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  • Live to Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Wendy Corsi Staub
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In a lovely suburban town just north of New York City, the gossip mill runs more efficiently than the commuter-train line. And in every impeccably decorated house, they're talking about Lauren Walsh. They say that nothing could be worse than being abandoned by your husband for another woman. They're wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    After reading some of the reviews for this book, I expected a suspenseful ride. I got a slow walk to a mundane ending. For most of the book, we have no idea why Lauren Walsh in in danger. We watch her go through her days, unable to contact her ex-husband who is vacationing with his new girlfriend. Why does this matter? Lauren's whiny young daughter has lost a stuffed toy her father gave her and won't shut up about it. Various other characters come and go and we have no idea why they matter or what they have to with anything. It's not until the last hour or so of the book, that any of it starts to make sense and by then I was past caring. Suddenly, the sinister plot is revealed as if pulled out of a hat. A thoroughly wasted credit.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Since coming to Crossroads, Oklahoma, former outcast Aden Stone has been living the good life. Never mind that one of his best friends is a werewolf, his girlfriend is a vampire princess who hungers for his blood, and he's supposed to be crowned Vampire King - while still a human! Well, kind of.

    Brandon says: "Love it!"
    "Terrible writing"
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    Overwrought dialogue. Couldn't get through the first hour. The opening was confusing, but not compelling enough to make me want to stick with the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8475)
    Performance
    (7706)
    Story
    (7765)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "OK, but . . ."
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    I found Dan Brown’s latest conspiracy thriller to about average as these types of novels go. It’s almost as if Dan Brown, like so many other authors is imitating, well, Dan Brown. As other reviewers have noted, it follows the Brown formula, which includes:

    • A deadly conspiracy
    • A clandestine organization
    • A powerful agency
    • An intelligent young woman
    • Clues buried in art, religion, or in this case the book A Divine Comedy, Dante’s horrifying portrayal of Hell, about which our hero Robert Langdon just happens to be an expert. In Brown’s last novel, The Lost Symbol, Langdon was an expert on the Masons.
    • A ticking clock

    Brown does a good job of keeping up the suspense, but because of the formula it felt to me like I had already read this book, and I correctly guessed its ending. In general it’s an entertaining read, but don’t expect another Da Vinci code.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (838)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "What if you could live again and again, until . ."
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    . . you got it right?

    Would you? Get it right I mean. Most, if not all, of us look back on events in our lives and wish would have done at least one thing differently. With that comes the assumption that we would have made a better choice, even without knowing then what we know now. But, would we? For each decision we make, some in the shadow of a heartbeat, sets into motion a chain of events, and we can never be sure where they will end. Do we really choose our own destiny, or does our destiny choose us?

    Author Kate Atkinson’s newest novel asks that very question. For Ursula Todd, dying at birth only to be reborn and instant later, beginning a pattern that would repeat throughout her life, the links of the chain break again and again only to rejoin in a different place with a new truth. In her different incarnations, we don’t know if we pity poor Ursula or find her deserving of the various travails she encounters as much for the choices she doesn’t make as for the ones she does. Equally as compelling is the character of Ursula’s mother, Silvie, whose own evolution is both perplexing and disturbing.

    Atkinson’s prose and gift for imagery is exceptional. If you haven’t read any of her other books (and you certainly should!), this book brings to mind the novels of Kate Morton, weaving together the past – in this case many pasts -and present to a surprising conclusion. It does require focus to keep track of the many threads weaving together at one end and unraveling at the other, but it’s more than worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Read Than Dead: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (442)

    Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

    Jill says: "GREAT Series!"
    "Silly Girl"
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    Abby Cooper is a psychic with a knack for accidently stumbling into criminal investigations with the local police department. This is the second book in the series and second one I've read.

    It's been a while since I read the first book and I decided to give this one try. Now I remember why I didn't immediately reach for the second one in the series after finishing the first. Here it is: I don't like Abby Cooper. If I had known her in real life, I would have run like a deer from her. She's selfish, whiny and not terribly bright. For someone who refers to herself as an "intuitive" she uses astonishingly bad judgment in her own affairs. It's too bad too, because the plots are interesting and the author does a good job of ratcheting up the suspense. But, as Abby runs headlong into danger without looking both ways, I find myself wishing that someone would kill her. At a minimum, I amazed that no one has.

    While the narrator does an adequate job, her voice doesn't match the young, immature Abby Cooper. In any case, the is the last book in the series I will read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator - a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

    Amazon Customer says: "Engaging, but sometimes frustrating"
    "Engaging, but sometimes frustrating"
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    Dulcie O'Neil is an idiot. For some reason this particular genre has a common type: stubborn, impulsive, overly emotional, with very poor judgment, and Dulcie just may be its poster child. She acts first and thinks later, ignoring both very good advice and flashing neon signs reading "Don't go in there!" The question isn't so much "how is she ever going to get out of this one," it's "how did she ever get herself into this one." And, that's just her professional side. She comes with as much emotional baggage as dysfunctional family of four. But, she is also highly principled and fiercely loyal to those she cares about. When she puts her own life on the line, it's to help and protect others.

    The plots and other characters are interesting and, when Dulcie isn’t getting in her own way, there’s enough suspense to keep the reader engaged. By the third book, Great Hexpectations, it appears our little girl may be growing up. The narrator, Therese Plummer is very good and does a great job of bring all the characters to life.

    All and all, I do recommend the series if you don’t mind periodically rolling your eyes and thinking, “For God’s sake, Dulcie, grow up!”

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (872)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Promising new series"
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    This is fun book from the "Paranormal Cozies" category. Olivia is a newly discovered "Magical," a person with some magical powers. But, it turns that she is much more powerful than most, and some malevolent force wants her power at any cost.

    Like many heroines of this genre, Olivia is impulsive, none to bright, and stubbornly convinced that she "can take care of myself!" despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. She also is maddeningly blind to clues dancing in front of her like small children begging for attention. The reader will likely arrive at the "Ah Ha" moment long before Olivia does. Still this promises to be fun series, especially if the books continue to be narrated by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi. That woman could read from the phone book and make it sound interesting. I look forward to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "A waste of "Time""
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    Full disclosure: I didn't finish it. I listened to this on a long road trip. After seven hours, I just gave up.

    The plot sounded so intriguing. Bringing together all those historical characters to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper seemed like a "can't fail" idea. But long, tortuous passages whereupon the protagonist, an upper class British gentleman, carries on and on about his obsession with a common street prostitute, nearly put me to sleep at the wheel waiting for something to happen. Occasionally, something interesting does happen, but just when you think the plot may be thickening, the pitiful angst resumes. Sadly, the writing is very good and the narrator does and excellent job, but the pace of the story is like watching paint dry. I have no idea how it all turned out, but I just couldn't bring myself to care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Audley's Secret

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mary Elizabeth Braddon
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A fast-paced Victorian thriller that will delight audiences today as it did 100 years ago, Lady Audley's Secret has subterfuge, kidnapping, jealousy, and fraud, all thrown into the mix and shaken up for good measure.

    A mystery which keeps a listener guessing until the last moments, this production is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys playing detective.

    connie says: "Narrator creates the listen"
    "Amazing narration!"
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    This is a fun Victorian mystery, or what was called in the day a "sensation" novel. But what really makes the book is the narration by Juliet Stevenson. She has so many voices, you would swear there is a whole cast of actors narrating the book! I hope she does many more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sense and Sensibility

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (421)

    When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

    Jo says: "Superb - Justice to Jane Austen and Emma Thompson"
    "Outstanding narrator!"
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    Juliet Stevenson's narration of Jane Austen is pitch-perfect! She captures the spirit of prose and voices of the character's flawlessly. The only one of Austen's books not available with her narration is Pride and Prejudice. They need to fix that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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