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  • Commune: Book Two

  • Commune Series 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953

The survivors have come to settle in the mountains of Wyoming, fighting day in and day out to establish a home for themselves in a near-empty world. Things are good at first; scavenging is a workable, short-term solution that seems to be providing all they need. But they know that it’s only a matter of time before the food runs out. They need to scramble to find a sustainable solution before the clock stops, and for a little handful of people up in the mountains, the odds don’t seem very favorable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By Jason a. on 04-07-18

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Book 2 is better than the first. The book is so well written and each character is compelling. Each has a richness and complexity to them that slowly is learned as the community grows and prepares for a long hard winter with insufficient stores. Lots of action and gun talk. Of course you have to love Gibbs and RC Brays delivery of his colorful comments on life is about as a perfect narration as you can get.
I still think these people are as dumb as rocks at trying to survive. I'm going to choose to think that this is a literary choice the author has made to create tension and a driving force in the book. Hopefully they discover in future books the geothermal fish hatchery and geothermal greenhouses in Jackson and the Elk wildlife foundation for sources of good protein but I suspect they will remain ignorant of these facts so more dramatic tension can be used to our enjoyment.
There is a chapter on the story of Jeff just pulled out of nowhere as Amanda tells his story but it's important in how the group will handle someone who does harm in to the community. With the community refusing to give him a death sentence they gave him a long lingering death or the possibility of survival and revenge. I suspect we will learn of Jeff's fate later.
Onward to book 3 as winter snows arrives in Jackson and undoubtedly more threats to our tiny community, while I get nothing done for yet another day.

  • Commune

  • Commune, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,582

For dinosaurs, it was a big rock. For humans: Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). When the Earth is hit by the greatest CME in recorded history (several times larger than the Carrington Event of 1859), the combined societies of the planet's most developed nations struggle to adapt to a life thrust back into the Dark Ages. In the United States, the military scrambles to speed the nation's recovery on multiple fronts including putting down riots, establishing relief camps, delivering medical aid, and bringing communication and travel back on line. Just as a real foothold is established in retaking the skies (utilizing existing commercial aircraft supplemented by military resources and ground control systems), a mysterious virus takes hold of the population, spreading globally over the very flight routes that the survivors fought so hard to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want to adopt the characters into my family

  • By yarginator on 11-27-17

Loved it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Ok I will admit the violence in the beginning was a little too much for me but I knew a good book was in there, so on the third attempt I found myself deep enough into these characters that I could love them and overlook the violence. This book is really about family and sometimes circumstances force you into making a family bond of strangers stronger than a blood bond.
So why did I only give this story only 4 stars? Because I started arguing in my mind with Billy the prepper. Who doesn't put perennial vegetable seeds in their prepper vault? First thing I would have picked up was a couple a guard dogs for the house. Then rabbits and chickens, goats for milk, cheese and meat and a couple of horses to start off with. Cows, pigs and sheep can be added later. You can't let everything go feral. You have all that pasture land and a stream. Moved the refrigerator into the barn where it has power and find a good chest freezer and run wire from the barn to the house.
Here's hoping all this gets fixed for book 2 because work needs to be done.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Feast for the Ears!

  • By Ellen H. on 11-01-18

enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

entertaining, educational, fascinating, historical, relevant, thoughtful and I listened to it a one sitting. Highly recommend.
#unusual meals #history thru food #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

Mrs. Pollifax has a new hat, and only she and Mr. Carstairs know it conceals eight false passports which she must smuggle into Bulgaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Delightful Adventure

  • By Nancy J on 03-17-13

I wish we were hats again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

The cold war, a time lost. Covert drops, money sewed into linings and geese used to use in a prison break. I love these books. The reoccurring characters and the new fiends, spurs and innocent bystanders. Mrs. Pollifax is essentially my age, dithering and elderly to others. Such fun!
#old not dead #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,715
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,697

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new suspense mystery series!

  • By Wayne on 12-05-17

Good who done it.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I have to admit I started this book several times and almost permanently shelved it. Between the Irish accents and phrasing I had to choose a time to really pay attention to the book and not be distracted. So glad I did and actually finished it in one day. I thought I would really like to see this on screen. I did not know who the murderer was until the revile. I have put the next book in my cue. Ready to revisit the osullivan six and their crazy neighbors and village again.
#Irish murder #nosey village # tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Murder in Bloomsbury

  • Atlas Catesby Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: D.M. Quincy
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Aristocratic adventurer Atlas Catesby has spent the last year trying to forget Lady Lilliana Warwick, but when she reappears in his life imploring him to help her solve a murder, Atlas feels compelled to say yes. The ner're-do-well brother of Lilliana's maid died of arsenic poisoning. Authorities are ruling his death an accident, but his sister suspects he was murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing the whole book.

  • By Heidi Mickelson on 08-14-18

Poison galore

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I love any book that keeps me guessing til the end and this one did. Lots of red herrings. The characters are intriguing and developing throughout both books. Not a huge spoiler that the book ends with a kiss and so we have to wait for book 3 to keep up with the lives of all the characters.
#long romance #British Duke #murder mystery# tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Sweet Tea and Spirits

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Southern girl Verity Long is about as high society as her pet skunk. Which is why she’s surprised as anyone when the new head of the Sugarland social set invites her to join the "it" girls. But this is no social call. Verity’s new client needs her to go in undercover and investigate strange happenings at the group’s historic headquarters. But while spirits are whispering hints of murder, the socialites are more focused on Verity’s 1978, avocado-green Cadillac. And when Verity stumbles upon a fresh body, she's going to need the long-dead citizens of Sugarland to help her solve the crime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good but series starting to wear on me

  • By TVNerd95 on 06-16-18

History rewitten

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I do enjoy a southern gal with a pet skunk! This book doesn't have the scare quality that some of the others have had and more romance...even on the spiritual plane. Enjoy!

  • A Picture of Murder

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 4
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Late October 1909, and the season of ghouls and things that go bump in the night has descended on the village of Littleton Cotterell. Lady Hardcastle and her trusted lady’s maid, Florence, find themselves hosting a colorful cast of actors whose spooky moving picture, The Witch’s Downfall, is being shown to mark Halloween. But things take a macabre turn when the first night’s screening ends with a mysterious murder, and the second night with another. One by one the actors turn up dead in ways that eerily echo their film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Historical Mystery

  • By Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe on 10-23-18

Such a joy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I do love these books. While the murder mystery is the main of the story we have the teaser of the German shot dead by Lady Hardcastle herself may actually be alive and how this enterprising pair got started in the spy business. Narration is as always excellent. Enjoy!
#feisty duo, # murder or not#practicing # sweepstakes

  • Nearly Departed in Deadwood

  • Deadwood Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ann Charles
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 327

Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota. Fearing her daughter might be next, single mom Violet Parker is desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. With her savings dwindling and just three weeks left to sell her first house or lose her realtor job, Violet is ecstatic when a handsome jeweler hires her to sell his century-old Victorian masterpiece - until she sees the dilapidated dwelling. Now if she could just convince her only buyer to stop rejecting vintage homes as if they're haunted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steamy Cozy Mystery

  • By K. April Holgate on 02-20-14

Pleasant

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I hated giving this book 3 stars but it was obvious very quickly who the love interest was, what he did and who was the bad guy. The additional characters were fine. The sex was mild and I was wishing in the climatic scene that it for a tad spookier. It's an ok book if you have 12 hours and 2 mins to kill.

  • Death in the English Countryside

  • Murder on Location Series, Book 1
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado Kate Sharp is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss, Kevin, fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Kate travels to England to salvage Kevin's and the company's reputation before word gets out that he is missing. Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of Kevin except his abandoned luggage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Series

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Pleasant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

The narration is fine. The story appealing. Characters are pleasant. Location searchers is a nice change and I have put the next book on my wish list but it's not compelling. It's a nice book to spend a couple of nice hours with and then move on.