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  • Fire and Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law. Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd - tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead - but electric.

    Shannon Souza says: "loved it"
    "It was Fire and Ice..."
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    The Fire - The book offered a lot of action! It was almost non-stop. It made for a good read on my commute. The storyline was the standard "I refuse to love you but I can't figure out how to stop it from happening" but there was enough action around the inevitable love story to keep you interested.

    The Ice - The narrator was both good and marginal. The Japanese was great. It think this part of the narration added to the story. However, the narration was sometimes painful belabored (and that really does not describe it well). I wanted to have a crush on Reno but I couldn't because he oftentimes sounded so foolish in the narration. Even in that, I do not think another narrator would have added as much to the book.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I have listened to it twice already. It was fast-paced and I felt myself cheering for the main characters both in battle and in love. I even enjoyed hearing some of the elements of Japanese culture coming through in the storyline. Good read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1158)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Painful..."
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    What disappointed you about Whiskey Beach?

    I am one of those individuals who will finish a book at most costs once I have started it - risky I know - so I managed to get through this one. Overall, I just did not care one way or the other about the characters or the story line. The first 14 or so chapters just went on without event. After that you get just to enough to think things may pick up some and, after what seems like 100 hours of story later, it ends very predictably. I really wish I could have just called Eli, told him who killed his wife, and saved us both the time and effort.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    I felt like this is the same story with the character names change. I just finished Midnight Bayou - rich man, new age, beautiful woman, and a wonderful house. Change the beach house to a lush, antebellum home, make the grandmother hers instead of his, add a few ghosts and stir. All in all, this was not the story I needed to keep me entertained during my daily commute.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was OK I guess. I just wanted him to reel it in a little bit. Some of expressions for characters were a little over the top. However, I do appreciate that he gave every character their own voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Redeeming qualities - I did giggle a little at a passage or two. I'm fishing so I will stop here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban New Jersey family, captain of the lacrosse team, headed off to college next year with all the hopes and dreams her doting parents can pin on her. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months quickly pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst.

    Linda says: "It's Coben at his best!!"
    "Dead is Dead..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend that anyone purchase this book. It is an ok read/listen but if I had to purchase it all over again, I would not. I would just check it out from the library. I am new to Harlen Coben having only read two books prior to this one. The other two were great listens. This one - not so much. I would love to blame it on the narrator (think Nancy Grace) but this story was just - for lack of a better word - cheesy. If I did not know better I would have thought Caught was Coben's first novel - the one where the storyline is not quite terrible but you can sense the potential of the writer.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The promise of the story was intriguing. It has the right elements to draw in the listener - a child gone missing, an individual you are just not sure is a predator, you name it - but it went no where. This book is almost the equivalent of a Saturday Night Live spoof of a Law and Order episode.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The primary narrator is better served doing light-hearted material, maybe chick-lit, not mystery. I would not say she was terrible but this is absolutely not her genre.


    Was Caught worth the listening time?

    Yes and no - maybe with a different narrator the book would have had the right tone. This is just not the level of writing I expected from what little I know about Coben.


    Any additional comments?

    Did anyone else notice that at least two of the characters in the story are also characters in John Grisham's Sycamore Row? This might be one of the most memorable parts of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Zoë Bell, Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: To make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers. Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK's in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own.

    D. Arena says: "Wow... another flop...."
    "Intriguing, Gruesome and Powerful"
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    Wanted Woman is a tough book to review – mostly because how I felt about the book is in conflict with how I want to feel about the book. Overall, the storyline was fast-paced and complete within itself. There is a set up for a sequel but this book has a start and a finish that some books in sequels lack. If you are a fan of EJD, you will recognize two of his constants within Wanted Woman; 1). thought provoking dialogue, and 2). acute attention to detail especially when describing the setting of the story.

    Wanted Woman is not for the faint of heart (please consider this a warning and not a challenge). I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not comfortable with graphic violence. I am not comfortable with graphic violence and I will admit to questioning my own ability to complete the book at a few pivot points. This book is gruesome and raw but intrigue kept me listening until the end.

    Goldilocks Reaper/MX-401 is relentless. She is an assassin who in some strange and uncomfortable way becomes almost endearing. How she became who she is and how she struggles to maintain and control the only real identity she has ever known compels you to grit your teeth and suffer through the violence just so you can learn a little more about Reaper. In truth, no one really wants to see a violent assassination – one who has earned the honor of being officially designated more violent than most – vindicated but by about mid-book you just can’t help hoping that Reaper will somehow be able to pull off the impossible.

    Within the story is a secondary story about two sisters – Reaper and Petrichor. The sisters make a powerful and effective team in several ways. What is more powerful is the bond that develops between the two. EJD gives us glimpses of their growing relationship throughout the story – a welcome distraction from some of the more violent scenes.

    A lot has been said about the two narrators – Zoe Bell and Dominic Hoffman – but I think they accomplished the task well. Zoe had a nonchalance in her voice that I think really illustrates the character of Reaper well. Her tone seemed to give more depth to the ‘it is what it is’ calm of Reaper. I do not know accents and dialects well enough to really be critical but I also think she handled Reapers 1,000 faces convincingly. Dominic was the voice of the LK’s and, although his part of the narration was less memorable, I was not put off by it.

    All in all, I left this book terribly conflicted. I wanted to ‘thumbs down’ the book because of the excessive violence but there are layers here that make the book (dare I say) worth reading. Will I read what seems to be an impending sequel or will I determine that the violence is just too much for me to sit through another listen? How much do I want or need to see the ends left loose in Wanted Woman tied and brought to completion? Curiosity may just pull me into the sequel – only time will tell. The reality is I am probably exactly where EJD wants me and all of his readers to be – thinking about his work. It has been almost two weeks since I completed the book and, for good or bad, it is still fresh.

    As for a recommendation, I will probably never listen to or read Wanted Woman again (very uncharacteristic of me as I read and reread often). The images are still vivid that I do not necessarily need to reread it to revisit it. It is, however, a good book with great depth, vulgar and honest, intriguing, gruesome and powerful. If you are willing to listen, knowing what you know now, be prepared for a wild ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Montana Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Erika Leigh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (514)

    When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

    L.W. says: "Gripping"
    "Enjoyable - even when unsettling - listen!"
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    If you could sum up Montana Sky in three words, what would they be?

    Believe it or not, this is only my second Nora Roberts book - the other I actually read. I thought her material would be too "knight in shining armor' for me. I was pleasantly surprised with Montana Sky. In three words (not necessarily a sentence) I would say the story is about love, identity and discovery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Montana Sky?

    The most memorable moment of the story for me was when I realized that the individual who I believed was the guilty party was really... well... you will know when you listen. I don't want to spoil the most memorable moment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Something about the sisters coming together and finding friendship was very moving for me. It was not necessarily a moment in the story but it was something for which to cheer as you listened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9424)
    Performance
    (8488)
    Story
    (8495)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great combination - story line/narrator/author!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    Other than the subject line above, Sycamore Row was well thought out with a plausible story line. I love reading/listening to a book that does not cause you to stretch your imagination beyond reality in order to connect with the people, places and things - that has both historical and present-day context to which we can (or at least I could) quickly relate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    To share my most memorable moment would be to walk right up against a spoiler and I will not do that. Suffice it to say, the author provides a lot of detail throughout the earlier chapters and by the end, every detail is accounted for and makes sense as a relevant part of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I do not like reading/listening to books about history but I do like to reading/listening to books that use the history as a setting for a larger story (I hope that makes sense). These are the moments that moved me. I was most impressed by the way the author made us feel every emotion he wanted us to feel about the main characters. You were never really sure if Seth was to be hated or adored - if he was a fool or a genius. You were never really sure if Letty was to be trusted and suspected - if she was a con-artist or an innocent. If Seth's children were victims or flat-out greedy (I made this decision early:-)


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. I would recommend it to anyone looking to listen to a story about real characters, living out what could have been our past and our presence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • STRIPPED

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H.M. Ward
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon, Sebastian Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    There are some relationships that destroy your faith in people. They make you jaded and hard, irrevocably changing you forever. I wish I could say that I hate her, I wish I could walk away and never look back, but I can't. The woman who stole my heart and crushed it in her hand disappeared from my life 3 years ago. So when I see her at a bachelor party, half naked, rolling around on the floor with another stripper, I'm shocked. I have to know what cracked Cassie Hale's picture perfect world that landed her in this hellhole, and I hope that I'm not so bitter that I can't help her escape.

    Jordy says: "sexy man whore + beautiful virgin= LOVE"
    "Don't mind a cliffhanger but..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As stated in the headline, I do not mind a cliffhanger at all. I do not mind buying books that come in a series but this series I will not continue. When I read/listen to a book in a series, something about the characters or the storyline has to intrigue me enough to make me purchase the next in the series. I can honestly say with this book - I do not know any more than I knew after I read the brief synopsis prior to purchasing the book. What a waste. I love detail in a book but I also love a story in a book. I wish I had not purchased this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by H.M. Ward again?

    No and I will make a note so that I do not forget to avoid this author.


    What didn’t you like about Erin Mallon and Sebastian Fields ’s performance?

    The performance was fair. I wish Sebastian had done all of the reading. His voice was appropriate as both sexes. Why they would have a male and female narrator and not have the male do all of the male readings (and vice versa) I'm not sure I understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4307)
    Performance
    (3832)
    Story
    (3832)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Will read this one again!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great but I think what made the story both captivating and different from the rest was the perspective of the other main character - Maggie. I loved reading her chapters! It gave the mystery this endearing quality that is usually played out differently in books. Read it - You will understand!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2477)
    Performance
    (2058)
    Story
    (2070)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Great read!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catch Me the most enjoyable?

    This book was intense - I cannot think of a better word. The characters were developed and the storyline realistic (a little too realistic). I did not want to keep reading (intensity at times) but I definitely did not want to put it down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sasha Campbell
    • Narrated By Karen Pittman, Krystal King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    In Scandals, Monica Houston is a newly divorced mom who makes ends meet as an exotic dancer at Scandalous, the hottest club around. But if the ex finds out, she runs the risk of losing her kids. Meanwhile, sexy dancer Robin Wright thinks she might be in over her head when her sister is sent to jail and her nephew is thrust into her care. Unprepared for this new role, Robin finds herself falling for the kid’s “big brother”, even as she tries to prove her sister’s innocence.

    r.salters says: "Excellent"
    "It was ok..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I commute to work daily so really any book is time well spent. This one kept me woke on the road but it was not all that exciting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think what made it most interesting (and maybe most predictable) was waiting on the characters to get themselves out of the most obviously inappropriate choices.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Pittman and Krystal King ’s performances?

    I might try another if it were a daily special.


    Could you see Scandals being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could definitely be a movie - one of those mindless movies you watch on a lazy Saturday.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7424)
    Performance
    (6748)
    Story
    (6759)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Enjoy it so I listened twice!"
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story was great! The characters were easy to relate to and the story was plausible.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would not say the plot kept me on the edge of my seat because it was more of a light-hearted mystery with other stories within the story. Each character had a story and they were developed enough to give a well-rounded, enjoyable mystery.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Glenister before (that I am aware of) but I will again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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