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  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Kairos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean's got his groove back

  • By Fred on 12-28-07

Confusing to me!

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Bit of a struggle to finish.3 story lines that didn't really mesh for me until the very end. Good but not one of his best, IMO.

  • The Final Vow

  • Hearts of Hays, Book 2
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Left on the steps of a church as an infant, Laura struggles with her decision to dedicate her life to God. On her way to a mission in Texas, a train robber snatches the novice nun and uses her as a hostage. Jesse Collins, her rescuer, not knowing what else to do with her, takes her home to his family. Never having experienced family life, Laura is touched by it and is confused by her building affection for Jesse. However, someone wants her gone and takes steps to make that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable clean suspenseful read

  • By Cyn on 11-24-17

READ ME!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Part of a series, Barb Goss does it again! Young novice nun is kidnapped off a train on her way to her new assignment in Texas and finds a real family and love. Definitely worth a "read" as always,

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  • The Guilty Proposal

  • Heroes of Hays, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Leonor A Woodworth
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Travis Grayson feels responsible for a serious injury to his long-time friend, Libby. Out of guilt, he proposes, much to her delight. Not long after, he meets Evaline Radcliffe, and she immediately steals his heart. He finds himself in a predicament: he's betrothed to one woman out of duty, and head over heels in love with another. To make matters worse, Evaline eventually discovers his duplicity. Evaline has a problem of her own, and she enlists her father's help in solving it. Her father's solution is to arrange for her to be kidnapped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful clean read with meaning and honor

  • By Cyn on 11-05-17

As always, another winner!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Guilty Proposal to be better than the print version?

Both are equally good!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guilty Proposal?

I can't tell, it would give away a large part of the story!

What about Leonor A Woodworth’s performance did you like?

Her voice!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sorry, but I don't really know...Love always wins?

  • The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story

  • Hearts of Hays, Book 3
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Garrett L. Whitehead
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Hays, Kansas 1886. Courted by Silas for three years, Cassie feels it's time to move their relationship to the next level: marriage. Silas is forced to reveal a secret past life that must be dealt with before he can commit. This secret takes him to Kansas City where he is thrown into jail for a crime he claims he didn't commit. After not hearing from Silas for months, Cassie decides to move on with her life. If Silas returns, will he forgive her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel that I am being repetitious, however...

  • By DK on 07-10-17

Another must read from Barbara Goss!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story the most enjoyable?

It kept me wondering about getting my happy ending!

What other book might you compare The Kissing Bridge: Cassie's Story to and why?

I couldn't say.

What about Garrett L. Whitehead’s performance did you like?

It was really interesting to hear all the characters portrayed by a man's voice.

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

I probably would have but I generally listen while driving, so it's not always possible.

  • Mail Order Compromise

  • Kansas Brides Series, Book 5
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Brock hides his wealth from Sarah as a guarantee that she'll love him for himself and not his money. Not only does she accept him as a simple bank teller, she prefers a simpler life. Trouble finds her while she is remodeling the old farmhouse, and the bank robbers return, thinking she's Elaina. Just when everyone thought the couple's love would last forever, she discovers shocking news about Brock that sets her packing. Brock has to accomplish two things: get his wife back, and convert her to becoming a Christian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story!

  • By Ra Vendredi on 05-31-17

Barbara Goss does it again!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

If you could sum up Mail Order Compromise in three words, what would they be?

Love wins again!

What did you like best about this story?

Brock *the "hero" tries to hide his wealth from his mail order bride by buying a run down house. Sarah the "bride", likes the small, old house better than the large and impressive mansion he actually lives in. Mistaken identity, bank robbers, amnesia...this book has it all!

Have you listened to any of Reagan Boggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I have.

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

When Sarah finally reralizes and professes her faith.

Any additional comments?

Another winner from Barbara...part of a series but does very well as a stand alone!

  • Drawn from Darkness

  • Hearts of Hays, Book 4
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Shawn Zuzek
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Nellie, a devout Christian, meets Nicholas, a devout womanizer, and sparks fly when their two worlds collide. Nicholas, the rich son of a hotel's owner, can't control his attraction to Nellie, one of the hotel maids. Nicholas pursues, and Nellie retreats. Her own pristine reputation is endangered as a result of Nicholas' undisciplined actions. Nicholas finally pretends to join her world by requesting Bible lessons from her. This ruse may change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean Mystery Romance

  • By Samantha on 05-15-17

A MUST READ!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

If you could sum up Drawn from Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Good always triumphs!

What did you like best about this story?

Some bumps along the way to love....kept me wondering!

Which character – as performed by Shawn Zuzek – was your favorite?

Nicholas (the hero)

Who was the most memorable character of Drawn from Darkness and why?

Nicholas, I think. His original intent was to get closer to Nellie, but he ended up really enjoying the Bible lessons...and his life really turned around.

Any additional comments?

As always, a must read from Barbara Goss. Part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone.

  • Mail Order Calamity

  • Kansas Brides Series, Book 4
  • By: Barbara Goss
  • Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Elaina Andrews witnesses a bank robbery and recognizes one of the bandits, and struggles with fear and stress from his threats. Her best friend, Sarah, gives her a train ticket so she can take her place as the mail order bride of Peter Mullins, constable of Hunter's Grove. Pete turns out to be a fine gentleman and he marries her and brings her to his farmhouse. Every domestic duty Elaina performs turns into a disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, clean romance

  • By Leanne on 04-02-18

Another must read from Barbara Goss!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Would you listen to Mail Order Calamity again? Why?

I fully intend to listen to it, and all her books again.

What other book might you compare Mail Order Calamity to and why?

It's in a class by itself..along with all her others.

Have you listened to any of Reagan Boggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I am aware of.

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

I would have been glad to, but I mostly listen when driving.

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  • The Firm

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is A Great Story, But Not A Great Undertaking

  • By Glen on 05-04-11

Another great book from Grisham!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Firm to be better than the print version?

No, they're equally good.

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

YES!! Up till the very end you didn't know how it was going to turn out.

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

Drama

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

I would if I could, but I mostly listen while driving.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • The Last Juror

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848

In 1970, one of Mississippi's more colorful weekly newspapers, The Ford County Times, went bankrupt. To the surprise and dismay of many, ownership was assumed by a 23 year-old college dropout, named Willie Traynor. The future of the paper looked grim until a young mother was brutally raped and murdered by a member of the notorious Padgitt family. Willie Traynor reported all the gruesome details, and his newspaper began to prosper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham's Finest

  • By Danielle on 02-08-04

One of Grisham's Best!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

Would you listen to The Last Juror again? Why?

Yes, in fact, I'm currently listening to it again...for at least the 3rd time!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Callie - she held fast to her belief!

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

Miss Callie

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

It had humor, it had drama, it had sadness...one of his best!

Any additional comments?

No

  • The Confession

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033

An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I confess, I loved it!

  • By Suzn F on 11-01-10

YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

What did you love best about The Confession?

The suspense

Who was your favorite character and why?

The preacher...he didn't have to try so hard, but he did!

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

Drama!

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

It made me sad...but I can't say why, it would ruin the ending

Any additional comments?

no