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  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,534

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great Stephen King crime/mystery

  • By Mark on 07-11-13

Great Coming-of-Age Story

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that in contrast to King's other novels, this one just didn't 'grip' me. That being said, it was an excellent story. There were many many heartwarming parts that brought tears to my eyes. As with all of King's books - I immediately connected with the characters - related to them, felt sorry for them, loved them. One thing I love about Stephen King novels is the 'creepiness' factor... this book lacked that. What this book DID have, though, was a solid plot: romance, murder-mystery, coming-of-age. I enjoyed it a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Governess Affair

  • The Brothers Sinister, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 739

Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Sweet

  • By Karen on 09-11-12

Short, but Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-14

This was a perfect 'prequel' to The Brothers Sinister series. I love Courtney Milan's way of creating romantic chemistry between the characters. And I particularly liked the bit about the hair pins... Very sexy!

This book was very short - but each of the characters had good depth! The witticisms exchanged between the two main characters were excellent.

I was a bit confused about the 'Twelve Year Later....' afterward - but it made more sense when I began the actual book 1 of the series. As I said before, this book is actually a prequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Changeless
    An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2
    
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        Gail Carriger
    
    


    
    
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        Emily Gray
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    2,599 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Changeless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,273

Gail Carriger created a fascinating steampunk vision of Victorian England in her “intoxicatingly witty” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut novel Soulless—the first in the best-selling Parasol Protectorate series. Changeless is the second in the series and finds Alexia Tarabotti, now the Lady Woolsey, quite put out after her werewolf husband goes missing. So, armed with her trusty parasol, Alexia boards a dirigible and heads for Scotland to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Favorite

  • By Eddy on 09-29-12

Not as good as the first...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

If you enjoyed the first book and are interested in the characters, give this book a chance. Don't expect it to be as gripping and enjoyable as the first book, though. I'll definitely be reading the third book in the series because Carriger was smart enough to end this one with a surprise and a shock.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nora

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

When innocent, wealthy Nora Marlowe came to visit the Wild West, she was as wide-open to adventure as the vast Texas horizon. Its rugged individualism - and dashing cowboys - suited her romantic spirit. That is, until the wrong cowboy decided to take the elegant heiress down a notch! Cal Barton didn’t like haughty Eastern misses. And he certainly didn’t appreciate one invading the ranch where he worked. But something about Nora was irresistible. The pull between them only grew stronger the longer she stayed - until a simple kiss became a full-fledged seduction....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Emma on 01-28-14

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

I'm a sucker for a good love story... but this one just disappointed me. Missed opportunities and misunderstandings between lovers can be charming to a point - but when the ENTIRE BOOK is centered around one person's lies and another person's horrible snobbery... that's going a little far. Then at the end, very suddenly, an unlikely happy ending? I found the book to be too long and the characters to be unlikable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glory in Death

  • In Death, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,259

The first victim was found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second was murdered in her own apartment building. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas had no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, I'm officially addicted to this series now

  • By AudioAddict on 03-14-15

Sexy as ever...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

This book is the second in the series - and I am reading them in order. It was just as enjoyable as the first, and I enjoyed getting to know the characters I met in the first book. The sexiness from the first book for sure carries over to this one... the chemistry between the main characters is definitely still there.

The 'who-done-it' part of the book was more transparent than in book one, however. I had the mystery figured out by the early middle of the book... then it was just a waiting game until Eve figured it out.

Enjoyable, though. I'll be moving on through the series - because I'd like to see what happens after this book's surprise ending.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Kill Your Husband

  • And Other Handy Household Hints
  • By: Kathy Lette
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • How to kill a story line

  • By Laurie on 12-19-14

The 'One-Liners' Made It Worth It.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-14

An American woman would never stay with a husband who treated her so badly... but hey, maybe women in other countries put up with more crap than we American women do. I found myself outraged at the male characters in this book... and outraged that the women put up with it! It was a great read, though - lots of surprises, some very very funny parts, parts that made me feel terribly embarrassed for the main character, and even a few parts that made me cry. Beware, though - this is not a book for the faint-of-heart... it has some crude words and phrases. Very enjoyable, overall. I'll be reading more of Kathy Lette.

Caroline Lee did a fantastic job, as always. I love her narration.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Soulless
    An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
    
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        Gail Carriger
    
    


    
    
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        Emily Gray
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    4,967 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,044

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

This book surprised me!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

When I purchased this audio book I knew I was stepping outside of my comfort zone. This is not typically something I would read. The reviews mentioned that it had some strong Jane Austen vibes to it, though, and that it was very romantic... and since those two aspects appealed to me, I gave it a try. I was very surprised by how much I liked it!! I'm not into the whole werewolves and vampires rage... but the story turned out to be quite entertaining! And I really liked the romantic chemistry between the two main characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,868

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

This was my second Kate Morton book. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Forgotten Garden, but it was still an excellent story. Set in WW2 London - this book had just enough history in it to make you feel like this REALLY HAPPENED - as if the characters were all real people with real problems. The main characters, Dolly and Vivian, were not your typical 'leading ladies'. Both suffered from mental issues... and that's probably the thing that made this book different from anything else I've ever read. You knew you couldn't necessarily trust the narrator. I loved it.

Caroline Lee did a fantastic job. She has such a lovely voice.

This won't be my last Kate Morton novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Naked in Death

  • In Death, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,176

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Bag of Chips" series

  • By Wendy on 11-26-13

I'll definitely be buying Book 2.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Would you listen to Naked in Death again? Why?

Naked in Death was a really enjoyable book. The author does a nice job introducing you to characters that will be present in the remainder of the series. The 'who-done-it' mystery was pretty shocking... not predictable at all - which I like. And I really liked the leading male character... a very sexy hero for the story.

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

She does a really great Irish accent.

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

My husband is in law enforcement - and so I really found the futuristic world of law enforcement to be interesting and believable!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Substitute Millionaire

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 535

Successful businessman Ryan Bennett had agreed to masquerade as his wealthy cousin for a blind date. But from the moment Ryan saw Julie Nelson to the moment he should have said good-night, he was captivated and couldn't resist an invitation to share her bed. In the hazy afterglow of their heated lovemaking, Ryan confessed his true identity, claiming the passion between them was real despite his deception, but Julie wasn't buying it. Obviously she considered him the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected pleasure!

  • By Judy on 03-23-10

Good Character Chemistry

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Substitute Millionaire the most enjoyable?

This was a quick book - I was finished with it by the second day. The plot was a bit predictable - but the characters were likable and had great chemistry.

What other book might you compare The Substitute Millionaire to and why?

This book could be compared to any other paperback romance novel... but it's always nice to read a simple romance story with a happy ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful