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  • Young Arthur & the Magic Sword

  • And Other Stories for the Young at Heart
  • By: Jon Koons
  • Narrated by: Jon Koons, full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Young Arthur and the Magic Sword is adventure, fantasy, mystery, comedy, mythology, and a lot more in one splendid collection of all-age-appropriate stories written by noted author, storyteller and actor Jon Koons. This treasury of 17 tales includes works previously published as children's books and in magazines, as well as new, never-before-published additions - all of which will delight children and adults alike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent stories for the kids

  • By Freda on 04-02-19

Excellent stories for the kids

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

My grand children loved this book. The stories were funny and full of adventures. The narrators were good and were able to change voices for different characters. The only thing we didn't like about this book were all the background sounds, in some parts it was hard to understand what the character was saying because the noises were so loud. I would like to thank the author for giving me this book free for in exchange for an honest review.

  • Willoughby's Time & Space App

  • Willoughby’s Adventure, 1
  • By: Jon Koons
  • Narrated by: Jon Koons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When a trip to the mall goes from weird to "WTF?", high school students Brad and Stephanie find themselves transported to the oddest and most wonderful place in the universe. Or some universe at least. It’s like Club Med, but more like Club Mashup, filled with a cadre of strange and unusual aliens. With memberships to the only intergalactic, pan-dimensional, crosstime resort in the cosmos, our heroes must foil a plot by dastardly villains bent on its conquest. What can two human teens do about it? Throw a party, of course! Along with the very first intergalactic beauty (?) pageant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for 10-12 year olds

  • By Freda on 02-02-19

More for 10-12 year olds

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is a story about a 16 year old boy and his girlfriend Stephanie, Brad gets a new iPhone with a special app which allows them to travel to another planet, rather like a resort, invented and run by a man named Willoughby. The author himself narrates the book and does a good job with all the voices of the various aliens, which must have been tough as there were so many. Willoughby's British accent (and Brad at the beginning) sound like an early 1920's posh butler, most British don't talk like that any more. Stephanie's voice keeps changing, she sounds like a much older woman not a 16 year old, sometimes it has a Southern twang and sometime she sounds like Brad. Not my kind of book and as I was hoping for a good laugh, I was disappointed. My 15 year old granddaughter didn't find it funny either and stopped listening part way through. I think this book would go down quite well with 10-12 year old kids as I think it is more their kind of humor. having said that I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to listen and review this book.

  • Absolute Proof

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of Absolute Proof, an international thriller from best-selling author Peter James. The false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. If Ross Hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Proof of the Pudding is in the Reading!

  • By Simon on 07-10-18

Absolute Piffle

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

A reporter chasing three clues to prove the second coming of Jesus (kiss kiss). I found this book to be a bit on the silly side in quite a few parts. I can understand the findings of the first two parts but found the third part a bit stupid. I expected a good thriller from Peter James but this book is not one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Salem: Blood to Drink

  • Jason Crane, Book 4
  • By: Richard Gleaves
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Jason Crane thought his life was back to normal. The Headless Horseman had been defeated, his guardian, Hadewych Van Brunt, was presumed dead, and he had finally inherited the Pyncheon Legacy, worth more than $100 million. But there's more than just one murderous and vengeful ghost in the world, and the Pyncheon family has its own dark past. Now, Jason must learn the origins of his fortune, the reasons for its strange conditions, and the deadly consequences of breaking them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Freda on 30-10-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

Another Brilliant Jason Crane book brought to life by the narrator Eric Michael Summerer, not only can he do various voices (male & female) he creates atmosphere as well. This is the fourth book in the series and although it is a long book (20hrs 44mns) my only regret was that it finished, I could have listened to another 20+ hours. Poor Jason again gets into a life threatening situation, but he has his friends, Joey, Kate, Zef and Valerie to help him out when a Salam witches coven puts a curse on him. It's a fight against time to get rid of the spirit who will carry out the curse and take Jason's life.

  • A Gathering of Ghosts

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Pagans tackle the Knights of St John with terrible consequences in the new medieval thriller by Queen of the Dark Ages, Karen Maitland. Set on the wilds of Dartmoor, this is a ghostly tale for fans of The Essex Serpent or C. J. Sansom's Shardlake series, and fans who can't wait for The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse. 1316. On the wilds of Dartmoor stands the isolated Priory of St Mary, home to the Sisters of the Knights of St John.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeble's Masterclass Shines on Karen's Grim Noire

  • By Simon on 08-09-18

What a pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Not my usual kind of book I thought it was going to be a supernatural type. I thoroughly enjoyed the listen and finished in less than 2 nights. It was set on Dartmoor in medieval times. There were two sides to this story one of a prioress at the local monastery and one of a young girl who follows voices in her head. The hard times they had to put up with, the superstitions of the time and the hard men they met. Well narrated and a good listen

  • Nightmare Series: Books 1 - 3

  • Nightmare Series Box Set, Volume 1. Supernatural Suspense with Scary & Horrifying Monsters
  • By: David Longhorn
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

An evil force pulses deep within the heart of England, overflowing with maniacal glee. Paranormal investigator Denny Purcell finds herself in over her head when she is brought to the scene of supernatural activity at Malpas Abbey. Unlocking the mysteries of this abandoned relic is one thing; surviving the horrors it hides is something else entirely. This box set contains all three books of the best-selling Nightmare series by David Longhorn. Listen at your own risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaded

  • By Freda on 08-10-18

Invaded

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Book 1 Nightmare Abbey: Malpas Abbey has been long abandoned because of its infamous history of murder and terror which began in the 18th century. The place is deemed haunted and anyone entered rarely exits alive. Enter a TV crew and men from the UK Ramola Institute and not everyone gets out alive.
Book 2 Nightmare Valley: Set in the small town of Machen. An evil entities thirsty for blood appears as dead or missing loved ones. And children roam the woods and come back changed
Book 3 Nightmare Revelation: This book is now set in London where thick fog merges with the night bringing death in it’s wake. No one is safe. Denny and her friend Frankie must enter the other dimension to save our world from the Interlopers.
In all 3 books Ted Gould from the Ramola Foundation and Denny Purcell who he recruited from the 1st book, battle the forces of another universe. I enjoyed all 3 books, but the narrator spoiled the experience for me, .He is good on accents and different voices, but he seems to emphasize words in almost every sentence which is not needed and he reads so slow (except when he is speaking for a character) and I felt like winding him up. This slow voice gets very monotonous after a while.

  • Seduction in the Mind

  • Doctor Wise, Book 2
  • By: Arjay Lewis
  • Narrated by: Arjay Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Dr. Leonard Wise, now an associate professor of parapsychology at Garden State University, is requested by a pair of grieving parents to examine the case of their deceased grown son. Harold Stoller was depressed and had thrown himself from the roof of his palatial home. Was it due to his unhappiness, or was he seduced by a female spirit, a succubus, that tempted him to his doom? As Leonard seeks answers, he comes in conflict with Dr. Anika Vanya, a specialist in unusual hypnotherapy. Was Harold’s death merely an accident, or did she program him to destroy himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Dr Wise Book

  • By Freda on 13-09-18

Another great Dr Wise Book

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Another great Dr Wise book. This time he has to battle another doctor whose powers of hypnotism allows her to programme whoever she likes to get what she wants, without them realising what she had done. She pre-programmes people for money and power and using text messages containing a trigger word can get them to commit suicide and murder. Wise has got his work cut out to bring this woman to justice as she has some powerful people under her spell. The narration was fine apart from the Irish accent of the housekeeper. Mrs Higgins. She is one of my favourit characters. It didn't detract from the book however.

  • The Burning Girl

  • Haunted Collection Series, Book 5
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Stefan Korzh's desire to destroy the lives of everyone around him knows no bounds. Even as he's hunted by enemies, Stefan shows no signs of slowing down. His deadly collection of antiques continues to spread and help his dreams become reality. Meanwhile, Victor Daniels and Tom Crane have managed to build some resemblance of an ordinary life. They remain more determined than ever in their fight against Stefan and will stop at nothing to put an end to the horrors of the Korzh collection. But life tends to take nasty turns when ghosts are involved

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Burn Baby Burn

  • By Freda on 09-05-18

Burn Baby Burn

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I'm a Ron Ripley fan but the 5th book of his Haunted Collection is much the same as the others, nothing new to wet the appetite as it were. The narrator just drones on and on in a very slow voice, I just want to wind him up so he can get on with it. He is not too bad on the various voices though. After listen to his monotone droll for a few hours I had lost interest in the story which was a shame. Buy the book on kindle or paperback it's much better reading than listening.

  • The Ignored

  • By: Bentley Little
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Bob Jones is ordinary, from his appearance right down to his very name. No one seems to take notice of him, not his co-workers, his girlfriend, or even his own parents. But Bob learns he's not alone when he's taken in by a band of people that suffer similarly. Calling themselves "The Ignored", the deadly vengeance they intend to wreak is sure to make them more than just memorable....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The invisible man

  • By Freda on 09-05-18

The invisible man

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Bentley Little is one of my favorite authors but this book is not one of his best.It spends more time with the hero talking about himself and the way he's feeling and keeps repeating himself. I would not class it as a horror book as I didn't find it in the least scary. A group of men who were ignored by other people until they kill their bosses and become invisible to other people. The narrator is terrible, I found I wanted to wind him up. He reads slow and punctuates where there is no need to. Davis Stifel has narrated 2 or 3 of Bentley's books and he spoils the enjoyment of the listening. reading the book was much better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire in the Mind

  • Doctor Wise, Book 1
  • By: Arjay Lewis
  • Narrated by: Arjay Lewis
  • Length: 7 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

Leonard "Len" Wise, PhD, tall, attractive, and 29, is lost and aimless in a world he once shared with his deceased fiancée, Cathy. Her death, his telepathic abilities, a fused knee, and stifling guilt are Len's legacy from the car accident where he had been driving. Len has immersed himself in the study of parapsychology to master his strange abilities. He also spent years drowning himself in alcohol. Now, one year sober and one month after securing his PhD, Len has been asked to return to his alma mater to give a lecture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HOT stuff

  • By Freda on 07-05-18

HOT stuff

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Parapsychologist Doctor Leonard Wise is asked by an old friend to attend his Alma mater to give a lecture. He hasn’t been back to Mountain View since his fiancée Cathy was killed in a car accident, leaving Wise with a fused knee and telepathic abilities. Attending his lecture was Detective Bill McGee who later asks Len for his help with a case of spontaneous human combustion which is possible a murder. Using his abilities Wise realizes that the person responsible is endowed an ability to manipulate fire. The pursuit of this man got a woman he was dating killed by fire (SHC) and his best friend’s wife kidnapped. Len must use all his powers and strength to stop the man who can create fire with his mind. I really enjoyed this book and listened all in one go. I gave the performance four as it was spoiled in the chapters of the antagonists diary with horrible music, it was really off putting. Now waiting for the next book in the series.