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  • Ill Will

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Chaon
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos, Edoardo Ballerini, Michael Crouch, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 445

"We are always telling a story to ourselves, about ourselves." This is one of the little mantras Dustin Tillman likes to share with his patients, and it's meant to be reassuring. But what if that story is a lie? A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his 40s when he hears the news: His adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thirty years ago Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin's parents, aunt, and uncle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for those who like rosy things

  • By cristina on 03-23-17

Still not sure what happened?

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

What disappointed you about Ill Will?

This was an overlong book. It starts out promising. A who done it. Then it goes off on a tangent about a conspiracy theory as to what happened to these college students who have drowned after drinking heavily. They go on and on about it. You never find out what really happened to the main character's parents that are murdered.

What was most disappointing about Dan Chaon’s story?

The ending was very unsatisfying. You don't get to solve the mystery of the murdered parents. I did skip some chapters in the middle because it was so annoying and repetitive.
I was tired of hearing about the drug use. It was depressing. The part where the son gets lured into an isolation tank is stupid.

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

The narrators were fantastic. They were the only thing that kept me interested in the story.

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

I was angry, sad and disappointed at the ending.

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this one.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,813

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Favorite JoJo Moyes so far.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Would you listen to One Plus One again? Why?

This audio book was so great. The multiple narrators were spot on. I have read all the novels of JoJo Moyes and they are all great. This one was on the lighter side so it was refreshing.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

These narrators made the story come to life. I always prefer audio to reading. The narrator has to be good of course and these were.

Any additional comments?

Order this book! It is a wonderful fun and poignant story.

  • Beguiling the Beauty

  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for - a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast - and soon proposes marriage. And then she disappears without a trace.… For in reality, the "baroness" is Venetia Easterbrook - a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised - and there’s no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherry Thomas is the best!

  • By SparkyGirl1012 on 10-06-13

Frustrating Plot

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

Reviewed: 04-26-14

What did you like best about Beguiling the Beauty? What did you like least?

Jenny Sterlin, the narrator is always good, which is why I purchased this book.
I got very frustrated with the plot half-way through when Venetia falls in love with the Duke but chooses to act like a "B..." even after he knows her identity. Also, she doesn't tell her family what is going on even when she marries the Duke. There is no reason to keep them in the dark when she has a good relationship with them and they would not judge her.

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

I would change Venetia's behavior toward the Duke after he learns her identity. He could still refuse to forgive her without her behavior toward him being so wicked. She just makes herself look worse in his eyes which at this point she shouldn't wish to do.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Sherry Thomas's early novels very much and was disappointed in this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder and Roses

  • Fallen Angels, Book 1
  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Peter Bishop
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a series!

  • By bookworm2bookworm on 11-11-13

Not the author's best effort

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

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

I don't think anything could have improved my experience. The narrator was fine but the plot dragged and I was bored.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Jo Putney again?

Yes, I have enjoyed many of her other books.

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend this book.

  • The Tea Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow wow wow!

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Fantastic novel and narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tea Rose to be better than the print version?

Yes. I always seek out books narrated by Jill Tanner. In fact, that is why I ordered this book.

What did you like best about this story?

The historical details of the time period were fascinating to me; and of course the wonderful love story.

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

Jill Tanner makes the story come to life. She does equally well with the male and female character's dialogue which is hard to do.

Any additional comments?

Don't forget to get the other books in the series. They continue with the lives of the characters you have come to love in " The Tea Rose". I don't think the next book "The Winter Rose" is available on audio, so read that one and then get "The Wild Rose" on audio.
You will love them all.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Talisman Ring

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

The legend of the Headless Horseman and a proposed marriage de convenance both have their impact on the mystery of a golden talisman ring and Lord Lavenham's young heir, Ludovic. Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another, yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish. For there is no one else to provide for the old man's granddaughter while Ludovic remains a fugitive from justice...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as a play

  • By A on 06-19-11

Delightfully funny

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

Reviewed: 04-18-14

What did you love best about The Talisman Ring?

The dialogue and characters were really funny. Georgette Heyer is a master at this genre.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I discovered Phyllida Nash, the narrator. She really made the book for me. I'm definitely going to seek out other books she has done.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bound in Blue

  • By: Monica Belle
  • Narrated by: Betsy Garden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 50

When university lecturer Hazel Jones takes the most popular of her female environmental-science students as a lodger she is expecting a procession of attractive men to follow. What she doesn't expect is Tiggy's diary to be left out every day. Knowing what her lodger gets up to, she is unable to resist reading it. It's not quite what she expects, and the revelations quickly lead her down a path she never expected to take.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, sexy satire

  • By Paul on 09-25-07

Fun and Steamy!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-09

As erotica goes, this was a well written story. I didn't like the narrator but loved the sex scenes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Highlander's Touch

  • Highlander, Book 3
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514

He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!!

  • By E. Anderson on 04-08-09

Love the Author!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-09

The Highlander series has extremely entertaining plots and lends itself well to the audio book format.The narrator is very good,but needs work on his female voices.

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  • Dark Desire

  • Dark Series, Book 2
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Juanita Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispered of eternal torment, of endless hunger, of dark, dangerous desires. Somehow, American surgeon, Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By Maria Romero on 02-28-09

Sexy and interesting plot

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-09

I loved this 2nd book in the Dark Series. For some reason I was unable to get this one at my library. It is definitely worth your time but listen to "Dark Prince" first because the plot is a continuation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Summer

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jill Apple
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

A summer spent traveling across America with cynical, brooding photojournalist Shade Colby was not Celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell's idea of a dream assignment. But Bryan will have to manage for an entire summer if she wants the fabulous cross-country photo shoot for a book, which they're both salivating over. However, Bryan and Shade disagree about everything...everything, that is, except the fierce attraction they have for each other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By LeftyMom on 10-03-07

Terrible for Nora Roberts

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-09

Many of Nora Roberts' newer novels are great. This one is as corn ball as they come. I had a hard time finishing it, despite it's short length.The narrator was bad.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful