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  • The Hostile

  • By: Joy Mutter
  • Narrated by: Joy Mutter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

In a rundown area of Manchester, inside a bathroom in a small, terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates 12-year-old Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena's life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The hostile

  • By jey cee on 10-24-16

What a fun change!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

What did you love best about The Hostile?

I like that it was different. Joy Mutter has a captivating imagination!

What other book might you compare The Hostile to and why?

It's like nothing I've read before. I was torn between deciding if I was listening to a book intended for an older teen or a 47-year-old lady like myself. There was an innocence about the story. I couldn't stop listening.

What does Joy Mutter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The British accent - definitely!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I like to listen to a story as I do mindless tasks. But I kept finding myself sitting to listen to this one.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you are searching for something different, this is the one!

  • Sin City Goddess

  • Secret Goddess, Book 1
  • By: Barbra Annino
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Tisiphone loves spending her days playing poker in the underworld, far away from mortals and all the trouble they cause - and all the terrible mistakes they make. Unfortunately for this goddess, her sister Alecto has vanished in Las Vegas - and the gods of Olympus believe only Tisi can find her and bring her back. To make matters worse, they force her to partner up with a mortal: recently deceased FBI agent Archer Mays. With all these challenges, how can a Fury keep her temper?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different!

  • By Jan on 09-17-16

A fun, almost naughty read!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Sin City Goddess to be better than the print version?

For me, I enjoy listening and Valerie Gilbert's voice is perfect!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sin City Goddess?

The interaction between Tisi and Archer. Fun, FUN!

What about Valerie Gilbert’s performance did you like?

I like the mischief and strength of Tisi she brings to the story. Her voice was wonderful!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Bringing Mythology to life in a way you never imagined!

Any additional comments?

This book was wonderful at distracting me from my own personal stuff I have going on. It was fun and light-hearted. The dark humor kept me laughing! I have a new favorite author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Rancher Takes a Cook

  • Texas Rancher Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Misty M. Beller
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart's only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch. Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher's son, Jacob O'Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna's well-controlled plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-18-16

A fun, sweet romance!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! This book about starved me to death! Anna was always cooking up something that sounded delicious. The story was fun and inspirational. I didn't find it "preachy" at all because the main character prayed and searched for solace in scripture. The Bible says we are to pray without ceasing. She prayed a LOT less than that. Usually when she faced hardship. I didn't find that she prayed any more than I do. I am a Christian and will never be a "good Christian".

Who was your favorite character and why?

It would have to be Anna! Not only for her story, but because she gave me many ideas of what to cook for dinner while I was listening.

What about Tiffany Williams’s performance did you like?

I love that Tiffany William's voice is solid and a little deep. I very much appreciate her not trying too hard with the Southern accent. Being from Arkansas, Georgia and Texas (Military brat), I find that when a lot of narrators do the accent, it comes across as making us sound ignorant. She did great! The richness of her voice added gravity to the story as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Anna was tied up and helpless.

Any additional comments?

A light, pleasurable story. Got me happily through my commute and kept me entertained as I folded mountains of laundry late at night after the family was in bed.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Helena Diaries - Trouble in Mudbug

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jana DeLeon, a companion novella to Trouble in Mudbug. Do you love Helena Henry? Did you wonder what she was thinking during Trouble in Mudbug, or what she was up to when she was not in the novel? If so, then this novella is for you. All of Helena's thoughts and actions during Trouble in Mudbug, compiled in a diary for you to enjoy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • this is just a recap of the previous books

  • By redrover on 10-22-16

Thanks for a recap of the whole first book. Not.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If I could have learned something truly new about the story. It's the same story told from Helena's point of view. Redundant.

Has The Helena Diaries - Trouble in Mudbug turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. The first book was a light and fun read. But nothing deep enough to expect a companion book.

Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I was hoping to learn new stuff about the story and was disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Going to ask for my money back on this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gamble

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,727

Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but long

  • By suzebo on 10-03-14

Fun & Kept Me Guessing!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gamble to be better than the print version?

Yes because the narrator's voice was entertainment in and of itself. I love Emma Taylor's voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nina, of course. I like the way her thought processes work.

What about Emma Taylor’s performance did you like?

Her voice truly brought the main character to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Max got on my LAST nerve. Though I suppose he is supposed to. I detested the way he kept cutting Nina off when she was trying to speak to him. For all of Nina's fire and passion for living, she sure let him talk right over her. I am married to a bossy man who thinks he knows everything and I do NOT put up with it. My bossy man has a good heart too. Know-it-all men. Hmph.

Any additional comments?

I was very surprised by the ending. I kept thinking I had it all figured out but kept being wrong. A book hasn't surprised me like that in a long while. This was my first Kristen Ashley book. I'm very happy to have found a new author! From what I've seen, she has many books to choose from and they all seem focused to my age group. Thrilled!!

  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Pamela Garelick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,172

Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting storyline but...

  • By RavidReader on 11-04-14

Couldn't put it down!!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

What made the experience of listening to The Haunting of Maddy Clare the most enjoyable?

It was fast paced. I loved the narrator's voice and the twists and turns of the story itself. Each character had an interesting history and each brought something to the table. The ghost herself, was especially intriguing. I loved the creepiness of the entire book and I wanted to bring Sarah into my own family - bless her heart, she was so alone at the first of the book!

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely everything!

What does Pamela Garelick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

That wonderful British voice! This southern girl had a British inflection to her voice for quite a few days just from listening! Extremely entertaining to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in the barn when Maddy lays out her "deal" with Sarah. It was chilling!

Any additional comments?

I had this book in my playlist for nearly a year before I decided to have a listen and I am so glad I did! Now, I'm searching for more books by Simone St. James. I could only find three others. Even so, I have a new favorite author!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Food For The Soul

  • By Karen on 02-17-10

Beautiful story!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

What did you love best about Saving Ceecee Honeycutt?

That before I had even made it to the 5th chapter, I had experienced a myriad of emotions.

What did you like best about this story?

It is so beautifully worded and reminds me so much of my own childhood and growing up in the south surrounded by strong, southern women. They are so refined and have such a graceful way of speaking and doing things. But underneath those flowery exteriors is tempered steel. Southern women are also some of the most eccentric people bar none! The author was able to capture that perfectly.

What does Jenna Lamia bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her southern dialect is perfection. For most of the book, I felt like my aunt Freddie Jeane was telling me the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I cried three or 4 times before the 10th chapter - but I believe the part in the peach orchard where it finally hits her that she knew more about her mother's death was the most moving.

Any additional comments?

Love this book - I'm quite disappointed that the author only has one other out. I guess I will be waiting for her to write more.

  • Crunch Time

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun story to listen to

  • By Kathleen on 05-07-11

They always get better!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

What did you love best about Crunch Time?

I love rejoining Goldie and the people in her life! It is always a fun read and Diane Mott Davidson never fails to boost my appetite with her scrumptious recipes. Aunt Ferdinanda is probably my favorite part of this book. It's nice to see an older adult portrayed as vital and useful.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was excellent in this book. It's always an exciting challenge to figure at least part of it out before the end. Then, I get to feel smart and victorious! I was unable to figure out all of this one, but I had a good idea of who dunit.

Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of Barbara Rosenblat's performance. I adore her voice. Like whiskey - and yes, I equate it with the voice of Goldie! Why shouldn't a curly-haired blonde have a rich voice? I'm a straight-haired blonde with a deep, southern accent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part when aunt Ferdinanda proved exactly how useful and skilled she is! You go Ferdinanda!!