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Rhona

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  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2000)
    Story
    (2012)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Redeemed"
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    If you could sum up Catch Me in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, emotion, and intrigue


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first 'long-story' I've listened to by Lisa Gardner. My first experience was a short story which I did not like at all. I only listened to this novel because I had already purchased it. Boy, am I thankful I did. This book is filled with suspense and intrigue combined with huge doses of many emotions. I've already bought additional novels by Ms. Gardner because I enjoyed this one so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1136)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "Davenport doesn't disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am a huge John Sanford fan and love the Lucas Davenport 'Prey' books the best having read every one. I still get excited with the newest comes out however, they are now becoming predicatable. Still a great read from a faithful fan,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (279)

    Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach... and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt. Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest.

    Squeak says: "A Very Suspenseful Murder Mystery!"
    "Don't let the title fool you"
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    If you could sum up The Bone House in three words, what would they be?

    Very good read


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I should have written a review immediately after reading this but - 8 novels later, am getting around to it. My standout memory is that I really liked the book and the many twists. It kept me engaged and I wasn't disappointed. I would listen to it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brava, Valentine: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels, called “dazzling”* and “tiramisu for the soul,” are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

    Taryn says: "You have to understand NY Italians"
    "Brava Trigiani ..."
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    Would you listen to Brava, Valentine again? Why?

    I love this book and would/will listen again. I discovered Adriana Trigiani via a friend's referal and now seek her novels out. I was quickly and easily drawn into the character's emotions and lives and hated when it ended. I can't wait to read another.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brava, Valentine?

    Those on the rooftop


    Who was the most memorable character of Brava, Valentine and why?

    Grandma ... I loved Grandma's ability to impart wisdom and guidance without saying a word.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (723)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Range of Emotions"
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    Would you listen to Still Missing again? Why?

    I definitely would/will listen to Still Missing again. The twists and turns and .... 'no really???' moments moved this book from another predictable suspence novel to a very good, edge of your seat, read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't turn your back ....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1645)
    Story
    (1652)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "Good, easy read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stay Close the most enjoyable?

    I've yet to be disappointed with a Coben novel and this is no different. I do prefer the Myron Bolitar books still but this one is a nice, easy read.


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

    I wouldn't say edge of my seat, but definitely wanting more. There were times that I sat in my car to finish a scene before I could turn it off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13482)
    Performance
    (5888)
    Story
    (5965)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Wonderful read"
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    I loved the book from beginning to end most especially how is told - then ... and now. I am not much of a circus person so wasn't keen on reading it. However, a friend told me is was worth the read. I strongly agree and would have been disappointed to miss out on this wonderful story had I let the 'circus' element stear me away.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Really only one main character and easy to fall in love with him.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the time to listen. Well written and narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7010)
    Performance
    (4967)
    Story
    (4957)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "New favorite"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    The Kitchen House is a wonderful book narrated by two distinct and phenomonal characters. It was the first time in a long time that I've listened to a book and hated turing it off. A definite must read (or listen).


    What did you like best about this story?

    The view of the 'help' based on your color.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't tell ... don't want to spoil it for the readers. It comes at the end though when justice is served.


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

    From beginning to end and for days afterward.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly a must read. From the first page to the last, the author draws you in and owns your soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2074)
    Story
    (2081)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi Richardson says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "Average at best"
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    What did you like best about The 7th Month? What did you like least?

    Predictable and a bit boring


    Was The 7th Month worth the listening time?

    Not really. I purchased another Lisa Gardner novel and, because of this one, am putting off listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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