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  • The Calling Tree

  • Book One
  • By: C. F. Waller
  • Narrated by: Wyatt Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dominick Dunn is in people acquisition. When the phone rings he shuffles off to the far corners of the globe to retrieve the captured, then turns them over to his employer. He doesn't actually believe these people are immortal, but the pay is good and he likes to travel. Despite rumors that his quarry meets an unthinkable fate at the hands of his employer, he's content with his lot in life. Aaron Wessker is miserable. His life has not gone according to plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The calling tree

  • By trixie on 09-10-17

Loving It

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Would you listen to The Calling Tree again? Why?

Yes, I plan on reading this story again, as it kept my interest throughout the entire story. That is a big bonus for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Calling Tree?

Realizing that your life is in danger: that is what Dominick Dunn realizes... and has to face that danger head on.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene ... well, pretty much the entire book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Immortal. Danger.

Any additional comments?

Nope, though this is a very well written book... each character is brought out by both the author and the narrater, and is a very enjoyable story.

I was provided a free copy of this book for a honest opinion.

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  • Trapped

  • By: George A. Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Mary Kootsikas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren's heart pounds, reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone's coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching...and waiting. A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, able to move only her eyes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trapped

  • By MANI on 02-14-17

An Interesting Read!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Where does Trapped rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd have to say that Trapped is listed on the low side of the top list of books that I'd read again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackee is my favorite character because of her struggle to live. I've been through a major illness, surgery, etc all at the same time... and it's difficult to come back from that. I could see myself in Jackee, but without the additional issue of someone trying to keep her out of the picture.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Jackee was starting to come around after her car accident. Yes, she was scared... but she was able to start fighting to get her life back.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, no extreme reaction, but I did love the book, and the character Jackee. It's worth the read.

Any additional comments?

Thanks to audible and audioboom for letting me read the book for free.

  • Wisdom Spring

  • By: Andrew Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Greg Hernandez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Jessica Norton is a woman on the run, a sensational lead item on the nightly news, accused of the murders of four of her fellow staffers for a US senator. Jon Harper is a grieving father whose life has crumbled over the death of his young daughter. When Jon picks up Jess hitchhiking on a deserted Texas highway one rainy night, he is pitched into the middle of a massive conspiracy, one that threatens the very future of the United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 03-27-17

A Great Example of Facing Your Demons!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Where does Wisdom Spring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wisdom Spring ranks pretty high on my list of audiobooks that I've listened to. It's not the #1 pick, but I still love it.

What did you like best about this story?

Being able to watch Jon and Jessica working their way through their demons.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Jon actually debated about picking up Jessica off the side of the road. That could be a dangerous thing to do now days. G

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Grief. Survival. Love. What more could you ask for?

Any additional comments?

I loved being able to read the book for free. Thanks audible and audioboom!

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  • Natural Enemies

  • By: Warren Adler
  • Narrated by: Will Tulin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

A young New York couple, unable to have children and whose marriage seems to be sputtering, is advised to leave their tense urban lives and take a vacation in a more bucolic environment. Out west, they are suddenly confronted by violent rednecks and chased deep into the surrounding wilderness. Braving floods, avalanches, wild animals, and human predators, they come face-to-face with death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared the Absolute Crap Out of Me!

  • By Big Cheese on 04-25-17

Love the Suspense

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Natural Enemies to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know, as I haven't read the print version. However, I did love listening to the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think that I had a favorite character, though I do love the couple themselves. They just ... I dunno, kept me interested in the story. After all, if there are issues between two ppl, and then they are thrown into a fight for survival... would they be wiling and able to work together to live... and possibly patch things up?

Would be able to do such a thing?

What does Will Tulin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The experience of being able to get more of a feel for who and what the characters are like... especially in the eyes of someone else.

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

No, but I still wanted to read the book as quickly as I could.

Any additional comments?

No, outside of I loved being able to listen to the book for free. Thank you audible!

  • Surrender the Sun

  • By: A R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

In the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself. Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she's barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she's completely unprepared for what lies ahead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Apocalyptic cold snap? Yes please!

  • By Chris on 11-15-16

Good Story Line, Yet...

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

What did you love best about Surrender the Sun?

I loved the idea of the plot line itself. How would you survive in an emergency such as this? That's what kept me interested in the book itself... as I don't know the answer to that at the moment... and that was a good thing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The plot line is one interesting aspect of the story, but there was one conflicting issue: the actual air temp.. The main characters kept mentioning that it was getting colder and colder, and yet, it didn't go very much below zero degrees... even in the later chapters. The wind chills would have been bad enough, I grant you, but the impression I had of the lot was that it was supposed to get bad with all the snow and the cold temps.

Lotta snow, and definitely getting colder. But nothing like I'd imagined.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I loved being able to read this for free. Thanks audible!

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  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,783

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

A Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

What made the experience of listening to If You Find Me the most enjoyable?

Listening to 'If You Find Me' was a great experience. You don't find many books that's geared towards adults (young or a bit older) and yet focus on family two children's lives.

Their lives were difficult, both struggled with extreme internal turmoil. But by the end of they book, the girls have started their journey towards healing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'd have to say that my favorite character was either Carey or her sister, Jenessa. I have yet to figure out which girl I like the most... but if I had to choose, I'd probably say Carey. Yes, she's a teenager, and yes she has plenty of angst to go through. However, she is very protective of Jenessa (for good reason), and despite now having a family to help her, she still struggles with being in charge.

Which character – as performed by Tai Sammons – was your favorite?

Again, I'd have to say my favorite character is Carey. See above.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Abandonment. Secrets. Etc.

Any additional comments?

I'd have to say... read the book. You won't regret it at all.

  • Outrage

  • Faith McMann Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

The happy life Faith McMann knew as a wife, mother, and teacher was destroyed when vicious criminals murdered her husband, kidnapped her children, and left her for dead. After paralyzing grief, fear, and despair, there was nothing left for her to feel...except fury. But striking a staggering blow against a brutal ring of human traffickers was just the beginning of her uphill battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Rumbera on 09-21-16

A Great Sequel to 'Furious'

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

What did you love best about Outrage?

What did I love about the book? Well, lets see... I loved how Hudson was found, I loved how Rage was able to meet her child before she dies (which hasn't happened yet, thankfully), I like how Rage, Beast, Little Vinny, and Faith and family are all connecting in ways that no one would have thought possible... and so much more.

What else did I love? Hmmm. Miranda. She's a teenager who has just managed to escape from the clutches of human traffickers, has found caring and loving people who would love to help look out for her... and yet, she too has issues (who wouldn't after spending so much time being held captive and raped and tortured and such)... and goes in search of her mother, and revenge.

Miranda is one of the cliffhangers in this book, which I do hope will be addressed in the third and final book in the series. I do want to see what happens with the teen, whether she finds a new home to live or whether she decides to live on the streets, and how she turns out in general.

Laura, Faith's daughter, is another loose thread, but she is another thing that I like about the story. She is a strong child despite being shy, and though living through a nightmare, she is doing whatever she can to escape her captures & to return home.

One thing I don't like about the series thus far is that Rage is dying, and you see her struggling with her cancer through the eyes of the other characters (like Faith). She chose to not seek out treatment for the cancer, and so is dying on her terms. And there are side effects from her decision, like having seizures. She had a few of them in this book...

Seeing her die through the eyes of the other characters isn't easy to read (unfortunately I have experienced someone die from cancer)... but I must admit that her ... health issues are also helping to bring Faith, her family, Beast, and Little Vinny together in ways that no one could have predicted otherwise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Outrage?

Well, let's see, I have two favorite moments in 'Outrage'. First, I love the fact that Rage (aka Sally) was able to spend some quality time with her little boy (who was put up for adoption when he was born)... and then be able to say goodbye to him.

Rage knows that she is dying and is unlikely to see her little boy again. She doesn't regret putting up her child for adoption, but seeing the child she gave up for adoption brings her a little peace about the situation.

Another favorite moment/situation is when Faith talks to her son for the first time after his kidnapping. Faith had just identified her son's dead body, or so she'd thought, when her father and brother call her with some awesome news: that they'd found Hudson.

At first, Faith couldn't believe what she'd heard... how was it possible to hear his voice when she'd just identified his body in the morgue? And then it slowly sinks in that she. was. talking. to. her. son.

'Mommy, I'm coming home', or something to that effect was the last sentence of the book, and it was one of the best things that could have happened to Faith.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

She was able to get a few of the character's attitudes, persona's right, but overall.... her voice was/is kind of a ... prim and proper sounding. At least, that is what it seems like to me. I dunno why, it just is.

She does tell a good story, though.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Tags: One woman's family is shattered by tragedy, which starts the woman (and family) on a long journey to reunite. In the process, they find true courage, love, and family.

Any additional comments?

Well, I'd have to say there there are some curse words in the story and some scenes that wouldn't be suitable for children... but then, the author's intent for the book is for adult readers and not children. Just FYI.

  • Furious

  • Faith McMann, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274

Faith McMann comes home to a nightmare: her husband is killed and her son and daughter are taken. Although the intruders leave her for dead, she survives. Crippling grief and fear for her children make life unbearable. Until her anguish turns to anger...and she trades victimhood for vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • furious

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 04-25-16

A Great Read...

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

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

To sum up Furious in three words? Hmm. I'd have to say ... intriguing, interesting, and an action packed story line.

But there is so much more to the book than this extremely short summary.

Murder. Attempted Murder. Kidnapping. Human Trafficking. Rape. Extreme Anger. Homelessness. Screwed up families.... and the like.

It's enough for me to want to read the rest of the series... and now I don't think I can, at least not for some time.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the bit where Miranda is able to connect with Lauren, Faith's little girl, and then is willing and able to help Faith find the location of where they'd been held prisoner together. I think that Miranda's connection to Faith and her family should and will continue on in the rest of the series.

I also like how Faith is able to connect with two people from her court ordered anger management class, and not in a sexual way either. With their help and friendship, Faith is at least more than willing to fight for what she wants: her children.

Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I don't think that I have read any of Kate Rudd's books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

One of my favorite moments in the book is when Faith is told of Rage's 'condition'. Rage is dying of brain cancer... and in a sense, it brings Faith, Rage, and the others closer together.

Any additional comments?

I'd have to say that there is some gory parts to this book -like the attack on Faith and her family. There is also the topics of rape, abuse, human trafficking, and hte like. If you don't want to read that, then you'd better just skip this book.

  • Witness Protection

  • By: Holly Copella
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

A helicopter pilot, Jackie Remus, reluctantly agrees to go on a date with one of her clients, but her date is unexpectedly cut short when she witnesses a man being murdered. After narrowly escaping with her life, she is placed into protective custody. When the safe house is breached, Jackie makes a daring escape from both the hired killers and the handsome FBI agent, who wants to return her to protective custody.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Witness Protection

  • By MeDi on 11-18-16

A Great idea for a book...

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

What did you love best about Witness Protection?

The main thing that I liked was that Jackie, the main character in the book, knew, really knew, how to take care of herself. She could even take care of the FBI agent who was 'assigned' to take her back into witness protection better than what he could do himself.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackie; she's a tough girl and knows what needs to be done and gets it done herself.

What about Tim Lundeen’s performance did you like?

He knows how to read a book; his pitch in voice is perfect for reading aloud. I highly recommend reading any of the books he reads aloud.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not really.

  • Blood on the Tracks

  • Sydney Rose Parnell Series, Book 1
  • By: Barbara Nickless
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can't shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde - both haunted by their time in Iraq - descend into the world of a savage gang of rail riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great debut, looking forward to more from this author

  • By shelley on 10-07-16

A Thrilling, Mysterious, Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend 'Blood on the Tracks' to my friends, and to everyone else, because there are plenty of twists and turns within the book... and most of the investigation is not just dealing with the crime scene or interviews.

There is plenty of that, of course, but it seems like most of the action is *outside*, as in, not inside buildings, etc. This, to me, makes this book a refreshing book to read.

The prime suspect and most of the witnesses are homeless, so Agent Parnell, Clyde (Parnell's K9 partner), and the other team members are doing what they need to do outside more often that not.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Very much so. There is murder, sexual themes, coarse language, and the like... but it is not in every few paragraphs, pages, etc. Personally, I do not like books where it is completely filled with sexual themes, coarse language, and whatnot. There is more to books to that.

This book is focuses more on the murder, it's investigation, and more importantly, the unique relationship between Sydney Rose Parnell and Clyde. Both survived the Iraqi war, and have a severe case of PTSD. They must learn to work together, to help each other heal, to trust each other, and to have faith in each other -as a team, and individually.

While in the war, Parnell was involved in a situation that was more of a hush-hush situation, a secret coverup, that has started to effect her life during this particular mission. Because she started talking about it, albeit only a little bit, her life is put in grave danger.

Well, I suppose her life was put in danger the moment she got involved in the situation in Iraq, but that was contingent on everyone involved keeping their mouths shut.

Apparently, someone didn't keep their mouths shut, and now there is someone tracking everyone down and figure out what is going on.

This part of the story line will continue on in the next book. The other story line, the one that involved solving the murder has been dealt with in this book. She -as in, Parnell- has even hooked up with someone (for the moment at least).

I so look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Which character – as performed by Emily Sutton-Smith – was your favorite?

I'd have to say that my favorite character(s) are Parnell and Clyde; their relationship is very unique, and having them adjust to life at home is very intriguing to me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not sure; I'd have to say that Murder, homelessness, and probably a few others would be great tag line...

Any additional comments?

Just a fair warning, there is coarse language, sexual situations,

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