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Michael

Chesterland , OH, USA

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  • Every Waking Moment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Lenore Zann
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (39)

    Emma Wright has finally escaped the dangerous man who's controlled her every move for the past six years. Taking her 5-year-old son, she has fled across the country seeking freedom, safety, and a fresh start. But Max's father isn't giving them up so easily.

    Julie says: "Great listen!"
    "Predictable but good"
    Overall

    The heroine is resourceful but needs a man to help her out. The hero is afraid of committment but ends up committing. The ex is really nasty. The good guys win. Entertaining and well done, but quite predictable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Temptation and Surrender: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Roz Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Handsome, wealthy, and well-born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest...and he has. He's played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones. But now he's restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it's with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family's estate in rural Devon.

    Michael says: "Way too long"
    "Way too long"
    Overall

    Typical writing by Laurens except that in this novel the plot is relatively thin, it's clear where we're headed almost from the first page, and it just plain takes too long to get there. I'm all for romance and sex, but when a single kiss lasts for 30 min of audio, that's overkill. The lead male is a little thin, and his path to falling for the heroine isn't fleshed out well. In contrast, the heroine is better developed, although she seems a little too adamant about the usual plot device of "aristocracy" and "commoner" falling in love. This book would be quite good as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, but at it's present length it really drags.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2277)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (944)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    I like all of Phillips books, this one gets 4.5 stars only because anything would be a comedown after "Ain't She Sweet". This has some familiar characters but isn't dependent on previous novels at all. Interesting characters, a bit predictable, but trademark humor and wit with good plotting. The kind of book where you know from the beginning where's it's going but you don't care because it's a darn enjoyable ride.

    1 of 1 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
    (934)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (338)

    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"
    "Best yet"
    Overall

    Her best novel yet. Complex, interesting characters. Involved plot with lots of overtones. I wouldn't mind a revisit in a future novel, though how she'd turn this into a series like the Chicago Stars, I don't know. Despite some nasty actions by some characters at times, you never really dislike any of the major protagonists. You really feel high when they do and low when they're low. I didn't want it to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (2045)
    Story
    (2074)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Unsatisfying"
    Overall

    Yes, you know how it's going to end, but you keep hoping for something different and in the end it's unsatisfying. So many questions unanswered, so much left hanging and apparently the sequel doesn't anwer much of anything. The premise is brilliant, and much of the execution is terrific, but something in the end is lacking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (960)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "When's the sequel?"
    Overall

    Can't wait for the next installment. Imaginative, well written. A bit of Stockholm syndrome, but you buy it. This is a good book to listen to, well read, good voices. I can't wait until the next one arrives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silence in Hanover Close

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (83)

    Inspector Thomas Pitt is asked to reopen a three-year-old murder case which occurred in London's luxurious Hanover Close. With his wellborn wife, Charlotte, to aid him in penetrating the well-known reserve of high society, the inquisitive Pitts discover a shocking and deadly secret. Millions of ardent fans relish Anne Perry's highly atmospheric mysteries, set in Victorian London.

    Nina says: "A MUST for Anne Perry lovers!!"
    "In fine form"
    Overall

    As always, Anne Perry is excellent. You almost think you've got it figured out and then you don't. Good view of life and society in the times, and as always with Perry, good thorough psychological portraits. Well plotted and enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heidegger in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    One of the two major philosophical traditions of the twentieth century was linguistic analysis, derived largely from Wittgenstein. The other, diametrically opposed, came from Heidegger, and its fundamental question was, "What is the meaning of existence?" For Heidegger, this question could not simply be "analyzed away". It was beyond the reach of logic or reason. It was the primary "given" of every individual life. To confront it, Heidegger needed to develop an entire new form of philosophy.

    Michael says: "Less isn't more"
    "Less isn't more"
    Overall

    Heidegger is difficult, no question, but this 90 min was more about the man than then philosophy. And even for obtuse philosophy, the presentation wasn't very good.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Price of Desire: Novellas from Transgressions (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ed McBain, Anne Perry, Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone, John Keating, David Prete
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Three never before published novellas from some of our very best crime writers, compiled and edited by Ed McBain.

    Michael says: "Good trio"
    "Good trio"
    Overall

    Exactly what you'd expect from this set of authors. Excellent stories, good twists, intersting psychology. Well worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half Past Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Meryl Sawyer
    • Narrated By Cecelia Fortero
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    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"
    "Fooled me"
    Overall

    I usually don't miss the villain but I did in this one until near the end. Good misdirection. Could have been shortened a bit and there was a gratuitous "wrapping up" at the end that seemed added on, but overall, I'd download another by this author.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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