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  • Loch: A Dane Maddock Adventure

  • Dane Maddock Adventures, Book 9
  • By: David Wood
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

An ancient legend guards a deadly treasure. When former Navy SEALs turned treasure hunters Dane Maddock and Bones Bonebrake discover a sunken German U-boat at the bottom of the Irish Sea, they find something shocking - the tooth of a prehistoric reptile embedded in the hull! Soon, Maddock and Bones join a beautiful reporter and an eccentric cryptid hunter on an action-packed search for a lost treasure that brings them face to face with one of the world’s most enduring mysteries.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action and Adventure - Dane and Bones At It Again

  • By Brian on 04-30-18

Missed the mark for me.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I am a huge Dane and Bones fan, so I was quite disappointed in this edition.
I felt like the back story of the artifacts, the source or origin of their mystical powers, how the prehistoric monster was guided to guard the treasure generation after generation, and especially the secret society and their motivations were almost completely overlooked.
I read this series for what it is, a fun predictable adventure series with familiar characters who always prevail, and I don't except a ton of depth from each book, but I feel like this one really missed the mark for me and only left me vaguely aware of what was really going on.

I actually enjoyed the character of Grizzly and although I haven't encountered him in any of the other books, I hope he pops up again. He was the perfect level of "douche" and made me laugh.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,785

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By JK907 on 01-11-18

I struggled to finish this book

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

The book description really gives away the "twist" or at least nudges you in the right direction. Any additional twists that came after that were just fluff. I was disappointed in this story.
Even suspecting that I had a good idea of what I was NOT supposed to assume, I still saw the interest in tell the story in that perspective. It could have been a great tool and if used properly could have made this book much better. instead it seems like someone was desperately trying to be shocking and lost site of writing a story that made sense.

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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,698

What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable! I loved this story!

  • By Judy on 03-04-13

Makes you think...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I have enjoyed other titles by the author so I never doubted I would enjoy this one as well, but I did not realize how much.
The different perspectives from the memebers in the different relationships was definitely something I recognized from some of her other books, and probably one of my favorite things about her work.

What really impacted me the most about this book was Alice looking at her life with fresh eyes.
I wondered to myself what 10 year ago me would think of today me... of the way my life is now. I wonder if the younger me would agree with me when I complain about kids sitting on the back of the sofa, or if she would hear me and roll her eyes.

I have always heard that when you are upset, ask yourself if it is something that will matter to you in 5 years. This book gave me a sneak peak at how I might would look at it in 10....

  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,171

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A statement or two could summarize this book

  • By Teresa on 07-22-12

Great for anyone new to self improvement reading

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Wake up early and go to the gym/run/exercise pretty much sums up alot of this book, BUT I don't say that as a negative thing.
I enjoyed the personal recounts from people and why this works for them.
For me, the emphasis on why certain things don't end up working had way more impactthan all the advice on the things that the book claims do work.
'There will always be a reason to not go to the gym at 4pm, and it will always be a good one.' was probably the most enfluentual line I read.

I found the narration to be pleasant and well paced. the book was a nice reasonable length. There were not 3 starting chapters explaining to me WHY I should read the book I am already trying to read. And most importantly there was not a single sales pitch for a website, blog, time managment retreat/seminar or other books.

I am new to self improvement style reading, but I took more from this than I ever imagined and it made me less hesitant to venture out further in the category.

  • Ladies' Night

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 955

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly "divorce recovery" therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday "Ladies' Night" sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man I thought my divorce was the worst!

  • By JenniferandSteveLandeau on 06-09-13

Cute story with realistic characters.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I enjoyed this book for the most part. I did find that every chapter or so was like tuning in to a weekly program with a "recap", such as reading a detailed two way phone converstaion, only to have one of the members of the phone call then relay the entire conversation to someone else in detail.
I had both a paper copy and the audible copy which I swapped back and forth between. I liked the narrator's natural speaking voice, but when speaking for Grace, it seemed to make the character sound more like a teenage girl rather than a early middle age woman. I also thought Wyatt and Bo's voice sounded alot like Bart Simpson (young and old) which I didn't exactly love, but still make me smile everytime I noticed.

Overall I really enjoyed the characters and the realistic circumstances some of them faced, such as financial hardships and depression that can result from divorce. It was a refreshing contrast to the over dramatic soap opera style divorces you often see in entertainment.

I definitley recomend this book for an entertaining light hearted read.

  • The One You Love

  • Emma Holden Suspense Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Paul Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

Emma Holden's nightmare has just begun. Her fiancé vanishes, leaving the battered and bloodied body of his brother in their London apartment. Someone is stalking her, watching her every move. And her family is hiding a horrifying secret; a secret that threatens all those she loves. In a desperate race against time, Emma must uncover the truth if she ever wants to see her fiancé alive again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This trilogy has promise

  • By Wayne on 03-22-16

I don't start books without finishing....but this one almost tested my strength.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

So many red herrings.... So little closure.

How am I supposed to mourn the loss or disappearance of a character that was never introduced beyond his name.
And false leads are one thing, but this wasn't intriguing or suspenseful. It was a poorly thought out, long run on sentence.
So much was reliant on secrets that were being kept from the police, apparently for no other reason than to not allow the story to be drawn out further.
Poor construction...BOOM.... btw.....I'm a karate black belt...of course you readers already knew that despite having never been mentioned before and playing very little role in the plot.
Worst of all, why spend an entire chapter recalling a piece of history in detail, to then immediately follow it with an entire chapter relaying the EXACT same details to another character.

  • Rogue Wave

  • Waterfire Saga, Book Two
  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: The mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled - powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans that belonged to the Six.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good

  • By MetalWingedWolf on 02-09-15

Loved the story, but was not fond of the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

I felt that the narrator spent most of her time bouncing between a 7-11 accent, and threatening to suck my blood.

  • Deep Blue - Waterfire Saga, Book One: Deep Blue

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Bea Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, full of fantasy and details

  • By Guadalupe Ramirez on 10-07-15

I got this book for my teenagers, but I am hooked

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I got this book to play during longer vehicle rides with my teenage son and preteen daughter. It's the only thing that keeps the arguments over music, or breathing, at bay after a while.
In the past, I have misjudged a book or audiobook as "age appropriate" on occasion, so I had been waiting a while to start it for them. A few days ago between the ending of my own book, and my next credit, I decided to scout out a few chapters before I started playing it for the kids. I was hooked immediately. The story is written well, very visually descriptive, but not in the way that drones on wasting time just to make sure you only "see" things the way the author saw them.
It took me a little time to get accustomed to the narrator's young voice (I have 5 children, so I naturally drown out kid voices as a form of self preservation). After a few chapters the voice grew on me and I was able to appreciate the subtle changes between characters and accents, without it sounding ridiculous or forced.
I've always been a sci-fi fantasy reader in both adult and young adult categories , but I don't think I have ever read anything surrounding mermaids. The world created in this story was a refreshing change and a nice new perspective for me.
I am looking forward to the rest of the series and doubt I'll be waiting on kids to catch up.