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Linda Blaker

Rolling Meadows Il
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  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,729
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22,733

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

this is not my typical listen. But it really is worth it. Not a "book" in the sense of chapters and paragraphs. It is more the recordings of interviews and voices of the reporters who put this together.

  • The Last American Vampire

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530

In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining. Some drawbacks

  • By Dr Dionne P Joseph on 06-27-15

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

This book is exactly what I was hoping. If you enjoyed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter you will like this one as well. Taking real people and intertwining them into fiction is fantastic. I hope Henry's story continues on!

  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,529

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

  • By Cheri on 02-11-16

Cute Series

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

This is a cute series if you can get past the narrator. She is set on pronouncing the "T" in every word. And her voices from book to book doesn't vary, All in all I stuck out the reader as I was looking for something to listen to that was easy a little fun.

  • Hunted

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!

  • By Susan on 12-12-13

worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

I don't listen to many books by Karen Robards but this one wasn't to bad. I thought the switching between male and female readers was a little much for me but I tolerated it. The story line was good and the characters were developed well. There isn't much I would change about the book its characters or the story so all in all it was easy to listen too

  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo

  • Bloody Jack #2
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story, extremely well read!

  • By William on 12-30-08

If you're looking for an awesome narrator!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

If you are looking for a great narrator, this series is what you are looking for. Katherine Kellegren is absolutely fantastic. Her cockney accent is spot on, and all the voices for the different characters are very distinguishable.

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

I loved this book. Katherine Kellegren is an awesome narrator. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

  • Burned

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,276

Another shockingly suspenseful installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. Burned picks up right where the surprising conclusion of Iced left off, and will feature beloved characters Mac and Dani O'Malley as they embark on another high-octane adventure in the Fever world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't work for me!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 01-26-15

Where's Dani

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

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

There was a lot missing from this book Namely Dani. I didn't even finish this book it was SO DULL.

What was most disappointing about Karen Marie Moning’s story?

All I got out of this book is a rehash of the first three and a lot of Mac whining. Dani goes into the silvers and it doesn't seem that important

What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance?

NO NO NO

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

narration was good.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste a credit like I did

  • The Snow Queen

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8,557
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8,631

This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange & Fascinating

  • By Sara on 12-19-14

Even free not worth it

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

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

Someone who likes the old time stories

What could Hans Christian Andersen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

To me it was really a dry very mono tone book

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Didn't really care for the little girl voice

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Snow Queen?

Would never have produced it

Any additional comments?

The beginning mentioned this is the book that inspired Frozen. Really??? Maybe I'm just a more modern book book listener

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,537

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

GREAT series

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

excellent funny gripping

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

the talks Adicus has with the dog

Which scene was your favorite?

sitting on the widows front porch sipping whiskey

Any additional comments?

great read and can't go wrong with a narrated book by Luke Daniels

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness (Brilliance Audio Edition)

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,244

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!

  • By M. Davis on 04-20-12

refreshingly new

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

this was a surprise for me as Nora Roberts was kinda in a rut. She snapped out of it with this book. Fresh new characters and a good plot. would recomend this as a read.