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  • Once upon a Grind

  • The Coffeehouse Mysteries, Book 14
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Fairy tale fever has descended on New York City. Broadway fans are flocking to Red Riding Hood: The Musical; museums are exhibiting art inspired by the Brothers Grimm; and Clare Cosi gives her coffee truck a "Jack and the Beanstalk" makeover for a Central Park festival. Clare's coffee hunter ex-husband contributes a bag of African beans with alleged magical properties, and his octogenarian mother entertains customers with readings of the grinds. But Clare remains skeptical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By sjadamson on 06-05-15

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The last couple of editions of the Coffeehouse series had become slightly predictable. They were still fun and good reads. And, you know Claire's always going to come out on top and she's always going to be in perilous danger. Those are givens in this type of series. In this story, however, she has found a way to keep the reader a little more off kilter. I am glad I didn't give up on this series, it's still great fun and lighthearted escapism.

  • How to Flirt with Your Husband

  • 101 Ways to Master Seducing Your Husband
  • By: Miss Chievous
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Learning the art of flirting with your husband can do wonders in keeping your marriage exciting and more interesting. Flirting with your husband makes him feel wanted. And that will likely hype his passion and desire for you, creating less friction when it comes to you getting what you need and want. This creates a snowball effect of passion and spontaneous, instinctive expressions of love that are both intriguing and natural to you both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Ideas -- Or Reminders to Keep Connected

  • By ReadMeAStory on 11-07-15

Only in the age of digital books

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-17

All of the advice was sound. None of the advice was fleshed out to discover nuances, inspire creative thought, or depict variations. This is not a "book;" it is a leaflet or with accompanying illustrations maybe a brochure. Not wrong, just more a Cosmo article than a stand alone purchase.

  • Executive Orders

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 51 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,463

Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?

  • By Thomas on 05-10-12

Crystal ball?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Written over 20 years ago, it's amazing how applicable the story is to today's political environment.

  • French Pressed

  • A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405

Clare’s daughter, Joy, is immersing herself in the foodie culture with an internship at Solange, one of New York’s hottest French restaurants - and she’s getting pretty intimate with the older, married Chef Tommy Keitel as well. Clare’s not buzzed about the relationship, but what twenty-something takes romantic advice from her mother? Resolved to keep a closer eye on Joy, Clare makes a deal to micro-roast and French press exclusive coffee blends for Tommy, a man she wouldn’t mind seeing roasted and pressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in coffee house and restsurants!!

  • By Byron on 01-30-14

Getting better

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Many times in a series (of books or movies) the plot and character building deteriorates with each new entry. The main coffeehouse characters are well known at this point but a deeper look into one of the supporting characters is offered here. The extras lacked some fleshing out but these books are entertainment not Nobel material. What I found worth noting was the twist and turns and layered aspects of the plot. A great read, definitely one of her best to date.

  • Dead Ringer

  • Laura Fleming, Book 2
  • By: Toni L. P. Kelner
  • Narrated by: Gayle Hendrix
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Back home in North Carolina for a family reunion, Laura Fleming and her husband, Richard, instead encounter a mysterious corpse, and the ensuing investigation uncovers some family skeletons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light reading

  • By Deb on 01-14-17

Light reading

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Entertainment, not Shakespeare. I was looking for something enjoyable that didn't require much thought and this satisfied those requirements.

  • The First Law

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: Robert Lawrence
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

At last recovered from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Lieutenant Abe Glitsky is back at work. But instead of returning to his old job as chief of homicide detail, he's assigned a desk job in the payroll department, where he has no business investigating murders -until his father's closest friend is shot dead in a downtown pawn shop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book + horrible performance = waste of money

  • By Pam Sturgess on 05-20-13

Typical Hardy Glitsky Story

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

My only complaint is the wrap up was too perfunctory. Instead of a third party telling in epilogue fashion, I would have preferred following the characters through the revelations of corruption and the ultimate vindication of their reputations and honor.

  • Brownies and Broomsticks

  • A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Bailey Cates
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,335

Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Mystery with your Magic

  • By Kathryn on 03-28-13

Fun and light

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Well written characters and the story is well developed for what it is. I was looking for something easy to read and entertaining. This story matched my expectations and I will listen to more books in this series.

  • Margarita Nights

  • A Sherri Travis Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Phyllis Smallman
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

In a small Florida beach town, Sherri Travis is a bartender with attitude and a woman with an inconveniently murdered husband who turns out to be as much trouble to her dead as he was alive. Sifting through the debris of Jimmy's life, Sherri finds more than a few people who wanted her lying, scheming, scam artist husband gone - but which one actually did the deed?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not very entertaining

  • By Desarae on 05-09-12

Good beach read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Kind of like it's name sake, the book is straightforward and honest. It's fun with potential for some very interesting character development. Perfect for when you just need some escapism that doesn't make you work too hard.

  • Without Remorse

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,314

His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Start here if you are new to Jack Ryan.

  • By Daniel Beck on 02-07-12

Mr. Clark

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-16

If you're familiar with the series this is the backstory for Mr. Clark . It also includes history on many of the supporting characters in the Jack Ryan series. Very well done with lots of surprising cross history for many of the characters who have entered our lives through these books.

  • A.D. 30

  • A Novel
  • By: Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father's warriors - Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Christian fiction

  • By yvonne on 12-30-14

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-16

One of his best. Clear compelling explanations of salvation and faith without feeling contrived. The characters are well developed and believable. Looking forward to the next book.