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  • American Philosophy

  • A Love Story
  • By: John Kaag
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 343

In American Philosophy, John Kaag - a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career - stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books on an old estate in the hinterlands of New Hampshire that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernest Hocking. The library includes notes from Whitman, inscriptions from Frost, and first editions of Hobbes, Descartes, and Kant. As he begins to catalog and preserve these priceless books, Kaag rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling!

  • By karen on 12-04-16

How Sad

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

Now I know why philosophers are always so sad and depressed... they have no hope. They spend all their lives in search of the one thing that's right in front of them... GOD. Your life, like this book, does not need to end with a maybe. It can end with knowing where you will go after you leave this earth. It can continue on with an absolute knowledge. Too bad they don't believe in absolutes.
If they would spend as much time reading the Bible and getting to know their creator, as they do in pursuit of all these other books. They could lead a happy and fulfilled life here on this Earth, before moving on to Heaven.
Sadly, when you are so self-important (selfishly), deem yourself to be wiser than anyone else, and (let's just say it) self-righteous, you will refuse to see what's right in front of you.

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  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,857
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,877

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Read

  • By Menon on 08-14-12

Historical Romance

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

If you love romance novels, you will love this book. I'm more into Mysteries which this does have, but it's mostly a romance novel, and it's very long.
I wish Audio would categorize these better as Romance, instead of Historical Fiction.
I will have to be leary, in the future, of books categorized as Historical Fiction, apparently "fiction" means Romance. Which I guess actually makes sense, if you think about it. LOL

  • The Broken Brooch

  • The Celtic Brooch, Book 5
  • By: Katherine Lowry Logan
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

When a brooch is broken, some of its magic is lost. When NYPD detective JL O'Grady is invited to be her brother's plus-one at Montgomery Winery's end-of-harvest gala, she plans to enjoy a fabulous weekend in Napa drinking wine, enjoying sunset dinners on the veranda, and watching her brother's high school basketball tournament. Instead, she's pulled into a murder investigation hauntingly similar to a New York City racketeering and drug case that nearly ended her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic suspense story set in Napa Valley!

  • By LilMissMolly on 09-27-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Warning: This is not a Mystery/Thriller with a little romance. It is more a "Romance"/Erotica with a murder mystery throwed in on the side. And in fact, I would have probably been somewhat OK with that, except that it seemed to be written for horny teenagers (or adults who still want to be :-). If I want romance, I'll stick with Nora Roberts, who can do it sensibly and tastefully.
I found myself rolling my eyes a LOT through the storyline, for example: "With time running out and danger closing in", all these two can think of is sex, really. I will not be buying any more from this series, nor probably from this author.
Also, I will suggest that Audible move this series from "Mysteries & Thrillers/ Modern Detective" to "Romance" and change the "Steamy" meter to a much higher rating.

  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad

  • The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a character!

  • By C. Morris on 07-28-14

Wonderful cozy mystery series!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I just love the Agatha Raisin series, and wasn't sure how I would like a Scottish male lead. But M. C. Beaton has hit it out of the park again. I really love this series too!

  • Death in Rough Water

  • By: Francine Mathews
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Fresh from her first murder case, Nantucket detective Merry Folger is unwillingly sucked into her second. When Joe Duarte, a fishing boat captain with decades of experience on the wild seas off Nantucket, is swept overboard during a spring storm, his death is pronounced accidental. But his estranged daughter, Del, is convinced it's murder. She moves back to Nantucket to get closer to the truth and enlists her old friend, Detective Merry Folger, to help. But Del is also hiding secrets of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nantucket Mystery

  • By Terri on 08-07-18

Nantucket Mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I just love stories about Nantucket Island, and this murder mystery is the best of the best. I can't wait to continue on with the series!

  • Stillhouse Lake

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,708

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband's crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace. But just when she's starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake - and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • imagine Capt. Kirk as a cheerleader

  • By friendlykitty on 09-20-17

EVERYONE should read/listen to this story...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

…that being said, it is a hard read/listen because it is SO true, and you can see examples of it every day, in REAL life: 1) People see something on the Internet and they automatically think it's true, without checking all the facts on BOTH sides of the story. 2) People hide behind the Internet to bully and "punish" people they think are guilty of some perceived misconduct, or to harass them for not being like they are. 3) People are always quick to believe the worst of others, because somehow in their mind, that makes them "better", they think to themselves, "Yeah I've done some bad things, but I'm not THAT bad".

Rachel Caine nailed all the characters in this book. She was spot on with how people act, think and feel in these kinds of situations.

This book is so true to our day and age, the age of the internet and the dark web, vigilante justice, and misinformation. It spreads like wild fire, completely unchecked and unable to be contained. It's our new "Wild West", with no law and order anywhere in sight. People's lives are being ruined and snuffed out with a mere keyboard stroke. I heartily applaud R. Caine for tackling such a dark and horrid story line that very much needs the light shed on it. You may want to give up half way through because of the story line being so dark and dramatic, but please hang in there, and continue on with book 2, it will be worth it.

I hope by reading these books, it will make us all pause, and look inside ourselves, to make sure we are not guilty of judging people and situations, of acting like judge and jury, over things we really do not have all the facts on.

Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek really need to be read together, they are like a Part 1 & Part 2. The author does a good job of bringing you up to speed in Killman Creek, so you could possibly get by with just reading/listening to it, if the storyline is too dark or intense for you.

  • Killman Creek

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith, Lauren Ezzo, Will Ropp, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,824

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn't over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text... You're not safe anywhere now. Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has be-come a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin's victims, Gwen is going hunting.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do people really act this stupid?

  • By MCubed on 03-11-18

EVERYONE should read/listen to this book...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

…that being said, it is a hard read/listen because it is SO true. One of the "most helpful" reviewers asked, "Do people really act this stupid?" I say, Yes they do, and you can see examples of it every day, in REAL life: 1) People see something on the Internet and they automatically think it's true, without checking all the facts on BOTH sides of the story. 2) People hide behind the Internet to bully and "punish" people they think are guilty of some perceived misconduct, or to harass them for not being like they are. 3) People are always quick to believe the worst of others, because somehow in their mind, that makes them "better", they think to themselves, "Yeah I've done some bad things, but I'm not THAT bad".

Rachel Caine nailed all the characters in this book, especially the teenagers. Yes, that is how they think and feel. They are children, and they still need to be taught, instructed, protected and loved; which is what their mother was trying to do. She was a very good mother, a true parent. People don't want to be parents anymore, they want to be their kids best friend. Children don't need their mom & dad to be their "friend", they need them to be their parents.

I thoroughly enjoyed the different character perspectives, and differing voices. It made it all come to life. She was spot on with how people act, think and feel in these kinds of situations.

This book (and its predecessor) are so true to our day and age, the age of the internet and the dark web, vigilante justice, and misinformation. It spreads like wild fire, completely unchecked and unable to be contained. It's our new "Wild West", with no law and order anywhere in sight. People's lives are being ruined and snuffed out with a mere keyboard stroke. I heartily applaud R. Caine for tackling such a dark and horrid story line that very much needs the light shed on it. You may want to give up half way through because of the story line being so dark and dramatic, but please hang in there, it will be worth it.

I hope by reading this book, it will make us all pause, and look inside ourselves, to make sure we are not guilty of judging people and situations, of acting like judge and jury, over things we really do not have all the facts on.

Stillhouse Lake and Killman Creek really need to be read together, they are like a Part 1 & Part 2. The author does a good job of bringing you up to speed in Killman Creek, so you could possibly get by with just reading/listening to it, if the storyline is too dark or intense for you.

  • Rain Girl

  • By: Gabi Kreslehner, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

Veteran homicide detective Franza Oberwieser prefers her job in the winter. Summer is for growing, not for dying. So when the body of a beautiful young woman is found on the autobahn, dressed in a glittering party dress and bathed in June rain, Franza is determined to give her justice. Revealing victims’ hidden lives is part of the job, but as Franza and her partner, Felix, peel back the layers shrouding the girl’s disturbing past, darker mysteries emerge. Everyone has something to hide - even Franza, who must face her own secrets to reveal the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Marie the unknown girl.

  • By Lana Lee Plum on 01-24-17

Too much Mama Drama

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

There was a lot of "Mama Drama" in this book. I don't really care about hearing everyone's personal messy life drama. I want more of the actual Crime story. The more I heard about Franza's personal life, the more I disliked her. It's hard to get into a story when you dislike the main character so much. When it did get around to the actual solving of the crime, it was anticlimactic. I had already figured everything out, and was just waiting for the climax, which never really came. I was very disappointed, and will not continue on with the series.
There was actually a point for a great "Aha" moment, but she ruined it by telling us too much ahead of time, so even that moment in the middle of the story, was ruined. Disappointing book.

  • A Spy's Devotion

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal - and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean romance

  • By Catherine on 04-28-16

Don't be put off by the picture on the cover...

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

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

Yes, it is a wonderful, wholesome spy/romance. Nothing sleazy or embarrassing. It is quite refreshing in this day and age.

What about Anna Parker-Naples’s performance did you like?

Her performance was awesome! She made the book even better! I could listen to her night and day and never get tired of hearing her remarkable voice.

Any additional comments?

It is so refreshing to hear a book with such high moral standards, and in no way is nasty and distasteful. I will definitely listen to more books by Melanie Dickerson. I just love the historical context of the storyline also. Bravo!

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,944

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

You can judge a book... by this Title.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

What disappointed you about Still Life?

It was so dull. I felt like a spectator looking in. I had no emotional investment in any of the characters, so therefore had no empathy for any of them. Plus it was hard keeping up with all the character's names, since they were referred to by their first names in some places, and their last names in others.

Has Still Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, Murder Mysteries/ Police Procedurals are my favorite genre, but this one had no hook, so I won't be continuing on with the series.

How could the performance have been better?

Not so monotone, it was like hearing paint dry. I tried speeding it up, which has worked in the past, but didn't work this time.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It might make a good movie.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad a got this book on Sale, and did not waste a Credit on it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful