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  • The Ryan Green True Crime Collection: Volume 1

  • By: Ryan Green
  • Narrated by: Ernie Sprance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Four chilling true-crime stories in one collection from the best-selling author Ryan Green. Volume one contains some of Green’s most fascinating accounts of violence, abuse, deception, and murder. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking and thrilling!

  • By Natalie on 21-09-18

Shocking and thrilling!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

A series of true crime stories that focus on Harold Shipman, Fred and Rose West, The Columbian killers: Luis Alfredo Garavito,Pedro Alonzo Lopez, and Daniel Camargo Barbosa and the Kurim Case.

I’m a true crime fan, especially when it comes to serial killers. It was Fred and Rose West that caught my eye on this book – they’re a couple that I always like to read or watch programs about because I find it fascinating how somebody could be so cold blooded and cruel…I’d not heard about any of the others but, gosh, they all gave the Wests a real run for their money.

The ‘stories’ are really interesting. Green tells them in such a great, way. He obviously has a lot of knowledge on it and focuses fully on facts, making it very clear if something he says is his own opinion or a public assumption. At no point do I feel like he exaggerates or makes anything up, it is very factual and backed up by where he’s found it a lot of the time.

Most of these sections had me hooked, I found out more about the Wests than I already knew and the ones that I didn’t know were so interesting and shocking I really enjoyed them. I struggled with the Kurim Case story – not through any fault of the narrator or author – it was just a very confusing case!

The narrator, Ernie Sprance is great. He’s very disclosed throughout the audiobook and speaks in such a tone where what he’s saying can be quite chilling, but doesn’t make it dramatic, just reading the facts in front of him.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read more of Greens work and recommend him to any crime lover.

  • Lettie's Plight

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Sallie Beaumont
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Born in the Victorian era, in the slums of Bethnal Green in the darkest of London, Lettie vowed to leave a miserable life behind. But when she forges a new life, in a new town, she finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, living the very life she had left behind in Bethnal Green. When she finally has enough money, Lettie waits for just the right moment to leave her abusive and controlling husband, Roman, who would do anything to keep her confined. What will Lettie do? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story...Dick Van Dyke Accent...

  • By Natalie on 07-07-18

Great story...Dick Van Dyke Accent...

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Thank you to Michael Bussa for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

A Victorian thriller short story following a woman unhappy with her life who decides to do something about it.

THE GOOD STUFF
I really like the Victorian era, it’s the one historic style that I do enjoy reading, and Michael Bussa, I feel catches the atmosphere perfectly.

The characters are very well written. I felt sorry for Lettie and how unhappy she was in the first few chapters. Her husband was also very well written, although he wasn’t physically abusive, I really hated him.

NOT MY CUP OF TEA
The story was fantastic, the narrator on the other hand…I felt cheapened this lovely little story a bit. Sallie Beaumont has a lovely reading voice, but as an English listener, her English accent was absolutely terrible.

I wasn’t really a fan of the random sound effects after each chapter either.

OVERALL RATING
The story was fantastic. Michael Bussa is obviously a very talented writer and I would love to read more of his work. This would be five stars if it weren’t for the narrator’s awfully fake accent.

4 stars ****

  • Five Wishes Series (A Romantic Comedy Series)

  • By: Elise Sax
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The Five Wishes Series is five hot and hilarious novellas about wishes that go terribly wrong…fortunately. Each novella is roughly 100 pages with NO cliffhanger. Five Wishes...A happy ending is just a coin toss away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Feel Good Listen

  • By Lo on 28-05-18

Cute

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Thank you to Angie Hickman for giving me this audiobook free of charge in return for an honest review.

The Five Wishes series is a few different stories that follows different characters as their wishes come true after wishing in a local well.

The Good Stuff
This was a really enjoyable audiobook with different short stories, all very entertaining and easy listens. The characters were all really likable and in my opinion, there wasn't one dud story.

I got about an hour into the story before I realised that I'd listened to narrator Angie Hickman before when I listened to 'Tinsel in a Tangle'. She really is a great narrator who really gets you stuck in the story. She really commits to what's going on with different voices and accents. Probably one of the best authors I've listened to.

I think that my favorite story of them all was 'Just Sacked'. It was quite funny to listen to and at times I did find myself chuckling.

When the story began I thought that maybe there would be far too many characters for me to keep track of, but it wasn't at all. The stories were so easy to follow and simple enough to not have to completely pay attention. It is really clever how each character of a story is introduced in the one before. I really enjoyed guessing what their story would be when they came into the picture.

  • The Space Between Us

  • The Men of Evansdale County
  • By: Alyne Hart
  • Narrated by: Logan McAllister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

I didn't expect to see her again. I didn't expect to want her the way that I do. I didn't expect to peel back all of her perfectly controlled layers. Or for her to see through mine. Emma f--king Winchester. She's the little sister of my ex-best friend, Forrest. She's off limits like tempting forbidden fruit, and I'm the snake slithering through the grass. She ignites a fire in me. One I can't explain. One I sure as f--k can't control. It's raw and primal. She's sweet, and I am not. She's pure, and I'm broken.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Natalie on 03-06-18

Great!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I received this audiobook free of charge in return for an honest review.

A boxer romance with a brother’s best friend/childhood crush genre…two of my favourite types! Alyne Hart definitely doesn’t disappoint with characters like Dean and Emma.

Emma has always had a crush on Dean ever since they were young. He was her brother’s best friend and the school bad boy. After an argument with her brother, Dean left town, now he’s back and is finally starting to notice Emma.

THE GOOD STUFF
This story is very well set. After the first chapter or so you know exactly what’s going on without it having to go into too much detail. I like the settings of the farm, boxing gym and diner, giving familiar surroundings for the reader.

The characters are really easy to like, Emma is a strong-willed character who has given up her dreams to pull her weight in her family and Dean is a bad boy with a great personality. I wanted the two of them to get together from the start and loved the little moments that they shared.

The storyline was gripping throughout and very interesting. I’ve listened to a few stories where Logan McAlister is the narrator and I do like his style.

NOT MY CUP OF TEA
I feel that a bit more could of actually happened in this book. Although it was very interesting there could have been that extra push near the end that made it more exciting. It didn’t completely need it however as I still really enjoyed it.

OVERALL RATING
I really enjoyed this story. It left a little opening for Emma’s brother’s story maybe…?
I’d definitely read it if that was the case!

  • Caramels with a Side of Murder

  • Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Meredith Potts
  • Narrated by: Lisa Beacom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sabrina Daley's world is turned upside down when a local psychic predicts that her missing sister will be found. Unfortunately, the psychic, Miss Terri, is unable to provide any further details. Desperate for something more to work with, Sabrina shows up at Miss Terri's house the next day, ready to beg for another psychic reading. Instead, Sabrina finds Miss Terri's lifeless body. So when the local police have trouble solving Terri's murder, Sabrina sets out to bring the psychic's killer to justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for younger readers!

  • By Natalie on 28-05-18

Great for younger readers!

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

Book 2 of the Daley Buzz Mystery series. I have listened to this as a standalone after receiving the audiobook free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.

Sabrina’s psychic Miss Terri reveals some information about her missing sister. When Sabrina returns to find out more she finds out that Terri has been killed. She then teams up with her detective boyfriend to solve this mystery.

THE GOOD STUFF
This was a simple and light read. Nice to listen to when I wasn’t really paying too much attention.

It would be great for a young audience who are interested in mystery. It has a ‘Scooby Doo’ kind of feel to it.

The narrator was okay, (other than the fact she constantly said ‘Caramel’ wrong…) she kept the pace of the story quite well and really got into the story.

I like that this book series seems to have a key location where the characters meet up, the Daley Buzz coffee shop.

NOT MY CUP OF TEA
Sabrina wasn’t really a character that I related to. She annoyed me a little bit at times. Her boyfriend was quite likable but the only way that we knew he was her boyfriend was because she would constantly refer to him as such. The two didn’t actually seem to have much chemistry other than a detective/partner relationship.

Sabrina also had this incredible ability to tell people’s exact heights and ages when she met them. I found there to be a few too many characters that just seemed to appear and the characters knew about them a little more than I did, I don’t know if maybe they were introduced in the book before but I did find myself getting a little muddled with who she was actually talking to and why at times.

OVERALL RATING
This book was quite a nice read, it did drag on a little at times because the main character did get a little boring. I would highly recommend this for young teens who are just starting to get into mystery fiction however.

  • The Parking Space

  • By: Akayla Furrows
  • Narrated by: Posey Clifford
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Can a stolen parking space, a punch in the face, and a wild birthday party lead a couple to romantic bliss? Beth and Jake meet and slug it out over a parking space. Little did the other know the two were attending the same birthday party. Sparks fly and hilarious disaster supervenes. Jake is fascinated and intrigued by the petite power powerhouse he calls Lips. And Beth is … well, Beth holds tight to a secret. A very dark secret that prevents her from entertaining serious relationships. And much to her annoyance, the man she calls Dick doesn’t take no for an answer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saucy and Quriky

  • By Natalie on 20-05-18

Saucy and Quriky

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

A story that follows Jake and Beth after Jake stole Beth’s car parking space. The story then continues to follow them as they keep bumping into one another.

THE GOOD STUFF
This story…well I couldn’t have thought it up myself, it was random and very quirky, to the points that the ongoings did make me chuckle at times.

Jake and Beth’s story was enjoyable to listen to. The arguments they would have was entertaining and the ‘Dick’ and ‘Lips’ nicknames were quite funny too.

NOT MY CUP OF TEA
At one point it did a couple of different characters POVS fo a chapter or two. We then went back and focused on the main characters. I’m not really sure it really needed other points of views.

OVERALL RATING
It was an entertaining story with relatable characters and some funny parts.

  • F Buddy

  • By: Summer Cooper
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

I just wanted to cheer her up. She was upset, so I offered to take her mind off things the best way I know how: in bed. But damn it, one night with her wasn’t nearly enough! I want more, and this has never happened to me before. So I made her another offer.…  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't really go into detail.

  • By Natalie on 07-05-18

Didn't really go into detail.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Thank you to Giselle Lumas for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Worth the Time is a coming of age story that follows Lindsey, a young girl trying to find herself as she changes from a teen to an adult. Lindsey is a lonely girl who has never met her father and isn't particularly close with her mother. When sent to a shelter for her community service, Lindsey meets Sutton and finds out that her life isn't actually so tough.

The Good Stuff
I really liked the balance between Lindsey's story of meeting her father and slowly building a relationship with Sutton. The backstory of Lindsay's father was really interesting and he was really likable.

The narrator, Giselle was very right for this story, she had a very calming voice and kept the dialogue flowing very well, even at points when it seemed to be a little forced and badly written.

Sutton was a really likable character. I'm so used to reading the shy girl falls for the popular boy but not so much the other way around. It was really interesting to read.

Not My Cup of Tea
As mentioned above, some of the dialogue didn't really seem to flow, the narrator did a great job of making it work but I think had I been reading it I may have given up because it just didn't seem natural.

When I read the write up for this story I wasn't aware that it was a Christian fiction.
I don't really mind a character having a religion - whether it's Christian, Jewish, Muslim...it adds to the character. This one, however, really went to town with teachings. After about halfway I was getting sick of hearing the word Jesus, Preacher and God. It was more or less the word out of every character's mouth.
This story would be perfect for someone who is a lot more interested in the Christian religion but for me, it did get very long and very annoying.

Overall Rating
The story that followed Lindsey was quite nice and well split between meeting her dad and learning more about Sutton. However, I did get very tired of the Christian talk and probably wouldn't have gotten so frustrated with the book had I known that it was very Christian themed. It would definitely be well suited as Young Adult Christian fiction, but it's just not for me.

  • Worth the Time

  • Waltham Academy, Book 2
  • By: Laura Jackson
  • Narrated by: Giselle Lumas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Doesn't anyone feel she's worth their time? Routinely ignored by her single mother, high school senior Lindsey Hamilton hides her loneliness behind a mask of flirtatious self-confidence that has many boys wrapped around her finger. However, during community service required for graduation, she meets a shy guy with a haunted past who barely gives her the time of day. Why doesn't he like her?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for Young Christian Fiction Readers

  • By Natalie on 06-05-18

Good for Young Christian Fiction Readers

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Thank you to Giselle Lumas for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Worth the Time is a coming of age story that follows Lindsey, a young girl trying to find herself as she changes from a teen to an adult. Lindsey is a lonely girl who has never met her father and isn't particularly close with her mother. When sent to a shelter for her community service, Lindsey meets Sutton and finds out that her life isn't actually so tough.

The Good Stuff
I really liked the balance between Lindsey's story of meeting her father and slowly building a relationship with Sutton. The backstory of Lindsay's father was really interesting and he was really likable.

The narrator, Giselle was very right for this story, she had a very calming voice and kept the dialogue flowing very well, even at points when it seemed to be a little forced and badly written.

Sutton was a really likable character. I'm so used to reading the shy girl falls for the popular boy but not so much the other way around. It was really interesting to read.

Not My Cup of Tea
As mentioned above, some of the dialogue didn't really seem to flow, the narrator did a great job of making it work but I think had I been reading it I may have given up because it just didn't seem natural.

When I read the write up for this story I wasn't aware that it was a Christian fiction.
I don't really mind a character having a religion - whether it's Christian, Jewish, Muslim...it adds to the character. This one, however, really went to town with teachings. After about halfway I was getting sick of hearing the word Jesus, Preacher and God. It was more or less the word out of every character's mouth.
This story would be perfect for someone who is a lot more interested in the Christian religion but for me, it did get very long and very annoying.

Overall Rating
The story that followed Lindsey was quite nice and well split between meeting her dad and learning more about Sutton. However, I did get very tired of the Christian talk and probably wouldn't have gotten so frustrated with the book had I known that it was very Christian themed. It would definitely be well suited as Young Adult Christian fiction, but it's just not for me.

  • 1001 Erotic Nights (Mythic Erotica)

  • By: Alana Melos
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

When the Sultan finds his wife in the arms of another man, he executes her, beginning a brutal domination of the virgin women in his kingdom. Only beautiful, wanton, and wise Scheherazade knows how to stop his wicked ways...by turning the tables on him and dominating the Sultan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A twist on the old tale

  • By Natalie on 22-04-18

A twist on the old tale

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

This audiobook was provided by the author, at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

A raunchy retelling of the old folk tale – 1001 Arabian Nights. I loved the original story and studied it story years ago for drama so was interested to see what would be made of this one.

THE GOOD STUFF
I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this story when I began listening to it. But I was happy to find that the stories had been redone by Meols perfectly. It wasn’t the exact same story, Melos had mixed them up by tweaking one or two and then completely making others her own. However, she kept the initial story of Scheherazade and the Sultan very similar, which I think was a very good touch.

The choice of Sierra Kline as the narrator was perfect. She has a lovely sultry voice that really works with the stories.

NOT MY CUP OF TEA
Some points I did find a little hard because bits of the story weren’t very paced, so after one raunchy scene, there was another a few minutes after.

I lost count of the times in each story that the word ‘wanton’ was mentioned too. It became a mental game.

  • Tap Left

  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

There’s a thin line between hate and tolerance, and it seems to sit squarely between us. Lola Bell could easily bring an army of men to their knees, as long as she never opened her mouth. She’s soft in too many ways. A people-pleaser who goes the extra mile. Some might call her an easy target. In short, she has all of the qualities that I despise. But when it comes to me, she doesn’t hesitate to fling her poison arrows my way. She has every right to her feelings. Over the years, I’ve given her plenty of ammo. Yeah, I hate Lola. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her too. When she makes me a proposition I can’t refuse, there’s just one problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Idea...

  • By Natalie on 04-02-18

Great Story Idea...

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Thank you to Laurel Schroeder for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Tap Left follows Lola and Adrian Daire.
Lola was the girlfriend of Adrian’s half-brother, until he died in a boating accident. Years later, Adrian still checks in with Lola and makes a proposal that he’ll teach her what guys want when she finds herself single and wanting to settle down. While they go on ‘fake dates’ and he teaches her how to be attractive, Lola signs on to the Tap Left app, a dating app that Daire does not approve of.

The storyline was okay. I like the enemies to lovers genres. It seemed to flow quite well in most parts.

I liked gradually hearing about Ryan, Daire’s brother and Lola’s ex-boyfriend. When we first hear about him, it is obvious that Lola misses him and did love him. However, as memories come through, we gradually find out that Ryan wasn’t such a great guy and I really liked that gradual leak of information.

The narrators in this audiobook were brilliant. I loved the voice of Daire, Aaron Shedlock.

I tend to quite like alpha male stories where the main male is a little arrogant, but Adrian Daire was downright vile, borderline abusive. I’ve already established a few months ago that I’m not into dom and sub stories but that part didn’t bother me. It was more the public ridicule that got to me quite a bit.

There were parts where I’d get quite bored and wish for the story to just finish, it seemed to go on much longer than it needed to.

I did hope that ‘That Guy’ who Lola was talking to on the top left app would appear as Mr perfect and take her away from Daire, but I did guess his story and wasn’t overly keen on it.

It didn’t make it obvious what the story of the boat accident was about. I maybe would have liked a little more of a story into it as it was such a big event in both of their lives.