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  • The Foundling Duke

  • The Foundling Series, Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Family secrets can’t always be kept hidden. James Massey, Marquess of Avery, is hated by his mother and can’t understand why. Leonard Massey, Duke of Yarnton, has a secret that will protect his son but destroy his wife. Catherine Massey, Duchess of Yarnton, hates her husband and son and is determined they will be rejected by society. One family on an inevitable path of self-destruction. No one will come away unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Layla on 27-11-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I have not read or listened to anything by this author.
I loved the blurb so I thought I'll give a go and I am so glad that I did.
loved the narrator I thought she bought the characters out.
The book is suitable for all and I loved it!
I would highly recommend this book!
looking forward to reading/listening to the others in this series!

  • Mystery Loves Company

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 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

Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun historical mystery

  • By choccygrl on 27-11-18

A great series!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I loved this one because I don't know who did it. I usually guess the murderer even though I guess for the wrong reason.
All I am saying is that the author plays with words. you think she means one thing when actually she is talking about something else.
I was really surprised who the murderer ended up being. I didn't see it coming.
Also, the two lovebirds have there first fight and there is a surprise towards the end.
The narrator is brilliant I am so glad that he did all the books in the series.

  • Julu

  • The Julu Series, Volume 1
  • By: Jan Anderegg
  • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

There is a magical land just beyond our imaginations called Jirvania, where stories grow. Muse faeries harvest these 'pearls' and bring them to our world. In the heart of Jirvania stands The Great Library, home of every book ever written, and a portal to other times and places where one can step into stories and experience them firsthand. Homework has never been such fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for any age.

  • By Layla on 19-09-18

Great for any age.

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

I have listened to this narrators other works which I loved her in, however, it took me a while to get used to her voice in this type of book. I am so used to her narrating period dramas set in England. So I found her voice out of place when I listened to her tell the story. She is still good but I am just used to her in another genre and she did not feel quite right in this one but other then this I loved the audiobook. It is more fast paced then I expected it to be and the characters I found to be realistic as well.
This is a great book for all ages.

  • A Life of Death

  • A Life of Death Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Weston Kincade
  • Narrated by: Ian Gordon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Alex is a troubled teenager with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability: psychometry. When he touches items murder victims held in their final moments, he relives the events in gruesome detail. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when murders implicate the town's founding family? If you like amazing supernatural stories that are intense, powerful, and fraught with emotion, then you'll love Weston Kincade's suspenseful coming-of-age trilogy, A Life of Death. Ghosts are speaking, and they want answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raw emtions with a paranormal twist

  • By Layla on 19-09-18

Raw emtions with a paranormal twist

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

The book is not what I expected. It is more darker then I thought it would be. It is based on abuse and how the teen deals with it and the people around him but it does have a paranormal twist to it. I found it hard to listen to at times due to the abuse but this made it more raw and real. I usually don't read these sort of books due to the subject matter. When I read something I want to get away from suitation like these (not that I have been abused or anything like that).
My only negative is that I found it too descriptive and overly dramatic at times, but other then this it is a really good story and I would actually recommend it.
I also loved the narrator. I have not listened to any of his work but I felt he bought out the raw emtions of the book. I wouldn't mind listening to his other works.

  • Mortom

  • By: Erik Therme
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Andy Crowl barely knew his recently deceased cousin, Craig Moore, so he’s especially surprised to be named as the sole beneficiary in Craig’s will. Not that there’s much to inherit: just an empty bank account and a run-down house. Once Andy arrives in the town of Mortom, however, he’s drawn into his puzzle-obsessed cousin’s true legacy: a twisted and ominous treasure hunt. Beckoned by macabre clues of dead rats and cemetery keys, Andy jumps into the game, hoping to discover untold wealth. But unsavory secrets - and unanswered questions about Craig’s untimely demise - arise at every turn....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully weird

  • By Melanie Preston Lewis on 03-07-18

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

I have to admit that this is not my type of book but something in the blurb grabbed my attention so I thought I would give it ago and I am so glad that I did.
I loved the narrator I thought he was great for this book and he really bought out the characters and their personality. Of course it does help that the characters are well written, in that they acted like normal people so it felt more real. The author I believe did really well in writing this story because he had me frustrated sometimes with the characters and I wanted to know where it would all end. There is plenty of suspense, intrigue and a twist that I did not see coming. He really surprised me there.
I would highly recommend this book and I would not mind reading or listening to this authors or narrators other works.

  • Daughter of Nothing

  • The Scion Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Eric Kent Edstrom
  • Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Few people know that the Scion School exists. Tucked away on a private Caribbean island, the school hosts 36 exceptionally gifted students. They train every day to prepare themselves for an immense responsibility, to lead humankind back from the brink of extinction. At least, that's what they've been told. Only one student - a 17-year-old named Jacey - suspects the truth. Driven by her undying loyalty to her friends, Jacey races to untangle the truth of who the Scions are...and what the headmaster truly means when he says they are bound for a great destiny. Daughter of Nothing is the first audiobook in an amazing new series for fans of young adult dystopian fiction. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it more then I expected.

  • By Layla on 15-05-18

Loved it more then I expected.

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

Reviewed: 15-05-18

I have not read anything by this author so I was not expecting anything but he really surprised me with this book.
We get into the book quite quickly and we are told a few things early on but there are some twists at the end that I did not see coming.
There is some action, mystery and a little romance. I liked how the author did the romance, (who the main character liked), I thought it was realistic.
There is no sexual content or profanity but it does have some mild violence. This is suitable for all. Young adults and adults alike would love this, I would highly recommend it. The author also gives us a teaser of the second book and that one has me intrigued since a lot happens in the first few chapter that I was really surprised about.

The narrator did a good job in voicing all the characters.

  • The Sisterhood of the Coin

  • By: Z. Minor
  • Narrated by: Nina Nato
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Nicola Highbridge travels to London to honor a childhood pledge and foil a plot that threatens both the British Museum and her sister who works there. But wherever she goes, she crosses paths with a disturbing workman who both distracts and attracts her. Clay Barber, Earl of Woodhaven, is a government agent in disguise. In London to ferret out a terrorist group and put an end to the cutthroats' escalating plans, he finds himself fascinated by Nicola's herbal healing skills and drawn into the parallel criminal world threatening her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Layla on 26-04-18

OK

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Any additional comments?

I did not like it as much as I wanted to. I loved the description and I thought that it is up my street but there is something about it, which I can't put my finger on it, that I did not like. It was interesting and slow going at times.

That is not to say the book was bad but I just could not connect with the characters.

I would still recommend it, since others might like it more then I did.

  • Slumber

  • Beauty Never Dies Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly, Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

There is no such thing as happily ever after. Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From the moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Layla on 26-04-18

OK

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Any additional comments?

I have read books by this author and loved them. So when I saw this I had to get my hands on it.
However, I find that I have mixed views about this one. I felt that not a lot happened and they where just running from the enemy. This is more of a romance in my opinion because it is more of should we, shouldn't we. So I found it slow going and frustrating at times. But I did like the powers they had, which I did not expect.

This does end on a cliffhanger, so if you don't like that sort of thing I would wait for the other books to be published before you buy this one.

  • Darcy Down the Rabbit Hole: A Knights Templar Adventure

  • A Mister Darcy Series Comedic Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Barbara Silkstone
  • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

"Stop!" Darcy called dashing ahead of Lizzie to catch their toddlers, but it was too late. Before he could reach the boys, little Annie had followed them under the ground. Three children and one rather handsome husband all suddenly vanished. Lizzie did the only thing she could think of and threw herself into a full-body slide down the dark, mossy rabbit hole. This is the ninth book in the popular Mister Darcy series of comedic mysteries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Darcy Down the Rabbit Hole.

  • By Layla on 26-04-18

Darcy Down the Rabbit Hole.

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Any additional comments?

I have not read/listened to the other books in this series, so I did not feel I was missing anything since we are told repetitively what happened.
The book was interesting but I found somethings where repeated a lot and this slowed the book down.

I loved the narrator, I thought she did a great job at voicing the characters.

  • Breathe

  • The Destiny Series, Book 1
  • By: Christine Grey
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Dearra comes into possession of the magical Sword of Cyrus just as the evil Breken attack her island home. Though her people succeed in driving their enemy back to the sea, one of the invaders remains behind, left for dead by his cruel kin. Now, Dearra doesn’t know what to be more surprised by, the fact that her sword can speak to her or that it has imperiously informed her that the handsome Breken warrior is her destiny. The two are bound together by a chain of events that was set into motion 1,000 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Layla on 26-04-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Any additional comments?

The book started of slow but persevere the story does get better and there are twist and turns that I was not expecting.

This has a bit of everything; action, romance, fantasy and a strong female character.

This is not a standalone since the main character hasn't saved her brother yet which means there is more to come.

Would highly recommend this book.