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MaxineSap

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  • Secrets in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3343)
    Performance
    (2994)
    Story
    (2973)

    The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

    Kathryn says: "Delightfully full of secrets!"
    "Still good but missing something"
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    Not sure what the story is missing but it lacks the luster of most of the in death series. I enjoyed the book, But: I loved the interaction between Eve and Roarke, it was good, could have been more. most of the characters were present, but had small parts. I really don't care if Eve and Dr. Dewinter like each other or if she is in anymore books.

    I think Larinda Mars the DB, was introduced in Glory, she worked for channel 75. Eve does not like Ms. Mars, but she investigates her murder to the fullest. The storyline with her (Dr. Dewinter) and Eve at the beginning was interesting, but not sure it worked. I am with Eve, don't want her with Dr.Morris either. I don't think the killer was as obvious as some think but I felt it sort of dragged a bit without anything for you to hold on to. Eve checked out that all the suspects were being black mailed by Lorinda, Also, Not sure I was crazy about all the stuff everyone was being black mailed about. It sort of hit too close to Eve's background as well. Usually, if the book hit certain things it's a winner for me. All in all, it was still a worthy piece. we fans just expect more. It fed my addiction to the series, and I am waiting on the next installment in Feb. Susan did a great job. I don't want anyone else reading this series.. She has all the characters down. This works No need changing it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taste of Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Pete Ohms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Attorney Mackenzie "Mac" Standfield swore off love when her heart was shattered into a million pieces. But there's one man who has managed to tempt her beyond reason - rodeo star Luke Madaris. Although five years have passed, Mac discovers when she runs into Luke again that the sexual tension is just as charged as ever.... 

    MaxineSap says: "Couldn't get into book, did not keep my attention"
    "Couldn't get into book, did not keep my attention"
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    I buy Brenda Jackson books just because it is her books. I was so happy she had some new ones out. I loved the last series she had out which was not done by this narrator. I paused when I saw Pete Ohms was the narrator. He was better than the earlier books he did, but he still needs work. I couldn't get into the book. Not sure if he was Pete or the storyline. I could not finish the book. I will try again. Glad I didn't download the other book he narrated which was out the next day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark in Death: In Death, Book 46

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (2375)
    Story
    (2365)

    On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

    Deal Finder says: "Repeat, Repeat, Repeat"
    "Okay"
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    I love the in death series. I liked the book, because I love the series, I totally enjoyed the part where Galahad was upset with Eve because he smelled a dog on her. Of course you love the interaction between Roarke & Eve and the rest of the gang. There are some familiarities, like Sommerset is on winter vacation. The biggest thing that bothered me is the voices are off a bit. I had to go and look and make sure it was Susan Ericksen. At times the voices are off to me. She still did a good job, but it was off a bit. all in all, the book hit all the marks for me but it was not a 5 star in my opinion. Will I keep reading/listening, of Course. the book was still enjoyable, it's not one of her best. I can't wait for the next one in September.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes in Death

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4163)
    Performance
    (3727)
    Story
    (3698)

    After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

    Patricia says: "Echoes of past books are starting to take over."
    "As always another good one"
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    I love the in death series. I enjoyed the book. I wish she would do more than just 2 a year. I read/listen to lot of books but this is the only series I look forward to twice a year.

    Most of the crew is present, but not everyone. I guess I am a creature of habit I want everyone present and accounted for. If you are an in death fan you will enjoy this one as well. There are a lot of similar things, but stuff we count on for a in death book like the action between Eve and Roarke. It is evolving and I adore it.

    Susan does a good job as usual, but in the beginning, I thought she was off just bit. Not enough to take away from the story because she is just that good, but I felt the voices were a bit off in the first few chapters.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • An Independent Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Sallie wondered if Rhy would recognize her after seven years. She'd lost weight, loosened up and turned her talents to news reporting for one of the nation's leading magazines. After all this time, would Rhy Baines, the news publisher, recognize his wife? Sallie Jerome, a.k.a. Mrs. Baines, had picked up the pieces of shattered dreams after Rhy walked out. She'd become the independent, self-possessed woman he'd always wanted. Only now, she didn't want him. Or did she?

    Anna says: "Kept me interested"
    "Not Bad"
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    this seemed like an older book of Ms. Howard. I usually like her books. I liked this one, but it could have been much better if they had another reader. This reader was pretty bad, not enough emotion and not much difference in the voices. The story was a typical romance. Where a woman was married things didn't go well. Man walks out hoping this would incite the wife. Instead of her running behind him she learns to live without him.
    They get back together and of course something happens to hamper their reunion. It ends up with a Happy ever after ending.

    if you can ignore the narrator, you can enjoy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sawyer Bennett
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Kendall Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (901)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (838)

    At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it's always worked well - until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

    Michelle Anderson says: "Loved this Book!!!"
    "What A Book"
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    I got the book based on prior reviews. When I first started listening, I was bored, could not get into the story and was half way listening. Somewhere along 45 minutes to an hours I was hooked. Missed my turn because I was so into the story.. It was sort of a cute story. It was a lot of sex with a real story behind it. And the two lawyers were smart and at the top of their game. Only the game got them. They felt they were just playing with each other and just having sex - with all the smarts they had, they found the perfect person for each other. It became a touching story in some places. Really common sense stuff. It was about a malpractice case. It became a sort of feel good story at at the end. It also became a light read. If you are looking for a hot book with a little drama and not too much serious. You should enjoy this one. I did to my surprise.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duncan's Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Lesa Lockford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (321)

    Reese Duncan wanted a wife, pure and simple. Someone to have children with, someone to help him rebuild his ranch, someone uncomplicated...and someone very different from his first wife, the woman who'd destroyed his life. But he hadn't bargained on Madelyn Patterson.

    Molly says: "Wanted: Wife....5 STAR fun~~~~"
    "Not bad for an older Linda Howard book"
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    I love Linda Howard books. This book was a sweet simple romance book. A little drama, but not much. A little sex too. Sometimes you need a simple book to get you through. I enjoyed the book. I was not sure I would like it but the story draws you in and you are left wanting to know how it ends up. Not realistic. Well, I don't think in today's society a person would answer a newspaper ad for a wife and you fly to meet this person and then marry them.
    All in all it was fairly good. The character development was pretty good and story held my attention. Reese was a mean, bitter person and his mail order bride change him and he is able to forgive and live again. The only thing that really bothered me was the total end. An epilog would have been great.

    If you are looking for a quick easy read this one is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CEO's Pregnant Lover: The Denver Men Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Leslie North
    • Narrated By Dawn Ann Billings
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Trent Caldwell is the CEO of Caldwell Enterprises. He was the most arrogant, impatient, and rude man Brianna had ever met. Yet she finds herself madly attracted to him. At first, Trent didn't give Brianna a second look. The young woman who wore her hair like a 50-year-old, clothing that didn't fit her body, or compliment her natural coloring, and honestly had no idea of just how attractive she could be. But that all changes when Brianna fills in for Trent's personal assistant.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good"
    "Just okay"
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    this book was ok for a quick read. the biggest problem is it leaves you hanging. If I had known I would have never bought this book without the companion books to know the outcome. It was fairly short. I did purchase the other books just to find out what happened. Basically, the three books should have been one book since the development of the story lies in the 3 books not the first one. all three books make one pretty good story but the stories on their own, to me does not hold up. I would say here, but do not want to spoil it for anyone else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wonderment in Death: In Death, Book 41.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1621)
    Story
    (1611)

    J.D. Robb's contribution to Down the Rabbit Hole. An Eve Dallas novella inspired by Lewis Carroll's whimsical masterpieces, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

    MaxineSap says: "Good"
    "Good"
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    Short but entertaining. It reminded me of one of her other In death series, Ceremony. The books sort of follow a formula, but I am okay with that. If they don't I would be one that would be unhappy. I look for certain things in each book and never grow tired of them. This book held my attention. It was sort suspenseful. The murder and action starts right off in the beginning. It had Charles and Louise in it for a change. If you are an In death Series junkie you won't be disappointed.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9143)
    Performance
    (8094)
    Story
    (8109)

    Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

    laurie says: "Enjoyed it but figured it out too early."
    "Enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed the book even though I figured it out mostly in the first two chapters.

    It sort of dragged a bit. There were times Shelby got on my last nerve and No doubt it could have been shorten. But I read/listen to books for entertainment and I was entertained so the book did it's job. Some people were looking for a straight up suspense, I like romance with my suspense.

    I guess I must not have read/listen to the books this book was supposed to be like because I didn't feel this was a rehashed book or a couple of Nora's older books re-done.

    It is not a great story, but a decent one. You won't be disappointed unless you are looking for a block buster.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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