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  • Winter in Paradise

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John, a tropical island paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. Investigating, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ML on 10-10-18

Beware!! Not a complete story 👎🏼

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I am so annoyed this ended without warning with no resolved plot lines. I feel cheated. Books in a series by other authors I like tell a complete story within each book. Apparently you’ll have to buy three books to get the whole story. No story is worth $60+. The last few Hilderbrand books have been really subpar- I even returned a couple- but this one finally felt like her earlier books and I was enjoying it until all of a sudden cheesy music starts playing and the story just stopped! As if I got disconnected. Unforgivable.

  • Perfect Weddings

  • A Romantic Comedy
  • By: Lynda Renham
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Amy Perfect is the crème de la crème of wedding planners, so who best to plan Georgina's wedding? Except that the man Georgina plans to marry is the same man who jilted Amy three years ago. Will her plan to give Georgina an imperfect wedding backfire? Is this the chance for Amy to win back the love of her life, or will insufferable Ben put a spanner in the works?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and fun.

  • By Ellen Zelda on 04-02-18

Just really awful

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a book that deserves zero stars. There was not ONE redeeming paragraph. It is tedious, aggravating, contrived and stupid- almost cartoonish. No “heroine” could be as lacking in intelligence or make every wrong choice possible at every turn. At any point in the long, dreary, eye rolling story, this character could have resolved the “dilemma” (and I use the term lightly because it surely didn’t rise to a plot of any type) with a two minute conversation. Ugh!

  • The Perfect Couple

  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,895

It's wedding season on Nantucket. The beautiful island is overrun with summer people - an annual source of aggravation for year-round residents. When one lavish wedding ends in disaster before it can even begin - with the bride-to-be discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony - everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect. As Chief of Police Ed Kapenash digs into the best man, the maid of honor, the groom's famous mystery novelist mother, and even a member of his own family, the chief discovers that every wedding is a minefield - and no couple is perfect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect summer listen

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-05-18

Puzzled

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I can’t figure out if Elin Hilderbrand always wrote so awkwardly or if it’s a new “style”. The way she jumps around characters, and the back and forth from the past and present left me cold. There were so many throw away characters that added nothing to the story I lost track- one or two paragraphs about some peripheral character with a first and last name and a few details about their life that led nowhere. It felt like the author finished the book, decided it was too short, made up a list of people that might live there and went back in and inserted them in here and there. There were many extraneous details that were thrown in as well that went nowhere- Scooter’s Mother’s demise, for example, was thrown in at the end for no reason. There wasn’t much resolution for any of the plot lines. Just really disappointed. I use to love her books.

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  • The Reunion

  • By: Samantha Hayes
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, A Knockout Story

  • By lil' old me on 02-27-18

Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Finally! A wonderful story and narrator! Just the right amount of suspense and the kind of book I didn’t want to put down. Those kind of books are hard to find these days. The writing and plot are beautifully drawn. I couldn’t figure out who was responsible for the missing girl and couldn’t predict the twists that came. I thought the loose ends could never be resolved but the end was so satisfying. The beautifully spoken narrator made listening so enjoyable. I loved this story. Even those who pride themselves on figuring out the “whodunit” may find themselves stumped.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,030

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Underwhelmed

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I’ve had this book on my bookshelf “for awhile and I just couldn’t get into it so I bought the audiobook. There were no new ideas or concepts, just some really good points repackaged. I enjoyed the reminders but I didn’t as hoping for more. I kept thing- “Finally- he’s getting to it.” But, sadly he never did. I know I need to give less f- -ks- we all do. But he never really says how to do that- just gentle reminders to keep health boundaries and remember we will all die some day. Pretty general- no light bulb moments. I shouldn’t give a f- -k...

  • Dark in Death

  • In Death, Book 46
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

  • By Deal Finder on 02-02-18

Just SO BORING

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

How many times can JD Robb regurgitate the same old plot and hoodwink us into buying it? For me, it finally happened. I struggled for a month trying to get into this book. It’s just SO BORING!! So many blah, blah, blah details of books someone wrote that a murder is using to commit murders. We have to listen to Eve reading and recount these books and my eyes would glaze over. I couldn’t tell if it was happening now or part of the book she was reading. After 10 chapters I threw the towel in. And why I’m at it- I hate the gratuitous sex scenes that go on ad nauseum. I guess I’m done with this series.

  • My One and Only

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece

  • By jodiod on 01-31-16

Not great...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

So the main character was unbelievable and unlikable and given the extremely weak “plot”, it made for a tedious and boring journey to a foregone conclusion. Worse, I was SO aware of the author’s manipulation, making the main character, who was supposedly highly intelligent, make choices NO ONE would make. I can’t believe this has s 4.5 overall rating.

  • Down the Darkest Road

  • Oak Knoll, Book 3
  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Deeper Than the Dead introduced Tami Hoag's millions of fans to Oak Knoll, a small California town that, in the mid-eighties, seemed as idyllic as any . . . until the See-No-Evil killer shattered that notion. It took FBI agent Vince Leone and a new technique called profiling" to put an end to the trauma. Now Hoag returns once more to Oak Knoll for the third installment of this best-selling series.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Worth It

  • By caitlyn on 10-07-12

So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The first two books in the Oak Knoll series were a solid 5 stars. I had such high expectations for the third. The narrator is still wonderful but she didn’t have much to work with. It was long and tedious- the majority of the story was the angst of the main character and her never ending thoughts we had to hear with no relief and little action to make or move a plot forward. Vince was basically absent and Anne barely there... BIG MISTAKE! Vince and Anne were superb characters in the first two and the author really missed the mark. They should have been the team solving a new mystery! I would have gobbled it up and bought every new book about them. Tony Menendez - my least favorite character in the first two books was given the lead by the author and he was a real let down. He lets his anger get in the way and he was useless chasing his tail. He added nothing to the story except as a respite from the main character. I wish the author would realize what a gold mine she has in Vince and Anne.

  • Secrets to the Grave

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

When Marissa is found brutally murdered, with her young daughter, Haley, resting her head on her mother's bloody breast, she sends the idyllic California town of Oak Knoll into a tailspin. Already on edge with the upcoming trial of the See- No-Evil killer, residents are shocked by reports of the crime scene, which might not have been discovered for days had it not been for a chilling 911 call: a small child's voice saying, "My daddy hurt my mommy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I do love Tami Hoag as an Author

  • By AAnderson on 04-10-11

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

A well written series with well developed characters and decent plots. Be sure to read the first book in the series (which was also terrific) as this book is full of spoilers if you read it first.

  • When All the Girls Have Gone

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant - and reckless - Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic story

  • By Kat in Hawaii on 12-07-16

Promising plot, terrible execution

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

The publishers summary made this story sound suspenseful and interesting. But the actual story is so full of holes, implausible behaviors, unrealistic dialogue and 2 dimensional characters whose emotions and reactions almost make it unreadable. And you can tell the author is setting up to do a series with these same stick figures. Sigh. The author makes unexplainable leaps in what characters know, and makes their actions strain the limits of suspending reality in order to buy into what’s happening. She tells you right off who the bad guy is taking away any suspense that might be had. The characters predictable yet disjointed movements and lack of credible emotions had me saying “Oh, come ON!” frequently. Not a good book.