagers are just local teenagers going there to smoke pot or, worse, inject themselves with drugs. Still, Hamish decides that he and his policeman, Charlie "Clumsy" Carson, will spend the night at the ruined castle to get to the bottom of the rumors once and for all. There's no sign of any ghost...but then Charlie disappears through the floor. It turns out he's fallen into the cellar. And what Hamish and Charlie find there is worse than a ghost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beaton and Malcolm at their best !!

  • By Patricia on 06-03-17

Who is really writing Hamish and Agatha?

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Given the radical departure in content, style, tone and plot from previous offerings of both the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series, I am constrained to ask, who is really writing these two series now?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Finding My Way

  • A Salty Key Inn Book, Book 2
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Darcy Sullivan and her two sisters continue to work hard at the Salty Key Inn, the small, Florida hotel they unexpectedly inherited. In order to inherit the rest of Uncle Gavin's sizeable estate, they must meet his challenge to open the neglected hotel by the end of the year. Darcy figures once they meet the challenge, she'll take off, travel the world, and maybe, just maybe, begin writing the world's best novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book!

  • By tweety09 on 04-20-18

The Sullivan girls grow on you

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

Despite my deep dislike of the romance genre, i feel that this author did an exceptional job in balancing realistic human feelings with a just as realistic plot revolving around the changing dynamics of a multi-generational family in flux. i grew to truly care about and enjoy the characters in this book and what happens to them as the story progresses. The narrator gives a fine performance as she settles into the voice of each character. I am very looking forward to the next installment in this story. The author has left plenty of intriguing threads hanging out there for us to grab onto in anticipation of story resolution.

  • Finding Me

  • Salty Key Inn Series, Book 1
  • By: Judith Keim
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sheena Sullivan Morelli and her sisters, Darcy and Regan, receive the unexpected news that their Uncle Gavin Sullivan has left them a hotel on the Gulf coast of Florida. The gift comes with a twist. They must live together for one year at the hotel and prepare the hotel to receive guests within a year. Dreams of sitting on the beach sipping margaritas are shattered when they see the property in need of renovation. Facing the unexpected and working together, the three sisters learn a lot about each other and the gift of family love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea for story line, but...

  • By Janet M. on 10-07-18

A delight that sneaks up on you

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

Very much appreciated how the author built a realistic family story this reader could relate to and found the choice of narrators spot on and perfect. The blend of believable romance with the everyday problems of everyday people resulted in a very satisfactory story that made me want to go on to the next installment.