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  • Trust with a Chaser

  • Rainbow Cove Series, Book 1
  • By: Annabeth Albert
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann, Iggy Toma
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don't piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who's not so sure he's on board with Mason's big plans. Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He's not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason's troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Morgan A Skye on 04-12-18

Trust With a Chaser

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I love all of the books that Annabeth Albert has published and I wish her a long and fruitful career in writing so we can all enjoy her down-to-earth, real, and tender romances for many years. I don't think that it dragged nor do I think that it was slow to reach the point of the story, and I certainly disagree with anyone who thinks that there wasn't any chemistry between Nash and Mason. There was chemistry, oh yeah, there was chemistry right from the beginning. And disagreeing with other reviewers, I really did like the two narrators, I think that using two narrators added depth and resonance to the production. Mason is young, open, and unafraid, and the narration for him was spot on. While Nash is older and the deeper, sonorous narration added a touch of weary, self-protective sadness that, I feel, was very heartfelt. This is the kind of novel that I would love to hear more of, to go deeper into their story and hear how their life together settles into a contented and grateful happiness.

  • Sister

  • A Novel
  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

When Beatrice learns her sister Tess is missing, she goes to London to join the search. And when everyone else gives up, only Beatrice soldiers on—determined to cut through the dark secrets and learn the truth behind her sister’s disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously Dark Literary Thriller

  • By Susianna on 10-22-12

Stunning!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-14

I listened to Sister several months ago and I have to say that it is still on my mind. There is something innately beautiful about this novel. Is it the unbreakable bonds between siblings? The heartbreak of not knowing the sequence of events leading to the death of someone you love? A pain that's enough to drive one to despair? Or to drive a person to find the truth behind the pain? I can't say but what keeps popping into my head about when I think about Sister is that I loved it!

I found the story to be intense, emotional, and yes, sometimes it creeps along. But even during those moments there is a subdued sense of tension that runs behind the mundane. And the ending really is a surprise and I am still stunned whenever I think about it.

I would compare Rosamund Lupton's style with that of the master of suspense, Ruth Rendell and her stand alone novels or her novels that she writes under her pseudonym, Barbara Vine. Those twisted psychological thrillers that focus on character development which is the driving force behind the story.

And Juanita McMahon is a superb narrator and was perfect for this novel. Her narration is steady, thoughtful and subtle. But when necessary she adds just the right tone to bring the suspenseful intensity that is necessary for a scene.

Now after all that, I got to go listen this stunner again!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,582

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I agree with Stephen King

  • By Kelley on 01-26-08

Mommy Dearest twisted

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

Reviewed: 11-19-12

A disturbing tale of gruesome murders and sinister family secrets. I was left feeling like I had been sucker punched and like I needed a hug. Or a drink. Powerful stuff.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Maurice

  • By: E.M. Forster
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

'Ah for darkness...not the darkness of a house which coops up a man among furniture, but the darkness where he can be free!' Maurice Hall knows he must choose between living life in the shadows or denying himself a chance at love and fulfilment. Aware of his attraction to the same sex, in a time where it was considered unlawful and immoral to have homosexual desires, Maurice must decide whether to battle or submit to a prejudiced 20th-century English society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!! It's past time!

  • By Christopher P. on 11-18-10

Maurice - A must for lovers of classic fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-17-12

Maurice is the intimate story of one man's coming to terms with his sexuality and his desires contrasted by his struggles of living in a suppressive culture and the binding social expectations set by class standards. Bold by the standards of the time that it was written, I found Maurice to be both sad and beautiful. Sad because of the frustration of defeat and the ensuing heartbreak Maurice endures. But beautiful because of the hope and determination that rises from the courage Maurice finds to live his life fulfilled as his heart commands. Peter Firth's narration is really very good; his voice is cultured and rich and he has the emotional power to carry the story to the end. I know that I will listen to Maurice again and again, it's that good.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Available Dark

  • By: Elizabeth Hand
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to Cass about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane. In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Cass Neary!

  • By Laurene on 04-09-12

The kind of people your mother warned you about

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

Reviewed: 03-20-12

Any additional comments?

I am hooked on the Cass Neary series - totally hooked. But be warned, these are not your average mysteries and Cass is not your average amateur sleuth. Rather she's a self destructive bisexual washed-up photographer whose moment of fame was a long time ago and who longs for the good old days when the New York punk scene was at its pinnacle. Cass drinks to excess, takes drugs just to get through the day and then to end it. She is a kleptomaniac who uses other people???s medicine cabinets as a source to supply her habit, and she just happens to be in the wrong and the worst time.

But there is a certain allure that makes Cass intriguing rather than repulsive. The mysteries are twisted and savage and Cass' involvement is totally by chance rather than by choice or interest as she???s been enticed, or coerced, into a job where she can put her skills to work.

Carol Monda's performance is terrific, she is able to get to the gut of each of the characters and you know exactly what they are feeling and what they're experiencing.

So if you???ve got an open mind and if you don't mind peering at the darker edges of humanity, I enthusiastically encourage you to give these books a try. Be aware that you do have to listen to them in order. And I can???t wait for the next mess that Cass falls into.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Generation Loss

  • By: Elizabeth Hand
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Cass Neary made her name in the 70s as a photographer embedded in the burgeoning punk movement in New York City. Her pictures of the musicians and the hangers-on, the infamous, the damned, and the dead, earned her a brief moment of fame. Thirty years later she is adrift, on her way down, and almost out when an old acquaintance sends her on a mercy gig to interview a famously reclusive photographer who lives on an island in Maine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith

  • By RB on 01-31-12

Patricia Highsmith meets Patti Smith

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

Reviewed: 01-31-12

What made the experience of listening to Generation Loss the most enjoyable?

It was very dark.

What did you like best about this story?

It was unexpectedly atmospheric.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I came by this book quite by chance; while reading a review for Available Dark, the next book in Hand's Cass Neery series, I became intrigued with the first title so I decided to order it from Audible.com. I listened to it over a long weekend and I'm glad that I gave it a chance. (And I really wish that I'd been the first to post a review.)
Cass Neery, a washed up post-survivor of NYC's punk era is an edgy photographer whose book of photographs was a mild sensation, is given a chance to interview a famous photographer who has become a legendary recluse on a Maine island. Once there, she's mystified by posters of people who have gone missing, all without any clue as to why or how.
I'll admit that Cass is unlikable. She's a loser, she's selfish, she's caustic and rude, and seemingly without morals. But there is something about her that is broken and it seems that deep down she knows this to be true. Her armor of disdain, powered by drugs and alcohol, doesn't seem to be working for her as well as it used to.
Generation Loss is dark and edgy, and it's disturbing which makes you want to avert your gaze. Yet at the same it's painful and powerfully atmospheric, and there's something about it that keeps you peering in.
I really liked Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand and found the narrator to be perfect for this novel and I highly urge you to give it a try. But do stay away if you're looking for the traditional mystery that has likeable characters, where the good guys always win and the bad guys get what they deserve.
Facts: Booklist and Publishers Weekly gave Generation Loss starred reviews; Elizabeth Hand is an awarding winning author of science fiction and contributes to The Washington Post Book World and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What is WITH that music?

  • By Lois on 08-26-15

It's vulgar, it's profane and it's gruesome. . .

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

. . . and it's the 15th century.
Though this is not my usual "listen", I have to say that I was enthralled. I love all things France, especially the Medieval period, and that's what drew me to Cornwell's novel, Agincourt. Cornwell's novel presents warfare, rape, brutality, chauvinism; so you'd better be prepared because nothing in this story is sugar coated. But really, nothing was sugar coated about life during the Medieval times; the times were hard and brutal, and it was a time when Christianity was used as a psychological weapon as well as an excuse for horrors beyond imagination. It's all here; Cornwell's telling of the ravage of Soissons is nothing but heartbreaking - and he holds nothing back. This story is not only an exciting novel as well as an excellent record of 15th century life - especially warfare and the class structure. Through it all, Keating's narration is captivating and spot-on. Listen to this if you love history, but only if you can tolerate vulgarity, brutality, and profanity, which, really is what the history of the Western world is all about.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Off Air

  • By: Catherine Sampson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Robin Ballantyne's life is finally coming together. After learning she was pregnant with twins and being abandoned by her irresponsible boyfriend, Adam, she's settling into life as a single mother. But one night, after putting the children to bed, she hears an argument and suddenly, a body falls past her window. Running outside, she finds the body of Paula Carmichael, a renowned activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rich, developed and unusual

  • By Hannah on 02-02-05

A wonderful debut mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-09

Sampson's stellar debut of single mother of twins, Londoner Robin Ballantyne, is instantly compelling. Told in first person narrative, Reading's performance is spot-on; all of the characters were fully developed and believable. My next listen is Sampson's Out of Mind; and I can hardly wait for book three to be released, The Slaughter Pavilion. Very well done indeed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sea of Poppies

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ignorance may be bliss

  • By Evelyn M Kloepper on 07-27-09

Better listen to the preview. . .

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-09

. . . because the reading of this novel is very arduous. I wanted so much to listen to "Sea of Poppies" but I just could not get past the driveling narration. I found the narration so annoying that I had no idea what the story was about. Honestly, after about 30 minutes I just turned it off and breathed a sign of relief.
It would have been so much better with another narrator; one with a slower pace and particularly one who had an Indic accent to add to the tone of the story.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Blood in the Water

  • By: Gillian Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

When one Edinburgh citizen after another is murdered in the same bloody manner, the newspapers buzz with talk of a serial killer. Smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, DS Alice Rice races against time and an implacable killer to solve this series of grisly murders among the professional elite in the city's well-to-do New Town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting new author

  • By RB on 03-04-08

Exciting new author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-08

This is a great mystery and I thought this production was grade A+ - the story was compelling and the narrator was able to distinguish the various characters, though minding the British accent. But the real star of this is the story itself - a gruesome serial killer in Edinburgh but there is a connection and that's the crux of the mystery. If you like British mysteries I would urge you to give this a try and I do hope that Audible picks up the next title in the series to be published in 2008.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful