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  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,823
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,869

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating!

  • By CD9 on 06-05-18

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Nora Robert's never let's me down. This is one of her best books.
She has such talent both in writing and the depth of her stories.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Birthday List

  • By: Devney Perry
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran, Jeremy York
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Years after her husband's tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she'll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie's birthday list. She'll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again. Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn't expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband's death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Her best

  • By Karen Sue Bowring on 05-23-18

Her best

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Her best book as far as I'm am concerned. Narration could have been a bit better on the males narration piece, at times it felt like he was narrating "American Justice".

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Angels' Share

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society - just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • this was one of her books I just couldn't do

  • By Angel on 07-31-16

Good but..<br />

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I don't like it when a book is split into three books and the individual books don't finish themselves.

  • Wallbanger

  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Heather Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,335

Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Beginnning was so GOOD!

  • By L.W. on 06-08-13

So confused.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Shorter, less inner dialogue. Didn't like the narrators male voice, couldn't get into it.
Caroline talks as though she a socialite most of the time which to me made it so corny at times.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't really have any.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Too perky and I didn't like the male voice.

Do you think Wallbanger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

Some very comical dialogue and the story was good I just thought it could have been shorter. Too many details that were not necessary some scenes went on and on even the sex scene seem to get boring.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,457

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Okay

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

Way too long. The middle of the book dragged on too long. I almost didn't finish it.

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  • The Coppersmith Farmhouse

  • Jamison Valley Series, Book 1
  • By: Devney Perry
  • Narrated by: Samantha McManus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Gigi has just uprooted her whole world to start a new life. The unexpected gift of a farmhouse in small-town Montana is just what she and her daughter need to escape big-city loneliness. The last thing she needs is attitude from the town's sheriff, the most perfectly attractive and ruggedly handsome man she's ever laid eyes on - and a complete jerk. Jess knows all about women like Gigi. Beautiful. Sexy. Scheming. She's stolen his sanctuary, the farmhouse that should have been his.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Choppy audio

  • By SamK on 04-03-17

Great story, narration needed work

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

sweet story, I would like to read the next book in the series. The narration had little emotion through most of the book. Long pauses and at time narrator sounded like she was stuffy, voice nasally.

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

Love and hated this book.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

This story made me love and hate it at the same the time. It made me feel more emotions reading it than I have in a long t I me. A beautiful story about an ugly truth. So worth the time.

  • Whiskey Beach

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,657

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eva on 03-10-17

Loved this story.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Once again a great story from Nora Roberts. I would like to see another one based in Whiskey beach.

  • Creed

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

Way too young, 11-year-old Tucker Creed and his six-year-old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he's going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does, and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages. They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down, and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story. :)

  • By Malinda on 07-09-15

Great story, type of sex I could do without

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

The story was really good and I guess I didn't realize that the sex would be similar to the Knight book. Not really into that so it put me off some and is why I rated it overall at 3. Will not be reading any more in this series as they probably will be similar in that respect.

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  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,114

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • KRISTEN ASHLEY AT HER BEST!

  • By Yvette on 03-30-15

Loved this story and the shift in type.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Great story, only issue was the narrator. Didn't care for her voices.