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  • A Dark Lure

  • By: Loreth Anne White
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,194

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Narration but VERY Poor audio

  • By Cyndi Marie on 02-26-17

Breathtaking Suspense

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-17

A Dark Lure is a breathtaking suspense story and the narration is excellent. The characters are well drawn. Some of the mystery and relationships among characters comes in pieces from the narration of past events. The tension builds as past and current events unfold. There is only one relationship that is truly surprising, but the clues are there.

  • To Speak for the Dead

  • Jake Lassiter, Book 1
  • By: Paul Levine
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have Miami's trial of the century.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another one saved by the narrator

  • By John on 04-11-17

To Speak for the Dead

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Is not just a post-mortem story. It begins with with a malpractice trial attempting to speak for the dead. We meet the main characters during this trial, and become warm and sympathetic to some. But this is only the beginning as we see a sequence of lawyers, prosecutors, judges, lovers and loved ones, coroners, forensic medicine, murderers MDs, and even the dead themselves, speak, very eloquently, for the dead. Good read.

  • A Merciful Death

  • Mercy Kilpatrick, Book 1
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821

FBI special agent Mercy Kilpatrick has been waiting her whole life for disaster to strike. A prepper since childhood, Mercy grew up living off the land - and off the grid - in rural Eagle's Nest, Oregon. Until a shocking tragedy tore her family apart and forced her to leave home. Now a predator known as the cave man is targeting the survivalists in her hometown, murdering them in their homes, stealing huge numbers of weapons, and creating federal suspicion of a possible domestic terrorism event.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • i dont think this was written by kendra elliot

  • By K. Mathis on 03-27-17

Flawed Shero persists

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Since there is a second book in this series, it won't be a spoiler to say that Merci survives, gains self-knowledge, and really becomes the hero of this story. She is not the only hero in this unusual mystery. Merci has to face her survivalist family after an absence of fifteen years, and solve two crimes in an area where women are expected obey their fathers and their husbands. Some conflicts can not be easily resolved.

The narrator was perfect for this story. She helped me "see" the tangled and foreign landscape painted by the author.

I am liking forward to the second book in the seriousness, both the ebook and the audiobook.

  • Wolves

  • I Bring the Fire Series #1
  • By: C. Gockel
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

In the middle of America, Amy Lewis is on her way to her grandma's house. She's being chased by a very bad wolf. Galaxies away, Loki is waking up in a prison cell, strangely without a hangover and with no idea what he's done wrong - this time, anyway. But he does know that Thor is hiding something, Odin is up to something wicked, and there seems to be something that he's forgotten....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wolves is the first of six awesome books.

  • By Chris, Kindle Customer on 06-16-17

Wolves is the first of six awesome books.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I could not put this book down. It has an exciting mix of Norse myths and life in 21st century Chicago. Transitions are deft, smooth, and thematically related. In this first of six books, we get to know the protagonists, Amy and Loki. Their lives and worlds intersect in their separate and joint adventures. Get the kindle ebook first, and receive a large discount on the audio. Read or listen to the books in order. I am listening to the set for the second time, already catching some foreshadowing I missed the first time. The written book is helpful to check stories and sequence.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What Jesus Meant

  • By: Garry Wills
  • Narrated by: Garry Wills
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

In what are billed "culture wars", people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the "reign of heaven" that Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on Jesus I've read.

  • By Jack on 10-29-11

Confused about New Testament Contradictions

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I love this book and listen to it at least once a year.
If you try to read the bible and resolve disputes and contradictions about the text, as I do, Read WHAT JESUS MEANT.
Gary Wills explains how the New Testament came to be. He explains how Jesus lived among "the least of us". The book presents a loving, yet realistic view of Jesus, in the context of modern theology, without lots of footnotes to slow down the narrative. I'm a footnote loving scientist, and when I wanted more in depth details or opposing views, I was easily able to Google that information.

  • Exhume

  • Dr. Schwartzman, Book 1
  • By: Danielle Girard
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can't tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose - and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it's been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3 Stars Mixed Feelings

  • By Lia on 05-11-17

Strong female protagonist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Does so much more than persevere against her enemies. Book held my interest to the end.
Glad that I bought both the kindle version and the audio book. At 69 years old, keeping track of the plot and characters was sometimes difficult. At those times I could turn to my kindle book to get names and locations figured out.
I can't wait until book 2 comes out.

  • The Grave Man

  • A Sam Prichard Mystery Thriller
  • By: David Archer
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Sam Prichard was a cop, and a good one, until bullets took out the joint of his right hip. Now he's trying to learn to live without being a cop, getting to know his neighbors, learning to walk again and even ride a motorcycle. Life is bearable, barely, but then he gets asked to find a missing child, and the lure of getting back into some kind of police work is too much for him to resist. When he teams up with computer whiz Indiana Perkins, he suddenly becomes one of the best investigators he's ever even known.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decently Hokey

  • By Don M. on 08-10-16

The grave man

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

Reminds me of the tv I watched in the 50's. Mad men without the humor. Gunsmoke without the charm. This is not a modern novel. But if you like comments like ~ "I'm not a politician. I work for my paycheck." And other 50's republican values, this just may be your book.

  • The Witch Squad

  • A Witch Squad Cozy Mystery, Book 1
  • By: M.Z. Andrews
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Nineteen-year-old Mercy Habernackle is a witch gone off the rails. Causing problems with the law in her hometown, she's faced with two options. Go to a correctional institution or get shipped off to witch boarding school, or as her mother prefers to call it, finishing school. Choosing the latter, Mercy's mother, Linda, drives her daughter cross country to the Paranormal Institute for Witches, situated high in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains in cozy Aspen Falls, Pennsylvania.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-16-17

Delightful light mystery and coming of age

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-17

The adventures of the Witch Squad entertain those of us who remember coming of age. Not quite fully formed witches replace our awkward adolescence, without the actual angst. I think those who just are coming of age will enjoy it too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Shiny Things

  • The Kate Series, Book 1
  • By: Robin Mahle
  • Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Meet Katie Reid, a young woman with a good job and a good life, until she discovers it was all a lie. Now, her desperate search for the truth begins and it will change her forever. Compelled to dig into a past no one wants to relive, Katie soon turns to Detective Marshall Avery. He is the only one willing to give her the resources she needs to find answers, but those answers could come at a steep price. When her search breathes new life into an old monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tear jerker.

  • By Moni on 10-05-16

All the Good, the Shiny, and the Cliche Things

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I gave this book four stars because I loved it so much, I could not put it down, until one major plot cliche changed my engaged reading experience into, an oh well, let me read on to see if the rest goes along as I predict. It did.

This is a good book I highly recommend to procedural lovers. Please note my negative comments are due to disappointment with a SUPER WRITER, who needed to place her shero into a cliche situation to advance the plot.

Here's the good stuff. Excellent narrator. Well drawn characters who grow, or devolve appropriately. Good plot and plot development that kept my interest for the first 75% of the book. After that I kept reading to see if I was correct and if I had missed anything.

The Shiny: a shero who is a shero from six to 30ish. She builds more than one new and admirable lives for herself when needed. She is destined to be the shero of many following novels.

The bad and the cliche: the author takes us down a path where fewer events are possible. Such a good path that the author needed to put an obviously stupid cliche to keep the book moving forward. Ii

I don't want to spoil the ending. But the only way I could forgive that turning point in the book would be if the shero had called out the two expert investigators near the end of the book. They called her out on enough actions that proved to be correct, she should have kicked butt on their major booboo. Yes, I am overly angry at this mistake. Otherwise I would have given the book a 5.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Fear

  • By: Rick Mofina
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities. A multiagency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her, and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Circumstances and the sin of omission

  • By Annette Mitchell on 12-21-16

Good story, good narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-17

Cold Fear was gripping and suspense filled. Family secrets about an old tragedy created contemporary fear for a new family. Three and a half stars because some scenes not needed for plot advancement were stretched out. Good narration of a good story.