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  • Until It Fades

  • A Novel
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population 3,000 outside of tourist season). And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man's life. It isn't until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad? Depressed? Need a happy ending?

  • By Erin Griffith on 08-29-17

Sweet story - quick listen

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and fairly light listen, although it contained more substance than most chick-lit books. I appreciate K.A. Tucker's writing style and her ability to fully develop the characters. This was a bit of a departure from her "10 Tiny Breaths" series, but entertaining nonetheless.

My only criticism is that I wish there had been a bit more story development around the Catherine / Scott relationship after his return to Balsam. I feel there was missed opportunity for some drama in this area. Unless this particular story is to continue in a sequel, I was disappointed with the ending. It left a few loose ends and story opportunities on the table.

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  • Chasing I Do

  • The Eastons, Book 1
  • By: Marina Adair
  • Narrated by: Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Darcy Kincaid might be a runaway bride, but she still believes in happily ever after, which is why she's devoted to helping couples orchestrate their perfect I do. Even though her fiancée turned out to be unfaithful and a big disappointment, Darcy walked away from her wedding. Now, a single mom, it's up to Darcy to secure her daughter's future, which is why she's invested her life savings into renovating Belle Mont Manor, Portland's oldest, and nearly forgotten, wedding venue.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By MR29 on 08-20-18

Short and under developed

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

This book was very short, not only in time but also in content. It ended very abruptly without resolution (or with a very under developed resolution) to many of the conflicts presented in the book.

This is the first in a series and definitely reads as such...and not in a good way. It feels as though the author sacrificed development of this story in an attempt to set the stage for the remaining series. Unfortunately, it fell flat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tyrant: The Rise

  • By: L. Douglas Hogan
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Follow Nathan, Jess, Denny, and others as they struggle through a post-apocalyptic America, where the only law is martial! Their struggles take them from the comforts of their southern Illinois homestead, to the brutal realities of an America where liberty is no longer a right, and survival is of the fittest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • tyranny is the use of power to subjugate

  • By RJ on 11-16-16

Good for those with a military background

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

I enjoyed the premise of this book -- that at some point in the future, the government colludes with international forces to force a "new world order". It provided much food for thought regarding the executive orders, both previously signed and those to be signed in the future, and how they may aid a rogue government in seizing the property and liberty of ordinary citizens for its benefit. The book also provided good insight into the minds of the armed forces members and how they can either be the catalyst for change or complicit in the government's tyrannical plans.

Unfortunately, the jargon and somewhat stilted talk in the book were both very militaristic. If one's interest lies in military talk like specific gun models and military jargon, this would be a great book. However, I found it a bit much for my own preferences. In addition, I feel like there were too many characters introduced in the book and found it difficult to keep track of all of them. The team from "the District", for example, could have been left out completely and/or perhaps further developed in a subsequent book. Reducing the number of main characters and more deeply developing a handful or so of the most central characters would have resulted in a stronger narrative.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

  • The Final Day

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,171

The highly anticipated follow-up to William R. Forstchen's New York Times best-sellers, One Second After and One Year After, The Final Day immerses listeners once more in the story of our nation's struggle to rebuild itself after an electromagnetic pulse wipes out all electricity and plunges the country into darkness, starvation, and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator didn't ruin it for me..

  • By shelley on 01-04-17

Great ending book to this trilogy.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

William R. Forstchen's series on a pre-EMP world was well-written and realistic. This was a proper capstone piece to the series. However, I'm sad that it's over! I would love to know more about the process of rebuilding the government and re-unifying what was left of the United States after John's inauguration.

  • With Love from the Inside

  • By: Angela Pisel
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,862

Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and 27 days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter's voice and the final moment she'd heard anyone call her mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing - reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story

  • By Mary McDaniels on 09-23-16

Great premise...I wanted to love it...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

The premise of this book was great and the writing was equally as engaging. It was an engrossing read that was difficult to put down. I love the book while listening to it but felt a little deflated at the end. In retrospect, it seemed as though there were several opportunities to further develop the plot and introduce some game changing plot twists, but most of them simply fell flat. (For example, the reaction and response of the husband's family, involvement of The Innocence Project, the mayor's deliberation, etc.). The book was really good, but it could have been so much better!

The narrators were a good pick for the main roles. Although some complain about the narration of Grace, I feel like the unrefined edge to her voice was intentional and evoked the hardness that Grace had clearly developed through her years in prison. I feel that a softer narrator wouldn't have been true to her current character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,642

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

Terrible Writing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

While the narrator did a great job with the material she was given, the writing in this book is atrocious. The book is plagued with poor grammar, nonsensical plot twists, and incomplete character development. It was painful to listen to because of the bad writing. I am thankful that I purchased this audio book at a discount because I had selected the book as my Kindle First pick for the month. However, I am very disappointed if this is the quality of work Amazon is promoting through it's Kindle First program.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Charm

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

Gabrielle Boudreaux, the youngest of the Boudreaux clan, is a single mother of her young son, Sam. Running a bed-and-breakfast at the family plantation house at the edge of the Mississippi River, Gabby loves her inn, her boy, and her family. She meets new people every day and takes pride in the house and land that has been in her family for more than five generations. Blessed beyond measure, she's also lonely, although she would never admit that to anyone, until Rhys O'Shaughnessy walks through her door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By readinglover1 on 07-15-15

Ugh..painful to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Kristen Proby is officially on my Do Not Buy list...even if Sebastial York is narrating. I purchased this book along with book one in the series prior to a long trip. Both books were terribly disappointing. All the men were muscled hunks of masculine glory and all the women were near virginal, simpering idiots. 2/3 of the book is filled with gratuitous sex scenes. I fast forwarded through nearly every one of them and finished the book in record time. Thank God. It was horrible. There was absolutely no plot or character development, unless I missed something magical in the sex scenes...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,044

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Awful!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

I suppose somewhere between the gratuitous sex and the unnecessary cursing, there was a story line. However, I could not dig deep enough to find it. I bought this audiobook because of the male narrator. He is the only reason I listened to more than a few chapters. I regret this purchase. The writing is atrocious.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Happy Birthday

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 261

Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, a nice story

  • By DLA on 09-03-12

Good overall plot but terribly written book

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Angela Dawe?

I am glad I purchased this audiobook on sale ($4.95), although it wasn't even worth that much. It was terribly written, as if the author got paid for the number of and's and but's used in the text. After the first few chapters, it was painful to listen to. The content was extremely repetitive and the story barely developed. It was almost as if the writer was given a plot outline and filled in the rest with repetitive, run-on sentences about how great everyone's life was and how much everyone loved each other. I never felt like more than a passive listener to the story. It lacked the depth required to draw the reader into the narrative.

Angela Dawe did a great job narrating the drivel she was given.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Happy Birthday?

Rather than cut, I would more fully develop the characters, their feelings, and their motives.

Any additional comments?

Danielle Steel's ability is sorely overrated. I will not read or listen to another one of her books again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broken

  • Broken Series, Book 1
  • By: Kelly Elliott
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Nelson Hobbs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home and no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other. When a tragic accident took Mike away from Layton and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focused all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kelly Elliot is the diva of mushy heartbreak!!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 03-16-14

Unbelievably Bad

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

What disappointed you about Broken?

The premise of the book has promise but the over use of curse words makes it entirely too juvenile to be enjoyable. I'm all for the well placed expletive, but the constant use of "shit" and girlfriends calling each other bitches (unless they were calling each other lollipop) was more than I could stomach. I had to turn the book off. It was horrible.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrators did good with the material they were given.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps teens would appreciate the vulgarity in this book. However, it is not recommended for anyone else. I will never buy another book by this author.