Spliced

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Title: Spliced

Author: Jon McGoran

Narrator: Sophie Amoss

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Fantasy/ Science Fiction / Young Adult

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 12hrs 30mins / 10 CDs

My Review: 3.0 Stars

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

Jon McGoran’s book Spliced is based on three main characters, Jimi, Del and Rex. Del is obsessed with becoming a chimera. After undergoing an operation to become a chimera Del gets sick. Jimi and Rex, another chimera, take Del to a doctor called a fixer. While Del is getting treated by the fixer the Police raid the clinic. When they leave Jimi and Rex go inside searching for Del only to find he’s gone. After that everything seems to change for Jimi and not all of the changes are for the best.

Jon McGoran wrote a great book. Spliced has a great plot. The story is interesting and not complicated. Very well written and it’s easy to see the focus was pointed towards young adults. Spliced is a sort of dystopia, sci-fi based thriller with genetically altered teens fighting for survival. Yet the twist and turns in this book make for a great ride and not a cliché. Spliced is not just for young adults but for almost any age in my opinion.

Sophie Amoss is the narrator for Jon McGoran’s book Spliced. Sophie Amoss does a wonderful job portraying all the characters in Spliced. I love how Sophie Amoss makes each character distinctive and unique. Sophie Amoss made the characters come alive. Sophie Amoss’s diction and enunciation made this audiobook great for listeners.. I look forward to hearing more audiobooks narrated by Sophie Amoss.

The production house for this audiobook is…  drum roll please… just kidding Blackstone Audio. If you’ve read any of my prior review you’ll see I’m having a love/hate relationship with Blackstone Audio. I love their audiobooks then I hate them but for this audiobook I have to admit I’m straddling the fence. I don’t really love Spliced but I don’t hate it either. The production for this audiobook is exactly what listeners expect and want. There is no fluctuation in sound and is set at just the right tempo for a great listening experience.

Now for the big question “Would I recommend this book?” Yes I would recommend this book. It really is a good book and great to listen to around younger ears. Yep there’s a but, here is my only issues. I felt it could have gone into more details in places. I also felt like the last part of the book was rushed. I when I’m reading or listening and the story just speeds up towards the end. It seem to me like the author was asked to hurry it up and finish the story before it had to many pages. Which in my opinion ends with the ending being rushed and me disappointed.

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Death Overdue

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Title: Death Overdue

Author: Allison Brook

Narrator: Mia Gaskin

Series: A Haunted Library Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 9.5 hrs / 8 CDs

My Review: 5.0 Stars

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

Allison Brook’s audiobook Death Overdue is based around Carrie Singleton. Carrie was just offered the job as head of programs and events for the local library. Carrie finds out fast that the library is haunted by the ghost of a former helper. While in the process of of her first event, Carrie’s guest speaker is killed. After that Carrie tries to find out who did it and why which leads her back to the case the speaker was going to discuss before his death.

Allison Brook has a nice writing style. Death Overdue was easy to follow with no extravagant use of vocabulary. This book is listed for adults but from the writing style and how it’s written in the simplest format I feel like this book would be good for teenagers also. Allison Brook is new to me but from this book I might have to stick around and listen or read more of Allison Brook’s Haunted Library Mystery series. I love the fact that Allison Brook doesn’t use violence or gore to sell this story. Death Overdue has a nice plot that was also interesting which in mystery for me is always a plus.

Mia Gaskin was the narrator for this book. Mia Gaskin does a great job. Mia Gaskin grabbed my attention and kept it all through the book. Mia made Death Overdue come alive for me. I actually found my self lost in the story from time to time. In my opinion Allison Brook did a great job writing Death Overdue but Mia Gaskin made it come alive.

Blackstone Audio was the production house for Death Overdue. I think Blackstone Audio has a winner with this title. The production for Death Overdue was excellent. No timing problems or sound fluctuations. If you’ve read any of my other reviews involving Blackstone Audio you will find I think Blackstone Audio keeps teetering between good and bad. Death Overdue by Allison Brook would have to be placed on the good side so I won’t be holding this title against them.

Now for the big question. “Would I recommend this book?” I would have to say YES! This book was great. Death Overdue is a cozy fun mystery without gore. I listened to it while working and didn’t have to worry about anyone being offended. When I can listen to audiobook around children and young adults without worrying that is always a great thing and a big sell for me.

A Bride at Last

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Title: A Bride At Last

Author: Melissa Jagears

Narrator: Pilar Witherspoon

Series: Unexpected Brides, book 3

Publisher: Recorded Books

Genres: Audiobook / Romance / Historical Fiction / Inspirational Fiction

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 11 Hours / 9 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

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

Melissa Jagears’ book A Bride At Last is based around 3 main characters. Anthony, Kate and Silas. When Silas’ wife dies he finds out he has a son, Anthony. Kate is Anthony’s school teacher. Silas asks Kate to marry him after he sees how much Anthony and Kate love each other. From there things get bad, than worst before finally end with everyone happy.

Melissa Jagears has a very easy to follow writing style. Melissa Jagears’ plot is very well thought out. Melissa writes in such a way that it makes you want to keep reading. Melissa Jagears has a very prescriptive writing style while not being overbearing. I’ll be honest there were a few times when I found myself getting lost in the story and could almost see the scene being played out in my mind like a movie. I especially love the easy flow of this book.

The narrator for Melissa Jagears’ book A Bride At Last is Pilar Witherspoon. Pilar Witherspoon does a wonderful job with this book. Pilar grabbed my attention and kept it all through the book. The intonation that Pilar Witherspoon used for this audiobook was great it made each character come to life. I found myself a few times just closing my eyes to listen. Which is always a good thing in my opinion. Another great thing about Pilar Witherspoon is she did a great job in creating distinction between the characters. Always a good thing when it comes to audiobooks.

The production house for this audiobook is Recorded Books. Recorded Books did a great job with the production of this audiobook. This book is set at the right tempo for listening. No fluctuations in the audio. So all in all another great production by Recorded Books.

Now, for the big question. Would I recommend this book? My answer would have to be YES! A Bride At Last by Melissa Jagears was a great book to listen to while at work. Since it is considered Christian Fiction I knew it wouldn’t offend anyone with violence or cursing. Always a huge plus in my book. Now for those people who don’t like books that mention GOD, prayer or quotes scripture. Then this book would not be the book for you. This is a Christian Fiction book and you can really tell. The characters in this book are constantly praying and talking about GOD. Yet none of that takes away from the story.

Never Forget Me

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Title: Never Forget Me

Author: Marguerite Kaye

Narrator: Charlotte Hill

Publisher: Recorded Books

Genres: Audiobook / Romance/ Historical Fiction/ Short Stories

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 8.40 Hours / 7 CDs

My Review: 3.0 Stars

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

Never Forget Me is an omnibus. The three stories in this omnibus are A KISS GOODBYE, DEAREST SYLVIE and FOREVER WITH ME. All of these stories are based around the World War I era all the stories are connected through one of the main characters.

Marguerite Kaye has a nice writing style. All three stories were nicely written and easy to follow. I love how each story was connected in an easy to follow but unobtrusive way. My only issue is each story felt a little rushed. Each story was great. Yet I personally think the stories would have been made even better if Marguerite Kaye had give more information from time to time. Then they might not have felt so rushed. Still having said that they were well written and easy to read.

The narrator for Never Forget Me is Charlotte Hill. Charlotte Hill did a good job on this audiobook. I like how each character has a distinctive and interesting accent. Charlotte Hill makes each character unique.  Now having said that I still need to note that I didn’t feel like Charlotte Hill gripped my attention. I had to force my self to listen to this audiobook. Charlotte Hill is a good narrator but doesn’t seem to catch my attention and for audiobooks catching the attention of the listener is an necessity.

Recorded Books was the production house for this audiobook. I usually like the audiobooks Recorded Books produces. I can’t really say that for this book. Now before I get stabbed let me explain. I think Recorded Books did a great job on the production of this audiobook. The tempo was just great and just right for listening. So I don’t really have a problem with the production but in the selection.

Now for the big question. Would I recommend this audiobook. Yes I recommend this audiobook. It’s a good book I just wish there was more to the stories. Which is the main reason why the 3.0 stars.

The Sixth Victim

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Title: The Sixth Victim

Author: Tessa Harris

Narrator: Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson

Series: Constance Piper Mystery

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 10.80 Hours / 9 CDs

My Review: 5.0 Stars

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

Tessa Harris’ book The Sixth Victim is based on two different characters Constance Piper, a flower girl and Emily Tindall, a missionary teacher and Constance’s mentor. The Sixth Victim is placed in Whitehall during the time of Jack the Ripper’s murder spree. SO of course Jack’s murders are mentioned frequently. Yet the story has Constance spending most of the book trying to figure out where and why Emily Tindall disappeared. While Constance is doing this she meets some higher class people, has new experiences and finds out somethings about herself she didn’t know before.

Tessa Harris did a great job with this book. It was very well thought out and interesting. Tessa Harris’ writing style in this book was great. The Sixth Victim is written from both main character’s point of view. In the past I’ve read several books from multiple character’s points of view and more often than not I’ve found that they fail to achieve their purpose. This story doesn’t. Tessa Harris writes this book where the advancement of the story occurs at a steady pace. While there seems to be very little overlap of the characters’ observations the plot isn’t construed. All in all a great story, I look forward to reading more books written by Tessa Harris.

The way Tessa Harris wrote The Sixth Victim makes it great to have two narrators. The narrators for The Sixth Victim are Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson. Fiona Hardingham and Gemma Dawson did a great job on the narration. Fiona Hardingham’s and Gemma Dawson’s voices are great for audiobooks. Both made their character distinctive and interesting. You can instantly tell them apart which is great in my opinion for a multiple person audiobook. Fiona Hardingham’s and Gemma Dawson’s diction and enunciation made this audiobook great for listeners.

The production house for this audiobook is Blackstone Audio.  I seem to be having a love/hate relationship with Blackstone Audio. I love their audiobooks then I hate them. I will admit I love The Sixth Victim. Blackstone Audio did a great job on producing this audiobook. The production for this audiobook is perfect. There were no fluctuation in sound and at the right tempo for a great listening experience. My only issue is that in one track close to the end of this book it seems to repeat half-way through.  Other than that all good.

Now for the big question. “Would I recommend this book?” My answer would have to be Yes! This is a very interesting story. There are some words said and scenes described in this book that parents might not want little kids to hear. So having kept that in mind I listened to this audiobook in at work with the door closed and at home in private.

Lost in the Light

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Title: Lost In The Light

Author: Mary Castillo

Narrator: Mary Castillo

Series: Dori Orihuela

Publisher: Audible

Genres: Audiobook / Mysteries & Thrillers / Supernatural & Paranormal

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 8 hrs and 46 mins

My Review:   3.0 Stars

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

This book is based on Detective Dori Orihuela, on leave from the police department after a gunshot wound and the ghost, Vicente Sorolla, who haunts in Dori Orihela’s 120 year old house. Vicente Sorolla was killed in 1932 in the same house that Dori Orihela now owns. Vicente Sorolla is trying to get Dori to find out what happened to the love of his life Anna.

Mary Castillo had an interesting story. Lost In the Light is a simple novel. Mary Castillo places this book in the paranormal and Supernatural, mystery and thriller genre. Besides Vincent the ghost haunting Dori’s house there’s not much paranormal or supernatural. In my opinion not much mystery or thriller either. Mary Castillo’s writing style is simple. Mary Castillo writes enough descriptions of scenery and events to advance the plot od Lost in the Light which makes this an easy read. In this story I felt like some of the characters were unnecessary. I also had an issue with some of the character’s names.

Mary Castillo narrated this book herself. I personally found the production of this audiobook lacking. The audio was constantly fluctuating and is not at a good level for easy listening. Some times the audio was so low I had to turn my device all the way up to hear what was being said. Then a few moments later I had to turn it down. After a while the distinction between character is annoying and hard to figure out. All the character seems to sound the same.

Now for the big question. Would I recommend this book? I will admit Lost in the Light was a nice story and was great to listen to while working. Only because I didn’t have to worry to much about violence or excessive bad language.  Yet my answer would have to be No. I wouldn’t recommend this book because it left me disappointed and frustrated.

Slightly Sinful

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TITLE: Slightly Sinful

AUTHOR: Mary Balogh

NARRATOR: Andrew Kanies

SERIES: Bedwyn Saga

PUBLISHER: Tantor

GENRES: Audiobook / Fiction / Romance

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED

TIME: 11 hrs 25 min / 9 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

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

Slightly Sinful is the 5th book in the Bedwyn Saga written by Mary Balogh. This book revolves around four brothel ladies, Rachel York and Lord Alleyne Bedwyn. Rachel York finds Lord Alleyne Bedwyn completely stripped and left for dead in the woods near Waterloo. When Lord Alleyne Bedwyn wakes up Rachel and the ladies find he’s lost his memory but that doesn’t stop Lord Alleyne from being a flirt. Even while knowing he should be trying to find himself, Lord Alleyne decides to help Rachel.

Mary Balogh’s writing style is still a little hard for me to get use to. Hence why it’s been over a year since I last read or listen to one of her books. I have found in my opinion that Mary Balogh has a tendency to slow pace the first part of the book and fast pace the last part. This book it looks like she tried to make a change. The pace of this story is still a little slow in the beginning and fast at the end. Yet Mary Balogh has a good writing style and creates wonderful stories. So I look forward to more of her books in the future.

Rosalyn Landor has a great voice for audiobooks. Rosalyn Landor’s enunciation is excellent. Which helps in making each character distinctive and unique. Rosalyn does such a great job on the charterers in this book that honestly once or twice I forgot that she was the only person narrating. I really look forward to hearing more audiobooks narrated by Rosalyn Landor. In my opinion Rosalyn Landor makes a good book, great and a great book, awesome.

Tantor Audio was the production house for this audiobook. Tantor did a great job on this production. This audiobook is produced perfectly. No fluctuation in sound and at the right tempo for a great listening experience. Tantor might have been around the block longer than Dreamscape Media but still has a ways to go in my personal opinion. Yet having said that if Tantor keeps producing great books. I might have to seriously think about putting them on my list of favorite production houses.

Now for the big question. Would I recommend this book? Yes I would recommend this book but not for public listening. There are a few parts and some words that shouldn’t be heard by little ears. This book is strictly for a mature audience only. Yet keeping that in mind. Slightly Sinful by Mary Balogh is well worth a listen or read.