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Kindling Micky

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  • Keeper

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will M. Watt, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

They were best friends until they became roommates. Booker Harris has spent the last several years pushing himself to become the best goalkeeper in the Championship League. Tired of living in the shadows of his headline-splashing brothers, he has finally carved a path of his own. As a child, Poppy McAdams was content in her own little make-believe world, until the boy next door with dimples and pained eyes came barreling into her makeshift fort demanding all her attention. Best friends for most of their lives, everything changes when Poppy abruptly leaves London for University. Now she is back, and gone is the awkward girl from Booker's youth.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay listen but I wasn’t gripped

  • By Kindling Micky on 17-02-19

Okay listen but I wasn’t gripped

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This was okay apart from my least favourite trope appearing out of nowhere. However, book three and I’m finding this felt all too familiar. I enjoyed books one and two but needed something a bit more fresh for the third offering.

Great duet narration.

  • Shadow of Night

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ER on 07-11-12

3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This was a great story affected by some pacing issues in my opinion, thus the rating which might surprise some people. Overall, I feel good about the storyline, the character development and the gut-punching emotions. I do think it could have been a little shorter and more dynamically paced. I wasn’t sure if I was going to settle into Tudor England, it took some time but I did settle.

Matthew and Diana’s relationship dynamic was rather different in past times, I found it inevitable, interesting and sometimes annoying. I loved the band of waifs and strays that became part of their family.

Great narration and I’m already lamenting that Times Convert won’t have Ikeda.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Exciting start to the series

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I’ve jumped on the ‘must read before the tv series’ and I’m really glad I did. I’ve been meaning to read this ever since it came out but TBRs are what they are. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, it was well-researched and deep.

Working in academia, I appreciated the context and the attention to detail was excellent in this area. The story was engaging and satisfying but complicated. I read and listened to this book dependant on what I was doing and it was defintely harder to concentrate with the audio at times.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the books.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 804

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Edge of The Seat Thriller

  • By Janet biglari on 12-02-18

2.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19


THE WIFE BETWEEN US is crafted to be clear that whatever you are thinking, expect the opposite. When you think you know who is who, you don’t. This is a suspense about marriage, first wives, fiancées, ex-wives, controlling husbands and a smattering of friends and family.

I’m honestly kind of disappointed having heard a lot of hype for this book. I heard it was twisty and it is, but in a predictable way. There was only one twist I didn’t see coming and that honestly was underwhelming. It’s defintely a book of two halves with a much stronger first half and a fizzled-out second half.

Not one of the characters, including the three main characters were likeable. However, Richard was vile, a sneaky and manipulative kind of vile. He was incredibly well-written but I didn’t feel the female characters were as strongly written.

Clearly there is a lot of love for this book, but it just didn’t work for me. I want less predictable suspense when I chose to read in the genre. Decent narration.

  • Change of Heart

  • By: Nicole Jacquelyn
  • Narrated by: Alastair Haynesbridge
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

For 15 years Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can't stand each other - until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another's arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani's life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angsty and family centric

  • By Kindling Micky on 17-02-19

Angsty and family centric

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I really enjoyed this audio and for me, it followed on beautifully from book one, both in story quality and the continuing family narrative. The MCs of this book have a hate thing going on and their story took a direction that was great to follow. There was moderate angst with strong family and children context. I really want to devour more by this author.

Excellent dual pov/dual narration.

  • Love and Other Words

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away. But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos - the first and only love of her life - the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so many emotions loved it

  • By Michelle OBrien on 04-05-19

All consuming

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19


Review I feel the need to just draw breath because I’ve powered through this book in 24 hours (thank you, weekend). The story compelled me to not let go until I was done and I was helpless to disobey. Such is the power of this story and these characters.

It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a lead character so fully as I did with Elliot. Macy was definitely likeable and I grew to love her but Elliot reeled me in with his congruence very quickly. Macy and her dad were grieving when they bought their weekend bolt hole which was next door to a bustling family house. Elliot became Macy’s honest best friend, her confidante, her everything. Through then and now, we saw them grow together and that they’d had an eleven year gap between meeting again in their late 20s.

I felt so many emotions reading their story, I felt like a family witness. It hurt me, I hoped, I wished and I cried. I didn’t know where the story was going to go but I can only say that I felt a great impending heartbreak on the horizon. This sense of what was to come, had me racing to read more, to find out.

These characters wormed their way into my heart and I feel a little reluctant to let them go. I utterly enjoyed this book, despite the emotions, because of the emotions. I hope for more of this genre from Christina Lauren and I will need a hard copy of this on my shelf. Fantastic narration.

  • Elastic Hearts

  • By: Claire Contreras
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano, Rachel Mazz
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Victor Reuben has never had a divorce case he hasn't won, but when his client turns out to be an old flame and his restraint is tested, he must make a choice between his career and the woman who could turn out to be the one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2.5 stars

  • By Kindling Micky on 17-02-19

2.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I just didn’t connect with the story of Nicole and Victor or with the characters themselves. In fact, both Nicole and Victor were irritating in different ways. The female narrator didn’t work for me, the male narrator was fine.

  • Brooklynaire

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Virginia Rose, Joe Hempel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

You'd think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You'd be wrong. For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don't know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read - very professionally done

  • By ORed on 11-04-19

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19


This is my favourite of the Brooklyn Bruisers but in fairness, I have been waiting for Nate and Rebecca from book one. In fact, Sarina Bowen has been quite clever building the crescendo to the release of their book.

It delivered completely on an interesting story, characters that were even better close up and chemistry that lit a raging fire. The gentle build between these two and their friendship of nearly a decade made for delicious listening.

The narration worked superbly and I haven’t got one complaint about what the narrators brought to the story and characters. Highly recommmended.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,055

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, inspiring book on the value of education

  • By David Bowden on 03-03-18

Brutally captivating

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This was an all absorbing read. I was surprised at how grim some of the content was but it only painted the truth of Tara’s life and experiences. The journey Tara had from uneducated to educated was something quite inspirational. I think this is going to be quite memorable.

Great narration.

  • Next in Line

  • A Brother's Best Friend Standalone
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Maggie's mind is reeling when she discovers the guy she became tangled up with at Marv's Bait & Tackle isn't a stranger like she thought. The big snag: Sam and Maggie's chemistry is hot enough to melt ice, which makes keeping their secret far more difficult than either expected. Especially when one of them decides they want this arrangement to be more than just a catch and release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next In Line

  • By Nicola J Hardy on 18-01-19

Fun with beards and ice fishing!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19



This was a fun listen, totally engaging with a couple who weren’t perfect by any means but I felt invested quite quickly. There were many laugh out loud moments, with dialogue that lightened my day.

This is a tale of age difference, small town ruggedness, beards, ice-fishing and evolution. The heroine, Maggie was slightly annoying and superficial; she seemed young and a little spoilt. Sam, her brother’s best friend, was mature in age and life experience, he was also a stand-up guy but a bit of a commitment-phobe. They did make for fun listening and it was definitely a case of opposites argue or maybe attract.

Maggie never really won my heart but Sam certainly did. The chemistry between these two was sparking (there’s a pun in there if you read this). The storyline itself was adventure-driven, secretive and entertaining.

I liked the narration, Teddy Hamilton was all ease to listen to. Erin Mallon was sometimes as enjoyable and sometimes a little whiney. Overall, this dual narration worked.

I voluntarily listened to a copy of this audiobook from the author.