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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

Sutton, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and he begins to talk. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder... that he did not commit.

    Lia says: "Great listening"
    "Great listening"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. The first couple of chapters were a bit of a drag but after that the book was rally good

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Norah Wilson
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    The reports stated Josh McBride’s death was from sudden cardiac arrest, but homicide detective Boyd McBride can’t shake the idea that his identical twin brother’s death was somehow connected to his search for the adopted boys’ birth parents. Josh must have been close to the truth…and it cost him his life. When Boyd comes to medical resident Hayden Walsh’s ER looking for answers, she agrees to help with his investigation because Josh was a friend.

    Lia says: "Well Crafted Romantic Suspense"
    "Well Crafted Romantic Suspense"
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    Homicide detective Boyd McBride twin brother Josh McBride died suddenly while investigating their birth parents. Boyd can't shake the feeling someone murdered his brother to keep his birth parents a secret. Boyd decided to do everything like his twin brother did the last few weeks until his death.
    Which includes being around Josh best friend Hayden Walsh an ER doctor. The investigation uncovers a dangerous secret, and one person will do anything including murder to keep that secret.
    The mystery was great because you got to ride along trying to figure out who could be the murderer and who are the parents. The author didn't throw tons of suspicious characters at the reader instead the author made you care for everyone in the book even down to the murder. The book wasn't full of twist and turns that took away from the main mystery or romance instead they only helped build the story with the reader feeling very satisfied.
    The romance between Boyd and Hayen was a little odd at first but at the same time it made sence as the book ended.
    Being a romantic suspense there is sex but during that time a relationship is also built so when the end happens you know the author thought it out and it made sence. There were moments where the book would get a little to chatty but at the same time the author was building relationship with people in the town. I knew about half way though the book who the murderer was and a good idea why but the ending was still great and I loved the book.

    At $7.34 for a 10 hour plus book it was a great listen and a bargain

    Alexander Cendese did a great job with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Evangeline Anderson
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

    Nicole Vela says: "Virtual reality"
    "The Book Had Promise But Fell Flat!"
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    The book had areas of too much whining not enough doing. The performance is ok for the girl but the guy he sounded like a demon not like some big hunky warrior.
    Based on all the reviews here, I feel like I'm reading a different book. The book had real promise but fell flat. The heroine drives me crazy with all the angst of "I want him but I don't want him" using the flimsiest of excuses. Yes, I do understand it's hard to leave behind family and what you know, but this excuse was recycled over and over again. If you're an adult, and the changes are something that you want, then I don't understand the huge resistant on the heroine's part. If you like your heroine a bit whiny ("oh why me why me?"), a bit of an idiot (stumbling around an alien ship and getting herself in trouble), and a bit self-centered, then this is the book for you.

    Anne Johnstonbrown was just Ok with the delivery of the story her voice for Baird was terrible but Silvin was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever His: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (309)

    On New Year's Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time - and into the bed of a darkly handsome knight. Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion - or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

    Falon says: "Was up all night!"
    "3.5 OK Fantasy story"
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    Enjoyable fantasy. Likable characters that grip readers as the story rolls along at a good pace. Unfortunately, there were a few major holes in the plot. For chapters, Gaston begs or tries to force his wife to reveal the villain's plot to the King. Yet when she finally can, he seems to suddenly reject this plan. The Hero came over a bit of a coward not wanting to defend himself and the heroine against the villain. Also wish more research was done, not just on the capacities of Middle Age armory and food stuffs. With all the amazing cosmological happenings in just our galaxy alone, a lunar eclipse was the best 'magical' event for time travel. Seriously?!
    However since it is a fantasy story... I can say that it was an enjoyable listen just the same.

    Julia Motyka did a good job with the delivery of the story

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lauren Rowe
    • Narrated By Lauren Rowe, John Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    When playboy businessman Jonas Faraday receives a private note from the anonymous intake agent assigned to process his online application to an exclusive club, he becomes obsessed with finding her and giving her the satisfaction she claims has always eluded her, in order to fulfill his own desperate need for redemption.

    Terri B. says: "This book was HOT!!!"
    "WFT! Is This The Same Book"
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    First I bought this book because of the good reviews. But I have to say I do not agree. The couple don't even meet until 40% into this book. And up until when they do meet there is about six lines of actual dialogue between anyone. This author repeats herself SO much; I've never listened to an author who takes it that far. BORING! The same repetitive sex scenes over and over again. A good sex scene should take pages and should be different and exciting. I started skimming a third of the way through the book and I never stopped.

    Another thing that got redundant very fast was the amount of internal dialogue that takes place in this book. I started to get worried when there were 45 minutes of internal dialogue at the begining of the book. There wasn't enough character interaction outside of the dynamic duo. Even when Sarah and Jonas were interacting with one another, it wasn't long before the inner chatter would strike again for pages to come.
    Another thing that got old very quickly was the use of the words “lick” and “oh my”. I could hardly finish the book and then a cliff hanger end just finish me off. I am not going back for anymore of this torture.

    Lauren Rowe , John Lane were OK with the delivery of a very bad story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3928)
    Performance
    (2530)
    Story
    (2518)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Great Book"
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    Okay, I'm a Michael Connelly fan. So any book he writes I will read and like. Jack is a refreshingly different character, and I like his press point of view. But he isn't Harry. Other than that the book was a fantastic read. The ending was as close to a surprise as I could get, except my intuition kept niggling at me. If you like thrilling mysteries with bizarre twists, you'll love this book.

    Buck Schirner was great with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (138)

    The man most hated by the LAPD - a black lawyer who has made his name by bringing lawsuits alleging racism and brutality by police officers - has been found murdered on the eve of a high-profile trial. The list of suspects includes half the police force. And Harry Bosch is the detective chosen to head the investigation. The political dangers of the case are huge. If it's not investigated fairly, the public outcry could make the Rodney King riots look tame. But a full investigation will take Bosch into the ugliest corners of law enforcement.

    Mario says: "Angels Flight-INaudible!"
    "Get The Unabridged Version"
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    Story

    Absolutely horrible narration. You can't even tell when Burt changes characters, and he whispers darn near the whole thing.....just plain bad. I could not finish this book, even after 2 attempts. It's abridged and you can really tell - they took out way too much material to keep the story interesting. The 2 star rating for the story is probably not the authors fault, but rather the person who abridged it.
    I bought the unabridged version narrated by Dick Hill and it was great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1072)

    The New York Museum of Natural History receives their pilfered gem collection back, ground down to dust. Diogenes, the psychotic killer who stole them in Dance of Death, is throwing down the gauntlet to both the city and to his brother, FBI Agent Pendergast, who is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison.

    V.A. says: "Not bad"
    "Very Predicable Book"
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    This could have been a good mystery if not for the multitude of unnecessary characters in the story, all introduced in each short chapter.
    Historically, it leaves something to be desired, but most unfortunately rarely delves into the science & particulars of egyptology and the reason for the title of this book. It mentions a few times, but briefly the meaning of the ancient texts. It was an easy read but could have been much more interesting with some historical facts that could have fitted nicely into this story.

    Scott Brick's overly dramatic narration of the book was almost too much for me to finish the book. Note to self do not listen to any books he has narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2569)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (857)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Entertaining Book"
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    In Michael Crichton's Timeline, he uses the principles of quantum physics to take characters back in time to key points in human history. Robert Doniger has created a technology that can travel between multiple, almost identical dimensions to bring people to other times in history. His goal is to create theme parks, and he's invested billions in the technology and in archaeological investigations at sites that will become tourist destinations in his grand scheme. Everything begins to fall apart when some of his scientists travel back in time too many times, leaving clues that are found by the modern-day archaeologists. Professor Edward Johnston pays a visit to Doniger to find out what's going on. He's sent back in time to 13th century France so that he can see for himself, but something goes wrong and he's trapped there. His team is recruited by Doniger to go back and rescue him, and they have 37 hours to do so. Of course, everything goes wrong once they travel back in time and it comes down to the last few seconds before we find out if they get back out.

    Like many of Mr. Crichton's other books, Timeline takes a topic of contemporary research and creates an alarmist premise around it. Similar to other books about time travel, this one creates situations that just can't be explained away; no amount of logic applied to it makes sense. In spite of that weakness, Timeline is an exciting romp through history that kept me turning the pages to find out how everything was resolved.

    John Bedford Lloyd did a good job with the delivery of the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (740)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Pretty Boring"
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    Under The Banner Of Heaven is a controversial book highlighting the history or Mormonism and the actions of several Fundamental Mormon extremists. Because of the controversial topics this book covers I do think it is important to read. However the dry and frankly boring style the author wrote it in made it difficult to finish or for me to care about reading the book. Krauker starts the book with a murder and uses the rest of it to write about how the Mormon religion promoted this violent act of faith. He does this by jumping around in time constantly, throwing random fact at you that won't be important until much later in the book. Some could compare his writing style to that of a news article. Which is good for short news stories but not for lengthly books.

    I enjoyed learning about the Mormon faith, before I read this book I knew very little of Mormonism and I knew nothing of fundamental Mormonism. After reading I now know that there is huge difference between the two. Fundamental Mormons are more of a cult, practicing polygamy and abusing women. While Mormons are normal people who follow their own religion without breaking any basic human right laws. I would recommend this book if you really want to learn about Mormons, how they came to be and what they are doing today. However I would not recommend this book if you are interested in a even remotely interesting story. I would give this book three out of five stars.

    Scott Brick overly dramtic voice was too much for me. I won't listen to any other books narrated by him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Renegades, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes for Lexi to turn reckless. Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting.

    Alicja says: "Exciting and sexy"
    "Sweet Sexy Romance"
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    I really liked this book. It was fun from beginning to end and the characters were so real and easy to connect to. I loved Jax right away. I felt bad for him and how women seemed to take advantage of him. He had a chip on his shoulder and rightfully so after what his recent ex did to him. Lexi was a little more difficult to like. There was something about her that rubbed me the wrong way, but I did appreciate all that she had set up for herself. I liked that she was so strong and independent.

    How Lexi and Jax meet is great and the anticipation that led up to them actually meeting in the flesh was awesome. I couldn’t put the book down, I need to know if the chemistry that was so obvious between them via text was going to be as palpable in person. And it was. It was amazing and I loved them together. I knew things wouldn’t be perfect the entire time and I appreciated the time that they spent apart. I liked that for the most part things weren’t drawn out too long. And in the end everything that the characters and the readers go through was worth it.

    I am excited to read the next book in the series. I loved Rubi and Wes and I loved the few times they got to interact with each other. I just know the sparks will be flying when they meet up again. This is a great start to a series and I am intrigued by the secondary characters. I hope that we get to see more of Jax and Lexi in the future books as my one complaint is that this book ended just a smidge too soon. I wanted just a little more of this sexy, sweet couple.

    Piper Goodeve was great with the delivery of the story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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