Thriller, Audio Book Reviews

The Eighth Sister – Audio Book Review

Charles Jenkins #1 by Robert Dugoni
Published on: April 9, 2019

Wow. This spy/espionage thriller seriously kept my attention through-out the entire story. The build-up to the end was terrific and some of the ending scenes were so good that I grew frustrated every time I had to stop my audio book at certain crucial moments.

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Audio Book Reviews, Fantasy - General

A Darker Shade of Magic – Audio Book Review

Shades of Magic Book 1 by V.E. Schwab
Published on:  February 24, 2015

I liked a lot of what is in this book, but then there were some parts or conversations that frustrated me so much that at times I almost jerked the headset off my head as I reached to stop the audio book. Right now, I have no idea if it was the character that was driving me crazy or the way that character was portrayed in the audio book.

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Audio Book Reviews, Fantasy - General

The Forgotten Room

Jeremy Logan #4 by Lincoln Child
Published on: May 12, 2015

Forgottenroom

I’ve often suspected that I tend to enjoy books even more when I hear them on audio.  Something about them being acted out and hearing distinct voices makes them become more interesting to me.  Mediocre books become Good.  Good books become Great. Great books become Exceptional.  Take Harry Potter – Most everyone loves Harry Potter, but when you add Jim Dale (U.S. version) to the mix with his 5 gazillion voices and well…his work on Harry Potter was nothing short of fantastic.  There’s a reason he earned a Grammy for it.   So, as I was listening to The Forgotten Room and realizing I wasn’t “loving it” like I usually do, I had to think on why that may be.

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Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Black Hollow Lane #1 by Julia Nobel
Published on:  March 5, 2019
5-stars

BlackHollow

Sometimes you see a cover and just know that this is a book you must read.  But I’ve been fooled before by covers, thankfully this wasn’t one of those times.  The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane is a terrific middle-grade mystery adventure debut novel.

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Audio Book Reviews, Middle Grade

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase

Lockwood & Co. #1 by Jonathan Stroud
Published in:  2013
5-stars

Scream Staircase

After listening to this book on audio I have decided that going forward any story with ghosts in it should be listened to on audio instead of read. Huge difference between reading ‘Tap tap tap” and hearing something like “Tap………Tap……….Tap”

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Audio Book Reviews, Mystery - General

North of Nowhere

Alex McKnight #4 by Steve Hamilton
Published in:  2003
4-stars-1

North of Nowhere

In North of Nowhere, Alex McKnight has turned into a bit of a recluse. He’s been spending a lot of time by himself and it has been noticed by his friend Jackie, who runs the local Glasglow Inn. Instead of letting Alex continue down this path he gives him an ultimatum: Get on a plane to go live in the Yukon territory where Alex would then get the chance to go whole years without seeing anyone – or attend a local poker game and be social. Alex eventually gets the point of what Jackie is trying to say and agrees to go to the poker game.

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Audio Book Reviews, Thriller

Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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