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  • Murder and Chocolate Fudge Cake

  • Mysteries of Treasure Cove, Book 1
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

One of Sabrina Carlson's oldest friends is found murdered. Unfortunately, she doesn't have time to grieve. After all, the killer is out there somewhere. And she isn't about to let them get away. Instead, Sabrina is going to do everything in her power to bring the guilty party to justice - even if it means risking her life. But is she really prepared to discover the truth? Or will this investigation break her?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • ok-ish

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-01-19

Love story continued in the future

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

This is so nice we continue the story further ahead in time - nice to see how things turned out and who did what, so many series you are left wondering how things turned out........if you loved the original books you will love this.

I was given this audiobook free in the hope I would give a review but I would have bought it in any as I love the Treasure Cove series.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,379
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,328

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Well worth your credit or hard cash.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

His style is fantastic, getting his message across about the awful state bureaucracy is making of our wonderful NHS yet you spend most of the book laughing - not at the patients but at his presentation, yet the message still gets across and you really get the feeling what its like to be a Junior Doctor ( and indirectly other staff).

Buy it.

  • Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 2
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified, but there's a catch: He's more than 3,000 years old. Pomme Valley's newest crime-fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new packmate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the murder and locate the missing loot before any more misfortune can befall the town?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Games afoot Sherlock

  • By MommaBear on 16-12-18

The Games afoot Sherlock

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

Opps - just written a review of the third book in the series and thought I would check my reviews of the first two books only to find that yes I had written of a review of the first book I had not of this second one........so opps indeed.

The story continues with Zak and his dogie companions following another murder trail.

The style is so relaxing and enjoyable yet your really do feel you are in their world.

If you are looking for a series that you can drop into and feel part of the characters life yet don't need to spend to much mental energy on because you want them to do the heavy mental lifting then these are the books for you.

Buy them, press play and relax and let Zak fill you in on what has been going on in his wonderful warm style.

I look forward to many more adventures of the trio.

  • Case of the Holiday Hijinks

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 3
  • By: Jeffrey M. Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

There’s a Grinch in Pomme Valley! Someone is stealing presents right from under the noses of unsuspecting homeowners and leaving no trace of how he broke in. And, to make matters even more baffling, he’s stealing only presents! Corgis Sherlock and Watson are on the case! Accompanied by their reluctant human, Zack, the unlikely trio must find out who’s responsible for the thefts and stop him before anyone gets hurt. The townsfolk are scared. City officials are nervous. Can Zack and the dogs put a stop to this crime spree before Christmas is ruined for everyone?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Enjoyable

  • By MommaBear on 16-12-18

So Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive the first book in this series for free and fell in love with those two wonderful corgis Sherlock and Watson along with their owner and the rest of the main characters in these books.

I am now happily a fan and grateful I was given the chance to try out the first book, which in turn has led to me purchasing the second and now this, the third book.

The stories are nice easy listening ones. Yes they are murder mysteries but in a way the murders ( except in book one) are all almost incidental yet are still an integral part of the books.

Don't expect highbrow literature but if you want a story that you can relax and enjoy- and has dogs in it- then definitely go for these. Highbrow literature or even procedure correct and strong police books have their place at times you just want to kick off your shoes and just be entertained and these books are that, pure entertainment. I always finish them with a smile on my face.

Not enough books have dogs in them and certainly not murder mysteries, more usually its cats - I love cats but admit I adore dogs just a tad more and little dogs the best of all.

I look forward to Sherlock and Watson's next adventures.

  • A Long Day in Lychford

  • Witches of Lychford Series, Book 3
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

It's a period of turmoil in Britain, with the country's politicians electing to remove the UK from the European Union, despite ever-increasing evidence that the public no longer supports it. And the small town of Lychford is suffering. But what can three rural witches do to guard against the unknown? And why are unwary hikers being led over the magical borders by their smartphones' mapping software? And is the immigration question really important enough to kill for? 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gutted

  • By mat brown on 19-07-18

Story Great - Narrator sorry not

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I found this one of the hardest book I have ever listened to and I own over 800 audible titles.

I am sorry but although the story was great, well I think it is as it was so hard to process I know I didn't take it all in.

The narrator spoke as if she was trying to make it into some kind of song - her voice goes up and down, up and down but not to any even beat. She gave accents to everyone that were all the exact same for the most part but then she suddenly forgets she is giving them accents and for a blessed few moments she speaks normally. If a vicar spoke as she made Liz speak the church would have no parishioners , she sounds more like a grumpy old man than a young woman. Sitting through sermons from a vicar with that voice would be unbearable.

If the narrator wants to continue like this please go on the stage, your voice with this accent would be perfect for this but not continuously reading a story.

I will be asking for my credit back as no way will I ever want to listen to this book again. I feel edgy and really unsettled after listening to this - I wanted to know the story so did force myself to listen to it all but oh boy it was not a pleasant experience and if this narrator ever reads another in the series then I will not be purchasing it no matter how much I enjoy this series.

I don't like writing a negative review and am sure if the narrator had spoken in her ordinary voice, such as she does for odd moments I would have found listening a lovely experience.

Maybe I am odd but I prefer a narrator just telling the story in a neutral voice and leaving me to put whatever accent I want onto it in my head along with everything else as I picture it all as the story unfolds.

Sorry Robin Mills but if you are going to always narrate this way I will be avoiding every book you narrate. Your normal voice when you spoke in it is lovely, please use it.

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  • Spellslinger

  • Spellslinger, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

A rich, compelling and laugh-out-loud new series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy fans. How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: his family, his home, even his own life.... When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your 16th birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and story!

  • By sammys_shelf on 02-09-17

Magic, An Unsure Teen, Conspiracy

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This book has everything to keep you enthralled.

Read it - what have you got to lose? You can always ask for your credit back but I would think only a very few ask.

Not many teens don’t make me think how stupid they are in a story but here you have a typical teenage boy who acts as you expect but cares.

Go on try it - I did and bought the others available on Audible and hope they arrange to have the rest very soon.

  • Shadowblack

  • Spellslinger, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The second audiobook in the rich, compelling and laugh-out-loud Spellslinger series. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold.... It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now 16, Kellen and Reichis have developed something of a reputation for being able to kill unruly mages. So it's no surprise when a wealthy but desperate father asks for their help in hunting down the men who've blackmailed him by putting a deadly curse on his only daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By J Smith on 25-04-19

Headology At It’s Best

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Just love this story. Love the series - listening to Book Three as I write this.

  • Strange Practice

  • A Dr Greta Helsing Novel
  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Suzannah Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Meet Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead. After inheriting a highly specialised and highly peculiar medical practice, Dr Helsing spends her days treating London's undead for a host of ills: vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights and entropy in mummies. Although barely making ends meet, this is the quiet, supernatural-adjacent life Greta's dreamed of since childhood. But when a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead alike, Greta must use her unusual skills to keep her supernatural clients - and the rest of London - safe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, wrong narrator

  • By madeline downham on 10-12-17

Well Non Humans need a doctor as well you know

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

I loved this book.

Usually, any non-humans or undead are only portrayed as beings that should be killed so a book that turns this on its head and shows that they deserve to be healed by a doctor when injured in some way is a great idea and works so well.

The fact that the doctor in question is 100% human makes it even better - it helps the reader empathize more with Dr. Greta Helsings patients - if she can see them as beings that need help, why shouldn't we. Yet she realises that not everyone needs to be saved - if they need putting down then she accepts that in her reality that some monsters are just that and totally anti to all life even members of their own particular species.

Vivian Shaw lets us see how some non-humans can live within the human world as they respect all life and do what they can to harm none unless they are a danger to others.

Many say the narrator is not suitable for voice acting but I do not feel that I enjoyed the way Suzannah Hampton read the story and how she portrayed Greta as well as the others.

It is a book that comes at the world on the undead and others from a different perspective from most others ( yes a few out there which are of a similar vein but none, as far as I know, which has a doctor who is dedicated to healing them)


To me, the author and narrator make a brilliant combination and I am looking forward to reading more of Dr. Greta Helsings adventures.

  • Case of the One-Eyed Tiger

  • Corgi Case Files, Volume 1
  • By: Jeffrey Poole
  • Narrated by: Bob Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, and a priceless sculpture turns up missing, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Armed with a determination to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of a feisty canine companion that has an uncanny ability to sniff out clues. With evidence mounting against him, can Zack identify the killer and locate the missing sculpture before he ends up in the doghouse? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Murder Mystery for Dog Lovers everywhere

  • By MommaBear on 28-07-18

Perfect Murder Mystery for Dog Lovers everywhere

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

A man and his dog called Sherlock.

This book is reminiscent of Qwilleran books who had his cat called Koko each and every one I own and love and have often wished someone would write a similar series with a dog or two and Jeffrey Poole has.

There are not so many cosy murder mysteries out there where the main character is a man which makes a nice change yet it works so well.

The story is told in the first person by Zac the main character who has a slightly unusual way of earning a living.

The narrator Bob Johnson really does bring Zac alive to me.

I love the style of the writing so I would enjoy reading the book but the way the narrator portrays Zac really is the icing on the cake.

Before I have finished this book I was looking on Audible to see if there were any more of the series available but only found one - which I bought. I am really hoping that more books in the series will soon be made available - I will be checking frequently.

The dog is not the usual breed you come across in stories and if the author is not a dog lover he has done his research into dogs and his characters give information about them that any true dog lovers know but love to hear others say. Zac although always had liked dogs had never owned one and when he found himself suddenly a dog parent is constantly surprised by his dogs cleverness and people around him assure him he is totally underestimating how brilliant and wonderful dogs are - yes I am a total dog lover so any book in which dogs are seen as almost better than humans in certain circumstances is going to get the thumbs up from me even if the actual story is not to my taste

BUT this story is not its a great little murder mystery with a good storyline and a totally believable plot with no suspending of belief needed.

I am totally in love with Sherlock and Zac is certainly a guy I would love to know ( just don't tell my husband).

I am listening to the second book as I am typing this and Oh please Audible record the rest so those of us who are hooked on audiobooks can enjoy more of both Jeffery and Bobs combination.

I was given this book in the hope I would give a review and sadly it languished on my to listen to list for few months before I actually listened to it and for this, I am sorry to both the author and narrator and for myself as I missed out on this lovely book for so long.


  • Schrodinger's Gat

  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Schrodinger's Gat is a quantum physics noir thriller. Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn't as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi that could possibly true

  • By MommaBear on 26-07-18

Sci Fi that could possibly true

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

This book is just perfect for those science fiction fans like me that like real possible scenarios.

I adore learning about quantum physics even though I am dumber than dumb only just passing my Physics Higher way back in the mists of time - mind you if we had learnt about Quantum physics I might have been a bit more enthusiastic.

I loved how the author mixed up known and unknown and maybe impossible science together along with a tiny bit of mythology - a total winner.

I will be digging out the quantum physics audiobooks I still have not read after this - although I doubt I will listen to them all in one go as I did this book.

The narrator, well he had me deep within the story from almost the first word. - he was Paul, totally, he gave him flesh as he was not described in great detail in the book but Curts' voice brought him alive to me and with that, I could see him - Paul that is not Curt.

Paul is someone who could be almost any of us a guy whom the world had beaten down ( although we don't know his backstory you get the impression he was never a bad person just someone quiet, who let others walk over him until he felt he was really nothing compared to his sainted father and brother, and ordinary guy, not a genius and the narrator definitely brought this out as he spoke the words. I don't know if the author wanted to portray him like this but because of this it keeps you engaged in the book may be more than you would be if you were not emotionally connected the main character.

I have an apology to make as I was given this book free in the hope I would write a review but due to so many of my favourite authors having brought out books lately or audible bringing out books that were only in print before now - this author and narrator are added to this list - I only actually listened to this book today - yes just today all in one go, yet I was given it over two months ago. It was worth the wait. So I am very, very sorry you have had to wait so long.