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  • Then She Was Gone

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,022

Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone. Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love all Lisa Jewell's books.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-21-18

And then she was gone. Good suspense novel

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

And Then She Was Gone is a suspense thriller with some triggers. The story goes back and forth from present time to past, the setting suburban London. Present and 10 years earlier to the sudden, shocking and tragic disappearance of Laurel and Paul Mack's beautiful 15 year old daughter Ellie Mack.
This book reeked with sepia toned atmospheric suspense that was heightened by Helen Duff's very well done narration. It mostly centers around Laurel Mack and her diificultly moving past the tragedy of her daughters disappearance, and the way it literally ruins her relationships with her husband, daughter and son left behind. Laurel is so mired in her own head, that she treats the rest of her family pretty badly, and 10 years of not knowing what hapened to Ellie has managed to reduce her own life to merely existing.
After Ellie's bones are finally discovered there is some closure, but a series of unconnected events slowly and in a very nicely suspenseful way, bring together people and clues that put together the puzzle of Ellies final days. With some characters in the know, and others pawns in a truly crazy womans actions of insanity. I loved this sad, tragic drauma, and although some of the clues were obvious, it was still fun to listen to the unfolding pieces fall in place. I enjoyed this suspense novel very much. There are some triggers for those who might be disturbed by some aspects the violence done to the young teenage girl.

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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,498

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Creepy paranormal mystery with some triggers

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

This was a very good and enjoyable 18 hours. Terrific narration that just added to the creepy factor as Will Patton was able to inject a very definite tone of eeriness with his atmospheric voices..
I was hooked from the first as I always enjoy a good suspense-murder-mystery. Add in the paranormal and I love that genre. Mr King will always be the king in that genre. There are triggers in this book.
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There is very difficult to read child abduction, rape and violence very early on in this story. It does not go on and on, but the ultimate bad guy is just that, a very very evil character.
I loved the twists and turns of this story that deterred some. I was not put off by a somewhat big twisty U turn that evolved the tale from detective murder mystery to a hunt for the supernatural unknown, I iked it, and its Stephen King so it wasn't all that unexpected.
The appearance of Holly Gibney from the Bill Hodges stories was great, and Mr Patton portrayed her wonderful excentricity perfectly. I hope she appears in further novels as she is a great character.

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  • A Destiny of Dragons

  • Tales from Verania, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 769

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice, Sam of Wilds, got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. Until they're not.... Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book with awesome narration

  • By J. John on 12-03-17

Love this series.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I love this series, it is one of my all time favorite comfort reads/listens. Listening in the car and grinning at nothing. TJ Klune has such a brilliant writing style, he makes MC's and supporting characters so memorable. I love Sam of Wilds, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, Gary, Tiggy, Kevin and all the others.
Michael Lesley is outstanding in his narrations. On to TCoM, my audio is calling me.

  • Femme

  • By: Marshall Thornton
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Queeny cocktail waiter Lionel wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player, and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Heels, Better Romance...

  • By HZ on 07-02-17

Charming quirky contemporary romance

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This was a cute modern day m/m romance with a terrific quirky mc in Lionel. I loved Lionel who has a "march to his own beat personality" that can own a one liner like a champ. Lionel is the character that made this short m/m romance. Dog (Doug) is a little harder to like, and some of his choices made it difficult to feel the developing romance between the two.
Joel Leslie is of course a terrific narrator as always.

  • The Lightning-Struck Heart

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the king's wizard, Morgan of Shadows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Rain on 12-23-15

Deliciously Funny, Unique and Delightful Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Whether or not your a fan of the m/m genre you WILL laugh out loud at this outrageously funny fantasy story about a wonderful snarky wizards apprentice, his best friends Gary and Tiggy who are a hornless unicorn and a half giant. This trio simply can NOT stay out of trouble. Set in the colorful and magical kingdom of Verania, Sam of Wilds lives his life trying to learn from Morgan of Shadows, all the while obsessed with the unavailable "knight delicious face" Ryan Trueheart. This story is imaginative, and wildly funny, full of hysterical one liners, puns and snarky humor, most of which surrounds Sam's and Gary's horny preoccupied brains.
The cast of supporting characters is truly extraordinary, each one fully realized, with bigger than life personalities. I found myself laughing out loud over and over, grinning like an loon. Rooting and cheering Sam on during his quest for his true love Ryan and his Wizarding destiny.
A fun and light hearted fantasy story that will lead away from real life into hours of kooky, imaginative enjoyment.

  • Zombie Road III: Rage on the Rails

  • By: David A. Simpson
  • Narrated by: Eric A. Shelman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

The finale of the Zombie Road tale. It's been a month since the outbreak, and the survivors of the zombie apocalypse have started a new life in a walled city. There are still a few enemies that need to be dealt with, the kind that can think and plan, and they can be more devastating than a horde of the undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And the RAGE Continues...

  • By Tracy P. on 08-03-18

Fun Trilogy, but slow finish

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a fun trilogy but with this last book being the least enjoyable. I found the politcal overtones in this one somewhat overtook the fun trucker/ex soldier/hero fun of the first 2 books in the series. The zombie storyline falling into the background and I'm sorry to say that for me this last in series lost steam and coasted to a anticlimatic finish.

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  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,438
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,472

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Wonderful, Sad, Inspiring, Thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I have had this title in my TBR/audio wish list for a long long time, based on many recommendations from readers groups and friends.
A good friend and I finally sat and listened during a weekend of scrapbooking and journaling. It was a wonderful story, and there are so many reviews that mine can't add much to whats already been said. I feel somewhat blasphemous to say that while I enjoyed this book and story very much, I can't say that its the best thing I've ever read/listened too.
There were many many moments though that were truly heart wrenching, and times in the book where I had strong feelings of sadness. I talked back a few times to the audio "no Angel, no"!! There are not very many light hearted passages, this is a dark, sad book but it has a golden thread of light that shines through out, Michael is such a beautiful human being and his faith is presented in a lovely and inspiring, believeable way. I have read that the author had many people understand Pauls behaviour and motivations, but I had a hard time liking him for his horrible remorseless attitude.
Ultimately I would say that I liked this book very very much and have found myself thinking about it often in the days since we finished it.
The narrator Kate Forbes did a great job.

  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirt Graves is superb!

  • By Belen on 10-07-16

5 Stars of Epic and Awesome love story & much more

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I just loved this book. I loved the ongoing theme threaded through out the book of love, kindness and the power of family. This book was just everything plus werewolves!!! The epic and awesome journey of Ox and Joe. The constant love, the aching heartbreak and just so much feeling. And the humor interspersed in between tragedy. While this was overall a somewhat darker book, with some heavy sad storylines, it also gave the gift of friends and family who can tease and laugh at each other. And even though this was the story was intense, there were a couple TJ Klune's hallmark LAUGH out LOUD moments thrown in. I just love the town of Green Creek and all its inhabitants. I just loved Joe and Ox.
Theres not much else to add.
I have read the book, and I also listened to the audio version narrated by Kirt Graves. It was a whopping 18 hours long, and I was so so sad to have it come to an end. Kirt Graves did a great job.

  • Agent Bayne

  • PsyCop, Book 9
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 189

After years of frustration as a PsyCop, Victor Bayne reports for duty at the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. As a fledgling agent, he’s ready to smoke out a few ghosts and be home each night in time for dinner. But is he prepared to add a professional dimension to his romantic partnership with Jacob Marks? Jacob has already established his territory in the Program - he’s competent, he’s respected, and he’s pretty much fearless. The last thing Vic wants to do is screw up in front of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series!!!!

  • By Patricia on 02-25-18

This series just keeps getting better and better.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I just love this series. Vic is such a wonderful, awkward endearing emotional hot hot mess. I have loved every single book in this series and after Spook Squad I thought it might be the last since book 8 featured Crash. And I loved Crash, but I was sad that there would be no more Vic and Jacob. And then yea yea yes, book nine.
This book starts off with Vic starting his new job with the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. The FPMP are sort of the CIA/FBI of ghosts and all things paranormal that appear to have a long long history of monitoring any and everything supernatural in the world. Long arms, long reach and eyes everywhere. And of course the plot was awesome and kept me guessing til almost the end. Plenty of soft sentimental scenes between Vic and Jacob. I love that they are so solid as partners. And the best part of this book??? It left plenty of opportunities for many more storylines for PsyCops!! And I have already heard that number 10 is in the works!!!!
Loved it a lot. I listened to the audible version and Gomez Pugh is just the perfect narrator.

  • Shadow of the Lions

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Swann
  • Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012

It has been almost 10 years since Matthias graduated from the elite Blackburne School, where his roommate and best friend, Fritz, fled into the woods, never to be heard from again, in the middle of their senior year. Fritz vanished just after an argument over Matthias' breaking of the school's honor code, and Matthias has long been haunted by the idea that his betrayal led to his friend's disappearance. When he is offered the opportunity to return to Blackburne as an English teacher, he sees it as a chance to put his life back together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the finest books I've heard on Audible!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-17

Enjoyable suspense mystery prep school style

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense mystery set mainly in a New England prep boarding school for boys. The novel starts out with the MC Matthias as a senior in prep school, the story does move back and forth from past to present recounting the circumstances of the event that changes and affects Matthias in his personal and professional life for the next 10 years. But even moving from past to present, the story flows smoothly.
Haunted by the disappearance of his best friend and room mate Fritz, he is so emotionally frozen by the series of events that occurred that he can't get past "his past".
When life inadvertantly sends him back to Blackburn prep school as a teacher, he finds the past haunting him even more strongly and resolves to find out what happened to the friend who vanished without a trace. Twists and turns ensue.
What a very entertaining read this was, the mystery element kept me guessing til the secret was revealed. I like Mr Swann's writing style very much, I believe this is his first novel, but i will be on the lookout for more.
And Of course I love narrator James Anderson Foster, he is terrific. (side note, if you haven't listened to Adrians Undead Diary series by the wonderful Chris Philbrook, and narrated by James Foster, I highly recommend it also).

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