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  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6672)
    Performance
    (5797)
    Story
    (5774)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "Five-Stars for Nora Roberts"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nora Roberts wrote an intriguing story with wonderful characters. I wanted to fix the main character, Elizabeth-Abigail, a hot chocolate and give her a hug, but on the otherhand, never get on her bad side. The chief of police, Brooks, was dreamy. Brooks family and the townspeople added warmth and drama to the story. Julia Whelan gave a great performance. She handled the accents well and I thought did a good job with the main character's quirky personality. I give Ms. Whelan five stars as well. I would highly recommend to anyone and to myself for a second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1002)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Hassan says: "Never Expected This!!!!"
    "Worth the Wait - Loved!"
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    This was a very enjoyable storyline that brought back a lot of elements from previous books - in a seamless way. It had a satisfying ending, plus lots of kick-ass drama on the way. My many thanks to Jeaniene Frost for the whole series and the spin-offs. Great books! I think Tavia Gilbert is fabulous and she does not disappoint here. The books would not be as good without her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Touch of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get. Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

    Cheryl says: "A really good historical western romance"
    "Disappointing leading lady"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I have enjoyed lots of Linda Howard novels. This one was sadly disappointing. The leading lady, Annie, bucked the trend, showing an independent, strong will, to become a doctor in the wild, wild West. However, when Rafe comes along, she turns into a meek, frightened, uncertain (fill in the appropriate synonymous-adjective) sissy. It would have been a much better story if Annie had stayed true to her character throughout. The narrator was fine, but not outstanding. I may be judging her a little on her material, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior: Highlander, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1232)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (696)

    He was born to a clan of warriors of supernatural strength, but Gavrael McIllioch abandoned his name and his Highland castle, determined to escape the dark fate of his ancestors. Hiding his identity from the relentless rival clan that hunted him, he called himself Grimm to protect the people he cared for, vowing never to acknowledge his love for ravishing Jillian St. Clair.

    Jennifer says: "Not understanding the problem here...."
    "Painful"
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    I liked the first book in this series, but this one was painful to listen to because of the story. It had great potential with the general idea, but the execution was lame. The narrator was good, he just didn't have adequate material to work with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3184)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1657)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Worth it!"
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    This was my first Dean Koontz book. Amazing story, plot, characters. He throws you on a roller coaster ride of emotion and suspense, and manages an ending you can be satisfied with. He's a great story-teller with a limitless imagination. The narrator was great as well. I would totally recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Beat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Devan Sipher
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He’s also a professional one: He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there’s a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else’s wedding. Everything changes on New Year’s Eve when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples....

    Elizabeth says: "Like a trip to the dentist!"
    "Would have given 3 1/2 Stars if possible"
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    I hovered back and forth on the overall rating between 3 and 4 stars. While the story was good, I felt almost depressed at the bad luck of the main character, Gavin. He could not catch a break and it got a little wearisome. That could have been made up for in a spectacular "guy gets the girl" ending, but even the confrontation at the end was a little pathetic. A good resolution came in the final third of the "Epilogue." That wasn't enough happiness to counteract the problems faced, the off-timing, the bloodshed, etc. Plus I wanted to know more about how they got to where they were in the "Epilogue." I felt after all I had invested into the story, I was missing some information that I deserved to know. I did like best friend Hope and her story with AJ. That added a nice/funny twist in the story. The couples Gavin interviewed were interesting. Gavin's grandmother was very sweet. The narrator did a fine job. A good listen, especially if you are drawn to rooting for the underdog. So while three stars may seem harsh for a good book, I just couldn't bring myself to rate it four stars due to my wanting to slap some sense into Gavin and yell something to him about seizing his destiny. We don't do that to fictional characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1717)
    Story
    (1723)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Enjoyable plot, characters and narrator"
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    This was my first book listened to which was written by Lisa Gardner. I knew who Detective D.D. Warren was from a t.v. movie that I liked. Having not read any Det. Warren books before, I still gave this one a listen because the synopsis sounded interesting. I wasn't disappointed. I felt I had enough background about Det. Warren to get her personality, without having to rely on what was brought out in other books. I even liked the bad guy. The plot was good and kept me interested throughout the book. The narrator did a good job a portraying the female non-nonsense "cop" voice, but could have used a different approach when speaking in Charlie's first person voice. However, it wasn't distracting and I would listen to another book ready by Kirsten Potter. I would definitely read another Lisa Gardner and specifically another Detective D. D. Warren book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5023)
    Performance
    (3392)
    Story
    (3411)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "Warning - this book leads to an addictive series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halfway to the Grave the most enjoyable?

    The storyline is fun and exciting and the narration is fantastic.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I think Ms. Gilbert is spot on with Bones. He's not a James Bond Englishman. He's like Eliza Doolittle before she became a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had MANY laugh-out-loud moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed the series as well. I have purchased all Night Huntress books and Night Huntress World books that are available to-date and have enjoyed them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Imagine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carolina home she loves. But unknown to Kit, the Yankee war hero is more than her bitterest enemy; he's also her guardian. And he'll be a lot harder to kill than she's figured on.

    Laura C. Pailler says: "Susan Elizabeth's great formula"
    "Interesting Characters, Story Too Drawn Out"
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    What about Cristine McMurdo-Wallis’s performance did you like?

    Ms. McMurdo-Wallis had a very pleasant demeanor. Her voices were not detracting from the story, but held enough differences to be able to tell one character from the other. Generally, I felt she had an appealing voice for narration and did a good job with the book. I would listend to another book narrated by her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love eventually does conquer all, and there's a lot to conquer.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had so much conflict between the main characters and there was so much misunderstanding and tragedy, that it was kind of hard to listen to. Even though there is a happy ending, I felt Kit and Baron Cain were sometimes just mean to each other. This had too many sad events happen that made it almost difficult to listen to. All stories should have some point of contention or a problem or two to overcome. This book just kept throwing hurdles at the poor people in the book. I liked other things about the book. I thought the plot of the book was clever. I liked that Kit was a non-traditional southern girl, inspite of her attending finishing school and doing so well. The book gave an interesting perspective on life after the Civil War for both people in the North (a little bit) and the South, including property owners and former slaves in the South. That part of the book was very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (618)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Super entertaining and fun!"
    Overall

    This was the first Jennifer Crusie book I had listened to, although I have since listened to others. This is my favorite so far. The story is so clever in its theories of romance that many of the characters have and swear that their theory explains all. The characters are unique and fun. The narrator does a great job. I was laughing out loud in some parts and yet the story can be very sweet at other times. A word of warning . . . you may feel the need to go get donuts during or after reading.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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