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Clennell

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  • Half Past Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meryl Sawyer
    • Narrated By Cecelia Fortero
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    No one in Twin Oaks knows about the risky deal Kaitlin Wells cut with the Feds for her release. But everyone remembers her scandalous arrest for stealing money from the Mercury Bank. Now, three years later, Kat has come home to catch the real thieves and prove her innocence. Trouble is, some powerful folks don't want her digging up the past...or getting friendly with new sheriff Justin Radner. But some laws can't be ignored, like white-hot attraction.

    Michael says: "Fooled me"
    ""Really Good Book""
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    What made the experience of listening to Half Past Dead the most enjoyable?

    This story was full of character building. I learned a great deal about the characters, and I fell in love with most of them - and hated the ones I think I was supposed to hate.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David was my favorite character even though he is a secondary character. He seemed to be the only character that was honest with himself as well as those around him. He reminded me of the old adage "to thine own self be true."


    What about Cecelia Fortero’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with this story. her intonations and delivery were spot on with the characters and the story. I will read (listen to) a novel read by her again in a heartbeat.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a great dael of action in this book. Yes, it is true that maybe you have a little to wade through to get there, but it is worth it because you feel like you're getting to know the characters, fitting into their community, and trying to figure out who the bad guys are and who the good people are. I wanted to be able to warn Cat when she was in danger, but like her, I had no clue who to trust. Yes, I yelled at the heroine to "RUN" a few times. I even told her "SHOOT HIM!" Of course that would have been too easy, but in all it was a great book. I had a great time reading it, and wish Audible had another one by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "A Little Disappointed at First"
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    I have anticipated this book ever since I saw that Lara Adrian was coming up with a new book for the Midnight Breed series. To me, the book moves a little slow at first. There were some unexpected twists, and the characters were really well developed as they are in all her books. However, the buildup seems to take a long time. in truth, I didn’t start to truly enjoy the book until part two of the novel. However, I listened in hopes that things would change, and they did.

    I did like the fact that we were able to see all the characters from past books such as Lucan and Gabriel. Ms. Adrian gives a glimpse into the characters’ lives over the last two decades. We meet the children of the mates from the earlier novels and get to see the warriors and their mates. I think the only mated couple that is not mentioned are Clare and Andre.

    While the first part of the novel did a great deal of catching us up on what’s happened for the past two decades, there is a romance going on, a kidnapping, conspiracy, and treason issues, and Mirror is in deeper than she initially thought. The one thing I truly loved about this novel is that Mirror grew up to be a kickass woman that can take care of herself. She’s a little high strung and vicious at times, but she’s a good fighter and a wonderful woman. The end of the book not only surprised me, but made me want to call Ms. Adrian and tell her to hurry up with the next book because there has to be a next book. Seeing Nathan, Kellin, and Rafe all grown up was treat too. In the end, I was surprised, pleased, and eagerly awaiting more.

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  • Silent Scream

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    When a teenage girl dies in a suspicious fire, Detective Olivia Sutherland is assigned to track down the arsonist. Then she discovers something more sinister—a vicious blackmailer who preys on young people and murders without hesitation. Making her work even harder is sexy firefighter David Hunter. He’s not only sharing the case but sparking memories of their long-ago night of passion, when feelings were left unspoken and hearts were broken.

    Ann says: "Wish I knew it was a series"
    "Awsome Book"
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    Maybe I’m bias because Karen Rose is one of my favorite authors, but this was a great book. I was intrigued and pulled in right from the start. I wanted to know right from the start who was behind the camera, who was pulling the strings, and why. Yes, I asked questions nearly throughout the entire novel. I love mysteries, and Karen Rose took me on a pretty good one. Of course, as always, I tried to play detective. I even figured out who it was, but was stumped by the other part of the who’s doing it. There were a couple of twists and turns in this one that I didn’t expect, which was even more of a wonderful experience. I yelled, got angry, and laughed. The romance in the novel was pretty nice too. I liked both characters the lead female and male characters. There was a moment of true sorrow in the novel; I am not a crier, but I nearly shed a tear when the sadness hit. I was shocked to the core and angry enough to start cursing. To say the least, I had an awesome time with this one. I’ll probably listen to it again soon.

    The narrator was all right. For the most part, I enjoyed the book more than the narration, but she didn’t destroy the novel or distract from it, so I was pleased with the overall performance.

    0 of 0 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    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"
    "Absolute Great Book"
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    Deadly Lies was intriguing almost from the start. I was enthralled from the beginning of the book. I was amazed by the maze the author set up for me. I wanted to be one of the people in the book, trying to figure it all out. when everything started coming to light I was just going crazy, trying to tell the characters who it was, who to look for, and what to do as if they could hear me. I didn’t exactly figure it all out because there were so many people involved. When the actual kidnapper/killer came to light I wanted to get into the book and kill him myself. This book was filled with intrigue, treachery, love, hate, and a whole host of emotions. I couldn’t believe it all, but I was fascinated by the picture she painted, and how it all turned out. To me, this was the best book in the trilogy, and the author made me want to read more of her books. Unfortunately, Audible doesn’t have any more of her books. Hopefully, they’ll get a few more.

    Again, the reader was good. Sometimes, a narrator can make or break a book, but in this case, she did a good job of making the book as good as the author did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Heat: Deadly Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Six months after her lover died in an arsonist's blaze, firefighter Lora Spade calls in the FBI's elite Serial Service Division to track the elusive killer. When Special Agent Kenton Lake is lured into a violent inferno, Lora pulls him to safety and is stunned---not by the fire, but by her own searing attraction to Kent. For the first time in months, she longs for something other than vengeance. Kenton's interest in Lora should be purely professional. But one fleeting kiss and he can't get her out of his mind.

    Elspeth says: "Narrator distracting"
    "Excellent Story"
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    The heat in this book is pretty intense both in the fires and with the characters. I really liked the way everything came together in this book. I was fascinated by the in depth point of view she gave of arsonists. The writer must have done a great deal of research about the pathology of arsonists because I learned a great deal from her book on the subject. Of course, I liked the main male character. I’d liked him from the first book, and he getting to know him better in this book was great. There were a few things I didn’t see coming, but I did figure out who the arsonists was this time. It wasn’t patently obvious, but the author gave the reader a lot of clues. What I really liked about it was that it wasn’t predictable. Like I said, there were a few things I didn’t see coming, and it wasn’t as easy to figure it all out as one would think, but I did figure it out.

    The reader is the same reader of all the books in the trilogy, and I love her voice, her intonations, and the way she reads. She is a good reader, and if I can find something else I’d like to read that she animates with her voice, I’ll read it.

    Overall, this was a good book. Like I said in my review for Deadly Fear, I think that the relationships move a little fast, but I dealt with it a little better with this book because I was expecting it.

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  • Deadly Fear: Deadly Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has made a career out of profiling serial killers. But getting inside the twisted minds of the cruel and sadistic has taken its toll: She's walled herself off from the world. Yet Monica can't ignore fellow agent Luke Dante, the only man who ever broke through her defenses. Luke has the unique ability to put victims at ease...professionally, he and Monica make a perfect team. Now they're reunited to catch a murderer who uses his victims' deepest, darkest fears for sport---but their investigative skills aren't enough.

    Deanna says: "The narrating could be better"
    "Pretty Good Book"
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    This was an interesting book. I loved the action and the plot. The mystery was in depth and full of twists and turns. I didn’t see the end coming, and I was a little surprised by who the killer was. I had my eye on two different people for the fear induced murders, but I was wrong. I was intrigued and full of anxiety for the people involved. I kept thinking, no, not this person, or the person, and was really glad to have a good ending even though some of it was a little messed up at the end. I was like really, this happened, and then I was relieved when it all turned out well.

    The only complaint I truly have about this book is all the sexual action. I don’t usually have trouble with sensuality and sex in novels, but it seemed like this book and the others after it was full of sex. It’s kind of hard to accept a sexual relationship between people who don’t really know each other. I think the problem was the fact that there was no build up, no real tension, no relationship building until after the characters had engaged in the act. Not to mention, I like to get to know characters well before all the intimacy starts. It makes me understand the interplay and the interest that is there. It also makes me understand why a couple begin to care for each other and share an act that I often associate with caring if not love. Maybe I’m a little naïve and old fashion, but I think that’s the way it should be even in books :).

    The reader was good. I loved her intonations and the way she builds the characters with her voice and reading abilities.

    Overall, it was a good book and I was so ready to start the next book that I forgot to write the review before I started the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before She Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are: witches. No one knows about defence attorney Charlotte Wellington's murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that's just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what's past is past. But others don't agree. And as a madman's body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that's become terrifyingly personal.

    Mimmi says: "If you like Karen Rose, this book is for you!!"
    "Great Book"
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    This is the first book I’ve ever read by Mary Burton, and I have to say I was awe-struck. This was a really good book. Usually, when I read books about carnivals, I don’t see the other side of things like I did in this book. You never think about how shady some people can be and how their lives are changed by all the traveling and hardship associated with the state fairs and carnivals. All you think about when you go to the fair are the rides, the good food, games, and the cotton candy. In this book, you learn a little bit more about the lifestyle and how people who are not a part of the carny life see them. I never thought to look down my nose at someone for being a carny; I just thought it was fun to go to the fair, ride the rides, eat the food, buy things, play the games just to loose, and try to con someone into giving me a stuffed animal that I could never hope to win. It’s fun and exciting as a kid, and as an adult, you take your kids, or your niece, in my case, and you find a moment of happiness in seeing them enjoy themselves. This book gives you a whole different view of the carnival life.

    Okay, enough about that. The book was great. From the start I was enthralled, snapped up and pulled into the action, the character’s lives, their past, the case, and the investigation. Usually, when I read a good mystery, I get caught up in the mystery and who did it; this time, I was caught up in everything. The whole book was a kind of mystery. Secrets are revealed throughout the book, people’s lives are at stake, and you’re not really so much worried about who the killer is as much as you are about the characters and their lives. I was so caught up in Grace, the lead female’s life and all the secrets she kept that I nearly forgot to try to figure it all out. In the end, it didn’t even matter because I didn’t guess right anyway. Well, the killer was on my suspect list, but I kept saying, “No, it can’t be that person.” Then all is revealed and I’m going, “seriously, this is really happening.” There was a little mysticism thrown in there for even more mystery and thought provoking moments. I really enjoyed the book altogether, and I was a little disappointed when it ended because I wanted to keep knowing the characters, to keep learning about their lives and their pasts. This will be a book I’ll remember for a long time; I know I’ll more than likely read it again.

    I liked the narration. I’ve never listened to anything that was read by Johanna Parker before. I liked her voice and how she read the book. She did read in a solemn tone for most of the book, but the book’s subject matter was a solemn issue. Murder and mayhem isn’t something to be upbeat about; however, I knew who the characters were as she read their dialogue, and she did a good job with male voices as well as female voices. She did a good job showing the characters’ personalities through intonation.

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  • Hard Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mariah Stewart
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Two children who mysteriously disappeared many years ago are the last thing on Lorna Temple's mind when she returns to her Pennsylvania hometown to sell the old family property in the wake of her mother's passing. But instead of memories, the fields where Lorna grew up yield something utterly chilling.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Hard truth- Easy Listen"
    "Mariah Stewart Does it Again"
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    This book also started out a little slow, but by the time I get to this one, I was looking for it to be a little slow at the beginning. She does a good job of character building in the beginning of the novel. The reader really gets to know, Lorna, the main female character. There is a lot going on in the story for Lorna, but she seems to handle it pretty well and she tries to help someone less fortunate than she is. T. J. Dawson is a great character too although his character is a little less developed than Lorna’s. Regan and Mitch are also in this book, so you get to see them again which is always fun, to see characters from other books in the new one. I liked that Regan and Mitch were brought into this book as well, and you get to see Regan and Mitch’s friendship growing and blossoming while seeing T. J. and Lorna’s grow. There isn’t much of a romance to this book, but it is there, soft and simple in the background and hinted at. It’s nice to see the mystery build as relationships change grow while the world seems to be twirling around the characters like a tornado of information, detective work, and speculation. It’s really a good book. I recommend that readers read the books in order, but it’s not really necessary. They can be stand-alone books.

    Again, as with the first book in the series, the narrator did a good job. I don’t mind that she is continuing the series.
    For me this book started out really slow. I liked how it builds up, but I'm so used to just jumping in that having a book move so slow at the beginning was kind of hard for me; hence, the rating of only 4 stars. Other than that, the book was awesome. I loved everything about it: from the plot and storyline to the characters was great. I like the way she pulled, Regan, the true crimes writer into the storyline and built on her character. It was nice to see her in each part of the book, and have her help with the building of the case. There isn’t much romance in the novel, but there is a building of friendship and relationships. You can actually see the couples in the book growing closer as the danger and intrigue takes over in the novel. Mariah Stewart is one of the authors I like to read a lot of, so she didn’t disappoint me with this one either. I was hoping for a little more of a romance because that’s what I’m used to from her other books, but other than that, I enjoyed the book. Even though there was so much going on and the cases in the book were kind of scary and there were moments of solemnity and sadness, there were moments when you just had to smile or even laugh out right, which added to the novel’s charm and mystery.

    The narrator was pretty. At first, I was a little skeptical, but after a while, she grew on me. She’s not very good at the male voices, but I can distinguish characters from each other because of the way she changes the pitch and tone of her voice. For the most part, I think she did a good job, and I wouldn’t mine reading another set of books she’s read.

    If you’re looking for a good mystery and want to play whodunit, give this book a chance. The person who did it was on my suspect list, but I didn’t actually know until Mariah Stewart revealed the killer exactly who he was. Happy reading.

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  • Cold Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mariah Stewart
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Twenty-six years ago, just before a series of brutal murders rocked the idyllic town of Bowers Inlet, Cassie Burke lost her family and nearly her own life to a transient befriended by her father. Back then, Cassie was a scared kid; now, she's a homicide cop. Back then, the suspect was caught and convicted; he died in prison. But now the killing has started again. And all signs indicate that the Bayside Strangler has come back for more.

    Barbara says: "Fabulous"
    "Turned Out to be a Good Book"
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    For me this book started out really slow. I liked how it builds up, but I'm so used to just jumping in that having a book move so slow at the beginning was kind of hard for me; hence, the rating of only 4 stars. Other than that, the book was awesome. I loved everything about it: from the plot and storyline to the characters was great. I like the way she pulled, Regan, the true crimes writer into the storyline and built on her character. It was nice to see her in each part of the book, and have her help with the building of the case. There isn’t much romance in the novel, but there is a building of friendship and relationships. You can actually see the couples in the book growing closer as the danger and intrigue takes over in the novel. Mariah Stewart is one of the authors I like to read a lot of, so she didn’t disappoint me with this one either. I was hoping for a little more of a romance because that’s what I’m used to from her other books, but other than that, I enjoyed the book. Even though there was so much going on and the cases in the book were kind of scary and there were moments of solemnity and sadness, there were moments when you just had to smile or even laugh out right, which added to the novel’s charm and mystery.

    The narrator was pretty. At first, I was a little skeptical, but after a while, she grew on me. She’s not very good at the male voices, but I can distinguish characters from each other because of the way she changes the pitch and tone of her voice. For the most part, I think she did a good job, and I wouldn’t mine reading another set of books she’s read.

    If you’re looking for a good mystery and want to play whodunit, give this book a chance. The person who did it was on my suspect list, but I didn’t actually know until Mariah Stewart revealed the killer exactly who he was. Happy reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3069)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1969)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    ""At First I was Skeptical""
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    Okay, at first I was skeptical. I am used to reading LKH and Lara Adrien, and both writers are a couple of my favorite authors, so I really had a hard time getting into this book for the first few chapters. J. R. Ward is a little different than what I’m used to and her writing style is totally different, but even during my skepticism, I laughed and made a few awe shucks comments. I smiled, I laughed, a couple of time I almost cried. I always enjoy books that make me feel something. However, as the book went on, it got better and better. There was romance, action, a bit of suspense, and a little subterfuge. There was a bit of a twist that I kind of saw coming. There were a few moments of anguish that shaped Wrath’s character more. I don’t know about anyone else, but I kind of fell in love with Beth’s character from the start. As I said, it was a little different for me. I loved the names of the brothers. I wonder if anyone else noticed that they all have sinful or violent names. The idea and the starting point are both interesting and the book will intrigue you from the beginning even if it’s kind of hard to get into. Her vampires are a little different from the norm, and J. R. Ward does a good job of sucking you into the story even though you’re skeptical of the premise. I have read countless reviews and comments about the BDB series, so I decided to try the books, and in truth, I’m glad I did. I would recommend this book and even go so far as to say, I think by the end of the book other readers would want to go on to the next book if only to see which one of the warriors is next on the list. They all seem so strong and full of themselves, and they give the brothers who have mates a hard time, so you just can’t wait for them to be on the romance train next. It was a good read, and I will read the next book in the series.

    The narrator is good. I am not a big fan of male narrators; however, Jim does a good job, and I like his inflections and the way he does dialogue. Sometimes, I laughed more at the way he says a person’s dialogue than I would at the actual comment. Oh, the comment is usually meant to be sarcastic, snotty, or just outright funny, but Jim’s inflection and narration makes it more so. He’s okay at trying to do female voices, but it’s kind of hard for males to do female voices. However, I think his rendition of Marissa’s voice is pretty good. Overall, he does a good job, and I will read another book performed by him.

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