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  • Secrets of a Summer Night

  • The Wallflowers, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Wallflowers

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-26-13

Too much heat

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

The storyline was enjoyable and the characters were likeable but there was way too much focus on sex.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,435

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

Too much sex

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-15

I bought this book based on reviews saying that it was a good storyline, but I found that the story was submerged in sex scenes.

  • Blue Dahlia

  • In the Garden, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mmmm...not a big Susie Breck fan

  • By Diandra Huffman on 12-31-14

Ghost Story

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

I was dissapointed to find that this book was actually a ghost story. Not my cup of tea.

  • Mount Dragon

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301

Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Stuff

  • By Willard on 06-07-08

Not very original

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

Reviewed: 11-12-13

This book started off with a great premise and then proceeded to include every clichéd plot line possible. I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Strange Stones

  • By: Peter Hessler
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Full of unforgettable figures and an unrelenting spirit of adventure, Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thought-provoking collection of Peter Hessler’s best reportage - a dazzling display of the powerful storytelling, shrewd cultural insight, and warm sense of humor that are the trademarks of his work. Over the last decade, as a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three books, Peter Hessler has lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, entertaining

  • By Katherine on 08-02-13

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-12-13

These stories were very entertaining although a little eclectic. They gave some interesting insights into the Chinese culture. The narrator was very irritating, almost enough to make us stop listening. After persevering we got used to the narrator I would not get another book read by him.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Unincorporated War

  • By: Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Brilliant 21st-century tycoon Justin Cord was brought from cryogenic storage into a 24th-century society where people own stock in one another, safeguarding each other's welfare only out of economic self-interest. This is anathema to the defiantly individualistic Cord, who leads the outer edges of the solar system to form a new government and revolt against the core world of Earth and Mars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The life of Justin Cord

  • By Jason_in_Gilbert on 05-27-10

Very boring as a stand alone book

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

Since the previous books in this series are not available on Audible (or at least not available to Australian members) I started with this book. It is all politics and characters that are not introduced because you are supposed to know their history from the prior books. As a stand alone it is awful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Free

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421

Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this one first

  • By Carol on 02-20-13

Believable sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

Very enjoyable book. The author creates a detailed sci-fi scenario that is totaly believable. I was very quickly emotionally invested in the characters. I'm so glad to have discovered this author as there is a wealth of other books to enjoy.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,733

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

A much loved book brought to life by the narators.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-12

I enjoyed having the book read like a play with multiple voices. Addictive listening.

  • Unraveled

  • A Knitting Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Maggie Sefton
  • Narrated by: Jane Jacobs
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Spring is in the air of Fort Connor, Colorado - a time of new beginnings for the House of Lambspun knitters. But for fellow knitter Jennifer's new real-estate client, it is his end. He's been murdered, and Kelly Flynn is left unraveling a tangle of clues. This may prove to be her most challenging project yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maggie Sefton

  • By Cheryl Waters on 12-12-11

A great disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I am an avid knitter so was very excited to find a mystery novel with knitting woven in (excuse the mixed metaphor). However, I found the story so drawn out and boring that I can't make myself listen to the end. I can't even be bothered to skip to the last chapter to find out 'who done it'. Perhaps if you are a fan of the series and have an existing relationship with the characters you would enjoy this, but I didn't like it at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Bad Day for Scandal

  • A Crime Novel
  • By: Sophie Littlefield
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

When Prosper homegirl turned big-city businesswoman Priss Porter returns to town with a body in her trunk, she calls Stella Hardesty to dispose of it. Her uppity ways dont convince Stella to take the job, and Priss attempts to blackmail her with a snapshot of Stella doing what she does best: curing woman-beaters by the use of force. Stella refuses to cooperate and goes home, only to hear later that Priss and her brother, Liman, have gone missing after calling in a disturbance.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Even Barbara Rosenblat couldn't save this one

  • By Kathy on 03-19-12

Even Barbara Rosenblat couldn't save this one

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

Would you try another book from Sophie Littlefield and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

I love Barbara Rosenblat, but the southern american accent she used for this book was really tiring to listen to. I would not try another book from Sophie Littlefield, I thought the story was slow and cumbersome and not very inventive. Also, I didn't like any of the characters, and that's important to me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful