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  • Of Blood and Bone

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 2)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,656

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted - and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait for the next!

  • By Tayln on 12-12-18

Exciting Story Continues

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Before reading (or listening) to this book, you really need to read/listen to Year One, the first book in the series. In Of Blood and Bone, Nora Roberts continues the story with Fallon Swift learning to use all the power available to her as The One. She is building an army to defeat the forces of evil - whether magical or not. The characters are fleshed out and we learn more about what it means to be The One and get some idea of the journey that Fallon is on and what she must do to save the world.

  • The Fourth Friend

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends he decides to complete something that they left unfinished....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a disappointment

  • By Maine Knitter on 12-24-18

Haunted by the Past

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This isn't the regular Jackman and Evans investigation.While Rowan and Marie are working on a cold case, this story focuses on another Detective, Carter who is working a stalking case but wants to be put on the cold case. Carter sees dead people, not just any dead people but his 4 friends who all dies in a plane crash where he was the only survivor. He feels like he needs to complete certain tasks do his friends can rest. The first 3 are easy but the last task has to do with the cold case Jackman is working .
As usual, the story is fast paced, exciting and I didn't see the end coming the way it did.
Richard Armitage does an amazing job not only with the narration but with the specific accents required for the story location. I look forward to any Joy Ellis/ Richard Armitage collaborations.

  • Earl of Wainthorpe: Wicked Regency Romance

  • The Wicked Earls' Club Series
  • By: Collette Cameron
  • Narrated by: Joff Manning
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

 Pierce, the Earl of Wainthorpe has finally thwarted his worst enemy. Except he can’t revel in his victory after winning his foe’s ward in a winner-takes-all wager. If Pierce refuses to assume Bianca Salisbury’s guardianship, the fiery-haired beauty with a matching temper may very well find herself sold to the highest bidder. Desperate to escape her blackguard cousin, Bianca Salisbury ventures to London to find a husband or employment. Instead, she’s bartered to a notorious rakehell.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wicked Earl's? Yes, please.

  • By Dee on 07-08-18

A great Story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I read this book previously and enjoyed it then but the narration really adds to the story. The characters are smart and fun and you can't help but want to see them find their Happily Ever After

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Proposal

  • By: Jasmine Guillory
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise - or happen in front of 45,000 people. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part - they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Diane D on 11-12-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

When I read The Wedding Date last year I knew I had to read more by Jasmine Guillory. The Proposal did not disappoint. It was amazing. The characters are witty, the dialogue well sritten and the whole story is amazingly funny. This is a perfect rom-com and would make a great movie.
If you can't resist romance that will make you smile this is the book for you>

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Crown

  • A Sigma Force Novel
  • By: James Rollins
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

A construction project beneath the National Mall reveals a dark secret dating back to the Civil War, something buried by a cabal of scientists, led by Alexander Graham Bell, who helped found the Smithsonian Institution. It is a cache of bones, preserved in amber, protecting a wonder like no other, the very secret of life after death. But such a prize is guarded by a horror out of the ancient past, a horror that still lives in the marrow of those bones - and is now free again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of his best, made worse by narrator

  • By Jon Canfield on 02-08-18

Good Story - Not so Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

If I had known this book was about monster wasps I might have skipped it but since I love the Sigma Force series I automatically got it. I won't lie - there are some pretty scary and skin crawling parts in this book.
I liked the story but wasn't really happy with the narration, when narrating the parts about the wasps he sounded like a text book and I really didn't think he did justice to some of the characters. But, overall, if you like James Rollins and Sigma Force I'd give it a try.

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Lia on 02-14-19

A Great Detective Story

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I listened to this book - it is an old fashion detective story - investigating the disappearance and murders of young girls. The story was fast moving, the ending a bit surprising.
I would listen to Richard Armitage read a phone book and he does his usual amazing job with narrating this story.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,135

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Not What I Was Imagining

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I didn't exactly know what I was getting when I started listening to this story. It was a bit confusing at first but as I finally got into it I couldn't stop listening. It was heartbreaking.
Carey Mulligan does an amazing job of bringing this story to life.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,386

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

Another Edge of Your Seat Thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This is the 2nd of 3 books in the Stillhouse Lake Trilogy. Rachel Caine left the reader hanging at the end of the first book. In this second book you think everything has been settled but you know Melvin Royal and his cyberstalkers Absalom will come back to haunt Gwen Proctor and her kids again.
This story kept you hanging in suspense until the last minute. Even when you found out who was responsible you weren't sure if the danger would be overcome in time.
The book's last few chapter are a rush to stop Melvin Royal's evil plans (no spoilers here).
I listened to this book on audio and you know it is good when you don't want to get out of the car, even after you've parked because you want to know what happened.

  • The Shroud Conspiracy

  • A Novel
  • By: John Heubusch
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

Throughout his career, forensic anthropologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Jon Bondurant has investigated many religious artifacts said to be real, but he knows better. So when he is invited by the Vatican to examine the Shroud of Turin, said to be the burial cloth that covered the body of Christ, he is delighted for the opportunity to prove once and for all that the shroud is a fake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jurassic Park meets the deVince Code

  • By L. Carr on 04-21-17

Ok - but not great

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I struggled with the rating I would give this book - trying to decide between 3 or 4 stars. In the end I'd give it about 3.5 stars if that was an available choice. I listened to this book on audio. I thought it started out as a second rate Davinci Code knock-off but the hero, John, wasn't as smooth or interesting as Robert Langdon. As the story went on and other characters came into the story it got better and finally picked up speed.
This book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger and it would be interesting to see what happens but I don't know if I'd be willing to spend my time and money to find out what happens next.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,558

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much

  • By Patti L Langston on 07-18-17

I didn't know who did it

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Heart wrenching story of a family on the run from the deeds of her husband. Everyone is a threat and suspect and you feel the tension among the characters