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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another great volume

  • By Drax17 on 24-08-2018

Another great volume

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-08-2018

Really love Charlton Griffin's narration. Great short stories & absolutely loved hearing Hound of the Baskervilles.

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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Det your deductions on !!!

  • By Drax17 on 20-07-2018

Det your deductions on !!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

Really enjoyed the narration by Charlton Griffin, he really brought Sherlock Holmes & John Watson to life. Absolutely love the BBC version with Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman, so was excited to hear the original inspiration & was not disappointed. A Study In Scarlet & The Sign of Four are not long novels but very enjoyable + a bunch of great short stories that help you get into Sherlocks mind. Cannot wait to get to get into volume 2.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

  • By: Sarah Knight
  • Narrated by: Sarah Knight
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 638

A brilliant, hilarious homage to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, showing how to shed your mental clutter for good. Aimed at overachieving but dissatisfied people everywhere. Sarah's inspirational two-step 'NotSorry' program shows how unleashing the power of not giving a f**k will help you shed unwanted guilt and obligations to redirect time, energy and enthusiasm to your true priorities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Cosmin Florescu on 14-08-2016

Not bad.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-2018

If you have a problem with the F word, then this book is not for you, as its used like every 2nd / 3rd word. Essentially its about prioritising your time & life in a polite way. Yes polite way despite the title. Its about knowing you can always get more money or energy but not time. We have such a limit amount & about using it to make yourself happy. Everything is common knowledge but the way we have been programmed we always say yes & this book shines the light on saying NO. Not ground breaking but an enjoyable listen & some things I stressed about will now start changing my mindset to 'dont give a f**k' without the guilt.

  • Blood Trail

  • Blood, Book 2
  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

For centuries, the werewolves of Toronto have managed to live in peace and tranquility, hidden quietly away on their London, Ontario farm. But now, someone has learned their secret - and is systematically massacring this ancient race. The only one they can turn to is Henry Fitzroy, Toronto-based vampire and writer of bodice rippers. Forced to hide from the light of day, Henry can’t hunt the killer alone so he turns to Vicki Nelson for help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Drax17 on 17-06-2018

Meh

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-2018

I'm a huge fan of the Blood Ties tv series that books inspired & really enjoyed Blood Price. But didn't really like this follow up, I found it a bit to confusing at times. Vicki is hired by a group of werewolves who are friends with Henry Fitzroy when someone starts killing them off. The premise of the story is ok, the wolves live on the land out of town not to be found out & run free in whatever form they choose. Less than a handful of humans know their secret. But someone has started killing them off while in wolf form. Vicki & Henry travel to the compound & start investigating to see if they can find & stop the killer before more wolves are killed in the meantime grow closer.... While Mike Celluci is trying to uncovered the truth about Henry.

I had trouble to keeping up with the wolf characters. The wolves had 2 names, their human name & their wolf name. It got confusing when they were changing back & forward between forms. I like the concept but this detract from the story & made it hard to know who was being talked about or in the scene. This I found the only let down & will continue with the next in the series.

  • The Tale of the Vampire Bride, Book 1

  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Carol Hendrickson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

All Lady Glynis Wright ever wanted was the freedom to live her life as she pleased. Unfortunately, her aristocratic parents want her to marry well and settle into a life of luxury. When her family becomes guests to one of the most fearsome and powerful vampires of all time, Glynis finds her fate is far more terrible than an arranged marriage. Trapped in the power of her new master, she fights for freedom, revenge against her creator, and the chance to be with the one she truly loves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too long.

  • By Drax17 on 15-06-2018

Too long.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-2018

I like the premise of the story. It was almost as if Bram Stoker had written from one of Dracula's brides side. It would have been a much better story if had been cut so much shorter. I think could have still shown the dilemma & pain that Glynis went through without being so drawn out. It started great, then dragged so much in the middle I almost gave up, but ended well. I will not be continuing on with the series for fear that they too are to drawn out. I love the 'Pretty when she dies' series from Rhiannon Frater, think will stick with that for now.

  • Venom & Vanilla

  • The Venom Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Successful Seattle baker Alena Budrene doesn't want to die. But when she's infected with a lethal virus spread by supernatural beings, her only chance for recovery is to make a deal with the devil - or in this case, a warlock. Though he saves her life, it looks nothing like the life she once knew - and neither does she. Alena is a new breed of "Supe" no one has ever seen before. Even the supernatural police don't know what she is. Now exiled to the northern side of the Wall, is thrust into a dark and magical new world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Drax17 on 21-04-2018

Okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-2018

I didn't hate this book but wasn't overall fussed. It seem to start as one story then change into something else completely.
Theres a virus killing of humans that seems to have come from supernatural creatures. If your rich enough you can be saved from the virus by being turned into a supernatural creature. This is what happens to Alena. Now she has to adjust to her new life, overcome her past behaviours & deal with the fact she is being hunted because of what she now is.
It seemed so many small things to help understand the story were not explained or gloss over really quickly like the supernaturals causing the virus. I wish more of the story had been fleshed. It was ok but I will not be continuing on with the series.

  • Blood Price

  • Blood, Book 1
  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Vicki Nelson, formerly of Toronto’s homicide unit and now a private detective, witnesses the first of many vicious attacks that begin plaguing the city of Toronto. As death follows unspeakable death, Vicki, in an attempt to stop these forces of dark magic, is forced to renew her relationship with her former partner, Mike Celluci - along with another, unexpected ally…. Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, has learned over the course of his life how to blend with humans; how to deny the call for blood in his veins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator killed this story<br />

  • By Suzanne on 19-05-2018

A Bloody Good Start.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

Huge fan of the campy tv show that was based on the book, so excited to finally read the books.
Great story involving vampires, demons, college students, cops & a blinding P.I. Vicki Nelson is hired to find the 'vampire' killer but the frustrated victims girlfriend & ends up running into a real vampire & end up teaming up to stop the real killer. Vicki is a force to be reckoned with & seems to form an easy friendship with Henry Fiztroy. I really enjoyed this story, was a great start to the series & can't wait to get the next addition.
I enjoy Justine Eyre as a narrator. Have listened to a few of her books & don't understand all the negative views people have put for this book.

  • Star Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 2
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can't be hard - or dangerous - right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE A LAZY WITCH

  • By Kim on 02-07-2018

Hilarious follow up

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-2018

Ivy gets her chance to get up & close with her favourite show but its not all lights camera action. Once again Ivy is wrangled off her lounge by the The Order to help out when zombies start arising. But she has Winter & her cat once again by her side. You will need book 3 ready once you have finished.
Another funny story of Ivy's misadventures, read wonderfully by Tanya Eby.

  • Spirit Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 3
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Barely recovered from her brush with necromancy, Ivy is flung once more into a world of intrigue, adventure, and potential death and disaster. It's not her fault - it just so turns out that she's now the only person in the entire world who can communicate with the dead. And they're a chatty bunch with a list of demands.

When the ghosts offer information about a witch-hating mass murderer in return for Ivy's help, she has no choice but to get involved. She might be getting herself into more trouble than she realizes, though - and that's even before she's dragged to Sunday dinner so...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome finish to the series.

  • By Monique on 13-06-2018

Wickedly funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-2018

Ivy is dealing with the aftermath of absorbing necromancy magic & is seeing ghosts everywhere. It doesn't help someone is killing witches & now Ivy has to get off the lounge & stop them. With her 'loyal' cat Brutus & her new love former Order witch Winter in tow, Ivy of cause gets into lots of high jinx. Ivy's also having to deal with the interference of her ex, the Order wanting Winter back & ghosts getting upset with her helping others when its not their turn. Ivy is hilarious as usual & Tanya Eby does another great job bringing her to life.

  • Blood Kissed

  • An Urban Fantasy Novel - Blood Heiress, Book 1
  • By: Vivienne Savage
  • Narrated by: Charley Ongel, Tor Thom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Years after ditching a corrupt coven in San Antonio, Emma is making a fresh start in Massachusetts as the owner of a new luxury spa. Her life couldn't be more peaceful - until a near-death encounter with ruthless vampire hunters draws attention to her questionable history. According to the vampire elders, Emma's old ties make her a liability. Given one chance to prove herself, she's plunged headfirst into a journey to recover a stolen artifact from the hunters, and assigned her own champion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been better

  • By Drax17 on 15-03-2018

Could have been better

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-03-2018

Story was ok, wish the author had explained what exactly 'Blood Kissed' meant more, specially as it is the title of the book. Not bad for start of new series. Has potential.

Didn't really like the either of the narrators, specially the male.