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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!

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Lia says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall

    I have listened to every Michael Connelly book and love the way he writes and choses excellent narrators. I enjoyed most of this book but it all got a bit predictable and I knew the ending well before the book finished. The narrator did an excellent job whcih really added to the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler's Moon: The Raveneaus in Cornwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Feisty Julia Faircloth is used to managing the lives of her eccentric relatives, so when darkly dangerous Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath and proposes to her shy sister Sarah, she switches places with the bride to save her from a shockingly carnal wedding night. Against his better judgment, Sebastian consummates a marriage to the most provoking, appealing woman he's ever known, and then is forced to live with her in his neglected yet enchanting estate on the coast of Cornwall.

    Amazon Customer says: "A New Hero to Love---and the Return of a Favorite"
    "Julia and Sebastian Outstanding Listen!!"
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    Julia Faircloth is the oldest child and she likes it that way. Julia likes to take charge and care for her family. Her father has a gambling problem that only makes matters worse, and her mother adores her husband and thinks ladies should act in a certain way. When Lord Sebastian Trevarre arrives in Bath where the family has just moved to Turbans things are going to change. After one of Julia's fathers lost gambling endeavors, she finds a note in her father's jacket with Lord Sebastian's name on it. When she goes to speak with this despicable man about trying to understand her father needs help and to forget his debts things don't go as planned. Julia is in a situation she cannot control and she doesn't like it. Unexpectedly after one last bad game against Lord Sebastian Julia's father has put the entire family in jeopardy. What else is there to do but to find a way to rescue her family, but this is once again out of her control. Lord Sebastian thinks that Julia's sister is a much better match for a wife, but Sarah thinks otherwise. In an attempt to save her family Julia switches with Sarah to marry Lord Sebastian.
    To say the least he is not pleased. After he finds no other reason to argue he consummates the marriage and oh boy that was way overdue. The sex is very lusty and sensual, something Julia has never experienced. They travel off to Cornwall where they will be living in the run down estate Trevarre Hall where they will begin their married life based on lies. What Julia doesn't know is all this ill will towards this man who caused her family distress will fade, and soon only time will tell what will happen. Along the way Sebastian will find out some life changing news about his own deceased parents and Andre and Devon Raveneau who were friends of his parents. Come to find out Andre has a past with his mother, but is it good or bad? It will definitely stir up some emotion in a seemingly emotionless man, Sebastian. Smuggling is a big part of Cornwall, and Sebastian wants to make the money back his own brother gambled away so he has no choice but to join the trade, but he is more pleased then you think. Adventures are to come, and the risks are high but if Sebastian can pull it off he will make the money he needs, but in time will his plans change? Julia is going to affect him more then he knows, and he has definitely changed her. Will they be happy? Safe? Listen to Smuggler's Moon to find out!!! This was a great book, just like every other book I have read by Cynthia Wright! It captures you, and keeps you entertained, and by the end you are in love with the characters. A must listen!
    Rosalyn Landor one of my all time favourite narrators does an outstanding job with the delivery of this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Fire: Heretic Daughters, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rebecca K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Nicole Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Seven years ago, Jillian burned just about every bridge she ever had. Being a lifelong fugitive, she'd seen it as her only chance to get away clean, but it had taken its toll. In a world where those with supernatural powers must stay hidden from normal society, being a creature that even most of the supernatural community considered a myth did not make for an easy life. And when the ex she ran away from finds her again, it's about to get much harder. It doesn't help that she's still hopelessly in love with him...

    karen says: "A Fabulous beginning to an Engaging new series !!"
    "I Always Want A HEA"
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    There is absolutely no HEA here. None. If you want the slightest bit of people being happy, skip this book. If you like a love/hate, rip-our-clothes-off-every-time-we-get-in-the-same-room-then-hate-each-other-for-it antagonist 'relationship', you might like it. It's "edgy", and I cant tell you how many times I wanted to throw the iPod across the room and scream in frustration. ONE GOOD CONVERSATION and they could have cleared much of the problems. Well, the current ones. There'd still be the things she did before, but at least there would be an explanation *why*, instead of the "because you're a horrible B of a person" that ends up being assumed.

    Every interaction she had with Dom (the hero), she was either emotionless or witchy-with-a-B. I found myself longing to reach through the book and violently punch the heroine (who's otherwise quite likeable and badass) for being such a cowardly B that she throws everything away, constantly, because she's scared of what *could* happen. Ok, I understand. Her life is jacked up. She's got centuries of running, lying, hiding, unable to trust anyone. But besides just running from the guy she utterly and completely loves, she actively tries to burn her bridges with him. Constantly. "Burn bridges" is actually a mild description. She goes out of her way to make him hate and distrust her "to make a clean break." Only she doesnt get (even tho he's told her) that he loves her like crazy. And having her constantly hurt him makes him insane, so he hates her too. I could completely sympathize. She's also upset because she's hated by everyone around him; what she acknowledges, but doesnt seem to *get*, is everyone hates her because she's made someone who loved her beyond reason a miserable ball of pain and rage. Yeah, I can see how the other druids would have a tad bit of animosity towards her. Granted, there's one druid in particular who has it out for her, and she's "the princess" who covets the hero. But Jillian (the heroine) wont actually tell anyone how Siobhan (the "princess") torments her. So they usually see what looks like Siobhan mouthing off, and Jillian beating the crap out of her. Know what that makes Jillian look like? A horrible mean jealous bully who cant control (and doesnt even try) her temper. Again. I can sympathize with their dislike. If the reader wasnt privy to Jillian's thoughts and feelings as she's showing the world this cold, emotionless face, we'd probably dislike her too.

    Finally, the book ends with one heck of a cliffhanger, and almost nothing resolved. She has a tiny part of a conversation with Dom where she explains a little bit of why she did what she did (and GOSH! It helps!) but not enough to fix anything. It seems like he doesnt actively hate her anymore, but he's still exhausted with her issues. I feel ya, dude.

    Honestly, as cool of a book it was (in everything but Jullian's behavior/attitude), I really wish I would have skipped it. If I would have read a review like the one I wrote, I wouldnt have bought it. It was such an exercise in frustration that I feel like going and reading some retardedly simple romance novel. A Julie Garwood or something, where the hero & heroine dont spend the entire book fighting, but instead form a team and fight their enemy together. And live happily ever after, damnit!

    Whew. Rant over. Remember, I liked the book :) I just hated the heroine. If she would have been half a normal person who knew how to communicate, I would have given it 5 stars and reread it forever.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Affairs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Diana Miller
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    When soap opera star Abby Langford leaves Los Angeles for her Minnesota hometown, she’s hoping to give her nine-year-old daughter the peaceful childhood she never knew. But instead of tranquility, Abby finds an old knife hidden between the walls of her new Victorian house. Then the nightmares start: a blood-soaked victim and a killer’s arm slicing through the air, again and again. Police Chief Josh Kincaid assumes Abby is just scheming to get back into the tabloid headlines. But she’s turning out to be nothing like the spoiled diva he imagined. Abby is warm, honest, sexy, and the target of very real death threats.

    Karen says: "good mystery"
    "Hot Romance and a Stalker"
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    What a great romance and set in the state of Minnesota. Abby comes home to Minnesota when she divorces her cheating husband after one too many affairs. She wants her daughter Maddie to have the wonderful childhood that she did not. Abby's parents were both drunks and her father threw in some physical abuse too. Enough that Abby learned to block out all the bad memories until therapy after her divorce started unblocking them.

    Luckily, Abby was informally adopted by her best friend Laura's parents Bill and Mary. They are all still in her hometown to provide love and support. But Abby also seems to have attracted a stalker with her return home. It seems someone believes that the cheating adulteress she portrayed on a popular soap opera was the real Abby. Such a belief was aided by Abby's not defending herself when the press painted her as the one who had affairs that ended her marriage. Even the local police chief Josh has trouble separating the actress from the reality. Of course, Josh has the slight excuse of being in the process of getting over his own divorce and his own cheating wife.

    At first, Josh is certain that Abby is manufacturing the stalker for publicity but it doesn't take long for him to see Abby as she really is. He begins investigating the stalker episodes and investigating the steadily more realistic dreams that Abby is having about a murder. Of course, things are even more complicated by a reappearance of the cheating husband and Josh's former young girlfriend who doesn't want to let him go.

    This was a good mystery too. The identity of the stalker and his motives came as a complete surprise to me.

    I really enjoyed this story and will be looking for more by this author.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Force

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When a bomb explodes inside a Houston high-rise and the governor of Texas goes missing in the ensuing melee, former army ranger Jack "Kell" Kellison and the Omega Force counterterrorism team are called into action. Their mission: infiltrate the activist group suspected of masterminding the bombing, neutralize the threat, and recover the hostage. Yet within moments of meeting his prime suspect, beautiful environmentalist Mori Chastaine, Kell knows she's innocent of the bombing - but definitely guilty of something.

    Karen says: "Suspense with a dash of fantasy"
    "Full On Action!!"
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    Kell is an ex-Ranger with an injury, now part of Omega Force, a group of combined military or ex-military and shifters who are organized as a task force. When a building is blown up in Houston, his group is called in to try to find the culprit. All points at first to Mori, who heads an environmental group, and unknown to the group is a shifter herself. She is involved in the plot as a victim of sorts, but has no part in creating the bombing. From there, the interaction/romance of Kell and Mori takes place.

    This book introduces some side characters (Robin and her friend), who are then leads (the heroine) or strong secondary characters in another of Sandlin's books, Allegiance. In timing, this book falls right after Omega in the Penton series before Allegiance.

    I really enjoyed this book. Like others of Sandlin's, there is more action and plot than romance, and they are paranormals. She is a great writer though, and I was engrossed in this story, which started as a serial but is contained in entirety in this book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unbound: The Forbidden Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cat Miller
    • Narrated By Neva Navarre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (285)

    College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

    Davida says: "This book deserves 10 Stars!!"
    "Love, Sex, Action, & Mystery!"
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    Love, sex, action, and mystery Cat Miller's debut novel Unbound has it all and more! Be forewarned, this is not your typical love story. Danielle Vaughn is violently thrown into a world that she could have never expected and as each level of deceit is lifted she finds a new part of herself. It also seems that for every part of herself that Danielle finds she also finds a new lover, all of whom play a vital role in the story and I just couldn't help but get invested in each and every one of them.

    Cat really had such a great way of bringing her entire story together from the description of the scenery to every character. I really felt like I was sucked in. No character was really left abandoned in the background as she made every one of them, no matter how small have a roll in the way her main character lived her life and the decisions she made. There were even side stories that pulled me in almost as much as the main one itself.

    With so many twists and turns it was hard for me to put the book down. Every time I thought for sure that things were going to go a certain way; and I wanted it to be so, it would suddenly change! Of course it was written so well that soon as the next change hit I loved it even more than what was happening before. The author had me so in love with every character that I just couldn't make my mind decide what on earth I wanted to happen and I just couldn't get enough!

    Cat miller has me in the palm of her hand and I can't wait to read Unforgiven the second installment in the A forbidden Bond Series.

    Neva Navarre was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Storm: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (413)

    John Rain flees to Brazil to find peace - but inevitably finds himself with a new assignment: take out an arms dealer in Southeast Asia.

    David says: "Very much more of the same"
    "James Bond, Asian style"
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    John Rain is the Japanese-American action hero of "Rain Storm," Barry Eisler's third installment in his series about a deadly killer for hire. This time around, the CIA has hired Rain to take out an arms dealer named Belghazi, who is supplying munitions to fundamentalist terrorists groups. If Rain wants to be paid, however, he must make the hit appear "natural" to the outside world. Since Belghazi is a suspicious man and a martial arts expert who is heavily guarded, Rain has his work cut out for him.

    "Rain Storm" is everything a spy novel should be. It takes place in exotic locales, such as Macau, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Brazil, and, using vivid descriptive writing, Eisler takes the time to describe each place in detail. Rain is a terrific protagonist. He is strong, cunning, schooled in exotic martial arts, and he trusts no one. Wherever he goes, Rain watches his back, and he has many weapons in his arsenal to deflect attacks from potential assailants. Rain, like so many other killers for hire, is at heart an isolated man who cannot sustain a relationship for long. He has to keep moving to protect himself from his enemies, and he is tormented by the many killings that he has committed over the years.

    What would an action novel be without beautiful women? There are several in this book, and one is a mysterious operative with impressive credentials, both in and out of the bedroom. There is also a dizzying plot, with twists and turns galore, complicated political machinations, and exciting fight sequences. It's fun to observe Rain conducting surveillance, tracking his prey, or adopting a clever disguise at the drop of a hat. John Rain is a tough man with a sharp mind, who practices his craft with uncommon skill. His exploits make "Rain Storm" a very entertaining and absorbing novel.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • By a Spider's Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Laurence Bouvard
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mark Rubin is devastated when his wife, Natalie, disappears, along with their three children. Tess is called in to track down his family. Mark seems to be a good man, but Tess can't help wondering - what made Natalie run? This is an insightful, intelligent thriller that explores the issues of love and the ties that bind families. It's also a tremendously compelling listen.

    Lia says: "Another Tess Monaghan case"
    "Another Tess Monaghan case"
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    Tess is hired by a well-to-do Jewish furrier to find his runaway wife. The problem is that he will not give Tess all the information she needs on family matters, and even lies about some details. She must work her way through a mire of relationships and friendships to determine how to find the woman and her children.

    Tess is helped by networking with other women PIs on the Internet, transmitting digital photos and other infomation. She is also helped by an insider, i.e., one of the children is trying to contact his father.

    Everyone has guns and there is some collateral damage. The story is a page turner that will keep you up late to get to the end. My main complaint is that some people just seemed to walk away and fade into the sunset. There were major crimes committed, and some accessories just seem to go on their way.

    Along the way, you might learn more than you want to about Jewish holidays and customs. You will also pick up a few pointers on working the system. I might add that Tess is growing apart from Crow in this novel, so we will have to wait for the next novel to see what develops.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sworn to Silence: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and "English" residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But 16 years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish.

    SHEILA says: "I'm sorry....."
    "Intense Thriller"
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    The town of Painters Mill, Ohio is a small town in Amish Country. Most of the people are known to one another, or else, have at the very least, a nodding acquaintance. The town is comprised of English as well as the Amish community. The two groups do not mix socially and live very different life styles.

    The new Police Chief of Painters Mill is Kate Burkholder. Kate has an interesting history because she grew up Amish in the town that she now serves. She left the community many years ago when she was a teenager and now in her thirties, she's an outsider to her Amish family and former friends. Chief Burkholder is competent, smart and tough when she needs to be. Her officers and staff all have her respect. When the shocking and horrible murder of a young woman takes place, Kate's reminded of some brutal killings that took place when she was young. The Chief has kept a secret from her past, a horrible secret that has always been in the back of her mind, and she's more than determined to stop and identify the killer. Could this be the same killer from years ago!

    When outside investigator are called in, Chief Burkholder tries to maintain her control over the situation, but the town council feels that because of her lack of inexperience, she needs assistance. There's really a lot going on in this story with the many varied characters who each have their own agendas. There's even a little romance, which gives a lift to the darker side of Sworn To Silence.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Painted House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    This novel is a story inspired from John Grisham's own childhood in Arkansas. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his family in a little house that's never been painted. The Chandlers farm 80 acres, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexicans and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it. For six weeks they pick cotton, battle the heat, the rain, the fatigue, and sometimes, each other.

    Lia says: "A Hard Life Through Young Eyes"
    "A Hard Life Through Young Eyes"
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    A Painted House really struck a chord with me. Farm life is tough. The people who live on farms have to be tougher or they won't survive. I felt John Grisham captured this observation beautifully.
    We look at cotton farming in Arkansas in the 1950s during harvest. We experience the many different apprehensions involved with this season. That of hiring hill folk and the Mexicans, what the weather will do, whether the price will be high or low, will the Cardinals have a winning season.
    The big strength of this book is the way the characters are brought to life so wonderfully. We experience their joys over simple pleasures such as sitting on the verandah listening to baseball, the loneliness of farm-life, despair of ever finishing harvest, wariness of the strangers employed, intermingled with the acceptance of the life they lead.
    Sure it's not what you'd normally expect from a Grisham book and yes, we're not glued to our seats with heart-hammering courtroom drama, but so what? We experience the drama of racing to bring the crop in, the troubles that come from mixing people of different backgrounds together, and life on the land as it was in the 1950s.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lynda La Plante
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Detective Anna Travis is working on a murder case that has created a media frenzy. The victim, Louise Pennel, whose body was found dumped by the River Thames, was last seen in a London night club. Anna must hunt down the sadistic killer.

    Lesley says: "Red Dahlia"
    "Anna and Langton do it again!!"
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    The whole serial killer song and dance - so over-done in books and on television - still manages to horrify here, but La Plante has to raise the stakes to revolting levels. So, warning: Don't plan to read this while you are eating lunch. Indeed, we get a double dip of perverted because the killer patterns himself after the un-caught Black Dahlia Killer, to the horror and exasperation of the Brits. (Such an American crime?)

    The surfaces of secondary characters are vividly drawn for all that they flit across the pages - reporter, profiler, horse-loving deb, housekeeper. (OK, the housekeeper needs some work.) But their motivation is often more mysterious than the main plot. And the inner working of Anna's love life is, perhaps, not sufficiently explained, for - although we admire her control at some points - the object(s) of her desire behave so badly that it's hard to understand why such a sensible woman longs for their embraces.

    Ah, and there's a tiny fillip of homophobia, just a trace around the margins. But perhaps we have sufficiently progressed to the point were gay characters can be unapologetically presented as jerks? Or maybe not.

    Travis, however uneven her comrades and opponents may be (and Serial Killer is way way way over the top), is a terrific character, neither too good nor too bad to be true.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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