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  • Wolves & Roses

  • Fairy Tales of the Magicorum
  • By: Christina Bauer
  • Narrated by: Christina Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She is descended from one of the three magical races - shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In the case of Bryar, that template should be Sleeping Beauty. Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the Sleeping Beauty life template. Not even close. She does not like birds or woodland creatures. She cannot sing a note. And she certainly cannot stand Prince Philpot, the so-called His Highness of Hedge Funds that her aunties want her to marry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great teen pnr/fantasy/fairytale adventure!

  • By Splashes Into Books on 14-11-17

Great teen pnr/fantasy/fairytale adventure!

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

I listened to the audiobook version of this novel, narrated by the author. In the world which she has created, there are three magical races - shifters, fairies and witches, known as the Magicorum and members of these races always follow a fairy tale life story. In the case of seventeen year old Bryar Rose her fairy tale template should be Sleeping Beauty but, even though she does fall to sleep at inconvenient times unless she uses her magical inhaler to stop it happening, she's nothing like Sleeping Beauty in her likes, attitudes and behaviour. She's definitely rebellious and doesn't even like Prince Philpot, the man her aunts want her to marry.

She's only got to stay out of bother till she's eighteen but with a teacher who obviously enjoys naming and shaming her, weird dreams about an attractive, hot, young man and her fascination with Ancient Egyptian papyri things aren't going to be easy for her. They're about to get even worse, however, as Knox, that young man she keeps dreaming of, turns up and turns out to be a powerful werewolf . . . . Who knew magic could be so mysterious?

The story is engaging, with plenty of teenage angst, rebellion and turmoil. The relationships between Bryar and others is explored, especially that between her and (Cinder)Ella - best buddies and side kicks who regularly get into mischief together. Bryar is a feisty, stubborn and determined young lady who always stands up for herself. Knox turns out to be powerful and highly protective - especially of his mate. There are dilemmas, decisions and so much more to be revealed as the story progresses. Many of these are resolved by the end of the book but there are others still to be concluded in future books in the series - I can't wait to discover what happens in them!

I admit to being wary when I learnt that the narrator of the book is also the author - sometimes this just doesn't work, but it certainly does in this instance. She has a lovely, expressive voice which is used to great effect, especially during dialogue. She has made each character have their own 'voice', bringing the story to life in the listeners imagination. Her telling of the story is lively and highly engaging, making it great to listen to.

This is an intriguing start to a new series, with well developed characters, plenty of mystery, magic, secrets and discoveries to keep you entertained whether you choose to read it yourself or listen to the audiobook version - either way, if you enjoy adventurous teens in magical adventures, you're in for a treat with this story!

  • Jaxson

  • River Pack Wolves, Book 1
  • By: Alisa Woods
  • Narrated by: Dougles Berger, Delisha Forest
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Three brothers. Three secrets. One hope to save the shifters of Seattle. Former SEAL Jaxson River would give his life for his brothers and his pack, but if he doesn't claim a mate soon, he'll be forced to step down as their alpha. There's only one problem: Jaxson's dark secret would kill any mate he claimed. With someone kidnapping shifters off the street - and only Jaxson and his brothers, Jace and Jared, to stop them - now is not the time for his secret to come out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quite good story<br />

  • By Cliente Amazon on 21-03-19

First in paranormal series brought to life!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

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

I had previously read (and reviewed) the print version of this story and was intrigued to discover how the audiobook version compared. I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jaxson?

One of my favourite moments from the story is when Olivia, distressed after resigning from her job, is walking home. When she discovers two men attacking and tormenting a wolf the feisty Olivia goes to his rescue armed only with her camera phone! What a lady!The time when Jaxson reveals why he believes he can never mate is also very moving and the way in which Olivia endeavours to release him from these constraints are also definitely not to be forgotten!

What about Dougles Berger and Delisha Forest ’s performance did you like?

The narrators read alternating chapters and this works well, though I admit it wasn't what I'd expected! I had assumed they would read it more like a play with them reading characters of their own gender but, having thought about it afterwards, I actually think the way this is actually done is an even better technique that works very well. Both are clear, easy to listen to and use different intonation for the different characters so it is easy to 'listen' to and identify whichever character is speaking.

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

The story is an emotive roller coaster ride with readers taken through the whole gamut of emotions as Jaxson and Olivia experience attraction, rejection, danger, anxiety and so much more on their journey to their HEA.

Any additional comments?

I had previously enjoyed the print version of this story and I have to say it was also great to listen to it. I was impressed with the narrators and would certainly listen to other books from them again. I won this audiobook in a competition without any obligation to listen to or review it. This is my honest review and I have to say I'll be listening to more in this series in future! My review of the story can be seen at https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3K1NKWN8JA0CH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B014ZHGHYQ

  • The Christmas Promise

  • The cosy Christmas book you won't be able to put down!
  • By: Sue Moorcroft
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Count down to Christmas with your new must-have author as you step into the wonderful world of Ava Bliss. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Carole Matthews and Katie Fforde. On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hatmaker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily good ones. Times are tough for Ava - she's struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and, worst of all, it's nearly Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good feel book.

  • By Debbie on 26-01-19

Modern issues dealt with in a festive romance

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Where does The Christmas Promise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I just didn't want to switch this audiobook off. Laura Kirman's use of different 'voices' for the characters and her expressive reading of the story bring it to life, making it a fantastic listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Christmas Promise?

The comparisons of how Ava is treated by her bullying, drunk and threatening ex-boyfriend contrasts dramatically with the usually more supportive reactions of Sam Jermyn, though he, too, has his moments! All the moments with Sam's Mum, as she endeavours to enjoy the festive break recovering from major surgery before starting chemotherapy are also very moving and memorable.

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

Laura Kirman uses changes in pace, tone and voice to bring the book to life. I really didn't want to switch off the audiobook!

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

There are so many moving moments in this story . . . the surprise at the Rotary Club event where Sam's Mum is so brave . . . Sam's support as Ava contacts her Dad . . . . Ava's Dad coming to the rescue . . . . Sam's reaction to Ava's automatic suspicion . . . . and when Sam realises just how he reacted and endeavours to put things right again. Sorry, don't want to give any more details as I don't like giving spoilers!

Any additional comments?

A great story dealing with some modern day issues in a sensitive and supportive manner, highlighting the feelings and guilt of victims and giving positive feedback to help them. Who'd think such trauma as cyber bullying, terminal illness and revenge porn could be included in an amazing, heartwarming, festive story? Personally, I though it was brilliant - I'll certainly look out for more stories by this author and more narrated by Laura Kirman!

  • The Thing Is

  • By: Kathleen Gerard
  • Narrated by: Veronica Pace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ever since the death of her fiance, Meredith Mancuso has shrunk from the world. Even with her successful writing career, she's not motivated to work. When her sister, Monica, begs for a favor, Meredith wants nothing more than to say no. But she's ultimately roped into pet-sitting an orphaned Yorkshire terrier named Prozac. Blessed with spiritual wisdom and a high IQ, Prozac is an active pet-therapy dog. To heal broken-hearted Meredith, he rallies his fan club at Evergreen Gardens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You've just got to love Prozac (the dog!!)

  • By Splashes Into Books on 08-01-17

You've just got to love Prozac (the dog!!)

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend this audiobook. I had previously read the ebook version of this story and was intrigued to see if I enjoyed the audiobook version as much - and I certainly did! Great story, well narrated, with mystery, fun and love elements - brilliant!

What did you like best about this story?

Prozac is an amazing character. It is so different to read a story told from the point of view of a dog - but there again, he's no ordinary dog, after all! An enthralling read/listen!

What about Veronica Pace’s performance did you like?

The narrator reads at an appropriate pace, using her expressive voice to bring the story to life in the imagination of the reader. I would certainly like to read other stories narrated by this lady in future.

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

I certainly had emotional reactions to this book. It takes the listener on a journey where they experience the full range of emotions - including many laugh out loud moments!

Any additional comments?

This is the first audiobook I've listened to and enjoyed for many years and certainly has whet my appetite to listen to more in future. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this one to anyone who enjoys escaping into laugh out loud mysteries with a side serving of romance!