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  • The Sixth Day

  • A Brit in the FBI, Book 5
  • By: Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear - these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate. With the help of Dr. Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia, Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By Steve's Island Girl on 04-14-18

Fast forward frown of a book

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I love CC! Love her! Always buy her books. It pains me deeply to give this one a thumbs down. The story was boring and a little too paranormal for my liking. I set the speed on 1.5x and still had to forward the story. I most look forward to catching up with one of my favorite literary couples-Mikayla and Nicholas, but even that fell short. The extent of the romance was he touched her check and references to them being up all night in the bedroom. Wink-wink. Lame. So much potential wasted for what romance readers like me crave, actually NEED, when we wait a year between books. I am left empty on this one and will likely start borrowing instead of buying this series unless it becomes a bit deeper romantically and less deep paranormally.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,169

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

Dwindling in Death

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

This series has gone downhill so far that is breaks my heart. It is so surface level now- far from the rich characters and relationships we used to expect. The murder case was boring. It has turned into nothing but a formula. The criminal apprehension at the end was so far/fetched-a desperate attempt to add any level of interest to this super boring, go nowhere installment. I will be returning for my credit and waiting for a library copy in the future.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Rent Collector

  • By: Camron Wright
  • Narrated by: Diane Dabczynski
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

Survival for Ki Lim and Sang Ly is a daily battle at Stung Mean Chey, the largest municipal waste dump in all of Cambodia. They make their living scavenging recyclables from the trash. Life would be hard enough without the worry for their chronically ill child, Nisay, and the added expense of medicines that are not working. Just when things seem worst, Sang Ly learns a secret about the ill-tempered rent collector who comes demanding money - a secret that sets in motion a tide that will change the life of everyone it sweeps past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but has some issues

  • By BR on 02-23-16

Out of this world!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

The only way to describe is amazing! Fabulous narrator. Emotionally rich story. Wonderful characters. It is an all-around beautiful and moving story.

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,965
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

Snooze in death

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Another that was hard to get through. I listened at 1.25x speed and almost forwarded through parts. There were a couple sweet moments, but a lot of listening for about 30 minutes of good content. I don't want the series to end because I love the characters, but this is so far from original quality. Some big changes need to happen, otherwise I will be waiting for library copy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Threat

  • A Novel of Romantic Suspense, w/ Bonus Short Story: Bringing Noah Home (The Fatal Series)
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything - including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over The Top In Places

  • By Lia on 06-28-18

Major let down.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

This installment of the fatal series was unforgivably bad. Too many things. Incredibly shallow. So far fetched. I may give the next a chance, but will quit with another like this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Brighter Than the Sun

  • KGI Series, Book 11
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he's assigned to, but when it comes to love, he'll keep his distance. He's content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated. Zoe's had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she's determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend Rusty Kelly. But it's the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Shaking my Head

  • By Dre74 on 03-08-17

Biggest failure of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Awful narrator
Whinny, stupid, childish female
Cheesy as heck hero
Longest book getting nowhere with every turn of the page. Hours worth of internal dialogue.
Cliche, lame conversations
Such a disappointment

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,789
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

Should be titled "Bored TO Death"

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

I am a JD Robb addict, and this boring installment will likely not change that, but I am so ready to have some big life moments happen for Eve, Roarke and the gang. These books have become increasingly more predictable and patterned. The sex scenes are the same, the pace the same, etc. I forwarded through much of the audiobook because I just could not stand the boredom. It is time for eve to get pregnant, adopt, have a health crisis, Peabody to get married, anything! We need to get back to the wonderful richness of the characters and their relationships. I like when it is focused on the characters we love and not just the murder, unless the murder can become a lot more mysterious and interesting. Overall a huge let down and I will return this for my credit.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Slightly Wicked

  • Bedwyn Saga Series, Book 2
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

With his laughing eyes and wild, rakish good looks, Lord Rannulf Bedwyn is a hard man to resist. To Judith Law, a woman in need of rescue when her stagecoach overturns, Rannulf is simply her savior, a heroic stranger she will reward with one night of reckless passion before she must become a companion to her wealthy aunt. Imagine Judith's shock when the same stranger turns out to be among England's most eligible bachelors, and when he arrives at Harewood Grange to woo her cousin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something For Everybody

  • By Lady M on 01-01-17

So freaking fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

This audio book was just what I needed. A beautiful, deep, lovely romance!! I forgot how much I love this author. And the narrator...amazing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Night Watch

  • By: Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rogers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Born blind, Kendra Michaels spent the first 20 years of her life living in the darkness. Then, thanks to a revolutionary medical procedure developed by England's Night Watch Project, she was given the gift of sight. Her highly-developed senses (honed during her years in the dark), combined with her newfound vision, have made her a remarkable investigator, sought after by law-enforcement agencies all over the country. But her newest case finds her uncovering a deadly truth about the shadowy organization that has given her so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series

  • By LWK on 02-11-17

So boring I had to start skipping

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I am a big Iris Johansen fan. Words cannot describe my let down with this book. First, the story was so incredibly boring and long and drug out. There were hardly any moments where I listened with any thing more than half-hearted attention. I finally had to start skipping to simply get to the end. The thing I was most excited about is the relationship development between Lynch and Kendra. After this book, I am convinced that the Johansen duo are anti romance. In fact, I had to download an über romance and toggle between books because I was left so unfulfilled by this story. Why must a likely romance be drug over multiple installments of a series?! It isn't even natural to get within 1 minute of sex and then suddenly realize you shouldn't until the next book. The final insult was the ending. Awful, awful ending. Throughout the book i kept thinking how completely stupid Kendra was acting. Additionally, I thought the story line was so boring, attempting to rescue this brilliant Doctor yadda, yadda. The end nicely tied the whole hot mess together to leave us hanging with two adults that can't figure out how to have a date and the future fate of another awful installment with this doctor saga...which I will not purchase. Epic fail.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kept Woman

  • Will Trent, Book 8
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,138

It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor - the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away and has vanished into thin air. And, worst of all, the warehouse belongs to the city's biggest and most high-profile athlete - a local hero protected by the world's most expensive lawyers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much Angie, not enough Will

  • By seattlesue on 11-21-16

Be prepared to fast forward

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This was not my favorite of the series. I forwarded through hours out of sheer boredom. It was way too detailed and a little uninteresting. Worse, the character interaction was just plain depressing. I was frustrated for Will and Sara and found myself relating more strongly to Angie, who played the somewhat like-able villain. And is Karen Slaughter totally adverse to romance? It wouldn't hurt to sprinkle in a loving, nurturing, normal relationship to offset the blood and guts and child rape. Ugh...almost returned, but needed to see where it ended. And it really never ended-just more angst for future books.