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Gang of Four

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

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  • Melt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robbi McCoy
    • Narrated By Cassandra Lukas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    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.

    Gang of Four 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
  • Love Me Sweet: A Bell Harbor Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    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
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

    Gang of Four says: "Still Going Strong"
    "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
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
  • All You Need Is Love: Green Mountain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client - and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it. For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head.

    Lydia says: "Fun - Easy Listen"
    "Here We Go Again"
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    Boy meets girl. Boy can't stand her; she can't stand him. Boy and girl become attracted to each other but still can't stand each other. Boy and girl begin to be able to get along but they both deny any possibility of more. Boy and girl are thrown together and their feelings for each other begin to grow though everyone else sees it the two of them still deny it emphatically. Boy and girl soon become aware of what they feel still they continue to deny the possibility of anything developing due to incompatibility. Boy and girl at last come to realize the extent of their feelings they curse fate and reluctantly acquiesce to reality. Boy and girl then of course both realize they can't live without each other and true love wins out yet again.
    Cameron Murphy is a good leading lady and the fantastic Abbott are just made for a series. It's a good example of the top end of the genre though it got five stars because of Sasha not me. I still think it's really good; we recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VERY Personal Training: When Mrs. Feder Took Instruction from Two Beautiful Young Women

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By Paris Rivera
    • Narrated By Charm
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Recovering from her divorce, Mrs. Gina Feder, 36, discovers an ad in the local paper: "Double the inspiration. Two personal trainers to your door. Pretty. Good price." She finds herself dialing and is greeted at her front door by two young women from the Czech Republic. The younger woman has beautiful blue eyes, thick fair hair and a friendly manner.

    Gang of Four says: "Cool"
    "Cool"
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    Pretty good piece of erotica, though maybe a little slow getting going but worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starting From Scratch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Georgia Beers
    • Narrated By Georgia Beers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    What happens when your life takes an unexpected turn? What happens when you need to protect the one you love from the one you want to love? What happens when you lose something you never knew you wanted? Lambda and Golden Crown Literary Award-winning author Georgia Beers brings to you her long-awaited seventh novel, Starting from Scratch, a story where learning, laughing, loving, and baked goods are just a few of life’s basic ingredients.

    kate_monster says: "Simply Wonderful!"
    "Vintage Lesbian Fiction"
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    Read by the author this is a pretty good love story albeit with some kinda lame segments and people that acted like no one I know. The main character Avery was okay even if her relationship with her friend Maddie was more than a little sitcom city. Maddie; a meddling busybody steps way over the line with her and Avery's reaction is totally tepid. Her love interest Elena is a really good depictment of an ultimate love interest until the end of the book when she; Spoiler Alert Here; breaks up with Avery over something Avery's ex said. I don't know about older lesbians but my friends and I agree we'd never even start a fight with our girl much less break up because of something her ex told us. Women are much better in a full relationship than guys; which is why a lot of us who have the choice, go long term XX; short term XY. Anyway when things get all turned around a chick can be way more vindictive than a dude; or at least a lot better at it. Then to go off on your girl and not even give her an opportunity to respond is way stupid. The story ends nicely of course; it is a love story after all. Great read/listen if you enjoy the genre even if somewhat lacking in realism. Almost forgot; she isn't all that bad but the author should stick to writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Save the Child: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

    bebe says: "Have listened to this twice"
    "It is the Mother"
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    A child is missing and his parents hire Spenser to find him and we're off on another adventure. In the small town of Smithfield Massachusetts in the mid seventies there are still communes and Spenser enlists the aid of the high school guidance counselor Susan Silverman to help him find it. He doesn't find him there but all fingers point to him being there with his hero a bodybuilder by the name of Vic Harroway. You see Kevin has a dominant mother who is sexually promiscuous (look that one up or ask your parents about that one young people) and a father who works all the time; naturally this creates gender and sexual identification issues for the boy, because psychologically speaking Freud still rules in the 1970's. The book is dated in other ways as well such as fashion, sexuality, and the counterculture. Many of the basics that later became staples for the fans of the Spenser series aren't yet a part of this book. This is both a positive and negative; familiar elements of what later developed into cliches and people who lost their humanity and became icons are absent here. For me the earlier Spenser makes for a better read or listen and has the advantage of being new rather than repeated every book. Some of the elements of the later books are like the Fonz's "heh," (another age definitive cultural reference there youngsters). This one is a pretty good listen; not the best of the early Spenser books but worth the credit if you're a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robin Rinaldi
    • Narrated By Kate Udall
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was 44, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for 18 years. What followed - a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation - is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.

    Alyson says: "Ugh."
    "Well, I'm Not Sure"
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    Giving this one a rating is a difficult call. Robin Rinaldi is an excellent writer and she has a way of coming clean that helps to overcome my negative perception of her. I fully realize that no one can ever truly understand the motivations of another human being. That being said the author comes off capricious, self involved and hypocritical, which is indicative that Ms Rinaldi is confessing to her own culpability rather than trying to rationalize it and blame it on Scott. The old 'well I wouldn't have needed to do what I did if he weren't so fill in the blank an excuse often used to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.
    In addition Kate Udall narrates this one and she's among the best that I've ever heard on audible. With all of this I'm still not certain about whether I want to recommend this one or not; I'm leaning towards give it a shot although only if you're patient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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