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  • Southern Spirits

  • Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

When out-of-work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she's saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick - she gains the ability to see spirits. It leads to an offer she can't refuse from the town's bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with. Ellis Wyatt is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland, Tennessee's finest former citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, Clean Cozy Mystery

  • By Cheri on 03-22-17

A Perfect Pairing of Story and Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

Okay, it did take a little time for me to become hooked, but hooked I am. I'm waiting on the two preorders that come in a few days, too.

The pairing of this story and narrator is just right, and make me want to visit the South. Super fun, clean romance as well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakthrough

  • By: Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,446

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING!!!

  • By FocusedOnTheJourney on 07-22-17

Paced to induce sleep

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Scott Brick is a great narrator, but his usual calm well-paced delivery does not lend itself to a boring book, Scott is great in action or thrillers. This book never really gets going, but I'm not all the way through. I don't think I can finish it. If it does not engage the listener at 1/3rd or half way, it is usually not worth dragging oneself through to the end.

  • Infinity Born

  • By: Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by: Corey Gagne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 429

When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create artificial superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit. He's been on high-stakes missions before, but this time the stakes are nothing less than the future of humanity. Because the race to evolve a superintelligent computer is on, and power players around the world will stop at nothing to get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent ScoFi Mystery Thriller...

  • By shelley on 08-14-17

Marvelous story, but not especially well written

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

This author finds very interesting material for his work, but his style of writing is a bit too simple. The writing is what one might expect from an adolescent or someone who is not well-read, which this researcher is definitely not, he must be well read at least in science but perhaps not in literary prose: the type of writing that makes a story a pleasurable read. Some of the time, when the wonderful science-fiction was not first and foremost in the writing, reading it was like listening to nails scratching a black board.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Damocles

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 852

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What did I tell you about that pie!?

  • By Brian on 06-05-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

Too much description, not enough action or tension in the story, and the story was not very strong—but I prefer action adventures. This would be good for someone who likes endless description and very little doing of anything.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,155

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Yeah, I gave it a weird rating

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

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

Stephenie Meyer is a brilliant author, but I just don't like torture, and it made no sense that the man the main character was torturing fell in love with her. Yikes! I must be missing something in this genre. However, I could not put the "book" down. And I listened to it twice, but I don't think I will again (even though I love to reread well-written books). Torture is just too extreme.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

Wonderful, just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

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

Wonderful, just wonderful!

What did you like best about this story?

Actually all of it. The romance was engaging, the characters touching and the mystery had a happy ending,

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes when Rob spoke to Nicola mentally.

If you could rename The Firebird, what would you call it?

The Story of Anna

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,036

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

Horrible Language!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Would you try another book from Pierce Brown and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I can't believe that majority of listeners want to hear such bad language as if it is an everyday manner of communicating. Where are the expressions which convey more than thought, but feeling as well, they are lost in the inability to communicate beyond a base vocabulary of four-letter-type words.

0 of 1 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 2,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty as charmed

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-06-15

A "Romance" for the Feminist

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

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

The story was just too shallow to swallow, but the setting of a guest house in Louisiana was nice. Just too feminist for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman

  • By: Adam Plantinga
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653

400 Things Cops Know shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat - a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, 400 Things Cops Know brings the listener into life the way cops experience it - a life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you, Adam Plantinga!

  • By Alexis Ward on 05-30-16

Some Interesting and Some Disgusting Tales

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

What made the experience of listening to 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman the most enjoyable?

Seeing things from the professional's point of view.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed hearing about the police from an insider's point of view, but, boy, some of the tales were just disgusting. Eventually, I sped through the worst of them. Not for the faint of heart.

  • Last Stand

  • Surviving America's Collapse
  • By: William H. Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 556

With most electronics, communications, and transportation destroyed in a matter of seconds, the nation quickly collapses into anarchy. For John and the other residents of Willow Creek Drive, the breakdown of social order throws them back to the 1800s. As the community tries to come together, a powerful outside force appears that threatens their survival. Will John's years of military and prepping experience be enough to keep them safe?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding beginning.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-14-15

Enjoyable Read - Not graphically Gory

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Would you listen to Last Stand again? Why?

Probably (but there are so many other titles on Audible that are calling my name, so maybe not).

Who was your favorite character and why?

John, for his strength and steadfastness.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

Not crazy about the narration.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed this book because it did not stray off into descriptions of perversions done by the demented bad guys nor was it overly graphic and gory as are some survival stories. I found the story to be entertaining and interesting.