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  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
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    Overall
    (12762)
    Performance
    (9120)
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    (9146)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Gabaldon is a great author"
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    With so many reviews, I'll simply add this: I've convinced a few of my friends to read this series and despite the wide span of genre preferences, they all truly enjoyed the series and marveled over Gabaldon's ability to blend a variety of genres, smoothly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Love Most Dangerous

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Martin Lake
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    As a Maid of Honor at the Court of King Henry VIII, beautiful Alice Petherton receives her share of admirers. But when the powerful, philandering Sir Richard Rich attempts to seduce her, she knows she cannot thwart his advances for long. She turns to the most powerful man in England for protection: the King himself. As beautiful as she is intelligent, Alice easily captures the King's interest. He takes her to bed on the day of his son Edward's birth.

    Linda Lou says: "HISTORICAL SMUT"
    "Good Historical Fiction"
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    The story had a nice pace and kept my interest throughout its entirety. Alice felt like a real historical figure. In fact, I found myself double checking to ensure that she was a fictional character. The audio book narrator gave Alice the perfect voice, too. I recommend reading it, if you like historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Plaster City: A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Johnny Shaw
    • Narrated By Scott Merriman
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    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Jimmy Veeder and Bobby Maves are back at it, two years after the events of Dove Season - they’re not exactly the luckiest guys in the Imperial Valley, but, hey, they win more fights than they lose.

    Settled on his own farmland and living like a true family man after years of irresponsible fun, Jimmy’s got a straight life cut out for him. But he’s knocking years off that life thanks to fun-yet-dangerous Bobby’s booze-addled antics - especially now that Bobby is single, volatile as ever, and bored as hell.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it, despite not being my usual genre"
    "Loved it, despite not being my usual genre"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Plaster City to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The narration is excellent!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plaster City?

    Jimmy puts his own sheets on the hotel bed. Bobby goes on a tirade about germs being innocuous, and claiming he needs e-coli in his food, for flavor.


    What does Scott Merriman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott Merriman truly brings these characters to life. In fact, I listened to "Dove Season," which was narrated by a different person, and (meaning no disrespect to the other narrator) it just wasn't the same. Merriman owns Bobby's voice, especially.


    If you could take any character from Plaster City out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bobby! But it have to be a bar and grill. Anything fancier than that, and he'll get kicked out for lewd behavior before he's seated.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't my typical genre, but it was available through Kindle Unlimited, so I gave it a try. To be sure, it's a relatively vulgar book, but it's always situation appropriate, and often it seemed to mock vulgarity, via vulgarity. Also, I'd love to hear "Dove Season" narrated by Merriman.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's a Nightmare: The Gold Stone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nicole Quinn
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The planet Earth has reformed itself into the one-continent world of Blinkin. God and his devil have given way to a new polarity - to the Night Mare and the Dream Weaver. But the Night Mare has co-opted her opposite, and she now rules the night and the day. Into this nightmare world, where human females are kept as cattle, and licensed as domestic pets - inside the stone-system designed to prevent the enemy's return - Mina, a rogue DreamWeaver, is born in the Off-grid of Winkin City.

    Amazon Customer says: "Extremely Imaginative Story"
    "Extremely Imaginative Story"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to future installments to the series.

    That being said, I wonder if this will be one of those books that follows the old saying, "If you like it, you REALLY like it, but if you don't like it, you REALLY don't like it."

    In a very creative way, the story explores misogyny, dystopia, rape, slavery, propaganda, and many more topics. It is well written, and the author did a fine job of narrating her own book (not always the case when referring to audiobooks).

    So, why do I assume a group of people might not like it? Because those topics are racy and controversial. Right now, I'm imagining discussing this book with my friends, and I can see the faces of those who will really enjoy it. They'd appreciate the creativity, and the interesting characters. They'll like the dark humor, and they'll respect the author's bravery at tackling certain unsavory topics. They'll admire it as one values unique genres of art.

    When I think of those who might not like it, I suspect their reasons won't include the presentation of the actual book. On the contrary, I think it would be due to personal preference. I think it will be hard for some people to stomach what is being done to the women in the story. I also think it is difficult for some people to read about insane depravity. Both of these are found in this book.

    I liked it, and I hope more people give it a try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only the Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal. Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire....

    Colorado-reader says: "Sigh... Sigh... Ohhh Sigh..."
    "Overall great story..."
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    This mystery really held my attention, and the narration was excellent, however, I have one small complaint. There is a revelation that is continuously postponed far beyond appropriate suspenseful entertainment. By the time it was actually voiced, I was pretty annoyed with all of the excuses offered for the secrecy.

    This may sound like a negative review, but I really did enjoy everything else, and I'll recommend it, with a caveat about the annoying reveal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
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    Overall
    (7255)
    Performance
    (6396)
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    (6373)

    Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

    G. House Sr. says: "Fabulous -- A Must Read Sequal"
    "Fun Superhero Series"
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    I like this series for many of the same reasons I've seen listed in other reviews, but I especially like the fact that my family is enjoying it as a group. It reminds me a little of Percy Jackson--which is funny, because the stories are nothing alike; the similarity between Percy Jackson and Steelheart is definitely found in the protagonists. They are both normal, well intentioned young men, faced against beings who are abusing their super-human abilities. They are fun books, and I've already recommended them to my friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Watershed Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Schoenberger
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Lucy never confessed her love to her best friend Harlan before he passed away. Two months after his funeral, she is haunted by the power of things left unsaid. But then she receives the first of his e-mails arranged to be sent after his death. So begins the year that everything changes - Lucy's watershed year. In an e-mail, Harlan says something that consumes her: He's certain Lucy is destined for motherhood. In her grief, she suddenly rediscovers hope, journeying to Russia to adopt a four-year-old boy.

    Kathy says: "Ugh, chick-lit again, and a bad case of the blahs!"
    "Healthy Snack"
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    I habitually devour books, which is why I often review books as if they were food. Some books (Gone With the Wind, for example) are fulfilling meals, leaving you satisfied, and perhaps over-stuffed. Some meals are desserts, quick, fun, but not necessarily improving your mind. Some are like over-cooked canned vegetables; halfway through, you just can't bring yourself to stomach any more.

    I'd say this book reminds me of a healthy snack. It was relatively short, and I feel that I've come away from it with some thought-provoking ideas.

    I'll warn potential readers, if you are looking for a pick-me-up, this probably isn't the book for you. The main character is dealing with her best friend's cancer diagnosis, and his isn't the only funeral in the story. I found myself wiping away tears several times (a testament to the book being well-written).

    It ends happily, and the book is sprinkled with comedic and sweet moments. Overall, I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (2098)
    Story
    (2116)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Glad I stayed with it!"
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    The beginning of this story just wasn't holding my attention, at first, but the positive reviews encouraged me to continue with it. I'm happy I finished it!

    I'm a mom, and I listen while managing the household. Therefore, my Audible experience is constantly interrupted. My advice to prospective listeners is to not multitask during the beginning of this particular book. A lot of things happen, and I suspect that my lack of attention was partly due to stopping at key points and finding myself lost when I finally had time to listen, again.

    Many of my other comments have been covered by other reviewers, so I'll just support those who have said that this is a book for those of us who enjoy dystopian society stories, and it's a bit of a new twist on an old idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1482)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Still a great series!"
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    This is the 6th book in a great series. The protagonist is hilarious, the storyline is interesting and the characters are diverse. King's voice depicts Charley, perfectly. If you're looking for a fun contemporary/fantasy genre, I suggest the Charley Davidson series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Hope to see a sequel soon"
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    John Redlantern is done with simply waiting. He is one of more than 500 people stuck in a cycle that was intended to be temporary. They are all waiting for rescue, because their parents and grandparents have passed down a plan which was constructed by their ancestors, more than 100 years ago.

    Generations ago, 5 earthlings crashed on a strange planet with no sun. Three left, they were to come back with help from earth; Tommy and Angela stayed behind, waiting for their rescue. They become the original parents to a colony of their descendants.

    Years of inbreeding, combined with limited knowledge, have addled most of their minds and bodies, but not everyone. John and his friends are forward thinkers. This story is about those who dared to ask what if we are stuck here? Shouldn't we start to live as if we will never be rescued?

    Written from several points of view, the story seamlessly allows the reader to understand where the characters stand, and how they developed into their current ways of thinking.

    The ending could be final, but it gives hope for sequels!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1580)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Harper fans, you'll enjoy this one"
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    I love Molly Harper's wit; her female characters are a nice blend of humorous feminine strength and her male characters are always a nice balance to that combination. This book offers everything I've come to love in her writing, but it wasn't my favorite. To be fair, I suspect that the flaw isn't because of a lacking storyline; on the contrary, I think it's because the story felt short. In other words, Molly Harper fans will be satisfied, but they may find themselves wanting more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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