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  • Exclusive

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
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    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
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    Barrie Travis is a damn good reporter stuck at a low-budget television station when the First Lady calls her—and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime. Stunned by the loss of her infant son, the president’s wife hints he may have been murdered. Barrie sets out to find the truth, fighting for the exclusive story with the help of Gray Bondurant, a mysterious former presidential aide.

    Rurouni says: "Had promise but...."
    "Don't bother"
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    I keep hearing what a great author Sandra Brown is but I will not be picking up another one of her books in the near future if this is an example of her work.

    It had lots of twists and turns but in the end was not realistic. There were also a LOT of unnecessary sex scenes. I ended up skimming a great deal of it and did not feel I missed a thing. In fact I should not have bothered finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the House: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Overall
    (124)
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    (112)
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    (109)

    Word has spread that contractor Mel Turner can communicate with the spirits of the dead, and she's having a hard time maintaining a low profile. She decides to embrace her reputation for the chance to restore a historic house that calls to her. The new owners, who hope to run a haunted bed-and-breakfast, want Mel to encourage the ghosts that supposedly roam the halls to enhance the house's paranormal charm. The catch: Mel has to spend one night in the house to win the project.

    Beatrice says: "Very enjoyable"
    "More than one type of competition"
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    Fun book that I would recommend.

    The new owners of historic Bernini House want to return it to its original state and make it into a haunted Bed and Breakfast. They have heard about Mel’s special gifts in communicating with the dead and are hoping that she can convince the ghost family to stay. Although Mel has met Annabelle, one of the children (ghost) that lives in the house, she has competition for the job. Avery Builders is also going to bid on the job.

    The catch is that both Mel and Josh Avery have to spend the night in the home to win the project. Whoever stays the longest wins the job. Graham, Mel’s boyfriend, doesn't like the idea of her spending the night with Josh and decides to join her. Both competitors end up with an entourage at the house because no one wants them to be alone with the ghosts.

    However, that problem all goes by the wayside when a body is discovered in the well. Mel tries to convince Annabelle to tell her what happened but isn't getting any answers. Instead the haunting becomes more menacing and Mel finds herself as a suspect in the murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "And who will be murdered next?"
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    I highly recommend this series if you like paranormal mystery.

    The main character, Mel, a general contractor, is interesting and quirky. However, she wears frilly clothes to the job site even though she has “overalls to wear over them if she needed to crawl through grime”. (Please, that is a little over the top.)

    She has taken over Turner Construction from her retired dad and is surrounded by a warm non-traditional family and steadfast friends who add to the interest of the story.

    Every house has problems during a renovation, but this one has the additional problem of Jim Daley, the owner, who insists on living in the basement apartment with his family while the renovations occur despite the fact that his wife is against it.

    There are spirits residing in Cheshire Inn. Mel has dealt with spirits on other jobs but this one is different. When cantankerous neighbor and former resident of Cheshire House, Emile Blunt, is found dead, Mel believes there is a link between the murder and the spirit. Although she understands the risk, Mel, must find a way to coax the ghosts to move on and out of Cheshire House while finding out who killed Emile.

    There is also a sub plot involving Jim’s wife that adds to the mystery and intrigue as well as a female police investigator that has her eye on Mel's dad as a suspect for Emile's murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Other Name: Walt Longmire, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (519)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire had already rounded up a sizable posse of devoted readers when the A&E television series Longmire sent the Wyoming lawman’s popularity skyrocketing. Now, in Any Other Name, Walt is sinking into high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Conally, asks him to take on a mercy case in an adjacent county. Detective Gerald Holman is dead and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend to take his own life.

    C. Telfair says: "Lost in Fog with Buffalo"
    "I skipped sleep to finish this"
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    My other half and I are addicted to this colorful series of novels. We love the humor, sharp dialogue, twist & turns, and fast pace of these books. This novel includes coal cars, snow storms, physical injuries, hallucinations, and flying bullets. Where does Craig Johnson come up with so many ideas?

    In “Any Other Name”, Walt is supposed to be on his way to be with Cady, his daughter, for the arrival of his first grandchild, a girl, but he gets roped into helping Lucian, the former sheriff of his county, with a new case. The case, however, is one that is considered to be a closed case in the neighboring county of Gillette and ultimately takes him to Deadwood, South Dakota in the Black Hills.

    As usual, the case turns out to be much more dangerous and more complicated than Walt thought. At least he has help from all of my favorite supporting characters: Henry, Vic, and Dog. Plus Virgil White Buffalo makes a return with other new characters.

    As his investigation progresses Walt starts to realize that this is not just about the declared suicide of an officer in the neighboring jurisdiction. It is a much larger conspiracy that implicates a whole chain of unsavory characters as well as those you would guess to be law-abiding citizens.

    The clock is ticking and Cady threatens that there will be a whole new investigation into Walt’s death if he does not arrive on time.

    I recommend any of these books but they are best read in order to fully enjoy all the nuances and innuendos carried throughout the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1170)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Mystery, excitement and Indian traditions"
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    The novel centers around Walt’s daughter’s wedding plans and the death of a young Indian woman, Audrey Plain Feather. Did she and her baby fall from the mountain top or was she pushed. The woman is killed and the baby survives the fall.

    There are many subplots as usual and the reader is kept in suspense to the end as with all of the Longmire novels.

    In this novel we are introduced to a new neophyte female tribal Chief of Police, Lo Lo Long. She is fresh from Iraq with a gung ho attitude, and no experience in law enforcement. There is also an FBI agent with his own agenda. There is an episode in the book where Longmire gets acquainted with peyote and takes a drug induced trip. This scene, although interesting, was not, in my opinion, necessary to the plot.

    Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s long-time friend, and Vic Morretti, his Undersheriff, all shine in this and add some lighter moments accompanied by humorous dialog.

    Craig Johnson’s description of the Wyoming landscape is beautiful and his narrative gives a true sense of the modern day Indian culture as well as their traditions such as the Indian wedding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1430)
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    (1195)
    Story
    (1189)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Very confusing & disappointing"
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    I missed Vic and the humor of Johnson's other books. This was just to dark and often times confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit of Steamboat: A Walt Longmire Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
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    (501)
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    (496)

    "It' s a question of what you have to do, what you have to live with if you don't." Sheriff Walt Longmire is reading A Christmas Carol in his office on December 24th when he's interrupted by the ghost of Christmas past: a young woman with a hairline scar across her forehead and more than a few questions about Walt' s predecessor, Lucian Connally. Walt doesn' t recognize the mystery woman, but she seems to know him and claims to have something she must return to Connally.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome Holiday Diversion"
    "On the edge of your seat"
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    It was thrilling and a tear tearjerker. One of the best of the Longmire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    As soon as Lily opens her recently purchased trunk of old clothes, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death. Then Lily's familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back - including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past.

    Kenna says: "Can it GET Any Better??"
    "Just plain fun"
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    In this book Lily's "familiar" Oscar is at the center of the plot. He is a potbellied pig and so much more. The books can be read on their own but I highly suggest they be read in order. Ms. Blackwell's books are so much fun that I am already on the second book of her house haunting series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
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    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1305)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Crystal says: "A Yawner"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
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    Cormoran Strike is an amazing detective and I love the fact that he has so many physical problems to overcome in his personal life. It makes him more human. I also like the way Robin is developing/growing and I do hope she dumps Matthew who is not her equal and is very pompous.

    I did, however, enjoy “The Cuckoo's Calling” better. This book was too long and detailed and at times it was hard to follow. I sometimes had to go back and do a “re-calculate”.

    The subject matter is not for the faint of heart, squeamish or prudish. It is quite graphic.

    I did not suspect the ending. In fact I had it totally figured wrong but everything tied together. Although it had terrific ending, the book itself was way too long with too many details. To the point I sometimes wanted to scream “get on with it already”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Laura McHugh
    • Narrated By Dorothy Dillingham Blue, Shannon McManus, Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (381)
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    (378)

    The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see.

    John S says: "Not too bad but you have to pay attention."
    "Slow - boring - but I stuck to the end"
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    The isolation of Henbane in the Ozarks, the helplessness of the characters, and the evil that leaked there could have been so much more but instead the story line was SLOW to the point of boring. I stuck to the end with high hopes but I would not recommend your wasting your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
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    Overall
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    (2542)
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    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Dead end"
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    After investing a lot of time into the series I believe the reader deserved more. Was the writer just burned out between the TV series and the books. We, the reader, deserved more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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