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  • TailSpin: An FBI Thriller, Book 12

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean, Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

Over the Appalachians, FBI Special Agent Jackson Crowne is flying his Cessna with a very important passenger: renowned psychiatrist Dr. Timothy MacLean; their destination is Washington, D.C. Upon their arrival, the FBI will protect the doctor - and ascertain just who wants him dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Lisa on 08-28-08

The great unveiling.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Very suspenseful and passionate, fast paced drama. Enjoyed the gradual revelation, as each clue fits in place. There was no down time, just full speed a head.

The narrators did a very good job, conveying all the emotions and maintaining consistency in matching the voice with each character.

  • Double Take: An FBI Thriller, Book 11

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

The police are convinced that Julia Ransom was guilty of the brutal murder of her husband, renowned psychic August Ransom. But after six months of investigation and media frenzy, she is free of their scrutiny, because of the lack of evidence. One afternoon she walks from her Pacific Heights home to Fisherman's Wharf, alone, unwatched - and, she realizes, happy. But not for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense "reading"

  • By Heidi on 09-11-08

Unstoppable Fun.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Amazing whodunnit with overlapping stories. I was caught up in the action, suspense and adventure from start to finish.
It was also great to see how all the previous characters continue to grow and move on with the various challenges in their life and relationships.
Catherine Coulter has an amazingly creative mind.
Loved every minute of it! Never a dull moment, moving from one clue to another.

Having Phil Gigante as one of the narrators was pure super icing on the cake. The duo Sandra Burr and Phil Gigante did a superb job, of bring all the characters to life.

All the books can be read as standalone, no cliffhanger, but they are recurring characters throughout the series.

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,969

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
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

Gave me goosebumps.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The story was all portrayed so realistically.
The events relating to the Mall shootings could have been selected from any of today’s News Headlines.

NR approach to the story was like an instructional guideline on possible steps to take in the event of such a devastating catastrophe. She also covers through the life experiences of each character, the various options to help the victims/survivors move on from that tragedy.

“Tragedy brings out more of who we are.”

There are so many interesting aspects to this fast paced and thrilling story. It could spawn numerous current and relevant debate topics, such as gun violence, The Stages of Grief, to the various Predators among us.

We are shown various points of views and the effects of such violence crimes on the Police, the victims, family members, other civilians, along with some of the insights into the workings of the twisted mind, of a serial killer.

Shelter in Place is such a deceptively simple title, but oh so profound and fitting for the story. Job well done NR.
*Shelter in place, for safety during the massacre.
*Shelter in place, until you feel emotionally and physically strong enough to start on the healing process.
*Psychopaths, shelter in place and do sneak attacks of vengeance.
*Law Enforcements, shelter in place to collect data and do due diligence, until the criminal is apprehended.

The narrator knocked the portrayal of the story through her characterizations, right out the ball park. January Lavoy, has never sounded better.
All the characters were brought fully to life from off the pages.
Her voice went through a wide range, cracking from the experiencing of the emotional trauma of the events, being hoarse from crying, to the important in between narration, that links the events together. A lot of narrators can loose their listeners in this phase. But January Lavoy nailed it!

I was captivated from start to finish.
I read this story from when it first came out, but so many stories to read and so little time. But listening to this story was time well spent.
Thanks for the escape.

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  • The Diamond Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 7
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 387

ESPN baseball analyst Amy Spalding is swept back in time by a magical brooch and finds herself in 1909 New York City. With only the clothes on her back, a phenomenal memory for New York Giants players and stats, and a brooch that won't take her back home, she does what she has to do, pawns her jewelry. When New York Times best-selling author Jack Mallory discovers Amy in the background of the iconic photograph of Ty Cobb kicking up a cloud of dirt as he slides hard into third base, Jack along with Kevin Allen, JL O'Grady, Connor O'Grady, and Pete Parrino launch a rescue mission to return Amy to the present before her boyfriend goes on trial for her murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Lady Chaps on 11-26-17

Excellent choreography....

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Very captivating story, from start to finish. I love the way each chapter flows into the next, as it unveils the story line as it pertains, to each character. So realistic, I felt as if I was reading a memoir of a family’s full and exciting life.

KLL never disappoints no matter the backdrop of the story, this time baseball.
I hope one of these adventures will involve horse racing in a next novel, especially with the exciting year we have just had at the Kentucky Derby. It would be good to time travel around the time of Secretariat.

The narrator as always, was beyond compare. Languages, accents both speaking and singing, children’s voices all tackled effortlessly to bring the entire story to life.

I would recommend the novel to anyone who enjoys an excellent, emotionally stimulating story.

  • Plague Pits & River Bones

  • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

  • By Chuck on 03-12-18

A thrilling, unexpected find.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

A strong, vibrant historical mystery, interwoven with real historical events.
Through this expertly told story, I trudged the streets of the 1800’s city of London, with the Bow Street characters, reveling in the sounds, sites and smells, while on the hunt to unravel the river mystery of bones and robberies by highway men.

Fast paced, fun and excitement.
The narrator did a splendid job to hold the listeners interest from start to finish.

I think this story would be enjoyed by lovers of mysteries, historical events and also Sherlockians.

  • The Highlander

  • To Tempt a Highlander, Book 3
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496

They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated marquess has vanquished his foes with all the rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent...in the game of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series - hoping there is more to come!

  • By denise on 09-24-16

This is no Cookie Cutter Series.

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I like that each book is unique to the leading characters’s personalities. A very fast paced, adventure filled romp, that is attention grabbing and captivating , from start to finish.

It gives us another perspective into the Elizabethan era, some of the injustices from the time and how each individual tried to circumnavigate the pitfalls and to achieve or stumble upon, self actualization.

It also adds to the enjoyment of the story, that the lives of previous characters are woven into the current story, even if it is just on the periphery. This way we see how they continue to grow in their new relationships and roles.

I wanted each book to last, but I have been gobbling each book so fast, there is no hope for it. I need more books in the series, please.

Love the narrator. Excellent, consistent portrayal of each character and accents.
The narrator increased exponentially, the enjoyment of each story as it unfolds.

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  • Chill of Fear

  • A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel
  • By: Kay Hooper
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for 20 years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and narration!

  • By Kim on 05-26-10

Perfection.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Suspenseful build up to a crescendo finish. My interest was engaged from start to completion of the event.
The characters were realistically presented and the situation logically portrayed. All loose ends were tied up, with even a pleasant little bonus caviar, revelation at the end.

I fell in love with Kay Hooper’s work through reading this story years ago. Now I revisited it through audible.

The narrator did a very good job, holding the listener’s interest throughout the story.

  • Which Witch Is Which?

  • The Witches of Port Townsend, Book 1
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne, Cynthia St. Aubin, Cindy Stark, and others
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

A water witch, Moira has always been a healer, but the one soul she can't mend is her own. When a mysterious message promises the chance to answer the questions about her muddy past, she hops on the first plane out of the bayou and right into Conquest's destructive path. Recovering her past will mean fighting the most persuasive man in history for her future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Be aware that this is not a complete story.

  • By Perth WA on 11-05-16

A fun filled read.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

The story was like a breath of fresh air, a cosy suspenseful, Witch’s tale, delivered with humor, despite the threat of the Apocalypse leading-to the end of the world, as we know it.

Lots of suspense as the story of each lost sister unfold and lead to their reuniting.
The banter between the Witches and the other characters, was vibrant and engaging.

The narrator was an absolute delight. Her portrayal of each character was clear and consistent, despite the multiple and varied accents.

I loved and enjoyed the story from start to finish.

The story appears to come in two parts. This book could be read as a stand-alone, but I am too curious to find out “where are they now?”
Was the end of the world diverted or just delayed? Was everything fated to happen as it did? Will the prophesies of Revelation continue to unfold?
I am onward and forward to the next book in the series to find out.

  • Dead Girl Running

  • Cape Charade
  • By: Christina Dodd
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Inspiring!

  • By BelleOfAmherst on 01-03-19

Suspense Interruptus!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

It could have been a contender, but did not rise or merge enough, to form a complete picture. Characters and events remained murky.
I clung in high anticipation to the very end, but it remained bits of good episodes, with not enough cohesiveness. The story could have been fleshed out more, in order to come together, in the Reader’s mind.
Spoiler Alert !!!🚨:-I am still trying to puzzle out how Kellen, being alone in the body of the plane at that time, got from the floor where she was desperately clinging with broken, slipping fingers, to the foot of the seat in front of her, to keep from being sucked out through the large opening in the side of the plane ✈️ and into the atmosphere, to sitting upright, strapped in by her seat belt, sucking down oxygen from a yellow oxygen mask. 😰”Dead Girl Running.”

Maybe all will be revealed and come together at the completion of the series? Fingers crossed.

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  • Riptide: An FBI Thriller, Book 5

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Political speechwriter Becca Matlock is at the top of her professional game, working for the re-election campaign of New York's popular governor, when she receives the first phone call: "Stop sleeping with the governor or I'll kill him."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You reap what you sow..

  • By N.Templar on 04-02-18

You reap what you sow..

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

The story was a fast paced, action packed, post Cold War/spy thriller. But the topic could have been coined from today’s Britain and USA news headlines.
All the characters were fully developed, engaging and realistically portrayed. Even when you thought the story was over, there was an added little surprise and suspenseful thrill towards the end.
The narrator did a very good job of conveying the story line and depicting the personality of each character.
A very spectacular and engrossing listen. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful