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  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Another winner!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I love the combination of Molly Harper's wit and Amanda Ronconi's narration. This story had everything you could want. A little mystery, a lot of paranormal activity and plenty of sizzle. If you haven't read the first book, you'll want to start there, though. You get some context here, but there's more background in the first book.

  • The Haunted Heist

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669

Just because she can see the dead doesn't mean Verity Long wants to spend her days hunting ghosts. Instead she's over the moon to land a marketing job at the local bank...until she finds her new boss dead in the vault. Even her ghost friend, Frankie, knows that's no way to start a career. Relieved to let the police take charge, Verity steps aside, bound and determined to keep her ghost sightings to herself. But when she learns the main suspect in the murder is a very crooked, very dead mobster, Verity knows it's up to her to solve the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild ride

  • By Troublemer on 07-09-17

Love a book that keeps me guessing

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Not only do we get laughs and action, we get a plot that thickens and twists. I'm not happy if I figure out who did it too early in the story. Not a problem for me here. These books just get better and better!

  • Ghost of a Chance

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Tis the season...for ghosts. Verity Long has come to terms with the fact that she can see spirits, and talk to them, and...she's actually making cookies for one of them. But she's drawing the line at any more ghost hunting or mystery solving. Until a dear friend needs help locating a missing antique at the party of the year. Not one to leave a friend in need, Verity straps on her sparkly heels and sneaks in to see what she can find - only to uncover a startling secret that will change everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe ghost are other?

  • By susan lutz on 02-15-17

A short story with plenty of plot

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Another great listen in this series. You get an interesting plot and plenty of action without feeling like the book should have been longer. It's comforting to know that Verity and Frankie are on the job!

  • A Ghostly Gift

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Verity Long doesn't want to see ghosts, and she'd rather not let anyone know her little secret, either. But when a restless spirit stirs up trouble in her friend's resale shop, Verity and her very new, very dead gangster friend team up to learn what is really happening. They discover an age-old secret and must learn the truth behind a mysterious disappearance...before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short with Lots of Action

  • By C. D. Watts on 12-26-17

Great love story!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I'm loving this series. In this action-packed short story, Verity and Frankie help a ghostly soldier who's looking for the woman he had to leave behind. Of course, I'm a sucker for a good love story!

  • America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

America stands at a dramatic crossroads: Massive corporations wield disturbing power. The huge income gap between the one percent and the other 99 percent grows wider. Astounding new technologies are changing American lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great course by Professor O'Donnell

  • By Quaker on 06-17-15

Love it when I learn something new

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

As a student of history, I take pride in having a good general knowledge of American history, but the Civil War in particular. So this was an opportunity for me to expand my horizons. I had just finished listening to Professor O'Donnell's "Turning Points in American History" so I thought it might be too soon to listen to another course by him. I was wrong. He was able to spend more time on each topic so he spoke a little slower than in the previous course. Yes, as one reviewer remarked, there was some crossover material, but not enough to warrant dropping my rating. Besides, a little repetition helps things stick in my mind and there really wasn't that much in my opinion.

A good overview of the haves and have nots. It's important to understand the class differences in our own country. The aristocracy was not just a European phenomenon. The working conditions during this time period were deplorable. Helps us understand why we have some of the rights we now enjoy.

On a political note, my stepson once asked me if there had ever been a Republican president that I liked and I told him Abraham Lincoln. I can now add Teddy Roosevelt. Between what I learned here and the PBS series on the Roosevelts, I find he had much to recommend him in my book.

  • Turning Points in American History

  • By: Edward T. O'Donnell, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Edward T. O'Donnell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

These 48 lectures are your chance to relive the most groundbreaking moments in the fascinating story of the United States. They offer you a different perspective on the sweeping narrative of U.S. history. Spanning the arrival of the first English colonists to the chaos of the Civil War to the birth of the computer age and beyond, this lecture series is a captivating and comprehensive tour of those particular moments in the story of America, after which the nation would never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Informative, Entertaining!

  • By Quaker on 04-01-15

Great overview of American history

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Enjoyed this course, but found I really needed the PDF to help keep my mind on track. The professor is extremely knowledgeable, but has such a limited amount of time for each subject that he has to speak quickly to get the topic covered in the time allotted. (My only reason for the 4-star performance rating.) Definitely worth repeat listens. It makes one want to explore some of the topics in more depth.

  • Rosemary

  • The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
  • By: Kate Clifford Larson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458

Joe and Rose Kennedy's strikingly beautiful daughter, Rosemary, attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled - a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating and moving.

  • By Gotta Tellya on 05-30-16

Comprehensive book

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

In this story of Rosemary's life, we get a concise, comprehensive look at the Kennedys for context. I've been reading some other Kennedy books and parts of them seem to have been used as reference material for this book. That's a positive for me as they are books written by reputable historians.

So sad that bad decisions had such a tragic impact on Rosemary's life. The first at her birth. Maybe in the early decades of the 20th century delaying a baby's birth in such a callous manner would have seemed harmless and normal, but I've had a child and can't imagine the pain caused by the nurse's actions. No surprise that the baby would have developmental issues. Babies have a strange way of deciding on their own when it's time for them to join the world.

The second bad move, the lobotomy, has always been presented as Joe's decision that he made on his own without Rose knowing anything about it. I'm not buying it. In "The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, their marriage was presented as one where all Rose needed to do was ask and Joe provided. She may not have asked for that particular remedy, but I don't believe she was a very patient person so she would have wanted a fix that didn't involve a lot of her time and attention. (Just the impression I've gotten from the DKG book, this book and "The Patriarch" by David Nasaw.) She and Joe may not have spent a lot of time together physically, but they were in regular contact through phone, mail and telegram. If the author's depiction of the lobotomy is accurate, how frightened poor Rosemary must have been when this barbaric procedure was performed.

Good narration. Definitely a book worthy of a repeat listen.

  • Devil's Cut

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

At first the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom...but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company's biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Kentucky Bohemian on 10-06-17

Great wrap-up to the series

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

William's murderer is brought to light and it was a shocker to me. Edward decides to be brave and reach out for love. Lane & Lizzie are still solid with one little hiccup in the middle. Gin & Samuel T grow up. Amelia gives us hope for the future of the family.

Sort of loose ends. Will Max stay? What about the half-brother? This was supposed to be a trilogy, but will there be another book?

In the final analysis, these books kept me riveted throughout. I first listened to these books as digital downloads from the public library; liked them so much I bought them.

The narrator's female voices were still sometimes annoyingly shrill. However, his southern accent and flare for the dramatic more than made up for this in my opinion.

There's just something about these books that drew me in and makes me want to listen to them again.

  • The Angels' Share

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society - just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • this was one of her books I just couldn't do

  • By Angel on 07-31-16

Great series; and you'll want all 3 books

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The saga continues. There's plenty of action so I never got bored. As I pointed out in my review of the first book in the series, I first listened to the book as a digital download from the public library; liked it so much I bought it. Some loose ends from the first book are tied up, but there's more to come. If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, you won't like this series as you have to read all three to get to the bottom of everything.

In this book and the next, Gin shows signs of maturity and the most growth of all the characters in this book. Nice to see the spoiled little rich girl take the reality check and try to make the best of things.

Now the cons. As some reviewers have pointed out, the narrator's female voices were sometimes annoyingly shrill. However, his southern accent more than made up for this in my opinion.

What I liked least was Samuel T's sexual exploits. My favorite fiction genre is romance, so once someone knows he/she loves someone, he/she doesn't feel inclined to have sex with anyone else. An argument can be made that Gin was married to someone else so Samuel T was free to do as he pleased, but these two had a history of using sex as a weapon against each other. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Still, I had hopes that they would wake up and smell the coffee.

Overall, I was lost in the story of the Bradfords. Not a light beach listen by any means. Yes, I'm sure I'll listen to the series again and get my money's worth out of it.

  • The Bourbon Kings

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,984

For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it

  • By Katheryne on 08-30-15

Great series; and you'll want all 3 books

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I'm a big fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by J. R. Ward. Although this book is nothing like that, the description looked interesting when it first hit bookstore shelves. Just to be safe, I listened to it first as a digital library loan. Then I borrowed the other 2 books. Then I bought all 3 books from Audible. Well worth it!

While there are some dark moments, including domestic violence, the H/h keep chugging along trying to get their lives back on track. For the most part, they're committed to each other with little that comes between them. At the time of the start of the book, the worst of the obstacles between the lead couple have been put behind them; we get that in the first few chapters or so.

Still there are troubled times ahead for the Bradford Bourbon Company and our hero has to figure out how to dig the family business (and personal lives) out of the hole his father has dug for them.

If you don't like cliffhangers, this is not the book for you. In my opinion/experience, you'll want to keep reading until all loose ends have been tied up and that doesn't happen at the end of the first book.

Narrator Alexander Cendese does a good job of separating the voices. Sometimes the women's voices come across as a little whiny, but that seems to happen with many male narrators. Overall, good job.