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  • Race Against Time

  • A Novel of Romantic Suspense
  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Lexi Richmond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Growing up in the foster system, Quinn O'Meara made a point of never getting involved. But when she discovers a crying baby amid a fiery crime scene, she knows she has no choice. Suddenly in way over her head, Quinn turns to the police, unintentionally positioning herself in the crosshairs of a deadly human-trafficking ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Sharon Sala

  • By lisa m christianson on 06-30-17

Another Excellent book by Sharon Sala

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Wow! This book had me from the 1st chapter. The book starts out with Starla's story, she is a young girl who sneaks out to meet a guy she met online, and ends up kidnapped and sold to an unsavory character. Starla is a strong woman, she is smart and gets a chance to escape. Enter Quinn, she is an innocent bystander who finds Baby Sammy (Starla's son) and almost gets killed rescuing him. When she goes to the police station to turn Baby Sammy in, Quinn is reunited with someone from her past... homicide Detective Nick Saldano. This book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next to these 2 brave, strong women in their quest for justice.
Thank you Sharon Sala for another awesome book!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Hearts

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Some lies never stay buried.... Betsy Jakes was having nightmares - nightmares that could solve a decades-old mystery. And for someone in her small town, that meant she had to die. When Sam Jakes returns home to help his brother solve their mother's murder, two things shake him to the core. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before. And...Lainey Pickett is still in town. The woman he walked away from without an explanation years ago has just walked back into his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the final book in the secrets and lies trilogy

  • By lisa m christianson on 03-30-16

the final book in the secrets and lies trilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Another AWESOME book by Sharon Sala!

This book has 2 plots - #1 is the ongoing plot from books 1 and 2 - who killed 3 friends from the graduation class of 1980 and why. #2- the story of Sam Jakes and Lainey Pickett

Plot 1- Besty Jakes and 4 of her friends saw something the night of their graduation. On their way to report it, they had a car accident which killed the driver. The survivors were all injured and had lost their memories of that night. In the previous books Betsy's memories start to come back as the 2 other survivors of the accident were murdered. This book starts out with Betsy's murder. This story had so many twists and turns, it kept me on the edge of my seat! The murderer is revealed and I admit it surprised me who it was. I won't say more as I don't want to give anything away.
Plot 2 - Sam Jakes has been estranged from his family (His choice) for the past 10 years ever since he came home wounded from war. When he finds out about his mother's murder he decides to come home and help his brother find out who murdered her and why. Both Sam and Lainey are dealing with things that happened in their lives (Sam- war injuries, Lainey - recovering from breast cancer treatment). Their story is an emotional one and shows that love can conquer all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Stone in the Sea

  • Bleeding Stars, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117

He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a 9.5 hour-380 page CLIFFHANGER!

  • By Tracy T on 05-12-15

cliffhanger alert

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt and Sebastian York ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Andi and Sebastian' s narration. They are 2 of my favorite narrators and the only good thing about this story.

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

Boredom. I was tired of the long inner thoughts and "filler" would have liked more action in the story. I was also sick of the use of repeating, repeating and repeating the same word in sentences. Very noticeable toward the end of the book makes me wonder if author was trying to reach a certain word quota for the book and repeated words to bump up the word count.

Any additional comments?

It sucks when books end in cliffhangers and then you have to pay additional money or credits to find out how it ends.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Hearts

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

If only it had been something else that brought Lissa Sherman and Mack Jackson back in touch after so many years. Something - anything - other than the murder of Mack's father. Even worse, Lissa's car had been used as the murder weapon. Thirty-five years ago, four friends went out joyriding and ended up in a terrible accident that left one dead and the others with no memory of that awful night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2 of a 3 book series

  • By lisa m christianson on 11-28-15

Book 2 of a 3 book series

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

Where does Cold Hearts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the top

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes both plots (the ongoing one) and the main book plot (Lissa and Mack's story) did. I am still trying to guess 'whodunit' and why in the ongoing plot and cannot wait to find out the ending in book 3. The main story Lissa and Mack had some twists and turns in regard to her being stalked.

Have you listened to any of Nina Alvamar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes she narrated Book 1 in the series. I think she is a good narrator and I enjoyed her performance of this book.

Any additional comments?

Book 3 Dark Hearts will conclude the ongoing storyline. That book is not due to be released until March 2016. I am looking forward to finding out the answer to who the killer is, and why 'he' did it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Hearts

  • Secrets and Lies, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief - and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mountain Women Rock

  • By Rusty on 01-06-18

This is book ONE of a 3 book series

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

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

Yes I would as this was a good story and the narrator did a great job reading the story.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the two story plots- the book starts out with first plot- a group of kids who just graduated high school who saw something and then had a car accident. None of them could remember what happened that night. Note this is a continuing storyline and will NOT be finished until book 3. The second plot starts in 'current day' and is the story of Dallas and Trey two sweethearts who reconnect.

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

She does a great job narrating the book.

Any additional comments?

The ongoing plot continues in Book 2 "Cold Hearts" and available on audible and kindle. Book 3 "Dark Hearts" will not be published until March 2016.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Healing Montana Sky

  • The Montana Sky Series, Book 5
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361

After a grizzly bear kills Antonia Valleau's trapper husband, she packs her few worldly possessions, leaves her home in the mountains of Montana, and treks to nearby Sweetwater Springs, seeking work to provide for her two young sons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Emotionally Intense Historical Western Romance!

  • By Linda Townsend on 11-21-15

Another Great Montana Sky book!!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the Antonia and Erick both grieving for lost spouses were able to understand and support each other in their shared grief. I liked how they were so different (in background, education) and they accepted each other's differences and made their marriage work.

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

Natalie Ross is one of my favorite narrators. She brings the characters to life and does an excellent job narrating this story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to more books in this series. I hope Natalie Ross will narrate them!

  • I'll Stand by You

  • By: Sharon Sala
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Dori Grant is no stranger to hardship. As a young single mother in the gossip-fueled town of Blessings, Georgia, she's weathered the storm of small-town disapproval most of her life. But when Dori loses everything within the span of an evening, she realizes she has no choice but to turn to her neighbors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Sharon Sala

  • By lisa m christianson on 06-05-15

Another Excellent book by Sharon Sala

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

What did you love best about I'll Stand by You?

I loved the fact that it was a sweet, heartwarming story of two young people who have faced tough times and found love when they least expected it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I'll Stand by You?

So many memorable moments in this book, hard to pick just one. Instead I will pick one of my favorite characters Johnny's youngest brother Beep. He is sweet and says so many funny and cute things.

What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

I thought she did a great job narrating the book, and I look forward to hearing other books read by her.

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

I got caught up in Johnny and Dori's story - it made me smile, it made me laugh and it did make me cry a little bit.

Any additional comments?

I LOVE Sharon Sala's books, she is an amazing writer. IMO if you love to read heartwarming stories set in a small, friendly town, full of Southern Gals, "gossip" and interesting characters then this book is for you!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Merry Christmas, Baby

  • A Lucky Harbor Short Story
  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Wild child Chloe Thompson can't believe how much things have changed. She still can't get enough of her sexy husband Sawyer, but he seems to prefer working to impending fatherhood. So tonight, a very pregnant Chloe is escaping her troubles at the town Christmas party. Sheriff Sawyer Thompson hopes surprising Chloe at the party will give him a chance to set things right. But as the snow begins to fall and the wind rages, he wonders whether he can make it back in time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Waste Your Money

  • By DT in California on 12-21-14

glad to see more of Chloe and Sawyer!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

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

YES!! I loved Sawyer and Chloe' s story, and this short holiday story was a great addition to that book and the whole series.

What other book might you compare Merry Christmas, Baby to and why?

Not sure

Which character – as performed by Angela Starling – was your favorite?

I liked all the characters. Angela is a good reader.

Who was the most memorable character of Merry Christmas, Baby and why?

Chloe! She is a free spirit who marches to her own drum. My favorite part is where she could not find a maternity dress so she pulled a "Scarlett O'Hara" and improvised.

Any additional comments?

A wonderful story, was so nice to catch up on Chloe and Sawyer as they await the arrival of "the bean".

  • Come

  • The Fight Club, Book 1
  • By: Becca Jameson
  • Narrated by: Annie Chapman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Katy Marks has worked hard for years to make partner at her law firm and be accepted in a man’s world. She hasn’t had much time for play. Now she has a stalker, one of the firm’s partners who hopes to entice her to gain promotion by sleeping with him. Backed into a corner, she grabs an unexpected opportunity. She wards off his unwanted advances by plastering herself against the sexy man leaning casually against the wall outside her uncle’s gym.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • MORE DOM/SUB THAN MMA

  • By Yvette on 12-18-14

main plot Dom/sub

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

Reviewed: 12-09-14

What did you like best about Come? What did you like least?

I liked their first meeting outside the gym, and some other parts of the book. I did not like how most of the focus was on Dom/sub and BDSM elements. I thought the stalker part should have been the main focus and Dom/sub smaller role in story.

If you’ve listened to books by Becca Jameson before, how does this one compare?

N/A

What didn’t you like about Annie Chapman’s performance?

Could not stand her "hero" voice just seemed a bit off and lacking to me.

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

No

Any additional comments?

IMO there was more emphasis on the BDSM Dom/sub elements than on the stalker part of the plot. Overall was ok, listened to it once and that is enough for me. Not sure if I even want to hear other books in this series. Maybe if another reader is used, and if the books are on sale. For me it was not worth the price or a credit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Play

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world-famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn't plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn't count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she'd ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls - especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn't end well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really fun style of writing!!

  • By Edyta on 04-13-14

awesome story and narration

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

What did you love best about Play?

So many reasons to love this book, the story is good, it is hilarious in parts and the characters are interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Has to be Mal!! He is a lovable, charming, funny guy. Some of the things he said had me laughing.

Have you listened to any of Andi Arndt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listening to her, I enjoyed her narration and look forward to hearing more books she narrates.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A rocking good story sit back and enjoy it

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have heard by this author I really enjoyed it and can't wait to hear the other books in this series and other books by this author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful