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  • The Lady of the Lake

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Volume 4
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 4

  • By MeDi on 06-09-17

The Shoemakers are a special kind of unlucky

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

The Shoemakers are a special kind of unlucky in that they travel the country and yet always manage to stumble across a murder. This time we also get an interesting ghost story to spice up the story. The characters are always fun and funny; the mystery is always just mysterious enough with enough red herrings to keep me interested. I really hope the Shoemakers and their friends get a few actual vacation days between police questioning.

Michelle Babb always provides a great listening experience. Her narration is the biggest reason I continue to read this series.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Anastasis

  • By: Autumn Warren
  • Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Nikolas and Marco have managed to escape their foes on Chiraiyn, but Nikolas soon finds himself the captive of even worse enemies. Marco and the others are determined to rescue their brother, but will they be able to free him before the Nikolas they know is gone forever, or will they find that the cost for his life is too great?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cool Sci-fi

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 10-27-16

I was very intrigued by the cover and book blurb.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

I was very intrigued by the cover and book blurb and I'm so glad Warren let me have a copy to listen to. The world building of this book is so good. The characters feel complex and their motives actually make sense, even if you don't necessarily agree with them. It does start pretty abruptly, but that's my own fault for not reading Hell Above Me before this. I would like to point out that there is a bit of graphic gore and violence, so readers should beware if that's a trigger for them. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it.

Zachary Johnson does a great job narrating. He's a fast reader, even for me, but that's more of a positive thing from my perspective than perhaps most audiobook listeners.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • The Coelho Medallion

  • By: Kevin Tumlinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

An ancient medallion is unearthed in Pueblo, Colorado, revealing a secret that will rewrite the history of North America - the Vikings somehow made it to the continent's interior, centuries before Columbus made landfall, and there they built a city of gold. But today the Coelho Medallion has been stolen, and a linguist and researcher has been abducted in connection with the crime. Could the abductors be after the fabled city of gold? Or do they have a more sinister plot in mind?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sprawling and confusing but oddly interesting

  • By Matthew on 11-21-16

Wow, what an awesome take on the El Dorado legend.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Wow, what an awesome take on the El Dorado legend. Overall, the story, the characters, and the mystery was so satisfying. The pace of the story is very fast, so expect to have a hard time putting it down. Usually, the worst parts of thriller novels is the slow and unnecessary bits where people sit around with library books and talk about what they found; it tends to be a necessary evil of the genre. But Tumlinson managed to make these scenes dynamic and interesting.

Richard Rieman is a great, although extremely fast, narrator. His reading is not especially dynamic, but I'm not sure my heart could take a narrator that puts a lot of emotion and tension into the reading of this particular story. I thought it fit well with the writing.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,375

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

New twist on sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

I'm always looking for a new and unique sci-fi story and Scalzi has totally delivered. It reminded me a lot of Torchwood's Miracle Day, but with a twist. I would love to read a longer story set in this world.

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  • The Lebensborn Experiment

  • Book 1
  • By: Joyce Yvette Davis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gallagher
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Amid the chaos and destruction of World War II, racial profiling runs rampant. After kidnapped children whose appearances fails to meet the Nordic ideal are taken to concentration camps, some are used in experiments to satisfy the Reich's quest for Aryan Superiority.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Lebensborn Experiment

  • By Deedra on 08-15-17

Interesting take on the genre

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

Reviewed: 10-17-16

I'm not totally sure what drew me to this book since I'm not usually into books set during WWII or zombie-esque stories. However, I'm glad I took a chance on it because I thought it was an interesting take on both genres. There are a few cringe-worthy moments, mostly during the torture scenes including an unfortunate bunny. For the most part I thought the subject matter was handled well and Davis took an interesting direction by telling the story from both sides of the fight.

Kevin Gallagher did an excellent job narrating. His accents felt natural and not super fake, although they did get pretty thick at times. His female and children voices were also very good. But mostly, he has a great pace that might be a bit fast for some listeners, but was perfect for me.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Making Amends

  • By: Melinda Clayton
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

On a beautiful fall evening, in the middle of a game of hide-and-seek, five-year-old Bobby Clark is kidnapped by his estranged father, a shiftless man with a history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Bobby's twin brother Ricky watches, terrified, from his hiding place behind the bougainvillea, while mother Tabby, who also struggles with addiction, lies inebriated on the living room floor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making Amends

  • By MeDi on 08-05-16

Fascinatingly complex story

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

While I don't usually enjoy stories told from multiple perspectives, I have to admit that it really worked in this case. It kind of reminded me of the podcast Serial and how all the perspectives combine to tell this fascinatingly complex story. But it's so hard to support Tammy because she has made so many mistakes, but that's why it's so interesting when you do hope good things happen to her. Ben and Von are such good characters and I would love to learn more about them.

Michelle Babb does another amazing job narrating. I knew she was great at narrating cozy mysteries, but this book proves she narrate damn near anything as long as it has heart to it.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Peete and Repeat

  • The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Karen Musser Nortman
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A biking and camping trip to southeastern Minnesota turns into double trouble for Frannie Shoemaker and her friends as she deals with a canoeing mishap and a couple of bodies. Strange happenings in the campground, the nearby nature learning center, and an old power plant complicate the suspect pool and Frannie tries to stay out of it - really - but what can she do? After all, she is only curious, but sometimes it isn't just cats who have trouble with that!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By MeDi on 05-30-17

The Shoemakers are full of humor and thrills.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I love cozy mysteries, but cozy mystery series are a special kind of beast. We get to learn so much about these characters and watch as they (hopefully) learn from their past mistakes. But by the same token you have to suspend a measure of disbelief. I mean, how many murders can a single family come across before you have to question whether they have some terrible demon hanging around them. Despite this hurdle, the Shoemakers are full of humor and thrills. The title of this one is a bit cheesy, but it's definitely not the worse I've ever seen.

Michelle Babb is basically my cozy mystery go-to narrator. Her soft accent is just enough to make you feel comfortable and laugh at even the darkest of humor. Every time she narrates a new book she gets better and better. Her female voices become more defined and her male voices sound like they belong to a male. Just beautiful.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Aromatherapy

  • A Beginner's Guide to Creating Homemade Aromatherapy Oils
  • By: Ruth Logan
  • Narrated by: Paula Slade
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, can be described as the science and art of using naturally extracted essences from plants to harmonize, balance and promote the wellbeing of the mind, body and spirit. Its aim is to unite psychological, physiological, and spiritual processes to enhance the human's natural ability to heal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great audio book

  • By cyndi on 10-28-16

Packs a lot of information.

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

I really enjoyed this book. It's short, but it packs a lot of information. I've received quite a few bottles of essential oils, but I didn't know what to do with them. The manufacturer's of the oil obviously believes if you have a bottle then you automatically know what to do with it, so they don't put anything close to instructions on the bottle. Now, thanks to this book, I know what to do and I have access to several recipes and concoctions. I only wish I had the physical or ebook copy so that I could quickly look up the concoctions.

Paula Slade did a great job narrating. Her pace was excellent, so if I need to go back to write down a recipe, I don't think I would have to pause too often.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Fifty Explicit Erotica Stories

  • 50 Stories of Threesomes, Lesbians, MILFs, Gangbangs, and Anal Sex
  • By: Mary Fisher Stevens, Roxy Rhodes, Janie Moore, and others
  • Narrated by: Syndi Sweete, Vivian Lee Fox, Katt Kampbell, and others
  • Length: 25 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 324

Who likes MILF erotica? How about lesbian sex or threesomes erotica? If you like these three, then just throw in anal stories, gangbangs, and more and you still won't understand the scope of this amazing 50 collection of stories. Just think of the hottest story you have ever listened to. Got the picture in your mind? Great, now throw that away, because these stories will blow it out of the water. Not just hot ladies in the hottest erotica, but also great stories await after your single purchasing click.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Never again

  • By Delta Stet on 09-19-16

Never again

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

After the last collection of erotica short stories you'd think I'd have learned my lesson. This is basically 25 hours of terribly written porn. The dialogue is so cheesy, the situations are ridiculous, and most of the encounters are borderline rape.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Lock and Key: The Gadwall Incident

  • By: Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 233

In The Gadwall Incident, listeners get a glimpse into James' life a mere 24 hours before the tipping point - before life as he knows it changes irrevocably and his childhood slips into the shadows. Listeners will come to know the dangers that surround the Moriartys before James and Moria are sent off to the hallowed halls of Baskerville Academy, where they first meet the insufferable, inexhaustible Sherlock Holmes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok.

  • By CC on 03-16-17

This wasn't as interesting for me as the series

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

This wasn't as interesting for me as the series. It didn't answer any burning questions I had and I don't think it really added anything.