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  • Live the Let-Go Life

  • Breaking Free from Stress, Worry, and Anxiety
  • By: Joseph Prince
  • Narrated by: Jason Younger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

In Live the Let-Go Life, Joseph Prince shows you how to beat stress and anxieties that come with the everyday demands and pressures of modern living. Discover how you were not designed by God to live under stress but called to live the life of rest. You will learn how to let go of stress and see his grace flow unabated in the worry-free areas of your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blessed out of my worries!!

  • By Ireoluwa on 20-03-18

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

I found this very enlightening and very encouraging. I now pray to have sufficient faith to enact the straightforward guidelines.

  • A Lord Rotheby's Influence Bundle

  • By: Catherine Gayle
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 31 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The first three full novels in Catherine Gayle's Lord Rotheby's Influence series....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hit and Miss

  • By Carôle on 08-09-18

Hit and Miss

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The first and third novels are to my taste, the second, not so much... it's a bit too wishy-washy. But I won't decry it, it's a personal opinion.

As for Lord Rothesby, he was nonexistent in the last novel, so I have no idea what his influence actually was, but I liked his character.

Finally. The editing (or production) for the third story was lacking. On too many occasions the narrative was pieced together poorly, so sentences were repeated. It didn't overly spoil the story, but it was tedious.

On the whole, I enjoyed this series, I shall certainly seek out more, but it's not a do or die read - I could take it or leave it!

  • Another One Bites the Crust

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Oxford summer balls are one of the highlights of the calendar and tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose is looking forward to taking a break and slipping into something gorgeous for the evening. But when the night ends with a celebrity chef murdered by his own whisk, Gemma finds herself plunged into a new mystery - and the nosy Old Biddies keen to help with the investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gemma Rose - <sigh>

  • By Carôle on 03-09-18

Gemma Rose - <sigh>

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I can't explicitly explain why Gemma Rose rubs me up the wrong way sometimes, because the example I would give is a spoiler. However, why, when Devlin goes to the trouble to detail exactly what needs to be done before a suspect is confronted, does she Immediately go and confront said subject!!! Sigh. It's irritating and extremely annoying!

A great plot, but an annoying central character on occasion.

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  • The Marriage Maker

  • Worth of a Lady, The Marriage Wager, A Lady by Chance, How to Catch an Heiress
  • By: Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Tarah Scott
  • Narrated by: David Monteath, Ginny Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Spinster Chastity Hamilton is the Duke of Roxburgh's heir. Her father insists she marry. She insists that the man who wins her hand must first find matches for her three younger sisters. Sir Stirling James takes up the challenge, and the sisters are shocked when he announces the engagement of their youngest sister to the Devil of Delny. Lady Chastity didn't believe a man who could make such matches in one month's time existed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction

  • By Carôle on 01-09-18

A great introduction

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I found this a great introduction to the authors. I wondered if one or both of them are American, because we English don't say 'diapers' we say 'nappies'!

However I found the eldest daughter tedious, there was absolutely nothing to admire about her really (in my opinion). But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of the series - I look forward to reading more by the authors because I enjoy the genre made famous for me by Georgette Heyer.

  • Four Puddings and a Funeral

  • Oxford Tearoom Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Business is going well at Gemma Rose’s quaint English teashop, and she's delighted about her first big catering job at a local village funeral...until the day ends with a second body and one of the Old Biddies accused of murder! Now, the resourceful tearoom sleuth must find out which delicious pudding contained the deadly arsenic - and who might have wanted the wealthy widow dead....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to get my head around.

  • By Carôle on 30-08-18

Hard to get my head around.

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I find it hard to marry the English diffidence of Gemma Rose and her rambunctious attitude to getting information. So, sometimes I just want to shot out that this is the 21st century and that her missish ways just aren't credible for someone who has lived for 8 years across several continents in a 'high powered' environment.

In my opinion it makes her less credible! However the stories are very interesting, even if she isn't.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Takeoff

  • Seth Walker
  • By: Joseph Reid
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

 

Still reeling from a devastating personal tragedy, air marshal turned investigator Seth Walker embarks on his first case. All he has to do is accompany female pop star Max Magic to Los Angeles and deliver her to the FBI. But when their routine flight ends in a hail of gunfire at LAX, Walker has no choice but to take the frightened diva on the run.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially Good Story - Told Badly

  • By Carôle on 11-07-18

Potentially Good Story - Told Badly

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The premise to this is great. The narration is ok. But the way the story is written is so unappealing to me. If there has been comparisons to Lee Child. They should be ignored. This author is currently not as good as Lee Child, he has the potential but he's not there yet. For example, it won't take you long to surmise who the bad guy is. That's a shame, because it then highlights all the 'errors' that you feel are being made.

Also, I really could feel no empathy for the teenager! None at all. So I really only cared about what happened to Seth... I really liked him, even though I thought that some elements of his thought process were irritating!

Finally - for now - the author did something that I associated with Tom Clancy in his earlier novels, but instead of guns, it was speaker boxes. I found it tedious. And unnecessary.

Notwithstanding all of this, I stayed the course. The last 4 chapters are good. Not brilliant, but worth hearing.
So, I hope that he gets better, I shall keep following him, it may be worth it some day!

  • Hook, Line and Blinker

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Behind the wheel of her hopped-up Blazer, she's the queen of the back roads. But when someone tries to kill Hot Rod and steals only black SUVs from his shop, Fortune worries that excessive horsepower is the least of the trouble that comes along with her friend's new ride. When it becomes clear that the car thieves didn't get what they were looking for the first time around and Ida Belle's vehicle becomes their next target, Fortune and Gertie are determined to protect their friend. Ida Belle is determined to protect the Blazer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Did NOT See That Coming!

  • By Carôle on 07-07-18

I Did NOT See That Coming!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The blurb on the back will lead you to believe that this is your typical Miss Dortune tale. It is not! Yes it has its typical Gertie howlers, but the story is complex and engrossing and quire complicated.

You will enjoy it!

  • Later Gator

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

A poacher is at work in Sinful, Louisiana, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc is hot on the trail of the outlaw, trying to apprehend him before the state gets wind of the crime and sends a game warden to take over his investigation. Unfortunately, he's hindered every step of the way by Sinful's current mayor and all-around horrible person, Celia Arceneaux, who wants nothing more than to drive Carter to resign. When a game warden turns up with evidence that implicates a relative of Gertie's, Carter is left with no choice but to arrest the boy, even though no one thinks he did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By jane prowse on 11-10-18

Walking the Gator like a dog...

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

That's about all you need to know about this book. If you're a fan of the Miss Fortune series, you will know exactly was doing that! So I need tell you no more, because you won't believe me anyway!

Hurry up! Buy it! Enjoy!

  • Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation

  • Cherringham 19-21
  • By: Matthew Costello, Neil Richards
  • Narrated by: Neil Dudgeon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village to find herself. But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. This compilation contains episodes 19 - 21: "GHOST OF A CHANCE": Every Halloween, the supposedly haunted Bell Hotel hosts its famous 'Ghost-Hunters Dinner', complete with scary stories, spooky apparitions and things that go bump in the night. But this year's event ends in a terrifying accident, and suddenly everyone wonders... Is there a real ghost loose in the hotel?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank goodness it’s back!!

  • By C. Knight on 10-05-18

Quite Ordinary

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I read a few of the reviews before purchasing this - not that I needed to be convinced, I enjoy every story. However, these 3 felt a bit 'ordinary', not fully fleshed out and in the first one, hardly credible.

As for the other 2, I don't know if it is me, but they had more of a short story, hurriedly finished, feel about them. The last one - who set the fire? The second one - (well I can't ask that question without spoiling the tale). Normally, there's more to the narrative, but not on this occasion.

A couple of reviews said something about Jack and Sarah's burgeoning relationship! I didn't see it! I could be wrong, but it just didn't seem that anything extraordinary was going on. Time will tell. But I would say: "Move along now. Nothing to see here."

If you're already a Cherringham fan, this is still good value for money. But it's just, ordinary.

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  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again a good read

  • By Kindle Customer on 30-07-18

Gossip Kills

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

J. D Robb never disappoints! If this is your first encounter with Eve Dallas, you're way too late and can't start here - even though this book is both interesting and intriguing.

I love the forays into the etymology of a word! You don't question it yourself until that moment. Definitely a 'page turner', Susan Ericksen is a fantastic narrator, doing the accents and the genders perfectly!