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  • The White Princess

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713

The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Paid by the Word? Double for "the boy"?

  • By Lisa on 08-14-13

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I listened to this book at 1.5 speed and still had to skip a few chapters. The main character is not sympathetic. Henry VII is a mama's boy who won't stand up to her and so is always afraid. The story at 19 hours could have been told in no more than 6 and still would have included all the important parts of the story,

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  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution - for the violent killing of his parents 20 years earlier - when he's granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. Amos Decker, newly hired on an FBI special task force, takes an interest in Mars' case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men's families were brutally murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kaye E Steeno on 07-21-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Usually Baldacci walks a line between liberal and conservative points of view. In this book he clearly lets his personal opinions rule the story. His use of a stereotypical red-neck sheriff and guard hurt the story. He is better than this.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

I really like David Baldacci's books and I'm looking forward to the next one

What three words best describe Kyf Brewer’s voice?

Okay, fine, average.

Was The Last Mile worth the listening time?

Yes!

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,663

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

Way too long

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

Reviewed: 02-27-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book is so long that I feel that much of it would do with a good edit.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made it much shorter.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. The narrator was very good.

Could you see The Collector being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I can see it as a movie, but have no idea who should be in it.

  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane

  • Cedar Cove, Book 12
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing

  • By Sassy1980 on 12-16-12

Way too syrupy

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

Reviewed: 11-30-14

What would have made 1225 Christmas Tree Lane better?

I sometimes like Debbie Macomber's books, but in this one everything is soooo nice, and sooooo sweet. I finally put it on double speed to finish it. A little controversy would have been nice.

What do you think your next listen will be?

CJ Box Free Fire

What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

Once again, I thought the entire book and its performance were too sweet.

What character would you cut from 1225 Christmas Tree Lane?

All of them.

  • The Finisher

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063

Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An original great from Baldacci!

  • By John Hopkins on 04-13-14

I'm not sure

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

Reviewed: 06-20-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is very long for a YA book. I found that it dragged on and on. Also, the ending leaves you up in the air so you have to wait for the sequel.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

I LOVE David Baldacci's books and will be listening to The Target soon.

What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s voice?

Accented, enchanting, beautiful

Any additional comments?

I always buy Baldacci's books without reading the reviews. I wish I had known that (SPOILER ALERT) this was a YA dystopia novel. I still probably would have bought it, but at least I would have known. I pretty much stopped reading YA books when I retired from teaching Middle School reading and I've never been a fan of dystopian novels.

  • The Red Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

  • By Karin on 09-12-10

Not so good

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Bianca Amato?

I probably would, I liked The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl. This book features a main character who is difficult to like or root for.

What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

The main character, Margaret, whines, complains, connives, and conspires to get her son on the throne. She just isn't very likeable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was okay.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I like historical fiction and liked the first book in the series. This one left me cold. I couldn't wait for it to end.

  • Agent X

  • A Novel
  • By: Noah Boyd
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Ex-FBI agent Steve Vail navigates a maze of hidden codes and brain-teasing puzzles to stay hot on the trail of a band of Russian spies in this breathtaking follow-up to his New York Times best-selling debut The Bricklayer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story had potential, but I could not finish it.

  • By David on 01-19-14

I Wish There Were More

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

Reviewed: 11-01-13

Would you listen to Agent X again? Why?

No, I have plenty of other books to listen to, but I did enjoy this one.

Any additional comments?

I really wish the author had lived long enough to write more books in this series. I think it would have made for an excellent series.

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  • Heaven Is for Real

  • A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back
  • By: Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
  • Narrated by: Dean Gallagher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,016

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, yes. Believable? Um...no

  • By AudioAddict on 03-28-15

I really wanted to believe

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

Reviewed: 10-21-13

Any additional comments?

I wanted to believe this book. I really did. If the child were not the child of a minister I might have found it more believable. It is a nice story, but for me it came off as just that, a story.

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,219

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 10-21-13

Any additional comments?

For me to enjoy a book I have to care about the characters and what happens to them. I never felt connected to the characters or the story line. I bought the book because it was the first in a series and I am always looking for a series to enjoy. This isn't one for me. One caution for anyone is that the copyright for this book was 1964 and you may find the technology and attitudes to be a little archaic.

  • Bones of the Lost

  • A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 16
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking. When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you're reading them in order skip this one...

  • By Paula on 09-11-13

I'm done

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Royal Blood

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