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  • Bear's Shadow

  • Vendetta Series, Book 2
  • By: Desiree L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nikki Calhoun is on the run, fueled by terror of the shadowy world she had married into. Desperate to survive and nowhere to hide, Nikki turns to the wolf-shifter pack of her childhood, but it’s hard for her to trust anyone, even the people closest to her. Enforcer and bear-shifter Bret Axel receives a call from his cousin who manages his Portland nightclub about suspicious activity. After obtaining the approval of his Alpha, he travels to Portland. Two nights later, screams of a woman shatter the silence of the dock and with the help of his cousin, they save her from being killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong, Steamy Sequel!

  • By Hildegard on 01-13-19

Strong, Steamy Sequel!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

This is the second book in the Vendetta series, by author Desiree L. Scott. Once again, Ms. Scott has woven a story around characters whose loyalty, bravery, and compassion run deep. This story follows Bret Axle, a bear shifter loyal to the werewolves of the Crescent Ice Pack. A series of events leads him to bring Nikki Calhoun (an abused and traumatized woman) under his protection. A sweet romance blossoms between them as danger creeps ever closer. Though part of a series, this book can stand on its own, without needing to read Crescent Vendetta, first (although I highly recommend it, too). My one complaint is simply that some of the descriptions of violence were a bit off-putting. Nikki's husband is a vile cretin. I got it. I don't need such disturbing imagery to establish him as an irredeemable bad guy. That said, I really like how Ms. Scott only lets the chivalry go so far in her books. She understands the importance of letting the female character/victim exact justice by her own merit. She doesn't let the muscled hunks take the bad guys down. Rebecca Winder was the narrator again for this book, and did an excellent job. This book had more sex scenes in it than Crescent Vendetta, and they were really steamy! I liked the narrator's delivery a lot!

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,215

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Brilliant Hitchens

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Hitchens at his finest. A vital message for the world. I was particularly impressed by his analysis of totalitarian states as religious in nature. My sole critique is that Hitchens could have used some direction in delivery. He can speak so fast that at times it was hard to understand. Additionally, he vascilates between speaking very loudly and very quietly. It made his words difficult to hear and understand, at times. But that is a minor complaint.

  • Good Omens

  • By: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,848

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh yourself silly

  • By goddess_of_pipework on 11-28-15

Superb Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This is just a fantastic book and the narration is superb. Martin Jarvis does an excellent job differentiating the characters, and really brings this book to life.

  • Cemetery Hill

  • Sunshine Walkingstick, Book 3
  • By: Celia Roman
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

After my uncle Fame run his wife off for messing around with his brother, we thought for sure we seen the last of 'em. Good riddance to bad blood, right? Only, weren't no Happy Ever After in store for any of us....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It keeps getting better and better...

  • By Adriana B on 01-03-18

Series keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This third book in the Sunshine Walkingstick series is excellent. At this point, Sunny is still insecure in Riley's love for her, and I'm starting to wonder if the author will ever explain exactly why she's so dang suspicious. I hope the author does. As always, Sunny is sassy, loyal, and fearless in protecting her loved ones from monsters of folklore and real life. The narrator is phenomenal. I don't know how she keeps that accent for the whole book!

  • The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion, Book 1

  • The Mormons
  • By: David Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: David Smalley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

In this first book of The Complete Heretic's Guide to World Religion series, historian and award-winning atheist author Dave Fitzgerald takes us behind the Salt Lake curtain for a glimpse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and answers your questions: Where did this multi-billion dollar tax-exempt corporation come from? Did Joseph Smith really sleep with all those women? Are the Mormons going to take over the whole world, and if so, is there any way to stop them? But that's not all!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing treatment, but narration problems

  • By B. C. French on 08-06-13

Great book, problematic narration

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Lots of excellent and compelling information in this book. I must agree with other reviews, however, that the narrator was inconsistent and inaccurate in a lot of the pronunciation. Just a little bit of research would have informed him on how to correctly pronounce so many words. While some people might not notice the errors, those who are coming out of a personal experience with Mormonism (particularly ex-Mormons, to whom this book will largely appeal), notice it and are really bothered by it. It's very distracting.

  • Anne of Avonlea

  • By: L.M Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Megan Follows
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

It seemed only yesterday that the skinny, freckled redhead had first come to Prince Edward Island. Now here was Anne, a pretty sixteen, teaching at the Avonlea school and all grown up. Well, not quite grown up. In fact, Anne was not very different from her restless young pupils, their rows of bright, inquisitive eyes staring at her that first day of class. Anne was as mischievous and high-spirited as ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fan of the Anne of Green Gables Series

  • By Joihelene on 09-02-03

A Classic!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

The story is timeless, and Megan Follows is the only AnnE! You simply can't go wrong with this version.

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  • Grace Space: A Direct Sales Tale

  • By: Robin Merrill
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Darcy was 24, living with her parents, and struggling to make her student loan payments. So, when she heard that Grace Space Independent Consultants make $40 per hour, she could hardly wait to sign on the dotted line. That signature launched her into a crazy adventure full of embarrassing blunders, kooky characters, and sidesplitting laughs, and it's not long before she starts to wonder if the purple dream is too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A charming story with an excellent message........

  • By Katie on 12-08-18

Cute Story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I thought this story was very charming. It could have been a bit longer, I think. The ending was not quite as satisfying as it could have been. But very entertaining story that was well-narrated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,817

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Beautifully Tragic Tale

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Loved the poignant story! The only issue I had was with the inconsistent volume in the narration. Some extremely quiet sections, followed by much louder sections made it occasionally painful to listen to. Otherwise, excellent.

  • Crescent Vendetta

  • Vendetta Series, Volume 1
  • By: Desiree L. Scott
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Winder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Wolf-shifter Vanessa Burns has survived a life of brutality and neglect. Being kidnapped, drugged, and forced into an underground fighting ring is just the beginning of one man’s sick and twisted obsession. Travis Kameron, the alpha of the Crescent Ice pack, suffering a similar fate, wakes up to find his life is about to be irreparably changed by the fierce she-wolf in the next cage. Can they put aside old rivalries and the past and work together to not only survive and escape but also weather the storm of complications, revenge, and betrayals waiting for them on the outside?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good sexy story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-08-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I loved the story and the narrator's performance. Travis was a tender, likeable alpha, and the gradual development of the relationship with Vanesss was very sweet. The plot was exciting and engaging. The narrator was excellent.

  • American Crucifixion

  • The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church
  • By: Alex Beam
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

On June 27, 1844, a mob stormed the jail in the dusty frontier town of Carthage, Illinois. Clamorous and angry, they were hunting down a man they saw as a grave threat to their otherwise quiet lives: The founding prophet of Mormonism, Joseph Smith. They wanted blood. At thirty-nine years old, Smith had already lived an outsized life. In addition to starting the Church of Latter-Day Saints and creating his own "Golden Bible" - the Book of Mormon - he had worked as a water-dowser and treasure hunter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Weak beginning strong finish

  • By William on 01-16-15

Fascinating and Fair

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

A friend once told me that the only people who care about Mormonism are Mormons. In general, I think he is right. Aside from being a punchline, most people could probably care less about Mormon history. So I was not expecting this book to be as fair and substantive as it turned out to be. I found it well-researched, balanced, and respectful.