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Francesca R.

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  • Dead by Nightfall

  • The Dead By Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Beverly Barton
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Malcolm York is a sadistic monster, guilty of unspeakable crimes. And with his endless wealth, he’s funded a series of depraved hunts. The few who survived can never forget. They can only be thankful the terror is over—until rumors start swirling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Binged the entire series!

  • By Danyele Davis on 10-27-18

*WARNING* cliffhanger without an ending

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I’m not going to write a review because I just want to warn you that this book has a cliffhanger that unfortunately we will never know the ending to. Sadly this fantastic author passed away in 2011.

  • Trouble in Texas

  • Deep in the Heart of Texas, Book 4
  • By: Katie Lane
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl's reputation...especially when she's Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble's prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger's kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Uugh!

  • By Francesca R. on 07-25-18

Uugh!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This book was just plain silly! I’ve read two others in this series and I enjoyed them but the characters in this book are all bumbling, silly adults.

  • See How She Dies

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

London Danvers was kidnapped as a child from her wealthy family. Over the years, many women have claimed to be her, trying to lay claim to the long-lost heiress's inheritance. Among them is Adria Nash, who has arrived in Oregon claiming to be London - but, unlike the others, she's different: she knows personal details only London could have known. And there is someone who does believe her - who is watching her every move, waiting to see how she runs, how she screams, and how she dies....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised and Disappointed

  • By Mimi B. on 10-13-17

Illegal in most states

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I’ve enjoyed all of the books by Lisa Jackson. Even the ones that are far fetched I’ve listened to because I know by the end the least I would feel is the book was alright. Except this one. Bu the 10th chapter I just couldn’t listen farther. The whole time I kept thinking they were related by the same father and I just couldn’t accept that type of love. No fault of the narrator.

  • The Ultimatum

  • The Guardian, Book 1
  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls' hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father prepped her well to carry on the family business. Now a striking beauty with fierce skills, the prodigy has surpassed the master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rare Find

  • By Kimberley A. Heart on 07-03-17

Intriguing!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I enjoy all of Karen Robards books but this series is set to be my favorite. This story is a little different from her other books as it’s not a Love story... yet. The lead character Bianca uses some of her strength but mostly her brain to get her out of tight situations. She’s a woman that has trained in mixed martial arts, languages and how to be a theft. She and her crew led by her father, make a living stealing from criminals. On the last heist things go wrong.
But Bianca is not a wilted flower she does what has to be done. Even though there isn’t any sex, she has a lot of sexual tension with one of the other characters and I can’t wait to see how that develops. Please note this is the first book in a new series. Some people don’t like that but I watch movie sequels and TV series so I don’t mind a second book!

  • Look for Me

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one - a sixteen-year-old girl - missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case - but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Current Issues Intricately Crafted Great Addition

  • By shelley on 02-07-18

Does not disappoint!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Lisa Gardner writes this story from many points of views yet I never feel lost. The writing assignment that is told as a peek into 16yr old Roxannas family life is heart wrenching and develops along with the story. I felt sorrow for every character.
This book will leave you with a feeling not quite happy but a little (just a little) hopeful that in time, some will be able to move on.

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  • Midnight Rainbow

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Brenda Sweeney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

A romance in the jungle - Grant Sullivan, tough, masculine and handsome, is a retired military expert entrusted with a mission in the Costa Rican jungle - to find hostage and socialite Jane Hamilton Greer. When Grant rescues her in a rather cavalier and physical fashion, no love is lost between them. But gradually, their mutual attraction and passion becomes apparent and the jungle smolders in more ways than one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator nightmare

  • By blackdog on 01-18-14

Nice lazy read

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

It’s perfect if you want an easy to follow story line without too any characters. It’s also a love story with a little bit of mystery thrown in instead of a mystery with a little love story.
The most disappointing part was the voice of the main female character. I know the character Jane is 10yrs younger then love interest Grant but she sounded like she was 15 and gave me an “ick” reaction whenever she spoke.

  • Hidden Talents

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Witt's End is in trouble. The small town of artists is at risk of disappearing from the map if Serenity Makepeace can't expand her small grocery store into a mail order enterprise to sell her neighbors' handcrafted goods. High-priced start-up advisor Caleb Ventress was intrigued by Serenity's impassioned letter. A small town grocer wasn't high profile enough for him, but her request earned her a meeting. And Calebs' attraction to her earned her a few more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • JAK at the top of her game, narration ruins it.

  • By Barbara on 07-23-17

Serenity please!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

I really enjoy Jayne Krentz novels but the main character in this book made me want to scream. I know she lived a sheltered life from the modern city but she also didn’t know a thing about personal boundaries. Maybe that was the point of creating such a character. I made it to chapter 10 before I had enough and deleted it.

  • Away from the Dark

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux, Erin deWard, Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Nine months ago Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she's a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband. But as Sara's memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she's been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liars and Polar Bears and Cults... Oh My!

  • By shelley on 10-20-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

This is the 2nd book in the series. These are not stand alone books but it doesn't matter because the series is so good you want to read both! I like that they have multiple readers because there are many characters but not so many you can't keep up with the main ones. My only 2 complaints are like the first book INTO THE LIGHT, it drags in some areas and could be 2-3hrs shorter. Also if theres a 3rd book, please cut out all the sucking of the lower lip with the teeth, it was distracting!! We get it she gets anxious and does that but it made me do it every time she did and I started freaking out thinking the book was conditioning me!!! Overall the storyline comes together nicely and the ending of both books has plot twist that truly surprised me.
Well worth the credit for both books.

  • Vulnerable

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Rachel Harris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Three went in; one came out. For five years, no trace has been found of two high-school friends who went hiking in the woods near Nashville. The third teen, Amber Ryder, was discovered at the bottom of a ravine with a broken arm, head trauma - and zero memory of the horror that put her there.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't finish. narration was terrible.

  • By Sandy on 05-09-16

Rainy day

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

This was a good book for a rainy day. I was disappointed in how the author made the lead female character make the connection in the end based on her own experience. Talk about a leap!!!
I must warn that the narrator wasn't bad just better reading something else. There ain't any emotions in the characters so even when they were sad they didn't sound that way. Also there wasn't any accents even though they were from the south. Like I said Rachel Harris isn't a bad narrator just better in a different type of book like a biography. Lastly, I have questions. I wish they were answered instead of making us attend the adoption that they could have said was in the works. It only took 3 months, really?What happened to Ambers mom? Who gets the money?

  • Play Dead

  • Elise Sandburg, Book 1
  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,680

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it’s rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah witch doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise’s new partner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun listen

  • By Carol & Mike Doran on 03-24-15

Good read

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Maybe because I've listened to really really bad narrators I know the difference but Natalie Ross read this story fine. The overall storyline was was good and kept me interested enough that I bough the others in this series.