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M. Davis

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  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1540)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "I Never Get Tired Of This Series....Love It!!"
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    What did you love best about Delusion In Death?

    The plot was very interesting and there was an excellent twist toward the end that I wasn't expecting. Classic J.D./Nora


    What did you like best about this story?

    As always, the characters in this series drives the book. I love the suspense, but the characters are what keep me coming back time after time.


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

    She brings life to the "voices" of these characters - she really is a master at this.


    Any additional comments?

    I was reading some of the other reviews and was honestly puzzled by one that said there was no sexual banter between Roarke and Eve...really? What about - "You are getting so much sex..." Eve to Roarke toward the last half of the book. Also, commented, no Mavis, no Summerset, no banter between Peabody and McNab. What about the really cool conversations between Summerset and Eve - both scenes showed a whole new dimension to Summerset and the dynamic with Eve. Also, the conversation with Mavis and baby Bella talking to Das....really cute. Anyway, I thought it was an excellent read/listen!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Danger Next Door: Red Stone Security Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she's nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he'd never have a chance with a woman like her - not with his disfigurement - he can't stay away.

    Dawn says: "Hot and Suspenseful"
    "Romantic Suspense - Lite, VERY Lite"
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    This book is mostly some sex scenes with a very minor plot woven in. Not my taste. I want a lot more substance to a book than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, have been looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with their son. But any thoughts of a restful holiday are dashed when Sam and Nick return home to a gruesome scene: Sam's 17-year-old niece Brooke, barely conscious and covered in blood on their front stoop

    M. Davis says: "Love, love absolutely love - this series!!"
    "Love, love absolutely love - this series!!"
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    This is an outstanding series. Love the characters, the ongoing plots, the new plots....great job!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Victim: A Dr. Charlotte Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later. Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground.

    Michelle says: "Needs something, just not sure what"
    "ARGHH! Not interested in a freaking DEAD lover!!!!"
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    I get it - technically speaking - good writing. However - no interest in reading about HOPELESS romance. Way to close to real life for me. Sorry - too depressing for words. I don't want to be depressed at hopeless love - I can do that on my own time. I don't read ROMANTIC Suspense to be depressed. Big disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body-the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams.

    sylvia says: "What Happen LF ?"
    "Dumb, Dumb and Dumber"
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    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    There is a reason I haven't gotten the last couple of Lori Foster books - this book reminded me why. The last half a dozen or so of her books - the female lead character has just become dumber and dumber. This one about takes the cake. And our hero? Well he and his good buddy (another future hero in another book to come) are in a scene where Mr. Hero of this book KO's one of the bad guys that is threatening the dumb chick that put herself in danger - even though she is supposedly being stalked - because hey - she needed some fresh air and time to regroup after believing a bunch of crap told to her by a chick that was after her man (And who does she believe? The man who has consistently shown his honor and intentions toward her. Uhh...no...she believes the jealous chick. Yeah - that makes sense). But, I digress, so the two hero-guys are in this scene - the good guy #1 has knocked out the bad guy and the other good guy is hanging around to see if everything is cool. So good guy #1 starts making out with the little lady and hero #2 seems to be fascinated with that. Meanwhile, the bad guy comes around and since no one seems to be paying attention to him, takes off and eludes the cops.

    I have said it before and it bears repeating. If the main characters have to do really bone-headed things to advance a plot - in my opinion - that is lazy writing.

    As regards the men in this book - I actually like the hero quite a bit. However, hero #2 - Army - talk about a jerk. Can't keep it in his pants - and seems to be obsessed with being as perverse in his pursuits as possible. Don't know if skanky is really a guy word - but it really fits him.

    So, at this point I am waving the white flag on the absurdity of this sort-of plot. Nothing worse than dumb characters. Save yourself a credit on this one. Wait for a Linda Howard or Nora Roberts book. Those two NEVER write a dumb female lead character!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Track

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl - her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

    M. Davis says: "Mostly enjoyed it."
    "Mostly enjoyed it."
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Tanya Eby?

    Maybe - pretty bad narration on this one.


    Would you recommend Fast Track to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably. I waited so long to finally have Aiden and Cordi's story. Love this series. Only problem with this one was the big "climax" of the story was too distant and removed from the main characters. Didn't get that - sort of anti-climatic at the end of the day b


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    Someone a lot better with male voices and accents. Pretty bad.


    Do you think Fast Track needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I want to see the characters continue.


    Any additional comments?

    A little disappointed - maybe after the long wait for this book - too much expectation. Really think the main characters should have been more involved with the final takedown.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Vanished

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    When an 11-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn't waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces - he's related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.

    Books,Chocolate and Lipgloss says: "AMY AND NICK DO IT AGAIN WITH THEIR AMAZING VOICES"
    "God so far...sorta"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Still listening- the MAJOR problem is the dual narration. HATE IT!! Arghh- it continually interrupts a great story. At times -so frustrating. I would probably love this book otherwise. If not for the LOUSY narration.


    Would you recommend Vanished to your friends? Why or why not?

    LOUSY dual narration. Constantly pulls you out of the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden ?

    N/A. ONE NARRARATOR!!!!


    Could you see Vanished being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Uhmm - heck no


    Any additional comments?

    Probably a good book - LOUSY NARRATION.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. D. Faver
    • Narrated By Anne Hancock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A terrified woman erases her past to escape her abusive husband. Taking her children, she disappears from Texas only to reinvent herself as a teacher in a remote Alaskan village. She fights to survive the harsh environment, while ever mindful of the danger stalking her. A complication emerges in the form of her new boss who is unaware of her entanglement and pursues her with a passion. Hungry for a father figure, her young children immediately take to him, but she is haunted by the cruel man who battered her.

    M. Davis says: "Cartoonish Characters"
    "Cartoonish Characters"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't require realistic characters and dialogue.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Faver’s story?

    Nothing wrong with the plot....but these characters - yikes! First off, inept adults who talk like a bad who-dunit movie. No one - at least not in my world - talks like this. My dear, darling....sounds ok - but when put into the story - not so much. There's a PI in the story that is so inept it's hard to understand why she would ever be trusted. And don't get me started on the Scottish luxury car rental driver who bodyguards because - hey he's really big. And he goes trotting off to the US of A to play bodyguard. First thing that happens - he gets knocked out because he never saw anyone coming at him. Wow. Some bodyguard. Then you have the main character up in the wilds of Alaska. Falls in love with her boss and everything is la, la, la....perfect. Suddenly she goes from being a scared rabbit to amazon woman. Really? And the crazy, sadistic husband that's hunting for her? Cartoon whack job is what he is. Must have gotten his character from Villains 'R Us.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance couldn't be any better because the content being read was so lousy.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yeah, it finally ended.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Revenge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    At 25, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy. Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next. But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth. For 10 years Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.

    patricia says: "Unhappy with the reader."
    "All time very best NR ever!!!!"
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    Would you listen to Sweet Revenge again? Why?

    Absolutely! I just fell in love with these characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Revenge?

    Too any to name just one!


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

    The accent!! Outstanding narration.


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

    It takes a thief :)


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read/listen!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Far Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laura Griffin
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    To save her only brother, Andrea Finch must face down a criminal mastermind, the FBI, and her own demons in this thrilling novel from the author of the best-selling Tracers series. Police detective Andrea Finch is a rising star in her department until a split-second decision derails her career. Disgraced and disillusioned, she’s on leave from her job when she gets an urgent call from her younger brother. She’d prefer to ignore his latest plea for cash, but this time instinct tells her something is very wrong.

    Tina says: "Below expectations"
    "Hopscotch Plot - Makes No Sense"
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    What would have made Far Gone better?

    A plot that stayed cohesive...actually making some sense.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Candace Thaxton?

    Probably


    What character would you cut from Far Gone?

    Too many to keep up with....


    Any additional comments?

    I hardly made it past the first hour before giving up. It hopscotches all over the place and did not engage me enough to want to figure it out.

    0 of 0 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
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    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.....

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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