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Gang of Four

We've got him outnumbered; hope he can learn to like girly books.

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  • Robert B. Parker's Fool Me Twice: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Autumn in Paradise, Massachusetts, is usually an idyllic time - but not this year. A Hollywood movie company has come to town, and brought with it a huge cast, crew, and a troubled star. Marisol Hinton is very beautiful, reasonably talented, and scared out of her wits that her estranged husband's jealousy might take a dangerous turn. When she becomes the subject of a death threat, Jesse and the rest of the Paradise police department go on high alert.

    Barbara says: "Jesse's in good hands"
    "A nice compromise"
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    Okay; I understand that Brandman isn't Robert Parker. Much of the wit is missing and for the second time he has turned Molly into a sitcom character. Still I enjoyed both this book as well as it's predecessor. As always Jesse's humanity shines through all the less than stellar writing of the replacement sent into the game for the fallen star. His relationship with the teenagers who he reaches is the highlight of this work; as it was in his previous closing of a Jesse Stone novel began by Parker. Though I didn't think as highly of this selection as his previous work, I still recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jaded Visions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T.L. Jones
    • Narrated By Jennifer Saucedo, Brooklyn Ella Grace Nelson
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Visions have been a part of Jade Hamilton's life since she was 10, but this time her visions have put her in the middle of a murder. This latest episode has Jade struggling to keep six-year-old Emmie Linderhoff safe from the killer, as well as, keeping herself out of jail for kidnapping. Certain her only chance is to run, Jade goes into hiding

    Hunter says: "Loved the Child Narration!"
    "Desperate Need For A Better Narrator"
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    There are elements of this work of fiction that feel right and others that come off as phony or formulaic. Whether this is due to poor writing or a narrator whose limit seems to be some of the erotic novels she reads for Audible. Her stilted singsong oration could turn the best of Shakespeare's writings into a rendition of Curious George or Mother Goose. I had hopes that this might be something along the lines of Colleen Helme's Shelby Nichols mysteries but until they find a better narrator, who knows?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Owning Regina: Diary of My Unexpected Passion for Another Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lorelei Elstrom
    • Narrated By Hunter Keanon
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When TV commercial production coordinator Meg Curtis gets stood up by her longtime boyfriend, she vents her frustration by feverishly writing in a diary. At a time when she is unsure about all things romantic, she encounters fifth grade teacher Regina Baker at yoga class, a free-spirited single mom who is beautiful, playful, and impossibly intriguing.

    Scott says: "WOW - LOVED IT!"
    "BDSM and Clothes"
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    This is a well written book that goes into far too much detail on the details of bondage, clothing, and the experiencing of pain. I would have welcomed more words concerning their feelings and the arc of their overall relationship than 3-5 minutes spent on the pain experienced during one whipping than was given to the "bottom's son." If you can take or even enjoy highly nuanced descriptions of bondage and pain then you may like this audio; if not, then it's not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    There was a turning point in Michael Lewis' life, in a baseball game when he was 14 years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do."

    Gang of Four says: "As Always"
    "As Always"
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    Michael Lewis goes back to his New Orleans high school where his old coach Billy Fitzgerald has come under fire from his player's parents and is in danger of losing his position. Lewis then takes on the attitude of the players millennial parents; one that tells them it is their duty to remove both obstacles and consequences from their son's paths. Ultimately Fitzgerald retained his coaching job until February 2014. It was also this project that brought Lewis together with his old high school teammate Sean Tuohy; which led to the bestseller "The Blind Side" which of course became the hit movie "The Blind Side." The sale price of 2.95 makes this a fantastic bargain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reconcilable Differences

    • ORIGINAL (9 mins)
    • By Mara Wilson
    • Narrated By Mara Wilson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mara Wilson describes how she and her sister found religious equilibrium over Ryan Gosling's torso before a live audience for RISK! at The PIT in New York, New York.

    Gang of Four says: "Good"
    "Good"
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    Though it's only about ten minutes this is a nice little excerpt from Risk. Mara Wilson discusses the ups and downs of her relationship with her sister who is not only seven years younger than her but is a practicing Catholic while Mara is an atheist. It was both touching and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love & Lies: Marisol's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ellen Wittlinger
    • Narrated By Anne Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Marisol Guzman has deferred college for a year to accomplish two things: She will write a novel and she will fall in love. How hard could that be? She gets her very own apartment (with her high school best friend as roommate) and a waitressing job at a classic Harvard Square coffeehouse. When she enrolls in an adult education class - "How to Write Your First Novel" - there are two big surprises waiting for her.

    Frances says: "Love is a funny thing isn't it?"
    "Love or Coming of Age"
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    Either way this an excellent piece of fiction for both the adult and YA markets. This is one of the few lesbian themed books that was able to overcome the romance genres worst cliches. Okay maybe I'm just guilty of totally over relating to Lee and Marisol. I'm a 19 year old out lesbian who is probably more similar to Lee than I'm totally comfortable with. My big sister Stacy reminds me a lot of Marisol; very strong, extremely confident, and seems to feel no trepidation even when she's encountering a person or situation where some fear might be warranted.
    Then there's the character of Olivia who is an advanced version of the high school mean girl b***h that most of the girl's in her class are scared of. Being on the receiving end of attention from that girl created dread to the extreme and created nausea if you found yourself in one of her classes; especially when you were walking in the halls between classes. They always managed to find acolytes who lived to kiss their ...rings. Then way too often they would turn on these girls using information they'd gotten from them supposedly in confidence. Some of the minor characters in the books seemed to be kind of formulaic; particularly her roommate and her mother. The mother in particular is a little too over the top. Although Stacy's dad is sometimes kind of like that for us. Which reminds me if there are spelling or grammatical errors, blame him.
    This is a really great listen; even for people who aren't 19 year old lesbians; give it a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Me Sweet: A Bell Harbor Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Delaney Masterson isn't looking for fame. Yes, she has famous parents and a reality TV show, but she's not the wild-child celebrity the paparazzi have painted her to be. Until... The Scandal. When an old boyfriend releases a private video, Delaney's name becomes every comedian's favorite punch line. To escape the media, she sneaks away to Bell Harbor, Michigan - during the worst winter in fifty years.

    Gang of Four says: "So Close"
    "So Close"
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    I wanted to like this one I really did and for the three and a half hours I did. Eventually though the whole "I can't say anything about who I really am. First due to not trusting anyone not to sell her out to the paparazzi; then because if he knew the person she really was he wouldn't like her. In the meantime anyone who's read listened to this genre knows it's gonna come around and bite her on some portion of her anatomy. Please writers, try a little harder to come up with a plot that doesn't include these same old cliched plot devices. Even with so many positive aspects that beg for a recommendation I do believe that I've reached my limit for the same 'ol thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Underwater

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Claire Kells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university's nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

    Courtney says: "I couldn't put it down!"
    "Mixed Bag"
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    The back story is excellent and there are portions of this audiobook that are really good. It's just unfortunate that getting to those portions involves wading through long, tedious, overly detailed sections of text that made me long for the printed page where I could skim through such detritus. I found it unfortunate because I really liked the concept and the author's knowledge of the high level competitive swim world appears sound. As much as I liked the idea of this selection I can't recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lisa Olsen
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Lexi Morgan has always had "The Touch;" the ability to pick up an object and 'see' its past. Doomed to wearing protective gloves at all times, she learned to accept it as equal parts gift and curse. When her brother in law Neil disappears, she'd rather tell her sister to celebrate than try to help find the jerk. But after her young niece vanishes as well, it's time to put her gift to good use and help track her down, especially when handsome Detective Gabriel Ryan takes over the case.

    Mark Mensch says: "Not my style but I liked it!"
    "A Few Holes, But Pretty Good"
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    Lexi Morgan's hands have an incredible power; when she touches an object it's history is transmuted into her. Her Sister Allison and her husband and child are in the midst of a severe crisis; including living in a haunted house. Lexi's niece Chloe has evidently inherited some paranormal abilities of her own because she is being afflicted by ghosts. When Allie's husband and Chloe's father is found in the trunk of his car, then Chloe goes missing, obviously something is not right in River City. There are huge holes in the plot and bright people doing stupid things for no apparent reason. On the positive side Lexi is a spirited offbeat character and Gabriel the cop isn't too much of a cliche. The narrator Andi Arndt does an excellent job; it's not too strong of a recommendation but it is a recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House on Mermaid Point: Ten Beach Road, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know one another - perhaps all too well - while desperately restoring a beachfront mansion to its former grandeur. Their latest project has presented some challenges they couldn't have dreamed up in their wildest fantasies - although the house does belong to a man who actually was Maddie's wildest fantasy once.

    Lori says: "Nice easy summer beach read."
    "Still Going Strong"
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    The third installment of the series is just as good as the first two. All the characters from the first two books are back and no one and no part has become trite, formulaic or tiresome. Though the continued enmity displayed by Avery for her mother gave me pause; especially given that book two ended with Delia taking a bullet to save Avery. Her reversion to the angry child of the initial two books made her a much less sympathetic character in this one. Added to that is the over the top tabloid coverage of Kira's son Dustin. It's difficult to conceive that the tabloid fascination with the kid would continue for years. Likewise William "the Wild" Hightower was a rock star back in the seventies and early eighties and the paparazzi is still chasing him around; seriously? I mean when was the last time there a tabloid article on Gregg Allman or Lindsay Buckingham?
    Still these are the same tough, gutsy, likable ladies that created an emotional investment by the readers/ listeners of the first two works. Plus even though there was a lot less space given to the DIY facets in books two and three than there was in the first book, it was still more than is in most audiobooks. Despite those issues we still unanimously awarded this one five stars .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Silence: Jude Devine Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rose Beecham
    • Narrated By Kim Baldwin
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Montezuma County Sheriff's detective, Jude Devine doesn't face too many challenges based in remote Paradox Valley, where most of the crime involves hiker assaults, campsite thefts, and cattle rustling. However, when the body of local teenager shows up with a stake through her heart, Jude finds herself leading an investigation no one wants to touch.

    Carol Clarke says: "Jude Devine is a Cool undercover FBI agent!"
    "Awful"
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    Way too much detail about the Abusive treatment of teens, both male and female who are a part of an LDS polygamist cult. It might be reality but it was nothing I wanted to listen to in great detail. The narrator is an author and in my opinion should stick to it. I only made it through about 2 hours of this one before the combination of those two factors convinced me to give it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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