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A mashup

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Firstly I have been given a copy of this book and in turn I will give and honest and unbiased review.
If you like The Host, you'll like this book, the narrator read this book in a story similar fashion. If you like the Hunger Games you'll like this book as well. I enjoyed this book, it was easy reading but would have appreciated a bit more "scene setting" the author didn't give me enough info to spark my imagination

Confused

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I feel that I must have missed big parts of this book, but when listening again I find I have not. This book has left me slightly confused. With all of the other books the scene has been set and you can set play on your 'imagination video' and as Kobna reads the book you can visualise what is happening. With this book it was totally lacking.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Aaronovitch again?

Of course, I love this series, its just this book didnt light my fire as much as the others.

What does Kobna Holdbrook-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ahhhh Kobna, I love his voice, I could listen to him read the AA road Map!

Any additional comments?

I'm going to listen to the whole series again - because I can and you hear something new every time. Please please, if you have just discovered this book on audible, don't buy it, go to the first book, buy that and work your way through the series. Honest its worth it.

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Not a Storm

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

Reviewed: 19-03-16

Having read Jennifer s first book I suppose I expected great things from the second, and some levels it was great and on some it wasn't so, firstly I wasn't enamoured with the change in author, I got used to the previous one and this one didn't really cut the mustard, but what would have saved it was to use a male narrator for the male character as I did get slightly confused between the changing POV and this would have helped with two narrators. But I do want to read more, the author leaves you wanting more, the need to know what happens to her characters hangs with you when you have finished the book - I think I may have to go back and read this one again.

I was provided this book book for free in exchange for an honest review.

A thoroughly enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 21-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Crossing the Ice to be better than the print version?

As I have not read the print version I cannot comment on this question

What other book might you compare Crossing the Ice to, and why?

After listening to this book I think its a mish mash of various books that I have listened to, I could compare it to Twilight, but it does not have any vampires and although its in the Chic-Lit/Romance genre I would push it more towards the teen romance.

What does Emily Stokes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emily has a good voice for narration BUT at the beginning of the book it seemed so hurried, in fact so much so I slowed it down a little bit to .75 but then once into the book it settled down to a more gentle speed so was able to pop it onto normal. I love any audio books and occasionally appreciate it more than the written word (heck I could get hung for that) as it brings a totally different experience to the book. As a person that works with the VI I appreciated it even more.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

So full of romance the ice started to melt!

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

Emotional

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Where does Leaving Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best - an emotional roller-coaster with so many twists and turns it makes you dizzy

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leaving Time?

The interaction with the elephants and nearer to the end of the book when everything fell into place

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As above, all the scenes with the elephants.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried like a baby!

Any additional comments?

I have been recommended other Jodi Picoult books but this one will be on my 'must listen again' shelf.

Addicted to Jodi Taylor Books

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

Where does Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If I had a box to save all of my favourite books this one would be in it, along with all of the other books in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings?

the most memorable moment was the entire book - I adored it as I do with all of Jodi's books

Have you listened to any of Zara Ramm’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Zaras voice is a fantastic compliment to these books

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The relationships that develop in the role and the descriptions of the places visits.

Any additional comments?

If you read one book series - read this, its especially nice as Jodie always publishes a Christmas short story

Sinister

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

What did you like most about Sycamore Gap?

I liked the way that it tied into the previous book, this is certainly a book where you need to read the first one first.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Gap?

The twists and turns are all memorable moments, one minute you think you have solved it and the next page you find out you got it totally wrong.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

Fantastic voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and with other books in my library

Hooked

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

Reviewed: 17-02-16

What did you like most about Taken?

I like the way that it just drags you into its world, you feel that you are part of Alex's world and become friends with all of his friends and just want to learn more.

If you’ve listened to books by Benedict Jacka before, how does this one compare?

I have previously listened to one prior to this book and will indeed be buying more.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing, his voice perfectly matched these books

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I howled with laughter, these books are full of humour

Any additional comments?

A work in progress, trying to read them all.

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It's a good bet!!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Would you listen to Consolation Prize again? Why?

Yes I would listen again as I do have a tendency to miss bits so if I enjoy the book and narrator I usually re listen a couple of times

Who was your favorite character and why?

The female lead, it was nice to see a strong character

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first few scenes made me laugh when she was getting Dutch courage to wear the hen party outfit, I would have needed to swig the whole bottle

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud at parts

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable short story which is well narrated, will look for others from this narrator.

No Caffeine Required

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Would you listen to The Coffee Girl again? Why?

*Please note I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Yes I probably would as I felt that I missed a few things that I questioned later on in the book, I would also enjoy reading anything else that is published in this series as I would like to see how the friendships and relationships develop.

What other book might you compare The Coffee Girl to, and why?

This book is a cross between Debbie Macomber and Janet Evanovitch. Its a mix of heart-warming family and a love triangle that is just laugh out loud comical.

What does Hollis McCarthy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I have listened to other audio books narrated by Hollis and her voice is smooth and you can clearly differentiate between the different characters within the book just by the slight changes she makes to her vocal.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I would not say anything moved me in particular as I don't think it was that kind of book, but the bit I liked the most was when he picked up her bike and put it in the boot of his car, just a little thing but something that made me go Ahh!!

Any additional comments?

An enjoyable read and one that I would recommend, its an easy read/listen, not to complicated and leaves you wanting to find out just a little bit more about the characters in the book