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  • Lying Low: A Jane Avery Mystery

  • Jane Avery Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Cynthia St. Aubin
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

When aspiring attorney and gifted prevaricator Jane Avery is charged with killing a powerful software engineer, she sticks to the whole truth and nothing but. This time, she really has no idea who he is, or what he was doing in her bed. But no sooner is Jane railroaded than she’s bailed out by shady billionaire architect Archard Valentine. He and Jane have something in common: they’re both looking for Jane’s mother, Alex. For Valentine, it’s business. For Jane, it’s personal. And with one last lead to follow, she’s on the run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Fun and plenty of Sarcasm..

  • By shelley on 11-15-18

First book was better. Narrator is somehow worse.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Honestly, I don't have all that much to say about the story. It managed to be both unnecessarily complicated and uninteresting. Jane doesn't fare so well in the intelligence department, making a number of stupid, stubborn mistakes that she should have learned not to repeat in book one. There's really no one to root for--Jane is an awful person and the rest of the characters aren't interesting or well-rounded enough to care about rooting for them. And the ultimate resolution is anticlimactic.

The worst part of the whole experience, though, has to be the narrator. Reading for the female charterers, she's fine. But oh my God are the male characters awful. They all sound the same. And very, very dumb. Overly round syllables and weird cadences that are usually reserved for when one person mocks something stupid another person has just said. It's so, so bad. This may have been forgiveable but there are a lot of male characters in this book.

If you have Kindle Unlimited and want to give this a try, go for it. But I wouldn't recommend paying actual money.

  • Cocky Bastard

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ferguson, Aaron Abano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska. A sexy, cocky Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive. When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually tense nights in hotels, and taking unplanned detours. My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Simply stated, save your money.

  • By Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews on 04-05-16

Standard Issue

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Maybe at one time, this novel might have been original, but at this point it's just one of a million in this particular trope. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at the antics of the psuedo-strong female lead and Chance had none of the charm you usually find in the stereotypical hard outside, soft inside men of this genre.

I barely made it to chapter 7 before I skipped to the end. And that was a mistake too because the male narrator was awful. He sounded like a cartoon caricature of an Australian, more Rocco's Modern Life than heartthrob soccer star. I'm just glad I didn't waste more than a few hours on this drivel.

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  • The Strawberry Hearts Diner

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

Being broke, unemployed, and stranded back in the tiny town of Pick, Texas, was not part of Jancy Wilson's plan. Yet here she is, watching her car literally go up in smoke - along with her last-ditch hope of staying with her cousin in Louisiana. When Jancy spies a Help Wanted sign hanging in the window of the quaint Strawberry Hearts Diner, the memories of the two years she spent there as a teenager - and the lure of the diner's beloved strawberry tarts - are enough to draw her in and plant her feet...but only temporarily.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable narration, horrible story

  • By Sarah Tang on 09-20-17

A sweet, light read

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

Let me just start by saying that the narrator was amazing. I really enjoyed her and she brought each character vividly to life.

The story itself was good. A solid tale of making peace with the past, learning to find the value in yourself, and discovering that family isn't just about those tied to you by blood. The ending was predictable and a little too spot-on, but if you're looking for a happy ending, you'll definitely find it here.

  • The Final Hour

  • Victor, Book 7
  • By: Tom Wood
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

Victor is the ultimate predator. He surfaces to kill, then disappears into thin air. But he's a disposable commodity for the powerful people he works for - both the good guys and the bad. And no one has his back. Especially now that doing black bag jobs for the CIA has put a target on his head. Antonio Alvarez, a high-ranking US intelligence official, is determined to clean house and find the legendary killer who slipped away from him during an operation in Paris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victor - my favorite bad boy assassin!

  • By shelley on 08-30-17

The End of Something Special?

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I love this series and this novel was no exception.

Given the synopsis provided, I don't think it's at all a spoiler to say that Raven is back and is as snarky and fun (and deadly), as ever. I really enjoyed watching Victor interact with someone who was more of a peer and, for the moment anyway, not the competition, a threat, or his employer. It allowed us to see another side of him that wouldn't normally be featured given his usual hypervigilance and distrustful nature.

As there is no specific target in this novel, it can be said that the resolution seen in previous novels doesn't exist and that may not sit well with some readers. However, what this novel accomplishes is perhaps even better than closing the door on another human trafficker, terrorist plot, or kidnapper because it sets up the next stage of Victor's existence (or lack thereof).

I can't wait for the next one.

  • Smugglers & Scones

  • Moorehaven Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Morgan C. Talbot
  • Narrated by: Amina Cee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast's quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local's life and washes a handsome boat pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest's Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Small-Town Cozy with a Literary Twist

  • By Megan P. on 11-07-17

Small-Town Cozy with a Literary Twist

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

When I read the summary, I was intrigued by the idea of a bed and breakfast that catered strictly to an author clientele. And I think that idea made for a good spin on the basic small-town cozy mystery.

I'll start with the narration because that can make or break an audiobook and, for this story, it almost broke it for me. Pippa and Blake were okay, but aside from those two characters, I found the narration of this novel to be barely tolerable. Ms. Cee's choices took characters that toed the line of cookie-cutter and turned them into full-blown caricatures, particularly when it concerned the authors. But none were so bad as the murderer, who had a completely different cadence and tone than when we first met him. Once I finished the novel, I had to step back from the book for a few days so that the narration didn't color my review of the actual story, that's how bad it was.

Setting aside the narrator, the story itself was solid, though not without its flaws. It took some time to get to the meat of the story, but the mystery was interesting and the characters were quirky, which helped keep things light and humorous. And I still love the authors-only inn idea. There's so much that can be done with a rotating cast of mystery and suspense authors that I'm definitely interested in future installments.

As far as critiques go, there were times when the characters came off as a bit more naive than seemed realistic, and there were also some interesting writing choices like lots of cutesy stand-ins for potentially foul language mixed with a ton of wink-wink-nudge-nudge sexual innuendo. And it was a bit odd that two characters decided to have their first kiss almost immediately after discovering a relatively fresh crime scene. Maybe I'm the only one who found this less than romantic, but hey, that's between you and your therapist

However, my biggest critique would be that I hope that future installments rely a little less on some of the more overused tropes, like the exposition ending we received. That just took all the tension out of the moment for me.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Frankly, though, I wish I had read this novel instead of listening to it. I feel the audiobook version cheated me out of a pleasant, fun experience.

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  • The Unleashed

  • Jonathan Quinn, Book 10
  • By: Brett Battles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666

Even those who make bodies disappear for a living need a vacation. To Quinn and Orlando, the offer of a private villa on a quiet island beach sounds like heaven, and they jump at the chance for some family time with their six-month-old daughter and Orlando's teenage son. At first it seems as though their holiday will be even better than they'd hoped. The water is warm, the house is beautiful, and the view is spectacular. But when revenge is in the air, things have a way of going sideways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Thriller in this amazing series

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-20-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

It's incredibly hard for me to explain why I disliked this novel without going into spoilers. What I will say is that I expected much more from this installment in the series and it is likely to be the last one I'll read.

The typically tight plotting seen in previous Quinn novels is missing here. The characters make decisions that are not in line with the development seen in previous novels. Quite a few parts feel like amateur hour and while some of that can be forgiven given the emotional investment of the characters, there are several decisions made and actions taken that took me beyond my suspension of disbelief.

****SEMI-SPOILER****
That said, it was really the ending put the final nail in the coffin, both for me and one of the characters. You know it's bad when a rather important character dies and your emotional reaction is to roll your eyes, not dab at them.

  • We're All Damaged

  • By: Matthew Norman
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

Andy Carter was happy. He had a solid job. He ran 5Ks for charity. He was living a nice, safe Midwestern existence. And then his wife left him for a handsome paramedic down the street. We're All Damaged begins after Andy has lost his job, ruined his best friend's wedding, and moved to New York City, where he lives in a tiny apartment with an angry cat named Jeter that isn't technically his. But before long he needs to go back to Omaha to say good-bye to his dying grandfather.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Another Manic Pixie Dream Girl Story

  • By M. Papa on 06-18-16

Making Peace with the Past

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I really enjoyed this novel. Characters that could have easily been cookie cutter were brought to life with flaws and quirks that made them relatable and real. The perfect example of this is the mother. Without giving too much away, I'll just say she could easily have been the villain of the tale. Instead, Norman developed her in a way that managed to make her not only empathetic but almost likable. And definitely human.

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this, but what I found was a blend of comedy, humanity, and just enough weirdness to keep things interesting. Even the manic-pixie-dream-girl love interest isn't quite what you would expect.

If you're a fan of stories about moving on and making peace with oneself, then you'll no doubt enjoy this wacky tale of family and friendship.

  • Unzipped

  • Chrissy McMullen, Book 1
  • By: Lois Greiman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Chrissy McMullen has made a career leap, all the way from slinging drinks at Chicago's most notorious nightclub to dispensing psychotherapy from her sleek new practice in LA. Even if she can't quite shed her too-loud, too-curvy alter ego - or the brawling family that insists on claiming kinship. So when her most famous client, buff football star "Bomber" Bomstad, starts chasing her around her desk and getting, well...unzipped...Christina gets just a little miffed - until Bomber has the bad manners to drop dead at her feet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A romantic comedy meets mystery

  • By Christina on 08-13-17

Laugh Out Loud Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

What made the experience of listening to Unzipped the most enjoyable?

The narration was great. Lois Greiman did a great job giving each character their own individual personalities which is a key part of the audiobook experience.

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of humor. I'm a fan of irreverent, off-color humor and this book has its fair share of it. If you're part of the PC patrol--and there's nothing wrong with that--then this book may not be for you. But I think you would be missing out if you didn't at least give this book a try. Both my mother (aged 50 and pretty-PC) and I (aged 30 and not-so-PC) were cracking up throughout the novel.

Which scene was your favorite?

This question always lends itself to spoilers, so I'll just say that there were a few favorites, one of them maybe involving a little B&E.

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. If you check out my other reviews, you'll see that this has zero influence on the reviews I leave. If you're a fan of strong, somewhat mouthy, occasionally clueless female amateur sleuths, then you're probably going to enjoy this book.

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  • Mad Love

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Nico Evers-Swindell, Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it. What better way to show that your 'love algorithms' work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you're the perfect match, it doesn't make it so!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • real bummer

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-26-16

Spalding Never Disappoints

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

A cute, funny, and completely mad joyride. I can't say that this was as uproariously hilarious as some of his other novels, but I still laughed aloud and fell in love with his kooky, delightfully flawed characters.

My favorite thing about Spalding's stories isn't that they're just hilarious, which they are, but that they're hilarious and human. That holds true in Mad Love, too. No matter how ridiculous the scenario, the humanity always shines through and elevates the story from simply amusing to memorable and, at times, even moving.

And I would be remiss if I didn't mention the delightful performances by the narrators. Evers-Swindell and Landon bring the entire crazy cast to life. Listening to them was a pleasure.

  • One Perfect Lie

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,604

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He's applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he's ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable. But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie. Susan Sematov is proud of her son, Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good - or evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Narrator I've heard

  • By Felicity Xenia Spamotic on 04-26-17

Scottoline Does it Again

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

What did you love best about One Perfect Lie?

The story was great. It's hard to explain exactly why without giving away too much of the plot, but there was one big twist that will have most readers going 'Wait? What? Ohhh..." in the best possible way. I had to knock off a star for the ending because it went a bit cheesy and far fetched, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the hours spent listening to this novel.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris. Read it, you'll no-doubt no why.

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

I have and this one is just as good as the others I've listened to. I very much enjoy Newbern's narration.

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

Yes. And I mostly did.

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