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  • Dead in the Water

  • A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 3
  • By: Dana Stabenow
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Rocks the Boat

  • By Rusty on 07-04-18

Kate Rocks the Boat

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I never imagined that I would fall in love with a series set in Alaska (hate snow and cold weather) where the residents are either fishing, talking about fishing or eating fish (not a favorite).

After reading and listening to the entire Kate Shugak series at least 10 times, I can honestly say that these books just keep getting better with time.




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  • The Hot One

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,545

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers? Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I've got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home. Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TRUE TO FORM, LB DELIVERED A SIGHWORTHY LOVE STORY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 03-04-17

Tyler Beats Women

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

About half way into this unromantic book, attorney Tyler starts beating his former college girlfriend Delayne, who he had dumped after graduation. That fact was particularly creepy and offensive, considering he was babysitting a young female relative in the first chapter. Since Tyler believed he had the right to physically assault adult women, could molesting children be another acceptable kink?

Delayne was surprisingly weak and pathetic, for an educated, hard-working business owner. However, as a massage therapist and health advocate, she should understand the dangerous affects of physical abuse to a woman's body, not to mention her spirit and dignity. When Delanye passively accepted being beaten and degraded, the message was loud and clear: women are second class citizens who don't deserve love, affection or respect.

It is depressing and frustrating that so many female authors appear to condone and support sexual violence against their own gender.

  • The Clover Chapel

  • Jamison Valley, Book 2
  • By: Devney Perry
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Ava Erickson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

After years of living under her father's thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She's abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana. Nick hasn't seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn't mean he's forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Off the charts series

  • By Misty on 02-19-18

Make up your Mind

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

Ms. Perry is an incredibly talented writer with a wonderful sense - if only she would make up her mind about her target audience. Like the first book in this series, main characters Nick and Emme were supposed to be in their early 30s yet acted like irrational adolescents. (Audible could also provide more accurate plot descriptions and summaries.)

If this book was intended for teens, then her featured characters should be younger. If she was writing for mature adults, then Nick and Emme needed to stop acting on impulse or emotion and start using their brains. There were many more annoying than entertaining moments, too many ridiculous plot twists and almost no real communication.

I just couldn't buy into the idea that they choose to stay married for 9 years (after a quickie Vegas marriage as strangers), just hanging in marital limbo and making no effort reunite. Then they both happen to move to a tiny Montana town, population less than 1,000, where they immediately start having sex but never an honest conversation.

Note: When Emme, a kindergarten teacher, suspected that one of her students was being neglected and abused, she was required by law to IMMEDIATELY report her suspicions to law enforcement. In reality, an abused child would likely have been seriously injured or killed while Emme spent months documenting her suspicions.

  • The Coppersmith Farmhouse

  • Jamison Valley Series, Book 1
  • By: Devney Perry
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Joe Arden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town's sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she's ever laid eyes on - and a complete jerk. Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She's stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4 The Coppersmith Farmhouse Stars

  • By Listener on 01-10-18

Control Freak with a Gun and Badge

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

While the writing was excellent, the romance between main characters Sheriff Jess and nurse Georgia was emotionally abusive and totally unhealthy.

In the beginning, I was sympathetic to Georgia who was a single, hardworking mother who had just lost her mother to cancer. She seemed smart and caring but instantly and completely allowed Jess to takeover her life.

Jess bulldozed into Georgia's life, refusing to listen to her feelings and concerns, treating her like a brainless twit rather than a competent adult. It was depressing and creepy, rather than romantic or respectful.

A selfish, arrogant control freak with a badge and gun is not my idea of a hero. Yuck!




  • Baby I'm In

  • Honky Tonk Angels, Book 3
  • By: Ciana Stone
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Love was the last thing on Kyle Stader's mind. He'd found and lost that once and he wasn't about to ever let himself feel that kind of hurt again. So, when Liz Redgate shows up in Cotton Creek, he might find himself interested, but it darn sure isn't going to go anywhere except maybe the bedroom. Liz is an enigma. A woman who can handle a thoroughbred race horse better than half a dozen experienced jockeys, and one who is keeping secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm In!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-20-16

Asshole Ranchers

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

When horse trainer Liz was almost raped while working for Wes and Kyle, both asshole ranchers dismissed the sexual assault as no big deal. What kind of heartless jerks wouldn't call the police and fire the violent, drunken ranch hands?

I am not sure who was the bigger asshole: Kyle or Wes, childhood friends who allowed themselves to be bullied by Wes's rich father. Neither man showed any integrity, morality, or compassion.

Sadly, Liz was surrounded by greedy, immoral men like her father who wanted to sell her into sexual slavery or her spineless brother who worked for their brutal father, too lazy to find a real job.

There were a few interesting minor female characters but Liz was a huge disappointment, amazing with horses but incredibly stupid with men. Ironically, the most engaging character was a horse.

  • Private Relations

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Welcome to the Chapel House, the old oceanfront mansion where a group of close friends share their hopes and dreams and where love is sometimes an unexpected guest. Heartfelt and deeply moving, Private Relations won the 1989 RITA Award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel from the Romance Writers of America.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What???

  • By Kimberly K. Roberts on 06-12-18

Doctor Dumbo

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

The premise for Private Relations sounded promising but the execution was seriously disappointing. The diverse group of friends who shared a huge shore house were over 30 and educated yet acted like immature, selfish brats. It was like listening to a really bad reality show...

Doctor Cole was in a bizarrely abusive relationships with both his sociopath girlfriend and his manipulative family. Instead of breaking up with the violent bitch (can't remember her name), Cole flirted with newcomer Kit who was also his patient and co-worker. I stopped listening when they had unprotected sex - seriously stupid for 2 adults who work in healthcare.

  • Wild Horses

  • By: B. J. Daniels
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

It took only one impulsive moment on an empty two-lane highway to cost her everything. A man's responsible for his own prosperity - especially if he's Cooper Barnett, the most determined cowboy in the West. No one knows what he sacrificed to claim a piece of Beartooth, Montana, for himself and his beautiful fiancée, Livie. No one knows what he's willing to do for love...until a stranger's twisted vendetta threatens the happy ending they should've had long ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Horses - Montana Hamiltons Series

  • By AnnieS on 07-03-16

Good Mystery, Immature Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Although I enjoyed most of the story, the romance between rich girl Livie (25) and ranch hand Cooper (28) brought back bad memories of high school. They kept believing the worst of the other, not trusting, not communicating, lots of bickering, seriously not ready to be married or become parents.

The Montana small town setting was interesting, but missing the sense of community that is common in rural areas. The percentage of mean-spirited and violent residents seemed unbelievable, creating few light or heart-warming moments. Engrossing plot well written but not something I would want to experience more than once.

  • Mack Daddy

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right? So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen. At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can I Be Frankie for a Day?

  • By URSULA G on 03-07-17

Cheating and Honesty Issues

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

While Mack Daddy had some humorous and heartfelt moments, the over-all plot was too immature considering Frankie and Mack's ages (early 30s).

More than half the book consisted of Frankie and Mack rehashing their friendship which started as college/graduate school roommates and ended abruptly when Mack got his girlfriend pregnant. It is somewhat understandable when students are too insecure to admit their true feelings, but it is just annoying when adults can't be honest with each other.

Frankie was also not honest with her live-in boyfriend Victor about her rekindled attraction to Mack, and Mack was willing to help her cheat on poor Victor. Evidently neither Mack or Frankie understood that anyone who would cheat WITH them would also cheat ON them.

The narration was amazing but could not make up for the less-than-engaging storyline.



  • Unexpected Hero

  • Skyline Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Willow Summers
  • Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Jenna wants is to grace the NYC skyline with a building of her design. But to do it, she must tear down a neighborhood riddled with dangerous criminals who will stop at nothing to claim vengeance. Sent away from the threat for a week-long tour in the wilds of Colorado, Jenna meets a stranger so intense her desire is equally mixed with fear. Tall, built, and incredibly handsome, he isn't what he seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Another grab you read

  • By GSKM in sc on 01-21-17

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

So much stupidity I'm not sure where to start...

Architect Jenna is particularly stupid and unlikeable; she willingly worked for a corrupt builder and alongside a convicted sex offender. She even made excuses for the dangerous sexual predator, stating yes he tries to rape women but he is so brilliant I am lucky to work with him.

When Jenna and her co-workers were sent on a camping trip, she didn't question why her boss would play for 4 or 5 employees to travel and commune with nature rather than actually work. Really? No one that dumb could have graduated high school let alone graduate school.


  • Telling Tails

  • Second Chance Cat Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Sofie Ryan
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

When Sarah Grayson opened a secondhand shop in the quaint town of North Harbor, Maine, she was expecting peace and quiet. Then she was adopted by a rescue cat named Elvis and a kooky trio of senior sleuths known as Charlotte's Angels. Now she has nine lives' worth of excitement.... Sarah's friend and employee Rose is delivering a customer's purchase when the quick errand becomes a deadly escapade. Rose arrives just in time to see the customer murdered by his wife, but before she can call the police, she is knocked out cold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Marilyn J Noeldner on 08-09-17

Elvis Lives

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Although I am not really a cat person, I do enjoy the character of Elvis the cat in this low key mystery series. I also like Sarah, the main character; she is caring, smart, and hard-working, starting her own unique business after loosing a job. Sarah does not moan, whine or pathetically wait for a man to take care of her.

However, the most engaging and entertaining characters are the group of senior citizen detectives who call themselves Charlie's Angels. While not totally realistic, it is a pleasant change when older folks are portrayed as smart, funny and vital. Think Golden Girls meet Jessica Fletcher.

The setting of small town North Harbor Maine is surprisingly accurate; not perfect but definitely a place you would want to visit if not live. The re-purpose shop Second Chance is so typically New England (recycling has been mandated since the 1970s), where throwing away any usable item is taboo.