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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,904

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

One of the best books I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

having never heard of Delia Owens before, I ordered this book with some questions. However, it did not take long for the incredible prose to completely Pull Me In. I think many writers aspired to create the visuals that Ms Owens is able to pull off in this book. Even if the story its self was not incredible, the writing made it worth the reading. the story, however, is also amazing. The Twist at the end you never see coming. I hope that she continues to write more in the fiction genre.

  • Dark Queen

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 12
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,761

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can't let that happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure from Faith Hunter!

  • By Teri on 05-02-18

Series just keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

A lot of supernatural series I listen to tend to decrease in quality and depth of story as the series continues. The Jane Yellowrock series is the exception. This continuing epic of my favorite heroine just keeps getting better and better. I cried at the ending of this one. If I could speak to the author I would beg her to continue this series for years to come.

  • Agent in Place

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,685

Fresh off his first mission back with the CIA, Court Gentry secures what seems like a cut-and-dried contract job: A group of expats in Paris hires him to kidnap the mistress of Syrian dictator Ahmed Azzam to get intel that could destabilize Azzam's regime. Court delivers Bianca Medina to the rebels, but his job doesn't end there. She soon reveals that she has given birth to a son, the only heir to Azzam's rule - and a potent threat to the Syrian president's powerful wife. Now, to get Bianca's cooperation, Court must bring her son out of Syria alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Court Gentry, baby & diaper bag hmmmm...

  • By shelley on 02-21-18

The Grey Man is always excellent.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

The Gray Man was entertaining as always. In this particular instance, the narrator was particularly good as well.

  • Spoils

  • By: Brian Van Reet
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Armando Duran, Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires. In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed after all the hype

  • By Barbara on 01-30-18

disappointed after all the hype

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

this book was hyped as one of the best of 2017. I found it a little slow honestly. While it has a very realistic ending, the middle of it really drug along for me. The narrators were out standing.

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  • The Charm School

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,468

Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly Good

  • By Char on 11-07-09

good read, but a little long.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good plot and well narrated. I am new to Demille, and like his cynical but likeable tone. what kept this from being a five-star book for me is that it was probably longer than it needed to be.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,038

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Hard to stop listening.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

This book starts of well and just gets better. A young man whose life examples have been poor shows incredible character and perseverance as he stumbles into an incredible story that begins as a simple college English course requirement. He works to clear the name of man who is at death's door step and in the midst of his quest finds love and true friendship.

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  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,619

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detective Noir at its finest

  • By Aaron on 01-15-15

has not aged well

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

this book was written in the 1930s and in my opinion this genre has not aged well. Highly stylized dialogue and a fairly weak plot. However, the narrator was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,018

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

Nihilism blah blah blah

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I can't believe I stuck with it all the way through just to hear the author vent his obvious hatred of religion and Christianity in particular, his opposition to the war in Iraq and his views on climate change. I kept waiting for there to be a point to all Holly's travails but no. Nihilistic to the end.

  • Dark Heir

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 9
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

For centuries, the extremely powerful and ruthless vampire witches of the European Council have wandered the Earth, controlling governments, fostering war, creating political conflict, and often leaving absolute destruction in their wake. One of the strongest of them is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Yellowrock Book to Date!

  • By Florida Mama on 04-09-15

Best so far

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Just finished Dark Heir. It's number 9 in the series and Jane Yellowrock's story is as vibrant and fresh and the day it started in book one. Faith Hunter is tops in her genre. Most other series in this category fizzle out after a while (Sookie Stackhouse , Anita Blake to name a few ) but Jane's story continues to be compelling. I can't wait to see what happens next. ! Thanks Faith

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  • Blood Passage

  • Blood Destiny, Book 2
  • By: Connie Suttle
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

As the first female vampire successfully turned in 700 years, Lissa finds herself in demand by the Vampire Aristocracy. Forced into an unexpected engagement as a result, Lissa feels trapped and stifled as she continues training with her surrogate sire. When a request comes from the Grand Master of the werewolves, Weldon Harper, Lissa leaps at the opportunity to work as his bodyguard once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, equally great narrator

  • By Barbara on 08-28-14

Great story, equally great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-28-14

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

Yes, i have read this whole series on kindle and it's even better to listen to it on audible. I like the main character and her story flows very quickly. I just want to know when the rest of her series will be out on audible. Because this book ended in quite a cliff hanger

What did you like best about this story?

Watching how the main character evolves and adapts to circumstances way beyond her control

What about Traci Odom’s performance did you like?

When a book has a good narrator I am never really aware of them. That's how good Traci is

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

The last paragraph !

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in a good series with vampires, other supernatural characters, a strong female lead and a little romance mixed in will like this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful