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  • Johnson Family, Volume 2
  • By: Delaney Diamond
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Cyrus Johnson is rich, powerful, and used to getting his way. When his estranged wife shows up at his office demanding a divorce once and for all, he not only refuses, he makes a demand of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By Nikki R on 12-17-16

This story is perfect!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

From my initial read of this novel, I was hooked on the writings of Delaney Diamond! Once this story was released in Audible I was over the moon! Michael Oakley really makes the telling of this story come alive. I have said it before and will say it again, I love anything written Ms Delaney! I am a super fan of her work! Great to read and great to listen to!

  • Unfinished Business

  • By: Brenda Jackson
  • Narrated by: Pete Ohms
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 98

Investigative reporter Christy Madaris doesn't want to complicate her life with romance. She made that mistake once when she believed Alex Maxwell's promise to marry her. True, Alex made that promise when Christy was just a teenager. But she believed him with all her heart - and when Alex laughed it off years later, Christy was crushed. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very slow and long

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-19-18

Finally Alex and Christy become one!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I waited for such a long time between reading their story and listening to Pete Ohms recite their story that I find myself returning to their story over and over in case there are some nuances I missed the first time. All in all, I am a complete fan of all of Mrs. Jackson's novels, novellas even the book outlining which book came first. I have been a fan of Alex and Christy since their first introduction in I believe Justin and Loren's story when she was a wide eyed teen professing that Alex was her Alexander the great! Great story thanks to the author and to the narrator for such an enjoyable listening experience.

  • The Midnight Hour

  • By: Brenda Jackson
  • Narrated by: Pete Ohms
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

Once, CIA agent Sir Drake Warren gave his heart to a woman - a fellow marine whose death in an explosion left him aching for justice. Drake vowed he would never love again. But his devotion to his former lover is tested when he meets his mysterious new partner, Agent Victoria Green. With golden-brown eyes and skin like melted chocolate, Victoria leaves Drake yearning for the love he lost - and flirting closely with the white-hot passion he once knew, he's sure he'll get burned.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Drake!!

  • By StepEsq on 02-28-18

Sir Drake won my heart!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

When I was first introduced to Sir Drake in the Madaris friends Series I was captured by his no nonsense approach to their situations and his kick butt attitude. Underneath all of that bravado is a giant heart that loves hard, is loyal to those he loves with a sense of honor that should be marketed in the real world. Pete Ohms just brings the story to life for me and I find myself listening to the Midnight Hour over and over! Great story!

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  • Good Behavior

  • By: Delaney Diamond
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

Can he still be considered good, when his behavior is so bad? An affair with the second most powerful man at Johnson Enterprises was not in Diana Cambridge's plans, but one night their smoldering attraction for each other culminates in an erotic kiss that leaves her aching for more. For years, Xavier Johnson rejected his family's wealth and dedicated his life to helping others, earning him the nickname "the good one." Yet underneath the cordial exterior beats the heart of a Johnson, and this Johnson wants Diana Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it!

  • By Ebony on 12-28-18

Just as good to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

As it was to read. There is just something about the voice of Michael Pauly that brings the characters and their situations to life. Until I began hearing audiobooks, I had not paid that much attention to the sexy tembre of a man's voice but Michael Pauly changed that forever for me. Excellently read and I enjoyed listening to the book immensely.

  • Irresistible Forces

  • By: Brenda Jackson
  • Narrated by: Montana Chase
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

One week of mind-blowing sex on a beautiful Caribbean island. Of all the business proposals financial tycoon Dominic Saxon has heard, Taylor Steele's is definitely the most tempting. All Taylor wants in return is for Dominic to father her baby. No strings, no commitments...just a mutually satisfying arrangement. Make that very satisfying. For a man with no intention of marrying again, it sounds ideal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • IT WAS MORE MEDIOCRE THAN MAGICAL

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 10-26-12

True to the book version.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Irresistible Forces the most enjoyable?

Hearing the interaction of Taylor and Dominic when they begin the conversation of meeting the need that both had of having a child without the confines of a real relationship. I also like how it brought together two families in the series presented by Author Brenda Jackson of the Steeles and the Saxtons who were both rich in heritage and resources.

What did you like best about this story?

It has not increased nor decreased my interest in the subject matter at all. I am well past childbearing years and have children so that part did not capture my interest.

Which scene was your favorite?

Yes she does. I happen to be a huge fan of author Brenda Jackson and have almost all of her books. I believe she presented to those who are looking for this form of procreation an alternative that possibly only the rich and truly rich can engage in. It did not put me off as some of the reviews had me believing since I read the book and enjoyed the content, characters and story line.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I would love for the performance not to have been so monotone and provide the right inflections of voice depending on the scenes of their interaction versus when they engaged in the act of procreating.

Any additional comments?

I read some of the reviews of the audio of this book and those reviews caused me not to purchase the audio copy for quite some time until one day I listened to a sample for myself and found that although the narrator was female, it was something I could listen to. As a rule I prefer male narrators who give a portrayal of what is happening between the characters rather than simply reading the content. I have already read the books and want a different rendition of what the characters say, how they say it and other intangibles that simply reading the book does not provide. My overall favorite narrator hands down is Pete Ohms. I could listen to him narrate books both day and night.

  • The Choir Director

  • By: Carl Weber
  • Narrated by: Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mega Church intrigue

  • By Dorothy on 12-01-12

Church Politics is no joke!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Choir Director to be better than the print version?

I cannot rate that because I never read the print version. The audio version was outstanding in many ways. First there were the characters, the insight to what really happens in the church pollitic and how those the congregation look up to to feed us God's Word are usually so mired in their own personal agendas that the content and context of God's word gets lost behind their misbehavior.

What other book might you compare The Choir Director to and why?

A book in print by Kimberla Lawson Roby where the Pastor engaged in some unsavory behavior. This one addressed the elephant in the room of Choir Directors almost always being gay. This one thank God was not portrayed as being gay however he did have his issues of infidelity and secrets.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The real flavor of how the ones who are in seats of power in the corporate church structure really conduct business. It gives a more expanded look at the mindset behind the actions of those involved from the Pastor on down to the janitor.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and it is a book that I listened to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book. I would have loved for a more compassionate ending to the blackmailing friend of the Pastor by the Pastor's wife but such is life when even Christians do not really know who and whose we are.

  • The Syndicate

  • Carl Weber Presents
  • By: Brick, Storm
  • Narrated by: Diana Luke, Dylan Ford, Randall Buck, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

They were just kids when Claudette McPhearson took them all in. Eight of them all together. All different races and ethnic makeups, but she loved them as her own. One woman taught them how to love, trust, and respect one another. She was the only glue that kept them together, the only one they wanted to please and never let down. She had been their light at the end of a long troublesome tunnel - it shined so bright. Then, one dreadful day, it all came to a crashing halt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Brick and Storm

  • By MzBullock on 09-02-16

And so it begins!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you listen to The Syndicate again? Why?

Yes I would listen to The Syndicate again and here is why: I was intrigued by the title of this novel by Brick and Storm produced by Carl Weber. I have other works of Carl Weber and was interested in seeing what this was about. What I heard made me sit up immediately and take notice. Here was what most folks would assume was an aging grandmotherly type who opened her home to eight children who had been mistreated and abused in various ways. When she is stranded on the street and they come for her, we learn just how bad ass she really was by the way she began taking out her attackers on a busy street in broad daylight and with remarkable precision. I was hooked. Then I met her kids and her lover and found that I could not put this one down and ended up having to get the sequel too. Excellent story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Syndicate?

When Mama McPherson was in hot battle for her life and looked up into the face of who had betrayed her family. This was memorable for me because it was at that moment that the fight seemed to have gone out of Mama allowing one of the killers to blow her brains out.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I like the grit of their story telling. They told the story just like it would unfold in the neighborhood among those born to the streets and those who have adapted street behavior to their character. I was much intrigued by their story telling. Uncle Snapp was just that a Snapp. I will be honest to say that for a brief moment during the scene where Mama was fighting for her life, I thought her betrayer was Uncle Snapp but quickly squelched that thought when I witnessed his interaction with the children and learned just how much he loved her.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were parts of this book that made me laugh, cry, get angry and even want to snatch a few people up based on what happened to Mama McPherson.

Any additional comments?

When I first listened to this book and the way it ended, I was hoping for an immediate part II and was very glad when I saw that there was a sequel and I got that so that I could finish the story. I truly enjoyed this suspense novel and all of its characters. Excellent job Brick and Storm.

  • The Syndicate 2

  • Carl Weber Presents
  • By: Brick, Storm
  • Narrated by: Randall Bain, B. Lipton Bennet, Julian Durant, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

All hell has broken loose, and the McPhearson clan is right in the middle of the chaos. After finding out their beloved foster mother, Claudette McPhearson, was anything but the sweet old woman they thought her to be, Javon, Shanelle, and the rest of their siblings hit the ground running in order to keep the Syndicate operating and to keep themselves alive. That also means they have to lose some of the people they love the most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Follow up

  • By Addicted to Prime on 02-01-17

Riveting and nail biting

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Where does The Syndicate 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The McPherson family of children adopted by what they originally assumed was just a loving and caring mother turned out to be the head of a deadly Syndicate proved to be all in for family with the exception of the traitor in the ranks. They had been sheltered in one sense from the environment Mama McPherson took them out of but later learn she had a method to her madness.There were some shockers in this second installment of the Syndicate however one thing that was not a shock to me was who the betrayer of Mama McPherson was. I enjoyed the first one so much that I had to get this one to just to see how these McPherson children came out of the myriad of attacks that were coming at them following their mother's demise. Excellent story line and the characters were off the chain!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chantal because she kept it 100 all throughout both installments. Close behind her was her man LaShon. who took to his position as head of the family like a fish takes to water.

Which scene was your favorite?

When they realized that Cory and Ines were alive and Cory took out the traitor of the family.

If you could take any character from The Syndicate 2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Lashon.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed all of the characters of this story and realized while listening just how shrewd Mama McPherson was and just how deep her connections ran. When the first one opened with her taking out her would be assassins and the way she did it, made me wish we could have seen more of her in action.