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rick

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  • Melt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robbi McCoy
    • Narrated By Cassandra Lukas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    When photo-journalist Kelly Sheffield is offered the chance to travel to Greenland for coverage of American science teams, she grabs it. Not only is it a dream assignment, it also means she'll have a chance to reconnect with the compelling Jordan Westgate, the glaciologist studying the melting ice cap. Jordan hasn't forgotten Kelly, nor has she forgotten that she'd found it hard, all those years ago, to firmly reject the inappropriate overtures from a student.

    rick says: "Fascinating fictional look at a contemporary topic"
    "Fascinating fictional look at a contemporary topic"
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    A unique fictional view of global climate change. The setting is Greenland, which in and of itself is unique. There is information on Greenland's melting glaciers and a good back story pertaining to Greenland's history. It rescues a rather tepid and typical lesbian romance novel that bogs down too often in cliches. That was the reason I couldn't give this work five stars. I found both the setting as well as the subject manner intriguing. Jordan's history gives some explanation of her unwillingness to pursue the relationship. A good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (388)

    Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life.

    Alisa says: "Finally on Audible after all these years."
    "The Librarian Gets A Makeover"
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    Small town Alabama librarian Daisy Minor decides on her 34th birthday that it's time for a change; so she gets a makeover and begins going out to a club on weekends. There she sees the wrong people doing the wrong things and puts her own life in jeopardy.
    Daisy is a great character and some of the interplay between and the Half-Yankee Sheriff Russo is really very funny at times. The reader Deborah Hazlitt does a great job narrating it in such a way that she remains funny and her southern accent sounds quite authentic. A better listen than much of Ms. Howard's library due to the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Sweet It Is

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Melissa Brayden
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Some things are better than chocolate.... Molly O'Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she's ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can't always pick who your heart latches on to.

    silverwalnut says: "EXCELLENT AUDIO NOVEL"
    "Family Complications"
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    The story deals with grief and family. With small town businesses competing with, and usually losing to franchises and chain stores.
    Molly O'Brien has taken over her father's bakery and is struggling to survive in a world ruled by Starbucks. Her Wife Cassie has been dead four years now but the pain is still fresh and she hasn't even started to move on. The upcoming occasion of her father-in-law's 60th birthday has brought home Cassie's younger sister Paula. Paula is a film producer and in her medical career family constitutes not only under achievement status but makes her the family black sheep. As a child she'd longed for Molly in the manner of a younger sibling having a crush on her older sibs girlfriend. Paula is now all grown up and hasn't yet overcome that long ago childhood crush on Molly. Or it has at least grown into something more now.
    They do the best they can to keep their attraction within acceptable limits, particularly Molly but this is a romance novel, so you can guess how well that works. At least in this case there is a logical reason for their trepidation; after all hooking up with a sibling's ex is likely to create some tension in the family even if the sibling in question is dead.
    I've only been reading this genre for two or three years now and one of my first impressions of it was that the amount of drama was way overblown; a reliable source informs me that it's not. The whole lack of communication thing is another story.
    There are less cliches and usual plot devices in this work than in the standard type in this genre. A bit too much Hallmark Channel in spots but this selection is still in the upper echelon of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seducing the Bridesmaid

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katee Robert
    • Narrated By Jessica Wortham
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    She has a plan. He's about to change it. Regan Wakefield is a headhunter in both name and personality: driven, motivated, and unafraid to pursue what - and who - she wants. Naturally, she's thrilled when her friend's wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways.

    rick says: "Suprisingly Good"
    "Suprisingly Good"
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    A couple of members of my current cadre chose this one; probably just to gaze upon the abs of the cover model. At $1.95 it didn't seem like that big a deal either way so i added to my wish list and eventually purchased it for them; it turned out to be money well spent. A nice little piece of romantic about two people overly effected by their childhood circumstances.
    Regan, the female protagonist never does anything without a plan. Our male lead Brock likes to affect an attitude of the laid back underachiever and a man like that has no place in her future.
    So here we have a pretty archetypal setup for way too many romance novels; the only thing that can save this stereotypical plot is likable characters that engage our support. Which is exactly what the author has managed to do. Well that and tell a pretty good story; one that manages to create quite a few likable characters as well as several good story lines; Reed and Sophie are particularly good additions to the book. The groom Colton has a good buddy speech for Brock as well; the kind that only works coming from someone you love and who you know loves you. In the end of course everything is tied up nicely.
    It's an excellent bargain purchase well worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galloway: The Sacketts, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Filled with action, adventure, mystery, and historical detail, the Sackett saga is an unforgettable achievement by one of America's greatest storytellers. In Galloway, two brothers must struggle to survive in a wild and beautiful land to build themselves a ranch and a future.

    Jesse says: "Louis once again gives us a superb western novel"
    "The Old West"
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    This isn't one of the western authors iconic books, but in my opinion it's straight forward simplicity makes it one of his best. Flagan Sackett's escape from the Apache/ Ute makeshift tribal group mirror's several events that actually occurred during the 19th century. His ability to gather food on his own is a fascinating look at man's ability to survive. There are fistfights and gunfights that occur once he regains his strength and other members of the Sackett family have battles with the Dunn's as well. As always the biggest weakness in his books is a lame cookie cutter romance with a silly girl who finally gets her head on straight and marries our hero.
    My dad and uncle read westerns so I began reading them as well. This was the sole author of the genre that I continued to read past my mid teens. It's not any sort of great writing; and though the author is credited with more than 100 books if you've read 10 or 12 of them you've read them all. They are formulaic and extremely predictable. His books are easy listens moving swiftly with plenty of action sequences, plus you can follow the stories with less than your full attention. A good listen if you have a nighttime drive ahead of you, or while puttering in the house, the garage or outside on your lawn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jericho

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ann McMan
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Librarian Syd Murphy flees the carnage of a failed marriage by accepting an 18-month position in Jericho - a small town in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Her plans to hide out and heal her wounds fall by the wayside as she gets drawn into the daily lives of the quirky locals. She becomes fast friends with Maddie Stevenson, the enigmatic physician who has returned to the backcountry community to take over her late father's medical practice.

    rick says: "As Good As Advertised"
    "As Good As Advertised"
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    The setting for this book is the area where I was born and not far from where I now live. That was my original reason for risking a credit on 21 hour book. It is usually difficult to sustain interest in a book that long because there is often a lot of filler material in a book that long. There is some of that in this one but I'm glad I gave this selection a chance.
    The twenty one hours went by much quicker than I thought they would because this is an excellent audiobook. This in spite of the fact that it took the two of them longer to make a move on each other than it has any couple thus far in the 21st century. The verbal sparring and repartee engaged in by Maddie and Syd as well as between David and Maddie is both witty and funny. I'm not sure how old the author is but the sexual banter between the two of them has all the wit and verve of a Three's Company episode. An excellent touch here is so much of the activities and dialogue of the people in a small mountain town that the author gets right. Far too often authors or narrators unfamiliar with the area try to shortcut getting right by assuming all southern towns, as well as all southern accents are the same. Well they're wrong; no matter how much they might believe Carroll O'Conner in 'The Heat of the Night' and Andy Griffith talk the same; they don't. Roma Jean Fremont the girl who continually falls down around Doctor Maddie Stevenson isn't fall down funny but is a nice little humorous aside.
    This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to for awhile; great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Brody McBride: The McBrides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ryan
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago. When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.

    rick says: "There Were Possibilities"
    "There Were Possibilities"
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    Yes, there were possibilities for this book, unfortunately I guess I'll never know. I only made it to chapter 14 before I gave it up and decided my time could be better spent. There were some huge holes in the whole approaching Roxy, Rain, Autumn scenario. The biggest disappointment in this book for me was the supposed protagonist. Brody came off as a self centered, immature, almost pathologically jealous and controlling little boy caring only for himself and his own agenda it's difficult to like a book when you don't like the principal character. My advice is to save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Low Tide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. A college graduate and amateur fisherman, Andy McClintock is stuck toiling in the office of a construction company. But when Andy tries to quit, his boss offers him a promotion and a raise - and then promptly kills himself with a harpoon gun. At least, that's what it looks like, until the police rule it homicide - with the murder weapon belonging to Andy.

    rick says: "It Was 1953"
    "It Was 1953"
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    More than sixty years have passed since this book was written and a lot has changed. That you can discern by the fact that a construction executive was working for eighty dollars a week. Then there was idea that a man had the right to kill his both his adulterous wife and her lover. Not to spoil anything but there are some opinions expressed about some photographs that indicate the morals of the time are completely different than they are today.
    As my reviews on the books of John D MacDonald selections indicate I find certain prejudices and attitudes of this author abhorrent. I overcome those feelings by realizing that much of that is due to the era and my admiration of the quality of his writing. Although it's my opinion that the books he authored in the late fifties and early sixties are superior to those like this one from the early fifties, practically anything written by MacDonald is a good bet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Counting Down the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Anne Baines
    • Narrated By Dan Boice
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    They say when you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. For Patty Halbrook, two graves won't be near enough. Patty returns to the dysfunctional hometown she thought she had escaped. While she meant to leave forever, she never meant to abandon her twin sister to a twisted world of drugs and abuse. And when she's finished getting answers about her twin's suicide, home will never be the same.

    rick says: "Unique"
    "Unique"
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    This audiobook is only thirty five minutes long and is definitely on the harsh side. A girl returns to Nowhereville and thoroughly avenges her sister's death; she basically empties the trailer park. I would hesitate to say that I enjoyed this small slice from Quentin Tarantino land but it was quite different and was definitely the time and the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (404)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "The Delayed Effects of Bullying"
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    Even a mad mouse can be dangerous when he chooses to attack. There is an axiom that the winner of the fight is the warrior who'll go farther to win than the rest; a high powered sniper rifle meets that definition nicely.
    Danny Boyle and Clark Kent's cousin John Ceepak; Sea Haven's top cops face a sniper whose targets are Danny and his friends. As the story unravels we find out the chief reason behind the sniping is payback for an incidence of bullying when they were all in high school. The copyright date is 2006; so long before Newtown and long after Columbine, and I can't recall which mass shooting occurred in 2005 or 2006 so I'm not certain of the model he was using.
    I found the case the author made against bullying was a little too blatant; could have been more subtle for sure, but it was effective. The way the shooter's father treated him was also effective in establishing how the kid had been set up as a target from an early age. I have the Ceepak/Boyle collection in it's entirety and though I don't fins any of the books top rate they are all good. You know what you're getting with Grabenstein and it's pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Season of Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Elementary school teacher Jane Aaron cancels her summer vacation plans and heads to Cedar Springs, Texas, to find her birth mother. While there, she’s hired by Asher Price, a wealthy widower, to look after his 13-year-old daughter, Riley, and five-year-old son, Levi. Around town, Jane also hears rumors that an older woman was killed in the same car accident that claimed Asher’s wife.

    Judy says: "Interesting Read"
    "Typical"
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    This is an ordinary middle-of-the-road romance. The back story of a woman in search of her biological mother is relegated to the back seat and it's mainly used to as an overly dramatic emotional crutch. Julia London is accomplished enough as a romantic author to keep the book moving, albeit slowly. Unfortunately what comes to mind when doing a review of this book are adjectives like trite, cliched, formulaic or average. The Estrogen Army that is my support system at this moment has opened me up to the viability of in the romance category but this one ain't it. If you're a fan of the genre this might be a good listen for you; otherwise I can't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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