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  • Night Smoke

  • Night Tales, Book 4
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Arson investigator Ryan Piasecki was a man who got the job done no matter what the obstacle...or how beautiful she was. Ambitious executive Natalie Fletcher's new business was going up in smoke, literally, and she needed Ryan's help to catch the arsonist. But if he wasn't careful, the sparks flying between him and this hothouse rose would erupt into a five-alarm blaze - and they'd both be engulfed by the Night Smoke.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why does the beinning always piss me off?

  • By Tanisha on 10-23-15

Hard to get through

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I am a Nora Roberts fan but this book was just hard to get through.
The narration was painful to listen to .
Kate Rudd always sounded like she was about to jump off a cliff. Even in the romantic scenes there was no change in her tone or emotion.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,341

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Very disturbing

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This book , although well written, was very dark and disturbing.
I kept hoping things would turn and be even the slightest upbeat but that didn't happen.
It depressed me.

  • Never Broken

  • Songs Are Only Half the Story
  • By: Jewel
  • Narrated by: Jewel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732

New York Times best-selling poet and multiplatinum singer-songwriter Jewel explores her unconventional upbringing and extraordinary life in an inspirational memoir that covers her childhood, rise to fame, marriage, and motherhood. She writes beautifully about growing up amid the natural wonders of Alaska, about pain and childhood trauma, and about discovering her own identity years after the entire world had discovered the beauty of her songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to like this book

  • By Megan on 09-30-15

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

This is a sad story,about a sad life and sad people.
I read for pleasure and prefer a feel good book.
This was hard to get through and left me feeling terrible!

  • The Corrections

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,666

The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel by Franzen

  • By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Never ending!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

This was the most depressing book I have ever listened to.
The worst!
I kept listening thinking it would get better but it only got worse.
Not at all what the editor's description said.
Do not recommend at all.
Sorry I lost a credit on this one!

  • Swept Away

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she's used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend, and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona - with a new look and a new name - as she hides out in a small Nevada town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THE STORY!

  • By Artkeep on 07-29-16

Feel Good Book

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

This was a good book to listen to after having a few books that turned out to be dark stories.
You always know there is going to be a happy ending with Robin Carr.
Therese Plummer is a good narrator with a pleasant tone to her voice.

  • Night Moves

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

Maggie Fitzgerald had retreated from her fast-paced life, seeking solitude to heal her tattered heart. But if landscaper Cliff Delaney's rude manner and irresistible sexuality weren't disturbing enough, now an old murder shattered her peace entirely, imperiling her life and forcing her right into the protective arms of the most irritating man alive! Delaney's night moves were enough to make even the saddest woman smile...but were they also those of a killer?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bland

  • By Maureen on 08-29-15

Bland

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

I found this book extremely hard to listen to. The narration was very monotone . I felt like someone was reading a phone book or dictionary.
Also predictable. Very disappointed

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  • F-Stop

  • Phoenix Agency, Book 4
  • By: Desiree Holt
  • Narrated by: Bethany Legare
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Kat Culhane hasn’t seen Mike D’Antoni for two years until they run into each other in Texas. Time has passed but the heat between them hasn’t diminished. Hello leads to lunch, lunch leads to dinner, and dinner leads to bed…and the most erotic sex they’ve ever had. When Kat’s sister disappears, along with her boss and his family, Mike and the Phoenix Agency roll into action, with Kat’s remote viewing abilities playing a key role in the search. At night she loses herself in Mike’s arms as his hands and mouth soothe and seduce her. In addition to finding her sister, it’s obvious to Kat and Mike that this time around, they also have to find a way to hang on to each other.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to listen to

  • By Maureen on 06-04-15

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

The story line wasn't too bad .
However, the narrator was horrible.
The men's voices and accents were the worst I have ever heard. I kept thinking I was listening to Forrest Gump instead of highly trained intelligent macho mercenaries. I almost didn't finish listening because of this. Painful.


  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,929

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting, intriguing, mysterious, and beautiful

  • By Joseph on 12-10-08

Long but worth the wait for the ending

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

Reviewed: 01-10-13

What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an excellent job.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elissa Magpiece. She had such a way with people. Liked †hat she did not try to conform, to fit in to society.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the outdoor scenes along the ocean

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

The relationship that formed between Cassandra and Christopher

Any additional comments?

I had to pay attention to the chronological order of the book. It jumped around quite a bit. It was a little slow at times.

  • Scandal's Bride

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Stephanie Laurens authors USA Today best-selling historical romances such as A Rake's Vow and Devil's Bride. Lauren's Scandal's Bride is the hot and exciting third novel in her riveting Bar Cynster series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He was not the scandal...she was

  • By N. Brooks on 02-14-10

nice

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Where does Scandal's Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the middle

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

not sure

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

I liked his voice. Easy to listen to.

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

No, I could put it down.

Any additional comments?

no

  • Never Seduce a Scot

  • Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,064

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-30-12

Slow start, nice ending

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Never Seduce a Scot the most enjoyable?

The gentle acceptance received by her new husband.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Seduce a Scot?

the moment where each of them realized their love for each other

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

great job with expression in her voice and the accents

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

all the gentle moments

Any additional comments?

good book