Viper’s Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors, Book 2

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Title: Viper’s Defiant Mate: Sarafin Warriors, Book 2

Author:
S.E. Smith

Narrator: David Brenin

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 6.9 Hours

My Review:   4.0 Stars

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

This book is about Prince Viper of the Sarafin and Tina St. Claire. Viper has been sent to earth by Vox, King of the Sarafin. Viper’s mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley. What Viper isn’t expecting is the trouble that comes with dealing with Riley’s family. Tina, Riley’s sister also turns out to be Viper’s mate. Yet upon first meeting Viper Pearl, Tina & Riley’s grandmother, with the help of Tina shoots and drugs Viper. That’s when the story gets really fun.

S.E. Smith did a great job on this book. It was interesting and fun. IT makes for a great audio book especially with David Brenin as the narrator. David Brenin’s performance is what made this story great for me. Yes I say performance because David Brenin has such a way with reading the story that it makes it easy and fun to listen. This story also made a great book for audio but not one I would chose to listen to while driving. So I was glad I opted to listen while at home relaxing. Now I will admit I did find some places in the book where I felt S.E. Smith could have put better or more information but, all in all a good book. On the production side Blackstone Audio seems to be redeeming theirselves in my eyes. After this production I’m starting to think maybe Blackstone Audio should stick to new fiction and stay away from the classic’s.

So would I recommend this book? Yes for anyone that would like to hear a nice romance. This book is one romance that is nice and quick. Just under 7 hours a nice way to spend a relaxing afternoon/evening.

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The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool #2)

 

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Title: The Devil’s Evidence (Thomas Fool #2)

Author: Simon Kurt Unsworth

Narrator: David Rintoul

Publisher: Recorded Books

Genre: Horror/ Mystery/ Suspense Thriller

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 15h 30m / 13 CDs

My Review:  4.0 Stars

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

This story is about Thomas Fool the Commander of the Information Office of Hell. Horrible fires and murders are happening in Hell which leads to Thomas Fool being ordered to investigate. While in the midst of the investigation in Hell. Thomas Fool is sent to Heaven as part of a political delegation. While in Heaven Thomas’s help is needed to investigate an unexplained mystery that is taking place in Heaven. There is murder in Heaven. As Thomas tries to investigate he is met with opposition and troubles. While in the middle of finding the truth Thomas tries to stop a war between Heaven and Hell from happening.

Simon Kurt Unsworth has a very interesting writing style. Having said that I’ll explain why it took my over a month to listen to this audio book. The first part of this book just seemed to drag for me and then closer to the end it jumped pace. I came into this series blind. In fact I’d never even heard of the author Simon Kurt Unsworth. This was an interesting book and David Rintoul did a great job narrating but on a personal note I think it would have made more sense to me to have read the first book in the series before I listen to this one. I look forward to the next book in the series and have high hopes to not be disappointed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes,Recorded Books did a great job with this production but I would like to say that The Devil’s Evidence is not a good book for a commute. If you’re the one doing the driving. I found it was a book you really had to pay attention to and could be distracting at times.

That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner #1)

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Title: That Darkness (Gardiner and Renner #1)

Author: Lisa Black

Narrator: Kirsten Potter

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Thrillers / Suspense

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 9h 4m / 8 CDs

My Review:  3.0 Stars

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

This story is based around Maggie Gardiner, a forensic investigator and Jack Renner, a detective. But Jack isn’t your typical detective he’s also a murderer. While Maggie tries to solve the cases Jack committed. Jack is trying not to get caught before he completes the one goal he had when starting his revenge killings.

Having never read or listen to a book written by Lisa Black before I was glad I was listening to the first book in a series. At first when I started listening I was trying to figure out why so many people liked Lisa Black. After getting into a few chapters I understood. Lisa Black has a very engaging writing style. Which Kirsten Potter did a great job of narrating. This Darkness does make for a good listening experience. After reading what I just wrote you might be wondering why the 3 star rating. Well, honestly for me it just didn’t grab and keep my attention. It was a little hard for me to get into the story. I also felt it was a little rushed towards the end.So based on my preferences all in all a solid 3 stars. Would I recommend? Yes, it’s a good story but it just didn’t stick with me but it made a good addition to my commute.

An Untimely Frost (Lilly Long #1)

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Title: An Untimely Frost (Lilly Long #1)

Author: Penny Richards

Narrator: Christine Williams

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Detective

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 7.5 hrs • 6 CDs

My Review:  4.0 Stars

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

My last run in with Blackstone Audio left a bad taste in my mouth. I was hesitant at first but wanted to see for myself if it was possibly a one time thing. I am happy to note it seems to be just that. This book was great and the narrator is even better. I really enjoyed listening to Christine Williams. She made this book very enjoyable. Penny Richards book An Untimely Frost is written in a way that makes it great for audio. It was nice being able to sit back and just enjoying the story. Penny Richards caught my attention and kept it through out the story. I honestly would have been finished with this book a long time ago if life hadn’t kept getting in the way. The pace of this audiobook is great especially with Christine Williams as the narrator. The pace is not to fast and not to slow but just great for listening. It’s like Christine Williams is talking and sharing a personal story with you.

This story revolves around Lilly Long. Lilly Long is an actress turned Pinkerton detective. Her job is to find the owner of an abandon house and see if he’s willing to sell. Along this journey Lilly finds out things that most people want left alone. Lilly is able to make a little advancement into her own personal mystery from her past. Yet in doing so she causes problems for herself in the present by attracting some danger.

Having now listen to a few Mystery audiobooks.  I can say that I like this format in audio. It makes it easier to let my imagination roam and create it’s own little movie. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this was the first book in Penny Richards new series. I look forward to the next book and hope it’s as great as this one has been.

The Buried Book

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Title: The Buried Book

Author: D.M. Pulley

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

My Review:  2.0 Stars

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

I can honestly say it’s been a while since I’ve had such difficultly getting interested in a book. D.M. Pulley has a great witting style but, this story was just a little lost to me. I couldn’t find anything I liked about it. I am not a slow reader and if it had interested me I should have been able to finish this in less than a week. Yet, The Buried Book was so boring that it took me over a month to read it.  I was drawn in by the blurb. At first I thought it was going to be interesting but I hated the main character. I feel once you hate the main character everything is downhill from there. Even if the character is suppose to be hated, which this one was not, you should still enjoy the story.

So the big question is would I recommend this book? No, I’m sure there are people who will love this book and rave about it. It just isn’t my cup of tea. I might come back and revisit this book again in the future but for now my opinion stand.

The Alliance

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Title: The Alliance

Author: Jolina Petersheim

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Publisher: Oasis Audio

Genre: Fiction / Christian / Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 8 hrs / 7 CDs

My Review:  4.0 Stars

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

This book is great for audio. I was a little hesitant to listen to this book at first manly due to the fact I’m not a fan of Mennonite stories.  All of the doubts and misgivings I had about this story disappeared after I started listening.

This book that Jolina Petersheim wrote is not your typical dystopia or apocalyptic story. Yes it does touch upon them and it keeps you informed that this is a post electromagnetic pulse (EMP) world. Yet the dynamics of the characters is wonderful. The whole book is centered around three major characters Leora, Moses and Jabil. Jolina Petersheim progress the story from each of the characters points of view. This type of storytelling can more often than not lead to confusion especially when switching back and forth. Jolina Petersheim did a great job with this story and Tavia Gilbert did an excellent job of narrating. Even with the switching points of view it is clear and consistent so no confusion.

The story starts with Moses crashing his plane into Leora’s field. Jabil saves Moses from the plane wreckage and carries the unconscious Moses to Leora’s house. It’s from this moment when everything starts getting interesting. Jolina Petersheim then creates a story so interesting I had a hard time coming back to reality when I had to stop the book for work. The love triangle between the three main characters is even better. It’s was great reading a good love story without x-rated sex scenes. I did not like how the story ended. It left me with so many questions.

I hope that The Alliance is just one part of the story and that Jolina Petersheim has plans for a sequel.I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a nice interesting story. It will entertain you. Well worth the read or in my case a listen.

Silent Melody

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Title: Silent Melody

Author: Mary Balogh

Narrator: Roslyn Landor

Publisher: Recorded Books

Genre: Historical Romance

Audio: Unabridged

Time: 13.25 hrs / 11 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

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

This was a great book. I really enjoyed listening to Roslyn Landor. She made this book great. The plot of this book is a good for audio. It was nice being able to sit back and just enjoying the story. It was a little slow moving at first in my opinion but having read several books by Mary Balogh it just seems to be her writing style. She writes it slow at the beginning and quick at the end. My only dislike it that Mary Balogh’s stories never leaves you wanting more.

This story revolves around Lady Emily Marlowe who is deaf and Lord Ashley Kendrick. Lord Ashley leaves for India to make his way in the world leaving a heart broken Emily behind. Several years Emily has started trying to move on with her life when Ashley comes back to London. He finds his family having a ball. Ashley doesn’t recognize Emily at first because she has changed over the years. That is when the story starts going. The twist and turns in the plot are eventful. A very entertaining story. The story after the slow start did grab my attention and kept it. Mostly in part to the narrator.

All in all this story in my opinion is a typical historical romance. It was nicely written and narrated. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves historical romances.