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  • Wait, What?

  • And Life's Other Essential Questions
  • By: James E. Ryan
  • Narrated by: James E. Ryan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

In his commencement address to the graduating class of 2016, James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, offered remarkable advice to the crowd of hopeful men and women eager to make their marks on the world. The key to achieving emotional connections and social progress, he told them, can be found in five essential questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great For Our Jobs, Our Families, Our Lives!

  • By Gillian on 05-18-18

Good Boost for Moral Decisions

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Good daily deal read by author whose law credentials were the reason I purchased. This is a short listen with a powerful simple reminder message. Since our daily lives can be diluted with minutiae, this listen is a quick synopsis of your life long questions that are a good practice to include all the time.
Author’s tales, help bring some humor, and drive home his message. Since he does commencement speeches, and this was an extension of one, it is well done.
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  • In His Shadow

  • By: Tiffany Snow
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

Ivy Mason is hiding - from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she’s ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that’s exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Never have I seen such a STUPID heroine!!!!!!

  • By Laurie Carroll on 02-29-16

Romance and James Bond

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Got this on $4.95 sale, as I loved the Kathleen Turner series, one I re listen as that one is author’s best. Make no mistake these are romance first and light mystery second.
Our hero is right out of James Bond, and our heroine is made of stern moral stuff.
New reader on this story, and because of reader Angela Dawe, my now best fave, I am cautious on my reader review for this author. I am going to try one more, book #2 on this series as well as another reader for this author’s newest series.
Make no mistake, this author has a spin on her heroine’s that you must get a bit use too. Hence my 2nd re listen in order of the Kathleen Turner series. I love the two brothers in that series. It doesn’t get any better than there relationship and the author tells it very well. The series may be in my top 10 and I have over 800 Romances’s, many are classics.
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  • Off Kilter

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

After the recent death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, 30-something Eden Elliott is seriously in need of a fresh start. At the urging of her best friend, best-selling author Ami Pederson, Eden decides to embark on an open-ended trip to the picturesque village of Glenkillen in the Scottish Highlands, to do some hands-on research for a book of her own. But almost as soon as Eden arrives in the quaint town, she gets caught up in a very real drama....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Beatrice on 04-05-18

Dundee Cake, Rich Shortbread, Irish Tea

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

If you want to re visit Scotland or get a hint of a vacation stay in the highlands, then this book is for you. It’s the unsalted butter in Shortbread and the wonderful highland milk in your tea that makes you remember or want to visit. (Tea, 1 bag per cup plus 1 for for the pot cover with tea cozy)
I purchased this book on sale due to Ms Dawe wonderful Scottish brogue. I can’t get enough of her reads where I know the male lead speaks. She is wonderful in this book.
My fave, Nora Roberts MacGregor series which I re listen to all!

This author is not for me, except she does reference all my favorites treats in the book when visiting the highlands, including Scottish Whiskey. YUM, take notes.
This is a light mystery that takes you right into the pub. The characters are delightful, and you must love to be immersed right into the crowd to appreciate this story and the backroads of the countryside.
Note, I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
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  • Collared

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boy, this series just gets better and better!

  • By Kathi on 08-04-17

Pizza Breakfast of Champions

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

What made the experience of listening to Collared the most enjoyable?

Andy’s humor at all times. E.g. breakfast decisions.
This is the Andy, and the story, I liked best in the series so far, but I haven’t listened to all yet. I started out of order with Waggie.
I do use 1.25x speed to match author’s intent.
Author worked hard on this story to entice his fans and this story shows off his talent to tell a tale.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Collared?

Stock up on this series when on sale, but you must love sarcastic wit, and be in the mood for it.
When stressed, I realized you must put your mind into the full story that has humor, or it is a shameful waste.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

He is Andy and reader brings the best out of this cast and crew.
I loved his interface with his son, and Pete is one of my fave characters.

Any additional comments?

This had an intriguing back story, fun along the way to solving the mystery, and made you want to go out an have a great pizza.

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  • Before It's Too Late

  • By: Sara Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

In this powerful K-9 crime thriller, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Labrador, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again. Somewhere in the Washington, DC, area, a woman lies helpless in a box. Beneath the earth. Barely breathing. Buried alive. In Quantico, the FBI receives a coded message from the woman's abductor. He wants to play a game with them: decipher the clues, find the grave, save the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 6 stars

  • By readermouse on 10-08-17

It’s Too Late

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, didn’t measure up to my expectations. My review on book 1 was spot on, and author did make this drama sequences good, but failed to make our two heroes believable and our K-9 friends just present but not endearing.
Writing is not easy, and this author tried to make a series develop before writing a great story.
See, Robert Crais, Suspect for a good K-9 writing.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I love K-9 books, see author James Rollins, The Kill Switch, a Tucker Wayne novel.
Book #1 is one of the best of this type of book featuring K-9 trusting paws. (I rated 4 and should have been 5, as I have re listened several times now)
You are right there when Tucker and Kane Para-jump together with Kane strapped on!

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

I purchased both books 1 & 2 due to Ms Dawe as the reader. I wouldn’t have waited for this book if another reader, but Ms Dawe can only do her best with the editing.
This book was dry for lack of a better description.
See her Marcia Clark series, as she has game!

Any additional comments?

Note: I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
I have over 100 new listens, so unless a 5 star, I can’t re listen.

  • Likely to Die

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 275

New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What?

  • By Sandy on 08-21-11

God Complex

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is a mystery that starts out a bit slow as it builds the characters. (Could have used a bit better editing for me to pick up the momentum). Author’s book 1 was a faster pace and not to be missed, hence this 2nd book. The author builds a background for our heroine in this book, includes a typical free day! Two thirds through the story, the pace picks up to the speed of book 1.

Would you recommend Likely to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, as it is a good mystery, no gore or terror, and it is a good who dunnit.
I will have to re listen another time to see, if the slow beginning was just on me.
The author’s use of I’ve got your six, is one of the redeeming qualities of this series.
I love the two detectives in this series, and they are the reason I would want to buy more books.
This is a series that is a bit dated, so beware, relax, and enjoy.

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

I purchased this book due to reader Ms Rosenblat, not sure if I am a continual fan of this series, a 3rd one is next, but not in order, to see if I want more of author.

Reviewer Wayne, loves her, and I agree she is very talented. Note, I use 1.25x speed on all mysteries to match the author’s intent.

Did Likely to Die inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to stay healthy and unless a big emergency, not to go to a hospital.

Any additional comments?

For this book, take advantage of a sale, as I did.
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  • Snatched

  • Will Trent, Book 6
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 15 years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition - which is why he should have listened to his own. While in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: "Please, I wanna go home." Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-01-13

Intuition and Justice

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

If you could sum up Snatched in three words, what would they be?

Follow your intuition.
Buy on sale if you are a Will Trent series fan, and can’t get enough of reader Kathleen Early. Reader brings out the tough, humorous and gentle side of our hero.
You must appreciate short story format or you may feel the story is too short.
This story is well told and has no horror or nightmare giving scenes from author.
Ms Slaughter shows off her great writing talent and capabilities in theses shorts stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Snatched?

When Hello Kitty shoes are returned by Will.

Which scene was your favorite?

Author uses different crimes e.g. Pedophilia, human trafficking to bring such ugly deeds to the forefront while telling her tale lead by selected characters in this series. Since so short, this is mainly Will’s tale.

If you could rename Snatched, what would you call it?

Title is good, unless author wants to rewrite and make this into a full length adventure with multiple stories going on. I certainly would buy it if Ms Early reads it.

Any additional comments?

On to next book, Criminal. Author uses creative flashes backs on her longer stories that compels a reader to want the next book. If you like certain characters you can read out of order e.g. Criminal which is Amanda’s, Will’s boss. I love her snarky attitude and quick thinking.

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  • Unseen

  • Will Trent, Book 7
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222

Bill Black is a scary guy: a tall ex-con who rides to work on a Harley, and trails an air of violence wherever he goes. In Macon, Georgia, Bill has caught the eye of a wiry little drug dealer and his cunning girlfriend. They think Bill might be a useful ally. They don’t know that Bill is a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent named Will Trent. Or that he is fighting his own demons, undercover and cut off from the support of Sara Linton - the woman he loves, who he dares not tell he is putting himself at such risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will Trent is back!

  • By Jackie on 07-08-13

Did Not Go Away, But Got Different

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, as author finally stopped putting so much gruesome mental pictures in this book so readers will buy her books.
Author is an excellent story teller, see reviews on all the Will Trent series.
Will has bark out loud humor, which is why many reviewers want to scoop him up.
Love Faith, Will’s partner, she’s got his six. Love Amanda, she has spunk (just downloaded Criminal, Amanda’s focus) This story is Leanna’s focus.
Author has several stories going on, hence focus reference, but all have Will as the binding thread.

What other book might you compare Unseen to and why?

This story still keeps you on pins and needles awaiting author’s signature style of gruesome parts to come, but like another reviewer in Criminal, I think, said author now uses language that assimilates crime scene photos instead of such graphic terminology that makes you have nightmares.
One fan of author, couldn’t understand why author hasn’t been famed big time?
Well, I can tell you author took the hint, and has toned down the graphic mental pictures she portrayed in Undone.
Author Dennis Leanne, is great too, and read by my big fave, Jonathan Davis, but that author’s style, once again can give you nightmares. I read 2-3 books, but couldn’t go on as too graphic for me.

What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

I love Ms Early voice style, and was forced to read all of this author’s reviews looking for the less gruesome stories so I could get more listening time from this reader. I own all of her Rachel Gibson romance reads, Rescue me is fun.
I thought reader Natalie Ross was tops for Will’s voice, but Ms Early increased her reading style to put this series as a don’t miss it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, Will’s telling of the Catapillar joke. It will steal your heart, and make you want to buy all of his stories.

Any additional comments?

If you start with the shorts in this series or this book, beware of going back to Undone, I love reader Natalie Ross, but couldn’t and still can’t re listen to that scary book. It was so well done, but couldn’t sleep for a couple of weeks after that gruesome listen.
Note: l do use 1.25x speed to match author intent.

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  • Busted

  • A Will Trent Novella
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

Detective Will Trent is standing in a Georgia convenience store, waiting on an obstinate ICEE frozen-drink machine. To the surveillance cameras and bored staff of the Lil' Dixie Gas-n-Go, however, Will appears to besome one very different - the menacing ex-con Bill Black. Going undercover as Bill, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent is about to infiltrate the most corrupt town in the most corrupt county in the new American South. But first: his ICEE.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Busted while laughing out loud

  • By Chae on 02-11-15

Fallen Dark Horse, Indian Classic

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

What did you love best about Busted?

I purchased as I love the Will Trent character, but I can’t take the gruesome details of author’s writing. I was counting on very few gruesome descriptions in this story, and was rewarded. One or two small ones that you can tune out.
Weak stomach here!, but author can really tell a tale.
This is an expensive read so get it on sale. It is so well done if you like short story formats, think Ernest Hemingway’s telegram style. You can’t be multitasking as you will have to rewind.
I did buy, great reader’s Natalie Ross, Undone and Broken from this author about 6 years ago, and those 2 stories still haunt me if I even think about this author. Pure terror if you like a great mystery which includes it.
Knowing I will be terrified to death, I still want to purchase Unseen as, I want more of Will Trent. (I could care less about Lena etc.) If you love this author, and reading out of order, Undone is the best!

What did you like best about this story?

I wanted to see if author has evolved from so much terror in her reads and to check out Ms Early as I am a big fan in her Rachel Gibson reads, I own all.
This story shows off author’s great talent to write in short story formate, use core characters, and make you want to buy her work. However, if you don’t know this format, you can feel cheated. So beware.

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

If you love to listen to Ms Early, but don’t want the gruesome terror of Ms Slaughter, then check out Rachel Gibson, Rescue me. That is a light hearted book that truly shows off Ms Early’s full range talent. Ms Early does a great job on all of author Gibson’s work.

Any additional comments?

Note, I do use the 1.25x speed to match an author’s intent.
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  • House Witness

  • A Joe DeMarco Thriller, Book 12
  • By: Mike Lawson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Minority Leader of the House and Joe DeMarco's long-time employer John Mahoney has kept more than one secret from his wife over the years but none so explosive as this: He has a son, and that son has just been shot dead in a bar in Manhattan. Mahoney immediately dispatches DeMarco to his native New York to provide prosecutor Justine Porter with any assistance necessary, but with five bystanders willing to testify against rich boy Toby Rosenthal, the case seems like a slam-dunk - that is, until Porter begins to suspect that someone is interfering with those witnesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Joe DeMarco winner...

  • By shelley on 02-06-18

Ch 19 Joe Goes To Work

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

What did you like best about House Witness? What did you like least?

This series is supposed to be humorous, and it is not exactly dark humor, but pretty close for me. I found out the reviewer I follow, Wayne, likes dark mysteries so now I have to beware.
This is a he said, she said type of story, and author has some humorous lines, but over all I personally failed to see the humor in all the injustice the story offered.

If you’ve listened to books by Mike Lawson before, how does this one compare?

I tried House Justice, as I liked the outline, and couldn't wait to hear the story, but the injustice in that story made me so mad that I felt compelled to try at least 1 more story before giving up on this author. The publishers' summery for this book is the only part that I liked.
This story failed to hold my interest, and it was too slow for me. Our hero Joe, starts to work on chapter 19 so the previous chapters were filled with the back story of the characters involved.
Reviewer, Shelly, is nuts about this author so I gave him 2 chances.

What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

Mr Barrett does such a wonderful job on the Brian Haig books, Sean Drummond series that I have tried to find other series he reads as well.
I have tried 3 different author's Mr Barrett reads, and so far for me, his best are B. Haig's books as those are so well written. Not to be missed.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author's intent.

Was House Witness worth the listening time?

No, this author is not for me. Of the 2 books I have, the author seems to focus on plenty of injustice as the theme.
Stopping at ch 28 as I just can not give it any more time.
If you love Elmore Leonard's style, and his type of humor, then this author is for you.
(I loved Get Shorty, the film)