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  • Rumble on the Bayou

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Deputy Dorie Berenger knew the day would go from bad to worse when she found a stoned alligator in the town drunk’s swimming pool. Then DEA agent Richard Starke shows up in Gator Bait, Louisiana, giving out orders and insults faster than you can cast a fishing line. Dorie knows the residents of Gator Bait aren’t going to talk to a stranger, but she stuck with Richard until he catches his bad guy. With no other alternative to restore peace to the town, Dorie agrees to help Richard and in the process, uncovers decades of secrets that have been hiding deep in the Louisiana bayou.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted a snack and got a meal

  • By Techpotato on 02-06-19

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I couldn’t wait to read this as I love books by Jana DeLeon. This wasn’t what I expected. And not because it’s a different setting with new characters. My only complement is that the story concept is original and very interesting; unfortunately that’s where it ends. I actually wonder if Jana DeLeon really wrote this or if it was ghosted by someone else. The writing is amateurish. The dialogue is trite. The descriptions don’t put the reader in the place or time. And spoiler alert: the ending- all the storylines are tied-up in a big bow, just like a really bad Hallmark movie. And I’m sorry I have to also remark on the narration. It was poor. The narrator has a breathy quality to her voice, which would have been interesting for one of the characters; but it seems it was the natural speaking voice of the narrator. There wasn’t any real distinction between the characters which made it difficult to follow. The accent wasn’t true to the region. One of the characters isn’t from the area, I would’ve thought that would’ve been fun to voice, but he had the same general “southern” accent as the rest of the characters.

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  • Holding

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,632

The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, but when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be those of Tommy Burke - a former lover of two different inhabitants - the village's dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated sergeant PJ Collins struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community's worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendidly delightful

  • By John Scott on 12-03-17

Quirky and sad

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

I realized that I was looking for hopeful along with quirky and sad. When the end of the book came, I was looking forward to a sequel for two reasons: I like the characters and I don’t want to remain feeling desperate for them. This probably has more to do with the current diet of books I’m reading. I intend to be properly enamored with this book after I shake my current need to have everything tied-up in a happy bow. I’m giving it a week.

  • A Wrench in the Works

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Chloe is the cohost of a popular home-repair show on the Home Builders Network. Now, after 10 years, she has returned to her quaint coastal hometown to film several shows featuring her sister, Shannon, along with some special mini-segments on Victorian style and design. But Shannon quickly realizes things are not exactly blissful in TV land. Bree, the executive producer of the show, has a knack for stirring up sticky situations, and when she’s found dead, Chloe and the entire crew are under suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sisters on camera

  • By Pam on 04-20-19

Wrecked work

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

The story could have been interesting but didn’t move along well. Boring, predictable dialogue. Really bad narration. Let me qualify, the reader speaks well, enunciates, but doesn’t distinguish the characters. Impossible to differentiate between the female characters except for the Scottish owner of the tea room. Unfortunately that accent is painful to hear.

  • Murder at Archly Manor

  • High Society Lady Detective, Book 1
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job - looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent mystery

  • By Elaine on 11-30-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Narrator may have spoiled the story, hard to separate voice from bad dialogue. The narrator is a good reader - if one was presenting a paper. Very good intonation, but no character voicing. (One good cockney accent, but that was it).
Story concept is intriguing; but not well developed. Didn’t flow, choppy. Never warmed to any of the characters.

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  • The Duke and I

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626

Simon Basset, the irresistible Duke of Hastings, has hatched a plan to keep himself free from the town's marriage-minded society mothers. He pretends to be engaged to the lovely Daphne Bridgerton. After all, it isn't as if the brooding rogue has any real plans to marry - though there is something about the alluring Miss Bridgerton that sets Simon's heart beating a bit faster. And as for Daphne, surely the clever debutante will attract some very worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it a lot

  • By bebe on 10-03-16

Solid story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

Interesting device at the end. Author offered two different final chapters/epilogues. Solid story although there are small anachronisms.

  • Dead Man Talking: A Cozy Paranormal Mystery

  • The Happily Everlasting Series, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 480

Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire's fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse, but Sapphire has no idea what they're looking for.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Michelle on 12-23-17

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I really like the other books by Dana DeLeon. I’m actually wondering if she really wrote this one. Character development wasn’t very good. Story was choppy, segments which were meant to lead to the conclusion weren’t fleshed out.
The narration was very poor. The story takes place in Maine; but none of the characters were voiced with a Maine accent. There wasn’t any distinction between the characters except for the senior citizen- and that was actually an over characterization to the point of it sounding silly.

  • Deck the Hounds

  • An Andy Carpenter Mystery, Book 18
  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

Seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires lawyer Andy Carpenter to give the pair some money to help. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. But things soon go awry....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A terrific story with a logic problem

  • By Manifesta on 11-24-18

Best yet

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I love, love, love the series and this is the best book yet. If you’re looking for something smart and funny this is it. For those of you that know the series, this book moves all the main characters forward. The legal and detective stories are intriguing. The only negative is that sometimes the narrator doesn’t distinguish well between the characters.

  • Waiting on You

  • Blue Heron, Book 3
  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart - an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends. But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • “Just once, I’d love to be heartbroken ..."

  • By P wells on 07-22-16

Best so far in the series, funny!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Good pace to story. Main character’s internal voice is very funny. Expanded on series characters and included some more interesting ones. Again, this is the best one in the blue heron series so far.

  • Fools Rush In

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457

Millie Barnes is this close to finally achieving her perfect life. Rewarding job as a local doctor on Cape Cod? Check. Cute cottage of her very own? Check. Adorable dog suitable for walks past attractive locals? Check! All she needs is for golden boy and former crush Joe Carpenter to notice her, and Millie will be set. But perfection isn't as easy as it looks - especially when Sam Nickerson, a local policeman, is so distracting. He is definitely not part of her master plan. But maybe it's time for Millie to make a new plan....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't have been better.

  • By jodiod on 10-24-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The characters are unappealing. The main female character doesn’t make sense. Usually you can learn something about hobbies or professions or geography through. Kristan Higgins books, but not with this one. Xe Sands narration is wonderful

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  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Not my favorite; but, love the series

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I love this series, so, very hard for me to be objective. One of the things I love about the series is how funny it is, and this one wasn’t as funny as the others. I found towards the end I wished there was more interaction between Queenie and the rest of the servants. (Feel sure that would have been good fodder for laughs!) The main plot was a great idea; I wish it had been developed more. Also, It was great to see Georgie’s character maturing; but, it felt like it happened immediately rather than with progression. I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been to narrate this book - to follow Katherine Kellgren. Kudos to Miss Blackborow for trying.