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Lia

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  • Dragon Knight's Shield

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mary Morgan
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (29)
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    (29)

    Angus MacKay, leader of the Dragon Knights, failed his brothers and his clan upon the death of his sister. Now he must fight the darkness of despair tempting his soul. Back on Scottish soil, he comes face to face with Deirdre who can wield a sword as mightily as his warriors, and he takes her captive. Yet, with each passing day, the fire dragon inside him roars to claim the one woman fate has destined for him.

    Cyndy says: "IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER"
    "Did I Get The Right Book"
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    I bought this book because of the reviews however, I was very disappointed with the story. I rarely DNF but I just could not go on with this book. But others loved the book it was just not my type of book.

    Mary Morgan has really good story ideas but poor actual writing skills. Throughout each of her books the words "roar, roaring, bellowing and shouting" are used so many times that they have no power within the story and become only redundant. I dreaded reading those words and lost sight of the stories. The protagonists also kept relentlessly pounding their fists and throwing things including many, many cups filled with whatever they were drinking. Did these wonderful characters have such disregard for the folks that cooked and cleaned for them that they continue to create additional chores for them without regard? These works need to be cleaned up and provide nuances that are clearly not in her skill set. Too bad. They could have been so much better.

    Paul Woodson was just ok with the delivery of the story. I had trouble with the working which charter was which meaning i had to back track a lot and that was annoying.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (14628)
    Performance
    (13397)
    Story
    (13376)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Tracey says: "Made Alligator Alley fly by"
    "4 Stars Interwoven Mystery."
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    Galbraith seems to be developing a pattern for the post Harry Potter books. It's great that Cormoran Strike continues to be the protagonist, as he is both a "character" and unique among private eyes. Robin Ellacot, as Cormoran's assistant, also adds significantly to the character development which for me is the heart of any novel, even mysteries. In fact, the Cormoran-Robin relationship is for me the best part of the book, and seems both plausible and complex.

    Beyond the detective-sidekick relationship, Galbraith relies on three common ploys often displayed by detective novelists: (1) The reader is presented all at once with a complete nest of suspects. Nothing wrong with that. Some authors drag out the presentation of prospective bad guys, but the early introduction of the whole lot gives the reader plenty of time and pleasure to analyze each character for possible motive and opportunity. (2) The detective has an "Aha!" moment, based more on intuition than fact, but then doesn't reveal it to the reader or even to his close associates, let alone the police. (3) The detective, needless to say, proves more insightful than the police. All three of these factors are staples of the Agatha Christie oeuvre. I cut my mystery-reading teeth on 30 or 40 of Agatha's books, but eventually tired of the basic themes. Miss Marple was delightful, and I always sided with her as she sipped tea and outwitted the police, but that formula did become a bit shopworn after the first few dozen novels. Also, Agatha's protagonists invariably withheld information till the last minute, then revealed all in a stunning burst of logic and unprecedented detection. In those ways, then, Galbraith seems to be following in the footsteps of Agatha.

    Both the London scene and the preponderance of book-publishing characters contributed to my enjoyment of this book. I look forward to spending many more hours with Cormoran Strike, and hope the author will promote Robin to an even more prominent place in detection.

    Robert Glenister was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mafia and His Angel, Book 1: Tainted Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lylah James
    • Narrated By Tia Rider Sorensen
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Cold. Ruthless. Killer. I am respected and feared by all. I wasn’t put on this earth to love or be loved. I was put here to wipe out every last member of the damn Abandonato mafia, to pay them back for my mother’s death. When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything.

    Lia says: "Good Start To A Series"
    "Good Start To A Series"
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    Lylah James brings us a very intriguing, enthralling, exciting, gripping story that centers around Alessio and Ayla. Each with their own part to play in the criminal underworld. From warring mafia families - He's the leader of the Russians, her father is the leader of the Italians. In her attempt to escape the Hell that had become her life, she inadvertently finds solace within Alessio's home. Her lies keep her alive, but they gnaw at her conscious the closer she gets with her "boss." Her past, her fear, her will to live all become tested when she begins to open herself up, and fall in love with the Brava lord. He's drawn to her, her vulnerability, and even her walls. He wants to crash them all down and get her into his bed. Lines start to blur when he realizes just how much he wants her to stay there.
    This was a good book. It was well written, and had me on the edge of my seat. This being a dark romance, you expect some uncomfortable situations. And that's where I struggled with my rating on this book. Story-line, characters, everything - It could have been a 5 star listen.

    What is with so many characters names starting with Alessio, Alberto, Alfredo, Ayla, Artur, Angel too much already. Also, I found myself disappointed. Her happiness is tainted a LOT by her past. I understand it, completely. I just felt myself longing for more. And it actually is the reason why I'm so eager to read book 2.

    Tia Rider Sorensen was good with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Targets of Deception: Jordan Sandor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeffrey S. Stephens
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    When Jordan Sandor resigned from active service with the Central Intelligence Agency, it was before September 11th, before the fall of Saddam Hussein, and before the world had so dramatically changed. He is reluctantly drawn back into action when a series of violent events leads him to suss out a new al-Qaeda conspiracy to initiate cataclysmic assaults with poison gas.

    shelley says: "Plenty of Murder, Espionage, Suspense & Thrills!!!"
    "Great Spy Thriller"
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    Jordan Sandor is an ex-spy basically. Worked for the CIA and made a lot of enemies while doing so. One of his few friends was Dan Peters who knew all about Jordan's past but liked him any. Theirs was a mutual respect and it led to Jordan agreeing to see a man Dan had come across who had a story to tell to someone who would know what the information was worth. But before they could meet up with the
    guy, they met up with some folks they could have done without. Especially Dan who is fatally injured when they stop assist a downed officer.
    The guy had a sister who can't keep herself out of trouble and who doesn't want out of whatever happened to him. She attaches herself to Jordan with the intent of "helping". She travels with him to Paris, Italy and points ocean-ward until Jordan gets a call from another old friend who tells him something he really didn't need to hear:
    A fast-moving great listen which is the beginning of the Jordan Sandor group of tales. They don't pull any punches, sometimes you don't know if you like the hero and sometimes you know you don't.
    Christopher Lane was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Random Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Franklin Horton
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
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    Teenager Amanda Castle was like a lot of people, posting pictures of her everyday life to a variety of social media sites. Not everyone who viewed her pictures was there to share in her experiences. One was there to steal her profile pictures. A terrorist in Frankfurt was desperate to please his leadership. He planned the perfect attack, one in which vulnerable people would be invited through social media to participate in a flash mob. There, the unwitting participants, thinking they were taking part in a random act of kindness, would find themselves engaged in a random act of terror.

    Lia says: "Riviting Book"
    "Riviting Book"
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    Random Acts" had me from the very beginning. It's a fast-paced story of how social media is manipulated to ensnare users in dangerous situations they simply weren't looking for. The cautionary tale shines a light on the dangers of oversharing, terrorism, and getting too close to online-only friends you've never actually seen or met. I really enjoyed how Horton created sympathy in the reader for even the worst people in the story, the most unsympathetic of characters. His attention to individual feelings and the cause & effect relationship between feelings and events in the story adds a human element to this thriller that thoroughly develops the characters and send the story over the top.
    I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
    Excellent book with a lot of reality, scary as it could really happen to any of us. Highly recommend!

    Kevin Pierce was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Chord (The Conor McBride Series - Mystery Suspense Thriller Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathryn Guare
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Conor McBride has lost everything, and if he can't find a way to disappear in a hurry, the next thing he loses could be his life. Running from enemies he's never met and haunted by his own destructive actions, Conor needs a refuge secure enough to hold his secrets. A farmhouse inn tucked amidst the green mountains of Vermont seems ideal, but when his past catches up with him, Conor discovers the beautiful young innkeeper has secrets of her own, and hers are more likely to get them both killed.

    Lia says: "Excellent Spy Thriller"
    "Excellent Spy Thriller"
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    I was given the Secret Chord in return for an honest and unbiased review. I thought I should start with the first book.The first book in the series was OK for me but this book I really enjoyed.

    The Secret Chord is an enchanting ride with the Irish violinist/farmer/spy Conor McBride who turns up in Vermont and meets his match in artist/innkeeper Kate Fitzpatrick. I was immersed in the action from the start of the novel; Ms. Guare keeps you guessing where the plot will lead. Some characters met in Deceptive Cadence return and interesting new ones are introduced. Ms. Guare has a wonderful ear for dialogue and description and I would be remiss if I didn't mention her fine use of her native "green mountain" state as this novel's main setting. Beware, though—events will lead across the globe to culminate in some hair-raising plot twists!

    Wayne Farrell was once again outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Room of White Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Roland Ford - once a cop, then a marine, now a private investigator - is good at finding people. But when he's asked to locate air force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he's been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows the weight of war, having served as a marine in First Fallujah; he also knows the nightmare of indescribable personal pain, as only two years have passed since his young wife's sudden death. What he doesn't know is why a shroud of secrecy hangs over the disappearance of Clay Hickman.

    shelley says: "Not for the squeamish..."
    "Masterfuly Written Story"
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    Private investigator Roland Ford, ex-cop and ex-Marine, is haunted by both his wife’s tragic death, and his experiences in Fallujah. Ford is hired to find Clay Hickman, ex Air Force, who had recently escaped from his ultra-expensive, super-secure residential care facility, Arcadia. Although this seems at first to be a straightforward job, it becomes ever more complicated when Ford unearths secret after secret about Hickman, as well as about Arcadia and the people who run it.

    Ford tells the story in his own voice, and we experience all his fears, his ghosts, and his questions. We see his flaws; we see his fabric of life hanging in the balance, and we are on his side. We observe the other characters through his filter. Ford offers us factual descriptions, but emotional opinions and observations. While he thinks that everyone has a morsel of goodness somewhere, we are not so sure. Ford uses all his senses to pull us into the story.
    “Maybe it was the slamming of the Dutch door.
    Or the wind in the grapes, or the way the tire swing turned on its rope.”

    “Shade goes well with a warm day, a cold beer, and a stack of almost-overdue bills…
    I paused to look out at the pond and the rolling hills beyond.”

    “The Room of White Fire” is a difficult story to listen to at times because of the challenging social content. Parker creates a haunting scenario that readers may have read about in newspapers or heard about on TV but may not want to admit might be true. As we listen to the details about Ford’s struggle, about Hickman’s struggle, we must also wonder who among us is struggling with the same problems. This is a book we must all should listen to

    The good news is that while this story has a definite end, Roland Ford’s story does not. I think Ford will find his way into another Parker story in the future, and I for one cannot wait.

    Will Damron was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deceptive Cadence: The Virtuosic Spy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Guare
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride's only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he's becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing - and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.

    Lia says: "Just OK For Me"
    "Just OK For Me"
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    Since this book had so many awards, I started it with a lot of hope. It was a little disappointing after all of the awards, as I figured it was just an average book. Nothing great, nothing very bad. Just an average book.
    Way too many long rambles around Ireland, India, and London. Lots of mysterious goings on that just get dull. I gave up trying to follow the story about 1/2 through, and just skimmed the rest. Vague Russians, oafish Americans, drugs, a saintly Indian woman. Wow, lots of imagination in need of harnessing and an editor who can figure out a narrative through all of the segments. But this book was just okay for me.

    Wayne Farrell was outstanding with the delivery of the story and made book more enjoyable

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Gilstrap
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (246)

    This raw and vivid portrait of juvenile detention centers and life on the run catapults John Gilstrap to the forefront of the crime thriller genre. Nathan Bailey is a 12-year-old juvenile-hall orphan with a problem. Covered in blood, he is caught on videotape fleeing from a murder scene. Will the boy evade the police long enough to tell the truth? Or will a hit man kill him before he gets the chance?

    R. Pontiflet says: "Run Nathan Run!!"
    "3.5 Abrupt Ending"
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    Fun, quick read that kept my interest and had me rooting for Nathan to evade the folks who were trying to capture him. He was such a sweet kid, and I liked his interactions with Denise, the radio host. What I didn't like was the abrupt ending. I went to the author's website and read the alternate ending, but wasn't crazy about that one either. I also wish there was more detail about the destruction of the career of that idiot politician, Petrelli.
    I would have given this 5 stars as it had all the elements that I look forward to in a great escape/on the run type novel. But the ending was surprisingly abrupt. I felt there should have been some sort of epilogue or at least a few words regarding the other characters that played important roles in the story.

    George Guidall was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By R. R. Haywood
    • Narrated By Rachel Hine
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (124)
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    (123)

    Twelve days ago a deadly infection spread across the world. Populations have been destroyed. Law and order are gone. Life as it was known has ceased. The infected are now the strongest species, and survival has become brutal. Heather has survived by hiding. Hiding is her thing. People are bad. What others do to survive is no concern of hers. On a mission for supplies, she makes a decision that not only places her in danger but will change everything she ever knew - or believed in....

    Michael Garcia says: "I want more!"
    "Good and Bad"
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    This is my first Zombie book and probably my last.
    The first half of the book was pretty good and very funny in places. But the second half of the book made me want to walk into book and slap some sense into Heather and those spoiled ungrateful children they picked up especially the youngest Anya. If it were my child throwing those temper tantrums and putting the whole group at risk. You should have bought muzzle and a spanking she would never forget.Then the book just got monotonous and very repetitive.

    Rachel Hine was good with the delivery of the story

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Say You're Sorry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

    Paul says: "His best book yet"
    "Excellent Book"
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    I usually love psychological thrillers, and Robotham's SAY YOU'RE SORRY was not a disappointment. Even though I didn't read Robotham's earlier novels in which the main character, Joe O'Laughlin, is introduced and developed, I was still able to like and relate to his character, although I wasn't as attached to him as I wish I'd been. I also thought that his psychologist work was probably a little far-fetched.

    One thing that I really liked about this book was that I honestly had NO clue who the kidnapper was going to be. Usually I'm fairly decent at seeing things like that coming, but I was truly surprised when it was finally revealed. Although I liked not being able to figure it out, I think that the author could've done a better job with the kidnapper's character. The main reason I was so surprised was that he was such a minor character in the novel. Maybe it's just me, but I was almost like, "Wait, who is this again?" I think that the author could've fleshed out his character a tiny bit more without being so obvious as to give him away.

    Along those same lines, after you figure out who it is, the author does little to resolve the lingering questions. There is an explanation as to why he kidnapped the girls, but I wish that it had gone into a little bit more detail. It just seemed a tiny bit far-fetched. There is also an event (which I won't give away) that occurs at the beginning of the book that has no resolution. We find out about who was responsible for this event, but don't ever learn why or how it happened.

    The rest of the novel was pretty good, though. Piper's chapters were really creepy and I found myself having a hard time reading this book alone in the dark, particularly as it got closer to the end. I thought that the character development between the minor characters in the book — specifically the parents of Piper and Tash and their "friends" from the town — was interesting and very well done. We learned a lot about each of them, which made pinpointing who the kidnapper was going to be even harder.

    Ultimately, it was a good, thrilling book. I am looking forward to the next book.

    Sean Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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