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Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.

Bowie, MD, United States

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  • Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (738)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (640)

    Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.

    cristina says: "Plot without characters"
    "WHAT HAPPENED??"
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    Sometimes when I read a series I like to review the series altogether because as a reader I would find that helpful. I'm pretty sure Jeffrey Archer plans to continue adding more books to the series, but I'll sum up the first three because this third installment, Best Kept Secret, is not good enough to compel readers to read this series. On the contrary, however, it is the first two books that readers will find most intriguing.

    The Harry Clifton Chronicles series got off to a great start with Only Time Will Tell. It is a very well written book, with a cast of believable characters and a provocative plot that will carry you straight through to the end of the second book, Sins of the Father, and that's where it ends.

    Best Kept Secret fails to maintain the allure of the preceding books. The plot is contrived and I felt very disconnected from the characters. Quite frankly, it became a challenge for me to finish.

    I was left trying to figure out what happened; where Mr. Archer went wrong. There are two major crises in this story, but I didn't find either one of them seductive enough to hold my attention. I zoned out ALOT on this book, and was just relieved when it ended.

    There are indeed some series that can be read out of order, but I don't think that's the case here. I strongly recommend everyone to start with the first book of the Harry Clifton Chronicles and work your way up.

    Happy Reading!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Rough Man: A Pike Logan Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson, Neil Kaplan
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (446)

    A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company. A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

    Teresa says: "terrible narration"
    "Distracting Narrators"
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    I was afraid to read this book because of how many bad reviews of the narrators there are. But since I'd already read a couple of more recent additions to the Pike and Logan
    series, I was very curious to discover how these two characters met.

    I must say, now I get it. I get why so many readers were disappointed with the narration. Listening to the book was the equivalent of watching a B-Rated film - lots of bad acting and accents. One of the two lead characters is a female. If you're going to have two narrators why not make one a female?

    I'll admit that I became so distracted by the narrators that I began to struggle with the story. The high-strung, action scenes were the worst, but there were moments that were more tolerable than others.

    The story itself was a bit too fanciful for my taste. But at least now I know how Pike and Logan met.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated past and dangerous present. He's been a soldier, a CIA agent, and freelance operative, but first and foremost, Robin Monarch is a thief of the highest order. Orphaned at 12, Monarch originally stole for survival, then he stole for his friends and cohorts, now he steals to order and to give back to the to the woman who saved his life many years ago.

    Mel says: "Dirk Pitt / Mitch Rapp = Robin Monarch"
    "Meh..."
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    I am a certified series fanatic and I was looking for another character to get into while impatiently waiting for my favorite authors to release their new books. This was my first time reading anything by Mark Sullivan.

    Based on my research I was excited to read about Robin Monarch. "Thief", however, didn't do it for me. Although the story begins with a bit of excitement it wasn't enough to reel me in. The characters and plot were a little corny and I was mostly indifferent to the story as a whole- only listening at night to fall asleep.

    The narrator was pretty good. Some of his voices were slightly annoying, but nothing too bad. I probably won't read anymore Robin Monarch novels.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (669)

    When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren - one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

    Traci Graves says: "Pretty good"
    "The Problem with Kristen Ashley"
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    In Sweet Dreams, the main characters were a challenge for me to enjoy.

    Tate was a good guy at heart but his personality was very abrasive and he was unapologetically rude. Lauren, really struggled with finding her voice and standing her ground. For example, it is never, never ok for a man to announce the details of his girlfriends sexual behaviors to her ex in the presence of her coworkers and other various strangers at her place of employment. NEVER. Lauren was initially angry, but then in true Lauren fashion she allowed Tate to make light of it. Lauren repeatedly allowed Tate to devalue her anger, but what bothered me the most was her gradual acceptance of his distasteful behavior.

    It is important to note that at some point the book becomes less romantic and more about sex. So if you are into reading lots of graphic sex scenes, by all means, click buy...If your tastes are more conservative, keep browsing.

    As usual, Emma Taylor is a great narrator.

    Happy reading!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (596)

    In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.

    Sharon says: "Another Excellent Installment in This Series"
    "Unnecessarily Long"
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    When I was in my teens, I would fall in love with certain books and characters - in romance novels primarily. And being a fanciful young woman, I would mourn my completion of those novels and wish that they could've gone on forever; I wanted to know all the stuff that the author left out; I wanted to know the characters better; I wanted to know how their lives ended up; I just wanted more. Which brings me to my point.

    "Breathe" is the detailed book that I daydreamed about as a kid. The story itself is beautiful. I loved Faye and Chace; they balanced each other perfectly and who doesn't want to see two people who've wanted wanted to be together for ten+ years finally get their chance, right? Right.

    Having said that, Kristen Ashley seems to be either fundamentally against or simply incapable of trimming off the fat for a leaner and more refined novel. The upside of that is that as Chace and Faye's relationship progressed, I remember having the sense that I was settling in with them; it was a nice feeling. The downside is that somewhere around the 18th hour I started getting impatient, I became extremely bored with the numerous sex scenes and hopeful that I was near the end.

    The things that I found a bit irksome are 1) How Chace, and some of the other male characters, spoke in fragments and not full sentences. Maybe that's how mountain-men speak, I don't know, but it still made me scratch my head a bit 2) I'm not a shrinking violet when it comes to profanity, but there were times where even I tired of the frequent use of the "F-bomb" 3) The conflict concerning Chace and his father was extremely unlikely and everything that happened subsequently didn't jibe.

    Moving on, Emma Taylor did a great job with the narration. I doubt that I would recommend this book, but I'll probably end up reading the rest of the series because once I start a series I always feel compelled to finish it.

    Happy reading!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Confused by Other Reviewers"
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    Lessons in French wasn't a terrible read, but it certainly wasn't a 4.5 star read either.

    The two major issues that kept this book from being great are:

    1. It was weighed down by too much filler, e.g., the ominous men seen roaming around town, the run away bull, the livestock show, Callista's conniving cousin, the issue of blackmail regarding Callista's fiances and the list goes on. It felt like the author didn't know how to resolve some of these issues so she rushed through them, while the events/issues that should've been explored a bit more were just dropped.

    2. While it was a sweet love story, it was mostly boring and uneventful.

    In other news, the narration was pretty decent. Happy reading!



    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1028)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Lots of Themes Going on Here...."
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    Let me start by saying that Nineteen Minutes was chosen by my book club to read last month; it's not a book that I would've read on my own.

    Nineteen Minutes is one of those books that I had to step away from occasionally because there were some scenes that were difficult to read. A mass school shooting is the central theme, but the book also addresses abuse, bullying, single parent issues, children's privacy rights, 2nd amendment rights and a few other things.

    This was not a book that I found enjoyable. It actually enraged me at times - the spinelessness of some of the characters, the neglect of school officials to protect a kid who was being viciously bullied on a regular basis, the aloofness of the parents who didn't know that their own children didn't like each other or the carelessness of the parent who allowed her kid the freedom to have sex in the house til the wee hours of the morning as she slept soundly upstairs. WHAT?! There were so many things that seemed foreign and unrelatable to me that I struggled until the very end to finish the book.

    I guess the one good thing I can say is that Nineteen Minutes sparked some good discussion at the book club meeting, so there is that.

    You may notice that the way I rated this book does not match my review. I'm going to be fair here and acknowledge Jodi Picoult as a good writer. I will not give her low scores just because I didn't care for this book.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Chance: A Thunder Point Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (478)

    With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

    Wanda says: "WELCOME BACK TO THUNDER POINT"
    "Predictable"
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    Would you listen to The Chance again? Why?

    Probably not. Robyn Carr has at least 3 book series that are all written using the same formula. They all involve a quaint little town filled with people who are super neighborly, a town that is so wonderful to live in that even nomads don't want to leave, the people strongly believe in second chances and as you get to know them you discover that they are great communicators -even the men. And then some stranger happens along and for all the reasons previously mentioned decides to stay and fall in love.

    The first series I read by Robyn Carr is Virgin River. I loved that series and I did reread a couple of those books. But now, the novelty has worn off and I didn't really connect with The Chance on a level deep enough to make me want to read it again.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I will never completely bash a narrators performance, but I will admit that I don't really care for Therese Plummers narrations. It's a matter of personal preference, but she over enunciates her words. She rolls every "r" and crosses every "t". She should lighten up a bit.

    On the flip, side she's dramatizes the scenes pretty well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Polaris Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk, but in The Polaris Protocol it's Jennifer's brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed. Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce - a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law - when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Too Much Brutality"
    "IF IT DON'T FIT DON'T FORCE IT"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Polaris Protocol the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the action.

    It's not that the narrator was that extraordinary and just knocked me clean off of my feet. It's just that I thought he had a voice that was perfect for this genre. Some narrators have voices that can seem like a character all by itself. Henry Strozier's narration didn't interfere with the story. I like that. It was perfect in a nondescript way.

    And I really enjoy books that read like movies. There are some really good action sequences in this book and that's what kept me going.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Taylor? Why or why not?

    Yes. I love a good series that allows me to really get to know the characters. I think I'd like to get to know Pike and Logan a little better.


    Have you listened to any of Henry Strozier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    "Wanted to?" Not necessarily.

    Could have? Possibly - while taking a nice long road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was enjoyable. I only gave it three stars because the storyline felt forced. I'm not a fan of books where family members of secret government operatives end up involved in some sort of deadly international event that requires the operators to go off the grid trying to save their lives. Those story lines never feel real to me for some reason - probably just a matter of personal preference.

    *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT*

    And then I have mixed feelings as to the likelihood of Pike and Logan being romantically involved in real life. On one hand, I can totally understand how two people can become attracted to each other in the workplace; most people spend at least eight hours of their day at work - some more than others. We interact constantly with our co-workers and pheromones are don't discriminate. I GET IT!

    However, in Pike and Logan's line of work, I think its a bit of a stretch to think that a romantic relationship between a team leader and a subordinate would be so well received by the team members. I think its dangerous and a transfer would be in everybody's best interest.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2695)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2427)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT, BUT STILL GOOD"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would and I have! Problem is, I don't know too many people who are fans of this particular genre. I recommended it anyway thinking that anyone with eyes to see and/or ears to hear would enjoy this book simply because it's just that enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Just when you think there's only one 'Gray Man' in the world, 'Dead Eye' comes from out of the woodwork and shakes things up completely. And then the team of Mossad agents - that seemed to be really good at their jobs - had me considering, at one point, that this book could be the end of this series.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    I love Jay Snyders voice. I never have any problems listening to him. His tone is perfect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think its kind of difficult to be moved by this kind of book, but there was a moment that made me particularly proud of Court Gentry. Court was trained as an operative prior to the advent of a lot of the technologies that are used in the world today. There was a moment in the book when he was somewhat vulnerable and uncomfortable with the idea of having to depend on technology to keep him alive, but he made the decision to fall back on his initial training and it ultimately saved his life.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (437)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Michael Forsythe - A Force To Be Reckoned With"
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    Where does The Dead Yard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is always a hard question for me to answer because once you've read over a thousand books how do you answer such a question. So on a scale of 1 to 1000 with 1 being the highest I'd say it ranks somewhere between 300 to 400.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the pace of this story. It was slow to build, giving the reader just enough time to get to know the characters and build the suspense. There are little pockets of action thrown in occasionally and then it gets to the end and BAM!

    Additionally-and this may sound weird-but I like the conflicting emotions that the main character Michael evokes within me. At the end of the day this man is a criminal and a cold blooded killer, but always-because of his circumstances- I find myself rooting for him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure how to answer this without a bit of a spoiler. Sorry! Lol I'll keep it as general as possible.

    My favorite scene is near the end when Michael is in a position to fight back and he and finally gets to confront Touched.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't know if "moved" is the word I'd use, but parts of this story were very unexpected and very well written, but quite gory and will definitely stick with me for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I always like to point out whenever a book is in a series and The Dead Yard is the 2nd book of The Dead series by Adrian McKinty. I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series, Dead I May Well Be. Great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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