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  • Noble Beginnings

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 709

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • not at all believable

  • By SandraW on 09-09-18

Improvise Adapt and Overcome

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Good daily deal and recommendation from reviewer Shelly.
I did use the 1.25 x speed to match the author’s intent.
This was a good buy and listen but l don’t feel compelled to buy the rest of the series. This seemed like a movie script the narrator was auditioning for and got the part.
This had adventure and drama but failed to convince me to buy more.
Would have liked more of Bear character in this story and that maybe one of the small reasons no enticement to go forward with the series. Maybe if on sale.

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  • Heir in Exile

  • Latvala Royals, Book 3
  • By: Danielle Bourdon
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Chey's return to Latvala is fraught with deception. She enters the country illegally upon Prince Sander's request, and, realizing they cannot hide their relationship much longer, prepare to announce their status to the King and Queen. Neither could have imagined the lengths the ruling Monarchs would go to keep the two apart. Chey must go on the run to save her own life while Sander is forced into exile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SAD To See It End

  • By Judy on 04-09-18

Must Be A Fan of Author

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I am a big fan of narrator Ms Dawe, so l took a leap of faith on this author, who unfortunately is not for me.
This is a series and if this story had had the incentive for me, l would go back and purchase the previous books.
I couldn’t get the rhythm of this author. l found E.g. Journal venting unsophisticated and naive. Think Pretty Woman syndrome. Previous books may have expounded characterization on our heroine, so possible ok to buy on sale, but just to get to hear Ms Dawe once again.
Sentences e.g. “isn’t being kind and good worth something “ seemed irrelevant for being with a prince groomed for Royal command.
Yet all the men were yummy and Ms Dawe really brings this home with her great male voices.
Character Thor could have been developed deeper to make a more substantial plot, hence author or editing not for me.
If l had listened to previous books, this story would have seemed a let down as a final adventure.

  • I've Got My Eyes on You

  • By: Mary Higgins Clark
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

After a party when her parents are away, 18-year-old Kerry Dowling is found fully dressed at the bottom of the family pool. The immediate suspect is her boyfriend, who had a bitter argument with her at the party. Then there is a 20-year-old neighbor who was angry because she didn't invite him to the party. Or is there someone else who has not yet been seen on the radar? Kerry's older sister, Aline, a 28-year-old guidance counselor, is determined to assist the prosecutor's office in learning the truth. She does not realize that now she is putting her own life in danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Nichole Laurencin Scott on 04-05-18

The First Sign Of Justice

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Great 50% sale buy because January LaVoy narrated it. Author knows how to evoke emotions e.g. Character Jamie steals your heart and makes this a 5 star listen. Ms LaVoy knocked this one out of the park.
I have not been a fan of this author but this story paired with narrator made this suspense a delightful listen about young youth who insist on independence. They all learn the consequences of their impulsive behavior. This is a story l will take the time to re listen again.
If author wants new fans then she should pair her work with this narrator. I purchased this book as l love to listen to Ms LaVoy. Don’t miss her Marcia Clark series
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  • The Night Crew

  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil...and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have missed Brian Haig! Glad to have him back...

  • By shelley on 03-26-15

Duty Honor Country

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Sacrifice is the word of the day. This story, showcased the talent of the author, and as the cost was under $10, such a great deal and entertainment.
Audible started with my fave Scott Brick, but went forward with Joe Barrett and it was such a pleasure to hear Joe perform Sean Drummond. My fave of this series Private Sector as the wit was bark out loud material.
Note: I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
This narrator is good, make no mistake, but he failed to give the Sean Drummond sarcastic flare that narrator Joe Barrett performed. Mr Lane did in fact perform the serious parts every well and did justice to this story.
This is worth your listening time.
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  • Run and Hide

  • Eva Driscoll Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Alan McDermott
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Eva Driscoll is used to chasing down bad guys, but now the bad guys are chasing her. She knows they won’t stop until she’s dead. After her brother is killed in a faked suicide, Driscoll teams up with ex-soldier Rees Colback, the one person who can help her find answers. Together they’re determined to uncover why members of his Special Forces squad are dying in mysterious circumstances. But with every agency in the country in hot pursuit, their only choice is to flee. The clock is ticking. They can’t run forever. It’s time to make a choice: kill or be killed...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Duty Honor Revenge

  • By Empress Karen on 09-01-18

Duty Honor Revenge

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I love this narrator and with over 100 of her reads, I have seen Ms Dawe get better and better!
Don’t miss her Marcia Clark series, even reviewer Wayne liked it! Narrator maybe growing on him too.
I do use the 1.25x speed often to match the author’s intent, and his choice for Ms Dawe doesn’t disappoint. Her accents are spot on and you are right there in England or Italy even for the short chapter. Her male voices are great, which is why I’m a big fan.
In fact, I did use 1x speed half way into this book so I didn’t miss any of the action, this one is packed with it. See Amazon book reviews for author testimonials!
This book is a fast pace adventure with a heroine to cheer! For us ladies who didn’t have a big bother to watch out for us, and wanted one, this heroine sets a picture of a smart, determined and focused woman who doesn’t have NO in her vocabulary. She defines ruthlessness!
Would greatly appreciate Book #2 with Ms Dawe narrating to come soon, thank you Audible.
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  • Highland Warrior, Murray Family Series, Book 9

  • MacEnroys
  • By: Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Fleeing an obsessed suitor, Fiona MacEnroy rides recklessly into Scotland's wildest hills and is captured by a horde of well-armed men. Instead of battling for her life, she finds herself swept away by a powerful stranger and carried off to a remote, forbidding keep. Oddly, here at Scarglas, a place shrouded in mystery and the black reputation of the rogue clan MacFingal, Fiona feels a strange, comforting sense of safety…and a consuming passion for its rugged laird.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By sandy on 06-04-14

The Devil’s Big Toe

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I love listening to Angela Dawe’s Scotts’ brogue. She is gifted with her performances of many accents, her male voices (yum) and her gift to bring out the emotions when children are in the tale. Well, this one has all three.
When the lad asks to sleep inside, will make you pause!
Love Storm Cloud, sorry he was not in this tale much, but when he is, it touches your heart.
My fave of series is still books 5 & 6 and Sigmore story. All 3 have the most wit and humor.
These are not complicated adventure, and I do use 1.25x to match the author’s intent. Sometimes I slow it down to 1x to savor Angela’s voice as she is that good. Don’t miss Julie Garwoods Sweet Talk which started my discovery of Ms Dawe.
If you like this series, don’t miss, Nora Roberts The MacGregor series or Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner series.

  • Private Sector

  • Sean Drummond Series, Book 4
  • By: Brian Haig
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

Wherever Sean Drummond goes, it seems that the JAG officer leaves a trail of political fallout in his wake. So when his superiors get an opportunity to loan him to a prestigious law firm, they jump on it, hoping he'll soak up the nuances of civilian lawyering. But almost immediately, dark clouds appear when Sean's predecessor in the loan-out program is murdered. Then Sean begins to sense something amiss with the firm's biggest client, a telecom behemoth with large defense contracts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Kathryn on 02-28-17

The Most Laughter of the Series

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Joe Barrett is irreverent when telling this story so you laugh out loud and get laughter when you least expect it. His CIA joke has you howling and replaying it.
If you are not in the mood to laugh, pick another story in this series.
This is my fave reader of this series, and can only hope author realizes the gift this narrator adds to his tales.
I do use 1.25x speed to match author's intent.
This is a very gifted author, as other reviewers, Shelly has stated.
Each story brings out a different talent the author has and it is showcased in that tale, hence you end up buying the full series even though some of the narrators are not as talented in representing our hero, Sean as Joe Barrett.
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  • Twist of Faith

  • By: Ellen J. Green
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

After the death of her adoptive mother, Ava Saunders comes upon a peculiar photograph, sealed and hidden away in a crawl space. The photo shows a shuttered, ramshackle house on top of a steep hill. On the back, a puzzling inscription: Destiny calls us. Ava is certain that it's a clue to her elusive past. Twenty-three years ago, she'd been found wrapped in a yellow blanket in the narthex of the Holy Saviour Catholic Church - and rescued - or so she'd been told. Her mother claimed there was no more to the story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The reader was great, the story not so much

  • By ShortOne on 04-10-18

It’s About The Faith

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Great $3.95 daily deal for a $24.95 wishlist book.
Ms Dawe, is one of my 5 top narrator’s I buy, so hoo ray today!
This is a mystery that addresses issues that are currently in the news. The ending gives way to thoughtful thinking and you don’t feel like you have been spoon fed an ending, hence the mixed reviews.
Note I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.

If you are a fan of Ms Dawe’s narrations, don’t miss author Marcia Clark series she reads. Great!
If you like her accented narrations, her best is any that showcase her Scottish brogue eg: Nora Roberts, MacGregor series or Hannah Howell series. If you like romance, Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner, smoking hot.
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  • 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

  • Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
  • By: Amy Morin
  • Narrated by: Amy Morin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Everyone knows that regular exercise and weight training lead to physical strength. But how do we strengthen ourselves mentally for the truly tough times? And what should we do when we face these challenges? Or as psychotherapist Amy Morin asks, what should we avoid when we encounter adversity? Through her years counseling others and her own experiences navigating personal loss, Morin realized it is often the habits we cannot break that are holding us back from true success and happiness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts Off Slow

  • By A. Yoshida on 05-22-17

Behavior Change Can Help Sift Attitude

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Don’t miss out on this good daily deal $2.95 to get you on the road to where YOU want to be.
Note: I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author intent. Many good writers are not narrator’s but at this speed the information flows and you can get the meaningful information author delivered.
I tend to listen first for content, and get the tempo of the author, then note chapters that have an action plan.
This author, was forced to implement methods she outlined for her patients, if she too was to overcome tragedy.
Author explains quickly and clearly why certain behaviors can be detrimental instead of healing.

I tend to be a half empty glass of water personality type, so I look for motivational books that galvanize me to take a different action so I move 1 step closer to where and want I want to be. Sometimes, you don’t know what you don’t know!
This book encourages you to take pity party energy and make yourself a bit happier or at least get you on the road out of your funk. The ideas and suggestions are up lifting especially for me when I slip my leash and have a pity party.
This is no miracle advise, but it was a great outline to get you on the road to happiness especially if you get into the pity party mode just once too often.
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  • Criminal

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512

Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Explains a lot!

  • By Joan on 11-22-12

Sweet Little Lamb

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This is one of the best in this series, if not the best! However, if you start with this one, it may spoil this series if you want to go back and start it. This book is Amanda’s and Evelyn story and it reveals Will’s background.

If you cannot take terror and gore, Eg Undone, this series is great but you may have a hard time sleeping at night. After Undone, I couldn’t sleep from the terror!
Narrator Natalie Ross, of whom I am a long time fan, did such an excellent job with Will Trent’s voice, as with all the other characters, that it compelled me to start this series. Well, my curiosity got the better of me, and I skipped around and purchased by narrator and not the order written.

This story really surprised me! I can tell you the author got the hint to tone down the terror, and she did great in this one. You can tell when a terror scene is coming and skip it if you like. (Only two to watch out for.)

This author can write, but you must like scary books and films to begin the series from book 1.
This author may finally hit the best seller list with each new book if she can continue not to add her signature terror to the story. I can tell you I have no compulsion to buy her other stories as I am afraid of the terror she can write. She is good in that department, as my sleepless nights can attest!
I can tell you the short stories with Will Trent are great. Not scary at all! Most of all they show you how well this author can write in the Earnest Hemingway style.

I am a new fan of narrator Ms Early! I own all her romance, Rachel Gibson books. They are laugh out loud in public type stories, and are not to be missed if you like the romance genre.
Ms Early is great in the Will Trent series as she captures the essence the author wants to portray. So glad she is re recording some of the books in this series based on poor narrator reviews. I will have to check out those stories as they come out.

I do use the 1.25x speed to match the author’s intent.
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