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  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Royalty, Gangsters and Irish Peers

  • By Roobarb on 08-10-18

Royalty, Gangsters and Irish Peers

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

What a romp this episode is in the life of Georgie and Darcy. There are problems in Ireland, a foreign princess gets involved, the American Press and the Garda are all over and we meet some of Darcy's family.

Another great installments. Best read in order.

  • The Reaper Rescues the Genie

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 9
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all. Death is what grim reaper Lucien Dupree knows best. Or rather, he did until his reaping powers became tragically unreliable. Now he’s living in a self-imposed exile to keep humanity safe. Sure, it’s a lonely existence, but it’s the best thing for everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story from this universe

  • By Roobarb on 06-09-18

Another great story from this universe

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

These are great stories, set in a quirky universe where vampires, werewolves and genies are normal and live their lives in the town called Nocturn Falls. This time we meet a reaper who has problems, we also meet a genie with problems of their own. This is the story of how they help each other and live happily ever after.

  • Early Riser

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Thomas Hunt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Every Winter, the human population hibernates. During those bitterly cold four months, the nation is a snow-draped landscape of desolate loneliness and devoid of human activity. Well, not quite. Your name is Charlie Worthing, and it's your first season with the Winter Consuls, the committed but mildly unhinged group of misfits who are responsible for ensuring the hibernatory safe passage of the sleeping masses. You are investigating an outbreak of viral dreams which you dismiss as nonsense - nothing more than a quirky artefact born of the sleeping mind. When the dreams start to kill people, it's unsettling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More good work from the king of Dystopia

  • By J L Parkes on 13-08-18

intriguing and odd, perfect!

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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: 01-09-18

An intriguing, enthralling book and, as you'd expect from Jasper Fforde, it's quirky and odd.

The winters are harsh so people hibernate but don't dream, except for those who stay awake and those who dream.

  • Stud in the Stacks

  • By: Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I'm your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You've come to the right place, kitten. Every morning when my library opens, there's a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I'm that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn't gotten me plenty of action over the years, you'd be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Roobarb on 18-08-18

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Switching roles so he's the romance reader and she's the workaholic nerd really works in this book. The characters are fun and funny, the storyline pulls you in, you just want to know how things will get sorted between these two.

The secondary characters are fun too, I love Nanna, their friends, Ares and Zeus. I love their interactions. I laughed out loud many times through this book.

The readers are great two, they fit well with the characters.

Go test this book, if you like romance, if you like humour and if you love characters getting their happy ever after then this is for you.

  • My Brother Is a Superhero

  • By: David Solomons
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Luke is a comic-mad 11-year-old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his archnemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world.... Hilariously narrated by Joe Thomas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Steph H on 10-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I bought this for my friends' kids to listen to and thought I'd do a test run.

I've realised I'm just a big kid of half a century and four and I loved this. The story kept my attention, made me laugh and now I want more.

It's well read, fast paced and funny. Go try out the sample I don't think you'll regret it.

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  • 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 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

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

A book about chasing and courting and being caught

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

I loved this when it came out in book format, and couldn't wait to get it in audio. Of course initially I had to get over that it is about Channing, I really didn't want to read Channing's book at first, he was so irritating a character and I just didn't see away to retrieve him.

This audio is as good as expected, I've listened to it twice already. It took me a while to get used to the accents though, I guess I'd not imagined the right American accent.

This story of Channing and Faith finding each other has a feel of Georgette Heyer about it. I love how they skirt round each other dancing in and out as they work each other out.

This book made me laugh out loud and it made me cry, I loved it. I enjoyed it so much I've listened to it twice in 24 hours.

  • Doctor Who: Twelve Doctors of Christmas

  • By: Jacqueline Rayner, Colin Brake, Richard Dungworth, and others
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Chris Addison, Rachael Stirling, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194

A new collection of Christmas adventures, starring 12 incarnations of the Doctor plus many of his friends and enemies. Inside this festive audiobook of Doctor Who stories, you'll find timey-wimey mysteries, travels in the TARDIS, monster-chasing excitement and plenty of Christmas magic. Find out what happens when the Third Doctor meets Jackie Tyler, the Seventh Doctor and Ace encounter an alien at Macy's department store, and the Ninth Doctor tries to get Rose a red bicycle for Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book!

  • By Heisenberg on 07-11-17

Equal shares, perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I enjoyed this series of stories. One story for each doctor, fair shares and each had an authentic feel.

  • Dead Man Talking: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery

  • The Happily Everlasting Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire's fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse, but Sapphire has no idea what they're looking for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great satart to a mystery series

  • By Teddy on 17-01-18

good fun read

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I really enjoyed this quirky cosy mystery book. It includes a lighthouse, 10 cats, a ghost and crazy weather and that's all before you get to the mystery and the gorgeous man installing the kitchen. You never know what will happen when you need to go help a great aunt after she's had a fall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Werewolf's Christmas Wish

  • A Nocturne Falls Short
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 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

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet without being too Soppy or Sexy

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-11-16

spicy short

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

We've had glimpses of these two dancing round each other in the main books, it's nice to see them get together at last

  • The Witch's Halloween Hero

  • A Nocturne Falls Short
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. When a spell goes wrong on the night of Samhain for witch Corette Williams, her only hope is the man she loves, Bartholomew Stanhill. But time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • short and fun

  • By Roobarb on 17-02-18

short and fun

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

A short story, part of the Nocturn Falls series.Could be read as a stand alone probably but better within the series as it builds on characters already introduced

Good fun