Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table

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Author: Janet Finsilver

Narrator: Reba Buhr

Series: A Kelly Jackson Mystery Series, book

Publisher: Tantor Media

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Mystery/ Cozy

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 7 hrs 11 min / 6 CDs

My Review: 3.0 Stars

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

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table is based on Kelly Jackson and the crime-solving group, the Silver Sentinels. Kelly Jackson and the Silver Sentinels start looking into the “accidental” death of a Greek fortune teller known by everyone as Auntie. As they get closer to the truth of Auntie’s death the murder starts threatening Kelly.

The author for the book Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table is Janet Finsilver. Considering this is the third book Janet Finsilver has written.  Janet Finsilver is a fairly new author. I use new in terms of how many books Janet Finsilver has written not how many years Janet Finsilver’s books have been on the market. I like Janet Finsilver’s writing style. It lives up to the cozy mystery genre that Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table falls under. Janet Finsilver has a easy to follow writing style. Without using excessive vocabulary or difficult plot twists. I personally think the story-line could have provided a few more clues but all in all a good book. Yes this is the third book in a series but does great as a stand alone also.

The narrator for Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table is Reba Buhr. Reba Buhr has a great voice for audiobooks. Reba Buhr made each character distinctive and interesting. Reba Buhr’s intonation was perfect for a great listening experience. Being able to just sit back and lose myself in the narration of an audiobook is always a plus for me. Reba Buhr made that possible for me with this audiobook.

The production house for Janet Finsilver’s book Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table was Tantor Media. As I said with my last review Tantor is starting to make my list of to go to production houses. Tantor Media did a great job on the production of Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table. The production for this audiobook is exactly what listeners expect and want. There is no fluctuation in sound and it is also set at just the right tempo for a great listening experience.

Now for the big question. Would I recommend this audiobook? My answer would have to be Yes. This audiobook is a nice book and worth the listen. What makes it even better is that I was able to listen to this audiobook at my job and not have to worry about small ears hearing it. No excessive language or violence which again for me is always great news. This book is great for anyone that wants a nice cozy mystery that isn’t time consuming.

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Blind Date

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Title: Blind Date

Author: Bella Jewel

Narrators: Joe Arden And Maxine Mitchell

Publisher: Tantor Media

Genres: Audiobook /

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 8 hrs / 7 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

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

Blind Date by Bella Jewel is a story about Hartley Watson. Hartley’s is just starting to try dating again after the death of her husband four years ago. Just when Hartley thinks things are going great. She realizes someone is watching her and entering her home stalking her. The person stalking Hartley seems to know intimate details of her life with her husband. After her dead husband’s things start showing up out of storage Hartley seeks help from Ace, the detective who lives next door.

Blind Date was written by Bella Jewel. Okay time to be honest, I forgot I requested this book and if I had really looked at the cover I would have most likely skipped requesting this audiobook. Don’t shoot me but, yes I’m that type of person that judges books by their covers. After I received this audiobook I looked at other books written by Bella Jewel and again was a little put off. Yet I was still determined to finish this audiobook because I requested it.  Now having said all that I have to continue to be honest. I was glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It wasn’t what I was expecting. Well not really. I was expecting a mystery but from the covers of Bella Jewel’s other books and this one, I was expecting a lot of sex. I was happy to find that wasn’t the case with this book. Bella Jewel wrote a great book. Blind Date has a great plot, with interesting twists and well developed characters. My only issue was that the ending could have had more details. It felt a rushed but, well worth the listen.

The narrators for this book are Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell. If you’ve read any of my prior review you will remember that I have a certain way I like multiple narrators to narrate. Especially if one is female and the other male. Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell did a great job working together on this audiobook. Both Joe and Maxine made their characters come alive. They had such great harmony that it took me awhile to realize that there was two narrators. It only became really apparent when Joe Arden was narrating a section of the book solo due to the movement of the characters in the book.

The publishing company for Bella Jewel’s book Blind Date is Tantor Media. Tantor Media produced Blind Date perfectly. No timing problems or sound fluctuations which makes for a great listening experience. Tantor Media is starting to become one of my favorite publishing houses. They seem to have a knack for picking great audiobooks.

Now, for the big question. Would I recommend this book? My answer would have to be YES! This book is great my only issue was the rushed feeling I got from the ending. This is not a book I would recommend listening to in front of small children. The only reason is because it does have a little sex. Not as much as I was expecting but still enough to make it unsafe for small ears.

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.

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.