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  • A Scandalous Request

  • By: Micki Miller
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

London, 1812. After fleeing the clutches of her vile brother-in-law, Rose Evans finds refuge in the home of her dear friend, Lord Ashton Sennett. They come to an agreement, a marriage of friendly convenience. Since another holds claim to Ashton's heart and body, he seeks to see that Rose experiences all life has to offer. And so to Lord Darington he makes a most scandalous request.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank Goodness For Amber Pigs! 🐷

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-23-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I'm a Melanie Fraser fan and there is nothing in the Regency Romance genre that is better than a Melanie Fraser narrated book. Loved it!

The story was a romance, well, several romances, and a huge murder mystery to solve. I knew this book would be something different when the opening scene depicted a near-rape. Yup! It was so well-written and narrated that my heart could barely take it.

All is well though but the near-rape set the scene for two great romances - one old, one new - and a great murder mystery. I pretty much had the whodunnit figured out but it was great to have that confirmed at the end. The HEA was incredibly satisfying.

Fraser's narration though, is what makes this book for me. She. Is. Excellent.

  • The Last One to Murder

  • By: Eric Reese
  • Narrated by: Tom Fria
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The Vietnam War has ended at last, leaving both sides to question what they’d been fighting for. It seems that no one has won at all, and horrors remain, like so many landmines. Many of the homecoming "heroes" have committed crimes against humanity...but now they wear medals, not manacles. Having lost his entire family to a unit of rogue Marines, Xuan Lang is only beginning to pick up the pieces. Assembling them won’t be easy and nothing can bring back what was taken - but, even so, his efforts may afford him final peace....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By timj26 on 03-08-19

Short but interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Xuan is on a mission. His mission, which he decided to accept, was to revenge the death of his family during the Vietnam war. He found and dealt.

It was a little slow in the beginning, but all in all, a good listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Nigerian

  • By: Eric Reese
  • Narrated by: Jared James
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When Debare Balogun, a Nigerian businessman, is approached by a mysterious agent in a nightclub in the baddest area in Lagos, the last thing he expects is to be blackmailed. MI6 has been watching over his shady business deals for years and has more than enough evidence to implicate him and put him away forever. But MI6 has an offer for the Nigerian: To win his freedom and clear his name, he must go to Russia as an asylum seeker and spy on an organized crime network connected to the KGB and Russian Parliament.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Dee on 03-25-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I downloaded this book knowing that the main character was Nigerian. I expected and got a Nigerian narration and it did not disappoint. (I had to slow the narration down at times so I wouldn't miss anything.)

The story itself is a mystery thriller with spies and blackmailing and international intrigue. It's an interesting story. The author put a lot into a little.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • A Life Made of Lava

  • By: Lissa Del
  • Narrated by: Lynn Devereux
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Evie has three beautiful, if slightly out-of-control, children; a stray cat named Dr. Moxley; and a best friend who drinks unapologetically at 9 a.m. Evie also has stage-four bone cancer and a gallows sense of humour that drives her husband, Nick, demented. Nick wants Evie to fight. Evie, on the other hand, is almost ready to die. She kicked cancer twice before. But this time around, Evie knows it’s a battle she can’t win. Instead, she focuses on getting her affairs in order, which includes hiring a nanny to take care of the kids after she’s gone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lava

  • By Lisa on 03-22-19

I'm not crying, you're crying!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

You know in the first chapter where this book will end up. The story is very much along the lines of 'Terms of Endearment' so be prepared. I loved this family. I loved Evie and Nick. I loved their story. I loved their friends. There is more truth in this listen than I'm comfortable with so I had to step away from time to time. Still, I'm a better person for having experienced this story.

The narration was hard to follow. The book went back and forth between Evie and Nick but sometimes there was no clear distinction between the voices. I found myself not always knowing who was talking.

This was a very sweet, sad, wonderful story.

  • Any Way You Bury It

  • Secret Seal Isle Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Lucy Quinn
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Cookie James thought she was going to make things right with the island’s hottest handyman when she approached Dylan Creed at his favorite fishing hole. But her attempt at a peace offering doesn’t go so well when it leads to the discovery of a dead body. It requires a phone call to FBI agent Hunter O’Neil. When Hunter arrives, he’s quick to enlist Cookie’s help as he takes the helm of another murder mystery on Secret Seal Isle. And soon enough, sparks fly, making it clear the case isn't the only thing in which Hunter's interested. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the narration!!!

  • By Dee on 03-25-19

Loved the narration!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This is the fourth book in a very successful series so I don't want to cast too many dispersions on the listen. I did take issue with some of the police procedure though. I mean, it what universe will you tell your partner that you are going to meet them somewhere, not give them the address, and said partner will go to several different points to find the address and not just text his partner??!! Ugh.

Even with all that, the narration was stellar, absolutely stellar. I loved Traci Odom! Her male and female voices were incredible. She set the stage very, very well. I tip my imaginary hat to any female that delivers a great male voice. Odom delivered three!

  • The Big Over Easy

  • A Nursery Crime
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Total Whimsy

  • By Bruce Sabin on 08-10-05

Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III. Priceless!!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This book was awesome!! With nursery rhymes as the backstory, this murder mystery was a grin and a chuckle and a really good thriller.

Jack Spratt and Mary Mary are as advertised. They join forces to find Humpty Dumpty's murderer and as with all nursery rhymes, nothing is what it seems. I loved that Humpty Dumpty's real name is Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III. That was priceless. There are special nuggets like that throughout this story.

I love the narrator!!! Prebble was fun and funny and incredibly inventive in his narrative choices. He made a really good book, better.

  • Then She Found Me

  • By: Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G! But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption 36 years ago. Now that she's got her act together, she's aiming to be a mom like she always knew she could. And she's hurtling straight for April's quiet little life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Book

  • By CDN on 02-19-11

I hated the birth mother.

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I'm not adopted. I don't even know any adopted people. I absolutely did not want April to welcome Bernice, her birth mom. I was completely on Team Adopted Parents. Bernice was selfish and self-centered. Yes, she waited until April's adoptive parents passed away to contact April but that wasn't altogether altruistic. (Can you tell I didn't like Bernice?)

Even with that very real dislike of one of the main characters, I loved this listen! Loved, loved, loved it!!! April was an incredible character. She was in her 30's and had the requisite amount of self-assurance. I liked the way she welcomed and was open to the burgeoning romance with the librarian. It was really sweet and worth dealing with the cringefest that was Bernice.

The narrator probably has more to blame for my dislike of Bernice. Barron performed that character to perfection! All of the characters in this book were unique and fully-formed, which in its own right, is a major achievement. The Bernice persona was next level.

  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,391

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO GOOD

  • By Anonymous User on 05-24-18

Insanely good!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I just finished this book and I can't help but feel happy and sad and satiated and starving, all at the same time! Bravo to the author and the narrator! The combination of Jewell's words and Duff's delivery was insanely good. I felt for Ellie. I felt for her Mom, Laurel. There was an awful lot of crazy that went on in this story. The written word and the narration were so engrossing that I felt everything!!!

The ending...well, I saw it but I didn't. This story went back and forth between then (Ellie's disappearance) and the now (the family's life in the aftermath) and I couldn't breathe. I love when a book does that.

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  • Modified: Volumes 1-5 Box Set

  • By: Kat Stiles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gilmour
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

 Modified is a funny, sexy, geeky romp about the trouble of acquiring an unexpected and inherently evil superpower. Full of offbeat characters, profanity, and just enough deliciously wicked thoughts, you'll love this fun series. With the bundle edition, you get all five volumes in one! 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy And Funny Sci-Fi

  • By Daniel Delgado on 03-15-19

Perfect match of narrator and author

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

I knew right away that this book was a marriage made in heaven. The cadence of the written word and the psychology of the main character was expertly delivered by the narrator! There was a bit more sex in this series than I expected but it was a fun and inventive sci-fi and it was incredibly well-performed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Monsters

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 943

She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this!!

  • By Carol on 03-23-12

Oh. My. Gosh. That ending!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This book had so many that-did-not-just-happen moments with a bevy of "no ways!" that I just finished and I'm still feeling its reverberations.

I absolutely loved the non sequitur way the story unfolded. There wasn't a beginning, middle, or end and that made for an intoxicating story that I never stopped listening to once I started.

And that ending!!!! WIth a book that had a slew of surprises, I DID NOT see that ending coming. Kudos to the author!

The narrator was easily one of the best narrators I've ever listened to. Fields was exceptional. I couldn't believe so many voices came from one person.

This book was insane!