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  • The Winner's Curse

  • Winner's Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Marie Rutkoski
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winning Story

  • By Wendy on 03-24-16

I liked the idea of the story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I really liked the idea of the story but felt like there was not enough back story , there really wasn't a good reason given as to why the one group of people invaded and took over the other group and enslaved them...why?? all that I can remember was that it was because they didn't like each other...dumb reason. Anyway I would have liked more history of the peoples. I also thought Kesteral and Arin's relationship could use some more dialogue and experiences to make them like each other, it just seemed like all they had was this unexplained connection.
as far as the Narrator goes, I didn't care for her voice or accents. She often sounded whiny and nasal..or like she was in pain..not the effect I think she was going for. It was hard to listen to her but I just ignored her voice and listened to the story :)

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

I just didn't like the girls

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

I just didn't like the story, I thought is was boring and I just did not like the one girls attitude toward building a brothel, I just have a hard time imagining a young lady being so gun-ho about starting her own brothel ( even though she would never let strange men do that to her, she was all eager to build something for the "working girls" and make money off them) I just did not agree with her line of thinking . I thought all the ladies in this book were too extreme in their characters, one was too Holier than thou , one had potential but then threw her moral integrity to the wind and decided to go off with her lover and the other was just too wanting to be a bad girl...I just didn't believe it, it was like the author was writing a story about women in our day but put them in a the late 1860's . I just didn't like it, but the narrator did a good job.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,514

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Alice on 08-16-10

too boring

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

the performance was fine, it was the story that was just too dumb, I didn't like the main character and I didn't think it was very clean....and I only listened to about 2 hours of it..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fire & Ice

  • By: Mary Connealy
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Bailey Wilde is one of the best new ranchers in the West. She's been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman - a very tough, very intriguing woman at that. Gage is an honest man, but he didn't make his fortune being weak. He won't break the law, but he'll push as hard as he can within it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By KyLee on 12-03-17

Very Boring Story

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

The plot is too dumb and predictable and boring. there is no depth in character not interesting at all, it feels like the characters are saying the same thing over and over, BORING.... I've only listened to about 2 hours of it but won't be finishing this story it's just a waste of my time. The narrator did an okay job.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maverick

  • Men of the Saddle #3
  • By: Lori Copeland
  • Narrated by: Cecilia Ridett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When devious spitfire Susanne McCord convinces Papa that Cass Claxton sullied her virtue, the ensuing shotgun wedding provides the escort she wants for her trek to St. Louis. At journey’s end, the hostile travelers part—vowing to annul their paper marriage. Six years later, Susanne desperately seeks refuge for nine orphans. But when her only hope lies in unfriendly hands, she uses a clever strategy to rope a maverick named Claxton.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a very entertaining story

  • By Melissa on 07-25-14

Not a very entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 07-25-14

I liked the other two books before this one, but I just couldn't like the main girl, she was too annoying and I didn't like the voice of the narrator either, the story was just dumb.

  • Plots and Pans

  • By: Kelly Eileen Hake
  • Narrated by: Sharilynn Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Order dictates Tucker Carmichael’s life - his orders. On a cattle drive, a moment’s hesitation can mean death. The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for women. After years at school, Jessalyn Culpepper has come home and is determined to show everyone that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle - whether they like it or not! Tucker tries to manage his partner’s headstrong sister, horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story, if a Mite Predictable

  • By C. ALLINGER on 03-25-14

okay

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

Reviewed: 07-25-14

I think the story could be good but the narrator's voice was too distracting to appreciate the story. Her voice was too cheesy and high for the male parts, it was just annoying.