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  • Highland Vengeance

  • The Celtic Blood Series, Book 3
  • By: Melanie Karsak
  • Narrated by: Lesley Parkin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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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!

  • Marine Biology

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

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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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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

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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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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

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
  • wonderful

  • By James on 04-10-18

A fabulous story, beautifully told

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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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

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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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!