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  • Agent of Enchantment

  • Dark Fae FBI, Book 1
  • By: C.N. Crawford, Alex Rivers
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack the Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong. This killer is fae, and he’s as elusive as smoke on the wind. But I’m an FBI profiler, and it’s my job to track him down. It doesn’t matter that one of the main suspects - a lethally alluring fae - is trying to seduce me...or kill me, I’m not sure which. I won’t be stopped, not even when panic roils through the streets of London or when the police start to suspect me.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends well

  • By Jessica Wolfe on 16-01-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

In the first few chapters alone this book oscillates between a gripping and engaging crime style, and the worst sort of overblown bodice-ripper romance. It's extremely disappointing that a potentially good book should be spoiled by such disjointed swings in style (and one of them should be such an offputting style)

Another problem is how jarring it is when English characters use American words and terms rather than the English equivalents. It's obvious that some attempt has been made to include English slang but not enough to prevent obvious Americanism's.

The narrator is quite good - some of her accents need work, but she's better than many narrators of American books in non-American settings.

On the whole, thought, not a book I'd recommend

  • Dearest

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday's palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he's her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday's unique magic somehow break the spell?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maintaining the quality

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Maintaining the quality

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Yet more delightfully entertaining twists on classic fairytales - this series continues to deliver the type of stories promised from the start with no decline in quality of the storytelling.

  • Hero

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic - until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

A book for each of the seven Woodcutter sisters is a wonderful prospect if the first two books of the series are anything to go by.

  • Enchanted

  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Entertaining

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Engaging and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

This is an absolutely delightful twist on the classic fairytale setting. An excellent first of a series and a definate enticement to listen to further books in the series.

  • Messenger

  • Dearest, Chapter 20
  • By: Alethea Kontis
  • Narrated by: Alethea Kontis
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Messenger is the deleted last chapter from Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, book three). Spoiler alert. Proceed with caution!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still loving this series

  • By Teddy on 24-10-18

Still loving this series

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Really looking forward to the next book in this series being released in audio format. I am enjoying them so much.

  • Apple Strudel Alibi

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When Gemma’s romantic holiday with her boyfriend is cancelled, the tearoom sleuth finds herself heading to Vienna instead with her cat Muesli and the nosy Old Biddies for company. And it’s not long before they stumble across a murder right in the heart of Austria’s historic capital. A handsome art critic dies suspiciously at their hotel, and the Old Biddies are determined to sniff out the killer. Is it the bitter hotel owner nursing a grudge? The critic’s jealous mistress wanting revenge? Or even the American horse trainer who seems inexplicably nervous around the police? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fine mystery

  • By Teddy on 21-09-18

Another fine mystery

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

As charming and entertaining as the other books in the series.

Somewhat spoiled, for me, by Gemma (a very English character) using Americanisms such as referring to the first floor of buildings as the second floor. It irritated me every time it happened, to the extent of jolting me out of the flow oif the narrative.

Other than that, the nicely crafted mystery I've come to expect from this series.

  • Murder Most Witchy

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 10
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Life in the Winchester household is hardly settled. That’s true for Bay Winchester more than anybody else. Her boyfriend, Landon Michaels, is away from town on an undercover assignment for the FBI, and Bay is struggling not to let worry and unease rule over her life. Halloween is approaching, after all, and Hemlock Cove is bustling with activity. Bay has her hands full even when her heart feels empty. A chance encounter with Landon while he’s undercover leaves Bay exposed...and furious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The let-down of the series

  • By Teddy on 13-09-18

The let-down of the series

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Not bad overall but the first quarter of the story just doesn't hold up.

Bay KNOWS Landon is working undercover.

It makes absolutley no sense that she's so upset when she runs into him and he doesn't acknowledge that he knows her.

NO SENSE whatsoever.

It also makes no sense that her entire family bought into her upset instead of telling her how stupid she was and pointing out that HE WAS UNDERCOVER so OF COURSE he couldn't acknowledge her.

She does have a valid point about his reason for not sending her a message via his 'phone contact with Chief Terry, but even that doesn't make sense - Chief Terry is always at the Winchester place so he would have known how upset Bay was, and why. There's no way he wouldn't have tried to alieviate her anguish by explaining the situation and telling her how sorry Landon was that he couldn't contact her.

I spent the first quarter of the book on the edge of being so irritated I was tempted to hit the stop button and not bother listening to the rest.

Once the first quarter was out of the way, however, the story settled down along the usual entertaining and amusing, but I marked it down in my rating as the rubbishy start makes it the weakest of the series so far.

  • Life's a Witch

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest, Book 7
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Bay Winchester is living the witch part - literally. She's hoping to avoid the dying part. The Winchester world is full of trouble when great-aunt Willa and cousin Rosemary come to town. It's clear they're up to something, but no one can figure out what. When a young man's body shows up at Hollow Creek, Bay's attention is divided thanks to a morose ghost who blames her for ending "party time" and Aunt Tillie's refusal to back down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still got it

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Still got it

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Once again this series delivers an entertaining story. I was a little distracted by the repetitive overuse of certain words in this one, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment.

  • Between a Witch and a Hard Place

  • Wicked Witches of the Midwest Books 4-6 (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Box Set Book 2)
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The Winchester witches are at it again, and this time the stakes are higher than ever.Go along with Bay, Thistle, Clove, Aunt Tillie and the rest of the Winchester family (and their friends, of course) as they take on human traffickers, an angry poltergeist and a murderous bank robber. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still loving this series

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Still loving this series

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

This series continues to be entertaining and I'm throughly enjoying listening to it. On to the next book....

  • Any Witch Way You Can (Wicked Witches of the Midwest Book 1)

  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Aris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

As the local editor of Hemlock Cove's only newspaper, she just happens to be present when a body is found in an area corn maze. To make matters worse, the police believe the murder may have something to do with the occult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining

  • By Teddy on 08-09-18

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I liked it so much I went on to buy the rest of the series and have picked up some of the short stories and fairy-tale offshoots