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D. Arena

DLA

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  • Friends Forever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (141)

    Five children meet on the first day of kindergarten. In the years that follow, they become friends and more than friends. Together, they will find strength, meet challenges, face life’s adventures, endure loss, face stark realities, and open their hearts. In this moving novel, number one New York Times best-selling author Danielle Steel traces their unforgettable journey - full of tests and trials - as three boys and two girls discover the vital bonds that will last a lifetime.

    CCB says: "Disappointed for the last time."
    "Following the Lives of Friends..."
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    This was an excellent book. It follows friends from their school careers. I loved how we get to know each Character and how they turned out as young adults. It featured everyday lives and makes you think of your own life. Overall, an excellent story. The story kept me interested in the Characters lives and their families.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Zoë Bell, Dominic Hoffman
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    The Trinidad contract was supposed to be simple: To make a living man become a dead man. When the job goes bad under the watchful eye of a bank security camera, there is nowhere for agent MX-401, known as Reaper, to hide from the fearsome local warlords, the Laventille Killers. Her employers, the Barbarians, send her to Barbados, the next island over, barely two hundred miles away, with the LK's in hot pursuit of the woman who took many of their own.

    D. Arena says: "Wow... another flop...."
    "Wow... another flop...."
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am very disappointed where EJD is going with his books lately! I am a huge fan of his, but his last two books, "Decadence" and now "A Wanted Woman" makes me nervous about using my credits or buying another book by EJD! In this book, the Narrator, Zoe Bell voice is monotone and B-O-Y was I having a hard time listening to her voice! Since the narrator needed to become the voice of "Agent MX-401", I am not going to avoid other books she may have here that she narrated. It could be the character that she is playing? The story is VERY poor! It sounds like EJD did not write this, but a grade-school student did. Sorry, I must give this book one star. One minute she is talking as though she is in grade school and the next minute she is killing someone... At times I had to rewind to see "where did that come from....???"EJD, PLEASE bring back the Gideon Series!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Two women who bear an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert have been murdered. Kacey believes it is nothing more than a terrible coincidence, but the deeper she digs, the more worried she becomes. Soon, more victims emerge—all bearing a physical resemblance to Kacey—and she begins to wonder when the brutal killer will come hunting for her.

    epeep says: "terrible narration"
    "EXCELLENT narration"
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    Would you listen to Born to Die again? Why?

    I am not sure why a review states it was "terrible narration"? It was perfect and it fit the story-line. Overall, these books are a good read... HOWEVER, it is getting a little "crazy" to think all these serial killers are all from the same area (if you are reading the series). I am glad the author did not add more "killings" to the little town..... Then it would be redundant and boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Lisa Jackson's novels of romance and suspense race up the best-seller charts. In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose.

    mary says: "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    "Now a fan of Lisa Jackson!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Left to Die the most enjoyable?

    I decided to try this author because of the reviews of her books (and because my regular authors do not have any new books to read/hear). I am SO happy that I did! This book kept me wanting more... the story line is excellent and I had to find excuses to listen more (headphones on while cooking... working..... etc...etc....)
    I bought more credits just to start the next book in the series... Great job Ms. Jackson!!

    Great job to the narrator, Alan Nebelthau too! Actually, speaking of the Narrator, Alan Nebelthau sounds a lot like the Narrator, George Guidall of the "Walt Longmire" series of author Craig Johnson? (Another series I listen to - but the third Longmire book really isn't working for me.... we shall see....)


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Decadence

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey returns to a character he created in his celebrated novel of erotic daring, Pleasure. Four years have passed in the life of Nia Simone Bijou, and she is approaching the height of her artistic powers. A film she has written is poised for international success, the studio is eager for a sequel, and the media are fascinated by her work. Yet her imaginative mind is wandering.

    Nicole says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Disappointed"
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    What would have made Decadence better?

    I've listened and read all of EJD books and am very disappointed with Decadence. If I wanted a story full of porn, I would have gone to a different type of site. Even if someone was sexually active, to the point of having it as an addiction, one wouldn't have an encounter every min of their lives.... Hopefully the next book will have a plot (like the Gideon series).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Jerome Dickey again?

    If it has a plot (or whatever you would call it in this book), no.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (387)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "Excellent and it kept my attention!"
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    If you could sum up The Family Business in three words, what would they be?

    First of all, I LOVED the performances, especially Ezra Knight! I love audiobooks that have different Narrators to play each Character... it keeps it interesting!
    The story was very good and the role each family member played made me want to learn more about each Character. If you like the action and drama to continue in each Chapter, you will find this book very interesting... like all Carl Weber books! :-)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Deepak Chopra has touched millions of readers and listeners by demystifying our deepest spiritual concerns while retaining their poetry and wonder. Now he turns to the most profound mystery: What happens after we die? Is this a question we were not meant to answer, a riddle whose solution the universe keeps to itself? Chopra tells us there is abundant evidence that "the world beyond" is not separated from this world by an impassable wall; in fact, a single reality embraces all worlds, all times and places.

    Nagesh says: "Thought provoking book"
    "A Little Different...."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have to be honest, a few places in the book I "bookmarked" because it was very interesting and something to remember. However, I will need to listen to this book again and perhaps a third time to understand half of what was said.... Some of the book was hard to understand and left me questioning what he just said... Overall, a pretty good book and worth the time (or two) to listen to...


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Birthday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

    Jan says: "Enjoyed story narrator shocking"
    "Overall, a nice story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Happy Birthday the most enjoyable?

    This story concentrates on the big birthdays of the 30's, 50's, and 60's. It showcases three individuals and it is well written and a pleasant story to listen to. I love all of Danielle Steel books... At times she can repeat herself quite a bit in her books, but I found this book to have less repetition.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Resurrecting Midnight: Gideon Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eric Jerome Dickey
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    After nearly losing his life in Antigua during a mission that went terribly wrong, Gideon trusts no one. But when a former lover and grifter, Arizona, resurfaces in need of his skills, she reminds him he was indebted to a man who had once saved his life: the son of the legendary con-man Scamz. Gideon is forced to take on an assignment which will lead him to Argentina in pursuit of a briefcase containing one part of a larger puzzle.

    fillistine says: "Part 5 where are You?????????????????"
    "Gideon - 1-4 Books"
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    Would you listen to Resurrecting Midnight again? Why?

    Please tell me that there will be additional books on Gideon? It cannot stop here... I loved the series!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Getting to Happy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Terry McMillan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism. Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another.

    Teddy says: "A Book About Middle Aged Women...."
    "You will get to know the Characters as people you"
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    I truly enjoyed this book. The four friends are right at my age and each of them have something in their lives that are similar to my life! I can relate to the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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