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  • Saint's Blood

  • Greatcoats, Book 3
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they've started with a friend. The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumors are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors - a move that could turn the country into a theocracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inspires me to acts of valor

  • By Linda Corsten on 07-23-18

An excellent read by de Castell and Joe Jameson

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I love these books, and I'm a fangirl for Joe Jameson. I loved it and didn't want it to end.. there's only one more!!

  • Knight's Shadow

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 2
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

A few days after the horrifying murder of a duke and his family, Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats, begins a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow Up!

  • By @tone0189 on 01-30-18

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Masterful storytelling with a magnificent narrator! So much swashbuckling action and slick sense of humor...

  • Every Single Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-18

Really good! Narrator was fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Enthralling without being overly dramatic. Excellent plot work and interesting characters. I totally recommend it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a mystery or page turner

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-11-17

Compelling story and characters, lovely narration!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I had this book in my library for a while and for some reason resisted reading it, and I wish I hadn't. The story is well thought-out but the standout was the Maggie character--so relatable! The narrator's voice was perfect for Maggie but it was a tectch confusing when she switched to Lara without my realizing it. overall just a great listen!

  • The Remains

  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 273

It’s been 30 years since the terrifying abduction of twin sisters Rebecca and Molly Underhill by a deranged man who lived in a cabin behind their house. Fearful of retribution against their family, the girls kept the incident secret. Rebecca, now a painter and art teacher, suddenly begins getting mysterious text messages. Is Molly - long lost to cancer - trying to communicate? It couldn’t be their attacker from so many years ago; he was imprisoned for a similar crime at about that same time. Surely he’d still be in jail or dead by now - wouldn’t he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL NARRATION

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-03-16

I tried

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I finished this book, barely. I really wanted to like it, but the plot seemed really contrived and forced. The characters were hard for me to like--the ex-husband was so cliché, I literally winced. The most surprising thing about the ending was that it wasn't a surprise at all. I guess I'm used to so many of the stories I listen to having a big twist at the end that I didn't expect one to actually play out as I had imagined. The narrator was fine but not super enough to save a mediocre book.

  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,009

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • REALLY LET DOWN, I'm not gonna lie! (No spoilers)

  • By Very disappointed on 07-27-17

Great story and MAN I LOVE IMOGEN CHURCH!!

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

There are so many genres in this one book (women's fiction relating to friendships and motherhood, a bit of romance, coming-of-age, suspense), and they are woven together masterfully.

also I would probably listen to Imogen Church read the phone book, so there's that.

  • The Roses of May

  • By: Dot Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott, Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607

Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I had expected

  • By Victoria on 07-05-17

So different from the first book and yet AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

I loved this book. The characters were interesting and extremely well-developed, Dialogue never seemed stiff, and having dialogue ring true is not something most authors do well. There was certainly suspense, but the book is waaaay more than a one-dimensional thriller. The narration was also superb.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

It's hard to say whether I liked the narrator or the actual story more. Both were outstanding. The characters were well-developed and the plot drew me in from the first. This was one of my favorite reads of 2017.

  • Cash City

  • By: Jonathan Fredrick
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,013

It is an obsession that has haunted Nick Malick for seven years - to avenge the murder of his young son. In his gut Malick knows who did it. But the psychopath is in prison for another crime, scheduled to be released in a year. All Malick has to do is wait...and survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Series

  • By Lia on 08-21-17

Fantastic voice work

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

The story was bleak as was the setting and as were most of the characters. Not unrealistic, necessarily, but bleak to be sure. Not a bad story, just not a pick-me-up to be seen among the detritus.

What kept this book alive were the narrator’s on-point character voices—each was brilliantly unique and authentic-sounding—especially Davy, who could easily have become a really annoying character but turned out to be my favorite.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book of Big Change

  • The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit
  • By: Amy Johnson PhD
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Mary Carthy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

Little changes can make a big, big difference! In The Little Book of Big Change, psychologist Amy Johnson shows you how to rewire your brain and overcome your bad habits - once and for all. No matter what your bad habit is, you have the power to change it. Drawing on a powerful combination of neuroscience and spirituality, this book will show you that you are not your habits. Rather, your habits and addictions are the result of simple brain wiring that is easily reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're ready to change, this is the book

  • By Dr. Brian L. Carpenter on 08-17-16

I really, really wanted to like this

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I wish I could have loved this book. I really tried. I guess I’m just not in a place where I could relate to any of the people in the book, and I realized that what I needed was a book on how to create NEW habits and not just break old ones. It was also unclear to me how “dismissing an urge as a passing thought” is different from white-knuckling one’s way through a moment of addiction crisis. It felt like the author was patting my hand and saying, “when you are in crazy mode and would do anything for a drug, take the time to step back and think ‘oh, gosh, these are just passing thoughts!’” And what… eat some candy instead? I don’t get it.

Also, one of the things that attracted me to this book was the claim that there was brain research behind the method/theories. While there were a lot of sentences that included the phrase “neuroscience states…” I found no hard evidence, no study results, and no data ever presented to demonstrate how—and even what—conclusions were drawn by the neuroscience researchers.

I do see how it could be helpful for people working through certain disorders, but I guess my problem is just on a different scale.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful