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  • Deacon

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337

Deacon has an ugly history, a history that broke him, leaving him a ghost of a man. Out of necessity he left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed. Cold as ice and living off the grid, Deacon has no intention to connect, not with anyone. Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One of them is Cassidy Swallow, a young woman willing to work hard to live her quiet dream in a house by a river surrounded by aspen and pine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best book by far in this series

  • By Joan on 05-15-15

Hands down this is my all time favorite by K.A.!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

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

Foremost Deacon is Hurt beyond your wildest imagination, second Deacon is Lonely to the point he has isolated himself , and third Deacon is Untrusting of others, he believes in no one, not even himself until he meets Cassie..

What did you like best about this story?

K.A. was brilliant in the portrayal of Deacon! A man haunted by his past and afraid to see the future. His story unravels itself as Deacon journeys through self doubt and hate, into the needing of one woman. A journey that takes him from darkness into sunlight that Cassie brings to him.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Cassie takes Deacon the slice of lemon pie is my first favorite scene of this book. The fire is definitely sparked before then but you find out just how much from there on out.

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

Most definitely!

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book in two day! I was hooked from the first word. I, in error listened to Deacon before listening to Raid, but at this point, Deacon is the damn hottest , tantalizingly seductive book I have listened to! My favorite of this series and I do hope that K.A. continues with another book to finish out the series. The book leaves you hanging in the end somewhat with the Nick situation. Come on and give us another one Kristen!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Creed

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270

Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he's going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story. :)

  • By Malinda on 07-09-15

Powerfully breathtaking!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Would you listen to Creed again? Why?

I would listen to "Creed" again most definitely! Just as in the first book of this series K.A. pulls you in and won't let you go. This book really gets into what true love, should and can be, found and held onto in the darkest and brightest of hours!

What other book might you compare Creed to and why?

The first in this series "Knight" is as intense and drawing as "Creed." Don't start this series with the sense of a silly love story.....way beyond that!. Both books so far are topping my list of the best ever written and most entertaining to listen to. They draw you into the mechanics of lifetimes filled with power , money , control , loss , and love...unfathomable love.

What about Mackenzie Cartwright’s performance did you like?

She just becomes the people she is portraying. From childhood innocence to adult situations she doesn't let up and can swtch from one to the other without losing the momentum of the story line

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

I could not turn this audio down for a break at all. This book is jaw dropping at times , maddening and frustrating at others and compelling enough to make you want to stand up and cheer! No single moment was better than the next

Any additional comments?

I hope the remaining in this series carry on with the same idea of good girl bad guy , bad girl good guy feel to them . Cant wait to listen to to the next one!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,900

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Read

  • By Menon on 08-14-12

History and romance at an all time high!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

Would you listen to The Winter Sea again? Why?

This is my first book by Susanna Kearsley and I am totally won over by her style. The book is full of Scottish and English history along with the touches of intrigue and mystery , love and heartache. The only thing that I wanted to happen was the story not to end! I laughed and cried one minute and then angered or heartbroken at the next! The story rolls along at a pace that makes you want the next chapter to hurry up and get here so I could find out what was going to happen next.. I could not have wished for a better first try at this author. I look forward to reading other books by her.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the history and details of what happened with King Jamie and the English onslaught of Scotland. I was moved at how much the story involved the dedication of the men defending the King and their love for not only the King but for their country. An amazing story and very well written

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved this book and from the start scene to scene was as heartfelt and powerful as the next.

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

The strength of a mothers love for her child and the undeniable lengths that she would go to not only to protect that child but also to protect herself and the man she will love all of her life! .

Any additional comments?

Hats off to Ms Kearsley! I will be back for another tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bullet

  • By: Mary Louise Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,988

Two words: the bullet. That's all it takes to shatter her life. Caroline Cashion is beautiful, intelligent, a professor of French literature. But in a split second, everything she's known is proved to be a lie. A single bullet, gracefully tapered at one end, is found lodged at the base of her skull. Caroline is stunned. It makes no sense: She has never been shot. She has no entry wound, no scar. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "took a chance and glad I did"

  • By Sara on 04-08-15

"took a chance and glad I did"

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bullet to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is the only copy of this book I have had the chance to indulge myself in and to take myself away from typical romance/suspense. Characters were believable and carried themselves in a modern day pace but at times were very blaise.
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Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character would be a toss up between Martin and Tony, brothers to the puzzled main character Caroline, their sense of family values is undeniable! Supportive and protective as big brothers should be

What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator had Caroline's personality nailed during tense moments but lacked somewhat in the reflection of worry and sorrow , anger and happiness. Characters were just there at times.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who am I and who are you?

Any additional comments?

I cannot say this is worth a 5 star rating but 4 is probable. Certain characters had no depth to them and yet they were needed to fill in holes when the story was lacking.

37 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The Woods

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,239

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Coben's worst I've read

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 05-27-08

Murder , lies and secrets!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Would you listen to The Woods again? Why?

I would listen to this book again mainly because of the multitude of questions that started running through my mind after the first chapter! This is my first book by Harlan Coben and I believe I am hooked! You are fed bit by bit the pieces of this puzzle and when you think you have it figured out then "Wham!" another clue pops into play and your are off to the next chapter! In retrospect there are area's of "dragging on" with the story but still enjoyable.

What did you like best about this story?

The intriguing plot that winds your through one man's search for peace of mind in the possible death of his sister and for the answers to what really happended on that fateful night

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator did well. He maybe could have been a little more exciting to listen to at certain times however it was not a book full of frolicking times in the neighborhood. Difficult to say if he could have been livened up or not.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

KGB on board!

  • Montana Sky

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Erika Leigh
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609

When Jack Mercy died, he left behind a lot of enemies...and a ranch worth nearly $20 million. Now his three daughters - each born of a different marriage, and each unknown to the others - are gathered to hear the reading of the will. The women are shocked to learn that before any of them can inherit, they must live together on the ranch for one year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC READ

  • By Heidi on 08-10-09

strong wills , strong hearts ,strong minds!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

Would you listen to Montana Sky again? Why?

Absolutely, I have listened to many of Nora Roberts books and this is by far one of my favorites! I was so wrapped up in it within the first few paragraphs that I couldn't stop.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Montana Sky?

Most memorable moment to me is when Willa realizes she knows how to love and be loved.

What does Erika Leigh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

One of the best narrator's possible! She is so adept at falling into character and quickly changing from one to another. Her heartfelt portrayal of Lily in the first of the book set me to wondering what was in store with the other two sisters. You have stubbornness vs hautiness vs docile....what a collision!

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

When Lily was able to stand up against Jesse and show him how little of a man he really was

Any additional comments?

The sadistic nature of the "bad guy(s)" was definitely a factor that created a sense of mortality of life for any living creature. Mental illness can be hidden and can whip out and strike at anyone at anytime. The struggles that each had to deal with at one point or another left me with questions of "how would I react" ? Of course , this is just a book, but it certainly made me think about what lies beneath in people we just cannot figure out or think we know but really don't.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fighting for Flight

  • Fighting, Book 1
  • By: JB Salsbury
  • Narrated by: Ryan West, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

What happens when in order to win, you're forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti, grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she's content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good start to the series :)

  • By Malinda on 08-27-14

OUTSTANDING !

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Where does Fighting for Flight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the first JB Salsbury book I have listened to. WOW! I finished it in two days and cannot wait to listen to the next in this series. This story is on my top 5 list !

Who was your favorite character and why?

That's a tough question...Raven is so kind and brokenhearted that you can't get enough of her story and the "fight" she has endured for so very long. Jonah is like a knight in shining armor who not only is a hell of a fighter himself but a tender hearted , loving man who is searching and wasn't aware of his longing for love.

What does Ryan West and Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Amazing narration from these two . They bring the book to life and it's almost as if they ARE the people in the book. I do hope they narrate the next book in series ! Wonderful job !

Any additional comments?

If other JB Salsbury books are as intense, yet sensitive , to what people withstand through pain , loneliness and starving for love in a short span of time , these books will rock the charts. Someone out there may have now or have had this type of life and the book gives a bright outlook that love and happiness can be found...you just have to fight to find it !

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,020

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Great story !

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

This is my second Kristen Ashley book and I was completely hooked! The only reason I could not rate it a five was due to the over use of words such as "alas" , "thus" , and "indeed" . It was almost as if one of those words appeared in every other sentence. Great performance and story. Looking forward to next book in the series with hopes of a more wide range of verbiage.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breathe

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880

In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent Installment in This Series

  • By Sharon on 08-28-14

You'll catch yourself holding your own breath!!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-14

Where does Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is the first book I have listened to by Kristen Ashley and WOW ! Nice little interlude from my other authors of preference. A little slow in different area's but overall a fantastic read filled with intrigue and suspense.

What did you like best about this story?

That blood runs much thicker than water. That med can have as intense and gratifying friendships as women do.

What about Emma Taylor’s performance did you like?

Outstanding performer !

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

Yes but it is very long and very time consuming....great book for several days alone to absorb all that is happening in the story line

Any additional comments?

Hope this author continues to publish books that grab hold of you and don't let go until the very end !

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Divine Evil

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

Sculptor Clare Kimball has captured the attention of the New York art world. But big-city success cannot burn away the half-remembered nightmares that have plagued Clare since childhood. These phantoms of the past have drawn her home to Emmitsboro, Maryland, to the small town where she grew up and where her father died in circumstances never really explained.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is one of my favorite books!

  • By Anne on 08-13-04

ritualistic sadism

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

it is like a Stephen King book that leaves you feeling afraid. Books for entertainment should not do that.

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

Not even close to her usually outstanding suspense and romance combination writing. This book was way to dark for Nora.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not sure there was one

Do you think Divine Evil needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

NO

Any additional comments?

This book should marketed as hard core cult worship and brutality.