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Shay J.

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  • The Protector: O'Malley Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Jack O'Malley is a fireman who is fearless when it comes to facing an inferno. But when an arsonist begins targeting his district, his shift, and his friends, Jack faces the ultimate challenge: protecting the one lady who witnessed the arsonist. The fourth book in the O'Malley series brings back Jack O'Malley from The Truth Seeker in a page-turning thriller.

    Gretchen says: "what happened to the middle chapters"
    "Wished it was better"
    Overall

    I could overlook the ridiculous Christian moral lessons Cassie says, "Lord, help me to not be attracted to Jack because he's not sure of his beliefs." Personally I think that is a slap in the Lord's face, I'm sure he has better things to be worried about. If she's so upset by his uncertainty than maybe that is what she should be thinking about.

    I could overlook the unrealistic budding relationship of 30 somethings. So after over a month of daily contact Cassie finally decides she can "date" Jack - hey, what were they doing the whole time? What is the implication of dating? The guy bent over backwards to give her everything and she could desire and all she can worry about is being afraid of having a relationship more than a friendship.

    I could even overlook the tangent subplots that went nowhere, but I thought the ending stunk. I guess the truth is that if the ending/final explanation wasn't so disappointing I would have over looked all those things, but as it stands, I really was let down.

    The plot "twist" at the end lasted a whole minute and a half. The "mystery arsonist" was such a minor character I didn't even realize who he was for the most part. I also didn't believe the arsonist's motives - I understood why he would do what he did, but I sure didn't believe that a serious fire fighter (as opposed to an arsonist who becomes a fire fighter to be near fire) would stoop to such levels. Furthermore, I hated the idea that the whole book was built up to why Jack was being targeted, only to find out it was arbitrary; nope, no vendetta, no dislike, just in the wrong place at the wrong time and no better than the loser of a coin toss.

    I gave this two stars because the character development was good and the writing was interesting, I just didn't like the plot or the motives.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Returning to her Wyoming ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home, though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.

    reasonable critic says: "Another Poorly Narrated Mediocre Book"
    "Not really worth it"
    Overall

    I generally like Elizabeth Lowell stories, so I don't understand what happened. I had no empathy for the hero, Hunter, who seemed to be a woman hater. He didn't change his mind even when he saw how the heroine, Elyssa, didn't fit his stereotyping, and up until the last minute was dead set against her. I don't even understand what it was that changed his mind about her.

    I didn't understand why Elyssa put up with Hunter's verbal & emotional abuse. She seemed numb as a post - not brave - frequently going into "enemy territory" and risking her life on purpose.

    I gave this story two stars because the reader was OK and because I chose to listen to the whole thing. If it was too much, I probably would have stopped before it was over. Maybe I just wanted to see if Lowell would turn it around.



    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Friday's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bingham
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When famous artist Napier Todd stumbles across Edith Hanson scrubbing floors, he is immediately struck by her beauty. Within weeks Napier and Edith are married, and she moves into his large country house. However, the marriage is troubled from the start, and Edith falls ill. Napier takes her to the idyllic Cornish fishing village of Newbourne to convalesce, and there Edith meets Celandine, a struggling artist, and her husband, Sheridan, another painter.

    Shay J. says: "disappointing ending"
    "disappointing ending"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the reader for this book. She has great voices for the characters.

    The story is very detailed, and even though I didn't like the "hero" I just figured that was as it was. My biggest disappointment was that the ending fell flat. It seemed to me that the author had used up her allotment of words and quit as quickly as she could. Since the rest of the book is so detailed, I wondered what happened.

    I guess it's worth the listen, and even though things end well, it just doesn't feel complete.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ex

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Harley Jane Kozak
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

    Shay J. says: "Compelling"
    "Compelling"
    Overall

    This is a interesting listen. I enjoyed the characters and plot, with lots of twists, although I'm not sure I'd compare it to Evanovich, which I have seen several times.

    The writing kept me engaged, and the narrator was fine.

    I'd also like to point out that this is the third book in the series, with the first book: Dating Dead Men not yet available at Audible. I was slightly confused and listened to this last book first.

    Off to listen to Dating is Murder now...

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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