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  • Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It's his hallucinations who are mad. A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people - Stephen calls them aspects - to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems...for a price. Then a company hires him to recover stolen property - a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best protagonist ever...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-19-18

Nice finish to the mini trilogy

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

This book is the finale to a trilogy of novellas, but it is also all three knit together into a complete book. At first I was annoyed at paying for two stories I had already paid for, but it was worth it to have the complete saga from beginning to end.

I like the story from the very beginning, I have been following it since the initial release of the first story. This was a satisfying conclusion, filled in the blanks, and a great performance.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,809

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Maybe too good

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

It’s quite something when the worst thing that you can say about a story is that is too good.

The characters are engaging and the story is captivating. The performance keeps you in the story and makes you care about the characters.

I could not stop stealing moments to listen to this book.

  • Death of a Pumpkin Carver

  • Food and Cocktails Series, Book 8
  • By: Lee Hollis
  • Narrated by: Randye Kaye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

This Halloween, Hayley can't imagine a worse trick than her ex-husband Danny returning to Bar Harbor. Her kids may be happy to see their dad, but Hayley's determined not to be taken in by his charms, and suspects he's in financial trouble - again. Still, the haunted holiday is about to get a whole lot scarier after Danny's moonshine - making uncle is found lying dead next to a tombstone in a cemetery - and Danny quickly becomes the prime suspect. To prove her ex is innocent, Hayley will have to dig deep into her own bag of tricks to unmask the real culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly enjoyable

  • By Dremgrl on 08-07-18

Love the series but this was hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Whenever a series you love gets a new performer, it can be a bit off putting. I really tried to ignore it.

This was a struggle to get through though. I found it difficult to tell the characters apart. For a series that in the past I have found any opportunity to sneak a bit more listening, this time I had to force myself to continue.

Then when it got to Mona and she didn't have a Maine accent, well... sigh.

I have waited so long for these last three books to come out. I will try another, because I love the recipes (the Southern Mac and Cheese recipe in book 2 changed the way I do Mac & Cheese forever).

BTW: Check your library. The recipes are now included as PDF downloads.

  • Ascendant

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse. When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story while we wait for Blackjack to come back

  • By tekone on 05-28-18

Really enjoying the new series

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

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I love the story, plus Christian Rummel is one of my top five performers. There are few performers who make you forget that it isn’t a full-cast recording.

This book was a bit challenging to follow at times as it wove the stories of multiple simultaneous events that the participants didn’t realize were interacting. It was very well done, as we get to see it weave toward building the universe of Dauntless.

1 of 1 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 3,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171

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

Made me think of Flowers

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Homage to homage? I couldn't stop thinking of "Flowers for Your Grave".

When I first stumbled upon the In Death series, almost 20 years after it started, I couldn't help thinking that with her short, choppy brown hair and whisky-coloured eyes, Kate Beckett was Eve Dallas incarnate. If not a rewrite to be set in the current 21st century, then at least serious homage. I even bought the pilot of Castle on iTunes, so I could scour the credits for reference to Nora Roberts (or J.D.Robb) and re-watched the poker game to see if she was there.

Now note: I am writing this BEFORE I get to the end, so no spoilers here. Just that this book feels like Deja Vu all over again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Certain

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Mitzner
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,719

Ella Broden is living a double life. By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan. No one knows her secret, not even Charlotte, the younger sister she practically raised. But it seems she's not the only one in the family with something to hide. When Charlotte announces she's sold her first novel, Ella couldn't be more thrilled...until she gets a call that her sister's gone missing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Review

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-17

Engaging but the tense was distracting

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

A sign of a good story is that you keep seeking moments to listen to more, which this did. The only thing that was a bit distracting was the use of preset tense. It’s a bit of a pet peeve.

I am usually willing to overlook the fact that I find that style grating as a matter of personal taste, but one advantage of present tense is that it helps to identify flashbacks as being in the past with respect to the narrative. This story squandered that so I am unwilling to forgive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Later Gator

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

A poacher is at work in Sinful, Louisiana, and Deputy Carter LeBlanc is hot on the trail of the outlaw, trying to apprehend him before the state gets wind of the crime and sends a game warden to take over his investigation. Unfortunately, he's hindered every step of the way by Sinful's current mayor and all-around horrible person, Celia Arceneaux, who wants nothing more than to drive Carter to resign. When a game warden turns up with evidence that implicates a relative of Gertie's, Carter is left with no choice but to arrest the boy, even though no one thinks he did it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author Jana DeLeon is a treasure!

  • By Wayne on 03-04-18

Worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

It’s been a long wait for this installment to be available but it’s been worth the wait! It’s great to have the Sinful gang

  • All the Little Liars

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora's 15-year-old brother, Phillip, is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there's an even worse discovery - at the kids' last known destination, a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back, Aurora!

  • By Eva on 10-19-16

Did not grab me

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I like the series, But this story just wasn’t gripping me. At first it didn’t really seem like an Aurora Teegarden mystery, because she didn’t spend as much time as usual poking her nose in where it didn’t belong.

I am willing to admit, that my opinion could be slightly affected by the fact last book I listened to was a real page turner that I couldn’t put down.

  • Vanguard

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801

Earth is no longer the center of the universe. After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great begining of a new series

  • By Duncan R Campbell on 05-17-17

Amazing origin story!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

OK, I realize it's bad form to put exclamation marks in the title, but darn… I needed more stars.

I'm not sure what the story would read like to someone who hasn't read/listened to all of the Lost Fleet books, to recognize how all of these butterflies would have an effect centuries in the future.

It is well written and Christian Rummel once again gives voice to dozens of very individual characters.

I want to pre-order the next book NOW!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Accidental Sire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,862

In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do these books have to end???

  • By janet on 07-25-17

New and Familiar

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

I love the way the Half Moon Hollow family keeps growing. With each new adventure / mystery / romance the community builds.

The balance is right so whether or not you follow the series the back stories are there and you can enjoy the story as a stand-alone or go back to the beginnings by reading the other Jane Jameson and/or Half Moon Hollow books to learn more.