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Melissa

murfreesboro, TN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • In the Bleak Midwinter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Miller's Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady"; she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown.

    Melissa says: "An excellent series for adult readers"
    "An excellent series for adult readers"
    Overall

    What impresses me about this series is the adult narrative. The protagonists handle problems as adults. Which leads to the story being compelling without childish expectations. Relationships, competing needs, even disagreements are dealt with a mature manner. Perfection does not rest in either protagonist, so compromise forms the backbone of the characters stories. With top notch character development, descriptive passages that will make you wish for a warm blanket, ethical and moral quandries that create just as much tension as the mysteries, this book provides hours of enjoyment. I look forward to purchasing the rest of the published series when Audible adds it to the available selection.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (309)

    Izzy Zanella wasn’t looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate, and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on - and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together - and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse. Now Eden’s back, and she’s on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another excellent adventure!"
    "Izzy's book Finally!"
    Overall

    For those just joining the TS world, this book is the 16th in a series and you may be better served first listening to both Into the Fire and Hot Pursuit prior to listening to this one because the story is built starting with those novels. But this book seems to stand alone as Brockmann fills the listener in on the back story though the thoughts of the characters. For those who have enjoyed the prior Brockmann TS books, this book delivers on the promise of giving you a story from Izzy's POV. A long time favorite character we learn more of his past, while seeing his character and those of Eden, Dan and Jen grow through the truths and events of this book. Harsh topic such as the sex trade, addiction, intolerance, are dealt with in this book, so it is not an 'easy listen' at times. The Narrators bring the characters to life.

    For the reviewer who thought Brockmann was 'anti-christian' I disagree. There is intolerance and narrow mindedness hiding in every community. I don't think Brockmann is blaming Christians, I do think she is pointing out that intolerance and ignorance combined can cause great harm. I hope you look past your own assumptions and see her 'narrow minded' character does not reflect true Christianity any more than a character who is a 'bad cop' or an 'abusive parent' reflect what law enforcement, or parenting are truly about.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (371)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Melissa says: "The first of many"
    "The first of many"
    Overall

    As a personal fan of the series I enjoyed having the first of the series in audio format. Imortant to remember this book was written PRE-9/11 so read it in that context. If you are not a fan of Romance, explicit sexual content (though not as graphic as some), mixed in your thrillers, this is not the book for you, if you are...enjoy the intro to the Troubleshooters.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Blood: Black Jewels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By John Sharian
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (300)

    Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

    Bexlyn Wright says: "A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy"
    "So happy!"
    Overall

    The original trilogy long a favorite of mine finally becoming avalible in audio format! What a treat! The narrator captures the world perfectly as he did in the other books. I can't wait till the rest of the trilogy and Dreams made flesh comes available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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