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  • A Borrowing of Bones

  • A Mystery
  • By: Paula Munier
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

After their last deployment, when she got shot, her fiancé, Martinez, got killed, and his bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, got depressed, soldier Mercy Carr and Elvis were both sent home, her late lover’s last words ringing in her ears: “Take care of my partner.” On the Fourth of July weekend, when all of Northshire celebrates with fun and frolic and fireworks, the dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked. Something old, Something very New.

  • By SydSavvy on 09-15-18

So-So

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

The book was just "ok." The characters were likable enough - but they were never really developed and it seemed like everything took a long time to happen. Half way through, I was anxious to be done. I loved the dogs - but I don't think the author did much homework. Somehow, I don't believe responsible handlers feed their service or working dogs bacon and eggs for breakfast or hamburgers and french fries for lunch!

It appears this is the beginning of a series, so I might try one more - but I'll probably read it. The narrator wasn't horrible, but her words were clipped and sounded staccato. She didn't add anything to the story.

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  • Deadly Melody

  • By: Connie Mann
  • Narrated by: Jacquie Floyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The Martinellis were the closest thing to family Cat Johnson ever had. That’s why she ran - to protect them from her threatening past. The orphaned child of classical musicians, she’s been lying low in Nashville and performing at the No Name Café. When Cat reluctantly agrees to attend the wedding of her beloved foster sister, the plan is simple: make a quick appearance at the Martinellis’, then disappear again. Instead, she’s thrust headlong into a nightmare. After a wedding guest is murdered, Cat’s past becomes harder and harder to avoid. So does handsome and inquisitive Safe Harbor cop Nick Stanton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By hugsusan on 05-26-18

Had Potential

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I felt this book had potential - but it wore me out. The characters have promise, but they make dumb decision after dumb decision and it gets tiring. There was a great deal of redundancy and the book went on and on. It might have been a decent book if the author would have followed logical thought processes instead of jumping all over.

The reader is ok for the narrative and the main characters, but secondary characters all sound ridiculous - like they're trying to sound like little old ladies or little old men. Also - this narrator should not try to do a southern accent.

  • Love at Last

  • By: Claudia Connor
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Easy to love, easy to leave. With her ex-fiance's words, "I'm in love with someone else," still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off on her would-be honeymoon alone. Resigned to the fact that not everyone gets a happily ever after, she's sworn off men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one very sexy veterinarian. The only thing Dr. Deacon Montgomery is looking to share is his surgical expertise, but his instant attraction to Clare makes him wonder if he could be more than just a doctor and daddy to his twin two-year-old daughters. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love at Last . . .

  • By KL901 on 08-27-18

Entertaining but predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

The book is a little drawn out and pretty predictable - but nevertheless, it's an entertaining, fun story with good characters. A good beach read!

Johanna Parker is an "ok" reader - but she really doesn't add anything to the narration and I found her mail voices to be scratchy and annoying. Wish she would just tell the story - not try to change her voice so much. I would probably read the next book I see with her name - rather than listen.

  • Skyjack

  • A Thea Paris Novel
  • By: K. J. Howe
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

International kidnap expert Thea Paris is escorting two former child soldiers on a plane from an orphanage in Kanzi, Africa, to adoptive parents in London when the Boeing Business Jet is hijacked and forced to land on a deserted airstrip in the Libyan desert. On the ground, Thea comes face-to-face with a former nemesis, a Sicilian don who wants something, or someone, on that plane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up to The Freedom Broker

  • By stuartjash on 04-19-18

Exciting Story - Fantastic Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

Great book - great series. I love the story line and the characters. The book is made even better by narrator - Therese Plummer. I've listened to literally hundreds of books and have rarely found anyone as good as Therese. She makes the story line and the characters come alive.

The story could be a little hard to follow at times and it wasn't always easy to connect the dots, but it was exciting and entertaining. Can't wait for the next book in the series!

  • Protected

  • Deadly Secrets, Book 3
  • By: Elisabeth Naughton
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Up-and-coming designer Kelsey McClane is on the cusp of success. Recently divorced, she should be enjoying her newfound freedom and glamorous future. Instead, she’s living in fear of the past. On a press tour, danger creeps closer than ever. Former Army Ranger turned security professional Hunter O’Donnell is hired to guard Kelsey. When a shattering explosion rocks her world, Kelsey’s ex is the prime suspect, but Hunter speculates there’s more to the situation than Kelsey’s letting on.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened to the Action?

  • By Shirley Adams on 03-31-19

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I really liked the first two books in the series - but this one doesn't measure up. It was just too cheesy and the characters came off as rather weak. Their reasoning skills seemed to lack common sense and purpose.

I think part of it is the narrator - Amy Landon is ok for the female characters, but she has a tendency to draw words out and I thought it made the men sound like big dumb oafs.

I made it through the entire book - but I was glad when it was over. I think it might be better if I had read it rather than listened.

  • Lost Rider

  • Coming Home, Book 1
  • By: Harper Sloan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Maverick Austin Davis is forced to return home after a 10-year career as a rodeo star. After one too many head injuries, he's off the circuit and in the horse farming business - something he's never taken much of a shine to, but now that it's his late father's legacy, familial duty calls. How will Maverick find his way after the only dream he ever had for himself is over? Enter Leighton Elizabeth James, an ugly duckling turned beauty from Maverick's childhood - his younger sister's best friend, to be exact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Cowboy Romance

  • By Audio Audits on 06-14-17

Ho Hum

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Not a bad story - it just goes on and on for too long without anything really happening. There just isn't much of a plot and while it kept me interested enough to finish I started to get anxious for it to be over. Also, long, graphic and somewhat redundant sexual encounters that didn't really add anything to the story.

Unlike some reviewers, I thought the narration was excellent - especially the female. It's probably the only thing that kept me going through the entire book. I'm extremely fussy about narrators, so I find the negative comments a little puzzling.

Not sure I have the tenacity to read the next story in the series. If I do - it will be a while.

  • Hidden Threat

  • By: Connie Mann
  • Narrated by: Jacquie Floyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

An environmental crisis is the last thing clean-water crusader Eve Jackson expected in her hometown. She's used to taking on powerful DC politicians in her fight, but when a baby in Safe Harbor, Florida, shows mysterious signs of possible poisoning, the danger hits painfully close to home, stirring memories of her own mother's death. Eve's search leads her to the Sutton Ranch, now run by her high school crush, Cole.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excusing Domestic Abuse

  • By Rusty on 12-22-17

Entertained - but not a great work

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

This book, as well as the first in the series - Tangled Lies - are decent plots, but the stories are not well organized and the characters frequently take leaps that are simply not logical. Nevertheless, I was entertained and enjoyed the books.

Jacquie Floyd is an "ok" narrator for the main characters - but she makes secondary characters sound like little old men or little old ladies - or someone that doesn't have any teeth in their mouth. I think a different narrator that didn't try so hard at changing her voice or creating different inflections would improve the overall story-line. I"ll probably read the next in the series - but I doubt that I will listen to it.

  • The Hunted

  • By: Rachel Lee
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Journalist Erin McKenna is not only investigating a major defense contractor suspected of complicity in the international sex-slave trade but testifying against them in court. Her world collapses when that same firm buys her newspaper and she's fired without explanation. Her home is ransacked, her computer stolen and she is attacked. FBI agent Jerod Westlake is haunted by the disappearance of his sister long ago, and has dedicated his life to ending the international sex-slave trade. When he discovers Erin wounded on the floor of her apartment, he swings into action to protect her as a witness - and as a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By yasmine32068 on 08-13-12

Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I liked the book and I liked the characters, but the story line was a little choppy/quick - not particularly well developed. Nevertheless, it kept my interest and I would definitely read another book by Rachel Lee. I will say, however, that without Therese Plummer as narrator - it might not have been half as interesting. Therese might be the best narrator out there - she can make a mediocre book good and a good book great!

  • Seconds to Live

  • Scarlet Falls, Book 3
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

Wildlife biologist Mac Barrett avoided his hometown of Scarlet Falls for years - too many bad memories. But when he receives the news that his father is dying, he rushes home only to discover he's too late. Shaken, Mac retreats to his remote cabin seeking peace and solace. Instead, he crashes his jeep to narrowly avoid running over the naked body of a woman lying in the road. Even more disturbing, when he regains consciousness, the body is gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book under $8

  • By Lia on 10-23-16

Decent Story - Poor Narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17

All three of the books in this series were rather far-fetched, but still managed to be decent entertainment. The story-lines were predictable but managed to keep my interest. I think I liked the characters - but the narrator was so bad that it was hard to warm up to them. Her voice was very nasally and whiny - especially for the women. I'll try to avoid audio books by Cris Dukhart in the future.

  • City of the Lost

  • A Thriller
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again. Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Kerllery Armstrong surprised me!

  • By Wayne on 03-16-18

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

In spite of it being a little gruesome, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Loved the characters and I wasn't quite ready for the book to end. I'm glad this is a series. Great plot and character development, a little romance, intrigue and a whole lot of suspense. As to the narration - there is no one better than Therese Plummer. She can make a bad book tolerable, a mediocre book better and a good book great. Wish Audible could find a couple dozen more narrators as good.

Looking forward to Book #2 in the series.