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  • Absolution

  • The Protectors, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he's ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise!!

  • By Cyndi on 12-08-16

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Absolutely loved the story. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. I wish the other audiobooks were ready so I could listen to them now!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • True Love Way

  • By: Mary Elizabeth
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses. Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio that shines

  • By Misty on 08-24-16

started slow but got good

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

I wasn't expecting it to start from the pov of a 12yo. That kinda set me in the wrong direction because I wasn't looking for a kid book. But, it did eventually pick up and get to the more serious topics like depression and love and pain. I enjoyed it and the performer did a great job.I laughed and cried. ;-)

  • Flowertown

  • By: S. G. Redling
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

Seven years ago, a chemical spill brought the U.S. Army to rural Penn County, Iowa, where soldiers established a long-term, medically maintained quarantine. Officially, it’s called the PennCo Containment Area. But to the people trapped inside, their bodies tainted with chemicals that give off a sweet smell, it’s known simply as Flowertown. The quarantine was supposed to save their lives, but many of the survivors have grown suspicious of the government’s real motives. But not Ellie Cauley - her rage long ago burned down to hard, cynical pessimism. When a series of deadly events forces Ellie out of her apathy, she must prepare to face an enemy powerful enough to unleash her greatest nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a surprise

  • By Jan on 07-16-12

Hated the ending music but great story

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

I was captivated from the beginning. It was a little long...but smartly written. Well done! Will recommend.

  • No Regrets

  • Omega's Agony with the Truth
  • By: Noah Harris
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Davis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

As a werewolf who had grown up in human society, Adrien never felt like he truly belonged. Adrien will have to make a tough decision: continue to feel as if part of him is missing or leave everything he's ever known to find himself. As he starts out on the next stage of his life, he finds exactly what he had been looking for: a pack to join and new friends. But he ends up with more than he bargained for when he finds himself head over heels for a dark and handsome local weretiger by the name of Jasper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished story

  • By Riva on 04-21-16

Easy to follow story with some hot shifters

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I've now read or listened to many of Noah Harris' books and truly enjoy them all. No Regrets is a fun story about a sweet and naive omega venturing away from his family to learn what it's like to be in a pack. He finds what he's looking for not within his own pack or even species, but with an alpha from another pack. I don't know if there is a sequel yet but I'd love to find out what happens when the two opposing packs finally come together...or whatever it is that happens with them.

  • Project Shifter: Werewolf V. Stylist (MM Mpreg Paranormal Romance)

  • By: Morgan Kessler
  • Narrated by: JP Braukus
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

A doomed Russian Prince hires a struggling fashion stylist to help him look good for his upcoming meeting with possible future princesses. The Prince has developed a severe facial hair problem. Mikey Sean Sean can work with that. What Mikey doesn't yet know, however, is that the prince is a werewolf. He doesn't know that he alone can save the man he's falling in love with from a fate worse than death. But, first he has to help him look good enough to get one of his potential brides pregnant. Before the next full moon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Different Shifter Story

  • By Brenda Wolfe on 05-27-16

Definitely not your average shifter story

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I enjoyed the story and sometimes silly nature of the coupling. I was a little surprised by the 'monster love' aspect and might have enjoyed more human encounters with the prince, but overall it was an enjoyable story with a great narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Among the Living

  • PsyCop, Book 1
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner's retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness' idea of the world's hottest guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for one of my favorite books!

  • By Jesi Lea Ryan on 08-17-14

Smart story with sexy cops. What could be better?

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I've now read/listened to several books by Jordan Castillo Price and I've really enjoyed them all. Among the Living is no exception. This "psy-fi" thriller has a fast pace and really kept me wanting to listen 'just a few more minutes.' I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Michael is a waif in eyeliner who's determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill's got the hots for Michael and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the interstate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexiest vampire series ever!

  • By Jesi Lea Ryan on 04-19-15

Sexy and funny. Definitely recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-28-16

I love a book that I can connect with and that makes me laugh. This hit both marks. The vampire aspect of the story was smart and well thought out. And there were great sexy times that I loved. Not too many that they seemed tedious...but the perfect amount. Then came the humor. Wild Bill's sarcastic wit was awesome. I genuinely laughed out loud on several occasions. Anyone who enjoyed "Real Vampires Don't Sparkle" will enjoy this book...but there is actual sex so it's way better. ;-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sin Factor

  • DC Bad Boys Series, Book 1
  • By: Sandy Loyd
  • Narrated by: Carol Dines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

In this intriguing mystery, Jeffrey Sinclair has a thief in his midst. One of his highly sensitive prototypes has gone missing, and he's on a timeline to recover it to avoid bankruptcy. In his search he finds himself in the middle of a deadly game where trust is a luxury he can't afford. The last person to have the devices has been killed and now his only link to the stolen property is the man's widow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a little bit of a slow start...

  • By Cali Reader on 10-09-15

a little bit of a slow start...

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

this book is well written and well performed, but it did have a slow start. I found my mind drifting often so I had to rewind to get get back on track and that usually doesn't happen with me. But, overall, a good story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Young Love Lost

  • A Coastal Carolina Romantic Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Doug Burris
  • Narrated by: Anna Starr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

While vacationing on the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina, high school student David Jennings meets an intriguing girl. Mary Roberts ignites feelings that stay with him even after they both return to their homes. Summer after summer they reunite, building on the love that started to bloom from the first day. Not only does David discover romance, but he also learns what family can mean.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The plot twist will amaze you!

  • By PATRICIA on 09-13-15

Sweet and exciting story

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I'm a sucker for young love and was quickly caught up in the sweet characters. Well paced and a pleasant listen on my morning and evening commute.

  • Redesigned

  • Off the Subject, Book 2
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Natalie Duke
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in college, she's been lucky in love. Until her senior year at Southern University. She's gone from a serious long term boyfriend to a string of crappy dates. Then she meets mathematics grad student Reed Pendergraft. Reed is everything she's not looking for. Serious. Headed for a low paying university job. Boring. Caroline spent the first 18 years of her life wondering where her next meal was coming from. She sure wasn't getting trapped in that life again with a man living on a professor's salary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Pam Audio-Fanatic on 05-10-15

well written and entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

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

fun, sexy, frustrating

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously I love Reed. He's hot and sexy and thoughtful....although a little TOO over protective.

What about Natalie Duke’s performance did you like?

She did a great job with the voices. Unfortunately, there were a few editing blips. At least 3 sentences were repeated when one of the two should have been cut out in editing. Example: any guy who willingly let Tucker...

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

Money isn't everything

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book but might not read more in the series because Caroline was sooooo money obsessed. It's one thing to be poor but to be so rude about it as an adult is just not a person I can "like" very much.