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A. O. Neill

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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,255

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Everything about this book was terrific.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Holy crap was this good. The narrator is just the highlight of a book filled with a hero I wanted to meet in real life.

The only downside of this love story, was it wasn't really a love story in the traditional sense. If you're looking for a romance, look elsewhere. if you're looking for suspense, amazingly written fiction that has a love story, this is what you want. I can't say enough good things about this book. It's sex-positive. It's feminist. It's filled with a real hero. And none of those things are overdone.

Probably the best Nora Roberts I've ever read. And probably the best 'romantic suspense' i've ever read. They need a new category for this book. Suspense with Romance?

  • The Gifting

  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Im hooked!

  • By Zak on 02-07-16

Great book in spite annoyances

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This largely anti-science, anti-atheist, anti-progressive book is really well-written. As much as I wanted to put it down because it's so ridiculously transparently (yes using all the adverbs ALL OF THEM) pro-life and pro-Christian that I was annoyed. Then it hit me that I should listen to it anyway because I actually LIKE the book. The bad parts about this book, ignoring the above, are that it's cliché. Like the trifecta of cliché.. The fat chick friend who can't get a bf because she's fat (in this day and age? Really? The author is not paying attn to high school if she thinks that's how it goes nowadays). The main character is a semi-Mary Sue, minus the gorgeous looks. Instead, the love interest is the Gary Stu. Apparently, he's so amazeballs that no one cares what he says or does, he's just *that* dreamy. Everyone wants him. Everyone loves him. Everyone wants to be him. IDEK IDEC either because I *still* liked this stupid book lol. I'm writing this review before finishing the audiobook. What prompted that? Well, let me tell you, slight spoiler, though I've kept it mainly vague, a scene in which one character is lamenting on how science is not comforting while God is about another character who is in the hospital. Being treated by doctors and nurses. But God is the comfort there and science is zero comfort. Just an fyi, stupid heroine, if you're not comforted by science, maybe take the sick person to the church and forego all that gross uncomforting 'science' stuff. So with the understanding that I'm a leftist, progressive, pro-choice(kinda), atheist, this book is tropey and cliché ridden, but it's well-done regardless. It's a YA novel to the T (or the Y, in this case). If you're annoyed by a pro-life message, you'll be annoyed by this book. If you're annoyed by an anti-atheist message, you'll be annoyed by this book. If you're annoyed by anti-science and turning the progressive movement into some sort of anti-Christian, anti-life, pro-eugenics movement, then you'll be annoyed by this book. If, like me, you can roll your eyes at those things and the clichés (I don't think there's many YA novels that don't have them), then just enjoy an interesting, fun YA novel with a kinda cool premise and an inner monologue that feels more real in a heroine who is not perfect and who makes wrong decisions--which is why I liked this book a lot. I'll leave with this final note. The heroine in this book is a Mary Sue in some ways, but she's also flawed. And not flawed like some YA novels in that she's too friendly or too pretty, but *really* flawed. She longs to fit in and be liked, she longs to be popular, she lusts and croons over the popular boy, she makes very bad decisions, not TSTL decisions ,but realistic decisions that have real consequences. Ultimately, this is what made me like the book even more.

  • Run the Risk

  • By: Lori Foster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 468

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her.... Pepper has spent the past five years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bk1 of L.F. new series delivers a first class plot

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-03-12

Fun listen.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This is one of those books that has layers. It's a 'suspense' but if you're expecting Iris Johansen type book, you'll be disappointed. And I was, at first. Then I realized I was still listening because this book has layers of suspense and none of the important ones are the 'crime'-ish part of the book. I liked it. A lot.

  • The Substitute

  • Wedding Pact Series #1
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean - a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable & Fun Story

  • By Amy M on 10-23-16

Wow. Women are their own worst enemies

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

The narrator is good, not incredible, but good. The problem is this story in general. Every woman in this story, except the main character, is written as an awful, jealous, horrible, 'bit*h'. That's not just the takeaway, that's literally written about even women who pass by the main character. I'm substituting w for b in this review to keep it clean, but the book describes them with a b, bear this in mind. The mom is a jealous, overbearing snotty witch, the flight attendant is so overwhelmingly llust smitten by the LI that she also becomes a raging jealous witch who can't control being snotty, obnoxious and unprofessional and fawning all over the LI, the sorority sisters from the MC's past are mentioned as, also, witches. I turned it off when even the best friend turned out to be a raging witch. I'm sure she was sleeping with the ex-fiancé or something. I didn't stick around long enough to find out. Had my fill of the misogyny.

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  • Die for Me

  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the killer isn't done yet. He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry, Karen

  • By Kelley on 12-19-08

Zoned out towards the end

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

It was a little tough to get through at times. The characters were fat and dull. And, storywise, think in a romance novel, it's tough to have a suspenseful scene with the heroine when you know that almost all romance have a HEA. This was such a case. I felt no threat from the antagonist/s. Also, some technical things felt forced to make the story work and 'explain' technology.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Ink

  • A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate
  • By: Brian McDonald
  • Narrated by: Matt Armstrong
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 209

When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully succinct!

  • By micah on 11-12-13

wow

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

I rarely find good books about writing. this one is amazing. I'm about to listen to it for the second time.