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J.

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  • Her Last Breath: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Linda Castillo
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo's Her Last Breath, a story that reveals a dark side of Painter's Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere. What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.

    karen says: "Absolutely LOVE this series!"
    "Good minus the language"
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    This is a good enough story until the foulest language is spoken. Not sure why authors feel as though they have to inflect the language into their works. For me, it keeps me from enjoying the book.

    I have read many, many Amish fiction stories and there are all rooted in their culture as this ones seems to be.

    Just shame about the language which will keep me from reading this author again.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (247)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "This needs to be a movie! Love....Love....."
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    This was my first by Rachel Hauck and it won't be my last. I really enjoyed narrator Eleni Pappageorge as well. The story was magical and I especially liked that it was set in different periods in time. I found myself getting lost in the story and envisioning the characters in the landscape of the stories. Each time my commute was over I was sad and looking forward to the next time to listen. It was so pleasing to hear no vulgar language and to have an author who let God be in the picture. I don't want to give any spoilers so it's difficult to divulge too much. If you like a nice peaceful read that will draw you into the story this is for you. It would make a great movie. Love....Love...Love!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danger in the Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    Sara Walsh is unsure of her own safety. Every day when she leaves her job as a writer, she takes a different route to avoid patterns in her routine that could put her life in jeopardy. Ever since she and her sister were abducted as children, and her sister was murdered, Sara has been forced to live in a paranoid world where a faceless man could be stalking her every move. But this man is no apparition. He¿s real and he¿s obsessed with finding her ¿ and killing her.

    Carrie says: "Loved It!"
    "Good listen"
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    I have read this as a softcover book however it has been some time so it was like new to me all over again. The narrator Tom Stechschulte is not my favorite but it was okay. He doesn't do female characters well. The heroine was a strong character. Her circumstances were complex and hard to imagine facing. Her love interest proved an equally strong character.
    It is so refreshing to read fiction without vulgar language and strong convictions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (671)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Didn't get far with this one"
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    I may have listened 10 minutes max and heard such vulgar language I turned it off and will not be finishing this.

    One day these authors will realize stories can be told without all this unnecessary vulgar language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2373)
    Performance
    (2087)
    Story
    (2100)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    P. Minor says: "Written for a movie script"
    "The Puller Brothers prevail!"
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    I am mostly always a big fan of David Baldacci and also both of the narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy.

    They always seem to do a great job. I had pondered why Robert Puller from a staunch military family ended up in jail. This book explains it all. It was very complex and at times I was not able to predict the outcomes. It was good to allow the main characters to show emotion as well.

    I'd like to see more of the Puller characters in future books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

    In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

    Jean says: "Engrossing"
    "MHC delivers entertaining murder story"
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    It was good to reconnect with some of the characters from her previous novel. One of my favorite characters is the main characters father Leo who is very dedicated, retired police officer who loves his daughter and grandson. Things took a turn that I did not expect as far "who done it" because there were many possible characters who were involved. I especially like Jan Maxwell as a narrator. This was a good entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2771)
    Performance
    (2472)
    Story
    (2467)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "Oddly interesting"
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    I will preface this review with mentioning the author is not my favorite, having made that statement I will say that this one took some getting use to and making myself read it and not abandon early on. If you don't know anything about elephants you will after listening to this book. The characters were complex and they spoke in first person which was fine until they spoke of other characters and the narration did not follow the characters. Minor detail though. If you are a mother you will definitely relate to certain situations. Overall the biggest surprise was the last few chapters. I did not anticipate the ending at all. Came from out of nowhere!

    Even though I am not one to read every book by this author what kept me from giving the review 5 stars was the vulgar language that served no purpose to the story. The same could have been said and conveyed without it.

    Take a chance and enjoy if you can tolerate the F bombs and other vulgar language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (995)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (490)

    From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

    Reg says: "Movie material"
    "The narrator sure does make a difference"
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    I can't bring myself to finish this one - second recent John Grisham audiobook that I simply can't tolerate the narrator. The inflections in the voice are terrible and he is not versatile enough to change characters. The author has done some great works in the past - this one being an older thankfully their is a better narrator on board now.

    I will be returning this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1747)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (804)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Simply can't finish it"
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    I am at chapter 7 and will be baling on this one. I simply can't finish it. The narration is the worst I have ever heard to the point that I have no desire to even read the book. I normally like the author and for all I know and will never find out this may be a decent book.

    Based on the few chapters I endured the main character is using greed to punish his family upon his death. The lawyer with substance abuse problems sent to Brazil to find his illegitimate daughter is more of a loser than the deceased family.

    I have listened to two of the authors recent books and that narrator was great.

    Save your money.....


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chamber

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (354)

    In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

    George says: "Best of Grisham"
    "Surprised me"
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    I picked this as a filler while waiting for some new releases. This was well done and had plenty of twists and turns that I did not foresee. The characters were strong Adam the grandson and Sam the death row inmate grandfather. Forgiveness for some horrible crimes was the center of this story for me. I especially appreciate the pastoral consultations the inmate received. It was very candid and biblically realistic. The performance was good - I had recently listed to Sycamore Row by the same author and narrator.

    I will have to say the ending left me unfulfilled. Maybe I wanted him to do more -- and will leave at that so no spoiler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Beverly Lewis, David Lewis
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    Jack Livingston has been raising his nine-year-old adopted niece, Natalie, since the accident that took her parents' lives. While he travels for work, Natalie is lovingly cared for by Laura, an Amish nanny who loves her as her own. Kelly Maines is nearing the end of her rope. Her baby was kidnapped, the apparent victim of a black market adoption ring, and for eight years, Kelly has tirelessly pursued every lead to its bitter end. Now, there's one last lead from a private investigator: Just a few miles away lives a girl who matches the profile....

    Wendy says: "Excellent book and narration!"
    "Not the best from Beverly Lewis"
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    I had stopped reading Beverly Lewis as it seemed most of the stories were basically the same with just a different name to the characters. This one is based mostly in the "Englisher" world but there are Amish traits that weigh into the story.The guts of this story takes place in the last half of the second download. I really did not care for this narrator - she does not do male voices well at all - almost to the point of stopping the listen. The ending was okay and good for the characters. Did this keep me enraptured and on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter? No.

    So me this was "just okay".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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