The Dragon Hunter And The Mage

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Title: The Dragon Hunter And The Mage

Author: V. R. Cardoso

Narrators: Todd Menesses

Series: Wounds in the Sky, book 1

Publisher: Vasco Cardoso

Time: 19 hrs and 28 mins 

Audio: English, Unabridged

Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

My Review:  5.0 Stars

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

The Dragon Hunter And The Mage by V.R. Cardoso is about two half-brothers.  Both are sons of the Empress, but only one of them the son of the Emperor.  The Emperor has forbidden the brother  from seeing each other. Aric and Fadan defy the Emperor by meeting in secret whenever they can get away. The Emperor had also outlawed the use of magic and almost completely killed all the mages in the kingdom. The brother don’t seem to be to concerned with this law until one day while meeting in secret Aric and Fadan find a Manuel of Magic. Which leaves Aric and Fadan with two option. They can either turn the book over to the Emperor or see if one of them has the talent to use magic. They decide to test themselves to see if either has a talent for magic. When it turns out one of the brothers is gifted in the use of magic nothing is ever the same again.

I have to admit I initially approached this audiobook with no expectations and the great possibility of disappointment. Let me explain why. Over the years I have found that most self-published books are not worth the paper they are printed on or they time I wasted while reading/listening to them. The Dragon Hunter And The Mage surprised me. V. R. Cardoso made a story with a great and interesting plot. The story was a little slow moving in the beginning but well worth the wait.

V.R. Cardoso also did a great job on producing this audiobook. Especially when he picked Todd Menesses to be the narrator. Todd Menesses made this audiobook great. Which is a good thing considering this audiobook is not a quick listen. Coming in a little over 19 hours Todd Menesses made me want to keep listening. Todd Menesses makes each character distinctly different. Which is always a plus. 

So for the big question would I recommend this book? YES!! It really is worth the time. In fact I’m already looking forward to the next book to be released in this series. Now I also usually say if I would listen to this book around younger ears or not. I can say that this book is a great find. It is a wonderful listen for all ages.

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Murder In G Major

Murder In G Major

Title: Murder in G Major

Author: Alexia Gordon

Narrators: Jessica Carroll

Series: Gethsemane Brown Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Time: 8h 10m

Audio: English, Unabridged

Genre: African American / Detective / Fiction / Paranormal

My Review:  3.0 Stars

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

Okay I’ve been sitting here for over a week trying to figure out what kind of review I wanted to write about Murder in G Major.  I’m finding this review difficult for a few different reasons.  I did enjoy Murder in G Major. In fact Murder in G Major is about Gethsemane Brown and Eamon McCarthy. Eamon McCarthy is the ghost haunting the cottage where Gethsemane just moved. Since Gethsemane could see and speak to Eamon. Eamon asked Gethsemane for help in finding out who murdered him and his wife.

Now for my first issue. Alexia Gordon has great writing style. A very nice fun to read and good for the whole family type of  writing style. The only problem for me is that it seems to not have any staying power. I pride myself in trying to remember everything or a general plot of everything I’ve ever read. This book I just can’t seem to remember. I know I enjoyed it but I just can’t keep in mind anything except for the general plot I listed above. This is not a good thing in my opinion. This book did not move me or really grab my attention. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon if you just wanted to relax and not think about anything. Which makes it tend to fall into the fluff category in my mind.

Now for my second issue. In my opinion a great audiobook is created by a great narrator. Sorry to say but for me that is not Jessica Carroll. Now don’t get me wrong Jessica Carroll did a good job as narrator. She really tried but I just couldn’t get engrossed in the story and for me that is a major downside. Now as for production Dreamscape Media like always did a great job in producing this book. It was set at the right pace and was easy listening.

So all in all my issues lay in the fact it was not an engrossing story for me and that I found it easy to forget. Yet I still enjoyed it. See my dilemma? No for the big question would I recommend this book? My answer would be yes but not for some one looking for an engrossing story with twist and a plot that makes you concentrate to follow. If you’re looking for that type of book then pass this one by.

The Beautiful Dead

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Title: The Beautiful Dead

Author: Belinda Bauer

Narrators: Andrew Wincott

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Time: 10h 38m

Audio: English, Unabridged

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Suspense

My Review:     4.0 Stars

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

The Beautiful Dead written by Belinda Bauer is a story about Eve, a news reporter who’s job is to cover murder/death and the serial killer who becomes obsessed with her. The story was very well written. I was pleasantly surprised The Beautiful Dead‘s story-line was very well thought out and written. I love how Belinda Bauer has multiple side characters but they never seem to overshadow the main characters.  Like so many other authors have had happen in the past. Which really makes this story easy to follow and enjoy.

Andrew Wincott was the narrator for this book and I think he did a wonderful job. He  made each and every character distinctive. Dreamscape Media did a great job at producing this story and for picking Andrew Wincott for the job. All around a great audio book experience. The production was great. Andrew Wincott didn’t read to slow or to fast but at just the right pace. I really enjoyed listening to this book while I was at work. It does grab your attention at first but I found myself from time to time being distracted. Which is one reason why only 4 stars instead of 5.

Now the big question, would I recommend this book? Yes, but not for someone to listen to in front of small children. I work in a very public area with constant children/young adults coming through. I did not listen to this book unless I was behind closed doors in my office. So for the other reason why only 4 stars instead of 5. There was to much cursing to make it safe for everyone’s ears. Yet yes I would still recommend it. I did enjoy this book. Belinda Bauer wrote a great book with a wonderful plot. It is worth a read but if you’re working around children might I suggest you get the book format instead of the audio.

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.

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.

The Truth About Love (Cynster #12)

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Title: The Truth About Love (Cynster #12)

Author: Stephanie Laurens

Narrator: Matthew Brenher

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 16.5 Hours

My Review:  5.0 Stars

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

This story is revolves around Gerrard Debbington and Jacqueline Tregonning. Gerrard is commissioned to paint a portrait of Jacqueline. At first Gerrard is hesitant because he only really does landscapes. It’s the rare opportunity to paint the splendor of the Hellebore Hall gardens, Jacqueline’s home, that finally gets Gerrard to do the painting. When Gerrard gets to Hellebore Hall he finds out exactly why Jacqueline’s father commissioned the portrait. People think Jacqueline killed her mother. Gerrard thinks differently.

The Truth About Love is written by Stephanie Laurens. Having never read any of Stephanie Laurens’ books before I was pleasantly surprised. The plot of this book was really well thought out and written. Stephanie Laurens had me wondering who really was at fault the whole time. I can honestly say I was not expecting the people Stephanie Laurens chose. Very nicely done. Blackstone Audio’s production of The Truth About Love was wonderful and picking Matthew Brenher as the narrator was perfect. Matthew Brenher has a great voice for audio-books. He has a way with drawing you into the story and make sure you can tell each character’s conversation apart. A wonderful experience. Now I have a new favorite author and narrator to add to my list. In fact I’m starting to think I might have a new favorite production company also.

Now the big question: Would I recommend this book?? Considering I did give this book a 5 star rating. The answer would have to wholeheartedly be….. YES! It was a wonderful addition to my commute to and from work. And since I can be honest here while I was at work also. It is a little long but considering it was interesting and entertaining well worth the time.