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  • Dangerous

  • Delos Series, Book 10
  • By: Lindsay McKenna
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

Sloan Kennedy and Dan Malloy met at Bagram and shared a passionate month-long affair. Their relationship was supposed to be no-strings, but Sloan fell hard for the strong soldier. Things changed after the two were involved in a rescue mission that ended in the death of Dan's copilot. Riddled with guilt over the accident and the loss of his friend, Dan walked away from Sloan and his destroyed military career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of my favorites

  • By Boredom on 12-26-18

Repetitive dialogue, disjointed story, irritating narration

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Really disliked the narrator’s breathy narration style . I found the storyline disjointed and unrealistic. Very disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If You Find Me

  • By: Emily Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,947

Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever listened to!

  • By Diane on 05-11-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Extremely well written and performed. Murdoch's descriptive abilities bring the story to visual life. Her character development is excellent. Her ability to take the reader/listener into the viewpoint of these 2 young girls who have been isolated in the woods for many years is amazing. Her technique of revealing something in current time and then providing a memory that explains a little bit of the girls' current time responses keeps you on the edge of your seat as you strive to learn the truth behind their lives. This was a story that inspires many emotions; amazement at how the girls have survived, fury at what they had to endure, tenderness as they tentatively begin to trust that they won't be hurt again, and admiration for their courage. This is well worth the credit, and I will look for more novels by Emily Murdoch.

  • Flame in the Dark

  • Soulwood, Book 3
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,932

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she's been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED - the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet. A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Soft and Fluffy :-)

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 12-15-17

Exceptional story

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

Faith Hunter creates complex and multifaceted characters in her books. She portrays their struggles with the dark and light within themselves with rich detail and vivid prose that pulls you into her world. Khristine Hvam brings these characters to life with her splendid narration. This is an excellent use of credits or dollars. A really superior story both as a paranormal work and as a character study.

  • Cherish Hard

  • Hard Play Series, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future-to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent...and kisses like pure sin. Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story with great narration

  • By Stephanne on 01-16-18

Narrator detracts from the story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I'm a major fan of Nalini's books, and always buy the audio format as it usually adds depth to the book. However in this case I wish I'd just read the book. The narrator did men well, and her descriptive narration voice was good, but her female character voices, particularly Isa and Katie, were terrible and distracted from the storyline. Isa's voice; the accent, inflection, and the high pitch made her sound weak and unappealing. I wouldn't have minded the "Icelandic" accent as much if Isa's voice hadn't been so high pitched and with inflection that frequently ended in a questioning upward note, making Isa sound more insecure than needed. Katie's voice was sometimes pitched so high it was like a small child's voice (poorly done) instead of a teen. I like that the story includes characters with physical challenges and emphasizes universal access and inclusion. I like that the lead characters both have emotional issues to face and overcome, and must both risk being vulnerable in order to have the possibility of an HEA. I like that those characters also respect not only their own needs, but also those of their partner, and ultimately work together toward a common goal. I usually listen to Nalini's books multiple times, but next time I go for this book I'll read it instead of listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Naked in Death

  • In Death, Book 1
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,271

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Bag of Chips" series

  • By Wendy on 11-26-13

Anything "In Death" is a winner! BEST SERIES EVER!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

This is one of my all time favorite series. Nora Roberts AKA J.D. Robb has created one of the best and most engaging female leads in the genre, Eve Dallas, and paired her with the most to die for man, Roarke. I have read and listened to this first book in the series many times and still love it.
Susan Ericksen is such a fabulous narrator with so many creative character voices in her wheelhouse that now when I read a book in this series I hear her character voices speaking the roles. And Nora has taken 2 complex characters and woven them into a fabulous pairing that never fails to entertain. I've been completely delighted to watch her develop not only the lead characters but the supporting characters to great depth as the series has progressed. It's got romance, sex, cops, drama, humor, tragedy, victory, human frailty and human strength all rolled into every book. And in a few of them she adds a bit of paranormal too (although Eve won't admit it).
Listeners will truly enjoy watching Eve's evolution from a single-minded, dedicated cop with almost no life outside her work, to that same cop discovering the puzzling mystery of being in love. Along the way she begins to remember pieces of her horrifying past that she has blocked from her memory since childhood, and she struggles valiantly to deal with her past as it is gradually revealed. Her relationship with Roarke is lovely to watch as Eve tries to figure out the "marriage rules". Of course solving her murder cases is always more interesting when Roarke adds his considerable skills to her team as a "civilian consultant".
The entire series is well crafted, entertaining, smart, poignant, and an absolute MUST for your library.

  • Promise Canyon

  • A Virgin River Novel
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

Lilly Yazhi knows all she needs to know about Clay Tahoma. Sure, he’s got a certain appeal befitting his Navajo roots, but she’s not falling for Clay’s silent, “earthy” attractiveness. She certainly won’t make the same mistake as Clay’s ex-wife. Only trouble is, her heart and mind have committed to different resolves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series continures....

  • By Raemar3356 on 01-08-11

Disappointing narration of an enjoyable series.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

I really enjoy Carr's Virgin River series. I'd love to go live there if it really existed! I feel like the characters throughout the series are friends of mine now. So I was really looking forward to a book that also had horses, as that's a big love of mine. I enjoyed this book for it's exploration of the relationship between the people and the horses, and for the cultural complexity of the Native American characters.
The complete downer for me was the narrator. Her cadence and inflection were not fluid or natural. She tended to have slight pauses where there shouldn't be any, And for me the biggest detractor is when either a narrator or writer states something inaccurately. In this case, the narrator mispronounces the term "dressage" more than once, which makes anyone who has a clue about horsemanship wince in annoyance. If you're going to narrate a book, please find out how to correctly pronounce words you don't know. I'm listening to the book for the second time, as I wanted to see if my initial impression still held. It does, so if you are a Virgin River series fan you may prefer to read this book rather than spend a credit to listen to it.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,494

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Mystery with Wonderful Characters

  • By Robert on 12-22-08

OMG, kill you with excessive detail!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

While the premise of the story is interesting, Larson literally drowns you in boring detail. I thought the accounting details were going to put me to sleep while I was driving my car. To me the only really interesting character is the female lead, and she is one messed up gal. But you gotta love the way she gains control of her life and sets her own terms, especially when she nails the bastard who controlled and manipulated her while she was under his "guardianship". Overall though, when your drowning in boring detail and all the names of the characters have 12 syllables that you can't pronounce, it didn't work for me.

  • Feral Sins

  • Phoenix Pack, Book 1
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,152

Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised they didn't check my ID

  • By P. Stover on 04-08-13

A really good shifter series.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

I like the writing and narration of this book. I read or listen to several shifter series, and they range from formulaic through pretty decent (this series fits that) to outstanding (Nalini Singh's Psy-Changling series is my all time favorite). This is a good series opener with engaging characters and a believable paranormal world. The characters are strong, and I like the relationships between the pack members. It's credit worthy and enjoyable.

  • High Noon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338

Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration and story - worth the credit

  • By Shannon Hobbs on 01-28-12

One of my favorite Nora books!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

I love the quirks in this book. The male lead won a lottery, but he's really a down to earth cool guy. The female lead has complex family relationships that require so many sacrifices from her, and give you an insight into living with a phobia. It's a lovely testament to the love of family overcoming adversity. As always, well written, good dialogue, strong and interesting characters, and suspense! Great listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,469

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Excellent! A must listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

Crais does an excellent job of developing this relationship between the cop and his dog, who he didn't really want. They both have PTSD, and the story helps you have an emotional insight into how that feels. I really loved this story. It was complex, suspenseful, emotional, and well crafted. Great use of a credit!!