PLOT: a baby on the way makes Chase McCord change his plans.
Stubborn...Proud....Hunky ~~Chase McCord has NO plans to "marry" and he makes sure his new lady love Prue knows it. Prue finds she is pregnant and decides to leave. This starts with Prue packing her bags and McCord comes home. the fun is watching the bull headed man try and stop her by bulling. Prue is soon living with her sister and McCord shows up to propose marriage. Prue and McCord are soon married but McCord's murky past is the new barrier to happiness. This is a very early book by Krentz. One of her best. The woman who cannot be bullied and the stubborn male are both funny and fun. Laural Merlington is very good in her narration. And improving continually on her characterizations. This story moves along very well and is both fun and enjoyable. I give it 4 STARS all the way including reader.
PLOT: Voiceless Swans uses a "musical"trumpet to become his "voice"~~~~ excellent story~
written by EB. White who also wrote Charlotte's Web.
Trumpeter Swan Louie was UNABLE to "vocalize" from the day he hatched. Swans use the "vocalizing" of their trumpeting to communicate with other swans....voiceless Louie is befriended by a boy named Sam who ends up taking Louie to school with him. The idea is if Louie learns to READ and WRITE he can "communicate". But other swans could not read so.... Louie's father ....steals a musical TRUMPET so Louie can "vocalize" through the horn. Louie soon falls in LOVE with the LOVELY young female trumpeter swan SERENA. But Louis has a DEBT of HONOR to replay...for the stolen horn so he needs to get a JOB........Louie gets "hired" to play the trumpet at Boys Camp. Louie ends up a celebrity and hired to play music in the "Boston Gardens" where 'floating swans rides' are a local hang out. With a Trumpet playing SWAN.....soon Louie is a hot property. Louie saves just about every dime he earns. When the lovely female swan Serena lands in his pond and LOUIE uses his "musical skills" to court and win the lovely Serena as his mate. This maybe a children's story but most adults will love it. The humor here is excellent since we are drawn into the "SWAN STORY" and his interaction with all KINDS of people moves the story along. The READER E.B. White is very funny and shows his humor in his voice and accent. and I do believe we hear a trace of BOSTON accent in his voice from time to time.....WE not only love the tale but learn a lot about swans along the way. 5 stars for this outstanding timeless story for everyone. And for the child in all of us.
PLOT: Voodoo power scares up some goblins to come after a good guy. Thrills galore.
Jack has two small children that become the "target" of a Voodoo Master who summons the power of Evil and opens the gates of hell. Horrific yes. .....Jack is a policeman and widower. He becomes romantically linked to his partner Rebecca. When a Voodoo Curse gives the power to sick "evil goblins" like creatures to kill his children Jack must find a way to stop the evil. I was not a big horror fan til this book. The "goblins' are detailed and the chase to get the children is spelled out in a very scary way to keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think someone is safe they return. This starts slow and the last half of the book is super exciting. Koontz is the master of details and he has you guessing all the way. the READER is excellent and can do many accents that needed to keep the story moving along. ONE of the BEST of the early Koontz stories. I liked it. GREAT 4 STAR audiobook.
PLOT: a surprise Baby puts a bump in the solid marriage.
Chloe and Sawyer have a red hot marriage. When an unexpected Baby Girl is on the way Sawyer is suddenly an indifferent husband. This is a very good holiday romance. it is less than 2 hours long but moves along very well. Sawyer is a man who was the town BAD boy and is now the local law. Chloe is sweet but desperate to understand the changes in her marriage. I like this story. the READER is very good and holds the interest. I give it 4 STARS for a nice holiday romance.
plot: Singer looses her voice and fiancée dumps her.
Francesca and Fane are engaged and the most popular duet around. When Francesca looses her voice she is soon dumped by Fane. Fane is both shallow and self absorbed. While recovering in the hospital after her unsuccessful vocal surgery Francesca becomes friends with an older woman and her son. Enter Julian a real woman hater who is loosing his mother to cancer. Soon Julian learns to trust Francesca and admires her courage and even falls in love with her. They enter into a platonic marriage. This is better than it sounds. and is written by master romance writer Denise Robins. I like this story and the books by Robins who keep us listing for good old fashion romance. 3 STARS. very good reader.
plot: reporter CAMILLE has come home to write an article about the deaths of young girls. But Camille has some problems she has to over come like her own mental issues.
Camille Preaker has spent time in a psychiatric hospital for her hidden secret...under her clothes lies the "self mutilation" she has done most of her life. She has been a "cutter" a person who "cuts" themselves. Camille's body is a road map of WORDS all over her body. This writer job is the first step in a 'recovery' for Camille who comes back to her home town to write an article about a "series of child murders."
We soon encounter the town Queen ...Camille's mother. Clearly there is no love between this bizarre mother who loves everyone BUT her own children. Camille finds clues from the gossipy town bitty to the town religious nuts.....Gillian Flynn is the Queen of "flawed" characters. She gives us every single 'odd behavior' we can imagine and adds an excellent who done it and why. Camille is very bizarre. We are often repelled and yet fascinated by her. She clearly has lead a very miserable life and continues to deal with her own very bad choices. Having a very creepy mother and an even more dominating little sister.....Camille's own life becomes part of the plot. This is full of very small town flavor and the pathetic and weird mother/daughter relationship is very depressing. JUST what we except from Gillian Flynn. I would have never thought I enjoy this type of book but I was glued to the entire story. VERY good mystery full of odd twists. The lack of likeable characters are what drives most Flynn novels but her excellent "blend" of flaws and mystery..is first rate. 4 out of 5 stars and excellent reader. Also try Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
PLOT: 7 year old survives the satanic killing of most of her family at the hands of her brother. But there is more to the mystery of the deaths.
Libby Day is an adult who has blown her way through a HUGE trust fund set up for her as a child who survived a 'satanic murder' of most of her family. The MASS murder IS her older brother Ben who is now a "lifer" in prison. He was mostly convicted by the child memories of Libby. Getting a "real job" is not in Libby's plans..... Libby has become a "cult" icon for an odd group of "serial killer groupies" who hire the down and so very out of CASH Libby to come relive the "murders". Libby is a very UNLIKABLE heroine who like most FLYNN characters is very flawed but keep you interested at the MYSTERY of what really 'did' happen all those years ago. When Libby meets her brother face to face she is now drawn to find out more of the "family secrets". Gillian Flynn is the master of the flawed. She gives us every BAD quality of someone we should dislike and we end up seeing why they became this way as part of the plot. The plot "gives" us the details of the actual family who are so "white trash" and pathetic but each has a secret. AS Libby finds that more than ONE crime was actually committed the night of the mass SATANIC murders of her entire family. Libby is now the TARGET of one of the "real" killers........ The chase through the woods is first rate FLYNN who weaves the flaws and mystery into a excellent plot. DARK, depressing like all the novels by Flynn who is an "acquired" taste. But the master touch of the mystery is excellent. This is my second Flynn audio and I was not disappointed. 5 STAR plot, mystery and audio readers. Also try Gone Girl .....by Gillian Flynn.
PLOT: DIRTY depressing funny......thriller 5 STAR all the way.
you have to acquire a taste for Gillian Flynn. She takes depressing and warped and makes it funny and entertaining and toss in an excellent mystery and you are addicted. Nick and Amy Dunne are celebrating a 5th Anniversary when Amy "disappears" and all clues point to a killing and missing body. AS the "perfect marriage" unwinds bit by bit we see it is anything but a "happy" one. ** SPOILER HERE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW MORE OF THE PLOT** Nick is not the "good husband" everyone thinks he is. The huge cash advances on the credit cards, phone records show a "mystery lover"....blood DNA from Amy has everyone looking in Nick's direction....But Amy is not the "dream wife" ...she has decided Nick has to 'pay' for cheating on her and falling OUT of love with her. Amy clearly has 'major mental issues' but is both methodical enough to come up with a clever PLAN and carry it out. This is excellent. Every character is flawed. it is simply a matter of how the flaws become part of the plot. DEPRESSING yes but the fascination characters and twists keep us glued. 5 STARS all the way. The READERS all are excellent...truly the BEST audible has to offer......and I am off to dowload the next Gillian Flynn audiobook.
PLOT: Rapist killer Bruno Frye is DEAD but why is he still stalking Hilary?
Hilary Thomas a screen writer finds a man in her house. He is calling her 'Catherine' and intends to kill her. Hilary fends him off with a gun. When the police a arrive ONLY one detective believes her story. Bruno has a very good alibi he is at home 6 hours away from the scene of the crime. When Bruno 'returns' to take another attempt to kill only the luck is with Hilary who has a knife and kills Bruno. Bruno WAS a respected winery owner and did WHY he think Hilary was Catherine? When Bruno shows up yet again Hilary has even the detective Tony who is clearly on her side wonder what is going on. AS Hilary and Tony look into Bruno's background the threads of information form a very disturbing picture of how UNSTABLE Bruno was. The bank records lead Tony and Hilary to a satanic bookseller and a former "MADAM" of a brothel who help fit the pieces of a puzzle of what made the monster of Bruno Frye. This is a long book but holds the interests. VERY morbid but then this is Koontz who has the masters touch in weaving a tale of horror and mystery. This is very early works of Koontz and it shows in the plot but the thrills are there from page one. I give it 4 STARS for excellent reader who gives this story all the thrills we can handle.
PLOT: BREAKDOWN of the battles on the EASTERN front of World War 2.
This gives us very "detailed" breakdown of the Battles on the EASTERN FRONT in WW2 including "numbers" of soldiers, weapons and ideology. You really "have" to be interested in this battle area to listen to the whole thing. I like the details but this is very long and even at times tedious. But the interesting DECEIT of the actual breakdown and how very well both Stalin and Hitler "manipulated" the actual numbers of soldiers and weapons for propaganda purposes. And the Mindset of both Hitler and Stalin are both fascinating. The reader is good but this book is way too long. I give it 3 stars for a close up look of the EASTERN front in World War 2 and also we can see how the influx of American weapons and trucks helped change the Russian ability to fight the Germans.
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