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  • The Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

    Linda says: "Brilliant! Loved it!"
    "It was an okay read."
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    What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

    I had no complaints about Toms Stechschulte's narration. Seemed fitting for a mystery/crime solving type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    Well... I liked the book, and it was okay... I guess my crutch on this read, is that I've already read "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness" by Frank Peretti (amazing books!). Those two books put together amazing stories that balance the dark side AND the light side of Christianity (or lack of). I should add, I really like to read Christian fiction stories that encourage growth as a child of God - with the two prior Peretti books I felt warned and encouraged while reading. I walked away feeling better. Those two books I have recommended over and over again, every time I loan my copies out to friends, they come back raving just as much as I did.

    On the other hand, "The Oath" is a mystery/crime story that really seemed to focus heavily on sin alone and paralleled a story of what happens to a community overtaken by sin. This isn't a book that left me wanting to tell my friends about. This books story-line although not terrible didn't seem as well written, and I missed the balance of encouragement of prayer that he included in the books I mentioned before. Although the story was okay, it left more of a feeling of doom and gloom through out the read.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    Miranda Cheever has been blessed with many things, but great beauty is not among them. Still, when she meets Viscount Tuner, she knows she is meant for him. As the years go by, fate is as kind to Miranda as it is harsh on the Viscount. He's skeptical about love with good reason - but he may be falling for Miranda

    Teresa says: "Light and fun romance."
    "Kinda Bland"
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    This was a bland romance. I read it all the way through, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Up Flint: Cyborg Seduction, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (289)

    Flint is tall, gorgeous and dangerous. He’s a cyborg - the absolute ultimate alpha male. He takes what he wants and holds what is his. Mira is his now. He takes her aboard his ship and has her branded with his mark. He captured her, owns her, and she will serve his every need. Mira is instantly drawn to Flint, fascinated by his seductive appeal. The sex between them is smoking hot. Until she finds out he is a breeder, contracted to a dozen cyborg women, and she is no more than a possession.

    Leesa says: "I want a Cyborg"
    "Boring"
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    The narrator was perfect for Flint and the other cyborgs, but she forgot to make the humans sound human, instead they sounded like cyborgs too. As far as the storyline, I don't know - it just kinda fizzled out. If your gonna have such a cool idea for a storyline then keep the action going and mix the romance in! There were a lot of moments that were dry and boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1752)
    Story
    (1770)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Ok read..."
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    I've read other wolf like stories before and really loved them. This book was okay, but what really brought it down was the sometimes *high school* pack mentality (teasing, sneering, etc). I expect pack mentality with a wolf story, but the juvenile prodding and over excessive swearing really isn't the nature of a wolf. Wolves are quiet, dominate, protective, and gracious, sometimes anxious – but never hyena like. This really struck me as a book geared for a younger audience.

    I really got a laugh out of Dominic and Dante though. Sometimes they said really stupid and inappropriate things, but a good addition to the book overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (801)

    In the fall of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

    L.W. says: "Horribly depressing"
    "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing"
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    This, so easily could have been a 5 star book. I've read a few books lately that were poorly written or aimed at a younger audience, so after cozying up with this book I was happy to find I had finally found a book that was *good*, and well written. I loved the characters, and Sparks had me wanting to keep reading.

    I was a bit disappointed in the middle of the book, I'm not a fan of affairs and don't like it when stories include them - thankfully Amanda thought better of an affair with Dawson or leaving her husband Frank, and the star couple parted ways. I was hoping that the author would resolve the story by pairing the couple back together later in life by the death of her husband or some other way that wouldn't paint the soul mates badly - but instead, Sparks killed off the hero, Dawson...

    I would have voted 4 or 5 stars for my review, but killing Dawson at the end killed it all for me. It feels like Sparks was playing a cruel joke on his readers by building up such a great feeling about this couple, and what a great guy Dawson was, and then writes in Dawson's murder at the end. The only thing Sparks left out was a "Muahahahaha....." at the end, because after reading this book it feels like that's what Sparks must have been thinking when he finished writing this book.

    As for the narration, I would have preferred a female narrator because men never seem to be able to master the mushy tones of a romance, or do the female voices as well. But Sean Pratt did do the best narration of a romance I've ever heard a man do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Storm: Mighty Storm Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (352)

    It's been 12 years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved. Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed, and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both 14. Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect.

    CAROLYN says: "BEAUTIFUL WELL WRITTEN INTENSE LOVE STORY"
    "Meh..."
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    Overall, the book was just long-winded, and seemed geared for a younger audience. I liked the personalities of the characters, but during the dramatic moments, they became stupid and unrealistic.

    Another big problem was the monolog and main characters internal talk; it was just o-ver-kill... The author should have quit over-describing every detail of Tru’s thoughts, Jake, and the set up scenes, and move along with the story. The basic plot wasn't bad, until the author kind of wrecked the story with all that mind numbing brain chatter.

    I wasn't a big fan of the narrator either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1173)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Waste of time & $$"
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    I'm not sure why this book had such good reviews. The author rambled on and on with details that didn't matter. The plot could have been great, but the story just wasn't put together well at all. I restarted the book over a few times in the beginning thinking I missed something, only to find I hadn't. The author kept that up through the whole book, going overboard on staging, lacking in story line, making it almost impossible to follow. I just couldn't get into this book at all.

    Separately, I don't think the narrator helped much either (although the book would have still been awful without her). It wasn't that she read in monotone, but just flat.

    This book bombed on all accounts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Cole Whitehall had asked Lacy Jarrett to wait for him. But after the war, he returned to the rambling Whitehall cattle ranch a changed man, the promise of lasting love replaced by a cold, hard distance. Lacy yearned to reignite the once inseparable couple’s unquenched passion. Unwittingly compromised into marriage, the handsome Texan refused to come under Lacy’s thumb. But the hard press of aching desire had her longing to learn the secrets Cole harbored in his heart. Tormented, she wouldn’t let him shoulder the burden alone....

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh...."
    "Meh...."
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    This just wasn't my cup of tea. I love romances, but this one just didn't click with me. I also love Natalie Ross's narrations usually, but this book she seemed to have a different style of reading that I didn't love so much either. The book struck out on both accounts I guess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5060)
    Performance
    (2675)
    Story
    (2712)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Great read..."
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    This is such a great read, I loved it! I picked it for the romance, but it turns out the romance is really more of a back story. The main focus of this book is more on Wanda and her "host" Melanie - and all about how they learn to live with each other. The human group eventually finds Wanda a new "host" body where the human had already faded, and Melanie was able to have her own body and life back. It's a great story with a good ending, that leaves room for a second book. If Stephenie Meyer writes a second book, I'll definitely read it.

    The Host has also been made into a movie, which was terrible. Stick with the book, don't waste your money or time on the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Touch of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get. Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

    Maria says: "Great Balls of Fire!"
    "Bombed..."
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    Natalie Ross is a great narrator, and the story line had potential upon reading the plot summery but that's about where it ends. The author just drabs on and on and on. This is not a love story that makes you swoon, it's a love story that makes you want to bang your head against a wall until rendered unconscious.

    The last half of the book picks up a bit, but not enough for me to ever recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "Eh..."
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    I read a different book of Linda Howards earlier this year and loved it, hoping to find another great hit I ran down the list of her books with high ratings and chose this one for my next read.

    There is a short short scene in the book where one of the side characters has sex with her father, and if that's not bad enough, she's married to her cousin. The cousin later marries the main character, who is his *other* cousin...

    This did a lot to drag down the book. Incest just isn't my thing.

    Even if you ignore the incest which is only brought to your attention a few times, I just didn't think this had a great story line. The narrator Natalie Ross was great as always though.


    I would recommend skipping this book altogether and checking out Linda's book "After the Night"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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