Mystery Thriller Week Audio Book Review: Transmission by Ambrose Ibsen

TransmissionTransmission by Ambrose Ibsen

  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GFH4PWA

 

 My Rating:

Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Book Review: Spellbound Dark Spell Series Book 3, by Michelle Escamilla

Spellbound (Dark Spell Series Book 3)Spellbound by Michelle Escamilla

  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CLT7KGE
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux

    Wild OrchidsWild Orchids by Jude Deveraux

  • ISBN-13:9780743480680
  • Publisher:Atria Books
  • Publication date:04/22/2003
  • Sold by:SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    This was the story of Ford Newcombe, and his assistant, Jackie Maxwell. How they met was cute and unexpected. When things fell apart for Jackie, she took his offer for a position as his assistant and went with him.

    They moved to the small town Cole Creek that had a story about the devil and a woman. They were both wanting to solve this mysterious tale of meeting with the devil and murder. They were going to see if it had any validity.

    Things in this book were a bit crazy, unexpected and even fun. Ford is a good bit older than Jackie and has lost the love of his life. He is not looking and Jackie has just been hurt so she isn’t either. It makes for a lovely story.

    I love Jude Deveraux and when she writes she brings me along to new locations. That was exactly what happened here. I became invested in the story, the story she was telling and the story they were investigating.

    Jude mixed supernatural with romance in a subtle manner and came away with a charming story. It was good. I enjoyed this book.

    My Recommendation:

    If you love a paranormal and romance you should enjoy this book. It is filled with excitement and eerie tales. The characters are very likable and the pace of the story moves along at a nice energized clip. It has a lot of cute moments as Ford and Jackie get to know one another and find themselves interested in each other.

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    AudioBook Review: The Sick house by Ambrose Ibsen

     

    Sick house

    • The Sick House : The Ulrich Files, Book 1
    • Listening Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
    • Program Type: Audiobook
    • Version: Unabridged
    • Publisher: Ambrose Ibsen
    • Audible.com Release Date: April 4, 2016
    • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01DPRMM50

    Book Blurb:

    Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders. Local legend has it that the old Sick House is packed with spirits, none of them friendly, and that to set foot in it is to enter Hell itself.

    Enter Harlan Ulrich, private investigator and skeptic.

    Traveling to the site, the detective begins the long process of separating truth from grisly local myth, and during his investigation stumbles upon certain frightful evidence that tries his nerve. He wants to find the doctor in one piece and weathers the hostilities of the locals even as their stories keep him up at night. But the longer he spends in the ghost town of Moonville, the more he feels the influence of something sinister in the shuttered infirmary.

    When finally the truth is revealed and the infirmary’s sordid past comes to light, will Ulrich manage to escape with his life? Join him as he braves the myth-shadowed unknown and seeks out the missing doctor in The Sick House, a full-length novel of paranormal suspense and horror.

    Ratings:

    • Overall: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Narration: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • Story: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    I give the book a solid 5 stars because it was chilling and the mystery is consuming.

    This Horror story is grimly good. It is creepy and hearing it through my headphones, those voices ringing in my ears? Intense!

    The narrator, Jake Urry, has the best voices for the characters. the men all sound sinister when they should and sound intelligent when called for.Jake has a large amount of accents. I love his depiction of women. Such emotion and he is able to capture all ages of the characters. For narration I can only give 5 stars.

    The writing is great. The wording keeps you involved. Some of the descriptions were so involved, I could almost hear his chair creaking as he swiveled back and forth in thought. I loved it.

    Harlan Ulrich is a private investigator and he is not exactly comfortable when he is hired to find a missing doctor. Dr. Siegfried Klein, a doctor that was last seen heading to the supposedly haunted hospital known as the Sick House.

    Harlan is overwhelmed when he sneaks into the old hospital looking for signs that Dr. Klein had been there. While in that abandoned building he starts to feel things, evil and dangerous things.

    The things he experiences are not human and they are not solid. As he investigates he comes into contact with the towns people which are full of dire warnings and an unwillingness to confide in him.

    When he starts digging even deeper, he is able to find so much more about the Sick House than he expected. You can count on twists, turns and astounding revelations. What surprised me was that it was not a gruesome book. It was scary but not full of graphic horror. Thank goodness I have to say. I was not quite prepared for a lot of grizzly action.

    This was a wonderfully crafted book. The story was full of haunting events. This was really one good book to listen to on Audio books. The narrator brought the fear and eeriness to life. This is my second book narrated by Jake Urry and I can say it is not going to be my last. I loved the way he performs each character. He has a British accent, but he was able to do several american accents just wonderfully.

    I highly recommend this book if you like ghosts, spirits, mysteries and descriptive narration. I have not read anythign by Ambrose Ibsen before, but I will be looking for books by him after this one. It was just that good. I like that the book was not gory and morbid. Ambrose Ibsen set out to create a setting, an emotion, a tone and he succeeded. Excellent audio book.

    The book The Sick House by Ambrose Ibsen is available through KindleUnlimited and Audiobook by clicking the links below.

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    AudioBook Review: Awoken by Sarah Noffke

    Awoken (The Lucidites, #1)Awoken by Sarah Noffke
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I listened to this on Audible as an audiobook and I also read along with the eBook. I finally put the book down and just finished listening to the Narrator.

    For a person that is supposed to be a savior, Roya Stark is kind of cranky and annoyingly enough, she whines a lot. The story was interesting and the descriptions are vivid and come to life in the telling. I just did not enjoy it as much as I hoped to.

    I get that she was immature and was given a huge task, but boy, was she vocal about it all.

    As this is not my typical genre I gave the writing the high score and will only say that it was not exactly my cup of tea. The protagonist is a 16 year old girl drowns as she sleeps and has premonitions at night. She is called to be part of a society, the Lucidites that needs her skills to combat Zhuang. Zhuang is their enemy and they have been watching over Roya all her life in secret. There was a lot of drama and even a romantic element in the book. It was action packed and fast paced.

    Saying that I will certainly give other books and stories a chance from Sarah Noffke. The writing is really well done. It was just uncomfortable for me to listen to and red her whining and complaining. I know she is only 16 so I should have cut her some slack. I just wasn’t able to.

    In review of the performance, I give that a 5. Elizabeth Klett has a great way with narrations. She was the thing that kept me going. In fact I will try to find more books narrated by her and listen. Her voice is pleasant and full of variety.

    The premise of this book is good, the writing is good, I just could not get into the story like I love doing. Other than the negative feelings I had for Roya, the book is good. I just wanted to love it more than I was able to. I seem to be the minority, so I accept that it was probably more me than Sarah Noffke.

    The book, AudioBook, and free Kindle Unlimited eBook can all be found by clicking the links below.

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    Book Review: Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

    Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles, #1)Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I found the book Ghost Hand on Amazon and it was free. I thought ok, it sounds cute on the blurb, so I picked it up and what a little gem it is.

    The genre is Young Adult with Fantasy and Paranormal as a secondary genre. As I rarely read these kinds of book, I was curious about how it would be handled. I was immediately drawn in when the main character admits that she was born with a PSS hand.

    The concept of PSS is a little strange,but I will try to explain. There is this birth anomaly that occurs and it is where a limb is filled with this energy source that causes the appendage to glow, transform and do all sorts of mysterious actions.

    Olivia had such an anomaly and it was her hand, she called it her ghost hand. At school one day, the hand takes on a life of its own and kind of scares her. While it was groping around where it had no business it retrieved something and things changed forever for her in that moment.

    Marcus, the brand new kid at school helps her as she runs away from her fear of what she had just done, when suddenly people she knew and trusted are after her. Not just chasing her, but wanting to harm her.

    Marcus is just there when she needs him most and sometimes she things that is just a little too convenient. Trust issues are rampant in this book.

    Marcus introduces her to his group of campers and the real adventure begins. Olivia and Marcus, Emma and her own mother are all entwined in this strange dangerous mess. All Olivia wants from Marcus is to find out if what she thinks she is feeling is real and maybe even returned. Marcus has this little issue with half truths.

    This book is really well written and draws you in from the beginning. It is considered a YA book and the characters are school age and the paranormal aspect is perfect for the genre.

    I am so glad I picked this book up. There is a second book that will take us even deeper into the mysterious power and the people that would destroy it for their own goals.

    Ghost hand is available in paperback and is listed right now for free on Kindle through Amazon

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    Book Review: The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin

    The Haunting of a Duke (Dark Regency, #1)The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Great Gothic mystery and romance

    Rhys Brammel, the Duke of Briarleigh, doesn’t trust Emme as she is rumored to be a psychic. She has been brought to his home by his mother to solve the mystery of his wife’s death was actually murder. Murder rumored to be by the Duke. Rhys believed that she must be a charlatan or a fake. He planned on

    He finds her in the night she is wandering the house and seems to be unaware of her environment. He watches her and finds that he is drawn to her. He begins to worry about her safety after a medium that was also invited to the home is murdered.

    Emme is being approached by the ghost of a young girl. She wakes up in strange places in the house and knows she is being led to solve a mystery. As Rhys watches her and hears what she is seeing begins to believe in her gift of communicating with ghosts when he recognizes the little girl ghost. Rhys finds himself wanting to protect Emma. Emma finds herself falling for the Duke. Working together Rhys and Emma try to solve the mysteries that are showing themselves to Emma. Their story is sweet and adds to the complete package.

    This book has a great cast of characters. I really liked Rhys and Michael. I also loved Emme. She is a nicely crafted character. The telling of an old romance is beautifully written. The childhood relationship leading to true love. The mystery, ghosts and romance are equally engaging. This is a very interesting and haunting book. This book is available for free on Amazon and is a great treasure. I enjoyed it immensely.

    The Haunting of a Duke (The Dark Regency Series Book 1) is available as a paperback, as a Kindle Edition and through Audible on Amazon

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