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  • 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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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

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!

  • Marine Biology

  • A San Andreas Shifters Short Story Prequel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: J. Daniel Sawyer
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Alex, marine biologist and werewolf, has seen better days. Unexpectedly alive, secretly gay, and haunted by a meddlesome, matchmaking ghost, he must now team up with very flirty mermen to save the city from sushi smugglers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fab novella, brilliantly brought to life. Highly recommended!

  • By Lolah on 06-07-18

A fab novella, brilliantly brought to life. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

While I'd read the ebook of this story previously, this audiobook version is a full cast recording made by Artistic Whispers, and so literally brought the story to life. I really enjoyed listening to it, and their use of appropriate foley, sound effects and background music really enhanced it. I'd definitely recommend the audiobook to all Gail Carriger lovers (as long as they're OK with M/M relationships) and similar supernatural book lovers. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

  • Poison or Protect

  • A Delightfully Deadly Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Lavington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Lady Preshea Villentia has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. What society doesn't know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea's employer. And Preshea has one final assignment. It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn't anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven - massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and...working for the enemy. In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart - a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't judge the rest of her books by this one

  • By Linda on 27-05-17

A fabulous story, brilliantly told. Highly recommended!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

While I'd read the book of this story previously, the audiobook is expertly narrated by Suzanne Lavington to bring the story to life. She really captures the characters brilliantly, and builds the tension fabulously at the right times. I also like the levity she brings to the romantic moments, keeping them both 'in the mood' but preventing the characters' previous history from over-colouring their experiences, which would've been easy to do. So if you enjoy stories from the Parasolverse, steampunk stories with a romantic twist, and can accept a little adult content, I highly recommend this story - either as a book, or as an audiobook.

  • Romancing the Werewolf

  • A Supernatural Society Novella: The Supernatural Society, Volume 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Peter Newman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Gay werewolves in Victorian London? Why yes, yes there are.

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after 20 years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous story, beautifully told

  • By Lolah on 01-07-18

A fabulous story, beautifully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

While I read the book of this story previously, listening to the audiobook was an excellent experience. Peter Newman is a fabulous narrator, bringing the story to life and really differentiating between characters. Whilst it's not suitable for everyone due to same sex relationships, I'd definitely recommend it to any fans of the Parasolverse who can accept that in a story, especially as it's so nice to see Biffy get settled as Alpha and Prof. Lyle potentially find love.

  • Romancing the Inventor

  • A Supernatural Society Novella
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 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

Imogene Hale is a lowly parlor maid with a soul-crushing secret. Seeking solace, she takes work at a local hive, only to fall desperately in love with the amazing lady inventor the vampires are keeping in the potting shed. Genevieve Lefoux is heartsick, lonely, and French. With culture, class, and the lady herself set against the match, can Imogene and her duster overcome all odds and win Genevieve's heart, or will the vampires suck both of them dry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent short story

  • By Claire on 05-08-18

An excellent story, beautifully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I listened to the audiobook of this story, and Emma Newman did an excellent job of bringing it to life. I especially loved her variations in accents between the "town" and "country" folk, and LeFoux is adorable. Whilst it's not suitable for everyone due to same sex relationships and some violence, I'd definitely recommend this story to those who can accept those things in a story, especially fans of the Parasolverse - it's great to see so many characters pop up, including the Wicker Chicken!

  • Frostbite

  • An Ivy Granger Psychic Detective Prequel Short Story
  • By: E.J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When a client claims her house is being haunted, Ivy tries to keep her mind open and her weapons handy. If her psychic gifts and recent cases have taught her anything, it's that you're better off arming yourself for the unexpected. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great little slice of the series

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-08-18

Awesome story and excellent narrator - but not for the squeamish!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

This is a short prequel novella to the Ivy Granger Psychic Detective series, and I listened to it as an audiobook. I hadn't read the book - or even the blurb on Audible - before listening, so I wasn't sure what to expect... and certainly got a surprise! I'm not going to go into details about the story (spoilers, the world's biggest crime!), but I'll just say that if you're squeamish, don't read or listen to this book!! However, the story is well-written and the characters are great fun, even in a weird situation. And if you have a chance to listen to the audiobook, I'd definitely recommend it - Melanie A. Mason does a fantastic job as the narrator, really bringing the story to life in all its glory! You really feel like you're in the house with Ivy and Jinx... Anyway, if you have half an hour, pop on the audiobook while you're commuting, cleaning or just chilling out, and you won't be disappointed. I'm definitely looking forward to more of the series after this book!
NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

  • How to Marry a Werewolf

  • A Claw & Courtship Novella, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. Americans: Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story told by an excellent narrator

  • By Lolah on 26-06-18

Brilliant story told by an excellent narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-18

I loved this story when I read the book, so was really looking forward to listening to it too when it was available. But the actual audiobook is so much better than I expected! The narrator, Emma Newman, does an impeccable job of bringing the story to life, and I love her voices for all the characters. I also loved her variation of accents used throughout the book - very impressive! The only negative I'd say about the audiobook is that the echoey effect they used for the internal thoughts made it difficult to hear what was being said for me, with my hearing impairment. Whilst it was good to try and differentiate between external and internal thoughts, this maybe wasn't the best way, especially as it's clear what's internal anyway in context of the story.
Anyway, I loved this story and this audiobook, and I would highly recommend it to all Gail Carriger fans, those who enjoy the genre, and anyone who just likes a good story! Can't wait for the next story!!

  • War and Wind

  • Tides, Book 2
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Kaitlin Bellamy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A cowardly captain. An incompetent crew. A mission she can't fail. Nile and her small band of loyal midshipmen saved the ship, and Captain Rima might just kill them for it... one young officer at a time. No one and nothing on the Aurora is safe anymore, least of all Nile's explosive secrets or her connection with Domenic, which vibrates between them like a cutlass speared into the deck. When the shifting tide of war suddenly turns Aurora's backwater outpost into a vital battleground, Nile faces an impossible choice between duty and freedom. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great audiobook of an interesting story

  • By Lolah on 20-06-18

A great audiobook of an interesting story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

This second story of the series follows Princess Nile as she's desperately trying to protect her friends, contain and control her magic, and conceal her true identity. I'm not going to give away spoilers, but I will say I find her relationship with Dominic frustrating at times - I just want to bang their heads together! - and I so admire the things she does with Tam and Aaron. I really enjoyed the outcome of this book, and wouldn't mind reading more about these characters in the future.
The audiobook version of the story was an excellent production and brought the story to life. I really enjoyed listening to it, and would definitely recommend it as an excellent way to enjoy the story.
NB I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Mrs on 25-06-15

Truly addictive listening - I want book 2!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I hadn't read the book before listening to this story, and boy did that make this even more addictive! The adventures of Percy and his friends will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering them on and both laughing and crying with them. There are moments you may literally find yourself shouting at Percy for being a doofus - he's not the brightest of lads! - and if, like me, you love Ancient Greece then you'll really enjoy seeing characters from all the myths and legends appear. Truly addictive listening that I'd highly recommend to anyone, from young adult upwards, and I can't wait to read (or listen to!) more of Percy's adventures!

  • The Winter Freak Show

  • The Twisted Christmas Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Parsons
  • Narrated by: Wink Taylor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

After 12-year-old Toby Carter escapes a brutal workhouse at Christmas, he can't believe his good fortune. Adopted by a band of travelling performers called The Winter Freak Show who put on spellbinding shows each night, he finally believes he's found the family he always wanted. Then, everything falls apart. Children are disappearing throughout the city. Pretty soon, all evidence points to those Toby trusted the most, and he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy far more sinister than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome story to read or listen to

  • By Lolah on 28-04-18

An awesome story to read or listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I listened to this audiobook version of the story (which I've also read) and it really brought it to life. The narrator, Wink Taylor, really weaves magic of his own as he tells the tale, giving each character unique voices and building tension in all the right places to make this truly addictive listening. An awesome story to read or listen to for anyone from older children upwards.