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  • Willpower Doesn't Work

  • By: Benjamin Hardy
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Hardy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

We rely on willpower to create change in our lives...but what if we're thinking about it all wrong? In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy explains that willpower is nothing more than a dangerous fad - one that is bound to lead to failure. Instead of "white-knuckling" your way to change, you need to instead alter your surroundings to support your goals. This book shows you how.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor execution

  • By Axle on 09-18-18

Steps to Succeed

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Take advantage of this $2.95 daily deal. Use the 1.25x speed to get the momentum going if you KNOW you want to change a few things in your life.
You can slow it 1x speed when you hit a key point YOU know will work for you.
I feel you can not change everything all at once, but I know you can change at least one element in your life if you establish the steps to get there, and importantly a means of measurement.
If you are a person who sets new goals for themselves to change an element in your life, then this book is a simple means to get the tactical steps you may need. I for one can not rely on willpower any more as I get too many highs and lows when I succeed but also take a step back when willpower is not enough.
I feel if you get at least 2-3 steps to pave the way to your goal, then the $2.95 was a steal!
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  • Baggage Check

  • A Novel
  • By: M. J. Pullen
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

At 35 Rebecca Williamson is surrounded by happy endings. Her friends Suzanne and Marci are living out their own personal fairy tales in Atlanta. But despite Rebecca's best efforts four years ago, her adorable college friend Jake Stillwell has officially slipped through her fingers and broken her heart. When Rebecca gets a frantic phone call from her mother back in Alabama, Rebecca is pulled back to the tiny town she worked so hard to leave behind and forced to face the hard truths about her family and past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Partnership and Marriage Needs Respect and Fairnes

  • By Empress Karen on 01-19-19

Partnership and Marriage Needs Respect and Fairnes

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

The publishers summery is spot on. No need to re write it.
I waited too long to buy this book due to mixed reviews! I buy all the narrations I can of Ms Early. See her Rachel Gibson reads and laugh your head off. Must have a strong stomach for some of the Karin Slaughter books, but I love books 6,5,2
I do use use 1.25x speed to match an authors intent.
This author does not do Fifty Shades Of Grey material, but she does write a story you will re listen many times over.
There are many illustrations of loyalty and the journey to understand the value of fairness. I can only hope this author gets more of her novels on Audible and read by Ms Early. Boy can she sing a cappella!
Do not get lost in the mix reviews as all these stories have humor as a base, so if you are not in the mood for humor then come back to this read at a later time or you will miss out on a terrific but enumerating journey.
Books 2,3,1 are my fave order.
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  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,098

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

Black Leopard

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Take advantage of this $5.95 Daily Deal as it is a steal. What a nice gift from my wish list.
The publishers summery is spot on. The Paul Brenner character from the General Daughter is great. Do not miss the Generals Daughter even if you saw the great John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe in the film as the book is a bit different and great.
I do use the 1.25 to match the author intentions.
As usual, the great narrator Scott Brick does an outstanding job on this listen. He is John Cory as he portrays just the right tone of wit and sarcasm that puts you right in the scene with him. It is most entertaining. My fave is the short story, The Book Case. The opening coffee shop scene will make you a John Cory fan.
I really like listening to his interviews with Mr. DeMille as you can tell Scott is a true fan of the author. No wonder he does such a fab job on all of the John Cory stories. I know, as I own the full series.
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  • The Marriage Pact

  • A Novel
  • By: M. J. Pullen
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Marci Thompson always knew what life would be like by her 30th birthday. A large but cozy suburban home shared with a charming husband and two brilliant children. A celebrated career as a writer, complete with mahogany shelves and a summer book tour. A life full of adventure with her friends and family by her side. Instead, Marci lives alone in 480 square feet of converted motel space next to a punk rock band, hundreds of miles from her friends and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Carried Away by the Fantasy.

  • By Empress Karen on 01-13-19

Carried Away by the Fantasy.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19


If you Love a runaway bride story, this book will do the trick.
This author reminds women to understand their true self and she made her characters likable and unlikable your choice but there is a strong moral to her stories so it’s a breath of fresh air to see good writing style that includes wit and humor that tells a story of complicated emotions of self awareness and love turning into a happy ending.
Well done.
The big moral of this story: don’t be bitter when you have naïvely gone into a immoral relationship when it ends. Don’t make the mistake of being naïve and a fool. You will hate yourself more than you hate the married man when it’s over.

I purchased this new Author for me due to Kathleen Early as my current new fave narrator. I have all of her Rachel Gibson narrations and laughed my head off! Her narrations of Karin slaughter, Will Trent series, are great but requires a strong stomach and l mean strong!
I can not wait to hear Rebecca story but if you only try 1 book in this series, start with Regrets Only.
I do use the new 1.25x speed to match the authors intent.
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  • White Hot

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

When she hears that her younger brother, Danny, has committed suicide, Sayre Lynch relinquishes her vow never to return to Destiny, the small Louisiana town in which she grew up. She plans to leave immediately after the funeral but soon finds herself drawn into the web cast by Huff Hoyle, her controlling and tyrannical father. Her father and older brother, Chris, are as devious as ever with their new partner in crime, a disarming lawyer named Beck Merchant. When Sayre is thrown in closer contact with Beck, she senses something more sinister is at play. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, especially for safety geeks!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-21-18

Soft Scrambled Eggs and Kibbles

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I have owned this same recording on Cassette, and downloaded from the publisher. I have repeatedly requested Audible to get the full length version since 2011. Well hallelujah, I was surfing reads by Narrator Victor Slezak, and found this full length recording was finally on Audible.
Audible has the 1.25x speed which matches the authors intention and makes this story bloom to life.
I love this speed for any Mystery or Action genres. Give it a try and see why I have requested this full length version and re purchased it once again so I could enjoy it at this listening speed.
This story, Smoke Screen, and Lethal are my top faves of Mr Slezak reads. I do own all of Mr Slezak Sandra Brown narrations including the tear jerkers Rainwater and Smash Cut which both require tissues.
White Hot stands the test of time as a great Sandra Brown novel. The publishers summery is spot and this novel has Ms Browns signature surprise ending.
However, it is the characters including the infamous Frito, hence my title, which makes this a story worth a revisit.
Each of the scenes that have Frito in them are my top faves, and not to be missed.
This story is set in the Bayou country and Mr Slezak narration puts you right there in the yellow mud. At the drive up fish shack you can taste the eye watering hot sauce on the freshly fried shrimp poor boy sandwiches. He is outstanding in this read.
Do not miss Ms Browns, Mean Streak, read by the great Jonathan Davis of the Star Wars novels. After you hear him narrate Mean Streak, you will go looking for his mystery narrations and become a fan!
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  • Just My Type

  • Just Everyday Heroes: Day Shift Series, Book 3
  • By: Erin Nicholas
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

She's his dream girl. Except for the fact that she's way too young for him. And way too sweet. And his best friend's little sister. He's everything she's ever wanted. Except for the fact that he's convinced they're totally wrong for each other. And the stubborn-as-hell thing. And the her-brother-will-kill-them part. But then she discovers cotton candy-flavored body powder, pink fur wedges, and nipples clamps, and everything changes. Well, except the her-brother-will-kill-them part.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Fans of TV, Cheers

  • By Empress Karen on 01-05-19

For Fans of TV, Cheers

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

I purchased this new author for me due to my top fave narrators, Karen White. Her cadence for male characters are the best especially if humor is involved.
See Julie James Us/FBI series and laugh your head off. Ms White owns all of the Jill Shalvis she reads, eg Rumor Has It and Then Came You.
This author has a moral to each of her 3 stories, new out on Audible, but not new on Amazon that I have purchased.
I can only hope fans of above authors and Karen Whites catch this new author for Audible.
This is Mac story, yum yum, seriously sexy and hot opening scenes, but none of these 3 books are sizzling hot, FSOG, or very deep. These are good entertainment core romances.
Author has some hilarious scenes, and I thought there would be much more of them as the stories progressed from book 1 onto the other EMT crew eg Sam, Mac. Dooley and Kevin are still only on Amazon as I review. Author has great humor and she sprinkles just enough to entice you into purchasing the next book.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the authors intent.
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  • Taking Charge

  • Lone Star Burn, Book 4
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Lucy Albright never wanted her family's Texas ranch, but now it's in foreclosure. She's already lost so much she can't bear the thought of losing one more thing. Lucy learned the hard way not to accept help from a man when there are strings attached, so she'll do whatever it takes to save the ranch on her own terms - even if that means launching an online business marketing high-tech sex toys.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • David Is Absolutely Delicious

  • By URSULA G on 02-19-17

Great Narrator, Author Not So Much

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I purchased due to Ms Ross narration, but this author is not for me! It is hard for me to hear a biblical name eg Sara when heroine describes her mechanical toys. The publishers summery is spot on and I thought there would be humor but this story just didn’t have it. It was a bit of Nicholas Sparks, Horse Wisperer and a bit of damsel on the train tracks type dialogue.
Ms Ross can only help out so much. See Linda Howards novels she narrates, Classic best!
I have the senators story which I purchased first but had not listen to it when this story came up for sale! Not a good buy!
It took me weeks to finish it, bits at a time.
I can only hope the senators story is a whole lot better.

  • The Kept Woman

  • Will Trent, Book 8
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,264

It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor - the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much Angie, not enough Will

  • By seattlesue on 11-21-16

10 Codes From Soup Can and String Days

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Great use of the characters in this adventure. Heaps of wit and sarcasm from Faith and Amanda, and they almost steal the show for a while, hence my title.
Of course Will continues to be a hunk with Betty on his chest. This story opens up with a bang and rolls very fast.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the authors intent.
If you are not a fan of Angie, don’t worry as I did, as in the other Slaughter books a character is the subject but not necessarily having the main dialogue. One reviewer gave me the impression that Will was not in this story enough, and that is not the case. Will is still his sensitive self that melts your heart. Sara is a human cleaning machine and stands by her man. OBTW, love the dogs. I wish Ms Slaughter would add even more scenes with them.
Author just can not help herself, her descriptions of Will at the sink, beware some what and fast forward if weak stomach.
I am a believer that the author will have to add more books to the Trent series as her fans will continue to scream for them.
The reviews of her Good Daughter series are not good enough to make me endure gore and terror and sleepless nights.
I am so temped, but after the great Undone, I could not sleep for a week. Pure descriptions of evil.

I love to listen to Ms Early in as many books as she records. She does such an outstanding job with this authors work. I keep going through the reviews of authors work to eliminate books which have too much terror in the novel I have yet to hear. Fallen re record by Ms Early is great. So again tempted but many of her earlier works have terrorizing scenes that stay with you just too long.
In this story Ms Early just out does herself as author gives her the best dialogue to narrate.
Do not miss her Rachel Gibson romance series,eg Rescue Me, EXCELLENT, and M.J. Pullen Regrets Only for a fun romance.
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  • Just Like That

  • Just Everyday Heroes: Day Shift Series, Book 2
  • By: Erin Nicholas
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

What's the worst thing that could happen to two commitment-phobes? A one-night-stand set-up date - that ends in the ER instead of the bedroom. Now the girl who prides herself on not needing anyone for anything is stuck with a guilt-ridden playboy determined to take care of her until her wrist heals. In spite of his one-night-only rule with women. But hey, there's nothing wrong with making the best of being temporarily stuck together, is there? Because the key word is still temporarily.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • EMT Guys Our Heros

  • By Empress Karen on 12-23-18

EMT Guys Our Heros

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Purchased both books 1, Ben story has the most moral theme, and 2, Sam story at Members only sale.
This is a new author for me and I purchased due to the great narrator Karen White performing this series.
Don’t miss Karens narration of author Julie James FBI-Us Attorney series as you will laugh your head off.
Ms White owns the Jill Shalvis novels she narrates, my fave Rumor Has It and Then Came You.

This author uses fun as the vehicle for this story to unfold while both the hero and heroines learn the important elements of a happy life.
The publishers summary is spot on. I do use the 1.25x speed to match the authors intent.
This author is clever in book 1 when she introduces our heros for future books. Author builds the personalities of her heroes in each story so you do not want the current story to end, but you can not wait to get to the next hero she has highlighted.
The author has some fun with our EMT guys and you can not help wanting to scoop them up as they have each others six. They are fun characters who perform a serious job. You get warm fuzzies as the author embroils the heros in one set of antics after another.
Book 3, Mac story, is my Xmas present as it arrives at Audible on Christmas Day!
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  • Just Right: Just Everyday Heroes

  • Day Shift Series, Book 1
  • By: Erin Nicholas
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

He's a better-than-a-Boy-Scout, trauma surgeon extraordinaire. Who just punched a patient in the nose. She's the director of the ER. And is now in charge of keeping her star surgeon in line until his suspension is over. First order of business is prying his perfect ass off the bar stool...and keeping her huge crush on him under control. Except he refuses to move until she agrees to - and then loses - a bet for 48 hours of her undivided attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Work Service Sacrifice

  • By Empress Karen on 12-21-18

Work Service Sacrifice

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Found a new author from the members only sale while looking at one of my top fave narrators, Ms Karen White.
As always she make our heroes yummy, and our heroine as strong as can be.
She ownes author, Jill Shalvis, and Julie James. These series are not to be missed. Top drawer core romance writing.
If you are a fan of this author, see Rachel Gibson narrations by Ms Kathleen Early. You will laugh your head off.
This first book, sets up the characters for this series with howeling laughter in the truck scene with EMT guys eg Sam, Mac Books 2 and 3.
If you like pop tarts then this book is for you a with a clever plot and refreshing dialogue not of the FSOG type.
See authors Audible bio for her writing style, spot on in this book, and so is the publishers summery.
Note I do use 1.25x speed to match the adventure.
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