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Silly

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

Reviewed: 07-24-19

Outlandish storyline, cardboard characters fulfilling every cliché possible, could have been shortened by hours, repetitive as previous actions are retold again and again, stilted dialog, kept thinking of giving up but was hoping for it to get better instead it got worse.

Engaging story - great narration

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is the third book in the Ardent Springs series I've listened to and I have enjoyed them all so far. It's great to return to the quaint small town setting and to catch up with the characters from the previous books, though this would work perfectly as a standalone as well. There's drama, humor, and love. The narration is brilliant. The narrator performs male and female voices in a believable manner making it easy to distinguish between the different characters.

Family drama and a bit of romance

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

10-year-old Brad is found playing video games while the battered bodies of his mother and father are discovered upstairs in their bedroom. Brad confesses that he hurt his parents and is sent to an institution for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Here, Dr. Hope Rubin is tasked to evaluate Brad and find out what exactly happened in the Madison’s family home.
Told from various perspectives and switching between first- and third-person narrative, readers get a thorough insight into the lives of Hope as well as the police officers involved in the case: veteran officer Marty Keal and detective Jean Whitley. What surprised me was that there was very little to be discovered about Brad.
I generally don't like stories that switch between first and third person, but that's just a personal pet peeve. Overall, this was an interesting story that held my attention throughout; certainly helped by the fact that Dr. Hope and the two police officers were very likeable and realistic characters that were easy to relate to.
It wasn't quite the story I had expected at the outset, but if you don't mind a little bit of romance mixed in with some family drama, then you'll likely find something to enjoy here.
The audio was narrated by Beth A. McIntosh. She has a very pleasant voice and her pacing was great. I would have liked a bit more variety between the different characters' voices, but in general a good audio performance.
I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for a review.

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

In Bully Boy Blue, John Nicholl created a very believable villain who was extremely vile.
Michael, a respected policeman, has successfully alienated and isolated his wife Kathy from family, friends, and the public by making her reliant on him financially and convincing everybody that she is mentally unstable and receiving psychological treatment. Ever since their wedding night 3 years ago, he's been physically, emotionally and sexually abusing her, but now Kathy is determined to find a way out.
This was a short listen but it definitely packed an emotional punch. It's an intense story and the domestic abuse scenes are raw and unflinching.
A very good short story raising awareness of domestic abuse situations.

Jake Urry narrated this poignant story with the quality I have by now become accustomed to: individual voices for all the characters, the female ones are portrayed in a credible way, and emphasis, intonation and pacing are excellent as always.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Light entertainment

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

Straightforward romantic suspense novel. More emphasis on the romance than the suspense. Characters a bit too clichéd and the plot too predictable. The narrator made the characters sound too alike. Some male characters sounded way too feminine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fantastic blend of romance and suspense

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Lindsey and Joseph are co-workers. Both are psychologists. One working with clients who have experienced abuse, the other concentrating on exploring the minds of criminals. One needs protection from an escaped convict, the other needs to come to terms with an upbringing characterized by abuse. One is looking for a loving, committed relationship, the other learned from an early age that you need to build up walls and refuse to let people in for your own health and safety as much as for theirs.
This has been my third book by B.L. Mooney in recent weeks now, and I've become a big fan of her creative mind. She crafts wonderfully complex main characters, surrounds them with interesting, well-developed side characters and puts them through intriguing storylines that are dark and emotional and combine thrilling suspense with scorching romance.
I loved the way the audiobook was narrated with the female narrator and the male narrator interlacing throughout. The audio production with the sound effects indicating flashback scenes was also really well done. What I was missing, in particular from the male narrator, was the emotions. This was such a highly emotive story, but the delivery was more suited to a news broadcast at times.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBoom dot com.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great mix of suspense, drama and romance

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

Four years ago, Drew escaped an unhealthy relationship. With the help of her therapist, Joseph, and her best friends, Terri and Mark, with whom she has been living, she is striving for normal. Drew's abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend, Craig, is revealed through therapy sessions and flashbacks. Her friends believe she should be moving on and encourage her to see Dennis. Dennis is an all-around nice guy. Reliable, funny, safe.
But when Drew meets Carl, who is a widower with a little girl Drew is taking care of in the childcare center where she works, Drew has conflicting feelings whether normal and safe is right for her. Carl is self-assured, manipulative and controlling. In many ways very similar to her ex-boyfriend, Craig.
And what will happen when Craig comes back into their lives?
This was a very compelling story with a brilliant mix of romance, suspense, family drama, lots of emotions and some nice twists. B.L. Mooney's writing really draws you in and the characters are very well developed, that includes all the secondary characters.
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship going on with Drew. She is obviously a very vulnerable young woman with a traumatic past and I really wanted her to succeed. But, she made some pretty stupid decisions along the way. Some of the events relating to the childcare setting I found very difficult to believe.
The narration by Meghan Kelly was convincing and enjoyable.
I received a complimentary copy of the audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The best of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

Heavenfield is the third book featuring DCI Ryan and follows on from the events in Holy Island and Sycamore Gap. These have been getting better and better. This one is definitely my favorite. The history that is weaved into the story and the atmospheric settings in the North East of England combined with the fast paced, clever plot and the fantastic characters made this an excellent crime thriller. I would love to see Ryan, Anna, MacKenzie and Phillips investigating other cases in the future.These characters have really grown on me and it is nice to follow how they are developing with each book.
The narration by Jonathan Keeble is absolutely fantastic. He kills it with the different accents and I've been super impressed how consistent the different characters' voices have been across all three books. He has really brought these characters to life for me.
I would recommend the entire trilogy to all fans of fast-paced crime thrillers with believable characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Short paranormal story

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

The final novella in The Whispers trilogy. The entire trilogy covers a timeframe of about 30 years. I really liked the characters, the writing and the plotlines, but at the end of it, I feel I'm missing a large chunk somewhere. This is set in The Hollows as are several other books by Lisa Unger.
Another 5-star narration by January LaVoy.

Interesting short story, first in trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

My first book by Lisa Unger. Excellent narrator. It's a short story introducing Eloise who discovers she has psychic abilities. Well written, featuring interesting characters, and considering its length, a remarkably solid story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful