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  • Zombie Patrol: Walking Plague Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. R. Rain, Elizabeth Basque
    • Narrated By David Doersch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Los Angeles County park ranger Jack Carter is about to discover that not all is as it seems in his tranquil life. Once responsible for patrolling the many public parks, in particular the popular Griffith Park with its famous observatory and zoo, Jack is about to discover that a whole new kind of animal roams his woods. The undead kind. It begins when his brother, on leave from the military, arrives sick. Deathly sick. Jack's concern turns to alarm when his own flesh and blood turns on him, forcing the park ranger to take drastic measures.

    Ray says: "Interesting beginning"
    "It Was Ok - Hoping #2 Picks Up"
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    I love a good Zombie story. This had the basics of a good story, but didn't make it. The lead character, a Park Ranger was likable enough, though his young teen daughter was fairly annoying. There are only maybe 3 tense confrontations, none of which are scary. The book just abruptly ended. No closure on anything, you are just left to wait for #2.

    I liked the narrator and generally I enjoy J. R. Rain's books but this one was a little mild, not quite boring but there was nothing scary about it. I hope the next one picks up on the action and at least gives the reader a goosebump or two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just for Fun: Escape to New Zealand, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned. They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.

    Mom on the Run says: "Emotional and Lovely"
    "Just For Fun"
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    SPOILER ALERT:
    This review is a little difficult for me, as I love the Escape to New Zealand series and Ms. James’ writing. I didn’t really connect with this book the way I had the others.
    Emma is a single mother of 6 year old Zack. She had a fling with Nic, a professional rugby player, years before resulting in the pregnancy. He was long gone out of her life and she had no way to contact him. They reconnect and this is their story of him finding out he has a son and falling in love again.

    There is little conflict or major problems for them overcome to bind them together, so the story drags. There were too many flashbacks of the couple’s brief affair. I’m sorry to admit I found myself anxious for it to be over. I am a rugby fan but I wonder how enjoyable the game segments and description of plays would be to readers who are not a fan of the sport.

    The narrator, Claire Bocking, does an awesome job with voices on these books. She’s fantastic. Having said that, I am not really a fan of audiobooks with kid’s characters. It is annoying to listen to the child’s dialog. If you are a fan of the Escape to New Zealand series, I wouldn’t miss this one, certainly. But, for me, it was not my favorite.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    There's no place like home... For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game. Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard... Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, maybe visit some other country... er, audiobook.

    Ecray says: "Right as..."
    "Worth a Listen"
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    I love the location and descriptions of New Zealand in this series. This is book three and I have to say that the narrator, Clair Bocking, is absolutely wonderful. I think I would enjoy any book she narrated. Her ability to change her voice for kids, men, women and various accents is phenomenal.

    The characters were, for the most part, likable people. I had some problems with Jenna McKnight, the lead female. Jenna was a little preachy for my taste. I read another review that said it well…some of her conversations were a bit more like lectures on the way things should be. So while I liked Jenna, I also thought she came off as a bit of a know-it-all.

    This book has two children as a major part of the storyline and while Clair did an awesome job on the voices, the kids spent a lot of time whining or crying. I have to say it got a little tedious listening to them.

    I must admit that I don’t approve of all the sexual situations, but that is a personal preference and not a reflection on how good the book is. What I do love about the author’s stories are the location, use of local Enzed language, and the fact that the characters are basically good and decent people. I also love that Rosalind James ties up loose ends and you end up with a very satisfying ending.

    Having said all of the above, I believe it is worth a listen, and I wholeheartedly recommend the first two in the series in audiobook form.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James' type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good - and knows it?

    MJG says: "ANOTHER FANTASTIC KIWI / RUGBY LOVE STORY"
    "Loved This One"
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    What did you love best about Just Good Friends?

    I enjoyed both the main characters. Kate was a fiery gal, feisty and sarcastic. Koti is a charmer as well. Both characters are written very well and the sparks fly between them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Koti James was a gentleman and completely befuddled by Kate Lamonica. It was fun to read.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    Again, Koti James. Claire's accents are brilliant and so well done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (235)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "Love the Idea of It"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if someone wants an easy read with not much depth.


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

    I loved the idea of a young woman going on vacation, meeting a wonderful man, and her life changes.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    Favorite character was Drew. Least favorite Hanna, she was written too insecure and self-deprecating and it got old that Drew had to reassure her all the time he was serious and that she was worth it.


    Did Just This Once inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15775)
    Performance
    (13067)
    Story
    (13703)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "It Was Like Listening to Your Middle Schooler Read"
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    Wanted to read it because every one seems to be talking about it. The subject matter wasn't for me, but it was more than that. I hate saying this, but the performance was like listening to your child, who doesn't read out loud that well, read to you--for hours. I'm sorry it was awful. Was it the reader, the writing? A little of both I would say.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1903)
    Story
    (1912)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Another Winner from Mark Tufo"
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    This is Book 2 of the Zombie Fallout series. I would love to meet the author of these books because this man is funny and it comes through in his main character, Michael Talbot. This is the continuing story of the Talbot family's attempt to survive the zombie apocalypse. They are trying to travel from Colorado to Maine in search of surviving members of Mike's family.

    I would say this book is a tiny bit weaker than book 1 but not much. Still a great story, and a great performance by Runnette. Looking forward to 3!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3100)
    Performance
    (2895)
    Story
    (2902)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Loved it - Can't Wait to Read the Others."
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    Absolutely love this book. It is a zombie story, obviously. A man trying to protect his family and stay alive. But the twist here is the protagonist, Michael Talbot. He is hilarious even in dire circumstances. His sarcasm stays true and sharp despite the situation. The reader, Sean Runnette does a great job bringing Michael Talbot to life. I recommend this one to anyone who loves the zombie genre and loves a wicked sense of humor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4228)
    Performance
    (3761)
    Story
    (3759)

    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!!"
    "A man and his dog win again"
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    Being a retired Law Enforcement Officer, I really appreciated the story, and the "fairly accurate" portrayal of cops in the LA area. I say fairly accurate, because it is very difficult to describe being a cop in LA unless you've been there, but Crais does a fair job. Better than that was the story line and Crais' understanding and presentation of how a K-9 Officer (i.e. the dog) brings an amazing amount to the table with his or her God-given abilities. Dogs in general are amazing. Police K-9's are a true miracle, absolutely wonderful critters, loyal, courageous and tireless, selfless. They serve with the purest of motives and ask only to be with their partner so they can do whatever he or she needs to do. Once you've been around these great dogs you can't help but marvel at the wonder of such special beings. If you love dogs, you'll love this read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (713)

    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Another Readable Story About the End of the World"
    "I Admit, I Left This One Unfinished"
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    I should have heeded the review that complained about the yelling and whining. I suppose if one read a hardcopy it wouldn't have the same annoying impact as the audio version. The first 20 "pages" were all I could do. The story opens with the main character, a teen girl, Alex, arguing with her aunt on the phone. The aunt feels she needs to yell her half of the conversation. Then Alex meets a truly annoying child that screams, pouts, cries and verbally abuses her grandfather/guardian. Frankly after listening to that I found I could care less about the story.

    I like the narrator and have heard her other work but even she couldn't pull this out. I may try it again later and if I can get through it, I'll change the review, but right now I can't do it. The yelling, whining and the attitude of the 8 year old child in the story totally turned me off...and consequently off went my iPod.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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