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Lia

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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  • Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sharon Ransom is the most beautiful woman in the room; she’s also the most troubled. So when former lover psychologist Alex Delaware bumps into her at a lavish LA cocktail party, though still attracted to her, fear of reviving unhappy memories prevents him from offering the help she seems so desperate for. Hours later, Sharon’s body is discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tortured by guilt, Alex wants answers.

    Lia says: "Too much detail"
    "Too much detail"
    Overall

    I usually love a book that is detailed but this one missed the mark by going into details that were not relevant to the story. The book was a physo analysis overload for me. I did not even finish the last hour because it drove me mad.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The English Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lindsay Townsend
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Val Baker, tough but loving, restores musical instruments, but her relationship with her Greek-Italian family on Corfu is broken beyond repair. When she is commissioned by her old friend Alexia to restore a rare giraffe piano, she returns to the island to find her dreams haunted by memories of Hilary, a young English girl raped and murdered 10 years before. Val determines to uncover the truth about the case, and set to rest her own doubts about the involvement of her father, Yiannis, and half-brother, Markos.

    Lia says: "Good Romantic Suspence"
    "Good Romantic Suspence"
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    The English Daughter," by Lindsay Townsend is a beautifully written romantic suspense novel.
    The scenes well crafted I can see the characters in my mind's eye. Flowing movement of the players in quiet desperation to escape an evil force that is not fully identified until the very end.

    "The English Daughter," is about life and death with a tender romance that heals Val's self-image. The love scenes are tasteful, not explcit and allow for imagination - they are not the focus of the tale. The mystery of Val's dreams and the unknown killer is the purpose of the telling.

    Beautiful landscapes, towns and intense sunlight is the backdrop where the crime was committed. Lindsay also uses Val's vocation of piano restorer in the narrative. She weaves the intricacies of restoring wood to its original unblemished state into the healing of her cast.

    I recommend this book to all that enjoy romantic suspense? The account of Val's life and travels in the here and now and in her dreams brings fulfillment to me as a listener.
    I enjoyed the audiobook production of this story. The narrator, Michelle Ford, does an excellent job of telling the account. Her voice is very melodic keeping me absorbed in the descriptive tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. E. Hall
    • Narrated By Kitty Bang
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (290)

    "If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything." There's no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I'd feel. But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.

    CAROLYN says: "NOW HOLD ON BECAUSE I'M ABOUT TO GUSH HERE......."
    "Wonderful Book With Great Narration"
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    Pretty Instinct is the newest book by S.E. Hall and boy, does she hit a high note! It is the story of Liz, her brother Conner and her two best friends Rhett and Jarrett (who also happen to be scrumptious brothers) as they travel together on their tour bus playing different venues along the way. After Liz kicks out a fifth, obnoxious and utterly useless member, they need to find someone to replace this band member. Lo and behold they happen upon Cannon Blackwell just sitting on a bench. Is he a deranged serial killer? Hitchhiker? Or the perfect man to step on to the tour bus, join the band and take control of Liz’s heart?

    Yes, much of Pretty Instinct takes place on board a tour bus with a band – one woman three men and a driver. But that is where whatever you may be thinking a typical book about a band on a bus touring the country playing in bars ends. SE Hall takes this book in such a different and glorious direction. Music does play a large role in the story and is important to both the characters and the setting, but the book centers more around the relationships and the characters’ journeys as they heal their hearts and themselves. You will laugh, cry, swoon – in other words SE Hall will run you through the gamut of emotions and touch you deep inside your heart with this winner!

    I wouldn't classify it as an erotic as the title implies since it was at about 8 hours in before the relationship between the H/h began. But it had a nice build up, but it could have been more improved by a quicker build up, and a more drawn out timeline.

    I highly recommend Pretty Instinct. And for those of you that are concerned about series - while it is the first book in The Finally Found Collection it is a standalone novel :)

    Kitty Bang did a fantastic job with the delivery of the story. She gave each character their own distinct voice and really drew the listener into the story.

    Please Audible bring us more from the series.

    2 of 2 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
    (238)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    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
    (337)
    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
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (221)

    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
    (3933)
    Performance
    (2535)
    Story
    (2522)

    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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    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
    (2109)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1077)

    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
    (2570)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (858)

    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

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