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  • Vision Impossible

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest civilian profiler, is adding "spy" to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura - just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security, as every country's leader can be identified by their aura.... Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mission impossible??

  • By Sho Sunaga on 12-06-11

Skip this one

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No because it is stupid, insipid and overly long.

What was most disappointing about Victoria Laurie’s story?

The characters are so over the top and the story line is beyond my enjoyment.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Michaels – was your favorite?

Dutch

Do you think Vision Impossible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Only if it is shorter and better written.

  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

Excellent twist.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Fast moving. Complex. And full of historical details. Looking forward to the next installment. Hopefully as Charlotte gathers more experience she will need less male assistance.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • What You See

  • A Jane Ryland Novel
  • By: Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland's family, but there's a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie - supposed to be the flower girl - has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there's a limit to the bonds of family - and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far. Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan's got a doozy of a case.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stacatto

  • By S. Sarabasha on 11-25-15

Stacatto

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd make the people stop dithering and overthinking and wondering. Why do most of the characters ask non stop questions? I could see one, maybe two, but all, no way.

If you’ve listened to books by Hank Phillippi Ryan before, how does this one compare?

I've only read these books and this is the first and last I will listen to.

Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, and now am not interested. All the men sound the same and all the thought processes sound the same.

Do you think What You See needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

Disappointed.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sense of Deception

  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Abby Cooper senses a convicted killer is innocent, but she'll need hard evidence to save the woman before it's too late.... A ticked-off judge has tossed Abby in the slammer for contempt of court, and during her brief but unpleasant stay she learns the story of a condemned woman who is facing a far more serious sentence. Skylar Miller has been found guilty of murder and faces the death penalty. Everyone believes she's guilty, including her own family and her ex-husband - everyone, that is, except Abby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well she just gets better and better

  • By Sherri on 07-23-15

Getting rather gory

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

I love this series but the last few books are relying too much on ever increasing scenes of horror.
I love the humor and interactions and Abby's abilities and hutzpah.
Please don't continue down this grizzly road.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,120

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Loved it until.....

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

What did you love best about The Fold?

The premise of the fold.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

How I was drawn in by the developing story. Excellent characterizations too.I loved this book until it turned into a horrific science fiction horror movie.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I liked thinking about the ideas a bit before continuing.

Any additional comments?

I was going to read more of his work but if the others also turn into horror stories then I'm not interested. Was ready to give this book the most stars until the horror started.

  • Dry Bones

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • By: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732

When Jen, the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, surfaces in Sherriff Walt Longmire's jurisdiction, it appears to be a windfall for the High Plains Dinosaur Museum - until Danny Lone Elk, the Cheyenne rancher on whose property the remains were discovered, turns up dead, floating face down in a turtle pond. With millions of dollars at stake, a number of groups step forward to claim her, including Danny's family, the tribe, and the federal government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Dem Bones!

  • By Carole T. on 05-13-15

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Dry Bones to be better than the print version?

I haven't yet read the print version of this episode.

What did you like best about this story?

The range of emotions I felt and the narrator.

Which scene was your favorite?

Flying in Omar's helicopter and after it was hit.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I both laughed at the antics between Henry, Walt and Omar and cried from some of the revelations near the end.

Any additional comments?

Keep 'em going!

  • The Lost Sherlock Holmes Story?

  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 258

In 1904 the Scottish town of Selkirk held a three-day event to raise funds to replace a wooden bridge destroyed in a flood two years earlier. As part of the event, the organizers sold a story collection called The Book o' the Brig. Most of the stories were written by locals - but one stood out because it starred Holmes and Watson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Parody?

  • By Doreen on 03-07-15

Very self centered

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Rather too quick to deduction and too slick for my tastes. Well read but went by so fast I hardly had time to understand it all. The poetry was recited quickly too.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Razor Sharp

  • Revenge of the Sisterhood #14
  • By: Fern Michaels
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

When it comes to repaying a debt, the women of the Sisterhood - Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle - never forget. And now one of their allies needs help only they can give. A powerful attorney with a cut-throat reputation, Lizzie Fox has just taken on a high-profile new client - Lily Flowers, the Madam of a high-end bordello operating under the guise of a summer camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sisterhood Junkie!

  • By Zelma Milgram Reid on 08-06-18

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

I enjoy these books so much, especially ones like this where we don't go into gory details but the bad guys certainly get what's coming to them. Myra and Annie are a scream. I want to be them at that age.

  • The Saint Closes the Case

  • The Saint. Book 3
  • By: Leslie Charteris
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time.When the Saint and Patricia Holm stumble upon a government test of a weapon of mass destruction, they realise they've seen something that must be kept away from the wrong hands. But the Saint's nemesis Rayt Marius is already nearby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important to Listen Within Original Context

  • By Nancy F. on 12-27-14

Well Written Horror

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

What did you like best about The Saint Closes the Case? What did you like least?

I did not finish this book. Eruditely written. Well read to the point that the violence was just too real. Too much so, especially in this day and age of violence expounded.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Did not complete this book.

What about John Telfer’s performance did you like?

I could hear each character clearly.

Could you see The Saint Closes the Case being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

NO. There is enough gratuitous violence already.

Any additional comments?

Sorry to have such good writing tell such horrible stories.

5 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Job

  • A Fox and O'Hare Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O'Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox - bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it's the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn't know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate-loving drug lord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good, the Bad , and the Funny!

  • By defrost on 01-24-15

Cartoonish

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

Would you listen to The Job again? Why?

No. Too slick. Too predictable. Virtually no suspense. Hardly any character growth.

Would you recommend The Job to your friends? Why or why not?

No.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Just this series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It was easy to shut off and take back up again.

Any additional comments?

I had wonderful hopes for this series but it's already like a cartoon. I stopped listening to the Stephanie Plum series because it became same old, same old. Thought this series had a better chance at staying fresh and interesting. I'll try one more, but if it doesn't get less predictable, then no more after that.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful