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  • The Uncertain Season

  • By: Ann Howard Creel
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Nineteen-year-old Grace's golden age is just beginning. She and her mother live a privileged life. Beautiful and talented, Grace is looking forward to a pleasant summer celebrating her engagement to a wealthy young gentleman. But when her lovely, charming, and disgraced cousin Etta arrives, Grace finds her place in society - and in her mother's heart - threatened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely simply lovely

  • By Rose Anna Kurowski on 09-18-17

Abrupt Ending—No Happily Ever After

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I selected this book as my free choice in November. It is a touching story of three women, Bernadette, a mother, Grace, her daughter, and Etta, Bernadette’s niece. Galveston, Texas, is a flat piece of land just off the Texas coast. It was recently devastated by a hurricane. The writing is beautiful and the reader is taken on a trip of the very wealthy and how they spend their time with each other traveling, talking, dining, and doing silly things like renting yachts to dine on for a change of pace. Etta is sent to ‘visit’ by her mother to get her away from a romantic interest that her mother finds unsavory. Etta fell in love with a circus acrobat. So, Etta arrives in Galveston and is to be introduced to the wealthy way of life. Etta has no moral compass and immediately sets about to find things that will put her in her aunt’s good graces. Grace in the meantime, tells about the circus romance, and is banished by her mother to pay penance by working in the ‘allies’ with the poor. Grace finds she likes doing something meaningful and tries to be helpful. She tries to help a young woman who by all appearances doesn’t belong in the allies but because the woman won’t talk, no one knows her story. There is much ado in Grace’s circle, now Etta’s circle, about Grace’s working with the poor and how her poor fiancé, Jonathan, feels ignored. He and Grace limp along with their engagement until Etta reveals a big secret that totally turns Grace’s life upside down. The story ends rather suddenly (I think) without adequate closure for the characters. It seemed that the author spent the entire book discovering the in-depth character of her characters and then when things start to happen, she wraps everything up. Not wanting to spoil the book for new readers, let me say that it is well worth the time to read it but you will end up wanting more closure. The author writes from personal experience in many ways and her stories are more realistic than many romance readers will enjoy. I’ll be reading more books by Ann Howard Creel. This one I listened to in Audible and enjoyed the variety of inflections by the narrator, Britanny Pressley.

  • Past Tense

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,714

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What's one extra day? He takes the detour. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FIVE STAR BOOK And NARRATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 11-05-18

Reacher Is Boring In This Story

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

It was all I could do to finish this novel. I kept hoping it would pick up the pace and something would happen. Alas, this story started slow and ended with a slow departure. I’ve read every Reacher novel and found most of them very interesting, fast paced, and captivating. Reacher is off the grid so he does everything on foot or in some other means like train or car. He has no credit cards, no address, and no relatives. So, when he is hitchhiking from Boston to San Diego, he sees a sign for the town his father was born in and decides to check it out. There was always something off about his father’s story. Of course, being Reacher, he immediately gets in trouble by helping a woman being assaulted by one of the town’s rich kids. The rest of the story is more of this theme, with looking for clues about his father, trying to help the police, and finding out that a suspicious motel is owned and managed by someone with the name Reacher. Are they related? Who cares? The last few chapters are interesting but don’t make up for the rest of the book which is slow and plodding. I listened in Audible and the narrator, Scott Brick, does a good job of narrating this rather mediocre book. Reacher fans will have to read it but I hope the next book picks up the pace.

  • Target: Alex Cross

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Andre Blake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper's bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross' wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, must solve the case or lose her position. The Secret Service and the FBI deploy as well in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new president to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. But is the sniper's strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could've Been So Much Better!!!

  • By Andrew J. King on 11-30-18

Lots of Intrigue Conspiracy Right To The End

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Another fast moving but not as fast as past books. This book didn’t hold my attention the way most of the earlier Alex Cross books did. Maybe, I expect too much or maybe it was the subplots that distracted me from the main event. It was nice to revisit the Cross Family and to see Nana is still with us and still serving up breakfast. She is a dynamo. The unraveling of the assassins seemed to be the main point but then it was another main point. There was a lot of loose ends that didn’t get wrapped up to my satisfaction. Seems that perhaps Mr. Patterson was using his words to suggest that even in our current political situation, the USA will survive. That is an uplifting thought but not a solution to how the assassin got the special bullets and gun and this was never addressed. Guess we’ll find out in the next book why his patient wound up visiting him and who sent the notes ‘Stop Me Dr. Cross.’ I listened in audible and Andre Blake was excellent as the narrator. I liked reading about the DC locations. I live near and worked in DC so was familiar with the locations described. It was a good book and would have been 5 stars except I hold James Patterson to a higher measure.

  • Leopard's Run

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

The claws come out in this paranormal romance by the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Leopard's Blood. An all-new couple is introduced in this next novel in Christine Feehan's Leopard series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another masterpiece. I had to listen to it twice

  • By Christy on 11-12-18

Disappointing and Way Too Much Sex. Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I was disappointed in this book. It had more sex than usual and it became so common that I wanted to figure out how to skip over it. I loved these books because the leopards were strong and HOT and always found a mate and had incredible sex. This book was more about sex interspersed with the storyline. Timor is the brother of Theodore and both were raised by a terrible father in Russia. They escaped and have become crime bosses in America to clean up the criminal elements within the leopard community. We are back to seeking out the human traders and the drug dealers and it takes us back to Louisiana and to Evangeline’s family. The story ends with lots of blood shed and killing of bad leopards. I listened to this book in audible and, Jim Frangione, the narrator, is excellent as usual. He is the leopard men. I hope Book 12 takes us to a less dark place. The best book for me remains Burning Wild,

  • The Ragged Edge of Night

  • By: Olivia Hawker
  • Narrated by: Nick Sandys, Olivia Hawker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage - in name only - to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too - atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ragged Edge of Night must be made into a movie

  • By M. King on 10-04-18

Heartwarming Story About WW2–And A True One

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

This book was wonderful. I read and listened. The narration was superb. The story is about a German Friar, a music teacher, who witnesses his disabled and developmentally slow children taken by the SS. He knows what happens to them. He is conscripted into the German military and trained as a paratrooper. During his first jump he fakes his back injury and is discharged. This is his first act of resistance. He reads in one of his Catholic Newsletters that a widow in a very small village near Stuttgart is looking for a husband to help her with her 3 children. He goes for an interview and they ultimately marry and live in the village. He becomes instrumental in the resistance by teaching music lessons and creating a band for the children. His music helps keep the children from being forced into joining the Hitler Youth Club. It is a well written and well narrated story of how one man can resist the forces of evil simply by doing what is right. At the end, the author explains that the man in the story, Anton, is her husband’s grandfather. It is a true story. The interesting part of her ‘notes’ is that she only decided to write the novel after 2016. I recommend this book to everyone who likes WW2 stories and especially those who appreciate when good can rise above evil.

  • Dark Light

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Betrayed, terrified and alone, Elizabeth Cage has fled her home. With no plan and no friends, she arrives at the picturesque village of Greyston and finds herself involved in an ages-old ceremony that will end in death. And that might be the least of her problems - the Sorensen Institute would very much like to know her whereabouts. And Michael Jones is still out there, somewhere, she hopes. No matter how far and how fast she can run, trouble will always find Elizabeth Cage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A break from reality

  • By Mary Catherine on 10-27-18

Cage Finds Her Way

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

I have read everything written by Jodi Taylor and love St. Mary’s and the Nothing/Something Girl so when this new series was released with White Light I immediately bought it. I liked White Light very much but this latest book 2 in the Elizabeth Cage series didn’t grab me the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep buying every single book she writes but this one rambled too much for me. There were too many unfinished sequences. Jerry the taxi driver (really???) is a good addition. He helps with Michael Jones, who still remains mysterious in my mind. He and Elizabeth seem to be on the same wave length and have a chemistry that pulls them toward each other. I was happy to see his escape Sorenson’s Clinic and to meet Iblis. But really, she can see trolls and kill the magic on very old stones. Okay, I know it is fantasy but the stones just didn’t ring (no pun intended) for me. But, the ghosts in the woods were brilliant and the ending leaves the opening for another book but also leaves the reader in comfort that all is well for the moment anyway. So, here’s to Jones and Cage in future romps. Julie Teal is excellent as narrator of Audible version.

  • Look Alive Twenty-Five

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

There's nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that's been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it's a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they'd better figure out what's going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I waited for this???

  • By karen on 11-14-18

Still Funny But the Three Way Romance Is Tiresome

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is the 25th book and I’ve read them all along with every other book written by Evanovich so I am a fan. Having said that, the Ranger/Morelli/Plum dynamic is wearing thin. She’s old enough to make up her mind and choose Morelli and get on with it. The story line would have to change but that’s growth. Anyway, this was a funny book with all the new additions of working in the deli after having the managers disappear leaving only one shoe behind. She and Lula have a time with sandwiches, chickens, and kidnapping cats just to get a woman rebonded but it works. The humor is still funny. Still can’t figure out the guy who disappears in a puff of smoke. Hard to keep a lengthy series fresh but Evanovich is doing okay. Would like to see more of Gramma Masser and it sounds like we will. I listened on Audible and love the narrator, Lorelei King. She is Stephanie Plum.

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  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,111

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Connelly's best; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 10-31-18

Bosh and Ballard Are Great Together

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I am glad to see that Connelly figured out a way to keep Bosch involved after his forced retirement from LAPD. Rene Ballard is a strong character and the merging of their careers is a perfect way to keep the great story telling moving forward. This novel is very well done, with the masterful weaving between Ballard and Bosch working a cold case to find the murderer. She works the Late Show (night shift) and Bosch is still investigating through another department. He is involved with a gang hit from years past and tracks down one of the former members of the gang who admits that there was a shooting in a garage now owned by another party. Bosch gets the story and knows that the real shooter is the current head of the local gang. Bosch gets kidnapped. Ballard figured it out and saves him. They work well together even though he is old enough to be her father. They are both loners but with hearts. They manage to solve a cold case. Connelly has managed to develop a new series with his old detective Bosch and his new detective Ballard. Stay tuned for the next book. I listened to the audible version. The two narrators are excellent. Titus Welliver is Harry Bosch. Christine Lakin is a perfect Rene Ballard.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Marcus Is Not Matthew

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

I loved the All Souls Trilogy and was hoping for this book to be as good. But, it was not. I gave it 4 stars when 3 stars was probably more like it. But, it did provide some insights into more of Marcus and his background. But, I didn’t really care about Marcus that much to begin with. I could tell the interest was not there when I could stop reading/listening and go to another book. It just seemed like a repeat of what occurred in the All Souls without the detail that would help the reader put the events in a timeline. Of course, maybe this is all that could be revealed. It would be more interesting to me to pick up Diana and Michael and the twins and go somewhere with them. Marcus and Phoebe seem like a nice couple and it was interesting to hear what the first 90 days in a vampire’s rebirth are like but....not sure I cared about all the sordid medical stuff that Marcus loved. I perked up whenever Matthew came into the story. The New Orleans section was more than I needed to know about Marcus’ fall into shame. All in all, this book was not necessary to know. I’m looking forward to the TV series about the All Souls Trilogy. The narrator of the book was good but the voices didn’t seem to fit my expectation. The author of the first three books was the best narrator.

  • Shadow Hunt

  • Disrupted Magic, Book 3
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

For years now, Scarlett Bernard has counted on two things: her ability to nullify magic, and Shadow, the bargest who guards Scarlett with her life. But after a sudden revelation turns Scarlett's world upside down, she panics and leaves town without warning, leaving Shadow with her partner, Jesse. In the chaos that follows, the bargest is stolen - and Jesse nearly dies from a brutal psychic assault. It seems that an old enemy has returned for revenge...and the attack on Shadow was only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Adults!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-14-18

Scarlett and Jesse Save The LA Old World

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I love Scarlett Barnard and now I love Shadow, too. What a dog! Magic or not! This book is terrific. Jesse Cruz plays a major role and there is even a Wild Hunt involved. All the magic of the Old World and some of the new. Scarlett is a null and can cancel out magic so the individuals revert to humans in her radius. But, can she stop magic when it is older than the creatures? She gets involved with the witch clan that used their magic to create Shadow and they are bad, really bad! This is the last we hear from Scarlett for a bit but it is an ending that the reader can believe. Scarlett will star in another of her own series but for now she will be a bit player in other Old World novels by this fabulous author. I listened to this book in audible narrated by Amy McFadden, the voice of Scarlett. Amy is terrific!!! I like being able to read on my kindle and listen to audible.