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  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,066

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Forgotten Story

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Biggest complaints were the sheer length of the book & how it jumped around in time. Other than that it was pretty good, although putting it in the romance section is a bit of a stretch. There was 1 kiss at the very end & that was it. It was mostly a search for 2 women’s family history which was interesting & amazingly had a couple of twists toward the end, but I wouldn’t listen to it again. It was a quite a slog to get thru the 1st time!

  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

In a small village in New York, Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half truths. Soon she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Hilarious, Excellent

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 02-01-16

9th Grave

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I haven’t written reviews on every book in this series as they’ve been so uniformly good there wasn’t much to say, lol. But this one left me with a few complaints.

First of all, the amnesia plot point was disappointing. Charley had just come into her own at the end of the 8th book and it felt like we were finally going somewhere when & we had to start over with her knowing less about herself than she did in the 1st book. It felt like the over arching storyline just ran in place for the whole book.

And secondly, the way the story went from the microcosim of the diner & the every day concerns there to the cosmic god level felt like whiplash & I didn’t understand it at all.

  • Lost Hearts

  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Jax woke up in a lab, his memories erased and his mind reprogrammed to serve a mad woman's will. After being liberated from his prison, he pledged himself to the only thing he truly knows - his team. Six men who lost everything. They must make certain no one else gets their hands on the drugs that stole their lives, all while hiding from every intelligence organization on the planet. The trail has led Jax to an unforgiving mountainside and a beautiful wilderness expert who may be his only hope of finding the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Erin Lewis on 12-20-18

Lost Hearts, Lost Interest

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

After I bought this book, I discovered that it was a spinxoff of an existing series. So perhaps I missed something in the translation, but I really didn’t enjoy this book. In fact, I couldn’t finish it. The Hero’s character was 2-D, completely unrealistic, even allowing that this is a pnr. Then, on top of all that, and the whole reason I purchased the novel, he was an experimental soldier but one without any super powers! (At least none that were introduced before I gave up, lol). This is my current favorite genre. Military with extra oomph. This poor guy had been experimented on but seemed to have gained nothing from the torture. I just had to give up on the story.

The narrator was fine though, no quibbles.

  • Carolina Moon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • AWFUL narrator for romantic fiction

  • By Marilyn on 01-02-10

Carolina Moon

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

This is perhaps my favorite of all Nora Robert’s novels, I can’t guess how many times I read the paperback copy I bought so long ago. When I discovered audiobooks I looked it up immediately but was discouraged from buying it because of the bad reviews for the narrator. I do agree that she did a poor job compared to others as she really only read the story rather than performed it using character voices & acting out the scenes. But I enjoy the story so much that the narration didn’t bother me that much. It’s too bad they didn’t get someone better, but it was worth it to listen to the story anyway.

I’ve read the story so many times that the ending is not a surprise, but for 1st time readers the villian is a huge reveal, there is nothing that points to him thru-out the book & it is a shocking twist. Plus Cade & Tory are so lovely together I wish we had more time with them.

  • Sweep in Peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612

Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By The Mays on 12-18-15

Peace

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

I don’t know what to say here. I love the Kate Daniels & Hidden Legacy series, but I just can’t seem to catch on to this one. While it js interesting to see what Deena can do with her Inn, in general, there was an awful lot of nothing going on for 3/4 of the book. I really didn’t care about any of the character’s trials & tribulations as I couldn’t keep half of them straight in my mind. Things didn’t really pick up until the very end. I wasn’t that impressed with book 1 in the series, but I had a credit lying around & thought I’d give book 2 a chance. Nope, this series just isn’t for me. (Renee Raudmann was fantastic as always!)

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Guilt Here!

  • By Carole T. on 05-16-14

Venetia

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

This was such a fun book that I was sorry to see it end. The main couple were so witty together that they were made for each other.

This is the 3rd or 4 G. Heyer book I’ve read in a row & sometimes I do wonder at her fondness for the name Sophia, & some of the secondary characters bare a striking resemblance to others in previous books, but all that is easily overlooked when the conversation is so droll, lol.

  • The Inn at Ocean's Edge

  • By: Colleen Coble
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories and threatens all she holds dear. In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year -- and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing. But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten. Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances -- at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Stacey on 10-17-15

A good premise but...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I hate stories where the main character has to be too stupid to live in order to create conflict for the story. The heroine saw a murder, can id the killer, was struck on the back of the head, then wanders around by herself on the edge of a cliff. I gave up at that point & returned he book.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,765

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Didn’t like it all

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

The situations the main characters found themselves in were too unpleasant for me. A bitch of an ex-wife, a horror of a mother, a brain damaged brother, it is all too much & left a harsh feeling in my stomach. Not the kind of thing I enjoy reading about while I knit. Then, the Hero is a d*uche to the heroine, never asks about her life, talks over her & keeps wanting her to forgive him. I liked Greta, but I just couldn’t care less about anyone else in the book.

As someone else said before me, the author completely over “shared”. What was her editor thinking of to let that go un-corrected?!

I got about 3 hours in & had to give it up. It’d definitely not a feel good romance. I’ve got too many real life problems of my own. I’m not interested in feeling like sh*t over imaginary character’s sh*t.

  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Believe the Synopsis

  • By Carol on 10-05-14

Arabella

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

I enjoyed the book overall, but found the brother’s self-inflicted misfortune to be tedious in the extreme. I actually got to the point where I skipped ahead whenever his part of the story came to the fore.

I did like Arabella & Robert, though. I thought they were quite adorable together. 💕

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  • Haunted in Death

  • In Death, Book 22.5
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Number 12 is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted...and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number 12 a cultural icon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • You'll hate yourself in the morning

  • By Pagan Picnic on 04-16-10

Haunted

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I resisted buying this novella for a long time because of the really bad review saying how stupid it was, but finally bought it on sale & I thought it was fine. It had a balance of hard facts to suit Eve & possible paranormal activity to give everyone else chills. I liked it! It just goes to show, you can’t put your entire judgement of a book on someone else’s opinion.