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Shaloreial

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  • Dark Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Genevieve has finally escaped the stressful demands of her sales job and achieved her dream: to leave London behind and begin a new life aboard a houseboat in Kent. Not many people know that she financed her fresh start by working weekends as a dancer at a less-than-reputable gentlemen's club called the Barclay, and she's determined to keep it that way. But on the night of her housewarming party the past intrudes when a body washes up beside the boat, and Genevieve recognizes the victim, a fellow dancer from the Barclay.

    Tulipdragon says: "Good read, bad narration"
    "Good Listen"
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    Elizabeth Haynes did it again. It was a good listen that kept me insterested the whole book. The narrator Justine Eyre was delightful. Great voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4496)
    Performance
    (4037)
    Story
    (4034)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "What Is Everybody Else Reading??!"
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    This book was boring and uneventful. I don't know what all these 5 star reviewers are talking about. Must be a different book. I thought the storyline was simple, the plot did not progress to much, and the ending was a letdown. I had to replay it to make sure it was the end, it was so ubrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Sentences

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Author Cassandra Fallows has achieved remarkable success by baring her life on the page. Her two widely popular memoirs continue to sell briskly, acclaimed for their brutal, unexpurgated candor about friends, family, lovers - and herself. But now, after a singularly unsuccessful stab at fiction, Cassandra believes she may have found the story that will enable her triumphant return to nonfiction.

    RKNS says: "Good book; great reader!"
    "Boring"
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    This story was slow and boring. I like Laura but sometimes she can be long-winded. There's not a lot of dialogue as much as there is summarization of thoughts throughout the whole book. Characters say one sentence, then the rest of the chapter is random thoughts about that sentence.

    I also like Linda Emonds voice, it's pleasant. But there are no voice changes between characters. Overall this was a boring story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3431)
    Performance
    (3059)
    Story
    (3082)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Boring and Slow"
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    I love Nora Roberts, but this one was a bore. I didn't like the storyline with the egg and Russia. It just wasn't interesting. I love Julie Whelan, her character voices are great. I was looking forward to the book because of her and was hoping it was as good as The Witness, which I think is the last well-written book by Nora. The Collector was not one of my favorites, but I will always come back to Nora Roberts.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Every Secret Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Kicked out of a birthday party, 11-year-olds Alice and Ronnie walk home and encounter a baby left in a carriage. Their earnest desire to do a good deed ends tragically, however, and seven years later they are released from "kid prison" to start their lives anew.

    Lauren says: "Couldn't Make It"
    "This Was Torture Listening"
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    This was the slowest Laura Lippman book I've listened to yet. It was torture getting to the end. There was so much non-essential talking and took forever to get to one point. I like Lippman and will still listen to her, but this one is not on my list of favorites.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (977)

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    SIMARA says: "Captivating story with superb narration..."
    "Didn't Seal the Deal With Book #2"
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    I was looking forward to the second book in this series. The first one was OUTSTANDING. This second book missed the mark by a longshot. There was so action, only a lot of internal thoughts from the main character. And I agree with another reviewer, it was never explained why a woman who was kidnapped, raped and imprisoned was hated by the entire clan. That made no sense at all.

    The narraration was outstanding as usual. Kirsten Potter does an excellent job with voice inflection, emotion and different voices. I can always listen to her. I'll listen to another Maya Banks, but I was not sold on this story at all. I hope #3 is better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "Too Much Filler"
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    I was really excited to listen to a suspensful storyline, but was very dissapointed. There was nothing suspenseful about this book whatsever. This is a very slow book with too much filler in between the actual storyline. I got so bored listening to superfluous information that had nothing to do with the story, I fell asleep a few times or drifted in thought. The storyline itself is good if the author kept to that and build upon it in a timely manner. If not for the filler and having no actual suspense, it would have been an enjoyable book. I do think the author is a good writer but this left something to be desired. This was my first listen by this auther and I'm hesitant to listen to another. Maybe I'll try her series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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