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  • Enigma

  • FBI Thriller, Book 21
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn't realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using "John Doe" to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level. It's a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well damn!!!!!

  • By M. Dybedal-Bristow on 09-14-17

Best in Series in A Long Time

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

I felt this was the best novel in the series in a long time. Years ago, I fell in love with the characters Sherlock and Savage. And it now seems that they are back. There was no magic, hocus-pocus or anything like that. It was just a good mystery and good relationship book. I really enjoyed the book. Often when I’m listening to a book that has a bunch of goofiness in it, I sit and mimic the narrator by going blah blah blah. I didn’t do that this book. I just enjoyed it and am ready for the next one.

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Absolutely Excellent-Love the last sentence!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

After I'd started listening to the book, I looked back at some of the early reviews of The Obsession and was surprised to see descriptions like following a formula. I don't think there was a formula to the book. The subject and plot weren't every day. I'm pretty sure in my Audible library of about 1000 books, there isn't anything close. If someone doesn't like that Nora Roberts is a romance writer no matter what the subject and plot, then this book isn't for them. But if you like strong characters in a book that has romance as well, then the book is awesome.

For years, I've described Nora Roberts as an artist and her medium is words. She paints with words. I can always see the landscape, the people and their faces. I have the pictures in my mind. This story, like all her other books, develops. It doesn't describe the action, she writes the action.

So I'm not going to give it away, but the last line was my favorite of the book. I don't know about all of you, but there have been books I wanted to whip across my living room (when I had books with paper) or pretend to whip my iPhone or Kindle. This is because the ending is so unsatisfying. But The Obsession ended beautifully.

I will be recommending the book to family and friends. It is so worth the credit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Sadly it will be another year before another Nora Robert's novel is released, as long as she never stops writing! Every spring I look forward to another great listen.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,264

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Another reviewers description of EVIL is spot on

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

I thought this book was so well written that I had the "movie" playing in my head because of the narrator's excellent job. The way it was constructed was interesting and kept my attention the entire time. That said, I'm not sure I could ever listen to a book like this on a daily basis. There was so much EVIL in it. But every once in a while, there was a zinger of humor and that me chuckle aloud. Mostly it was just very heavy but so well done, I wouldn't wish I hadn't purchased it. Ms. Slaughter's Will Trent books are my favorite and wish and wish Will would return. In this book where it wasn't safe to trust anyone, I wish the characters could have called on Will to help. Anyway, this book was well worth the credit!

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  • Last Man Standing

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,166

With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best-selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it, but not for everyone

  • By K. Lewis on 03-22-05

Listened to many D. Baldacci Books - My Favorite!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

I loved this book. It was unbelievably long but I wish it had been longer. I've let the book float around in my mind for a while before I wrote this review. In the past, King and Maxwell were my favorites. Since this book, I've listened to Will Robie (and made me think often of Mitch Rapp and my favorite thriller/mystery author, Vince Flynn - may he rest in peace!). Anyway, I loved the Will Robie books. I really did but my mind kept wandering back to Web London and the Last Man Standing. This book made that much of an impression on me. There were so many angles to the plot and how they wove together made it interesting and hard to stop listening for 22 hours. Whatever you choose, don't let the length dissuade you from purchasing the book. I always figure a long book is just more entertainment for my credit dollars.

  • Smart and Sexy

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Lillian Claire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Noah Fisher has worked for months to make Sky High the most prestigious charter airline in California. He's long overdue for a break - something involving ski slopes, cold beers, and hot ski bunny babes. The itinerary doesn’t include being hijacked by Bailey Sinclair, gorgeous widow of one of Sky High's wealthiest (ex-) clients. But here they are, and being crammed in a cockpit with the scared, stubborn, unbelievably sexy former model could get Noah in serious trouble….

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Jill Shalvis...and this was a decent start...

  • By Leyla on 11-20-15

If I Could Have Given Negative Stars I Would Have

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone that thinks a man taking advantage of a near comatose (beyond exhausted) woman is a romantic hero. He even says to himself he's a jerk while he keeps pawing her while she's sleeping. When he's doing 3rd base to her, I turned it off. It was not romantic.

What could Jill Shalvis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not make the "hero" a pervert as a way to build a romance.

Have you listened to any of Lillian Claire’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know and I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to her. But I wouldn't avoid her narration either.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Smart and Sexy?

Every scene that was so inappropriate given the circumstances. I've listened to other Jill Shalvis books and they were enjoyable. This was uncomfortable.

Any additional comments?

If this is romance, I'd never listen again. It was akin to date rape (in the making and it could have stopped before the home run but I refused to listen to anymore).

  • And I Love Her

  • A Green Mountain Romance, Book 4
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people's problems, but now he has a problem of his own - how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Ellen on 03-05-15

Other Reviewers Were Right - Too Much Sex

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

Reviewed: 06-20-15

What would have made And I Love Her better?

Less sex. That's just about it. It was hours and hours of sex. I felt so sorry for the narrator having all the ahs, ohs, ooos, and other "scintillating" words during the repetitive sex scenes. It was truly like listening to porn.

What was most disappointing about Marie Force’s story?

That she made a good character, Hunter, from the previous books come off as a stalker. And just to make sure we, the listener/reader, didn't think he was a stalker, he'd say he wasn't a stalker. I'm pretty sure that some of Hunter's thoughts about Megan were thoughts that a real stalker would have. Anyone who has listened to Marie Force's other books know that there is too much descriptive sex. That's just her books. But usually there is a lot of story to negate porn aspect but this book didn't have that. The story was creepy. I'd like to be like another reviewer that said she was done with Marie Force's books. I, sadly, can't do that. I love the Sam and Nick in the Fatal Series too much for that and know there is another one coming out in the fall. So I will buy another. I will just chant la-la-la through the sex scenes. In this book I'd have been chanting for about 9 of the 10 hours and my family would have thought I had finally gone over the bend.

What about Christina Traister’s performance did you like?

I can't say that I did but I didn't dislike her performance either. I just felt sorry for her. Narrating the endless sex scenes had to have been horrendous to do. I just wondered if she rolled her eyes a lot.

What character would you cut from And I Love Her?

The "And I Love Her" character of Hunter and give back the decent Hunter from previous books.

  • Someone to Believe In

  • O'Neil Family, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Shay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Serious Issues Mixed with a Romance

  • By Sapphyria on 06-28-15

I'm Enjoying Kathryn Shay's Books

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

Where does Someone to Believe In rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm really enjoying Kathryn Shay's books. I started with the America's Bravest series and enjoyed the characters. When I decided to try the O'Neil Family series, was a little hesitant. After listening to the book, I would answer this question as middle of the pack. Mostly I enjoy most of my book choices so this isn't a mark down. It doesn't rank with my favorite books but I definitely enjoyed the emotional pulls in the book. When the final conflict started I was thinking there was no way I would forgive but Kathryn Shay's working through it surprised me and I was pleased with the ending. (That isn't true a lot of the time - when I had paper books I'd throw them across the room in frustration). :) Truthfully I was impressed with how it resolved.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm going to say that there was a moment in the book that moved me to nearly horrified. I know that isn't what the question is asking but... I really didn't need to hear the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, imitating an orgasm. That just wasn't necessary and I wanted to rip my earbuds from my ears.

Any additional comments?

As the title said, I'm enjoy the author's books. So far, just after book 1, I loved the characters of the America's Bravest / Hidden Cove series better. I'm hoping the over-protective O'Neil brothers tamp it down a little but I will still listen to the entire series because I have hope that Ms. Shay will tame them, one by one.

  • Snake Skin

  • A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller, Book 1
  • By: CJ Lyons
  • Narrated by: Lauren Roth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad. A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life. Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious than any she's ever tackled....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Interested

  • By Marie C on 04-23-14

Kept Me Interested

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Would you listen to Snake Skin again? Why?

Not likely because I rarely ever listen to a book again. Only Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series have I done that.

What did you like best about this story?

That Lucy screwed up and made bad choices like the rest of us but was still a great heroine.

Have you listened to any of Lauren Roth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have no idea if I've heard her before but I liked her narration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Somewhat. It kept me interested. The personal versus professional obligations made an interesting addition to the mystery and adventure.

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  • Run the Risk

  • By: Lori Foster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her.... Pepper has spent the past five years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bk1 of L.F. new series delivers a first class plot

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-03-12

Couldn't Make It Beyond 30 Minutes

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not having the initial 5-8 minutes with the "distant" woman oogling and wanting to jump the guy's bones. I'd never heard the expression "eye rape" before. I wish I hadn't. This was before 8 minutes into the book. I'm not a prude and am fine with sex scenes in a book. But this seemed like it would turn into a movie you'd go to the XXX center that's open 24 hours. Please keep in mind I could be very wrong that maybe it doesn't turn into that. I wasn't willing to find out. Within 30 minutes I'd hated the book and didn't care to find out anything more.

Has Run the Risk turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, only this author.

Which scene was your favorite?

Absolutely none in the 30 minutes I endured.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator was pleasant.

  • Wedding Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle, Fiona Hardingham, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at 30, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates - just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago. Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive - but surely this is her worst decision yet.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad summer read

  • By Monica on 06-30-13

The Point Was???

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

Reviewed: 05-24-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have really enjoyed most of Sophie Kinsella's books. Can You Keep A Secret was wonderful and I was surprised that I've Got Your Number was really nice (except I had to day dream a more thorough ending). But Wedding Night was pointless. I didn't like ANY of the characters, including the child (although he did have his moments of entertainment). I basically thought if they all fell in the sea, that would have been ok. When one was wondering how far down from the ship's railing it was to the water, I chanted Jump Jump Jump. Audible's question of what could have made it a 4 or 5 star listen could be answered by totally scrapping the plot and characters and starting with something totally different. I thought of not listening to the whole thing but I figured it just had to get better. I was wrong.

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