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  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1271)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Average Contemporary Romance/Mystery -Easy Listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Again I find myself questioning, "Who is Nora Roberts?"

    I LOVE many of her works but it seems that her best and most interesting are her older books! It seems that her newer stuff is blasée... Whiskey Beach is a romance with history wrapped around a mystery but all aspects are boring to this reader.

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.…

    A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife.

    He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents - including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries - one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.…


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was who murdered Eli's wife. The rest of the book was SO LONG and drawn out... there were so many details that were not specific or needed.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Eli and his grandmother... Luke Daniels did a good job, it was just SO tedious.


    Was Whiskey Beach worth the listening time?

    No, I may recommend the Abridged version...but I'd listen to other Nora Roberts books over and over. Some of those are: Carnal Innocence, The Villa, Northern Lights, Honest Illusions, Rivers End, Three Fates and The Witness


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  • Seriously?: 102 Poems from an Agitated State

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Remy Rise
    • Narrated By Barbara Colvin
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    All of the poems in this book are great examples of what not to say. This collection of poetry is a reflection of unfiltered thoughts about people, life's circumstances, and relationships. This audiobook is refreshingly, boldly honest, hilarious, and a bit troubling.

    DK says: "Extra Star Bercause I Feel Badly For The Author"
    "Extra Star Bercause I Feel Badly For The Author"
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    Any additional comments?

    Seriously?: 102 poems from an agitated state

    The opening to this 50 minutes collection of poems is quite apparent in what she is about to do. She has written a poem about everyone who has ever "done wrong" to her [perceived or real.]

    The summary claims this is a collection of things not to say. Unless it is tongue-in-cheek I feel very badly that the author has had these experiences. It seems she cannot get along with anyone.

    I didn't find any humor in it and I'm pretty easily amused. It was just over an hour of - whining isn't the right word – grumbling about people from her past.

    If this is her existence or even if she has risen above what these poems portray, I would say she is seriously unfortunate and perhaps should look within.

    Each poem was melodious and easily this is not the art of a great genius… I am not a poetry's a snob, however I am certain that I could come up with 102 poems about people I know that would sound very much like these but with some agitation and some happiness.

    The narrator, Barbara Colton did a good job, though the material didn't seem to be especially challenging. I will look for other work by her but not the author.

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

    Notes: There may have been at cuss word or two, nothing to speak of

    Credit worthy/$: Not for me not anytime not anyway. It is just over an hour long and at this writing $6.95

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  • Bride and Gloom: Sometimes Love Is Better Off Blind (A Laugh Out Loud Comedy Sequel)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Pete Sortwell
    • Narrated By Chris Dabbs
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Just how Jason manages to deal with the huge life change that is marriage is what this book is about. From getting his specially made suit tailored to his short height, to trying to keep a lid on his best man's plans for a wild weekend in Liverpool, he is going to struggle to make to through to the wedding without having a full nervous breakdown. His second best friend, Boris, also returns in this book, although he has lost his taxi, his wife and his ability to seem sober even when he's drunk six litres of vodka.

    Renee says: "Bucks party weekend"
    "The "Blind" Date Takes the Next Step or Tries To.."
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    What did you love best about Bride and Gloom?

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    In the hilarious sequel to 'Dating in the Dark' the story continues of Jason and his friends (with friends like these who needs enemies? LOL) as they prepare for Jason's wedding.

    Things should be simple, but of course they are not, for Jason and his not really helpful pals. Will he make it down the aisle in spite of the hilarious antics of his friends? Read this book and learn! You won't regret it. However 'Dating in the Dark' MUST be listened to first, to get the full experience of what men go through while the ladies have all the fun!


    Note: strong language

    Narration was outstanding! The poor bloke (Jason) and his pals are each given individual, authentic voices. Well done Chris Dabbs, well done!

    Credit worthy/$: It depends. If the Pete Sortwell would put Dating in the Dark & Bride and Gloom on one audiobook it would be well worth it, money well spent and creditworthy without a doubt. *Fortunately I don't have to make that decision as I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review, thoughts and opinions – which you have read above.

    It's a bit pricey for four hour long book - in my opinion - but it is hilarious. Oh, one more thing did I mention that these books are hilarious!

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  • Letting Go: The Surrender Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Alix Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort - and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Well... ..."
    "Wished For a Deeper Plot But, oh the Book is Hot!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?



    The Breathless trilogy (Rush, Fever, Burn) is my go to listen- especially Fever.

    I was expecting something similar in this, Surrender Series. This was the first in the trilogy and I was a bit disappointed, only a little bit. One bonus that IS intriguing-we hear about The House and a few of the main characters from Maya Banks' Sweet Collection.

    My main grievance is that it is lacking a deeper plot. This one was good but not great.

    The grieving widow decides after three years that it is time to let go and start the life that she wants. Her husband's best friend happens to be exactly what she wants or needs. It is predictable from there.

    The narration was good and smooth.

    Notes: mature themes, strong language

    Credit worthy/$: I usually buy Maya Banks books outright because they cost less then a credit. I am not one for cliffhangers so I promised myself not to purchase this book until the entire trilogy was available. Fortunately, all three were available and Audible had a 50% off sale, so I got a steal! Thanks for the sound advice DMT, sometimes patience DOES pays off.

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  • Chasing Hope: A Mother's Story of Loss, Heartbreak and the Miracle of Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amy Daws
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At 33 weeks pregnant, Amy is certain something bad will soon happen; it had happened too many times before. Deep down she fears it's only a matter of time before the baby she's carrying will die. Despite the fact that Amy had been repeatedly slapped in the face with multiple miscarriages, she still can't seem to quiet that tiny voice in the back of her head that's screaming at her to not give up hope.

    DK says: "Heartwrenching NOT Chic Lit"
    "Heartwrenching NOT Chic Lit"
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    What did you like best about Chasing Hope? What did you like least?


    This is one woman's husband and extended family and friends pursuit to become pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. After having 3 or 4 miscarriages and being pregnant a total of 38 weeks - if you added up the time she was pregnant but unable to deliver – it pulls at heartstrings and makes one wonder why.

    There's some pretty graphic descriptions, none for dramatic effect. They just describe some of the medical things required when one miscarries or has the stillborn child.

    I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone who has experience nonviable pregnancies. I think it would be rather depressing for anyone trying to become pregnant or has lost a child.

    Although this was written from the heroines/mother's point of view, it was disappointing to hear how she didn't understand that this hurt her husband, as well. She didn't really observe her husband, any would be grandparents and those around her – but the way the author describes the treatment of her husband did bother me.

    An interesting account. I'll say no more as it would possibly become spoilers.

    The narrator was really good. Although this probably wasn't a very challenging book to read (as far as different voices) it was a solid performance. However at the beginning of each chapter the author gave a few lines to thoughts of others and shared from their point of view. The narrator did a good job giving them their voice.

    Note: Descriptions of how babies are made, graphic medical detail and strong language.

    Credit worthy/$: I was given the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for the review you are reading right now. This is hard because my recommendation is weighed heavily because I don't know what audience this would be appropriate for.

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  • The Latecomers Fan Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diane V. Mulligan
    • Narrated By Becket Royce
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel. There's just something about him when he picks up his guitar and gets behind the microphone, something that makes sensible women act like teenyboppers instead of rational, self-respecting adults.

    med c says: "The late comers"
    "Fun But Confusing To Me - Found Myself Drifting"
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    What did you love best about The Latecomers Fan Club?


    My Summary below

    Publisher's Summary

    What is it about guys with guitars in their hands that makes them so irresistible, even when they are obviously self-centered jerks? If Abby and Maggie could answer that question, maybe they could finally get over Nathaniel. There's just something about him when he picks up his guitar and gets behind the microphone, something that makes sensible women act like teenyboppers instead of rational, self-respecting adults.

    Abby was first sucked in by Nathaniel's rock 'n' roll swagger four years ago when a drunken fling turned into a series of drunken hook-ups that became something like a relationship. Now, as New Year's Eve promises a fresh start, she wants to believe he's finally going to grow up and take their relationship seriously.

    What does Nathaniel hope the New Year will bring? An escape from the disappointing realities of his life. He's 34 years old and he's barely making ends meet as an adjunct philosophy professor, which was always only a backup plan anyway. Nathaniel's real goal was always to make his living as a musician, but his band, The Latecomers, broke up a couple of years ago, and he hasn't picked up his guitar in months.

    When he decides to spend the holiday with some high school friends instead of hanging out at the bar where Abby works, he gets the happy surprise of reuniting with his long-lost friend Maggie. Newly divorced, Maggie has just moved back to her mother's house to regroup. Nathaniel and Maggie were supposed to be the ones who left Worcester forever to conquer the world. He was going to be a rock star. She was going to take the world of art by storm. He's never gotten farther than Boston, and her best efforts only left her broke and heartbroken. As they ring in the New Year together, Nathaniel decides it's time to take control of his life and to start making his dreams come true. He thinks the first step will be easy. All he needs to do is break up with Abby and finally admit his feelings for Maggie.

    ©2013 Diane V. Mulligan (P)2014 Diane V. Mulligan

    This was a fun but confusing, to me, book. Abby and Maggie are the main characters and they both have some sort of relationship with Nathaniel. Perhaps it is because I did not pay attention as much as I should have but I kind of got lost in the plot.

    Every other chapter belong to that character's point of view and I was able to follow each person's journey.

    The narrator was great and talented, as she had two female leads to perform but she was able to give them each their own voice.

    Notes: A teeny, tiny bit of making a baby

    Credit worthy/$: I would advise against using a credit for it as purchasing it out right is less expensive.

    I had the fortunate experience of receiving this book in exchange for my thoughts, opinions and review Thank you for reading this review. If you have a moment and found it helpful please select yes directly under this sentence.


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  • Rescue Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jaci Burton
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    It's a fresh start for Sabrina, and she's always wanted to own a ranch. Kyle's ranch is in trouble, but Sabrina is even more trouble, and he wants nothing to do with a woman who knows nothing about ranching. But Sabrina has the money, and she's a reluctant solution to his financial problems. Working side by side, Kyle and Sabrina find surprising common ground, and a sizzling chemistry neither can deny.

    DK says: "Jaci Burton Stand Alone or New Series? Good Book"
    "Jaci Burton Stand Alone or New Series? Good Book"
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    What did you like best about Rescue Me? What did you like least?

    As a huge fan of Jaci Burton and her Play by Play series, I was very excited to see her offer a book about cowboys.

    While this didn't knock my socks off, it was well-written, performed (please get another performer to do your athletic series – THIS NARRATOR WAS GREAT and not the least bit nasally).

    It was rather predictable as are most books in this genre but was believable and I enjoyed it.

    If this is the beginning of a new series – then I am all in. But Jaci Burton seemed to tie up all the ends, so this is probably a standalone.

    Notes: Some descriptions of sex

    Credit worthy/$: I would use a credit (and did) on everything that Jaci Burton writes. So yes on the credit but I probably would not pay full for member price for this audiobook

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  • High Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By Miles Taylor
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Beth Walsh seems like such a demure housewife. But Beth has a secret life. While her husband works, Beth slides into what she calls her "slut clothes" and goes on the prowl. She becomes a completely different woman, wanton and uninhibited, with dozens of handsome strangers...until she meets the one blindingly gorgeous stranger who will make her more than sorry for her secrets and lies.

    LJM VO says: "TOO DARK!!!"
    "NOT For This Listener-Dark, Violent & Disturbing"
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    What did you like best about High Risk? What did you like least?

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    Beth has a perfect life, she is married to a well respected lawyer. She serves on committees and looks the part. We soon learn that she has a very dark side to her proper one. She plans trysts with men. Not just A man, looking for a mistress but men who live on the edge. She wants men that disrespecting her as well as themselves. And she loves it.

    One day a chance encounter brings her to meet Abbott. He is handsome, beautiful, a strong, alpha male (all of the usual clichés.) However he does not act like the rest of her suitors. When she finds that her husband is on his way home Abbott is in no hurry to leave – making Beth sweat before disappearing at the last second.

    Abbott is everything vile, reprehensible, disgusting, and twisted that one could imagine. I have read a lot and this one hit on every topic.

    You may not want to read this part as it could be considered spoiling, however this book hits some pretty dark places including rape and torture.

    The author kind of skipped around from one bad situation to another more awful situation. It had a thread of continuous storytelling but it was just that, a thread.

    The narration was really good. The array of characters and the different situations would be quite a challenge, but are performed very well. Kudos to the performer.

    Those who read my reviews for hot romances will probably steer clear of this one.

    Notes: Violence, strong language, sexual situations (including but not limited to deviation, molestation and rape)

    Creditworthy/$: No on both from my perspective...too dark, graphic and lack of plot. I was given a copy of this title in exchange for my review. I cannot advise using a credit.

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  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1106)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Where is the Hotness in Mystery Man"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Mystery man by Kristen Ashley

    I began this book with some trepidation as I thoroughly enjoyed KA Colorado series - from that I went to the Rock Chick series – which were a completely different style of writing, plots and other changes. It reminded me of Janet Evanovich and her series about Stephanie Plum. It was good, just not what I expected or desired.

    The mystery man series seems to be more like the light version of KA Colorado. I am still digesting it and trying to figure out my true feelings.

    Here's what I have decided. I liked it, it kept my interest and was sexy with a plot. I'm not going to rush and redeem credits for by the rest of the series but they will remain on my WishList if they come up in the sale.

    The narration was good.

    Notes: mature themes and strong language

    Credit worthy/$: Try the first in the series. I deem it creditworthy and once you've listened you can make your own decision about the rest of the series.

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  • Rising Tides: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (628)

    Of three brothers, it was Ethan who shared his father's passion for the Maryland shore. And now with his father gone, Ethan is determined to make the family boatbuilding business a success. But amidst his achievements lie the most important challenges of his life.

    Wendy says: "Best book in a long time"
    "I LOVE This Series - Great Book 5 Stars"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rising Tides?

    *

    In the second installment of the series we are focused on Ethan, his past and it the similarities to young Seth.

    Grace is a young mother who is doing any job she can to make a life for her young daughter. She is the housekeeper at the family home (Ethan and brothers) by day & barmaid/waitress by night.

    Grace and Ethan have known each other forever and she has always had a thing for him & him for her. Ethan doesn't want to think about Grace, as she is quite a bit younger than him. This is a great romance story.

    However, it is much more than a simple romance – actually complex romance. Much of the focus is on Ethan's life before he met the Quinn family and they rescued him from a horrible past. But because of that past he does not believe he is deserving or can care or love anyone.

    Great narration – feminine female, male toddler, 12-year-old & elderly man are all done with near perfection.

    I absolutely love this series. I just bought the last two!.

    Notes: Description of sex, few cusses, the subject of child molestation runs throughout the book as characters try to deal with past.

    Credit worthy/$ : Absolutely on either. I can to continue with the series but at the same time I want to take my time because I don't want to series to and. Does that make sense?

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  • Unlawful Greed: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From award-winning author Pamela Samuels Young, author of Anybody's Daughter! Featured in the anthology The Funeral, this fast-paced short story wastes no time pulling the reader into a fascinating whodunit. When a prominent L.A. lawyer is found dead in his office, the detectives assigned to solve the crime search high and low for clues. What they discover at the lawyer's funeral may well lead them to his killer. But will the murderer turn out to be among the usual suspects?

    DK says: "Jam Packed Action and Drama"
    "Jam Packed Action and Drama"
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    What did you like best about this story?

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    When I saw this download was only 52 minutes long I didn't expect much much. Wow! Was I wrong? This super condensed (time wise) murder mystery was packed with action and adventure in a way that was not at all rushed.

    The narrator did a fantastic job and kept the story going not only because it was well-written but because it was performed well. Two thumbs up!

    *I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for my thoughts opinions & review.*

    Given that scenario, I am rarely interested in follow-up books based on the story. I really was impressed with this recording both as a story and the narration – I will be looking for more titles by this author & performances by this narrator.

    Notes: Murder mystery

    Credit worthy/$: I wouldn't waste a credit on this but would certainly consider purchasing it.

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