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  • Highland Blood

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 2
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Scotland, 1032. When a marriage contract calls Gruoch away from Ynes Verleath, she leaves with the hope she'll be reunited with Banquo. But fate has different plans. Lies, betrayal, and violence await her. Set on a collision course with destiny, Gruoch soon finds herself thrust into the arms of another man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spellbinding story, excellently narrated. Highly recommended!

  • By Lolah on 17-12-18

A spellbinding story, excellently narrated. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I listened to this story on Audible without having read the book first, but I don't feel I lost anything from doing this - it was so excellently narrated by Lesley Parkin that the whole world came to life in my head as she wove the story, like a movie playing behind my eyelids (I closed my eyes to enjoy it best, not to sleep, honest!). It's a truly spellbinding story, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who likes fairytale and myth retellings (it's a version of the early life of Lady Macbeth), fantasy stories, or just something a bit different. I'm loving this series, and will definitely be listening to book 3 ASAP!

  • Fly: Goose Girl Retold

  • Romance a Medieval Fairytale Series, Book 3
  • By: Demelza Carlton
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Princess Ava was sent to a neighboring kingdom as a lady-in-waiting to her sister, their future queen. Until a runaway horse, a case of amnesia, and a cold-hearted king conspire to bring her to the prince's attention. Now the prince believes Ava is his bride, and her sister is just a serving maid. One thing is certain: the prince must marry one of the princesses, or there will be war. But when all's fair in love and war, who will win the battle for the prince's heart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, well narrated

  • By Lolah on 17-12-18

An excellent story, well narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 17-12-18

This is an excellent story, well told by narrator Mary Sarah. I've recently reread the original story, so it was interesting to hear the parts of that tale that the author had chosen to use, those she had chosen to change, and the wholly new parts of her own. I also liked noting those characters from the author's other fairytales who popped up, like Princess Bianca (from Revel, the 12 Dancing Princesses tale) - it's become almost like a game for me now, with all the stories I've read and listened to!
Overall then, an excellent audiobook if you like adult fairytale retellings. With just the right amount of romance, magic and storytelling, it's the perfect book to read or listen to, whether you're going to bed, doing housework, driving, or in any other situation. And whilst it's a great standalone story, you'll really enjoy it as part of the series - and they're all brilliant, so it's no hardship to read or listen to them!

  • The Sumage Solution

  • San Andreas Shifters, Book 1
  • By: G. L. Carriger
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Can a gentle werewolf heal the heart of a smart-mouthed mage? New York Times best-seller Gail Carriger, writing as GL Carriger, presents an offbeat gay romance in which a sexy werewolf with a white knight complex meets a bad-boy mage with an attitude problem. Sparks (and other things) fly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not my usual thing

  • By Roobarb on 23-08-17

An excellent story, brilliantly narrated

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Reviewed: 17-12-18

This is the second book in the San Francisco Shifters series, and is very funny. Whilst the core of the story is a M/M romance between Max (a Sumage) and Bryan (a beta werewolf), there is so much fun and fighting, sass and action - of the literal kind! - there is very little time for action of the other kind. But the relationship between Max and Bryan is very sweet when it finally gets going, and you can't help but root for them.
Overall, an excellent story, brilliantly narrated by Kirt Graves, and I'd definitely recommend it to all fans of the series and supernatural/paranormal romances who don't mind the gay relationship content.

  • Beauty and Beastly

  • Steampunk Beauty and the Beast (Steampunk Fairy Tales)
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkerers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost. Isabelle survives the storm only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island. The magical place, dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect story for your listening pleasure

  • By Lolah on 17-12-18

The perfect story for your listening pleasure

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Reviewed: 17-12-18

I had read the book of this steampunk fairytale before, when it was first released, but to listen to the audiobook, excellently narrated by Lesley Parkin, was almost like experiencing the story for the first time. Lesley really brings the story to life, and I would heartily recommend listening to this book (or reading it!) if you love adult fairytale retellings, steampunk stories or, best of all, a combination of the two, with a dash of romance and a twist of magic to provide the perfect story for your listening pleasure.

  • Highland Vengeance

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Scotland, 1032. Everything Gruoch loves has turned to ash. With Gillacoemgain gone, Gruoch rides north with her newborn son and a broken heart. While she desperately clings to hope, Gruoch's new alliance with Macbeth proves more challenging than she ever anticipated. Only her unexpected reunion with an important person from her past offers solace. All may yet be well, but the raven's wary eyes cannot help but notice clouds gathering on the horizon.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous story, whether you read it or listen to it!

  • By Lolah on 10-11-18

A fabulous story, whether you read it or listen to it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

This third book in the Celtic Blood series, retelling the story of Lady Macbeth, is even more dramatic than the first two, and an excellent read. Other than saying we see Corbie become Lady Macbeth in this book, I'm not going into any more detail about the plot - you can get an idea from the book description and I HATE spoilers!! - but if you've read the first two books in the series you definitely won't want to miss this one... And with its cliffhanger ending, I'm certainly dying to read the next instalment asap! And if you've not started the series yet, why not give book 1 a try - it's not a stuffy Shakespeare story!
I've also now listened to the audiobook of the story, again excellently narrated by Leslie Parkin, and can honestly say it really brings it to life. If you can, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook - you won't regret it!

  • The Fairy Godfather

  • The Chancellor Fairy Tales, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

After years of working for my family's business, I'm finally back in college and ready to chase my dream of becoming a perfumer. It seems like the stars are all aligning when Chancellor College invites a preeminent French fragrance expert to speak at a symposium. Everything is working out just right, as long as I can continue to ignore my growing feelings for a certain hippie beekeeper. That, it seems, is turning out to be easier said than done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous twist on the Cinderella story that all adult fairytale lovers will enjoy

  • By Lolah on 31-10-18

A fabulous twist on the Cinderella story that all adult fairytale lovers will enjoy

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Reviewed: 31-10-18

I listened to the audiobook of this story without reading the book, but Hollie Jackson (the narrator) really brought the author's work to life. Melanie Karsak always writes beautifully, but with this book her writing is so descriptive and characterful, I could literally see the people and events in my head like a movie. A fabulous twist on the Cinderella story that all fairytale lovers will enjoy, and a fine third instalment in the Chancellor Fairytale series.

  • The Cupcake Witch

  • The Chancellor Fairy Tales, Book 2
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Buttercream. Vanilla. Fondant. Dark chocolate. Brown sugar. Molasses. Baking has always been my true love, but it wasn't until my mother's death, and the unexpected inheritance of Serendipity Gardens, that my bliss called me. Bittersweet. But Serendipity Gardens has more to offer than just a potential shopfront. An unusual recipe box left to me by a distant relative might be the key to unlocking my dreams. Too bad the most powerful family in Chancellor has plans that could turn those dreams to ruins - literally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So descriptive and characterful I could see it in my head like a movie!

  • By Lolah on 25-10-18

So descriptive and characterful I could see it in my head like a movie!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I listened to the audiobook of this story without reading the book, but Hollie Jackson (the narrator) really brought the author's work to life. Melanie Karsak always writes beautifully, but with this book her writing is so descriptive and characterful, I could literally see the people and events in my head like a movie. A fabulous original story that all fairytale lovers will enjoy, and a fine second instalment in the Chancellor Fairytale series.

  • Taker of Lives

  • By: Leslie Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

They are the most violent, blood-thirsty, and vicious of criminals. While hunting for them, FBI profilers call these monsters UNSUBS, short for "unknown subjects of ongoing investigations". At any given time, in the United States there are more than 50 serial killers at large, preying on vulnerable, unsuspecting victims. Until yesterday, no one knew Florida had another serial killer on the loose. Special Agent Tess Winnett calls this particularly elusive one the "Taker of Lives".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, brilliantly narrated

  • By Lolah on 22-10-18

An excellent story, brilliantly narrated

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I hadn't read the book before listening to this audiobook, but this made no difference as it's such an excellent story, brilliantly narrated by Andrew Tell, that it swept me up and kept me entranced from beginning to end. So much so, I've listened to it three times so far and am already listening to it again! I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes murder-mysteries and psychological thrillers, and I can't wait to read (and listen to!) more books in the series!
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

  • Insanity

  • Insanity, Volume 1
  • By: Andre Gonzalez
  • Narrated by: Zachary Liebenstein
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jeremy grows obsessed with finding ways to shed light on mental illness. His idea is drastic and disturbing, so much so that he decides his experiment is not feasible. Yet once again, the corporate world reveals its ugly teeth. As he struggles to balance relationships, job responsibilities, and school work, he finally caves to the pressures of life. With everything spiraling out of control, Jeremy decides to carry out his experiment to save those who have long been shunned by society, leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story, excellently narrated. Highly recommended listening!

  • By Lolah on 22-10-18

A great story, excellently narrated. Highly recommended listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I listened to the audiobook of this story, excellently narrated by Zachary Liebenstein, and it really brought the story to life. I'd already read and enjoyed the book, but listening to the audiobook brought a whole new dimension to the story, bringing the characters to life and better letting the listener hear the nuances in the story. You also get more drawn into Jeremy's inner monologues and caught up in his emotions, and it makes you understand the reasoning behind his actions a bit more. I'd definitely recommend listening to the story, and I can't wait to hear the audiobooks for the rest of the series.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

  • Highland Raven

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Scotland, 1026 - Gruoch, descendant of the line of MacAlpin, should have been born into a life of ease. But fate is fickle. Her father's untimely death, rumored to have been plotted by King Malcolm, leaves her future uncertain and stained by the prophecy that she will avenge her family line. Escaping to one of the last strongholds of the old Celtic gods, Gruoch becomes an adept in arcane craft. Her encounters with the otherworld, however, suggest that magic runs stronger in Scotland than she ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant story, excellently narrated

  • By Lolah on 08-09-18

A brilliant story, excellently narrated

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Reviewed: 08-09-18

I listened to this story as an audiobook, excellently narrated by Lesley Parkin, who really brought it to life, drawing out its subtle nuances and breathing life into the characters - with my eyes closed I could see the movie playing in my imagination! I absolutely loved the way that the author has woven in elements of the inspiration Shakespeare and real Scottish history, but still kept it a very original story, giving Lady Macbeth her own backstory, and I can't wait to listen to book 2 and find out what happens next!