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  • The Enigma Always

  • The Enigma Series, Book 6
  • By: Charles V Breakfield, Roxanne E Burkey
  • Narrated by: Derek Shoales
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The R-Group is called in by a US agency to find Dr. Pekoni, as he is suspected of trying to finalize a project after funding was revoked. Quip and EZ, supported by Julie and Juan’s fledgling CATS team, are thrust into the forefront of the cyber wars, battling against an evil force seeking to harness supercomputer technology to re-engineer humans at the cellular level. Does the team have the skills needed for this assignment?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An exciting story!

  • By SeekerOfGreatStories on 02-14-19

An exciting story!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

4.5 Stars. There are 5 books before this one, and I hadn't read or listened to any of the prior 5. I was able to enjoy this story without hearing the others; however, it probably would have been smarter to have listened to the earlier books. Nevertheless, the author did a wonderful job of filling in the back story from the prior books, without overloading the new reader with unnecessary details. This story captures the attention of the listener. There is suspense, intrigue, villainous behavior, redemption, romance, and characters that are very intelligent and likeable. Most of the accents sounded very authentic, but the Australian accent needed some work. Other than that, the recording quality was excellent. The narrator does a wonderful job of keeping the characters distinguishable and interesting. All in all, it was a wonderful listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Callback

  • By: Katana Collins
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell, Joe Arden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

I thought I was done with Hollywood. Done with acting. Done with scandal. Done with all the lies this industry thrives on. Then I met him...Jude Fisher. A man who doesn’t accept no and demands more from me than I know how to give. It started out as a way to prepare for the role of a lifetime. But as it gets closer and closer to the audition, I don’t want our scenes to end. He makes me want him when I thought I had built an impenetrable wall around my heart. He makes me trust him when I thought there was no one left in our industry to trust. But it’s all just an act...right? It’s all just for the callback.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting read...

  • By SeekerOfGreatStories on 01-10-19

An interesting read...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Marlena (Marly) Taylor is fed up with powerful Hollywood people trading acting roles for sexual favors. She walks away from those sleazy producers and directors without the role, but with her head held high. She auditions for the lead in a new movie being produced by a legitimate studio about the BDSM lifestyle. Her inside joke with her 'fiancé' is that BDSM stands for Burritos, Doritos, Snickers, and M&M's. Her 'fiancé' is an action star, and is up for a recurring role, yet is hiding the fact that he is gay, so that he doesn't potentially lose out on the role.

Jude Fisher has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming film, but he's been burned by his ex-wife, who used him to get more notable acting jobs. Marly does well enough in her audition to get a call back, but so does Jude's ex-wife. Marly is woefully unprepared for the role, and Jude decides to help her prepare by teaching her a bit about the lifestyle. He is actually a participant in the lifestyle, and makes himself vulnerable to Marly by sharing this information. He moves her into his 'club' for a week of exposure to the lifestyle and for lessons in trust.

This book will challenge BDSM stereotypes. For example, while Jude is teaching Marly about the lifestyle, he mentions that "sex is the least of BDSM. Yes, it's a component, but anyone can have sex. It's everything leading up to that which is important." He also stresses that, "it's about the power dynamic between two people. It's sexual in nature...but it's not always about sex." "Above all else, BDSM is about trust. Trust and control." As Marly delves deeper into learning about the lifestyle, she learns some very important lessons about trust. The supporting characters are interesting as well, and it seems as if the author has additional projects in work for at least one of these friends.

The narrators do a fantastic job of bringing these two characters to life. The pacing is lively and engaging, and the conflicts for each protagonist are clear. The story may even be responsible for a bit of sleep loss...It was definitely difficult to put down. The production quality is first-rate, and there aren't extraneous noises in the background, or mouth noises as the words are spoken by each narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unzipped

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,090

Picture this - I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I'm good and ready this time around. After all, if you're going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops. There’s only one little problem. My college girlfriend isn't the one who shows up when I play my "I'll do anything to win you back" tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Appealing to my college self!

  • By PATRICIA on 10-31-18

Cute story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This recording was done well. The narrators were a good fit for the story. The characters were cute and had a delightful way of communicating with each other. They fit together nicely.

While this was an enjoyable listen, it wasn’t my favorite story by this author. There are lots of movie references and repeated lines from movies of the past 3 or 4 decades. This was interesting and added something different to the story. Nevertheless, the story felt a little flat compared to Ms. Blakely’s usual work.

The narration quality was excellent and the pacing was good. The believability was stretched a little thin, in the idea that a man so young would already have designed and built his own roller coasters in parks across the state and even across the world. Nevertheless, it was a fun listen.

  • Good Luck with That

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Lori Gardner, Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

Emerson, Georgia, and Marley have been best friends ever since they met at a weight-loss camp as teens. When Emerson tragically passes away, she leaves one final wish for her best friends: to conquer the fears they still carry as adults. For Marley, it's coming to terms with the survivor's guilt she's carried around since her twin sister's death, which has left her blind to the real chance for romance in her life. For Georgia, it's learning to stop trying to live up to her mother's and brother's ridiculous standards and learning to accept love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A journey full of emotion

  • By Meg on 08-18-18

An amazing experience!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Three close friends, Emerson, Georgia, and Marley, meet at a summer weight-loss camp for teens. They bond over shared experiences and mutual commiseration about being overweight. In their mid-30’s, morbidly obese and socially-alienated Emerson passes away unexpectedly, and leaves Georgia and Marley with the list they created as teens at camp. Georgia and Marley promise to do the things on the list--things that non-obese people take for granted--like shopping for clothes at a regular clothing store, meeting a boyfriend’s family, wearing tight exercise gear, or even tucking a shirt into jeans. They decide to tackle the list, and in doing so, they discover an acceptance of their bodies as they are, and a freedom from harsh judgements that they never expected. They emerge with a stronger sense of self as they come to a deeper understanding of their own motivations and mental blocks. In essence, this book is about acceptance of self—imperfections and all.

This unique book brings eye-opening revelations to non-obese readers, and understanding and encouragement to those readers struggling with weight issues. It is a well-thought out story told in flashbacks through letters that Emerson writes to “Other Emerson,” who is the person she always dreamed she would become. It is heart-wrenching in that she waited to begin her life until she became “Other Emerson,” and her life ended before that could happen. It also alternates with chapters about the backgrounds and lives of both Marley and Georgia. Marley has survivor’s guilt because her fraternal twin passed away at age 4 from ‘failure to thrive.’ Marley weighed 10 pounds at birth, while her twin, Frankie, weighed 4 pounds. Alternatively, Georgia was married to a wonderful man, but alienated him because she felt unworthy of his love, because she hated herself so fully. These characters were portrayed so vividly and with heart and understanding; thus, the reader is pulled into the story in relatable ways. Most readers can relate to feeling unworthy occasionally, or feeling that one is ‘not enough’ for something. This recording was amazing and each reader will gain personal insights from this book, regardless of their weight.

Xe Sands, Lori Gardner, and Suzy Jackson portray the three main characters in this story. They do an excellent job of sounding unique enough to keep the listener on track. Each character gets separate and significant enough narration time, so that the listener can get fully invested in the story of each protagonist. This recording is professionally done by three voice actresses at the peak of their careers. There were no noticeable imperfections in the recording quality of this production.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Whispered Lies

  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Government secrets are being sold, and the newly sworn in president of the United States already feels out of options. Without knowing the full scope of the scandal, the president decides to turn to the one person he knows he can trust - former FBI agent Elizabeth James. Her deep distrust of the system is rooted in her unfair discharge from service. Now she sees a chance to restore her reputation and send a message to those who would use their power to destroy others' lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read and almost excellent listen..

  • By Trish R. on 07-16-17

Most of this story is suspenseful...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I really enjoyed most of this story, and it kept my interest. However, the bounds of believability were stretched quite a bit when the female protagonist is shot in an alley, nearly bleeds out, is rescued, and has surgery in the back of a moving van. Then, after a day of recovery, she runs nearly 2 miles??? I’m having a hard time believing this... I give it three stars because most of the story is wonderfully written and performed, but I’m deducting stars because of this part. This is an author that I normally enjoy reading, and will continue to read, but now there’s a bit of wariness in my acceptance.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi on 02-06-18

A delightful story!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

There is laughter, wonderful dialogue, a snappy story, and loads of adventure. This story was a delightful listen, and the narration is wonderful! Great job all around!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Judgment Road

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He's a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can't afford - until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin. Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she's desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper's imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Christine tackles some pretty heavy material

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-26-18

Gritty...

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This story is a bit rougher than the normal Christine Feehan books, but if you can get past multiple F-bombs and lots of traumatic backstory, the story itself was good. The narration was wonderful; but then everything I’ve ever listened to by Jim Frangione has been top-notch. It’s an interesting series. It’s not my usual fare, but the author drew me in.

  • When All the Girls Have Gone

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant - and reckless - Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic story

  • By Kat in Hawaii on 12-07-16

Good storytelling...

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

The writing was perfectly paced, the characters were believable, and the ending was satisfying. There were a few surprises thrown in along the way, as well. The narrator did a wonderful job of voicing each character, and the story kept me interested.

I have enjoyed every book written by this author and have read or listened to every single thing she has written by each of her pen names. Ms. Krentz is an 'automatic' read for me. She never disappoints.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Carousel

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 30
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard's blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn't know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait - to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte's brother and mentor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging

  • By Debbie Doo on 08-06-16

Suspenseful...

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

I have been reading these stories, and this author for many years. Until now, I have always read them in order. Unbeknownst to me, there was a novella titled "Dark Crime," that was published in the anthology "Edge of Darkness," that actually comes before "Dark Carousel." There are things that are referred to in "Dark Carousel," that I had no clue about, because I didn't know I was supposed to read "Dark Crime" first. Don't make my mistake. It left me confused and frustrated. Now I feel like I need to listen again to this book to put it all back into context. I am writing this review a few hours after finishing "Dark Crime," and a few weeks after listening to "Dark Carousel."

Nonetheless, this was still an excellent story and I love hearing about these ancient Carpathians. The narrator does an excellent job with the book. The only reason it doesn't get a perfect score is because of the confusion I had while listening to the parts of the story that referred to events that the reader is supposed to be familiar with. I understand that "Dark Crime" is coming out as a stand-alone book in early October. IMHO, it should have been published on its own before this book was published.