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L. Clifford

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  • The Key (The True Reign Series)

  • By: Jennifer Anne Davis
  • Narrated by: Michelle Michaels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-10-15

The Romance Comes to Life in the Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Key (The True Reign Series) to be better than the print version?

I think the novel is written very well, but the audio brings it to life and gives it dimension, allowing listeners to get sucked into Rema and Darmik's love as the story unravels. The audio version provides nuances to the story, to Rema's struggles, to Darmik's pain in losing his love to his conniving brother... it's all deeply engrossing with Michelle Michaels as the entertaining narrator.

What does Michelle Michaels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Michelle Michaels' voice has a lilting and entrancing quality to it that captivated me and made this story all the more enjoyable. With a great narrator a well-written story can come to life and she certainly did that with "The Key".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Behind every great love story is a story of hardship, struggle, romance and finding your way back to each other.

Any additional comments?

Jennifer Anne Davis is a talent author who has crafted an engaging novel that readers can sink their teeth into and get a little vicarious romance from. The writing is lush, vivid, romantic, drama-rich and deeply engrossing. Overall, this was a great story whether in audiobook or novel format.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cipher

  • By: Robert Stohn
  • Narrated by: Smokey Rivers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Two long years have passed since the death of Detective Jonathan Grace's wife. Turning to alcohol as a crutch for coping with the pain and loss of his past, he's half the man he once was. Defeated and physically drained, his career is all but washed up when he gets a phone call in the middle of the night that flips his world upside down.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't take it. Stopped listening at chapter 5

  • By Lara Drew on 08-17-14

Intensely Gripping with an Engaging Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

What made the experience of listening to Cipher the most enjoyable?

"Cipher" is one of those novels that manages to very quickly hook you with a vivid and intensely gripping story... only to turn it on its head and then take you on a wildly action-packed ride as Detective Jonathan Grace finds himself on the hunt for the mysterious cipher, a program that could very well be a massive tool of destruction in the wrong hands. The novel is well-written with a lush writing style and an engaging plot; using authentic characters and strong dialogue, the author propels the plot along with amazing skill.

What does Smokey Rivers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

What I liked about the audiobook and the narration is that it adds a new element to the story, helping to bring dimension, emotion and nuances to the novel that I might have missed if I just read the book. The narrator has a gift for sucking the audience in and keeping you eagerly listening from start to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Persistence

  • The Simple Secrets to Long-Term Success (Inspirational Books Series)
  • By: R.L. Adams
  • Narrated by: Smokey Rivers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Many people in life talk about wanting to achieve something. So many people have lofty goals, dreams, and aspirations, but not many people follow through with realizing them. And, in fact, many people move further and further away from them with each passing day. Life can be convoluted at times. Sometimes, we're merely in reactionary mode and we lose sight of what we're aiming for. We're so busy responding to external stimuli, that we forget about the goals that are important to us, and we slip back into our negative patterns of behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing and Needed Inspiration

  • By Let's Read Charles on 04-12-14

An Inspiring Read

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

What made the experience of listening to The Art of Persistence the most enjoyable?

This is the type of book that sparks a desire in you to change your life, to grasp what you want and to begin reshaping your future to meets those goals. It is inspiring, from the actual written words of the author to the deeply emotion laced tone of the narrator; making for an enjoyable read that leaves you bursting with motivation to get moving and changing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Persistence?

Each chapter begins with quotes that really allow the chapter to spring off of the subject matter, bringing new life to the words and capturing the voice of inspiration, motivation, courage and strength.

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

I think that Smokey Rivers brings just the right amount of practical forethought, inspiration and passion to the narration... capturing the author words in a wonderful way. This was a worthy narration that added a great deal to an already spectacularly inspiring book.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Survive, Live, or Thrive?

  • Simple Self-Help Tips for Those Who Feel Stuck in a Rut
  • By: L. Lynn Gilliard
  • Narrated by: L. Lynn Gilliard
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

After going through an extended depression after losing a close friend, the author of Survive, Live or Thrive? had an aha moment that inspired and propelled her to start writing and creating once again. She is now thriving and feeling revived in many areas of her life, and ironically it all started with a self-help audiobook!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Insightful & Inspiring

  • By L. Clifford on 04-02-14

Thoughtful, Insightful & Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

What made the experience of listening to Survive, Live, or Thrive? the most enjoyable?

What I liked about this book was that it has a lot of heart, a great deal of passion and specific purpose of empowering women to take charge of their life and achieve a state of success, happiness and a sense of purpose. The author manages to capture the spirit of determination and the will to thrive in life with vivid imagery, simple yet complex concepts and thought-provoking insights into all areas of life. From relationships (both familial and romantic) to achieving a career that you have always dreamed of, this is the type of book that inspires you to reach farther, think bigger and always strive to be the best you can be.

L. Lynn Gilliard has a certain way of writing (and conveying that into the narrative) that is warm and inviting, welcoming you into the book and inviting you to explore the concept of thriving instead of just surviving or living. The audiobook is well-written and skillfully narrated, using a straightforward and down-to-earth style that is easy to understand and easy to apply to your own life. It's insightful and thoughtful, delving into the mysteries of life and just how to take hold of it... getting out of that rut you've found yourself in and truly living a life of passion, success and happiness.

Overall, this was well worth my time and provided me with a wealth of insights into my life that have helped me to truly center my thoughts, actions and hopes for the present and the future. I would certainly recommend it to others looking to truly thrive in life with a dose of hometruth from L. Lynn Gilliard.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful