Pawn of Prophecy (Book 1 of The Belgariad) by David Eddings

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Here starts the epic journey that will change one boys life…forever.

Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.

But that was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the dark man without a shadow had haunted him for years. Brought up on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, how could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved – but did not know? For a while his dreams of innocence were safe, untroubled by knowledge of his strange heritage. For a little while…

This series will pull you in from the first page, and will not let you go until you have completed the entire series.

David and Leigh Eddings are Master story tellers, that have created a world and characters that will make you laugh, cry and leave you breathless and craving for more.

This is my ‘Go To’ fantasy series for the past 30 odd years, and I must have read them all completely from start to finish at least a dozen or more times.  And each time I find something that I have either missed or something that makes me think, ‘Mmmm…I never thought of it in that way before’.

5 Stars *****

 

 

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Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad by M. R. James

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Narrated by David Suchet.

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorizes its discoverer.

This is one of his classic tales and excellently read by David Suchet.

The main character in this tale is a bit of a pompous know-it-all, who is by the end of the tale taken down a peg or two.

I’m not into horror, but I don’t mind ghost stories now and again.  I have listened to several of the M. R. James stories in both audio and live narration/performance…I have to admit that his tales do give you goose bumps.

Enjoyable and well worth listening to.  I have listened to this story several times.

4 Stars****

 

Classic Love Poems by Various Authors.

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Poems from the following poets and read by Richard Armitage.

My favourite 2 from this collection are:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~ How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Just has the beautiful flow of expression of love.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~ COME into the garden, Maud,
    For the black bat, Night, has flown,

I’m a sucker for Tennyson since the day I read Agatha Christies ‘The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side” which has the following quote in the novel from the poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’,

“Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried
       The Lady of Shalott.”

 

I just find the imagery of his words, creates the pictures he is trying to convey into my mind.

All the poems are beautifully recited by the actor Richard Armitage.

Included in this collection are:
• “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
• “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare
• “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe
• “To Be One with Each Other” by George Eliot
• “Maud” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell
• “Bright Star” by John Keats
• “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
• “Meeting at Night” by Robert Browning
• “The Dream” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
• “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
• “I carry your heart” by E. E. Cummings
• “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
• “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

This was a ‘Members Only’ free gift from Audible UK.

4 Stars****

A Most Unusual Courtship (The Mage and the Leathersmith .5) by Nancy M. Griffis

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Gerald Smithson, master leathersmith, has ample reason to distrust mages. He doesn’t take their commissions and steers clear of them wherever possible. When Lord Leo Harris tries to hire him, Gerald sends the mage packing. Unfortunately, the simple act of Leo entering his shop brings Gerald to the attention of a Dark mage who kidnaps him as a chance to get to Leo. Now Leo must not only rescue Gerald, but find a way to win his heart. It will be an unusual courtship, to say the least.

An explosive prequel to the Mage and the Leathersmith book #1 – A Most Unusual Wedding.

This is the second time reading this enjoyable steam punk M/M romance in readiness to start the next book in the series…A Most Unusual Wedding, and still as good as it was the first time round.

This prequel is still available to download for FREE.

Still…5 Stars *****

Rest You Merry (Professor Peter Shandy Mystery #01) by Charlotte MacLeod.

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The first book in the Peter Shandy mysteries by Charlotte MacLeod, in a 10 book series.

This was the audiobook edition narrated by John McLain.

Peter Shandy, college botany professor, and librarian Helen Marsh Shandy solve murder mysteries in Balaclava County, Massachusetts.
With the festive season in full swing at Balaclava College, professor Peter Shandy is not feeling in the festive spirit.  After refusing to allow the Christmas committee to decorate his home on the hill for yet another year, he decides to take the Christmas break away from his normal yearly routine.  But before going he decides to leave a little present for the Christmas committee that they will not forget!
What he doesn’t expect to find on his return is a dish of marbles scattered over the floor and the dead body of his friend and working partners wife and head of the Christmas committee behind his sofa!
It looks like she slipped off the ladder trying to remove some of Peter’s window decorations.
The campus security and the local police are quite willing to put it down as an accident,  but Peter thinks it is murder, when he finds that one of his nieces marbles is missing.
So it is left to Peter, with the help of Miss Helen Marsh to find a killer within the college campus.

Charlotte MacLeod story telling is light, fun and totally enjoyable.  Weaving a magic of colourful characters and situations that will keep you glued to the page from start to finish.

Ms MacLeod’s books are ones I can enjoy many times over, and still get the freshness and the delight as I did when I first read them many years ago.

John McLain’s excellent narration kept the story moving with the lightness and fun that Ms MacLeod aimed for, and is well worth listening to.

5 Stars *****

 

 

Audible Audiobooks Internationally – Nov/Dec 2017

Here are the audiobooks that are out or coming out for the latter part of November, and what is “Coming Soon” on Audible for December 2017 for us International listeners.

Included are ‘Cozy’ mysteries, Murder/mysteries and M/M romance, paranormal, crime audiobooks.

Most of the audiobooks not out yet, can be pre-ordered from your Audible outlet.

As always, there will be additions that Audible will add without announcement…I will keep you updated when possible.

Authors:  If you have audiobooks coming out soon in Nov/Dec 2017, please let me know and I will include them on the list.

14th Nov

Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox.

Murder by Misrule: The Francis Bacon Mystery Series, Book 1 by Anna Castle.

15th Nov

Weight of the World by Riley Hart and Devon McCormack.

17th Nov

The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles.

28th Nov

Leave It to Cleaver: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series, Book 6 by Victoria Hamilton.  The first Victoria Hamilton title that has been issued outside the USA.

Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery, Book 3 by Wendy Tyson.  Still can not work out why book #2 Bitter Harvest has not been released outside the USA.

The Plot Is Murder: First in a New Series by V.M. Burns.

Murder in the Lincoln White House: First in a New Series by C. M. Gleason.

5th Dec

Murder at the Lighthouse: Exham on Sea Mysteries, Book 1 by Frances Evesham.

Carbs and Cadavers: Supper Club Mysteries Series, Book 1 by Ellery Adams.

Killer Image: Allison Campbell Mystery Series, Book 1 by Wendy Tyson.

Fatal Brushstroke: Aurora Anderson Mystery Series, Book 1 by Sybil Johnson.

Murder in the Manuscript Room: A 42nd Street Library Mystery Series, Book 2 by Con Lehane.  Book 1 is out on audio, but not available outside of the USA for some reason.

Six Geese A-Slaying: Meg Langslow Series Book 10 by Donna Andrews.

Honey-Baked Homicide: A Down South Café Mystery Book 3 by Gayle Leeson (aka Gayle Trent, Amanda Lee and Amanda M. Lee)

The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery Book 24 by Katherine Hall Page.

The Ghost Who Came for Christmas: Haunting Danielle Series, Book 6 by Bobbi Holmes and Anna J. McIntyre.

Sage of Innocence: We Sisters Three Mystery Series, Book 2 by Melissa F. Miller.

11th Dec

Wild Trail: Clean Slate Ranch Book 1 by A. M. Arthur.

26th Dec

The Man from the Diogenes Club by Kim Newman.

Splintered Silence: A Bone Gap Travellers Mystery, Book 1 by Susan Furlong.

 

Unfortunately there are still some audiobooks that are not available to us listeners outside of the USA.

21st Nov

Death By Tea: A Bookstore Cafe Mystery, Book 2 by Alex Erickson.

28th Nov

Of Murder and Men: Cat Latimer Mystery Series, Book 3 by Lynn Cahoon.

Assaulted Caramel: Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, Book 1 by Amanda Flower.

Cat About Town: Cat Cafe Mystery Series, Book 1 by Cate Conte.

9th Dec

Alpha Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery Book 27 by Mary Daheim.

 

 

I’m always available to do audiobook reviews.

Roger Ascham and the King’s Lost Girl by Matthew Reilly

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In this special prequel to Matthew Reilly’s The Tournament, Roger Ascham, the unorthodox tutor of Princess Elizabeth, is charged with tracking down a favourite prostitute of King Henry VIII’s who has gone missing.

Although a bit grizzly towards the end, I found that I did enjoy this mystery from Matthew Reilly.

Matthew has taken Princess Elizabeth (I) real tutor and woven a tale of mystery that is very good, with for me anyway the likable character of Roger Ascham.

This was a really good mystery with a good set of characters and well plotted and written.

I know Matthew has written The Tournament as the next full length mystery, but I would love to see more Roger Ascham novels and short stories in the future.

This was the audio edition that was an Audible UK ‘members’ freebie.

5 Stars*****

Organized For Christmas Wishes (An Organized Mystery Holiday Story) by Ritter Ames

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A short Christmas story from Ritter Ames’s Organized Mystery series.  Free until New Years Day 2018.  Just follow the link at the bottom of the blog.

Katie and Meg are busy with baking cookies and preparing for the festive season.  But someone in Hazelton, Vermont is playing secret Santa and doing good deeds.  And Katie thinks she knows who it is…

This was a really charming and heart warming Christmas tale.  Makes me want to move to Hazelton, Vermont.

With a great set of characters, in a well plotted and written mystery that will get you in the mood for Christmas.

Don’t forget…this story is FREE until New Years Day 2018.  So don’t miss out!

https://www.wattpad.com/493728185-organized-for-christmas-wishes/page/15

5 Stars*****

New from Audible Internationally – Oct/Nov 2017

Oh My…what a landslide of audiobooks that have or are coming out over the latter part of October, and what is coming out at the moment in November.

I might repeat some from the previous post…so do forgive me.

And if I have missed anybody, it wasn’t intentional, so do please let me know and I will amend the post.

Most of the Audiobooks will be ‘Cozy’ mysteries, the rest will be audiobooks that I want to listen to.

WARNING:  Some of those will be M/M romance, paranormal or mysteries.

I would love to listen to all of them, but sadly I don’t have a bottomless pocket to afford to buy but a few each month.

16th Oct

The Past Comes Home: Ames Bridge, Book 2 – Silvia Violet.

17th Oct

Uncommon Type: Some Stories – Tom Hanks.

You Never Know – Mary Calmes.

Éclair and Present Danger: Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery Series, Book 1 – Laura Bradford.

Murder on Vacation: Molly Sutton Mysteries, Book 6 – Nell Goddin.

The Curse of the Bridal Chamber: An Imogene and the Boys Novel – Hunter Murphy.

18th Oct

Ebb and Flow: Love’s Charter – Andrew Grey.

19th Oct

A Matter of Loyalty: A Very English Mystery, Book 3 – Anselm Audley & Elizabeth Edmondson.

Date with Malice: The Dales Detective Series, Book 2 – Julia Chapman.

Out!: Shamwell Tales – JL Merrow.

23rd Oct

Chocolate with a Side of Murder: Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery, Book 1 – Meredith Potts.

24th Oct

Up for the Challenge – Riley Hart & Devon McCormack.

Murder by Misunderstanding: Hazel Martin Mysteries, Book 2 – Leighann Dobbs.

Cocky: Cocky Series, Book 1 – Sean Ashcroft.

Michael, Reinvented: Delta Restorations – Diana Copland.

Coming Out: Hawks MC: Ballarat Charter Book 4.5 – Lila Rose.

The Darkest Thread: Flint K-9 Search & Rescue Mysteries Series, Book 1 – Jen Blood.

Something’s Brewing at Joe’s – SJD Peterson.

Purrfect Murder: Mysteries of Max, Book 1 – Nic Saint.

25th Oct

Out of the Ashes: Dreamspun Beyond – Ari McKay.

31st Oct

Later Gator: Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 9 – Jana Deleon.

Hook, Line and Blinker: Miss Fortune Mysteries Book 10 – Jana Deleon.

Embrace the Fire: Through Hell and Back, Book 3 – Felice Stevens.

Lost & Found: A Last Minute Love Story – Chase Black.

Bubba and the Wacky Wedding Wickedness: Bubba Mysteries, Book 7 – C L Bevill.

No Way Home: Zoe Chambers Mystery Series, Book 5 – Annette Dashofy.

2nd Nov

The Vanishing Box: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4 – Elly Griffiths.

Resort to Murder: A Miss Dimont Mystery, Book 2 – TP Fielden.

Think of England – KJ Charles.

Hexslayer: Hexworld, Book 3 – Jordan L. Hawk.

Safe and Sound: Twist of Fate, Book 2 – Sloane Kennedy & Lucy Lennox.

3rd Nov

To Wake the Dead: Dr Gideon Fell, Book 9 – John Dickson Carr.

The Secret, Book & Scone Society – The Secret, Book & Scone Society Book 1 – Ellery Adams.

Lady Justice and the Vet – Robert Thornhill.

4th Nov

Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna) – Tara Lain.

6th Nov

Wheels Up: Out of Uniform Book 4 – Annabeth Albert.

A Midsummer Night’s Scream: The Dulcie O’Neil Series, Volume 7 – H. P. Mallory.

7th Nov

Dyeing to be Loved: Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, Volume 1 – Aimee Nicole Walker.

Curse the Day: Spellbound Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1 – Annabel Chase.

Eaves of Destruction: Fixer-Upper Mysteries Book 5 – Kate Carlisle.

City of Lies – Victoria Thompson.

A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery Book 1 – Daryl Wood Gerber.

The Silence of the Flans: Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery Series, Book 2 – Laura Bradford.

Leaning Into Always: Leaning Into Series, Book 2 – Lane Hayes.

8th Nov

Gummy Bears & Grenades: A THIRDS Novella, Book 9.5 – Charlie Cochet.

Beguiled: Enlightenment, Volume 2 – by Joanna Chambers.

A Christmas Hex: Winter Wonderland Collection – Jordan L. Hawk.

Pains and Penalties: Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries, Novella 1 – Sarah Biglow.

9th Nov

The Carpenter’s Dilemma: Family Secrets, Book 2 – Noah Harris.

10th Nov

Anonymous Sources: An Avery Shaw Mystery, Books 7-9 – Amanda M. Lee.

In My Liverpool Home: A Bernie Fazakerley Mystery – Judy Ford.

13th Nov

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 – Laurie R. King.

A Monstrous Regiment of Women: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 2 – Laurie R. King.

14th Nov

Hardcore Twenty-Four: Stephanie Plum, Book 24 – Janet Evanovich.

Death in the Stacks: Library Lover’s Mystery Book 8 – Jenn McKinlay.

Sheer Folly: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery Book 18 – Carola Dunn.

The Vineyard Victims: Wine Country Mystery Book 8 – Ellen Crosby.

Ballsy – Sean Ashcroft.

The Black Cat Knocks on Wood: A Bad Luck Cat Mystery, Book 2 – Kay Finch.

Purrfectly Deadly: The Mysteries of Max, Book 2 – Nic Saint.

28th Nov

Murder in the Lincoln White House – C. M. Gleason.

The Plot Is Murder – V.M. Burns.

Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery, Book 3 – Wend Tyson.

 

Unfortunately the following are only available within the USA.

Not a Creature was Purring: Paws & Claws Mystery Series, Book 5 – Krista Davis.

A Late Frost: An Orchard Mystery Book 11 – Sheila Connolly.

How the Finch Stole Christmas!: Meg Langslow Book 22 – Donna Andrews.

Best-Laid Plants: A Potting Shed Mystery Book 6 – Marty Wingate.

Treble at the Jam Fest: A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery Book 4 – Leslie Budewitz.

Death By Coffee: Bookstore Café Mystery Book 1 – Alex Erickson.

Knit to Kill – Anne Canadeo.

Crazy Like a Fox: Jane Arnold Book 10 – Rita Mae Brown.

Feint of Art: An Annie Kincaid Mystery Book 1 – Juliet Blackwell/Hailey Lind.

Murder at the 42nd Street Library – Con Lehan.

Potions and Pastries: Magical Bakery Mystery Book 7 – Bailey Cates.

The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave: Charlie Davidson Book 12 – Darynda Jones.

Murder in an English Village – Jessica Ellicott.

Death in St. Petersburg: A Lady Emily Mystery Book 12 – Tasha Alexander.

 

 

As per normal Audible will slip in books without notice, so keep an eye open!

Ayres on the Air 2 by Pam Ayres

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Writer, poet, entertainer and broadcaster Pam Ayres has been delighting the nation with her mix of comic poetry, prose and droll observations on life for over 20 years. This release is taken from Pam’s live shows.

Pam Ayres has the droll wit and prose that I just love.  She is a delight to listen to.  Includes some sketches .  The series was originally made for BBC Radio 4.

She will brighten your day and make you laugh.

In time I will get the all the series.  I have listen to this a couple of times, and keep coming back for more.

5 Stars*****