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The Inked Wren

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  • Thin Ice

  • Men of Valor, Book 2
  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail - addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive - who is the woman buried in her grave?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By THERESA SWAYZE on 06-03-16

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

It’s not a bad story, but I’m really not a fan of faith based stories and this one is getting a bit god bothery

  • The House by the River

  • By: Lena Manta, Gail Holst-Warhaft - translator
  • Narrated by: Courtney Patterson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 645

Theodora knows she can't keep her five beautiful daughters at home forever - they're too curious, too free spirited, too like their late father. And so, before each girl leaves the small house on the riverside at the foot of Mount Olympus, Theodora makes sure they know they are always welcome to return. A devoted and resilient mother, Theodora has lived through World War II, through the Nazi occupation of Greece, and through her husband's death, and now she endures the twenty-year-long silence of her daughters' absence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What is true love and happiness?

  • By Lana Lee Plum on 05-27-18

A beautiful story of family and life

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

This book was an unexpected treasure. I really loved every bit of it. Great characters and a fascinating, well thought out web of storylines that are masterfully woven in and out of this family. Well worth the credit!

  • Inheritance

  • Confluence, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Abducted. Forced to fight against her will. Darcy has a 10,000-year-old secret buried in her genetic code. The Druid Gene makes her a target, but it may also save her. As a second year medical student, Darcy's life revolves around classes, studying, and her boyfriend Adam - until she treks through the desert, touches some mysterious stacked stones, and a network of glowing blue lines radiates under her skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Kevin Harris on 08-05-17

A slow burn but totally worth it.

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Really love this series. Especially the strong female leads. But also, it’s a nice change from science lead sci-fi. There is more emotion and more character development in these books than the usually sci-fi. Going to be devo when the series ends.

  • In the Valley of the Blue Gums

  • By: J. H. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The new compelling saga from Australia's master storyteller. Journalist Thea Anderson’s adventurous life has been one of endless danger. Even her childhood, where she and her mother were forced to flee Malaya in the fish-stinking hold of a junk in the dying days of colonialism, was fraught with peril. For a time it seemed she would find safe harbour in Tasmania in the arms of winemaker Peter Torrance, but her restless spirit cannot be contained....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Has put me off considering others by this author

  • By The Inked Wren on 06-11-18

Has put me off considering others by this author

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Just lacking in ommph. Story chopped and changed so often and with no reason or need. Very frustrating to listen too and really never had enough character development to make you care what was happening. Overall, disappointing and won’t be checking out any more from this author. Was not for me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Perseid Collapse Series Boxset

  • Books 1-4
  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 37 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

The entire Perseid Collapse series in one box set: post-apocalyptic thriller action and suspense in four books! On August 19, 2019, an inconceivable attack against America's infrastructure will unleash a human darkness over the United States - with a vast appetite for chaos and violence. Alex Fletcher, former Marine, will wake to this brutally hostile landscape, thrown headfirst into an epic, impossibly grueling journey to save his family and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the money

  • By William A. Nichols on 03-07-18

Less step by step, more story.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Character development and storyline is really lacking in this book. So disappointed. Writer needs to put more effort in developing the characters and the storyline. Reader could do with more oomph too. Only thing this book was good for before I gave up, going to sleep. Asking for my credit back on this one unfortunately

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,820

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Slow to start but truly epic and oh so entertaining!!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Was on the verge of returning this book but finally, it all came together and the awesomeness began. I am so so glad this is a series. I have a feeling I am really going to enjoy these! Well worth pushing through those first few hours at the beginning to have the back story in place.
R C Bray brings every character to life as always.

  • Stiletto

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers - and the bureaucratic finesse - to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: the Checquy - the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and the Grafters - a centuries-old supernatural threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grafters take center stage

  • By Larry on 07-10-16

Amazing book! Written so well!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I love this series. It's amazing and so well thought out. Fantastically read too. Well worth the credit and if you haven't read the first book, The Rook, add it to the list although it's not essential for this one. Well done Daniel!

  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,193

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Ready Player One or Snowcrash? Skip This!

  • By D. Austin on 09-14-17

Painfull teenage dreams of an adult.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Don't put yourself through this awkward underdeveloped book unless you are a true fan of RPG games. Nostalgia does not get this book off the ground and whilst the idea is great, some more solid character development would go a long way. Stats and dungeon crawling do not a good book make! Money back on this one.

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,237

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

Lacking in story depth

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Ok for a read whilst you clean the house but not one of her best. Story lacks depth and gets a little sickly sweet to the end which really detracts from the characters. It wouldn't have taken much to fully develop the characters into something meaningful but... That's for another book I guess.

  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

Why doesn't she just put sunglasses on!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

Enjoyable but a bit of a plodder. Not a lot of emotional connection going on either such doesn't really lend you to the characters.