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  • Family Jewels

  • Rose Gardner Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Trouble always comes to those who court it. Rose Gardner's ability to see glimpses of the future has gotten her into hot water time and again, but so have her curiosity and her sense of daring. Those very qualities helped her defeat the most powerful man in Arkansas - a man so adept at hiding his crimes there was no way to defeat him inside of the law - but her success came at a steep personal price. Now she's throwing herself into her landscaping business, trying to live a life that's as orderly as one of her gardens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read if you must know back stories

  • By Bookbell on 12-06-17

I may have enjoyed this when I was 20.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Dull characters, dull plot, hated everything about it. Struggled through chapter nine only because I have a long commute and didn't have anything else downloaded. I cannot finish it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Denise Grover Swank again?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She was OK, but one character referred to another as having a high squeaky voice, then used a deep overly sophisticated voice for that character.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Family Jewels?

I would leave it as is. It just was not interesting to me.

Any additional comments?

Meant for a younger female audience.

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,140

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

Dated and Boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

What disappointed you about At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]?

I probably would have loved this book in the 80's, but the drawn out detail was putting me to sleep. Not a good think for a daily commuter. I listened for 2 hours waiting for something to happen and it didn't, just a bunch of scientific jibberish. I had to give up.

  • Huntress Moon

  • By: Alexandra Sokoloff
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent FBI Crime/Serial Killer Novel

  • By Patricia on 06-29-14

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-17

My new favorite series.
A woman vigilante, huntress of evil, Killing monsters of the humankind and running from the law herself.

  • The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything

  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz. Once an ordinary math teacher, Omar Krepps developed a knack for gambling, amassed a fabulous fortune, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world and giving away his millions. Upon his death, however, Krepps bequeaths nothing to his nephew and only living blood relative, Kirby Winter - nothing, that is, except an antique watch and a sealed letter to be opened after one year. But Kirby has much more in his possession than he realizes. The watch has the power to manipulate time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NOT Unabridged!

  • By S. Scott on 01-05-15

Dated and boring

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

I love this author but this book was just so tame and so boring I almost couldn't finish it but for the recommendation by Dean Koontz.

I probably would've loved it in the 70s but a lot has changed since then and I require a faster pace and a lot more excitement.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,173

It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom - an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there. Then they find out: A jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor - a Saudi courier seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Phil on 11-13-16

Love Jack

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What did you love best about Night School?

I love all the Jack Reacher novels, but wish I could burn Tom Cruise out of my mental vision of him. Very poorly cast.

But about the book, I liked going back to when he was in the Army and to see his relationship with Frances Neagley back at that time. It explained the trust they had in each other in the later novels.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

So many twists and turns and the subject matter is so relevant for today, and to put it in the 80's made it so much scarier.

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

It started slow, so I needed to warm up to it for a couple days during my commute. Once it got started, then yes I wanted to sit in my car and skip work so I could finish it.

  • Baggage

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

Over the years, terrible things keep happening to Anna Ray on February 17. First, there was the childhood trauma she's never been able to speak about. Then, to her horror, her husband killed himself on that date. A year later and a thousand miles away, Anna tries to find solace in the fresh start of a new job in a new place. She takes comfort in her outspoken cousin Jeannie, the confidant and best friend who's there whenever she needs help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-12-16

Yawn

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I could not finish this book. I was unable to get past chapter 5. The narrator was a big part of the disappointment, she was nasal and in some parts spoke with a 1980's Valley Girl accent. Very irratating. Not sure if the story was good or not, I could not stick to it long enough to want to find out.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Island Realm

  • Crystal Doors, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Fourteen-year-old cousins Gwen and Vic have lived together ever since the mysterious deaths of Gwen's parents and the disappearance of Vic's mother. But Vic's scientist father accidentally transports them through a magical crystal door to the island of Elantya. Cobblestone streets and silver towers mark the picturesque island, a trading hub and center of knowledge that runs on advanced physics and sorcery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • wanna be

  • By wildmon on 01-27-09

Not my cup of tea

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What would have made Island Realm better?

Listened to 4 chapters and it did not catch my interest. I had to give up.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson ? Why or why not?

No. I don't like fantasy. Not sure how I got this book, may have been a freebee or on sale.

  • King and Maxwell

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412

It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father...after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler's father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target? Sean and Michelle soon realize that they've stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come on guys, lighten up! This was a good book!

  • By JR Parrow on 11-27-13

Improved Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What did you love best about King and Maxwell?

It seems like the narrators took earlier feedback to heart. I gave a rotten review on the last book. Ron narrates fine, I love his voice and can listen to him forever. I did not like Orlagh's over acting in her narration and used a southern accent that was very annoying. The over acting female roles vs the easy narration of the male roles clashed and were annoying.

With this book, Orlagh toned down the broadway and got rid of the accent and Ron stepped up with more charactor in his narration.

I liked previous books with Scott Brick, but honestly my favorite was the one Ron McLarty did by himself. But the last book with the duo of Ron and Orlagh was very good.

  • First Family

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470

Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The first lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then-senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding as always

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-24-09

Good Story - Terrible Sound Effects

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

What did you like best about First Family? What did you like least?

I liked the dual storylines. The mystery of the kidnapping and the murder of Michelle's mother. They both took a lot of turns and the endings were a surprise.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between Sean and Michelle has grown and the physical strength of Michelle. She also has a vulnerable side, and her demons are unlocked in this book. And I have a mad crush on Sean King.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing. After hearing previous stories narrated by Scott Brick, I was pleasantly surprised by Ron McLarty. He has the ability to shift from male to female, without using cartoonish voices or like a Tranny. I really enjoyed his narration and will look for similar books with him in the future.

Was First Family worth the listening time?

Yes, it was a good listen.

Any additional comments?

The sound effects were a terrible distraction. Not needed and not enjoyed.

  • The Sixth Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,894

Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Baldacci Books

  • By Ronda Snyder on 04-22-11

Single readers please!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Would you listen to The Sixth Man again? Why?

No, the narration was grating on my nerves. I finished the book only because of the story content is good and I like the charactors, but I came close to not finishing it because of the narration.

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

Another unique and interesting mystery and I have a crush on Sean Maxwell.

What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

The narration was annoying. I enjoyed Scott Brick and Ron McLarty in the other books. But a second narrator was added to this book and I found her voice irritating. She had a southern accent, and the charactor did not come from the south. She over dramatized the narration with her inflections and it did not match with the other narrator. In the other books narrated by Ron McLarty, he is able to use distinct voices to cover the variety of charactors in the book. His female voice is good, without sounding like a tranny. I actually like him more than Scott Brick for the male and female voice changes. Why did they have to fix something that is was not broken? Adding Orlagh Cassidy was a mistake and made this book a lot less enjoyable than the others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just disdain for the female narration.

Any additional comments?

Keep to the single narration. These books are not classics and do not need to be 'acted out' like those put on by the BBC. These are replacements to reading to oneself or reading out loud. You do not need different narrators to convey the story. Ron McLarty is a wonderful narrator, and he should have done the whole book.Note, I am not against female narrators, if that is how it sounds. But if a female is used, she should also narrate the whole book. But I did not like Orlagh's southern accent and she over acted the reading. She should stay on Broadway or tone down her theatrics when she narrates.