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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Cute story good for a family trip

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, I thought it skewed younger than middle grade closer to chapter book. However, with that being said Oh my goodness this is a cute book, I would recommend this to your little ones this is a great road trip book the whole family can enjoy.

Johnny Heller aww Johnny is so fabulous as Gizmo the furry potato, Gizmo is determined to take over the world and Heller’s narration is perfection and in all honesty I think I am Gizmo when it comes to how he feels about humans.
Maxwell Glick’s narration of Wedgie is just as fun in a different way Wedgie is so sweet and just wants people to love him and just really wants to be friends with Gizmo but Gizmo thinks he will spoil his plans for world domination.

This is a cute story of a newly blended family where everyone including the animals is trying to find where they fit. Told by the Guinea Pig (but don’t call Gizmo that) and a dog that may be a corgi this story made me laugh out loud especially Johnny Heller’s narration. I highly recommend this one on audio!

4 Stars

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Post Civil War, Zombies and a bit of Steampunk

Post Civil War, zombies, a bit of steampunk and a kick ass woman of color lead. What more could you ask for? Well the 2nd book that is what this book will leave you asking for! This book grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go till the end!

This book is a well written apocalyptic zombie story but it is oh so much more, it is about race relations, female empowerment fighting for what you believe in and making your own way. The main character in this book Jane is no nonsense but her sass does tend to get her in hot water. Her schoolmate Katherine is light skinned and could pass if she tried, then we have Jackson who is Jane’s sort of beau sort of ex and he is all sorts of trouble!

The Civil War ended because the dead started walking the killing fields but as much as things change, somethings stay the same and may even get worse especially for the people of color that have now been trained to fight the zombies/shamblers.

Bahni Turpins narration was of course amazing as she always is!

I don’t want to give the whole story away so I will end this review by saying you really should read this book it has so much going for it and I will be 1st in line for book #2!

5 Stars

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Another great story from Gortner

Another fabulous read by CW Gortner he once again brings the royals to life, I love that he writes about ones you don’t normally hear about and I really enjoyed learning more about the Empress “Minnie”.
Gortner does not hold back with his feelings for Tsaritsa Alexandra as Minnie is her mother in law they did not get a long at all and Gortner truly makes us feel what Minnie does. This was a different look at the last Tsar, his upbringing and how marrying Alexandra changed the landscape of Russia. Also more about his brothers and sisters than I knew before.

I found Minnie fascinating she really was a great Empress and I feel way ahead of her time if her son would have listened to her who knows how things may have worked out?

Katharine McEwan’s narration was great and she played the emotions very very well!

I have always been fascinated by Russian history so this book grabbed me right away and the 17 hour audiobook flew by and all of a sudden its 1916 and things are going downhill fast! Even though you know how things happen there are still surprises and palace intrigue to keep you interested.

If you are a fan of the Romanovs or historical fiction in general give this one a go you won’t be disappointed!

5 Stars

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Grabs you from the beginning!

This one grabbed me from the first page and never let me go! This was a great thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through I thought I had it figured out a few times but even in the reveal I still did not have all the details correct so it was a great surprise!

The main character in this book, Geo, is not a very likable woman but you do get to kind of understand her and why she did the things she did. This is another one of those books where I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to ruin anyone’s initial reading!

January LaVoy’s narration was superb, every person had a voice and emotion or no emotion as the scene called for!

This book is one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year, this is my first book by this author and now I plan on checking out her other books!

5 stars

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Slow burn but worth it in the end

This one was a very slow burn with a huge wow towards the end. The author did get me with the reveal but I had a hard time getting there. I will admit to almost giving this book up but I am glad I stayed with it to the end. If this book is moving too slow don't give up it was a good if weird story in the end!

Narration by Kevin Hely and Cathleen McCarron both new narrators to me and I thought they both did a really good job their accents weren't too thick and I would be happy to listen to both of these narrators again!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Family Secrets

If you enjoy a book with family secrets, unreliable narrators and a guessing game of what’s true and what isn’t, this book is for you! This was my first book by this author, the writing is excellent, it will definitely not be my last!

This book is hard review because I don’t want to give anything away because the whole premise is secrets. So I will just leave this saying this is a great book and I highly recommend it!!

I listened to this on audio and the narration by Arthur Morey & Angela Dawe was very well done I really thought that Morey's narration as Grandpa really helped me feel for the man! and Dawe had a few More voices to do of the women in the family but both narrations melded nicely.

In other words
Just Read It!

4 ½ Stars

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

For adults as well as kids

This is the story of 3 refugees from 3 different time periods

Josef- narrated by, Michael Goldstone- Josef our young boy who now needs to be a man, his narration was well done there were times on the ship where his voice showed so much emotion and Josef’s final scene… amazing!

Isabel- narrated by, Kyla Garcia -Ah Isabel traveling such a short distance yet so much going on in that time and Kyla truly brought all these characters to life. An excellent job at conveying the emotions, and there were a lot of them for this family!

Mahmoud narrated by, Assaf Cohen – Oh sweet Mahmoud his story was very heartbreaking as you can see from the quote below. I think because this one is still happening it was the toughest of the three stories. Assaf’s narration of Mahmoud as with the other narrators truly brought the emotion of everyone involved.

They only see us when we do something they don’t like….like pray. -----Mahmoud

This book is a must read for anyone wondering what it is like to be a refugee this shows Jewish refugees leaving Germany before the war, Cuban refugees fleeing Castro and Syrian refugees fleeing the war there, all in different time periods running from different kinds of oppression and death but yet their stories are very similar. I think not just children should read this book I know a lot of adults who should read this as well.

A story very well told.

Honestly, I see why this book was nominated for an Audie Award the narration is excellent and I think this one will be hard to beat!

5 Stars

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Twisty goodness!

This book was so twisty good that as soon as I was done listening I started all over again and listened to it again! Don't want to give any spoilers just read it!!!

Rebecca Soler's narration was really good too!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Great addition to the series

Another wonderful addition to the Dog Named Christmas series!

It was great to see how things have changed with the McCray family since we last left them and boy oh boy there was some big news at the end so I sure hope there will be another book with McCray's!

Mark Bramhall's narration was as always wonderful!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-18

Believe all the hype

Believe all the hype!!! This is a great book it will make you laugh and cry and make you sad and angry at times but beautifully written book about autistic Ginny Moon and her hopes at a forever home. Even though forever mom made me mad a couple times I still enjoyed it very much!

This book should be savored and enjoyed!

Em Eldridge's narration was fabulous she really brought us into Ginny's head. Highly recommend the audio!

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