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  • Blue Justice Series, Book 3
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe - and catch those who would see her dead.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is TERRIBLE

  • By Brie on 01-02-19

Too many characters- but still great book!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I was a bit distracted when i listened to the book, but it seemed there were so many “bad” men for lack of a better word lol! The book seemed to go on a bit, but i liked her setting, the diving seemed a different twist. I find this narrator hard to get used to. She speaks fast, then slow, and pausing awkwardly, unnaturally accenting the sentences and conversation...still all in all a good listen. I’d definitely listen to it again. I really like LE’s books!

  • Beneath the Surface

  • By: Lynn Huggins Blackburn
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help. Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great murder mystery, it was hard to hit pause

  • By Lori Thoelke on 05-31-18

Loved the humor

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Great building of characters- great humor you don’t usually find in this genre- good plot! For a murder mystery it was a little variety from constantly women being the target and the villain a man! A great listen!!

  • Web of Deceit

  • An Agents Under Fire Novel
  • By: Susan Sleeman
  • Narrated by: Jack Wayne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Kait is about to give up hope of ever finding Vyper. All of that changes when he goes on a murderous spree taunting Kait with clues that she and homicide detective Sam Murdock must solve before her devious brother-in-law takes another life. As the body count rises, Sam discovers the killing spree is really about striking back at Kait. He must put everything on the line - including the relationship he's developed with Kait - to ensure her safety. The killer is waiting, watching her every move, and he won't stop until he's exacted his revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Barbie and Ken

  • By Lia on 07-10-17

Good story, gushy narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Sleemans story is good but tended almost to be too gruesome for this genre. When does it cross from “inspirational fiction” to “thriller”? I don’t like a lot of religion shoved into these books and I’m glad Sleeman doesn’t do that- but there was enough sexual innuendo and gruesomeness that she nearly left that genre in the dust! I did enjoy the story tho- because it was still a clean, well-written book. But the narrator- seriously? If u want a feminine tone in the book- please don’t put in a male narrator that gushes and raises his voice. It cheapened the characters and the book in general. I wud find it hard to listen to again just because of that. The story itself was good enough I wud definitely play again....

  • Storm Front

  • By: Susan May Warren
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

A tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community and among the missing are not only a group of students but PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved - and lost - walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful Story of Love & Redmption

  • By Patiotoole on 05-01-18

Too “desperate” in emotion and goopy, narrator has potential

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Narrator: nice voice but please oh please don’t sing the nauseating country songs that “star” country singer Ben King sings. They have no recognizable tune, are cliche’d and for a Christian country singer to sing about “baby come home with me tonight” just doesn’t sit right. Also when she switches to talking like the women, she goes into this high ditzy voice with a MEGA southern accent. Overall the narration alone in this book and her others almost makes me not listen.
Story: SMW has had some fantastic books and plots, great characters. However they are filled to the brim and overflowing with emotional goop. The characters are endlessly “desperate” to somehow feel worthy, or to redeem themselves from some terrible sorrow or mistake or tragedy or or or in their past. Every single book in this series, and her other books are fraught with overdramatized emotion.
Overall: a different narrator, or have this one NOT sing and NOT go all sweetsy ditzy southern belle on the women (otherwise her narration is great) would be a great improvement. And if the emotional drama was cut in half this book wud have pry gotten 5 stars. There wasn’t a major plot but the wait for the “rescue” did keep me listening. Not sure if I’ll return the title. Not sure I can cope with listening to it again!

  • True to You

  • By: Becky Wade
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cozart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite. After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100% focused on the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Wonderful Becky Wade “Homerun”!

  • By Janet on 03-26-18

Not Becky Wades best but good....

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Tho written with Wades wonderful sense of humour- it was somewhat overshadowed by the narrator’s tendency to make Nora, the main character- sound like a pre-schooler. Just too light and ditzy. And I got tired of hearing the name “John! John!” “All she could think about- John!” Otherwise her true to form great writing and humor shone thru!

  • A Lasting Impression

  • A Belmont Mansion Novel
  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Best-selling author Tamera Alexander has won numerous awards, including the Christy Award and RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Set in Nashville’s historic Belmont Mansion, A Lasting Impression is an affecting tale of romance between an aspiring artist and a man determined to rise from near ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character got off too easy!

  • By Michela on 02-03-18

Character got off too easy!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

After Claire is discovered as the forger, she predictably has everything handed to her on a silver platter- her “community service” was no punishment, her relationships hardly suffered, and the courts were extremely lenient. I think that could have been made more realistic. I love the settings Tamera chooses and she develops her characters well and has a really nice sense of humor woven in. I do like my happy endings I generally really enjoy Tameras work!

The narrators childish voice was almost a deal breaker til I sort of got used to it- but to me she made the characters sound a bit simple with some of the tones she used...and it was a struggle to the end to enjoy the audible part of the book.

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  • Oath of Honor

  • Blue Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud law-enforcement family. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll - including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oath of Honor

  • By Susan Fryman on 01-15-18

Narrators expression a little odd

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

What a great story! It seemed Eason did a more outstanding job than usual in creating a real feel to her characters. Their personalities were very genuine. The narrator’s voice was pleasant. However her inflection and the areas where she would speed up her reading and run thru places where a pause would have been appropriate made for an awkward listening experience. I got used to it tho and really enjoyed the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Double-Jack Murders

  • Sheriff Bo Tully, Book 3
  • By: Patrick F. McManus
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Sheriff Bo Tully is the kind of western lawman who's as good with the ladies as he is with his guns, and he never lets a death threat get in the way of a good barbecue. He's a man with a sense of humor, which comes in handy when trying to establish order in Blight County. In this latest tale, Tully pursues a 75-year-old missing persons case in which a pair of gold miners (a two-man drilling team known as a double-jack) mysteriously disappeared just as they hit the mother lode in a remote part of Blight County.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still funny, and still love any Pat McManus book.

  • By Seth on 11-13-17

Disappointed in these books, loved his old ones

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I have been repeatedly disappointed in McManus's Bo Tully series. His book,The Blight Way, was probably the best as it had an excellent narrator who brought the humor in the story to life. I can barely listen to the raspy voice of the current narrator who does not capture the stories characters or their humour. I can handle a bad narrator though if the story is good. Correction: if the story is good but is not filled end to end to with sexual innuendoes. I don't mind attraction between two single people, but the endless sexually implied comments and actions between Bo Tully and a married woman smacks of indecency and does not add an ounce to the type of story this is. We have laughed ourselves sick at Pat's earlier short story books- "Never Sniff A Gift Fish" etc... My 13 year old says he reads one of those stories every night before bed! However, the extent of the sexual and indecent insinuations in these books is to the point where I won't allow my kids to listen to them. A little bit is one thing. Especially in the bounds of a decent relationship. But when it is outright bordering on illicit relationships I draw the line. My respect for McManus and his writing has dropped which is really disappointing because he was a childhood "hero" to me and my friends and now he appears to be just a typical writer inflicted with the current obsession with sex. You write a great mystery, Mr. McManus- just leave out the extra stuff and you will have some serious winners again!!! #loveagoodoutdoorstorybellylaugh

  • Blind Spot

  • By: Dani Pettrey
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life - but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming", Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Loved It!

  • By TravelGirl on 10-26-17

Great book- too short for cost

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I really enjoy Pettreys books. However, for what it costs to listen to one, more than 7 hours (approx) wud be nice!!

  • Rekindled

  • By: Tamera Alexander
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Set in the 1868 Colorado Rockies, Rekindled tells the poignant story of a man and wife whose life and love are forever changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rekindled

  • By Stella S. Gerringer on 09-07-09

Great story, narrator not so much

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I have been disappointed twice now in Tamera Alexanders choice of narrators. Her Bell Meade books' narrator had an unpleasant voice to listen to, and although the voice of the narrator in the Fountain Creek chronicles is nice enough, I can hardly bear the sounds of-and not to be rude- smacking like she constantly has a dry mouth. It makes me reconsider buying another of Tameras books in this series, but her writing is SO SUPERB I think I will try and endure the "extra" sounds and get another...