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Audiobook Mini Reviews: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, & More!

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I’ve been going a little audiobook crazy lately. It’s also becoming my favorite way to read these days. This post will sort of serve as a catch up for the reviews that I have piling up lately. Summer always makes me lazy when it comes to blogging. Below you will find short reviews for the following audiobooks: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, Alien III, and Emma.


The Hashtag Hunt

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This was so fun to listen to! Very fast paced and such a unique concept!

I loved all the characters and their banter with each other. I thoroughly enjoyed the dual POV with the different narrators. It brought a more realistic flair to the book.

It starts off with Lauren in the midst of her hashtag compition, with number 5: #HottieInTheWild. It was so funny, and carefree. Not sure if I could have done half the things Lauren and her friend Ivy ended up doing, but that was the glory of this story.

If you like a fun and light read, listen to this one. It had me smiling the whole time.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

The Hashtag Hunt

Audiobook Mini Reviews: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, & More!
by Kristina Seek
Narrator: Andrea Emmes, Tim Paige
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes
Published by The Audio Flow, LLC
on June 12th, 2019
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary Romance
Format: Audio Book
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Narration Rating:5 Stars

Rating: 5 Stars



The only reason Lauren entered the Hashtag Hunt was for the $10,000 grand prize. She needed seed money for her startup, and it sounded easy enough: 12 hours to text 12 photos to someone called the Wizard. For hashtag number five, Lauren needs a #HottieInTheWild, and with the help of her best friend, Ivy, she finds the perfect subject.

The only reason Brenner entered Barkley's Pub was to have beers with Scott, an Army brother back in town. The reunion is interrupted when a woman is caught crouched in a dark corner, taking pictures of Brenner. Lauren explains, and though embarrassed, she accepts Scott and Brenner's offer to help with hashtag number six.

While hunting for hashtags, Lauren finds adventure and romance with her #Hottie, but she must stay focused to beat the clock and win the cash.

Audiobook Romance smart and funny

Second Hand Curses

second hand curses

Love, love, loved this audiobook. Not only were the voice actors amazing (duh Tavia Gilbert!), but the story itself. This fairytale re-telling makes our fairies evil instead of good. All wishes have a price and the three anti-heroes called the Bastard Champions are really just in it for the gold. They help those unfortunate enough to make deals with the fairies.

For those familiar with video games, rpg’s really, will love this. This story reads as a quest. The main objective is there, but each chapter finds our “champions” in a different town with a different objective.

Each of the beloved fairy tales are torn to smithereens in this book and I loved the darkness to it. For example, Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Beauty and the Beast are mentioned.

I really hope there will be more books with this world in it. After all, the tease at the end really begs for more.

Second Hand Curses

Audiobook Mini Reviews: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, & More!
by Drew Hayes
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert, Marc Vietor, Scott Aiello
Length: 9 hours
Published by Audible Studios
on November 21st, 2017
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Narration Rating:5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars



When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned. They are Jack, the seemingly unkillable leader whose ever-present grin belies a dark past; Marie, who fights with fury but battles more fiercely to control the beast within; and Frank, the master of logistics, whose cloak hides horrific scars that are far more than skin-deep. As they slash and scheme through kingdom and village alike, the Bastard Champions uncover tantalizing clues to their ultimate quarry: the powerful Blue Fairy, who has made each of their lives a living hell.

Second Hand Curses adds a dash of sly wit and a heaping portion of action to the fairy tales you thought you knew.

Audiobook Fantasy

Alien III

alien III audiobook cover

I loved listening to this. Although it was a short one, it was jammed packed with action and Aliens.

Gives a glimpse of what happened to Newt and Corporal Hicks.

The voice actors were amazing and it was awesome to find out that the original actors from Aliens were voicing their own characters.

If you love the Alien franchise, you will get a kick outta these productions by Dirk Maggs.




Alien III

Audiobook Mini Reviews: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, & More!
by William Gibson
Narrator: Michael Biehn
Length: 2 hours 16 minutes
Published by Audible Studios
on May 30th, 2019
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Narration Rating:5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars



Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise.

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.

Audiobook SciFi


emma audible

Okay, so confession time: Emma is not my favorite Jane Austen story. Due to the fact that Emma Woodhouse basically sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong and makes everything worse! Matchmaker hell is what this is all about. But anyway, I’m still a sucker for Austen’s prose and I gave this audible original version a whirl.

I love the actress Emma Thompson. She does an impeccable job in narrating. Her warm voice transports the reader to the world of the characters. Also, I might have found it a bit distracting at first, but now I’ve come to love the sound effects of carriages and background conversational murmurs.

So if you have read Emma in the past, seen the movie, and want to add this star studded version to your list, then do it with this one.


 For another Emma Thompson narrated Jane Austen book, check out my review for Northranger Abbey.


Audiobook Mini Reviews: The Hashtag Hunt, Second Hand Curses, & More!
by Jane Austen
Narrator: Emma Thompson
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes
Published by Audible Studios
on September 4th, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon
Narration Rating:5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars



"Regal, haughty, with a pinch of sly wit, Emma Thompson's delivery is perfect for Jane Austen's 1815 masterwork.... Beneath the opulent lifestyles and light banter, Austen adds astute observations on the English class and social justice systems. Enjoy yourself while listening carefully. 2019 Audies Finalist." (AudioFile magazine)

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen's Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

Before she began writing, Jane Austen wrote, 'I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like' and thus introduces the handsome, clever, rich - and flawed - Emma Woodhouse. Emma is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage; nothing, however, delights her more than matchmaking her fellow residents of Highbury. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected.

This lively comedy of manners, with its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, is often seen as Jane Austen's masterpiece.

Audiobook Historical Romance smart and funny

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Have you listened to any of these? Based on my eclectic tastes (LOL) do you have any recommendations?


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I think The Hashtag Hunt sounds great. I need to read more Jane Austen!


Mary Kirkland

Alien III would be interesting. I loved those movies.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

This recording of Emma sounds delightful, and I’m also intrigued by Second Hand Curses.

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