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  • A Willing Murder

  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

When two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, an unlikely trio is suddenly thrust together by a common goal: to solve a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps. United by a sense of justice and the desire to right old wrongs, Sara, Kate, and Jack will have to dig into Lachlan's murky past to unravel the small town's dark secrets and work to bring the awful truth to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Willing Murder

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-28-19

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Maybe a teeny bit predictable, but I found this book thoroughly enjoyable. I thought the characters were smart (no horror story no-don't-do-it moments). I really enjoyed the characters and the relationships that formed among them. Very glad to have found this through the Daily Deal.

  • The Lions of Al-Rassan

  • By: Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

The ruling Asharites of Al-Rassan have come from the desert sands, but over centuries, seduced by the sensuous pleasures of their new land, their stern piety has eroded. The Asharite empire has splintered into decadent city-states led by warring petty kings. King Almalik of Cartada is on the ascendancy, aided always by his friend and advisor, the notorious Ammar ibn Khairan - poet, diplomat, soldier - until a summer afternoon of savage brutality changes their relationship forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of drama

  • By Kat Hooper on 10-12-12

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I am admittedly not a sophisticated listener'; basically, I just like to be entertained. I had to listen a second time to try to keep the regions, kings, religions, and characters straight. Despite that, the writing is so lyrical and the narration so smooth and the characters so fascinating that I enjoyed the second listen as well as the first. I will say, though, that I was not always able to distinguish the different characters from the narrator's voice alone. I did particularly enjoy his portrayal of Ammar ibn Khairan.

I loved that the characters were honorable remained loyal and true to themselves. I am going to search for another Guy Gavriel Kay book in hopes that I find another gem.

  • Hell Divers II: Ghosts

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,618
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,027

Ten years ago, Hell Diver Xavier "X" Rodriguez fell to Earth. Those he left behind went on without him aboard the airship he once called home. Michael Everheart - the boy once known as Tin - has grown into a man and the commander of Hell Diver Raptor Team. While Michael dives to help keep the Hive in the air, Captain Leon Jordan rules with an iron fist at the helm of the ship. But unrest stirs under his strict leadership as a prophecy of hope sweeps the lower decks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 07-31-17

All But The End

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I enjoyed the book except for the abrupt ending. I know it's a series and the author wants us to keep listening, but, come on, if we've invested this far, we're going to get book three. Give us some sort of conclusion, then make us want to listen further with the anticipation of things to come.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Ruby Dee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,708

Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIVETING!

  • By Tracy P. on 07-13-16

What a Beautiful Production

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I usually enjoy a book, even an audiobook, for primarily the story. This one is a total production. The writing is poetic and beautiful. The narrator is phenomenal! I even liked the music between chapters (I usually find that distracting). Highly recommend.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,115

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

Ultimately, Hope

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I was captivated by all the characters, especially Arthur and Kel, and was very interested in their eventual outcomes. I liked their individual story lines and would have even liked to hear a little more about the time after their lives intersected. I was glad that despite their challenges, ultimately I was hopeful about their futures.

I thought the two narrators were very good and captured the frailties and strengths of their respective characters and allowed them to be believable, likeable, and respectable.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

  • By: Baroness Orczy
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

"Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?" Each day this question grew more pressing to the leaders of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers, and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read/good listen

  • By Jaime on 04-25-11

Fun, Light Adventure

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I got this book because it was on sale and probably wouldn't have considered it otherwise, but that would have been my loss. It was a fun, light adventure. Even though it was predictable, it kept me listening - just one more chapter and another and another. I thought the narrator was great. Very fun listen.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

Ring of Truth

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Although fictional, this novel has such a ring of truth that I had to double-check to make sure it was not an autobiography. This book was captivating and engaging. It is hard to believe that such feelings were prevalent as recently as the time of this novel. For me the very best moment of the book was when Cyril realized that he was happy; he really deserved it, and that he achieved it made me wish he were a real person.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lilac Bouquet

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288

Come hell or high water, Emmy Jo Massey will have a wedding. After three generations of Massey women with children out of wedlock, she wants the whole town of Hickory, Texas, to witness the legitimacy of her union with Logan Grady. But dream weddings aren't cheap. So she accepts a highly lucrative stint as a home health assistant to retired realtor, and town recluse, Seth Thomas - a decision her great-grandmother Tandy is dead-set against.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book!

  • By Mercy Boujarwah on 09-28-17

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

"Pleasant" would be my one-word description of this audiobook. That word would describe the majority of the characters, the narrator, and my overall reaction to this book. It is also fairly predictable. I would recommend not using a credit on this, but if you can get it on sale, I'd say go for it.

  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5-Star Thriller with History and Heart

  • By Ella on 11-22-14

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

This is one of the most compelling novels I've listened to in a long time! I feel like my journey with Ben pretty much paralleled Catherine's. At first I was irritated that he would not just get on with it, but, like Catherine, I was soon won over and advocating for him.

The book captured my attention from the very start, and I was always eager to get back to Ben's story. Initially I was a bit distracted by the shifts from present to past but got used to that.

I took off one star for the narrator because, although I thought he did a good job with all the voices (male and female alike), there were a number of times that I became aware of the narration more than the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,884

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

Definite Thumbs Up

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I enjoyed the intertwining stories of the two women. A couple reviewers mentioned the breathiness of the narrator. I have to say that I didn't notice that at all. I thought the narrator did a good job with the different voices, keeping them identifiable, and I thought her performance was very good as well.

I would definitely recommend this audiobook, perhaps more to women than men.