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  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

A delight!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I rarely write a review, although I listen to books constantly. This book is beautifully written, masterfully read and is a truly wonderful tale. It's actually several intricately interwoven tales in a delicate counterpoint. Thank you!

  • Giving All to You

  • The Giving Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: L.M. Carr
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Thomas Donohoe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

To save Mia Delaney, the absolute love of his life, Adam Lawson made the extremely difficult choice to leave, taking his two beautiful children with him. Shattered and alone, Mia was left to mend her broken heart and deal with the consequences of loving Adam. Now he's back and won't let anyone or anything deter him from what he wants most - to have Mia and his family together as they should be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL BOOK and SERIES

  • By Legendery1 on 03-30-17

Cliffhanger, not a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Already reviewed the "trilogy", but the first book was narrated by Tracy Marks and she did a great job. The second book added Thomas Donohoe. Nothing wrong with him as a narrator, but I don't think he was the right narrator for this part.

  • Giving in to You

  • The Giving Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: L.M. Carr
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 121

Second grade teacher Mia Delaney isn't looking for love. In fact, she isn't looking for anything at all because life hasn't been fair. Everything - the idea of love, her hopes and dreams - was ripped away in a single night. Arrogant yet sexy Adam Lawson makes the move to a small town in an attempt to escape life in the city. Here he hopes to provide a fresh start for those he loves and protects with a vow to never let anyone get close enough to hurt them again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome narration!

  • By Laura McMillin on 06-01-16

Cliffhanger, not a trilogy

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

I really enjoyed the story and the narration, but this is not the first book in a trilogy. Nora Roberts writes trilogies. Each novel in her trilogies is complete in itself yet interconnected with the others. I want to read on. I got the other two books in this because I liked the story, but cliffhangers frankly anger me. False advertising. It's really one book broken into three stories. I won't read any more books by this author unless they are clearly marked as "standalone". Too bad, because I enjoyed the story.

  • The Sapphire Affair

  • A Jewel Novel, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hire him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way. Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip - or so she tells Jake. She's really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 1/2 a book. Not fair

  • By LexiMuse on 05-23-17

Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Enjoyed the book and the story, great narration but I hate cliffhangers. This book isn't the first part of a series, it totally leaves you hanging.

What could Lauren Blakely have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The two parts should have been one book. It was a cheap trick to separate them.

Any additional comments?

Won't buy any more books from this author unless they specifically say that they are standalone novels.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tenth Gift

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Johnson
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Susan Duerden
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. It appears to be a book of exquisite 17th-century embroidery patterns - but on closer examination, Julia finds it also contains faint diary entries. In these, Cat Tregenna, an embroideress, tells how she and others were stolen out of a Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Linda Leeper on 11-29-08

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Loved this book. Well developed characters. I didn't want the story to end. Would love further adventures in Morocco-in both eras and with either Cat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Denial

  • The Careless Whisper Series, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

Ella awakes alone in Italy, no longer sure of who she is. One thing is certain: a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He's tall, dark, and sexy, the kind of rich, powerful man who makes a girl long to be possessed. And possess her he does, whispering wicked promises in her ear, indulging her deepest desires, stealing her trust - and her cautious heart. Soon, though, she discovers that nothing is as it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it will also set her free...if it doesn't destroy her first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger

  • By Bo Gateley on 12-10-15

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Most series leave you wanting more but don't end just leaving you hanging. This one just cuts you off, like the end of a section, not the end of a book. There needs to be a completion of each book, as in the Nora Roberts series that make me want to immediately get the next book in a series, but there's a distinct closure to each book in a series.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Renee Jones? Why or why not?

Probably not. I loved the story and the characters, but I don't trust her not to leave the book hanging as in this one. Talk about Denial, we were all denied an ending.

What aspect of Elizabeth Louise’s performance would you have changed?

The performance was well done, with clearly defined characters. I enjoyed it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Only if the whole story were told.

Any additional comments?

Great story and characters, but the abrupt ending ruined it for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gideon's Sword

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799

At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You've got to be kidding me. (Spoiler Alert)

  • By Larry on 02-21-12

What's wrong with me?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

I love the Pendergast books. Flat out. This book isn't a Pendergast book but it's not supposed to be. I listened to the book in a couple of days. I enjoyed the book, and I enjoyed the characters. Someone mentioned the music between the chapters. I've never been a fan of a musical segue between chapters or sections of a book, but it's not a big deal to me. I enjoyed the book, and I look forward to Gideon's maturing as a character. Despite his "prognosis", there is definitely potential for him to grow. Maybe he'll even meet Pendergast one day-there's already an obvious connection between them.