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M. Davis

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  • Edge of Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roxanne St. Clair
    • Narrated By Violet Grey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Fan-favorite author Roxanne St. Claire launches a daring new series that deftly combines action, mystery, and romance. After bearing witness to a journalist’s brutal murder, law student Samantha Fairchild is stunned when she is denied police protection.

    M. Davis says: "Absolutely Outstanding!!!"
    "Absolutely Outstanding!!!"
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    This is by far the best Romantic Suspense I have listened to in a long time! Not since Linda Howard's MacKenzies or Elizabeth Lowell's Donavan series have I enjoyed a book so much! Love, love, love the new series. Hope that Audible gets more of this series....

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • She Can Hide: She Can, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Abby Foster just wants a quiet, normal life. The high school teacher left everything about her past behind when she moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania, but only three years after surviving a brutal attack, Abby awakes in an icy river, facing death once again. This time, though, she doesn't have to face it alone - if she can manage to trust the sexy cop who just risked his life to save her. Officer Ethan Hale's gut tells him there's more to Abby’s "accident" than meets the eye....

    M. Davis says: "TSTL - Too Stupid To Live - Ugh"
    "TSTL - Too Stupid To Live - Ugh"
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    What disappointed you about She Can Hide?

    I listened to about 3/4's of this book when the main character pulled the ultimate bone headed - too stupid to live - action. I can tolerate a lot of things in a book - but I cannot stand a dumb character. This chick is dumb as a brick....I couldn't even finish the book.


    What could Melinda Leigh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not rely on an obvious - too stupid to live - action by the main character to advance the plot. I like smart women who know when it's time to let the professionals take over. Brave is one thing - stupid quite another. These newer authors need to go back and read Linda Howard, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, etc. They know how to write a good plot without reducing the main character to stupidity to advance said plot.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy Rubinate?

    She was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation....


    Any additional comments?

    ****Spoiler Alert*** When you are sleeping with a cop - why would you abandon his protection to go off and play detective thinking you could save the day when there are dead bodies stacking up like cord wood and you have no clue how to locate the bad guys. Stupid is as stupid does I suppose. I have enjoyed the other books in this series - this one bombed.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm: A KGI Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
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    (121)
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    (120)

    Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken - physically, mentally, and emotionally - on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf - or for it to take a very personal turn.

    M. Davis says: "Big Disappointment..."
    "Big Disappointment..."
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    What would have made After the Storm better?

    A storyline....


    Any additional comments?

    I have waited for this book with high anticipation. I love the series and Donovan's story was one I looked forward to reading. Except, there was very little storyline and what there was annoyed me mostly. I have an intense dislike of the BIG MISUNDERSTANDING plot. To me, that is lazy writing at best - reminiscent of '80s bodice ripper romance novels. One simple conversation would have prevented disaster. I found the character of Eve to be mostly too stupid to live. Yikes, what a disappointment!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Fenech
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    FBI Special Agent Clare Marshall was separated from her sister Beth in childhood when their mother tried to kill them. Now, Clare learns that Beth lives in the small town of Farley, South Carolina but when she goes there to reunite with Beth, Clare discovers her sister is missing and that someone in the town is responsible for her disappearance. Clare receives an offer to help with the search from fellow FBI Special Agent Jake Sutton. The offer is too good to refuse though that is exactly what Clare wants to do.

    M. Davis says: "Boring....really, really bad southern accents!"
    "Boring....really, really bad southern accents!"
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    What disappointed you about Gone?

    I found the character of Claire to be an insular, brittle character. While I get the angst about her past...she blames Jake for walking away - but in my opinion he had good reason. She continues to pout about him walking away - while freely admitting she can only give so much of herself and waaaahhh...why isn't that enough? Chicken....Then there's the plot. I found the set up of how Clare winds up in this little out of the way town in South Carolina where her former lover Jake just happens to live an is a "resident" FBI agent highly implausible. So Clare is looking for her sister, she is supposed to be an FBI agent, but she pulls the really dumb and very trite mistake of going into dangerous situations with no back-up. When the main characters start down that road - I find it very hard to keep buying into the plot. Not to mention when you head into the climax and she has the tactical advantage at one point and doesn't follow thru and finish the job....and turns her freaking back on the bad guy before being sure he is down! Yikes that is soooooo dumb.


    Has Gone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Worst southern accents ever! I am a southerner....we don't talk that way. Really. And why do southerners from small towns always get portrayed as redneck and not quite bright! Insulting!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A bit of anger and disappointment in the overall book.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep with the Lights On

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Shayne
    • Narrated By Janet Darling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (9)

    Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders-crimes she soon learns are all too real.

    Gretchen says: "Original, well written"
    "Thoroughly Unlikeable Main Character"
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    Has Sleep with the Lights On turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No...but it isn't a Romantic Suspense per se...just has elements. More straight suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had a good plot - however the first distraction for me was the constant 1st and 3rd person narratives jumping back and forth. I dislike 1st person as I prefer more than one character perspective in a book. While this one had 3rd person narrative - it was annoying jumping back and forth and drew me out of the story every time. My biggest gripe was the main character. I found her mean and fake. I tried to like her - but how do you respect someone who admits they have made a fortune writing "crap" that she doesn't even believe herself. No apologies - just sheer arrogance. She spent her career covering that not only is she not the "Queen of Nice" but basically, she is a b***h. Evidently this is a trait her friends and family find endearing for reasons that escape my understanding. I found her to be a narcissistic jerk. Not to mention...too stupid to live - which in my opinion is the greater of the personalty faults. She continually put herself in danger....this trait is a crutch authors use to advance a plot that is the final nail in the book coffin for me. Lousy and and lazy writing in my opinion when you can't write a character with intelligence and yet have suspense. Suspense shouldn't be manufactured out of a character doing something really, really stupid in order to get the story to the climax of the book. Yikes - really annoying. So...done with this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Once

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    As raging floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown, Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, the unwitting witness to the brutal murder of three fellow survivors. Finally rescued in the aftermath of the storm, no one is willing to believe a story as horrific as hers - until three FBI agents arrive on the scene...one of whom Nola knows very well. Tate Benton has been tracking the so-called Stormchaser serial killer for months, never expecting the trail might lead him home, or to the woman he cannot forget.

    Lydia says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Probably a good book....but really bad narrator..."
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    Would you try another book from Sharon Sala and/or Mary Kane?

    From Sharon Sala - yes - as long as it is a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Kane’s performances?

    Absolutely not...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    It came across as amateurish because the narration was so very bad. I know Sharon Sala writes a good book as a rule - but the poor reading really colored my perception of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted my credit...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shadows: Kinncaid Brothers Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jaycee Clark
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    A small, friendly Colorado town, nestled in the breathtaking Rockies, cloaks a malevolence, an evil that stalks women. Jesslyn Black, a writer, is content living her now-single, childless life. If she keeps to herself, she can't get hurt. Haunted by the past, Jesslyn never again wants to experience the soul-shredding pain of losing loved ones. Aiden Kinncaid is running from his own secret loss. As the CEO of Kinncaid Enterprises, he travels to this remote Colorado resort town to oversee the opening of the new Highland Hotel.

    Toni L. Bell says: "Up all night"
    "Dumb, very dumb woman...."
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    What would have made Deadly Shadows better?

    A lead character with a brain....


    What was most disappointing about Jaycee Clark’s story?

    I cannot abide a woman in a book who is obviously in danger insisting on constantly putting herself in danger because "that psycho isn't going to change what I do and how I do it." Really - so be really stupid...I'm sure you'll die satisfied in knowing he didn't change the way you did things...yikes, I cannot stand stupid characters.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deadly Shadows?

    There wouldn't be a lot of book left.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, save your credit if you want characters that actually have a working brain.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Rides Trouble: Black Knights, Inc., Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Ann Walker
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys - she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them. Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within 50 feet of anything that goes boom.

    M. Davis says: "OK-not a real big fan of the "Big Mis" plot device"
    "OK-not a real big fan of the "Big Mis" plot device"
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    What did you like best about In Rides Trouble? What did you like least?

    I thought the chemistry between Becky and Frank was great. However, this is one of those books where a 5 minute honest conversation would have solved all problems. You have to go to the very end of the book to finally get to that conversation. Too much of the plot is written around the "big misunderstanding" and the suspense/action was very much on the thin side of the plot. Harkens back to the 80's contemporary romance where a plot line was all about the two main characters totally misjudgments/misunderstandings. Boring as a plot line in my opinion. The first book in this series was much better.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Much too predictable. The "big misunderstanding" is resolved and a new character is brought in as a set up for the next book.


    What three words best describe Abby Craden’s voice?

    Smokey...very good job actually.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A more action/suspense filled plot. Instead of junior high level of communication between two seeming adults.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say it was terrible...it had some good moments. Just way too predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reunion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Jane Sefton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    The facts are public knowledge: five people have been murdered. Each has died from a blow to the head. And the media-dubbed Prince Charming killer has left a “calling card” with each victim. A single thornless rose. But there’s another fact...one that the police haven’t made public. Something no one, except the killer and the police, should know. But Gabriel Donner does - and he can’t figure out why. All he knows is that he’s begun hearing voices, sleepwalking and dreaming vividly of the murders...as they happen.

    M. Davis says: "Good book....Depressing Somewhat"
    "Good book....Depressing Somewhat"
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    Would you try another book from Sharon Sala and/or Jane Sefton?

    Oh yes....


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sharon Sala? Why or why not?

    Yes....Sharon is an excellent writer. This is a very well written book. Just a bit too sad....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Lies: Deadly Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    FBI Special Agent Samantha Kennedy is haunted by her memories of the serial killer who abducted her. To keep the darkness at bay, she pretends to be a different, more confident woman. This Samantha doesn't fear every unknown face. So she throws caution to the wind and shares a night of unbridled passion with a handsome stranger. One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. He wants more of the sexy, smart, mysterious woman who slipped away before dawn.

    M. Davis says: "Terrific Series - Not So Terrific Narration"
    "Terrific Series - Not So Terrific Narration"
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    What did you love best about Deadly Lies?

    The story - this whole series is very well written and interesting. Cynthia Eden keeps you on the edge of your seat with the plot. It is very cleverly written and hot, hot hot.


    What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

    Terrible southern accents. I don't know why the narrator gives this whole team southern accents. I don't think any of them except maybe Luke Dante is supposed to be from the south. Between wanting the narrator to cough or clear her throat and her really, really bad southern accent - it was difficult at times not to be pulled out of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was really good enough to overcome the really bad narration - but it's too bad they didn't select a more skilled narrator. There is nothing worse than someone who is obviously not from the south trying to sound like they are :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Toni Anderson
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners... but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.

    Maria says: "A Worthy Story"
    "Very boring...hard to follow."
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    What disappointed you about Edge of Survival?

    It is very hard to follow....and not interesting enough to keep trying. I am half way through and have given up on it. I don't care enough for the characters to bother. The tedious obsessiveness of the male lead character got on my nerves. The best I can tell, he is supposedly drawn to main female lead, but has only managed to have sex with a secondary character...not my favorite premise for leading characters in a romantic suspense. As for the suspense plot.....not much of one to tell. And what's up with the equally neurotic/depressing detective investigating. Yikes these characters are boring and seemed to be obsessed with sex. I like a good steamy book - but this is like reading a sex therapy manual - LOL! I have read this author before and enjoyed her cohesive interesting stories - but she sure missed the boat with this one.


    What could Toni Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a plot that was really interesting and had characters that were interesting as well.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lauren Fortgang’s performances?

    Yes - she did a good job with the material that she had.


    What character would you cut from Edge of Survival?

    The secondary female lead who seemed to be a sex addict/skank...so boring I can't remember her name.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasted credit.....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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