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Suzanne

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  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Gentle Hearts"
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    This is going to be a book I will listen too many times as it has superb characterisation, the narrator is amazing, and the story has romance, mystery, brotherly love, tears and laughter. For those who believe in the power of faith, the ending is (overly) perfect but nothing else would do. Too many favourite characters and special moments to choose from.
    Please do yourself a favour and listen to this story. This is an audio book done with such perfection I would never spoil it by reading a hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (317)

    Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

    L.W. says: "Good Story...."
    "Vengence has hard going deep"
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    Performance
    Story

    Story had substance, interesting characters with depth and great interaction. The narrator takes this from being a good story to being a fantastic listen. (I will be looking for more of her work). I listened in one sitting - getting only one hours sleep for the night. Have since downloaded the second book which again was not put down until finished. This series has potential to be a favourite for many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3000)
    Performance
    (1869)
    Story
    (1884)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Harry Bosch - Drug Of Choice"
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    Connelly and Bosch continue to be my drug of choice. Addictive reading/listening. The Police Department is made up of many brotherhoods each making their specialist area's (i.e drug squad, forensics) elitist. Black Ice isn't the first book to show how this attitude can affect the outcome of investigations, but does so in a manner that adds to the characterisation of the major players. The summary tells you the storyline so if you are feeling modicum of interest at that, let me assure you, that the presentation in words and reading makes the story far more compelling.
    Great crime story telling, Bosch has street smarts, not a trigger finger, and you feel as if you are riding alongside Harry as he voices his thoughts and observations for consideration.
    If you've never read a Harry Bosch novel, this is a great one to start your addiction with Harry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Equalizer

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Sloan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak.

    shelley says: "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
    "He retired and that's when the action started."
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    The story has action, suspense, intrigue, a lonely but charismatic character, more action, more suspense and interesting support characters. Twenty hours of listening, but I did it in one stint because it was impossible to put down.
    He walked away from his job with a Govt endorsed but non-recognized organization, which no one walks away from. During his nine months under the radar, he settles into a life where he is in control and answerable to no one. Then he steps in and saves a hooker from being killed by her pimp. That one action starts a chain of events that culminate in him saving the life of the U.S.Secretary of State.
    While aspects of the story may be typical of the covert ops action genre, it is enhanced by the special moments when our hero is reconciling his new life knowing his only employable skill is that of a killer.
    Great characterization, great story and excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (259)

    To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

    Jacobus says: "It is like being bitten by a black ribbon vampire"
    "Raising steam raised little interest"
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    Have read nearly everything Terry Pratchett has written and was looking forward to this book....was disappointed in that I failed to connect with any of the characters and by the fifth chapter found other things to do. Have persevered through another couple of chapters but still nothing to raise my steam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (1429)
    Story
    (1423)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Michael, Dick and Harry - The perfect team"
    Overall
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    The story is taut and holds interest past the book's end, leaving you in anticipation for the next one. One of those stories you could listen too several times. Michael Connelly writes a great story and Dick Hill does an excellent interpretation of Connelly's Harry Bosch yet, with subtle nuance's, gives the characterization more depth.
    I don't write reviews unless the book is one I am proud to promote. In my reviews I do not write about the storyline - you can get that from the author.

    Personal aside: Wonder what Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch would think about each other when meeting for the first time....lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Mack
    • Narrated By Rob Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    From acclaimed author David Mack comes a gripping supernatural thriller about a man who can hear other people’s prayers for help - involving him in an ancient, ongoing struggle between the forces of heaven and hell. For millennia, a supernatural war has been waged on Earth, with all the souls who dwell there as its pawns. On one side are the Called - men and women guided by guardian angels who defend humanity from its own worst impulses. On the other side are the Scorned - people influenced by fallen angels.

    Suzanne says: "Belief is the cement that strengthens faith."
    "Belief is the cement that strengthens faith."
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    What did you love best about The Calling?

    The author's ability to present his hero's strength of belief in God's calling, without denigrating or assuming the listeners religious preferences, It is a moving story that is about the power of faith without the distraction and disharmony of religion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Calling?

    When he is woken to heed the calling and tells his very pregnant he must go,


    What does Rob Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A quiet confident voice, great characterisation and a sense of reality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting presentation of what some will catergorise as para-normal, but the author has handled the subject in such away that this 'calling' seems entirely credible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Desire: Dragonfury Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (550)

    No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick. Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J. J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, and venturing into the world to seek justice for J. J. may be more than he can take.

    Robbie says: "Wick the Magic Dragon"
    "Dragon Fury - all for one and one for all"
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    Where does Fury of Desire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love the series


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight with the other water dragon


    Any additional comments?

    You could read alone, but the first three books are just as good and introduces you to this man before he realises he is also a dragon, Series is a great romantic fantasy read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2295)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1499)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Lookout Reacher, Bosch is here"
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    Where does Blood Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Heard it twice already - 2 months apart and was just as enjoyable second time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline gave rise to a couple of topics that most readers would have an opinion on and generated discussion with friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry refused to be swayed by the Doctors opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is a story that gives you 'pause' spots in the form of semi-endings or time out for personel reflection. None of this detracts from the flow and overall enjoyment of the story, but adds credibility to the story and it's characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Suspence, good story and excellent characterisation - looking forward to more
    of Harry, just as I did Jack Reacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35908)
    Performance
    (26912)
    Story
    (27296)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not hungry for more"
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    Any additional comments?





    I wasn't particularly cheering for the heroine, finding her younger sister someone a novel could be written about. Peter was the true hero of the story. as without his total comittment to support her, she would not have won.
    Decided not to buy the rest of the series, but I am in the minority I believe.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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