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  • Two Brothers

  • By: Linda Lael Miller
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Marshal Shay McQuillan has a lot on his hands - stagecoach robbers to hunt down, a murdered fiancée to avenge. He certainly doesn't need an identical twin brother he never knew existed turning up out of the blue and telling him what to do. Even less does he want pretty Aislinn Lethaby trying to rescue him from danger. Because, to tell the truth, Aislinn is a sweet distraction from duty whom Shay just can't resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OKAY

  • By Shawneequa on 12-28-16

I thought the narrator was great, but the story is lacking

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

I actually just checked to make sure that I hadn’t somehow mistakenly picked up an abridged version of this book. I dislike abridged versions - if the author put it in there, they wanted it in there, and taking it out isn’t okay.

But, this is the full version, which just makes this book even more puzzling. Is LLM getting too big that no one dares to tell her that her storylines don’t make sense? I can’t think of any other explanation.

I don’t want to give the plot away, so stop reading if you don’t want it ruined. But why was Leander’s lawyer pretending to be Dory’s lover? Why is Dory blaming Cory for this? How are they so sure that Leander is dead without a shred of proof? Why would Billy be willing to blow up a bridge and kill a bunch of people just because Cory asked him to? She had all the money afterwards, so she didn’t pay him. Why would he do it?

That’s just a small portion of the questions / problems with this storyline. I could keep going for another couple of paragraphs. It’s a mess of a book. LLM used to be a really talented author, but apparently no one is telling her no, your stories don’t make sense and we need to fix them.

Which is really too bad.

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  • The Lion's Lady

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved everything about this book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Omg, this narrator! AWFUL!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

How did this get okayed?!?! The narrator is so awful, all you want to do is laugh. No, that’s not a compliment.

And the story...I love Julie Garwood, but dear lord above, this one was awful. The head hopping is out of control. Every couple of sentences - new viewpoint! Sheesh...

And the aunt - cardboard character all the way through. No redeemable features whatsoever.

All I can say is, I’m glad I only paid $4.95 for this book as part of a sale. I still feel like I paid about $3.95 too much though...

  • Buried Leads

  • An Avery Shaw Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Amanda M. Lee
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Avery has spent the last month on her boss' list - you know the one - and she can't figure out a way to get off it. When a missing person's case involving a wealthy mother in the northern suburbs surfaces, Avery figures the best way to get back in his good graces is break the story of the year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning. listen around friends

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-06-15

Good story, flat narration

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

This cozy little mystery was well written and engaging but suffered from flat narration. While the author could've spent more time developing the main characters love of pop culture and a geek culture the overall mystery and story was good. Unfortunately all of the male characters sounded exactly alike and for the first few chapters The main character came off as shrill catty and immature.

Early in the book there seem to be some editing issues that worked their way out later in the story. The narrator seem to warm up to the characters just a little bit but still deciphering who was speaking as a male character was sometimes confusing.

The good news is that despite the narration difficulties it wasn't enough to completely turn me away from the story. I did enjoy the characters and the development as they were written and probably should have read this book in print

  • A Scone to Die For

  • Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-01-16

Well crafted fun

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

This was a fully developed cozy mystery complete with quirky characters, great twists, and a well managed ending.

The most masterful part of this book was the twists and turns just when you think you've got it figured out, you don't. Unlike a lot of other books in this category the author did a wonderful job of keeping the ending a secret till the very last moment.

As an audiobook this was very well done. The narration was smooth. The characters distinct. And very well mastered, excellent sound quality.

  • Ashfall

  • By: Mike Mullin
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

For Alex, being left home alone for the weekend means the freedom to play his computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Corey J. Polesel on 08-30-15

Loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Every time I look outside and see sunshine, I'm surprised - that's how real this book is to me. I feel like I've lived through it, and it wasn't always a pretty journey.

My only complaint is that book two and three are not audiobooks, so if I want to finish it, I have to sit and read it. :-( I don't know why they haven't recorded the other two books but they need to ASAP!

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  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Amber Benson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,452

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi Locks In Another Winner

  • By Bruce Derflinger on 09-22-14

Narrator didn't do justice to the story

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

Reviewed: 07-21-15

My only real beef with the narration of this story is how the narrator will say

"I ate a cheeseburger," he said.

Except there's a pause between the "cheeseburger" and "he," like the narrator forgot who said it, or is trying to make a point of who said it, or something. About 60 - 70 % of the time, the narrator included that pause, at least, and it got ANNOYING!!! Other than that, it was good. I especially enjoyed the "documentary" novella at the end. What a great way to end it!

  • The Johnstown Flood

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel

  • By Susan K Donley on 06-17-05

A little long

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

I really liked the story, although I feel McCullough went a little long in places. Other than that, great story and great writing!!

  • Confessions of a Bad Teacher

  • The Shocking Truth from the Front Lines of American Public Education
  • By: John Owens
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

An explosive new look at the pressures on today's teachers and the pitfalls of school reform, Confessions of a Bad Teacher presents a passionate appeal to save public schools, before it's too late. When John Owens left a lucrative job to teach English at a public school in New York City's South Bronx, he thought he could do some good. Faced with a flood of struggling students, Owens devised ingenious ways to engage every last one. But as his students began to thrive under his tutelage, Owens found himself increasingly mired in a broken educational system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Telling it like it is.

  • By Deanna on 08-07-16

Worth reading but not worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Awful narrator - great story!! They would have done well to pick a different narrator - any narrator.

2 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Pools

  • The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market
  • By: Scott Patterson
  • Narrated by: Byron Wagner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitive history on Electronic Trading

  • By Gary on 08-17-12

No ending?

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

This didn't really seem to have an ending. It just sort of stopped. The author was overly fond of some phrases - he would use the same phrasing again and again throughout the book, giving it a repetitive feel. I did learn a lot and the author managed to make a very dense, complicated subject understandable, hence the rating I did give.

It was worth listening to once, but never again.