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  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,372

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

This book has a very weak storyline

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

the plot is quite weak. Despite the main character being a real family man the author seems to know little about parenting or children. Don't let a 2 year old play with a stick in the fire because "they have to learn sometime"! The author also lacks any tactical knowledge. Nobody with military training is going into a cellar for protection with nothing but a wooden door as a barrier. You are trapped, have no line of sight and concealment is not cover.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

Way too long !

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-17

it took almost 6 hours to get thru the first day in this book! And I didn't expect great literature but this story just seemed ridiculous

  • Shacking Up

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Rose Dioro
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can't seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed - and then coughed on - her at a party the night before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So good and not not so good

  • By Sara on 06-14-17

Not very likeable characters

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Everyone that Ruby knows is incredibly shallow, except her. Bane repeatedly mentions having to "rub one out". Ruby disparages people who get their jobs thru family connections but overlooks that Bane works for his Dad. I probably wouldn't listen to another book by this author.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Secrets

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she's channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice...and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found. When Riley gets a call from the only man who's ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile - ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming - it stirs up dark memories.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't even listen to it

  • By TiffanyL on 09-05-16

pretty unbelievable!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

This book was like a soap opera! The plot was ridiculous. I finished it but wouldn't recommend it to others.

  • Democide

  • Charlie's Requiem, Book 1
  • By: A. American, Walt Browning
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Charlie finds herself caught in the city as it degenerates into chaos following an EMP attack. Charlie, a successful pharmaceutical sales rep, has no background in prepping or survival. Thrust into a do or die situation, she quickly learns that leaders in Washington are working to change the country as she knows it. Her world has become a race to freedom while attempting to avoid capture by the new government's agents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not nearly as good as "Home" series

  • By Van Gilder on 03-05-17

Not nearly as good as "Home" series

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

This is supposed to be book 1 but it starts in the middle of the story. Apparently there is a novella that has the actual beginning. So it assumes you know who the characters are with no background being given. And the narrator makes no effort to do a woman's voice for the character Charlie which made it more confusing. He uses the same voice for both main characters. They start the story a few days after the EMP but you don't know how the group came together. Pretty disappointing. compared to the author's other books.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Until the Sun Falls from the Sky

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,281

Leah Buchanan's family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family's legacy. But when she's summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go. Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries, but he's tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire. So he's taking it back. And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this but Leah...

  • By Nana-Mbra Idun on 08-13-16

Not her usual great work

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-17

There wasn't much character development. And the frequent whispering was annoying. The vampire is usually a jerk but she keeps apologizing for saying mean things to him, which seemed ridiculous.

  • The Nest

  • By: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,721

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a 19-year-old waitress as his passenger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get through it.

  • By E. Bullock on 05-19-16

Not very enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-16

The siblings were greedy, dishonest and unfaithful. They were so unlikeable it was hard to care if they ever got the money they were counting on.

  • The Shelter, Book 1

  • The Beginning
  • By: Ira Tabankin
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bowling
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

Irony is winning the Powerball lottery six months before the world's economies melt down. The Shelter tells the story of a family who wins $27 million in the lottery. They pull up roots and move to Nashville where they buy a large home bordered by three farms. With the money in hand and the world's economies in the process of melting down, they purchase the three farms and the 7,000 square foot house. The farms are able to provide food when the economies collapse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • standing up for the constitution

  • By R. Cook on 08-24-17

not very good

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

The story is poorly organized and illogical. Many lines are repeated- obviously it was not edited by a professional.

  • Troublemaker

  • A Novel
  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he's ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who's after the members of his elite squad - and why. Due to worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he's determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who wrote this?

  • By Kiffyb23 on 05-16-16

not her best work and the dog stuff is ridiculous.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-16

I'm a dog lover and I got sick of the dog in this book. And I didn't find the main characters that likable either. The narration was adequate but nothing special. I was disappointed because I usually really enjoy Linda Howard

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trident K9 Warriors

  • My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines
  • By: Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units. He searched the globe for animals who fit this specific profile.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A unique story written and read very well

  • By asa on 04-22-13

Pretty dry listening

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Lots of information on dog training theory and statistics. Needs more stories about the dogs