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.

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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.

Unforgettable

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TITLE: Unforgettable

AUTHOR: Meryl Sawyer

NARRATOR: Erin Bennett

PUBLISHER: Dreamscape

GENRES: Audiobook / Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Romance / Suspense

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED

TIME: 14h 36m / 12 CDs

My Review: 3.0 Stars

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

Unforgettable by Meryl Sawyer revolves Greg Braxton a volunteer with the Maui search and rescue team. Greg is training his greyhound, Dodger, under the extreme conditions of a lightning storm. When Dodger finds an unconscious woman in a car at the bottom of a cliff. When she awakens, she doesn’t know who she is or what she was doing stranded in the middle of a raging storm so Greg nicknames her “Lucky”. As they try to figure out “Lucky’s” real name. She finds she might not be so lucky after-all.

I’ve seen Meryl Sawyer’s books around before but have never really read any of them. They never seemed very interesting to me mostly because I have a really bad habit of judging a book by it’s cover. I’m really glad I didn’t do that with this audiobook. I really enjoyed this book. I’ve found that Meryl Sawyer has a great writing style. This book Unforgettable has a very intricate plot line. It was well written and even let you hear from the point of view of the villains from time to time. While still keeping their identity hidden until the right moment. Very nicely done without ruining or distorting the plot or flow of the story.

Erin Bennett does an amazing job as the narrator for this book. Erin made each character distinctive and interesting. I found that at times I would forget it was only one person doing the narration for this audiobook. Erin Bennett has a nice voice that is great for audiobooks.

Now for the production. I am and avid fan of Dreamscape Media’s audiobooks and usually I can tell right away that the audiobook was produced by Dreamscape. This one I’m happy to say had me stumped. I honestly didn’t know which production house produced this audiobook until I took a look at the end. The production was excellent as always. Just the right tempo and rhythm. Great for listening to while relaxing.

Now for the big question. Would I recommend this book? That is honestly a hard question for me concerning this book. My answer would have to be Yes & No. Now before any one gets upset with my fence straddling answer let me explain why I came to that conclusion and why only 3.0 stars. When I’ve just been raving about this book. If you have read any of my previous reviews you will notice I speak a lot about listening to the audiobooks in public. This book got points taken off because just in the first part of the book it was very suggestive. So no good for public listening. Yes I will recommend this book. It is a great book but not to anyone that wants to listen to this book in a public area or around children.

The Sparks

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Title: The Sparks

Author: Kyle Prue

Narrators: John Eric Preston

Series: The Feud Trilogy, book 1

Publisher: Cartwright Publishing

Time: 9 hrs 14 mins

Audio: English, Unabridged

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

My Review:  3.0 Stars

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

The Sparks by Kyle Prue is a book based on three major families with special traits. These three families have been at war for so long they can’t even remember what they are fighting about the only thing they remember is that they are supposed to protect the kingdom. The King has other plans.

Kyle Prue has a unique writing style that tends to show his age. Even if I hadn’t know before reading this book that he was young. It clearly shows in his writing. Kyle Prue weaves a very ungrasping tale. I personally felt a few chapters could have been skipped and no harm would have come to the storyline or plot in fact it might have helped.

Now for narration John Eric Preston did a great job narrating this story. He made the story a little interesting and worth listening. His representation of each character was good and I wouldn’t mind listening to other books narrated by John Eric Preston.

So why only 3 stars? This story had no staying power. That for me as I have mentioned before is a big issue. I cannot bring myself to give The Sparks by Kyle Prue more than 3 stars. I liked it but will I go out of my way to try and pressure my family and friends to read this book? Sadly the answer is no. If I can’t find myself going into detail trying to explain a really great part of the book to you. I feel disappointed and let down. If I feel passionate about a book and want my friends and family to experience that book then that story deserves 4 or 5 stars.

Now for the big question would I recommend this book? Honestly not really.

The Shell Game

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Title: The Shell Game

Author: Steve Alten

Narrator: Keith Szarabajka

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 15.0 Hours

My Review: 2.0 Stars

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

The Shell Game written by Steve Alten is a novel based around Ashley “Ace” Futrell, an oil expert and the events leading up to and after the terrorist attack of September 11th. This book is in no way a history book. It is full of alternative thoughts and conspiracy theories. It does make reference to a lot of facts found in actual documents from investigations into the September 11th attack. Which leads a person to rethink the event of September 11th.

Steve Alten has an weird style of writing. Then again having said that I have never read any of Mr. Alten’s previous books. So with that knowledge I can’t say with 100% honesty if this book truly shows Steve Alten’s actual writing style or if this is the writing style he chose to use while writing this book.

As for Keith Szarabajka. He has a great voice for audio books. His tone changes from character to character which is always great. Personally I could listen to Keith Szarabajka read a very boring textbook on a very dry subject and would probably not get frustrated from listening to him.

Now for the reason I only gave this book 2.0 stars. In my personal opinion, Steve Alten used to many references for this book. There are points where that’s all you hear. Which is very annoying when you’re trying to listen to a work of fiction. In places it feels like Alten himself got lost in the references and goes completely off track of the story-line. While trying to jump right back into the original plot which caused me to lose the progression of the main character Ace Futrell. I found myself replaying parts over and over again because the references kept getting in the way of the story. Blackstone Audio did a good job at producing this book. Personally I feel like The Shell Game itself is very distracting and does not make for a good audio book. The points and opinions approached in this book can be interesting. If you’re interested in reading this book take my advice and get a digital or physical copy. Do not listen to the audio version. The audio version of The Shell Game will leave you disappointed and more confused then you were before you started the book.