Die Like An Eagle

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Title: Die Like an Eagle (Meg Langslow #20)

Author: Donna Andrews

Narrators: Bernadette Dunne

Series: Meg Langslow Mysteries, book 20

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Time: 8h 47m

Audio: Unabridged

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Fiction / Humorous / Mystery & Thrillers

ISBN-13: 9-781520-017181

My Review: 4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

This book is centered around Meg Langslow, Biff Brown, baseball, and murder. Die Like An Eagle is the 20th book in the Meg Langslow Series. I have over the last few years started to accumulate a lot of Meg Langslow mystery books but in all honesty I haven’t read any of them. So after listening to this audiobook. I think I might start this series from the beginning and continue from there.

Donna Andrews has a great writing style which makes for wonderful audiobooks. The story is well written. I found myself just relaxed and enjoying the story. It wasn’t rushed or to fast paced. Which is always a great fine in audiobook and in books in general. The mystery in this story is not all consuming or involving.

Bernadette Dunne is a great narrator. There was one point where the voice of two different characters sounded the same. I blame that mix-up more on production than the narrator. Bernadette Dunne has a very mild but engaging voice. Which made this audiobook a great listening experience.

Having listened to a few audiobooks by Dreamscape Media. I can say that Dreamscape is quickly becoming on of my favorite production company to look for in audiobooks. From my point of view if seems they take pride in making great audiobooks. Except for that one place I mentioned before Die Like An Eagle was well produced and directed.

Drum roll please…. just kidding.

Now would I recommend this book? Yes, this audiobook is so easy to listen to I would recommend it to anyone that wants to listen to a very lite mystery. It’s actually a mystery I wouldn’t mind having been overheard by school aged children. There’s nothing written in Die Like An Eagle I haven’t recently heard coming out tv shows that are suppose to be formated for children. So I wouldn’t have a problem listening to this book around them. Then again this is just my personal opinion.

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Soulbound (Return of the Elves, #1)

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Title: Soulbound

Author: Bethany Adams

Narrators: Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki

Series: The Return of the Elves Series, book 1

Publisher: Skyboat Media

Time: 10.9 Hours

Audio: Unabridged

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy

ISBN-13: 978-1-4417-0517-4

My Review:  5.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

Soulbound revolves around Arlyn. Arlyn goes to Moranaia to meet her father Lord Lyrnis Dianore for the very first time. While Arlyn is in Moranaia a plot to kill Lord Lyrnis comes to light. Which also causes Arlyn and her soulbound Kai to encounter danger.

Bethany Adams did an excellent job of writing this book. She caught my attention and kept it through out the story without reverting to an over abundance of sex or mayhem. In fact this is such a great book I wouldn’t mind letting my younger niece listen to the story with me. I found myself listening to this book at every free moment I had.

Skyboat Media did a great job producing this story but, my only issue is with the two different narrators. Now before you think I thought Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki did a horrible job let me stop you there. Gabrielle de Cuir and Stefan Rudnicki both did an awesome job. My issue is basically with the production. The reason is because multi-voiced audio books in my opinion need to be approached a certain way. My opinion is that multi-voiced audiobooks should be approached more like a play than a book. I would have had Gabrielle de Cuir do only female voices and Stefan Rudnicki only male voices not each do both male and female. Just picking one to do the whole book is a better option instead of having both just read different chapters. There were times when it got confusing on who was talking because the narrator had changed.

Now having said that there were also a few times when I got carried away with listening to Soulbound. I found myself lost in the book and not paying attention to things going on around me. It was great that those times didn’t happen when I was driving.

So now it comes down to two very important questions. First would I recommend this book? Yes, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. Second do I think Soulbound By: Bethany Adams makes a good audiobook? That would have to be an another wholehearted YES! In fact Bethany Adams wrote this story in such a way that it felt like Soulbound was always intended to be a audiobook. I look forward to the next book in this series by Bethany Adams.