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  • Origin in Death: In Death, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (595)

    New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her partner Peabody enter the hallowed halls of the Wilfred B. Icove Center for Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery on a case. A hugely popular vid star has been beaten to a bloody pulp - and has killed her attacker in the process. After a post-op interview, Dallas and Peabody confirm for themselves that it's a clear-cut case of self-defense.

    Ria Reader says: "WOW! Another GREAT ONE."
    "WOW! Another GREAT ONE."
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    I am waiting for the other shoe to fall in this series. How can one series have so many books and still be good. I can not stop spending my money on this In Death series. (It's like an addiction.)This one was really good and interesting .I even shed some tears at the end.
    I have to give it up to Susan Ericksen ( the narrator) she really makes these stories real. ( I especillay got a treat with Roarke's relatives being in town). (Susan has that Irish accent down).
    I have tried saving money and reading a couple of the books but it is trully not the same without the voices that Susan gives us.
    Do yourself a favor start with the 1st one you will not be disappointed.

    8 of 8 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
    (1861)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1688)

    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.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Nora's a beast!!!"
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    Awesome story. I loved the characters. The murders and romance and mystery. Just an overall great story I couldn't stop listening. The beginning was a bit slow but once it got going it took off. Long but worth it. The narrator was new for me but I will for sure look for other books with her as a narrator. Happy reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Beverly Jenkins
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The child he didn't know he had...Andrew Yates has come to a decision: It's time to stop sowing those oats and start a family. But searching for a bride isn't as simple as he'd hoped, and many of the respectable women of his acquaintance feel...lacking. Then beautiful, feisty Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells arrives at the family ranch with a toddler in her arms, claiming Drew is the father! The woman he didn't know he loved...Billie had no choice but to show up at Destiny in search of Drew. For the sake of their child, she's willing to leave him with his father so the boy can have a better life, but then, before she can blink, she's saying "I do" in front of a preacher in a marriage of convenience.

    Tuty says: "Pretty good"
    "Another sweet historical."
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    I have been in lone with Beverly's historical romances since I received my first book in 2010 which was Topaz. I love Thomas Penny as the narrator. The only reason he didn't get 5 stars is because he should learn where the accent goes over the Spanish words other than that it would be a five. The story is so touching and no matter her background she wins him over. I read the book and as soon as the audible version came out I listen to it all over again. Can't wait for the third story. Happy reading!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Day Breaks: A KGI Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't.... Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

    MM says: "MAYA...YOU GOT A LITTLE LAZY ON THIS ONE"
    "Not her best. Swanny was gipped."
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    Maya what's going on??? First I will say the cover is horrible. All the other KGI covers have what I can attribute to the KGI men this made Swanny look like a stalker. Ok so don't judge a book by its cover and all that. Well the story is sooo boring I had to keep checking to make sure I had ordered a KGI book. I wanted better for Swannys story he deserved a more in depth story after all he went through with Nathan. Instead we get the first chapters of people we don't know and the last of Swanny worrying about his scar and ind saying he's not good enough. I was even wondering if Eden was playing him. The story had no real substance. I love Maya's books but you lost me a little on this one. Bring back the true KGI stories and please don't let Joes story ramble on and on about people we don't know. Ok so I will say that I'm glad Swanny has Eden and the ending was good except I've never had to wait for the ending for it to be good before. If you're like me and you don't give up on your author you will find something good somewhere in this book. I'm sorry KGI lovers but it was ok... Oh and let's talk about the narrator. HE IS HORRIBLE. Please bring back the Harry Berkly or find a man with a stronger voice, this Adam Paul is killing the stories and you don't need anymore help with this book. I'm not giving up on Maya's KGI series but please don't let me down again. Happy reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (277)

    For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

    Josaphine says: "Great Story...but"
    "Story's great! Narrator HORRIBLE!"
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    Part one of this series is great and Phil Giganti was an awesome narrator for part one. I have no understanding why they would switch the narrator with one that is just so bad. In book one Phil Giganti gave Leila a New York accent in this book you can't tell the difference between the women and who are the men. I am just trying to get through because the story really is good and I'm looking forward to book 3. Unless you get these stories at a lower rate like I did you are better off reading book don't waste your credit. The story is really interesting Nora Roberts really is a great author. I'm a JD Robb fan and these stories don't disappoint. Happy Reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternally Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Pete Ohms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Attorney Syneda Walters and fellow attorney Clayton Madaris are just friends…the last two people likely to end up as lovers. Syneda holds all men at arm's length because of the father whose name she never knew. Clayton has always been a playboy, and no woman has ever come close to keeping his interest for very long. Things suddenly heat up between them when Syneda impulsively accepts Clayton's invitation to join him for a Florida vacation, and is shocked by how much passion she feels.

    Sheba D'Vine says: "The Player vs. His Match!!"
    "Beautiful and Awesome story. Horrible Narrator"
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    I read this book years ago and I love love love Brenda Jackson books. This is one of my favorites I figure oh great I can listen to it too. Not so much...the narrator is sooo boring he draws everything out and is soo monotone. I am trying to digest it and get through it because it really is a great story Clayton and Syneda are super hot. Good luck getting through the story that is only reason I gave it a 3 overall. Happy Listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (762)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    Lia says: "Loved this book!! So excited for this series"
    "The Beginning of a Wonderful Series!!!!!"
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    I have read all the books to date and I love them so much that I had to buy the audible versions. I feel so bad for the injustice that was done to the New Species but I am equally happy that they found their mates. I love all the books and everyones story. The narrator is good she does a good job with the characters ( I guess I just wish it was a deep voice for the NEW Species MALES casue they are sooo big , and STRONG ...). Happy Listening and beware the intimate parts are verry intimate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1278)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "ONE OF THE BEST IN THE SERIES!!!!"
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    JD Robb this is now my second favorite. This story touched me becasue I have a child and you just cant imagine how someone can do this. Being part of the award ceramony for Roarke and Eve was so touching I was as emotional as the family. This was a really really good story. I had to listen to it all the way through, it was just that good. If you have not listened to the others in the series please do yourself a mental service and please listen to them all of them. There are alot but I am not disappointed they are all really good. I so want to be a part of the Roarke and Eve family. Susan Ericksen deserves kudos as well she has been a awesome narrator all these characters come to life becasue of her. HAPPY LISTENING!! Cant wait till the next and the next and the next....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (438)

    Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

    Jordy says: "Yes another 5 star rating!"
    "Sweet Story. Narrator...Not So Much."
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    I liked the story but I was so annoyed with the narrator. I wish I could tell you why but she was just not good. I liked her in The Secret but in this story it just didnt work. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it. I really like Julie Garwoods stories and for that reason I will probably just read the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (985)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Awesome story. Great Narration."
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    This was an awesome love story. Had some laugh out loud moments with the playful banter of characters. Julie Garwood has not let down yet so I am excited to read another one of her stories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (343)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "Another Great one!!!"
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    Mira and Kellan how awesome. Thank you Lara for continuing the series. I am addicted to these stories. It was also nice that she incorporated the Original Order and now we get to be a part of their kids and how they have matured have become an integral part of The Order. Hilary Huber is perfect she brings this story to life for me. If you have not heard the entire series you are short changing yourself. Happy listening I am patiently awaiting the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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