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  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,826

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

Read the whole series - great fun

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Where does Tilt-a-Whirl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really fun, and a good mystery

What other book might you compare Tilt-a-Whirl to and why?

All of them

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

I love this reader

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The interactions between the detectives.

  • The Wrong Man

  • Jason Kolarich, Book 3
  • By: David Ellis
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

The 24-hour news cycle is abuzz when the police arrest homeless Iraq war veteran Mike Stoller for the murder of a young paralegal on her way home from night-school class. Stoller doesn't deny killing the woman, but his post-traumatic stress disorder is so bad that he has no real memory of that night. Jason Kolarich agrees to take the case only weeks before trial, and realizes that, unlikely as it seems, his client is probably innocent. The murdered paralegal had been tracing a money trail leading to terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Calm, crescendo, tsunami, calm

  • By adrienne on 10-11-13

Engaging, fun and an excellent reader

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

If you could sum up The Wrong Man in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, fun characters, and an excellent reader. The judge for the court case described in this book was a bit ridiculous and I found that the court case had some issues as a result. However, the book is enjoyable and I would recommend it.

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

The plot really engaged me - except for the ruling made by the judge. I would have liked to see a bit more reality with this issue.

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

I really like Luke Daniels as a reader. He did a great job with this book

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

This story is complex with lots of different characters. Don't try to listen to it all in one sitting.

  • The Heir

  • Windham Series, Book 1
  • By: Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father's inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper. Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A VERY well written and narrated book!

  • By Cam on 05-29-16

A ridiculous plot and a silly heroine

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Don't bother with this book. The plot is ridiculous

What could Grace Burrowes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It makes no sense for a man to continually pursue a woman who makes such silly decisions.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Langton?

I liked the narrator

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Heir?

Get rid of the repeated rejections of the hero and get real about the sex.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Reflected in You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 2
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154

Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This narration is why we buy audiobooks.

  • By Maryann on 10-14-12

I really enjoyed the story and performance.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

What made the experience of listening to Reflected in You the most enjoyable?

This is a sexy book and the emotions of the main characters are all over the place. But the book is fun to listen to and has an interesting ending.

  • Bared to You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,462

"Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-12

If you like sex, you will like this book

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

If you could sum up Bared to You in three words, what would they be?

Hot

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bared to You?

This book might be hard to listen to if I didn't have a partner with whom I also had hot sex.

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

This book would be very hard to listen to in one sitting. It requires that you take some time with a husband, partner, or friend with benefits to enjoy the mood it puts you in.

  • Her Secret Desire

  • A Novel of Lord Hawkesbury's Players, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

Courageous Minerva Peabody, a poor but passionate playwright, is cursed to be living in Elizabethan England, when women most assuredly did not write plays. Determined to succeed, Min impulsively enlists the help of the first man she sees to be her “cover”. Blake, her chosen surrogate, a handsome blue-eyed sea captain with his own agenda, is a man with a mysterious past, a wondrous pair of shoulders, and an irresistible aura of intrigue. Her Secret Desire speaks to any woman who never gives up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Elizabethan Story

  • By Karen on 07-16-12

Don't bother - the story and reader will bore you

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What would have made Her Secret Desire better?

Min - the supposed heroine of the story makes the most ridiculous choices any woman could possibly make and is really a total fool from the beginning of the story to the end. She supposedly loves a man who she repeatedly refuses to marry because of her stupidity and refusal to believe everything he says and everything she feels. Love stories like this do not deserve the time they take to listen to.

What could C. J. Archer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Weave a much better plot and find a reader who has a less ridiculous British accent.

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

Her accent was stilted, inaccurate, breathy, and hard to listen too. The reader made me wince over and over again.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Secret Desire?

I would not have published the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Touch of Fire

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

Rafe McCay has a bullet in his side and a bounty hunter on his tail. Since there are few doctors in the Arizona Territory, he takes what he can get. Pointing a gun at Dr. Annie Parker, he abducts her into the mountains so she can tend his wounds. In this dangerous wilderness world, Rafe wakens in Annie a woman's hungry desire, as Annie finds a man wounded in soul as well as body. Her healing touch brings him new hope, but the secrets of the past still pursue them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Balls of Fire!

  • By Maria on 10-14-12

The Wild West? Really?

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

Reviewed: 12-23-13

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

Not sure this has the qualities of a 4 or 5 star book. The story, characters, and even the setting were unexciting.

What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

The plot of this story was just so simple. The characters were not believable.

Did Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes - it was well read, but there were some parts of the story that were a bit over-acted.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thankless in Death

  • In Death, Book 37
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,316

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violence vs. Sentiment

  • By Patricia on 09-20-13

Extremely violent and nothing new from J.D. Robb

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

Reviewed: 12-11-13

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

The plot was so similar to others books in the series that it was predictable. Nothing new happened between any of the characters either. I would not rate this book as 4 or a 5 in terms of the plot.

Has Thankless in Death turned you off from other books in this genre?

I have not purchased the last available book in the series because this book was so similar to others in the series. Why bother reading the book when there is nothing new happening?

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I love Susan Ericksen. She is the voice of Eve and all the other characters in the series.

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

Disappointment. I found myself skipping over the intensely violent scenes.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother to purchase this book.

  • Midnight in Death

  • In Death, Book 7.5
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,888
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance - or die trying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Follow Up

  • By Holly Helscher on 11-01-08

I like the "In Death" series but not this one

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

I have read most of the "In Death" series but found this book repetitive. Eve puts herself in danger and get rescued yet again by her rich loving husband. Yet - in this book and many of the others, there is very little about her that would make me believe that a rich and beautiful guy would love her so much. Eve does very little (if anything) in this book or the other books that that proceed it, to convince me that she should be so deeply loved. And she is a real bitch.

Take Christmas as an example. The house is beautiful, there is a party with lots of friends, there are Christmas trees everywhere and plenty of gifts for her. Yet Eve takes no real time to be home and celebrate. After a while the whole not having time for husband and friends got really boring.

What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make Eve eat more, rest more, be less grouchy and bitchy, and be a better wife. Why can't she wear pretty clothes more often and go to fun parties - even enjoy them when she gets there?

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

Susan is great to listen to. She does Peabody the best. Eve is a bit to abrupt and cruel sometimes in the way that she is portrayed.

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

I can see the series being made into a television series. It would take much more than a single movie to do justice to this series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Million Little Pieces

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc.

  • By trish on 12-01-05

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

What would have made A Million Little Pieces better?

Start to finish this book is about self-loathing. If you read it, prepare to get depressed yourself.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful