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  • Restoration

  • By: Kim Loraine
  • Narrated by: Sophie King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

After the tragic death of her fiancé, Grace McConnell turns to the only remaining constant in her life, her work. So when she's offered the lead position for an international restoration project, she jumps at the chance to get away from her small town, full of John's memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a wonderful book

  • By Amy on 03-18-17

Refreshing and Unique Piece of Contemporary Romantic Fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Kim Loraine delivers in this unusual story of heartbreak and love. Grace loses the one she holds most dear, but gains a new sense of herself when she finds new love in an unlikely mate. Kim Loraine weaves an entrancing story around likable, but flawed, characters who find themselves fighting improbable odds in unlikely circumstances. The plot of this story was complex and moved along quite nicely. There were several tastefully provocative love scenes to pique the readers’ interest. [I liked that they didn’t felt natural, not forced or overly contrived.] Though the story of Grace and Drew feels complete, there is plenty of room for other characters to grow throughout the series. I can’t wait to read more by this author.

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

  • A Novel
  • By: Maria Semple
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Wilhoite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,717

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading cover contains excellent novel

  • By jennifer on 01-28-16

Terrible book

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I don’t understand the appeal of this novel. I tried to get through it. Though the narration was solid, the story was completely implausible and the characters unlikeable at best. I regret wasting my time and money on this download.

  • Set for Life

  • Dominate Life, Money, and the American Dream
  • By: Scott Trench
  • Narrated by: Scott Trench
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966

Are you tied to a nine-to-five workweek? Do you work hard making someone else rich? Are you financially free - the sort of free that ensures you spend the best part of your day and week, and the best years of your life, doing what you want? Would you like to retire from wage-paying work within 10 years? Why not build and follow a plan that allows you to live the life of your dreams?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the audiobook, very insightful

  • By Aldo on 08-19-17

Useful information, inconsistent recording

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

This was a helpful book that offers practical ways to develop wealth. I will listen to it again as I put some of his ideas into practice.

  • Corpies

  • Super Powereds Spinoff, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,080
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,076

Titan was one of the nation's most loved and respected Heroes, until an infidelity scandal tore his image and family apart. After decades spent out of the limelight, Owen Daniels has decided to take up the mantle of Titan once again to try and make amends for his years away. Unfortunately, the Titan Scandal is still common knowledge, and no Hero team wants such a polarizing figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, loved it!

  • By Leslie on 08-22-16

Another winner for Drew Hayes and Kyle McCarley

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Experienced writer Hayes and long time narrator McCarley do not disappoint in this SuperPowereds spin-off. The story is engaging, and though it doesn’t have the depth that the original series offers, it is quite an enjoyable listen. Several endearing new characters are introduced, some of whom are more likeable and better fleshed out than others. The plot moves along, building to an exciting climax and then offering a satisfying ending. I will continue to purchase books produced by this duo.

  • Super Powereds: Year 2

  • Super Powereds, Book 2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 32 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,495
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,477

Despite having their secret revealed, the residents of Melbrook Hall return to Lander University for another year in the Hero Certification Program. Good thing the focus of this year is teamwork, because with their origins known, they'll have to lean on each other more than ever. Now finally sophomores, their curriculum expands, allowing them to train in the majors that Heroes specialize in. The new classes will test their minds, bodies, and determination in ways never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great second story

  • By Joshua on 07-22-16

Growth

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

There was a good amount of growth in character development, plot, and writing style between the first and second books. The narrator continues to provide an excellent performance.

  • Super Powereds: Year 1

  • Super Powereds, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,734

Knowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop students with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Series In Recent Memory

  • By Get Off My Lawn! on 10-08-16

Enjoyable, if expected

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

This was an enjoyable listen. The narrator has an annoying baseline voice, but it's appropriate for the novel. His voices were well-differentiated. The plot moved along well and I found myself wanting to listen to the novel throughout the day. The characters were a bit cliche, but I think they will be fleshed out more in future novels. Overall, I really liked it and will listen to the rest of the series.

  • The Sociopath Next Door

  • By: Martha Stout
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,957

We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Robert on 08-28-11

Preachy

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

This book was interesting, but oddly focused on anti-military rhetoric. I thought it would be more about what makes a sociopath tick or how to identify someone ho might be a sociopath, but the author focused more on why sociopaths seem like they have everything but are actually miserable. We already know that antisocial personalities don't mesh well with societal ideals. There was no need to waste pages and minutes beating a dead horse to get that point across. Overall, I was disappointed in this book.

  • A Conflict of Interest

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,721

Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A man with no character seeks revenge...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 05-02-12

Distracting narration, plodding plot

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

This audiobook wasn't an easy listen. The narrator's nasal intonation with inconsistent word accentuation was distracting. The plot was slow, but the few twists were somewhat redeeming. The characters were not believably fleshed out. I frequently listen to audiobooks several times, but this one will be deleted.

  • Duplicity

  • By: Sibel Hodge
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,491

Max and Alissa have a fairy tale life - newlywed, madly in love and enviously rich. Then Max is brutally stabbed to death at their home and Alissa, miraculously, escapes with her life. But why was she spared? The hunt for the killer begins, uncovering a number of leads - was Max's incredible wealth the motive? Had his shady business practices finally caught up with him? Or was it a stalker with a dangerous obsession?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Silence of the Calves

  • By 6catz on 01-24-17

Nice twist

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This novel was entertaining and less predictable than it seems at first. I will have to listen to it a second time to get the full impact. I'd buy more from this author and performance team.

  • Amped

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 989

Kira Miller is a brilliant scientist who discovers how to temporarily boost human IQ to dizzying levels. But this transcendent intelligence brings with it a ruthless megalomania. Determined to use her discovery to propel human civilization to a higher plane, despite this side effect, Kira and ex-special forces operative David Desh recruit a small group of accomplished scientists, all of whom are safely off the grid. Or so they think...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combination Sci-fi thriller...

  • By Charlie on 12-20-14

Predictable, but Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I was not a fan of the snide narrative tone present throughout the story. The main character, who was presented as flawlessly beautiful, intelligent, and charismatic, was nonetheless two-dimensional. The plot was predictable, but the scenes were well-written and the pacing was appropriate for this genre. I will probably not listen to this book again, but I don't regret spending a couple of bucks on it.