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  • Autumn's Kiss

  • Kiss series, Volume 2
  • By: M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by: Ian Gordon, Griffin Murphy, Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Autumn thought she knew who she was - then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for. Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He'd never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he'd been taught to believe. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Cliffhanger

  • By Anna O on 22-12-2018

Frustrating Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 22-12-2018

I am a big fan of MKE. I so enjoy the multiple narrators and their interpretation of the characters. After "Kirall's Kiss" I waited impatiently for the next book. So disappointed that the story was only just heating up when it ended. I feel cheated. I try hard never to buy books that aren't complete in themselves. If the stories are linked I wait until the story arc is complete. Then perhaps the books are offered in box sets.

Autumn returns to Mondu with Kirall. They take their place as Red Supremes after claiming Autumn's birthright, Razeth's Lair on the highest mountain range. There is opposition from the council of elders and betrayal. I love the world building, the magic and the characters. However I suggest you wait until the story arc is complete. Your choice, but be prepared to be frustrated if you buy now.

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  • Scales of Empire

  • By: Kylie Chan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Corporal Jian Choumali is on the mission of a lifetime - security officer on one of Earth's huge generation ships, fleeing Earth's failing ecosystem to colonise a distant planet. The ship encounters a technologically and culturally advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. The empire's dragon emissary offers her aid to the people of Earth, bringing greater health, longer life, and faster-than-light travel to nearby stars.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining First Contact with Dragons

  • By Anna O on 14-12-2018

Entertaining First Contact with Dragons

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2018

Scales of Empire - the title is prophetic. I bought this audio book based on Kylie Chan's reputation. Much as I enjoyed the audio performance, I won't bother with the rest of the trilogy. Why not? The story faded out back on earth, there was no hook for a future, the whole story seemed aimless, the characters were not engaging with no inducement to find out what happens next. The pacing of the story was choppy. Choosing to cast Jian as a welsh born afro-chinese lesbian takes political correctness to a cringe worthy extreme. There is gender fluid sex with dragons, and with a mutilated war hero who has none of his sexual parts left.

Told in the first person by Corporal Jian Choumali, the plot explores alien first contact when space travelling, teleporting dragons rescue Japanese interstellar colonists. This is a dystopian dying future Earth, reaching out to the stars. The red dragon with her AI assistant Marque and capacious space ship offer the restore earth and transport the colonists, all in the name of love. Nothing is as it seems. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The sentient AI Marque comes to the rescue in sticky situations, how convenient!

What kept me listening was the wonderful narration. I also empathised with Maxwell. I make many long road trips and 15 hours was just enough to cover a round trip.

  • Chase the Dark

  • Steel & Stone Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way. The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I agree with others,

  • By Millsy on 14-05-2018

Dark Suspenseful YA Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2018

A fast paced post-apocalyptic urban fantasy spoilt by the narration. However, once you acclimatise to the accent and the variable tonal quality, you become enmeshed in the fate of Piper, Lyre and Ash. The magical Sahar stone is stolen. The trio are the main suspects. Hunted by the daemons, the haemons and the humans, Piper and Lyre, an Incubus and Ash, a Drakonian warrior, bond together, learning of trust and betrayal as they seek to clear themselves.

This is definitely for a YA audience with the teenage angst about betrayal; her mother, her father, and Ash are all perceived to fail her. Really Piper needs to demonstrate the skills she is learning as an apprentice consul, analyse the situation and make unemotional assessments. Piper could practice empathy and be less egocentric.

However, I must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Dark, twisted, with sexual sizzle and snarky banter. Best bit? the bout with Ash in the Styx Fight Club. Very clever.

  • The Crossing Places

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

When she's not digging up bones or other ancient objects, Ruth Galloway lectures at the University of North Norfolk. She lives happily alone in a remote place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea and, for company; she has her cats Flint and Sparky, and Radio 4. When a child's bones are found in the marshes near an ancient site that Ruth worked on ten years earlier, Ruth is asked to date them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great characters great story

  • By LP on 17-05-2015

Engrossing forensic archeological mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

I am hooked on this series in which DCI Nelson and Dr Ruth Galloway, an academic forensic archeologist, collaborate in solving mysteries and crimes when bones are at the core of the evidence.

I bought this first book as a special deal on Audible and so enjoyed it that I have now purchased and listened to the first ten Dr Ruth Galloway novels. I totally empathise with Ruth, her choice to live in a remote cottage on the Norfolk salt marshes, and her intellectual curiosity. As I listened to the audio I immersed myself in images of the Norfolk coast on Google Earth.

Ruth is pragmatic, intelligent, with a wry sense of humour and, although now 40 years, childless and having gained weight, she enjoys her academic life. The characters in this book are truly English, and the audio accents are great with the exception of the Norwegian, Eric, who was Ruth's mentor 10 years earlier. Such a shame that the narrator, Jane McDowell, failed to produce a genuine nordic accent especially as the other voices gave life to the characters: Cathbad, Shona, DCI Nelson.

In summary, a great mystery, evocative, atmospheric with a complex convoluted plot. Even if you guess who is the perpetrator, it won't detract from the suspense. I urge you to listen and become invested in the characters who grow and develop throughout the series.

  • Beauty

  • A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Beauty!

  • By Genevieve on 20-05-2015

I love this retelling of a favourite classic fairy

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

The tale of Beauty and the Beast is timeless. It has been retold many times and this is my favourite reiteration. As a full length novel, there is a lot of back story about the family and the transition from urban life to a rural life living beside an enchanted wood. But the essential elements remain: a father lost in the enchanted wood who promises his daughter to a beast, a horse, a rose, a magical castle and a curse. Although her two older sisters are acknowledged beautiful, it is Honor who is given the nickname "Beauty". Honor is in fact an ordinary hard working young woman, devoted to her family. Her spare time is consumed by reading books, scholarship and horses, most especially her horse, Greatheart.

This is a magical love story. Even knowing that Beauty grows to love the Beast, there is delightful suspense and a gentle wooing. What makes Robin McKinleys "Beauty" so special are the idiosyncratic changes to the traditional narrative: Beauty is not an outcast but a loved and integral member of a family; the Beast's library contains as yet unpublished books; the unseen maids and the whispering presences in the castle.

The audio book is beautifully read by Charlotte Parry and the interpretation brought the characters to life.

This is a must listen that is suitable for young adults and older lovers of fantasy.

  • Grim

  • Tornians Book 1
  • By: M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by: Commodore James, Laura Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to a series

  • By yvonne farrell on 26-12-2016

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2018

I love this audio book. I have listened to it many times for the feel good story and great dual narration. I also love the sound effects, making it more like a radio play. This was my first audio book by M K Eidem and now I have listened to all the other audio books by M K Eidem, and can recommend them all. Grim is an alien abduction romance, with some sexual content, so for an adult audience.

Grim, or rather King Grim, has been sent by his brother, the Emperor Wary, to kidnap 12 "unprotected women" for mates of worthy males. Females in the Tornian empire are outnumbered by men 100 to one, and are thus a rare and treasured commodity. Lisa, the last of the women secured from earth, is abducted while she is seated by the graveside of her husband, Mark. Lisa awakes on the spaceship, devastated to realise that her two small children are unprotected on earth. None of the warriors were willing to help Lisa as off-spring of others are unwelcome. Then Grim, the huge scarred bronze warrior, agrees to return to collect her offspring and claim them as his own on condition that she join with him and only him. Grim being scarred is considered as "unworthy" of a female due his scars, and this contract with Lisa offers him a chance of a female and heir. To his delight, and the chagrin of other warriors on the ship, Lisa's offspring, Carly and Miki, are female, thus securing his position and status.
There is intrigue, action, romance and a HEA.

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing historical romance with a twist

  • By Anna O on 18-09-2018

Engrossing historical romance with a twist

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

Reviewed: 18-09-2018

This is a romance with an embedded murder mystery. I love the protagonists, such honest and believable characters. A book of love, lust and pleasure. Well paced and such a great listen, especially on long road trips. This audio book is exceptional, with easily distinguishable voices, some Scottish brogue and interesting characters.
Spoilers.
Beth, widow of an enlightened East End pastor, inherited a fortune when her employer, an old lady, died without other heirs. The sudden affluence made Beth the object of a fortune hunter. Lord Ian's dislike of Beth's fiancee and his amoral ways prompted Lord Ian to intervene and warn Beth away from the dissolute and bankrupt aristocrat. Although drawn to Lord Ian, Beth removes to Paris. Lord Ian follows determined to win Beth to a marriage bed. London society knows that Lord Ian spent his youth in an asylum and all believe that women are not safe in his company, with whispers of a murder in a private brothel owned by Lord Ian's brother.
The madness of Lord Ian was well researched and sensitively portrayed. Ian's behaviours are a result of Aspergers as well as trauma from the torture inflicted on him in the asylum in the name of treatment. Beth is true to herself, unashamed of her sexuality and her enjoyment of Ian.
Enjoy!

  • The Reluctant Widow

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Cornelius Garrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Penniless Elinor is rather surprised at the carriage that meets her from the stage, and more so at the decayed grandeur of the house to which she's transported. Realising that there has been a case of mistaken identity she agrees to an audacious plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful read!

  • By Pam on 13-12-2017

A classic Georgette Heyer Regency Romp

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2018

I have devoured the Georgette Heyer paperback novels since my early teens. It was a delight to listen to this audiobook. I loved the interpretation of the characters by Cornelius Garrett, most especially the deadly effeminate Francis Cheviot, the youthful exuberant Nicky, and the butler Barrow with his thick sussex accent.
Georgette Heyer writes romance novels set in regency England. But these are so much more than just romance, there is usually a complex plot, a beautiful strong heroine and an enigmatic and cultured aristocrat, whom our heroine ensnares with her wit, fortitude and charm. An overgeneralisation?
In the reluctant widow, Miss Elinor Rochdale, a now 26 year old spinster and orphaned gentlewoman, has been engaged as a governess. As the only female alighting from the stage coach, she inadvertently steps into the carriage sent by Lord Carlyon to collect the bride intended for his cousin, Eustace. Her sense of propriety is overwhelmed by Lord Carlyon. Accepting his desperate need and the total faith in Lord Carlyon's judgement by all around, Elinor agrees to marry Eustace Cheviot. Eustace is on his deathbed, accidentally stabbed in a bar room fight. Elinor is widowed by morning and is catapulted into an adventure with secret passages, house breakers and french spies. I do find the spirited diatribes by Elinor calling Lord Carlyon "odious" hard to reconcile with her being gently reared. Miss Becky, Elinor's old governess, certainly reproves Elinor enough about her free speech.

  • Shiftless: Werewolf Paranormal Fantasy

  • Wolf Rampant, Book 1
  • By: Aimee Easterling
  • Narrated by: Kelly Mccall Fumo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Forget the full moon, female werewolves shift uncontrollably at that time of the month. But after years of practice, teenaged Terra learns to squash her wolf, which allows her to flee the repressive village where she grew up. A decade later, Terra realizes she has an even worse problem. After hiding from her wolf for so long, she is now shiftless, unable to change back into canine form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lone wolf discovers her destiny

  • By Anna O on 10-09-2018

A lone wolf discovers her destiny

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

Reviewed: 10-09-2018

A different take on the werewolf shifter genre. At 17 years, Terra follows her older sister's example and runs away from home to live in the human world, thus escaping her father, the pack alpha, and his plans for her future. Alone and starving in the forest, Terra's wolf attacks and mauls a child. Terrified by her lack of control, Terra locks her wolf inside, never shifting again, and lives a lonely life in the human world.
A chance encounter 10 years later with, Chase and Wolfie (a bloodling alpha) brings her back into contact with werewolves and a very different type of pack. Terra's father tracks her down seeking an heir to his pack. However, Terra can no longer shift.
This is the first of a trilogy, but the story is complete in itself. There were some odd twists, some without context, that left me confused and wondering what I had missed. I'll let you discover them for your self.
Much as I enjoyed listening to Kelly McCall Fumo narrate Terra's story, I'm not so engaged as to want to purchase the rest of the series.

  • Collide

  • By: Michelle Madow
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance. Instead I woke up - one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time travel romance thriller

  • By Anna O on 27-03-2017

Time travel romance thriller

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

Reviewed: 27-03-2017

Anna (AKA Annabel) is thrown back in time to an alternative universe when she is shot at the school Halloween dance. The universes had split at a decision point in her life when she called heads on the spin of a coin. In the new universe Anna has a different boyfriend, different best friend and no memories of the past months to guide her. Anna has a week to change the outcome and catch a killer. This is one book that kept me enthralled and unable to switch off until the end.