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Joan Reeves

It's never too late to live happily ever after!

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  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1683)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "One of the Best Jack Reacher Novels"
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    Bad Luck and Trouble opens with a horrific action sequence. Let's just say that Child has a way of dropping a bomb in the opening pages.

    Reacher is contacted by Frances Nagley, a woman from his old unit. She's tracked him down in a unique way. Fans of arithmetic puzzles will liked this. Nagley tells him of what's happening to the men in their old unit. She and Reacher try to reunite with the rest of his old team, but they're almost too late.

    Reacher's unit had the motto: "You don't mess with the unit." The people who have targeted Reacher and his team learn this truth a little too late.

    Nonstop action. Larger than life characters whose camaraderie seems genuine. Despicable bad guys. Intricate plot. Edge of the seat suspense. If those characteristics appeal to you, grab Bad Luck and Trouble asap!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (350)

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "My Favorite SEP Book"
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    Without a doubt, Ain't She Sweet is my favorite Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel. I bought it in print when it first came out then bought it for my Kindle, Now I've bought it for my iPod.

    I just sent an Audible gift of this book to my daughter who now has quite a commute each morning since she bought a house some distance from the school where she teaches. I'm introducing her to audio books this way.

    I'm not only southern, I also write southern humor so I have a special fondness for books about small southern towns -- the characters, the mores, and the delightful southern colloquialisms.

    This book is like sitting on a porch with a bunch of women on a hot Sunday afternoon, sipping ice tea, and letting the conversation swirl around me.

    Narrator Kate Flemming portrays the women of the small Mississippi town perfectly. She's got the right amount of drawl and brings Sugar Beth and the other women to life.

    It's a good thing digital recordings don't wear out because I've listened to this one so many times that were it CD, it would be worn thin.

    Great book. Great performance. Perfect entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Delta Force: The Story of America’s Elite Counterterrorist Unit

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Eric L. Haney
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1199)

    Delta Force—the US Army’s most elite top-secret strike force. They dominate the modern battlefield, but you won’t hear about their heroics on CNN. No headlines can reveal their top-secret missions, and no book has ever taken readers inside—until now. Here, a founding member of Delta Force takes us behind the veil of secrecy and into the action to reveal the never-before-told story of First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

    Darwin8u says: "Informative & Entertaining Memoir >|< Myth"
    "Insider Story of Delta Force"
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    We started moving my office to our weekend home where I'll be hanging my hat temporarily until our townhome is available. Listened to Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney and narrated by Robertson Dean who has a great voice -- a manly man voice which is perfect for this story of Delta Force.

    This is a compelling personal history from Haney who was among the first selected for Delta Force. Years ago I saw this book listed in the credits of the TV series The Unit starring Dennis Haysbert. I bought the book and read it in print, passed it on to hubby and our kids. When I saw the audio book, I knew we would all enjoy it -- and we did.

    Highly recommended. Don't miss it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3983)
    Performance
    (2387)
    Story
    (2403)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Best of Koontz"
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    Lightning is one of my favorite books so I was glad to purchase the audiobook and anxious to see if it did justice to this perfect example of speculative fiction. I'm happy to say that Christopher Lane does an excellent job in breathing life into Koontz's words.

    I've always been surprised that Spielberg hasn't made a motion picture of Lightning. The story is the perfect blend of the puzzle of a mystery, the relationship of a romance, and the science fiction aspect of a changed future that might occur if the geniuses and the mad men of the world succeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Travis says: "Poor audio quality"
    "Learn How To Prioritize"
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    Brian Tracy is an author and speaker with many motivational books to his credit. If you have a problem with procrastination, get this book!

    Just listening to it makes you want to dive in and get your life organized, clearing out the clutter and the old bad habits by which you operate.

    Excellent book with great advice that is actually very easy to implement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tripwire: Jack Reacher, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1728)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1557)

    Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.

    Dogs &amp; Horses says: "Slower pace than first 2 books"
    "Sadistic Villain"
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    Tripwire, Book 3 of the Jack Reacher thrillers, abounds in emotional threat and creates a nervous anxiety as the momentum of the story builds. You just know terrible things are going to happen to the villain's latest targets. I won't say any more because I don't want to toss out a spoiler. If you read or listen to Tripwire, you'll understand what I mean.

    Suffice it to say that much of the book is an exercise in emotional sadism as well as physical acts of violence that have you constantly on the edge of your seat, waiting for more to happen to the hapless victims of the sadistic villain.

    On a side note, this book was published a few years before 9/11 which brought massive changes to the NY landscape. Some of the science paradigms have changed so don't think the author did a sloppy job in research. What he describes as SOP was the way it was back in the mid 1990's. Science has evolved and so has SOP of dealing with body remains.

    The consummate professional Jonathan McClain voices Reacher again and does a superb job with this story which gives more insight into Reacher's background, making you feel as if you know him better by the end of Tripwire.

    All in all, another taut suspenseful thriller from Lee Child, a master of the genre, and a superb acting job by narrator Jonathan McClain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Wife for a While

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Donna Fasano
    • Narrated By Mary Lynn Bowen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Ben Danvers was about to lose everything - unless he found a woman willing to become his wife. The terms of his grandfather's will were outrageous, but they were ironclad. Just when Ben was about to give up all hope, the last woman he ever expected to wed made a startling proposal. Chelsea Carson offered Ben a deal he couldn't refuse. He could keep the family fruit orchard if he would make her one and only dream come true. But there were to be no strings attached, no messy emotions when it was over. Their makeshift marriage would be perfect...unless Chelsea allowed love to bungle the plan.

    Joan Reeves says: "Heartwarming Sweet Romance"
    "Heartwarming Sweet Romance"
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    Excellent story; lovely narration!

    Donna Fasano is great at creating characters that seem real -- with the mixture of strengths and weaknesses that real people have. Best of all, she's at the top of the game in writing a sweet romance filled with emotion and characters who end up yearning for each other -- like Chelsea and Ben in this story. For comic relief, there's Ben's Aunt May.

    Narrator Mary Lynn Bowen is skillful and brings this romance to life. She superb in voicing the different characters, but in Chelsea's voice, she really shines.

    HIS WIFE FOR A WHILE has depth. You'll root for Chelsea. She learns, with the help of others, to overcome the tragedy of her own past, and that is what really helps her to embrace her future. She earns her happy ending.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Paul says: "An edge of your seat thriller"
    "Wow! Fasten Your Seat Belts!"
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    This was the first audiobook of a Jack Reacher novel that my darling hubs and I heard. We'd read several of the Lee Child novels so we figured the audiobook would be good entertainment.

    If you like your entertainment suspenseful, taut, gritty, and with a strong mystery too, this book is for you.

    Dick Hill did an amazing job as narrator. He brought this book to life and made it feel as if we were listening to an action movie with all the elements guys love: blazing guns, strong hero, evil bad guys, and a high body count! (Ah, the things I do for my hubby -- like listening to Stephen Hunter and Lee Child novels. *g*)

    Seriously, if you're looking for hero material, check out Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2028)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1281)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "One of Best Books Ever!"
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    I read Watchers years ago, and I've re-read it every few years. I love this book -- the speculative fiction aspect, the mystery of it, the damaged characters who, through the power of love, rise above their pasts and fiercely protect each other, and Einstein. Everyone in the world who loves dogs wants a dog like Einstein.

    This book has it all -- science fiction, mystery, suspense, and love -- and the narrator J. Charles ably brings his skill and talent to this story.

    Great story. Great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2076)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1845)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    Donna says: "STILL IN PROCESS OF LISTENING TO IT, BUT....."
    "Wrong Place; Wrong Time; Right Hero"
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    My husband and I are slowly working our way through the Jack Reacher novels. In this, Book 2 of the series, Reacher is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and nearly loses his life because of it.

    Wrong place and wrong time, yes, but Reacher is definitely the right man for that situation.

    Narrated by Jonathan McClain who does several of the Reacher novels, DIE TRYING is a thrill ride. Just when you think there's no possible way the situation can get any worse, it does.

    Just when you think there's no way out, Reacher creates one.

    Lee Child does a masterful job in creating a taut, suspenseful, ripped-from-the-headlines story, and McClain does an equally masterful job of narration.

    All in all, this is excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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