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HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1056)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Was Looking For A Story This Was More Documentary"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, as none of my friends have any curiosity in scientology.

    Prior to this I listened to Shattered Dreams: My Life As A Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer which gave one woman's firsthand account of another religion/cult that I know little about.

    I expected a story but this read as a newspaper article. Given that context I could not submerge into the material as I would have if told from a firsthand account.

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.

    Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an even-handed account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.

    Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about a little-known world.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Reitman again?

    No, her other writing is outside of my area of interest.


    What aspect of Stephen Hoye’s performance would you have changed?

    It was fine - a narrator really has to hit it out of the park to get an above average rating from me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is 13+ hours of the history of scientology. It is very dry and detail oriented. There are no central characters to gravitate towards making it difficult for me to invest in.

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  • All the Blue-Eyed Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ms. Jen Blood
    • Narrated By Melissa Redmond
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Erin Solomon is an accomplished investigative journalist when she receives word that she has inherited Payson Isle...and all its ghosts. She returns to Maine to learn the truth behind the tragedy that has haunted her since childhood, aided by the rakish mentor who's stood by her side since she was a teenager; her trusty mutt, Einstein; and a mysterious stranger with his own dark past.

    DK says: "*Copy Read in Exchange For Review* Cliffhanger"
    "*Copy Read in Exchange For Review* Cliffhanger"
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    Was All the Blue-Eyed Angels worth the listening time?

    *
    That pretty much sums it up. I am not aware that there are any more books in the series available on Audible. *I was given a credit in exchange for my review and opinion.*

    While this was a murder mystery and not my typical genre, I got it because it was set in my home state of Maine.

    Some of the descriptions were spot on. As they try to solve the murder of 34 church members and the heroine's father. A cold case as it happened to her when she was eight or nine year.

    It sounded like it would be a good book. However, I am a bit disappointed with all the confusion and the lack of a premise in the book. The different characters were mentioned and added as the book went along, it was random.

    The narration was great and I listened to parts at regular speed, but prefer 2X. If you have read any of my other views you will know that I speed most of my books up to 2X.

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  • The Storm Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Alexis Anne
    • Narrated By Leyna Baltimore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Loving someone, and being in love, isn't always the same thing. That's what Eve Daniels is trying to come to terms with when Jake Spencer suddenly returns to her life after 10 years of silence. Haunted by a past he had no power to control, Jake left everyone and everything behind in hopes of saving Eve from his demons. His one regret was breaking her heart.

    Dawn says: "Great Romantic Story"
    "You Want *Trashy* Here -If You Want A Plot Move On"
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    Was The Storm Inside worth the listening time?

    *
    I was given this book in exchange for money thoughts, opinions and this review.

    The Publishers Summary sounded really good, Eve Daniels and Jake Spencer are a couple and they are in love. Then something happens and Jake disappears for 10 years. During that time Jake has not reached out in any way shape or form to Eve. So, when they meet again Jake hopes to start up where they left off, Eve is not having any of it, for the first couple of chapters anyway.

    The plot is a bit weak and the "ghost" that Jake is running from is obvious. But one wonders why a grown man wouldn't take care of this past piece of his life.

    There is a lot of intimacy throughout the book and if you are into bedroom scenes, bathroom scenes, kitchen seems and exhibition scenes outside you will enjoy this book.

    However, for me, the plot really wasn't there. There was no dealing with any of it until the very end of the book.

    Leyna Baltimore is a great storyteller. There are the two main characters, Jake and Eve & a second couple who is given a lot of times in this book. Leyna Baltimore gives each character an individual voice which is tough to do, I would imagine. Good performance.

    Notes: This should be rated for mature audiences over 18. Mature themes and strong language

    Credit worthy/$: I would not purchase this outright nor would I use a credit on it but if you're looking for something that's hot & easy you may like it. Based on the publishers summary, I was really excited to listen to this book. However, it really didn't have much more then the descriptions of Eve and Jake and the risk and escapades. A couple who does not care who hears them or where they are.

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  • Letters from Wishing Rock: A Novel with Recipes, Wishing Rock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Pam Stucky
    • Narrated By Tiffany Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    What would happen if everyone in town lived in the same building? Ruby Parker is about to find out. Her fiancé has left her and she needs a fresh start, so she moves to Wishing Rock, Washington, a small town on Dogwinkle Island in the waters near Seattle, where she meets a quirky cast of characters who quickly become family. Letters between the neighbors and their friends chronicle the twists and turns of the characters’ daily lives.

    bec says: "Not for me"
    "Funny Chic Book *Received In Exchange For Review*"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    *
    This is a collection of stories via email. I could not focus or find a main character. There was a theme about dating and who the perfect man would be, what was up, other than that it just seemed like random emails.

    The book made me chuckle a bit and while I would not buy it on my own, the collection made me giggle at times.

    Tiffany Williams helped hold the story together. Her voice and mannerisms that cracked me up. She is very professional and listening to this book was pleasant because of her narration.

    Notes: Some descriptions of sex & a few swears

    Credit worthy/$: I would consider both using a credit and/or buying it on sale. This is outside my wheelhouse and I would not purchase it on my own. However, it is a really good Chik Lit and perfect for someone who needs a distraction on vacation or lighthearted read

    *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts, opinions and this review.*

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  • Spun

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Catherine McKenzie
    • Narrated By Lea Gulino
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Life has been rough for starlet Amber since leaving rehab. She's been two years sober, but no one seems to believe her - not the gossip media, not casting agents, and most certainly not her spotlight-loving parents. With her friendships ruined by betrayal and her career at a standstill, Amber's just trying to get her life back on track. It doesn't help that her former love, movie star Connor Parks, keeps trying to draw Amber back in, not just to their relationship but to his hard-partying ways.

    BarkLessWagMore (Horror After Dark Crew Member) says: "A novella that stands alone & is worth a listen"
    "I Want More! Audible Please Get SPIN! I Loved It!"
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    What did you love best about Spun?

    *
    Spun by Catherine McKenzie Narrated by Lea Gulino

    This is a really intense book. It is a novella - smack dab in the middle of a story. Unfortunately Audible does not have the prequel available this time. If they did I would snatch it up in a in a second.

    This is well-written, well performed, intense and pretty realistic considering the subject matter.

    Amber, a starlet who is trying to get herself on the right track after rehab. An intense love affair, paparazzi, constant temptation to revert to bad behavior and the people who should be closest to her using her and her fame for their own purposes.

    The narrator is spot on and a great storyteller. I was drawn in from the beginning and the story was a well performed, professional performance. I wanted to keep listening without interruption.

    I will be looking for more books both by the author & the narrator.

    Note: Nothing much to warn about here. It is well-written and the author does not need to use profanity to get her story across.

    Credit worthy/ $: *I was offered this book in exchange for leaving a review with my thoughts and opinions.* While I would not use a credit on this book because it's less than three hours long. I would purchase it if the prequel SPIN available.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Imam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (762)

    Tensions are rising in the Middle East. Iran’s president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel’s prime minister says someone must hit Iran’s nuclear sites “before it’s too late.” The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An almost perfect book, with one caveat"
    "Stationery ⌂Home Mail Search News"
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    Would you listen to The Twelfth Imam again? Why?

    *

    This was a really intense and intriguing book. You have to follow very closely. If you let your mind wander AT ALL you will miss vital details to the story.

    There is a lot of talk about Islam versus Christianity. America, Israel & Iran how ... the beginning and underlying story is a young boy, David and young girl, Marseilles whose families escaped Iran. The children are innocent, until the young boy, David, is told that he needs to be an agent, or is it double agent, for the USA. The young girl is out of the picture except for flashbacks from David.

    He is raised as a Muslim but this is where I become confused. I don't know if his knowledge of Christianity came to him through dreams or real people at the right time.

    I will give it a re-listen and probably continue with this series as it is very intriguing.

    The narrator is great and professional.

    Notes: Some strong language, violence



    Credit worthy/$: Yes! I received this for less than $5 during an Audible in a First in the Series Promotion. But I can see myself using the credit for the next book and the entire series.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby Brooch: Time Travel Romance: The Celtic Brooch Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Katherine Lowry Logan
    • Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    As the sole survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, grief-stricken paramedic Kit MacKlenna is stunned to learn her life is built on lies. A legacy from her father includes a faded letter and a well-worn journal. The journal reveals she was abandoned as a baby 160 years ago. The only clues to her identity are a blood-splattered shawl, a locket with the portrait of a 19th century man, and a Celtic brooch with magical powers.

    Terri B. says: "Wonderful Book!"
    "*Copy Read in Exchange For Review Please See Below"
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    What did you like best about The Ruby Brooch? What did you like least?

    *
    This was an error on my part. I did not realize it was a time travel book, even though it was in the title! Saw the narrator and clicked on it for her.

    I could not keep up with the main character-Kit-kept going back-and-forth between 2012 and the 1800s. This is not normally the genre I choose in so please do not let my opinion distract you or keep you from trying it out. If this is your kind of book, it is well written and seems quite interesting, if you're able to get over and follow the time traveling bit.

    Teri Schnaubelt does a magnificent job. Her tone is clear and concise and her portrayal of the characters are well rounded and understandable. She is one of the few that can easily read for both female and male parts. Her men sounds strong and that is difficult for some narrators.

    Notes: Nothing to warn you about here.

    Credit worthy/$ : This is a well-written book, for the right audience, and at 12 hours long I would say it definitely creditworthy. However I would not pay out-of-pocket because it is expensive. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts and review.*

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Interrupted: A Sweet Christian Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By T.K. Chapin
    • Narrated By Jay Prichard
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Liam Franklin has one love in his life and that's the Lord. When he takes a trip with his younger brother Tony to visit Lincoln City, Liam had two things in mind. He wanted to convince his grandfather to move back to Spokane and the other was to help the local youth group. Liam's plans get interrupted when he meets Katie Rothway, an uppity girl with connections in the church that doesn't want the needed youth building built. Infuriated with the woman pitted against him, Liam finds himself interrupting his own plans.

    Jimmy says: "I Loved the Complexity, Not Just a Sappy Romance"
    "Generous 2*'s For the Author's Faith & Conviction"
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    Has Love Interrupted: A Sweet Christian Romance turned you off from other books in this genre?

    *
    Love Interrupted is the second in the series of Christian romance books by TJ Chapman

    I thought the first book was average to above average. So I looked forward to the second installment, as writers tend to get better as they go along.

    I admire the authors conviction and witness dedicated at the beginning of each book. It is a testimony that will reach many.

    Now onto the book, I received a free copy in exchange for money thoughts and review.

    Love interrupted would have been 1 * but for the author's true dedication to God.

    It was over the top in the religious content. Each sentence, especially in the beginning, started or stopped with a quick prayer. For example, upon seeing a rowdy teenager, "God, please help me relate to this rowdy teenager." And then goes along to the dialogue between the characters. I think that much less of this would have been or had a bigger impact – as written it is rather annoying to listen to.

    There was entirely too much crammed into this two hour almost 3 hour book. We have Liam the youth adviser/pastor with the calling for helping teams. He has a younger brother who lives with their grandfather because the grandfather is not able to take care of himself physically it seems. We have Katie a spoiled rich girl whose sole purpose seems to be to block funding for a youth center and use the funds to upgrade their church, Katie has a brother has a drug addicted sister and I'm still not sure if she is alive or dead because the book seem to flicker through the past and the present. There was also mentions of an elderly woman was suffered a heart attack while being baptized – she died.Katie has parents that spoil her. There is a maid that Katie speaks to poorly and treats like dirt, etc. entwined the two main characters are Katie and Liam they are totally lost in the plethora of other characters.

    If the author had just introduced all of these secondary characters, he would have opportunities later to write books about them in the series. I think that was his plan, but it didn't work for me because it was just too much in three hours.

    There was a main storyline but distractions from it were plentiful. A runaway drug addicted sister/daughter, a grandfather who is cranky, caregiver brother, etc. Liam seems to come to town and disregards his grandfathers needs until the end of the book. Which, as my other review from the first book mentions, everything seems to be hurried to the end in the last 1 to 2 chapters. There are the youth teenagers to deal with, a dance at the church, etc. again, it was just too much.

    In my opinion, if the author had laid out the different story lines and characters in such a way that there was a focus in each book, on one particular relationship it would've been much easier for me to focus. However, I am not an author nor do I know what goes into a book.

    I hate writing negative reviews and I feel like that is what this is. Kudos to the author for writing the bravery it takes to publish.

    Jay Prichard is one of the best narrators I've listened to. His professional and practiced voice captured each character from a teen runaway to a grumpy old man. He is a excellent and no matter what material he has to work with I have enjoyed each performance.

    Note: Descriptions of elderly health issues

    Creditworthy/$ : No on either. If this were a six-hour book and we could learn more about each situation than possibly but not as it is

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  • Father Found: The Daddy School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Judith Arnold
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: 30 years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called "Guy Stuff". Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling - a healthy, wailing baby named Samantha - strapped into a car seat on his back porch, along with a suitcase full of diapers and infant apparel and a note informing Jamie that he's her father.

    Terri B. says: "A Humorous Romantic Comedy!"
    "Fun, Endearing Sweet, Hilarious and Wonderful Book"
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    Would you listen to Father Found again? Why?

    *
    Fun, endearing sweet, hilarious and wonderful book! This book is not hard to review at all. A free feeling bachelor is going through life having fun, occasional hookups and all of that.

    That all changes one day when he goes out on his back porch and finds a baby in her car seat with a note attached saying the child's name is so Samantha. What's a guy to do?

    In an absolute panic, he makes a frantic call to the hospital is and is put in contact with the nurse named Allison.

    Allison is gorgeous, kind and caring, but she doesn't realize it. After hours, she is teaching a daddy class for young, expectant men to help them to adjust to the time with the upcoming birth of their children. However Jamie shows up with baby in hand!

    First impressions and miscommunication follow and things turn hot and then cold with all the twists and turns that make a good book.

    I recommend, recommend, recommend! Very Chic Lit!

    The narrator Tom Dheere is fantastic. He is in his element as Jamie McCoy, the 30-year-old man, however he is a storyteller! He speaks in a confident manner, a vulnerable manner in a way that makes you feel that you are right there. His flawless execution of each of the characters from children to grandparent age is flawless,

    Note: mature themes

    Credit worthy/$: Yes, buy or redeem-you will not be disappointed.

    *I was given given a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts and opinions.* HOWEVER, I have added the entire series to my Wish List!

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  • Train Station Bride: Prairie Romance: Crawford Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Holly Bush
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    1887. Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia's one chance at love.

    Sucel Tejeda says: "Captivating"
    "Absolutely Fantastic Sweet Yet Edgy Tale"
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    Where does Train Station Bride: Prairie Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    *
    1887. A girl from a well-to-do family in Boston feels unappreciated and unloved. She is tired of the constant matchmaking by her meddling older sister and mother, so she answers an ad in the paper from a man looking for a wife. They correspond for a while and she makes the decision to head out West and make a life where she is appreciated and feels useful. Then there is an unexpected twist.

    This is a wonderful story and I'm not always a historical romance fan, but the story was so well written it even pulled at my cold, black heart strings a tiny bit.

    There are twists and turns and a big surprise near the end, however I will leave it as that…

    Meghan Kelly does an excellent job as narrator/performer. I have listened to a few books that she has narrated and always enjoy her enthusiasm for the characters and her talent for storytelling.

    Notes: A few risque moments but nothing too graphic

    Credit worthy/$: Yes, I would purchase this one, *however, I was fortunate enough to have received a copy in exchange for my thoughts, opinions in this review* It is just under six hours long. The price is fair & I would put it in my wish list for a percent off sale and or two books for one credit.

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    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love Again

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By T.K. Chapin
    • Narrated By Jay Prichard
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When you're in your mid-20s and your spouse dies, how do you move on? That's the question Jillian Parker has been asking herself for the past two years since the accident which took the love of her life away. Just as Jillian was getting acquainted with a life without love, she meets Jake. Jake is in his mid-20s and visiting the little town of Suncrest to take care of his Grandfather's estate. When Jillian's eyes fall onto Jake's, it immediately resurfaces emotions she thought were buried with Brad.

    Dee says: "great book"
    "Slow Beginning Rushed Ending Average Book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A sweet, Christian centered romance.

    The pace of this book was a little bit sketchy. The story dragged very slowly and then it seems the last two chapters quickly addressed all the unanswered questions – it felt rushed.

    If you grew up in an evangelical church in a tiny to medium sized town you will notice familiarities. If you haven't had that experience this book gives a nice peek into the life of someone who has grown up in the faith.

    Perhaps if this book were longer the author could have elaborated at a more even pace. I wanted to know the characters with more depth.

    Jay Prichard has become one of my favorite narrators. I don't know if I have anymore new positive words to describe his performances. It is always professional, believable and smooth. He's able to to perform the male and female characters in a manner that does not sound like "dude" in a higher range. He is a brave and confident artist - as in this book he sings – as the female character – with no music!

    Notes: There are no warnings to go with this book.

    Credit worthy/$: *I received this book in exchange for my thoughts and reviews.*
    I would not use it a credit as it is only an hour and a half long. I would not purchase it either because of the length.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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