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  • Return of the Chauffeur's Son

  • By: Tara Lain
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire, James Armstrong. Luca spent his childhood playing games with the golden boy of California society, so blinded by James he barely noticed the dark, quiet lure of his conservative older brother, Dylan Armstrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Andy on 10-03-17

Satisfying romance!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

A very nicely done remake of Sabrina with a twist, it's main characters are m/m. It was so sweet and romantic and highly satisfying. Definitely recommend.

Also, I really love Greg Tremblay as narrator, he is phenomenal.

  • One Giant Leap

  • By: Kay Simone
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs. Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and an even better narration!

  • By Andrea Mitchell on 08-04-17

Fun rom-com!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

A sweet m/m romance with a fun plot line and good character development. Bad boy astronaut Curt and straight arrow engineer Patrick are lovestruck when Patrick is thrown into CapCon position for Curt’s mission. Sparks fly and a real relationship develops across the miles even though Curt has never seen Patrick. Swoony and funny this was a highly enjoyable read!

  • Lot No. 249

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

Unexplained events are happening at Oxford these days. Several students have been attacked at night by some strange form of wild animal. It can scale walls with cat-like agility. Its arms are as thin and as strong as steel bands. And there is one student who conducts midnight studies in his room with certain Egyptian artifacts. The most significant of which is a 6'7" tall mummy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Sir Arthur Actually Wanted You to Read

  • By John on 09-22-16

Fun suspenseful tale

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

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I’ve not read much of Conan Doyle beyond Sherlock so this was a fun read. Perfect spooky tale for a chill October evening!

  • Masked Love

  • Beyond Boundaries, Book 1
  • By: Nicole Zoltack
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Isabelle will do anything for her lady, even accompany her to a masquerade ball. Lady Theodosia needs extra support for tomorrow she will meet the man her parents have pledged her to. Meeting an enchanting young man during the course of the evening makes Isabelle wish for a life she can never have. Imagine her shock when he shows up the next morning, announcing his claim on Lady Thedosia. Torn between duty and desire, Isabelle hopes for something more this Christmas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Story 💕

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 11-08-17

Enchanting short romance!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was a fun, light and clean regency romance. Lady Theodosia is an eligible young lady on the eve of being introduced to her intended, picked by her parents years ago. She takes one last night of innocent fun at a masked ball and brings her trusted maid Isabelle along as her companion. The fact that she is a maid won't be known since they dress her in her mistress clothes and she will wear a mask.

Isabelle is nervous and feels out of place until she meets a charming masked man whom she is able to speak to easily. They share one dance and some conversation till her lady leaves and Isabelle goes home with her heart full of a man who will haunt her dreams.
Such dreams all come crashing down when she meets her mistresses intend the next day, the self same Lord Adrian Wingave whom she recognizes by his voice. From here on out broken hearts and mishap ensue in the attempt of true love finding it's way.

This story was, as a novella, short but complete. You get to know the characters quickly but intimately making the magic of love ring true. This was helped along by narrator Melanie Fraser who brings each character to life with tone and inflection that makes it easy to tell who is speaking. There were many conflicting emotions throughout the story and Ms. Fraser embodied them all for each character. You could hear the love, longing and hopefulness in each voice. Sigh. A lovely read designed to leave the reader satisfied to which I can definitely attest!

  • My Earl the Spy

  • The Spy Series, Book 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Henry Howarth, the Earl of Grinstead, cares for no one. Caring causes pain and he has experienced enough of that to last a lifetime. Spying for king and country keeps his mind focused and his heart firmly locked away. Miss Millicent Holland is a companion, running away from her past. Joshua Shambles is out to get revenge and he is a man with no conscience. Unwittingly, Henry puts Milly in danger and feels compelled to protect her, refusing to acknowledge it is anything other that duty that is motivating him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Regency Spy Series

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 07-19-17

Fast paced regency romance/adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

I received a copy from the narrator but all opinions are my own.

This is my first of The Spy Series by Audrey Harrison and narrated by Melanie Fraser. My Earl the Spy is second title in the series.

It was a delightful ride from start to finish, proper tea parties and afternoon calls alongside kidnapping and spying. Some nice tidbits of English history during the Napoleonic wars as well.
I definitely want to explore the rest of the series to learn more of the periphery characters in this story.
The intrepid herione, Miss Millicent Holland, is about to give up her position as companion to her cousin whose nuptials are quickly approaching. She has begun a search for new employment but all plans are disrupted when she agrees to help Henry, Earl of Grinstead, by drawing a picture of the spy he is in pursuit of to be distributed over London. Danger and misadventure abound after this event and Milly must use all her wits to survive and realize her true feelings for Henry along the way.

Melanie Fraser did an admirable job in her narration of the story on Audible. There was a diversity of characters, male and female, and I never once was confused at who was speaking. She brought Milly to life as a lady of spunk as well as manners and gave Henry a masculine quality that did credit to an aristocrat. Her pacing of the story and dramatic timing was flawless and kept me listening even when I should have been doing other things.

All around a highly enjoyable regency romance with some thrilling action along the way. Highly recommend for lovers of the genre.

  • Grave Secret

  • Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfactory final conclusion

  • By V. Sharol Cutrell on 10-31-09

Wonderful end to the series

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

Reviewed: 03-17-17

I've really enjoyed this entire series. Harper is a complex heroine with great depth. The applies to Tolliver. Together they make a great duo and thanks to Charliene Harris for tying up all the loose ends. I was not expecting the twist at the end, well done! Highly recommend this series!

  • Grave Sight

  • Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,989
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,993

Grave Sight draws listeners into the intriguing world of Harper Connelly, a woman with a unique gift: she can "see" the deceased and how they died. A teenage girl from a small Ozarks town is missing and feared dead. Hired by local police, Harper locates the girl's body in a nearby forest. But there's more than one corpse in those woods, and the second one raises questions no one wants to ask.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable. Interesting. Recommend!

  • By Connie on 02-11-09

Great read!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Enjoyed this story immensely. Interesting premise with likable and flawed heroine Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  • The Alliance of Isian

  • The Isian Series, Book 2
  • By: Serena Clarke
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Kashner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 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

War is coming and all the kingdoms must choose a side. Isian decides to make an alliance with their long-time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good sequel.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-29-17

Just loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This is the second in the Isain series and I liked it even better than the first one. Such a challenging premise that a prince and princess from, formerly, waring countries should marry and try to get along to help mend the breach and form an alliance against a mutual enemy.

Gabrielle and Alec are both strong personalities but also hold unswerving loyalty to their countries and their duty. This loyalty they slowly also give to each other as they discover misconceptions each have held about the other's people. But they don't have a nice quiet time to get to know each other, Gabrielle is attacked several times by those who don't want to form an alliance and Alec is kept busy fighting a magical monster that is attacking outlying villages.

As Gabrielle and Alec learn to trust each other and care about each other their own people slowly start to do that same. Day by day a true alliance is formed. So very captivating and satisfying to read!

The narrator, Carolyn Kashner, did a tremendous job with all the voices and especially Gabrielle's accent. So enjoyable to listen to.

I received this audio book from the author but the opinions are my own.

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  • Mystery on the Bayou

  • Amelia Moore Detective Series, Book 6
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

While at the beach, Amelia is approached by a woman who is concerned about the son she gave up for adoption 16 years ago. Millie has been having nightmares that make her fear he is in danger. She petitioned the court to view the sealed records but was refused. Will Amelia and Rick be able to convince the courts to help them? If her son is in danger, will they get there in time?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Search for missing son linked to murder!

  • By LilMissMolly on 11-18-16

A heartwarming cozy

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

This was a heartwarming story as well as a mystery/romance. It was fun to catch Amelia and Rick on their honeymoon as they relax (briefly) before being pulled into yet another job.
They are asked to find a child given up for adoption. The mother has a rare disease and wants to make sure her son will be tested and treated if need be. Amelia and Rick are skillful and dogged throughout this story. They don't give up and are able to bring about a very satisfying conclusion.
This was especially touching as the author shared a family experience that made things all the more real.

I enjoyed this story immensely and look forward to more of Amelia and Rick.

A copy was provided to me by the author but all opinions are my own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Melinda and the Wild West

  • A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho, Book 1
  • By: Linda Weaver Clarke
  • Narrated by: Joanna Riley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In 1896, Melinda Gamble, a very elegant, very naïve young woman from Boston, decides to give up her life of monotonous comfort for the turbulent uncertainty of the still untamed Wild West. Driven by her intense desire to make a difference in the world, Melinda takes a job as a schoolteacher in the small town of Paris, Idaho, where she comes face-to-face with a frightening bank robber, a vicious grizzly bear, and an intense blizzard that leaves her clinging to her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book not so great narration

  • By Sweetie7268 on 04-25-17

Sweet romance

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

A very sweet, innocent romance with a determined, yet sensitive, eastern lady coming to teach in the wild west. Melinda takes to the west and the various adventures and challenges it provides when she agrees to teach school in a small town.
A bit of history mixed in with the story made for an interesting read. I enjoyed getting to know Melinda as she struggled to make a positive influence on her students and find her place in the wild west. The widowed father of one student in particular becomes a bit of a challenge as she tries to help the girl fit in at school. They seem to be made for each other if only he can overcome his fears that an eastern lady can't make it in the west!
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful