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  • Firefighters Series, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed - by her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story - Why So Many

  • By Therese M. Woolley on 10-04-18

Narrators Galore!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This was extremely hard to listen to. Two narrators would have been perfect but four was way to many. Caution to the hard of hearing. Do not buy this book unless you want to spend your whole time trying to decipher who's speaking. I should have heeded the warnings of the other reviewers. I finally quit half way through.

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

Cop Central.........Yikes!!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A change of Eve's constant anger.......time to heal this women and let her get over herself. Her attitude was acceptable in the earlier books but she has to move on. She's had therapy and a lot of counseling....it's time to have a positive attitude change.Also, every potential suspect was threatened with a trip to Cop Central if they didn't do it her way. You can count on getting an instant admonishment if you dare call her anything but Lieutenant. Real people don't act that way. She's angry all the time.

What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Change it up a little. Leave out Eve's past childhood. Develop the characters in a new direction so we look forward to reading the next book. Keep it interesting. This is a woman that is constantly struggling with how to adapt to her new world. Let her finally be successful in that endeavor. She acts like she is from a different planet. I found myself rolling my eyes and cringing in some parts of the book. Minimize the love making scenes with Roarke....we get it.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

Sommerset and Peabody remain my favorites!

Any additional comments?

I have read all the books in the series. I consider this a monetary and time investment. JD Robb is an excellent author and I will continue with the series in hopes that we will see a marked improvement in Eves attitude and more appearances of the characters that we have grown to love and respect.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,433

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

In Death Series is Dying....Needs Some New Life!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Eve almost seemed like she was screeching most of the time at Peabody and it was annoying. One of the first scenes was particularly distasteful. Peabody coming upon the first death scene and going bonkers over Eve's silver strapped evening shoes and remarking about Eve dragging her dress through the bloody mess. Their is a murder victim on the floor that Peabody completely ignores. Seemed like Eve was manic, angry and frustrated most of the time. Time to change it up.

What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

J.D. needs to step it up a little if she plans on keeping this series going. Develop characters that we know and love and or introduce new ones. Barely a mention of Mavis, and our favorite skeleton that meets her at the front door...missed them. Same love scenes, nightmares, and problems with Eves childhood.....move on.

Which scene was your favorite?

Didn't have one this time.

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

Not after reading the book.

Any additional comments?

I've read all of the In Death Series and this is my very first one that I didn't like. This is not to say I won't read the next one but I hope J.D. reads the comments and takes notes.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Two by Two

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,003

At 32 Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear, and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Am Stunned At The Good Reviews!

  • By Wendi on 10-17-16

Nicholas Sparks missed the "Spark" on this one.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Possibly slashing the listening time from 14 hours to 1 hour. I was absolutely shocked at this book and wondered if he used a Ghost writer. Not even in the same arena with his other books. The main characters in the book, other then the 5 year old London, were just awful. I persevered and finished it but vowed to never do that again. I'd rather quit then waste my time on this kind of dribble. Unbelievable events and conversations that transpired made the book very unlikable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm heading back to the classics.

What didn’t you like about Ari Fliakos’s performance?

Not his fault.........he really didn't have good characters to narrate and I can see him rolling his eyes when he had to!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Huge disappointment, total waste of time, money and a precious credit!

Any additional comments?

I've been with Audible for years and have 3 to 4 hundred books in my library. This ranks very close to the bottom and is a real lemon!

  • Fierce

  • Not Quite a Billionaire, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

I never asked Hemi Te Mana to rescue me. It was true that I had a lousy job. Not to mention a lousy apartment and too much responsibility, although it was a responsibility I wouldn't have given up for the world. That still didn't mean I needed rescuing, if that was what you'd call the situation I ended up in. And anyway, I knew that a multimillionaire Maori CEO with too many muscles, a tribal tattoo, and a take-no-prisoners attitude was way, way out of my league.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, the story that was in the story...

  • By Mom on the Run on 05-18-16

Fierce really Fizzled.

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you try another book from Rosalind James and/or Claire Bocking?

Maybe after I researched the content better.

What could Rosalind James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less sex scenes. They became boring and unrealistic at best.

What didn’t you like about Claire Bocking’s performance?

I felt sorry for her. I have read all of the New Zealand series and she was fabulous. This book she was struggling with having to make"touch me, kiss me,do it now and give me more sound real and authentic. It really became quite boring and repetitious with each sex scene. I really didn't like her attempt at S&M.......it was way off base.

What character would you cut from Fierce?

Hope's departmental boss...........she wouldn't be missed at all. Cardboard woman.

Any additional comments?

Sorry I wasted my credit and 14 hours slogging through this dribble.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,506

When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You

  • By Sherry on 12-12-10

Merry Christmas To Audible!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-10

Joy! Joy! Joy!

What a wonderful and unexpected gift! One that I will enjoy for years to come. Thank you Audible for remembering your customers and rewarding our loyalty!

Cheers!

Your Pal....Joey

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breathing Room

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kate Fleming
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Sometimes in life you need a little breathing room, especially when your life has just fallen apart. Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self help, knows this all too well. She's lost her fiancé to an earth mother, her accountant has absconded with her money, and her self-help empire is in shambles. She flees the country to Tuscany, waiting for life to settle down, but the biggest disaster lies just ahead. On one unforgettable night, she's about to meet Lorenzo Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded Expectations

  • By LeftyMom on 09-21-07

Disappointing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-07

This is the first one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips novels that I have not enjoyed. The story was disjointed and the characters were unlikable. If you want to start reading her novels "DEFINITELY" don't start with this one. All the rest of her novels are more then worth the time and book credits. An excellent choice would be "Dream a Little Dream". Very..........Heart warming!

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Alibi Man

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Beth McDonald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Palm Beach elite go to great lengths to protect their own - and their own no longer includes Elena Estes. Once upon a time a child of wealth and privilege, Elena turned her back on that life and chose the life of an undercover cop, with the hunt for justice her personal passion. Then a tragic, haunting mistake ended her career. Now Elena exists on the fringes of her old life. But a shocking event is about to draw her back into the painful vortex she's fought so hard to leave behind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by Narrator

  • By Sandylp on 04-08-07

Hoag Needed a Different Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-07

As much as I enjoy Hoags novels this one fell flat because of the narration. The narrators attempt at the "Russian" accents was nothing short of horrible and ruined the listening experience. I even gave some thought to quiting the book but hung in there for the duration. The narration makes all the difference in the world.......you might consider buying the book instead of downloading it. As for the novel itself it would have scored much higher with a different narrator.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Mephisto Club

  • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By Ramona on 10-07-07

Gerritsen's Best Yet!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-06

This book hooked me from the first sentence and kept me there until the end. Fast paced, suspenceful, and I didn't want it to end. I'm sure there must be a sequel in the near future because this story must go on!

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  • Second Glance

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Ella on 11-04-06

You Can't Go Wrong!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-06

I throughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Since finishing it I have found myself reflecting back on the story, several times, and remarked to myself how much I loved the story. Jodi Picoult is a master at weaving an intricate story. You have to stay on your toes and pay close attention to the many characters that are in the book but it all comes together in the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful