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Mercy Griffin

Manila, Philippines
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  • Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground, Book 1

  • By: Stone Thomas
  • Narrated by: Chris Graves
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

My skill set brings all the girls to the yard. And by yard, I mean the temple of a young goddess who's using me to build a fortified city around herself before the god of war can finish slaying every deity in the heavens. He'd better not find us before we're ready. Spoiler: We're far from ready.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is basically a D&D campaign in story format

  • By Terra Dorn @AudiobookObsession on 28-02-19

An Interesting Book

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

I had no idea what LitRPG was until I listened to this book. I must admit that it did not really appeal to me much at the beginning. But the more I listened the more I got into it. The story was paced just right that I was able to understand and follow the story - despite my ignorance in this genre. The narration was equally good and it made my listening time really enjoyable.

I am looking forward to more of this series.

  • Beyond Broken Pencils

  • A School Shooting Tale of Heartbreak and Healing
  • By: Julie C. Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

He has a goal and a plan. If he carries through with the plan, his sister will die first. His ex will die next, and he will die last. In between, he’ll take out as many people as he can. Students. Security guards. Teachers. First responders. They are all fair game.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heart-Breaking Story

  • By Mercy Griffin on 28-03-19

A Heart-Breaking Story

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

Beyond Broken Pencils is a fictional story that talks about one of the most heart-breaking realities of our time - school shootings in America. Julie Gilbert related a tale that was based on events that have been making the whole world sad and everyone wondering why such madness happen. I, personally, was moved by this book because I have children who goes to school and I worry for their safety everyday. We are not in America and I hope that no such thing will ever happen to our schools here.

I like the book because it gave each characters their own highlights, particularly the main one. I cried a few times, and have asked myself if I am doing everything I can to support and love my kids. This book will do that to you, make you analyze how you are dealing with the children and teens in your life. They are the most vulnerable individuals in our society and it is about time to focus, not just on what, but also on HOW they are doing.

I had a bit of an issue with the narration, but the story really made up for that.


  • The Kammersee Affair

  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Ben Werling
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Fritz Marschall knew that neither he, nor his friend, should really have been there. They, like many others before them, had been attracted to the lake by the many rumors that had been circulating. He thought of the endless stories there had been, of treasures sunken in or buried around the lake. He recalled the stories of the lake being used to develop torpedoes and rockets during the war. Looking out across the dark water, he wondered what secrets were hidden beneath the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t have been writing better !

  • By Ostfeld on 30-01-19

A Truly Amazing Listen

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

I have listened to a few books written by John Holt. And I have to say that this book has become one of my favorites. The characters of the book were each given their own highlights in the story - it made me connect with each of them more. Though some parts of the novel happened during World War II, it was not a war story. It was intriguing from the start and I got really hooked to it.

The narration was great, as well. Ben Werling has an attention-grabbing kind of voice and he was really good at doing different accents. The background sound was a brilliant addition. I liked it that I was hearing train whistles, water splashes and other sounds - because it made the book more interesting and entertaining for me.

This book truly deserves Five-Star reviews! Highly recommended!

  • my life as a country album (my life as an album)

  • By: LJ Evans
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

I belonged to you the moment you told my mama you were waiting for me when I was still inside her stomach. I belonged to you as we grew up sharing a tree house, a yard, and the lake. I even belonged to you when our three-year age difference tried to pull us apart rather than put us together. But I was most especially yours when you kissed me and told me you weren't letting me go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful Love Story & Great Listen!🎧

  • By Bette on 17-11-18

Beautiful Tale of Love... and Country Songs

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

My Life as a Country Album made me cry. I loved the story, the characters and the narration.

Although it took me a while to get used to the way the story was going, I eventually got used to how Cam was remembering their story and using country songs to describe each chapter of her life with Jake. There were a few slow parts, but the overall story and the personal touch of the way it was written made up for those.

This audiobook certainly deserves this five-star review! LJ Evans is a talented author and I will never get tired of listening to Sarah Puckett. I am definitely looking forward to more books from this duo!

  • Trouble in Mind

  • Jack Daniels P.I. Novella, Book 3
  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Peter Borys
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Have you ever noticed that things aren't always what they seem? Life will always throw you a curved ball when you least expect it. We see only what we expect to see, and sometimes we could be in for a big surprise. And I sure got a surprise I can tell you, in spades. A surprise that lead to blackmail and murder. That's when I really got...Trouble in Mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3

  • By JEYCEE on 27-11-18

Another case solved by Jack Daniels, PI

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

When Jack Daniels started following a rich man and his mistress, he did not anticipate that there would be any high risk involved. What was supposed to be a simple private investigation turned into a murder, and then another. Then again, was there ever anything simple when the case started because of a cheating husband?

Like the first two Jack Daniels stories I have listened to, Trouble in Mind did not disappoint me. John Holt, as usual, gave his readers/listeners an entertaining and exciting experience. And with the help of a good narration, I was able to get easily reacquainted with one of my favorite fictional private investigators.

  • A Dead Certainty

  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Miguel Rodriguez
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

I'm not a gambling man. I mean, life's one big gamble, ain't it? The odds are stacked against you; you just can't win. You know there are some people who will do anything to make sure that they win, even if it means eliminating anyone or anything that stands in their way. They only bet on a sure thing...a Dead Certainty. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent !

  • By Ostfeld on 13-09-18

Jack Daniels and Horses

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

Gambling has never been my thing but mysteries certainly are, so I really liked this short story. Jack Daniels is becoming one of my favorite fictional private investigators and for this book, he did what he does best - solve the mystery and entertained his readers/listeners.

John Holt is a gifted author and I am always looking forward to listening to his books. Miguel Rodriguez gave life to the characters pretty well.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Mercy Griffin on 21-02-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

First Terri Reid book for me and I was truly impressed. The narration was equally impressive and was able to really pull me into the story.

I love King Arthur's legend and fairies, so this book did not disappoint me.

Waiting for book two.

  • Other Than

  • By: Mia Jo Celeste
  • Narrated by: Keira Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods - halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh. Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Lord Victor Lowell, the man of her dreams and darkest nightmares. Contrary and intractable, Victor preys on others to maintain his angelic charisma and preternatural prowess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulously unique and darkly enchanting book

  • By Terra Dorn @AudiobookObsession on 09-03-19

A very interesting story

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

The story was different from other books I have read/listened to. There were twists and turns that totally surprised me. I love the part where Evie and her father got reunited only to be parted again. It was indeed a sad part, but it was also inspiring and heartwarming because it proved that a parent can truly sacrifice everything, even his own life for his child - unconditional love in its truest form.
I love the narration. The different voices and accents were truly delightful to listen to.
Other Than is a great book. It tells of a love story (a very complicated on) between two different creatures trapped in a doomed war - neither willing to give in nor give up.

  • The Candy Man

  • By: John Holt
  • Narrated by: Joe Voegler
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The name's Daniels, Jack Daniels - just like the whiskey you know. I'm a private detective. And I can't help butting my nose into other people's business. It's what I do. You get used to it. It becomes a way of life almost. After a while it comes natural to you, automatic, like breathing, or eating, although not quite as enjoyable. It's a habit that I just can't break. I just can't help it. But sometimes it can lead you into trouble....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Candy Man

  • By ZOE R on 27-01-19

The Candy Man

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I liked the story, it was short and fast-flowing. John Holt, as always, managed to keep me hooked from start to finish. The narration was a little annoying for me at the start. After a while though, I was able to adjust to it. Listening to the book was like listening to a man telling stories at a bar - it was really entertaining and funny at some points. Jack Daniels was a cool detective - the kind of man you would want to accidentally meet if you are ever in a dire need of protection.