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CINDY

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  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2904)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1651)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "GREAT STORY, GREAT PACE & A LITTLE EDUCATIONAL!"
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    I love most of Nora Roberts' stories, even if they are all somewhat predictable. I love how the storyline includes informative education about search and rescue dogs and some basic tips on how to train dogs, though that is not the focus of the story. The characters in this story seem more real than the other stories, especially Simon (I think he is more like most of the men in the world). I find many of the sex scenes in Ms. Roberts' stories are more descriptive than they need to be, because many times those descriptions are not believable. This story does have a few love scenes, but are described in a way that leaves the imagination up to the reader. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, the side stories, and loved how the story unfolded and ended. I highly recommend this for your listening pleasure!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1324)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "ANOTHER GREAT STORY"
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    Kevin Hearne delivers another great story. I enjoyed the addition of Owen Kennedy to the story line. However, I must say that was especially moved by what Granuaille had to go through. There are so many forces and characters at play, as always, and the ending leaves you wanting more...as usual. I loved all of the "lessons" that Granuaille and Atticus teach us in this story...as well as Owen's revelation..and then there's the major battle scene and the lessons a wise leader must learn. I know you may want a more in-depth review of the story, but I don't like to taint how you may receive the story. I don't think I will ever tire of this series and thoroughly enjoy Luke Daniels' reading...he is Atticus!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2824)
    Story
    (2807)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Dreden is back and the stories get better and bett"
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    Jim Butcher does a phenomenal job bringing Dresden to life. James Marster IS Harry Dresden and I could never imagine anyone else reading these stories. I love how these are stories are written and how each character evolves. While I loved every part of this story, I found the battle scene with Butters surprisingly moving...never saw that coming. If you have enjoyed any of the Dresden books, you will love this one. The story moves easy and the time passes too quickly. Great job Mr. Butcher...please keep the coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5348)
    Performance
    (3686)
    Story
    (3704)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "PEOPLE AND/OR THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM"
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    What made the experience of listening to Halfway to the Grave the most enjoyable?

    I love audio books that have both a great storyline and an excellent reader who knows how to make the characters come alive. At first, I wasn't sure I like Ms. Gilbert's take on Bones' voice, but grew to love it before halfway through the book. I've become quite "hooked" on paranormal books, especially those with lots of fighting between good and evil, with good prevailing most/some of the time and plenty of romance. This book delivered in all areas! The "ultimate" fight scene in this book came to life all around me, and I found myself crying towards the end, when Kat had to make some hard decisions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Bones helped Kat grow to accept herself for who she is and to help her learn that everything/everyone is not always what they seem. I think we can all relate to this concept regardless of whether you are human or other!


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Tough call on this one...because I loved both of the primary characters!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is my problem with most audio books. Many times I have to make myself STOP listening to my books and engage in some dialogue with my husband (thank goodness we've been married a long time and he's very understanding of my love of books).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very glad that I took a chance on this book. I liked it enough to use another credit for the next one. But, I would have paid for the next book even if I didn't have a credit to use.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (781)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Karen says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "EROTIC, ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kiss of a Demon King to be better than the print version?

    As far as I'm concerned audio books are the ONLY way to "read" a book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss of a Demon King?

    There are a lot of memorable moments within this book. The erotic scenes were breathtaking in so many ways. But believe it or not, one of the most memorable moments of the book, to me, was the scene with Sabine and the dragon. I can't tell you much because I might give away some of the story.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    I have never listened to Mr. Petkoff's performances before (at least I don't think so), but needless to say I LOVED his performance. He will be another one of my favorite readers whom I will look for as I shop for more books.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad that I took a chance on Kresley Cole's book, The Kiss of the Demon King. Be prepared she spares nothing when she describes the erotic scenes (let's just say my husband has really enjoyed the benefits of me listening to this book..I now call him my "Demon King"). I loved her storyline so well, I'm going to start the series at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9585)
    Performance
    (8698)
    Story
    (8769)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "ANOTHER WINNER BY DAN BROWN!!"
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    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The twists at the end...can't believe I didn't see some of that coming!


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    Paul Michael did a remarkable job! Love his voice and the inflections he did to try and distinguish the different characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions...just walked away thinking of our world today!


    Any additional comments?

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
    ― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4000)
    Performance
    (3573)
    Story
    (3569)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "I "SUSPECT" this book is going to impress you!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who loves audio books, who loves dogs, and who enjoy a good police mystery!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved primary characters: Scott and Maggie. I loved how both characters,though broken, managed to reconnect with each other, life and hope. Besides, the author did a heluva job making Maggie real to me...that's pretty remarkable since Maggie is a dog!


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he's performed a few of Nora Roberts' books and I love the cadence of his voice and how he pulls you into the characters' lives.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried in opening of the book...where we learn about Maggie. My heart broke in the first chapter where Scott loses his partner. I found myself "talking" to the characters on my treadmill, as the story unfolded.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, use a credit...worth every moment of your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10583)
    Performance
    (9604)
    Story
    (9624)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "MR. CLINES, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL OR SERIES!"
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's is tied for 1st place with The Dresden Files series!!! I love sci-fi and the far reaching stories. 14 takes you on a wild ride...so hold on for the twists and turns! Can't recommend this book enough!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    The most memorable moment of the story was towards the end. I won't tell you what it is because it would ruin the story for you. I use audio books to get my workouts in every morning. This morning I found myself yelling at the characters and my pace on the treadmill got faster and faster...had to have been one of my better workouts!


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think this is my first experience with Ray Porter's performance and I think he did a fabulous job. He made all of the characters very believable, including the female characters. I would definitely listen to another book done by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several moments in the book that moved me. But I don't want to taint your enjoyment of listening to the story unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated for a few minutes about using my credit(s) for this book. I'm SO GLAD that I decided to "buy" this book. Probably one of the most exciting and riveting stories I've listened to in a while. I love all of the stories I've purchased through Audible, but this one really stands out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5296)
    Performance
    (4915)
    Story
    (4913)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "A STORM IS BREWING..."
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    Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!

    Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"

    I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?

    Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7180)
    Performance
    (6252)
    Story
    (6233)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "I never seem to get enough..."
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    I have read/listened to many of Nora Roberts' books over the years, and never seem to get enough of the stories and characters she creates. The Witness is an engaging, easy listening, and sometimes humorous story. The reader is convincing as a teenager, then as an adult. I love how Julia Whelan was able to inflect different tones in her voice to portray Brooks (I can see him now), Sunny, Ash, Justin Blake and the other characters as well. Just imagine being the daughter of a control freak, witnessing a horrific crime at a young age, embracing the witness protection program as your "family", a life on the run, and then meeting people that somehow make you believe your life could actually be normal again...but the past is always looming in your thoughts and dreams and then they resurface as a reality. But can Liz/Abigail ever have a normal life again? Read the story and find out for yourself...you won't regret the time you spend in listening to this WONDERFUL story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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