LISTENER

Kindle Customer

  • 84
  • reviews
  • 120
  • helpful votes
  • 1,169
  • ratings
  • Next of Kin

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she's placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes offgrid to save herself. What the FBI can't do, her kinfolk will. The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, with dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming—even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker—is made bittersweet by the fight she's brought to the clan's doorstep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!! From start to finish....loved it!!!

  • By M. Davis on 02-20-12

Becoming One of My Favorite Writers

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

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

If you like romance with a plot beyond the romantic (and sexual) interest, you might like this woman's books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Next of Kin?

The devastating effects of being in a protected witness category. Not all have the drawbacks that occur in this one, but assuming the program is a snap is incorrect.

Which character – as performed by Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

I like the character of Beth. She's strong and reflects a resilience that few individuals have.

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

Yes, but I listen to books as I do other things. This one is one that I'd listen to again to catch the parts I inadvertently skipped.

  • Winters Heat

  • Titan, Book 1
  • By: Cristin Harber
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 673

After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she'd rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns. Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Kim on 06-21-14

Lots of Action

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I probably wouldn't recommend this to a friend because the narrator's voice would bore them to death. He doesn't even sound as though he's reading, just saying the words.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Another narrator would have helped. Tightening up the storyline would make it more enjoyable.

How could the performance have been better?

A more flexible voice would help. The pronunciations are perfect, but even an accent would make it better.

Do you think Winters Heat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Nope, I wouldn't read another book by this author until it's edited more carefully.

  • Don't Cry for Me

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go - until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside. Quinn - her brother-in-arms, ex-lover, and now maybe her future. Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she's incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an insight into soldiers returning home

  • By Stevie on 11-26-12

Outstanding Novel

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

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

I would definitely recommend this to a friend. It's a bit long, but the story holds up throughout its length.

What did you like best about this story?

Post-Traumatic-Stress is a very real part of the return of our veterans to civilian society. This deals with the issues in a believable yet hopeful manner. The characters in this are believable and engaging.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say. The settings vary so much that this book will appeal to multiple audiences.

Any additional comments?

This author's work is on my wishlist for Audible books. I'd even listen to it again, considering the multi-faceted appeal.

  • Waking Nightmare

  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

With a serial rapist loose on the streets of Savannah, hotshot detective Ryne Robel needs answers, not the psychobabble head games of forensic profiler Abbie Phillips. Abbie must convince him that head games are exactly what this elusive suspect is all about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Again, This Author Needs a Good Editor

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-06-18

Again, This Author Needs a Good Editor

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I would recommend it, but with the warning that the 'steamy' scenes in most cases don't add to the plot

Would you recommend Waking Nightmare to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not because it takes too long to get to the actual story.

What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s voice?

Fine for the genre.

Could you see Waking Nightmare being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie, perhaps, but it would require a great deal more non-sex-related action. Don't know about the stars.

  • Tempting the Bodyguard

  • Gamble Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout, J. Lynn
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot but reputed to have a taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his growing libido.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect amount of Sexual heat

  • By Dyan on 02-09-15

Totally R Rated

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. I prefer more plot with the sex.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Don't know at this point. My eyesight is failing so I listen a lot.

What three words best describe Kaleo Griffith’s voice?

An excellent narrator with a pleasant voice and just the right touch with reading. Probably the best thing about this audiobook.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Nope, I'd be embarrassed.

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,526
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,536

The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful to listen to

  • By Toni on 10-24-14

Back to the Old Grisham

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

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

I'd recommend this book. It's a great tale of the problems that exist in the coal country of Appalachia. Frankly, living in the Midwest, I'd not been aware of the negative impacts coal mining has had in the area.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gray Mountain?

When the lawyers were given a case that involved the death of two young boys as a direct result of carelessness in managing the reclamation of a shattered mountain after mining.

Which character – as performed by Catherine Taber – was your favorite?

The young attorney from New York impressed me with the character's growth and resolve.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me angry - again at the lack of care for individuals evidenced by corporations. Money isn't everything.

  • Submerged

  • Alaskan Courage, Book 1
  • By: Dani Pettrey
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 540

When her aunt dies in a mysterious plane crash, Professor Bailey Craig returns to Yancey, Alaska. She soon learns that her expertise is desperately needed in the investigation of a string of local murders—so she works with her ex, Cole McKenna, to ferret out the truth. As they become reacquainted, old feelings rekindle—but do Bailey and Cole have a future together?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Submergerged

  • By Cindy H. on 04-18-17

Really Enjoyable Book

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Would you listen to Submerged again? Why?

Yes, I would - given a while to forget details. This author may be one of my new favorites.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bailey, of course. She exhibited the ways individuals can change over the years. I liked the way Christianity was inserted in a reasonable way rather than a paste-on.

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

No, I haven't.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book kept me interested all the way through. The author uses an unusual plot premise, but it works.

  • Fatal Burn

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Someone is trying to kill Shannon Flannery, but the police don't believe her. Only Travis Settler, a former Special Forces agent, is inclined to help. He's certain that Shannon's shady past has something to do with the disappearance of his daughter, whose connection to Shannon has nightmarish implications.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • As if a father with a missing daughter...

  • By reviews on 06-19-07

Good Romantic Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

What did you love best about Fatal Burn ?

I loved the way the author entangles plots to achieve a plausible, but an unexpected ending. Many of the characters are well developed, particularly the main ones. however, some are not well developed and it takes a while to ascertain their place in the plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I was intrigued by the heroine. Didn't really develop an affection for any of them

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Guidall's matter of fact method of reading helps diminish the horror of some of the scenes. I probably wouldn't have made it through this book without his narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, I have an urge to tell the author to send it back to editing to tighten it up. Too much description of the horrors without enough of the characters needs to be corrected. It's entirely too long.

Any additional comments?

I'd bet this could be a blockbuster with editing.

  • Traces of Guilt

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois state police detective...mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration! Enjoyed ~ Thoroughly.

  • By GigiD. on 05-11-16

Riveting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

What did you love best about Traces of Guilt?

I love the character development in this book. The people being discussed are clearly defined and quite interesting on their own. The storyline is varied and complex, keeping the reader interested all the way through.

What other book might you compare Traces of Guilt to and why?

I'm not sure which book I'd compare this with because the author has a voice of her own. The story is somewhat usual inasmuch as it is a classic thriller, but her treatment of it is fresh. I'd read other books by this author.

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

No, I haven't.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes I was angry about the circumstances of the crimes being investigated. Isn't that what a good novel does?

  • If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him

  • By: Sharyn McCrumb
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him draws together the stories of two women, unrelated except for a common crime: both are charged with killing their husbands. As their tales of abandonment and abuse unfold, the forensic anthropologist must sift through decades of information while juggling evidence, hearsay, and history. Before she realizes it, MacPherson is involved in a battle of the sexes that hits very close to home. Right up until the final verdict, this moving adventure will keep you guessing the outcome and cheering for the spirited investigator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating!

  • By Kimberlee Smith on 02-12-18

All-Time Favorite Story

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

Reviewed: 12-17-17

Would you listen to If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him again? Why?

I probably will listen to it again because I love the narrator. The book became a favorite of mine since it was published. McCrumb's characters are so true to life, and she's dealing with women's issues that are usually not mentioned in 'polite' society.

What was one of the most memorable moments of If I'd Killed Him When I Met Him?

When Elizabeth reveals the fate of the original Todhunter that started all the repercussions. Well researched and absolutely true to the time she's considering.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

Elizabeth McPherson is such a sympathetic character in all her grief and trials. She grows in understanding in the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The first time I read it, I laughed so hard I cried. Some of the circumstances struck a note in my own past.

Any additional comments?

I'm so glad Audible keeps my purchases in a Cloud Library. I can listen to them again and again. By the way, my paperback copies were worn out and drenched with bath water, soda, and coffee.