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Karen M. Arlington, VA

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  • Mercy

  • Buchanan-Renard, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The accents drove me nuts but the story was good

  • By kathy on 06-25-13

Ear splitting narration

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

The story was great, but the narrator's male southern accent was terrible. Whenever "Daddy" was talking the volume and pitch went much higher than the rest of the narration leading to an unpleasant experience.

  • Going on Being

  • Buddhism and the Way of Change
  • By: Mark Epstein M.D.
  • Narrated by: Mark Epstein M.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Going on Being is Mark Epstein's memoir of his early years as a student of Buddhism and of how Buddhism shaped his approach to therapy, as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems makes change for the better possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blissfull commuting

  • By Joseph on 02-25-03

Please hire a narrator!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-14

I had a really hard time with this book only because of the voice not the content. Authors, especially Psychiatrists, have got to stick with what they are good at and leave narration to the professionals. I'll try again but in kindle format.

  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 7
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best spin offs I have read!

  • By Diana Turmenne on 05-28-13

Not as good as the orginial

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

Reviewed: 06-09-13

I love everything Molly Harper, but "Witch's Handbook" was just not as perfect as her other books. For first time readers, you must read the" Nice Girl's" and the "Werewolf" series or you will be confused by the characters in this one. Don't worry, they are worth the read! Amanda Ronconi is the only narrator who can read Molly's books, she is perfect! But her Boston/Irish accent was terrible and Nola's voice was too similar to Jane's. Several times I thought there was a Jane dialogue, when in fact it was Nola. They should have had another narrator play Nola parts while Amanda played her usual amazing characters.
The story was classic, witty, sarcastic Molly material. I can never get tired of it. But Jeb's identity was a bit too much of a stretch for me, and there needed to be a little more Jane secondary story line weaved in.
For those Molly Maniacs out there, you'll like it. For those who are new to Molly, read her earlier work first to really enjoy this one.

  • Cinnamon Roll Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

Best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries have earned her a loyal following. In this 16th delightful installment, the tour bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six overturns, sending the band members to the hospital - and the keyboard player to a bizarre and untimely death. Soon Hannah discovers the victim’s surprising secret - and becomes determined to bring the killer to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent installment

  • By SRuss on 03-10-12

Aweful!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

Not only is the story completely unbelievable, the narrator bored me to tears. Nothing good to say about it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scent of Magic

  • Healer, Book 2
  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tad bit drawn out...

  • By Cheri on 06-04-13

Scent of Magic

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

This is the second book of a trilogy. The story picks up pace in this book as you are kept guessing as to who is good or evil. The conflict of who will rule the land from the fist book, becomes even more tangled with addition of more contenders. The main character continues her struggle to preserve life and goodness during a time when people find it easier to stray to unsavory ways. The plot is exciting and unpredictable. Hard to put this one down.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Touch of Power

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding I love this author!

  • By Amanda on 03-23-12

Touch of Power

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

This is the first in a really great trilogy. The narrator did a great job, and the story kept a really good pace. The plot is about a struggle between powerful people (and former schoolmates) for leadership and rule of a land. The main character, who has been personally effected by decisions made by those powerful people, has the difficult task of understanding why good people do bad things as she tries to "pick sides". The twists and turns make it hard to put down. There is nothing predictable about this story line.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,306

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Fantastic Read!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I stumbled upon this as a well kept secret in the children's lit section. Let it be a secret no more!!! It was a fantastic book! The second book is due out May 1.
It is described as a

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Driving Mr. Dead

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,097

Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 01-14-12

Love Molly Haper!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-12

Would you listen to Driving Mr. Dead again? Why?

I love this author! This was another laugh out loud chick lit which is light on the love scenes but heavy on the sarcasm! The hysterical, yet predictable,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sisterhood Everlasting

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen but mixed feelings

  • By Kathy on 09-14-11

Traveling Pants at 30

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-11

It was good to catch up with the girls of the traveling pants now approaching their 30th birthday. I could not put the book down, but it is a real tear jerk-er. From beginning to end, there was sadness but with a heart warming undertone. Not the type of story I enjoy reading, but for these girls, I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 03-30-11

As cute as the first book in the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-11

The Art of Seducing A Naked Werewolf is the second book of a series. It was cute, fast, and witty. The perfect book for me! Loved it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful