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Carol D.

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  • The Villa

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (477)

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "Very disappointing and confusing."
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    This book read more like a soap opera. It was also confusing and rather dull. the narrator used the same voice for all the men and they all sounded angry. I do not recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1118)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "Terrific value. Three good books."
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    I took a chance on this selection. I thought three books for one credit would just be mediocre at best. I was wrong on all counts. All the books were well written ,and built up to exciting conclusions. Police methods,procedures and jargon were well researched and accurate. Read them in order. They will have more meaning. Len Cariou was an excellent narrator . My one complaint was the music. It was intrusive, off putting and unnecessary. However, don't let that stop you, the stories are still worth your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (476)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    Found the story distasteful,unpleasant and depressing. I should have known by the cover it wasn't my kind of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Earrings

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Catalina, grand-daughter of Spanish refugees, is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings. Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star. La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the community, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.

    Paddington says: "Fabulous story"
    "Confusing and boring."
    Overall
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    It read like a book on two different subjects and I didn't find either one interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    This collection brings together 12 of the finest short stories of prominent American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman's best-known work, was first published in 1892 and represents an important examination of 19th-century attitudes toward women's physical and mental health.

    David says: "Feminist literature or Lovecratian horror?"
    "Disappointing!"
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    The first story was almost tolerable were it not for narrator racing through it at too fast a rate. The stories seemed to run into each other and it became confusing. The reading became faster and faster and I finally gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1022)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Not for me."
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    I didn't finish this book for two reasons. I think it should have been written by a professional writer and narrated by a professional. It was a horrific experience for Miss Dugard and I wish her publisher had given her some expert advise when it came to bringing the story to the readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cut and Thrust: Stone Barrington, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Stone Barrington has traveled to Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention and finds that the political scene has been shaken up. First Lady Katherine Rule Lee is running for the party nomination, a loyal senator has died and left her seat vacant, and the Secret Service has received a credible threat toward Kate. It will take all of Stone's discretion and powers of persuasion to help arrange things for a desirable outcome.

    Rick says: "Terrible Book!"
    "Fair to middlin'"
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    Overall I enjoyed most of this Stone Barrington story. What I didn't care for was all the political "yada yada". Frankly politicians bore me. I'd rather read a police type mystery with a lot of twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (286)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Terrific story!"
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    Adrian Mckinty does it again. Another great book, hard to put down. Gerard Doyle is consistently a marvelous narrator. The stories are gritty, sad, funny and satisfying. I read them out of order, however, if you read the Audible introduction you'll catch on fast. Then you'll be hooked. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    Joe says: "The best Andy Carpenter yet!"
    "Andy,Tara,and the crew are back. Hooray!"
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    I love the Andy Carpenter series! David Rosenfelt has such a terrific,offbeat sense of humor. The characters are so real and have distinct personalities. This courtroom drama was unique and had a surprise ending. No hints! By all means use your credit on this one. I'll be watching for the next episode. Thanks for the enjoyment David, you're a gem. Kudos once again to Grover Gardner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mother's Day Out: The Margie Peterson Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen MacInerney
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    With a husband who works long hours trying to make partner and two rambunctious kids that are running her ragged, Margie Peterson is like any other worn-out suburban mom. When she decides to take a job as a PI for a seedy local detective agency, everything changes. It doesn’t take long for Margie to get in over her head: Her first day on the job she totals her minivan, mistakenly enters a drag contest, and winds up in the bathroom with a dead transvestite. But when Margie finds her home number in the victim’s phone, things really start to get interesting.

    Jen says: "Easy Listening"
    "Reads like a bad TV sitcom."
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    Silly ,dumb, and sounds like a bad sitcom on TV. I did not finish this book and never will. Don't waste your time on this nonsense. The narrator was poor as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (2571)
    Story
    (2588)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Well written. Worth a credit."
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    Very interesting look at what goes on behind the walls of a women's prison. I suggest you read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions as to the author and the justice system. There is much to be learned!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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