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Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

Greensboro NC USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Ricochet

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (234)

    New York Times best-selling author Sandra Brown is back with a spine-tingling story of murder and betrayal, and a homicide detective's struggle with his own rules of conduct. When Detective Sergeant Duncan Hatcher is summoned to the home of Judge Cato Laird in the middle of the night to investigate a fatal shooting, he knows that discretion and kid-glove treatment are the key to staying in the judge's good graces and keeping his job.

    Pal*Joey says: "Disappointing At Best"
    "Intriguing story, good narration"
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    Things get started when Detective Duncan Hatcher is called to the home of Judge Cato Laird's home where his wife, Elise had shot and killed an intruder. What follows during the investigation is lots of intrigue and subterfuge.

    It's an interesting story with a slow start and an exciting second half. The ending had me in a twist and confused so that's a plus. However, I found it difficult to connect with anyone, especially Elise and Hatcher's partner, Dee Dee. He also ran hot and cold so often he left me on the sidelines.

    It's not my most favorite but I still enjoyed the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Complicated

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3864)
    Performance
    (3533)
    Story
    (3534)

    When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

    Kara Hildebrand says: "Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!"
    "Loved Hix & Greta"
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    Sheriff Hixon Drake was happily married (or so he thought) for 19 years until his wife inexplicably kicked him out and they divorced a year later. They live in a small town so everyone knows everybody’s business, even what you don’t know about your own. When just a few days after the divorce was final he wakes from a night of passion with Greta Dare, a lounge singer he’s oddly attracted to, Hix flees but it’s too late to avoid town gossip.

    As one of my friends aptly stated, you either love Kristen Ashley stories or you can’t abide her alpha males. I haven’t a clue as to why I love listening to her books and have given up trying to figure it out. I’m just plain addicted to them.

    Hix is basically a good man, was a good husband and is a great father to his three teenaged children. He makes some really big mistakes with Greta who I really, really liked, even when her spine turned to elastic from time to time. I loved how her relationship developed with Hix and how he managed it all with his kids and a spoiled, entitled ex-wife. The small-town dynamics were a lot of fun and the murder mystery added an element of suspense that elevated the story.

    Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon delivered a wonderful performance, despite Greenfield’s odd voice for Greta because he nailed Hix. Their pacing was good and together they made the story better.

    This is a standalone but I wouldn’t mind revisiting these characters and the town. I enjoyed pretty much everything about it and hated when it was over.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Midnight: An I-Team Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    What starts out as a fun winter evening with friends soon becomes a brutal fight to survive when a historic Denver hotel is taken over by a group of ruthless narco-terrorists who will stop at nothing to get what they want. On the outside, Julian Darcangelo, Zach McBride, Nick Andris, and others join together with the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team in a desperate bid to free their friends, knowing that if they fail, the people they love will be... dead by midnight.

    Kelly McCullough says: "Couldn't stop listening."
    "What a way to end a series!"
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    Reece and Kara Sheridan are attending a holiday party at the Palace Hotel for a foreign ambassador while the I-Team journalists at the Denver Independent are having their party at the same hotel. When Holly Andris inadvertently sees a hotel server packing an AK-47, she gets into action.

    What a way to end a series! I opted to wait until the audiobook was released and that was the best decision. Kaleo Griffith was just perfect in his performance of a really great story. All of the main characters are either trapped in the hotel or are working to get the others out. No gratuitous appearances here as each has a major role.

    While this isn’t your traditional holiday story, it’s romantic suspense at its best. I loved everything about it as the suspense and action never ceased until the end. I couldn’t have asked for better of one of the most outstanding series in this genre. Kudos to Clare for writing it and having the wisdom to wait for Griffith to do it justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster in the Closet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    Since she was a child, Taylor Dawson believed the lie her mother told her - that her father was a monster. But now she has a chance to get to know the real Clay while doing real work as an equine therapist, which includes helping two girls whose mother was brutally murdered. She might even find something deeper with her boss' handsome son, Ford Elkhart, who is dealing with his own demons. But just as Taylor feels her life opening up to new family, work, and friends, a danger lurks in the darkness - one that will show Taylor the face of true evil.

    shelley says: "Another great suspense from Karen Rose...."
    "Unnerving as usual"
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    Taylor Dawson is working as an intern and equine therapist at Daphne’s horse farm, Healing Hearts, but her real agenda is to check out Clay Maynard, her biological father who she only recently learned wasn’t the monster her mother made him out to be. She’s also making headway with one of the kids in her therapy who hasn’t spoken since she witnessed her mother’s murder...unbeknownst to the killer.

    The stories that involve children always unnerve me and this one definitely set me on edge. The scenes involving the children, Jazzie and Janie Jarvis, were just chilling. It was balanced, though, by Clay's reunion with his daughter, Sienna, now known as Taylor. I’ve long awaited this story and I reveled in every part of their discovery. Loved every minute of it. Even Taylor and Ford’s instant attraction worked.

    Marguerite Gavin did a great job narrating the story, as usual. She captured so many voices distinctively. The villain in this story was particularly nasty and she nailed him. I was glad to return to Baltimore, which is my favorite of the cities in this series because of the character connections and their sense of family. And, for once, the body count didn’t spin out of control!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (545)

    Part Irish, part Native-American, Sheriff Cork O'Connor serves the remote territory of Tamarack County, Minnesota. But big trouble is brewing: a powerful man believes O'Connor killed his son. Now there's a price on the sheriff's head and a bullet in his leg. He finds refuge with his cousin, Jewell, and her teenage son, Ren, in their tiny Michigan town. But when Ren and his friends are threatened, O'Connor must risk his cover to find out why.

    Allen Anthony says: "Great location, lots of local color, and all that could be done is a pervert book"
    "Extremely relevant story"
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    Cork O'Connor is on the run after Lou Jacoby placed a $500,000 bounty on his head because he believes he killed his son, Ben. An injured Cork lands in Bodine, Michigan where his estranged and widowed cousin, Jewell DuBois lives with her son, Ren. He arrives just in time to assist (from the sidelines) with a murder involving Ren's best friend, Charlene (Charlie).

    I really liked this story but not because of the parts relating to Cork's situation, which missed the mark in my opinion. The case involving Ren and his friends was loaded with symbolism and a different type of Indian mysticism, different from those in the past. It was more allegorical or spiritual. Those kids were pretty special, even in the midst of some pretty evil stuff. The mystery was not easy to unravel and you had to pay attention to some fairly minor details to solve it, which I didn't do very well.

    This was an extremely relevant story with some very strong but disturbing themes and I'm still haunted by some of them. As usual, I loved David Chandler's narration as he not only nailed Cork but Ren and his friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Knife: Cork O'Connor, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (422)

    When the daughter of a powerful businessman dies as a result of her meth addiction, her father, strong-willed and brutal Buck Reinhardt, vows revenge. His target is the Red Boyz, a gang of Ojibwe youths accused of supplying the girl's fatal drug dose. When the head of the Red Boyz and his wife are murdered in a way that suggests execution, the Ojibwe gang mobilizes, and the citizens of Tamarack County brace themselves for war, white against red.

    FRITZ STOOP says: "BAD CHOICE AS NARRATOR"
    "Complicated Edges"
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    Racial tensions reach dangerous levels in Tamarack County when the daughter of a prominent (and volatile) businessman dies while under the influence of meth, supposedly provided to her by a member of Red Boyz, an Ojibwe gang. When the gang's leader, who has protected the man responsible for dealing the drug, is executed along with his wife. Cork O'Connor finds himself thrust in the middle of all sides (including law enforcement) as they look to him to take a side and bring some kind of resolution even though he's no longer the sheriff.

    There are so many angles in this story I needed to keep cheat sheets to remember all the potential motives. Conflicts abound within and outside of the various groups, and I mean all of them. Cork's reactions were sometimes curious but mostly in character and putting his family first. His daughter Annie has an important role in this story with a poignant ending that almost brought me to tears.

    To say this story has complicated edges is an understatement. Family ties, those biological, emotional and otherwise, is a strong and prominent theme throughout. The ending is pretty shocking, one I should have seen coming but didn't despite Henry Meloux's prescient warnings. I had a tough time putting this one down, finishing in a day. It was narrated by Buck Schirner who does well except for the female voices but I'm a David Chandler fan and missed him. Good story, though, when you dig beneath the surface.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Keep: A Cork O'Connor Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (522)

    Every married couple knows you don't go to bed angry. The corollary, Cork O'Connor realizes, is that you also don't say goodbye when you're mad. When the charter plane Jo O'Connor is on crashes over the mountains in Wyoming in an early winter storm, Cork deeply regrets the heated argument he had with his wife just before she left. An intense search is launched, but bad weather and the steep terrain hinder the efforts and soon the search is abandoned.

    John Morgan says: "One of the best so far!"
    "Strong themes, vivid settings, improving narration"
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    Jo O'Connor joins a coalition of representatives from several Native American groups for a trip to Seattle. Something happens en route over Wyoming and the plane disappears. A distraught Cork lends a hand to the search teams as they fight time and weather to locate the plane.

    The themes in this story resonated loud and strong as Cork encountered competing objectives, motivations and cultures in his quest to find his wife. As usual, the settings were just as much a part of the plot, this time the beautiful but treacherous mountains and foothills of Wyoming. I wasn’t looking forward to this one but it still managed to captivate me nonetheless.

    I’m still mulling over the ending, not sure if I’m content with it or needed more. Buck Schirner narrated this one again though I found his performance much better than the last. This series never disappoints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Come Sundown

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8360)
    Performance
    (7512)
    Story
    (7486)

    The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

    Sherry says: "Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny"
    "Outstanding narration!"
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    Originally posted on The Book Nympho

    I listened to this story without reading the book blurb and highly recommend doing it this way as I think too much is revealed in the setup. It's enough to know that this story involves the Bodine family of Western Montana, which includes four generations of women. The main character is Bodine Longbow, the youngest who runs the family's high-end resort. Her older brother runs the adjacent family ranch. Her childhood crush, Callen (Cal) Skinner returns back to the area following a stint in Hollywood and begins working for the family.

    The span of the story begins in 1991 and transitions to the present day for the first half of the book. It begins with the 1991 disappearance of Alice Bodine, Bodine's maternal aunt. It is a terrifying event and readers should be forewarned that there is a sexual assault though not graphic. In the present day, the bodies of two young women are discovered right around the time Cal returns so suspicion is cast his way. Therein lies the main conflict of the story.

    This was more of a mystery than suspense as I was challenged to figure out how the past influences the present, which I found more compelling. Even though my main hypothesis was correct, there were still some details I didn't get right. And, the characters were so well developed, typical of a Nora Roberts story, my early discovery didn't lessen my pleasure. The romances (there were a couple) took a back seat to the mystery element but were pleasant enough, also fine by me.

    What I found outstanding was the narration. This was my first time listening to Elisabeth Rodgers and I was extremely pleased. There were a LOT of characters, accents and ages she had to accommodate and I always knew who was talking. The voices of the primary characters were so distinctive and consistent. Well done!

    I liked this story and decided some time ago that I'd only listen to Nora's single titles, which are all romantic suspense. Best decision I ever made as her narrators are always really, really good and elevate the reading experience. That was definitely the case with this story, one that I very much enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Did You Miss Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (736)

    Baltimore prosecutor Daphne Montgomery pulled herself out of a damaged past to build a solid life for herself and her son. But after she helps convict a killer, her confidence is shattered once again by the news that her son has been kidnapped. Daphne believes it’s connected to the recent high-profile trial, and at first FBI special agent Joseph Carter agrees. But together they find the reality even more troubling....

    Richard says: "She's Baaack"
    "Wild, convoluted, exciting story that just worked"
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    On the day the verdict is due on a controversial case, Daphne Montgomery's son Forde is abducted, unbeknownst to her. Shortly after the verdict is announced, chaos erupts inside and outside the courtroom. FBI Agent Joseph Carter is also on the scene as he'd come to notify her about Forde. From that moment forward, they're connected for the duration as the case takes numerous turns and revelations about Daphne's past become critical connections to just about everything.

    This was one wild, convoluted but challenging mystery! It had everything...seriously mixed up mystery, intrigue, high tension, passion, romance, heartbreak...you name it, you felt it at some moment during the story. I was really excited that Daphne and Joseph were the main focus as she caught my attention as soon as the series shifted to Baltimore.

    Of course, there were others with important roles in the story, namely Clay Maynard and Stevie Mazetti, who are perfectly positioned for the next full-length book.

    As usual, I got some of this tangled web of mystery right, but not all of it. And, even when I was certain of my suppositions, I still didn't know the full story. I could not stop listening to this story and enjoyed Marguerite Gavin's narration (though I had to stop thinking of Rachel from The Hollows series), so much that I think I'll listen to the rest of the series. I loved this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purgatory Ridge: A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (732)

    William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the popular Cork O’Connor mysteries. In Purgatory Ridge, Krueger crafts a riveting tale which has ex-sheriff O’Connor on the case after a heated town debate turns deadly. The local Anishinaabe Indian tribe is furious to discover that Karl Lindstrom’s lumber mill is after a grove of trees sacred to tribal lore. So when the mill gets bombed, killing a man, the tribe is blamed. But O’Connor has a different theory.

    Kitty says: "If you like Longmire..."
    "Still loving this series"
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    There's tension brewing between the owner of the town's lumber mill and the local Anishinabee tribe. He wants to clear some great white pines in Our Grandfathers, sacred land for the tribe. When outside ecological activists get involved and an explosion at the mill kills a tribal member, those tensions reach new heights. Concurrently, a shipwreck survivor and his friend are planning to wreak more havoc in the midst of this mayhem.

    This was an intriguing story primarily because there were several stories in play that appeared initially to be disconnected but were cleverly intersected at some point. I must admit that I was fairly clueless about most of it but nailed at least one of them. Again, Krueger most effectively makes the environment a critical part of the story in a whole new way. It meanders a bit but has an excruciatingly suspenseful ending that begins around the 75% mark. I couldn't stop listening and the narrator made it even more exciting.

    Still loving this series. 4.5 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Magick: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2643)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2370)

    Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family - along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

    CynD says: "Perfection!"
    "Great narration and characterization, "meh" story"
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    This final book in the trilogy focused on the two strongest witches in the group, Branna O"Dwyer and Finbar (Fin) Burke. It's also the final showdown between the group and Cabhan, the Dark Sorcerer.

    I loved Fin & Branna, both individually and as a couple. They were both powerful witches, skilled in the art of their magic, and very passionate people. I also enjoyed the mythology in which the story was entrenched, especially the involvement of their counterparts from the past.

    What was underwhelming was the story given these two to end Cabhan. Most of the book involved occasional clashes with Cabhan, a regroup of the six with Branna doing the cooking and Fin & Branna lamenting why they can't be together after they end the Dark Sorcerer. This was endlessly repeated.

    What kept me in the story was the excellent narration, which was outstanding. The characters were likeable and the final encounter with Cabhan was pretty exciting. I liked this trilogy and the characters but just thought the final book would have been meatier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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