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Grand Blanc, MI, United States
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  • And Then There Were None

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,388

Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious "U.N. Owen". At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one...one by one they begin to die. Who among them is the killer? And will any of them survive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dan Stevens is genius

  • By Markie Ross on 09-17-15

Agatha's Best

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This has always been my favorite of Agatha Christie's novels. I'm very glad to finally have the audiobook!

Dan Stevens does an excellent job distinguishing between the 10 main characters.

I have no criticism for this classic.

  • Neanderthal Seeks Human

  • A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Grace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,589

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, funny and very entertaining

  • By SIMARA on 11-21-17

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The narrator did a great job, and I applaud her for it!
I am not a fan of female protagonists whose entire personality seems to be a lack of self esteem, especially when their self doubt doesn't even really seem to have a source. "I'm super pretty and tall and have gorgeous hair and I'm really smart but for some reason I am a freak"...sorry, doesn't do it for me.

  • Love and Other Wild Things

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695

Welcome to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shape-shifters, vampires, witches, and dragons live alongside humans. The town formed around the mysterious energy rift in the bayou, which helps keep the town’s magic in balance. But lately the rift has been widening and destabilizing - threatening to send the town’s magical population into chaos. Energy witch Danica Teel has been sent by the League to figure out what’s going on, with the help of bear-shifter Mayor Zed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too damn short

  • By ESP on 09-06-18

Another Stunner

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I love everything Molly Harper writes but Danny might be my favorite character ever (Sorry Jane). "Again, f*** you, I'm awesome" is definitely going into my daily repertoire!

Amanda Ronconi is a gem, as always! Every time I hear her voice it feels like I'm hearing an old friend.

Jonathan Davis did a great job as the gruff but lovable bear-shifter mayor. I really appreciated his narration!

Great job, all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immediately Gripping

  • By Tatiana on 07-18-18

I feel shaken

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

As a long-time wife, and recent mother of a baby boy, this book is completely messing with my brain.
A lot of the same fears, concerns, thoughts, and anxieties Suzette has are echoed in me. The need to be strong, the overwhelming desire to prove yourself as a mother, the fear that you're failing; these are emotions shared by so many mothers I know. I can put myself in her shoes, and I tremble.

From the outside, Hannah presents like she may be on the spectrum, it's initially very easy to see how her father could brush off so much of her odd behavior. It's just as easy to see how Suzette might start to think she's losing it; it's hard to process the idea of such a cruel and calculating 7 year old.

But when we see inside Hanna's mind, I get chills. While her plots might not be Machiavellian, the cruelty and calculation of this little field are shocking. It forces you to wonder what might really be happening inside the head of a child, especially a child as intelligent as Hannah. Some reviews have mentioned they don't find Hanna's sophisticated vocabulary and complex thinking to be realistic, I disagree, I think there is a capacity for brilliance in children that we often take for granted. I also think Zoje Stage does an excellent job of capturing the way intelligence might work in an immature mind: planning horrible things whole wishing for imaginary friends and loving party dresses. I can easily imagine a child like Mary Bell having the same kinds of thoughts.

I haven't finished this book yet, so I don't know if the ending will satisfy or disappoint but I needed to write this review now, 3/4 of the way through I am disturbed and fascinated and I keep looking at my son wondering what he will be like when he gets older...I'm getting a little nervous.

Edit: I just reached the end. I don't really know how to put this feeling into words. This is a feeling I often get when I finish a book which has changed me in some way: like I'm floating and falling at the same time.
I am still uneasy, and Suzette and Alex's final defeat is still breaking my heart, but mostly I am appreciative. This book is real.
It's real and it's raw and the characters are grating, and the substance is confusing, and the ending is unsatisfying because it isn't an end; because real life does not end.

Maybe we will see more of Hannah in the future. Maybe Suzette and Alex and Dr. Yamamoto will keep working and some day a bunch of readers can say "finally, THAT ending was so satisfying", but if that never happens then at least I can say that I am satisfied.

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,907

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Pretty darned good

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

I read a lot of crime novels, I watch a lot of crim TV, I dont want to sound like a weirdo, it's just my thing. And I don't want to sound like a braggart but this story wasn't super hard to figure out. And maybe it wasn't supposed to be. Camille's story, her pain and her illness are the true center of the story, not the little girls who died. Her story was hard for me to relate to, her scars were very deep, but I thought it was well written and well conceived none the less.

My only complaint: Gillian Flynn is a huge fan of the simile. So. Many. Similes.

  • Wait with Me

  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

When romance novelist Kate Smith suddenly gets writer's block as she's beginning the final installment of her international best-selling erotic Bed 'n Breakfast series, she'll do pretty much anything to get her groove back. Like sneak into a Tire Depot waiting room because her words flow there just like complimentary coffee - smooth, sweet, and scorchingly hot. She manages to fly under the radar until the rugged and charming mechanic, Miles Hudson, notices the quirky redhead slinking in and out of the employees-only entrance. But she's way too intriguing to blow the whistle on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Research Never Felt So Good!

  • By bookbruin on 05-14-18

Super fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I remember reading about Amy Daws' tire store mojo a while back, so when I found this story in my recommendations I knew I had to give it a shot.
Turns out, Daws has an amazing voice! Wait With Me is clever, touching, and fresh. The little hints at the irony of the story (a novelist referencing how the story would play out "if this were a book") are super enjoyable. The book doesn't take itself too seriously, and I love that!

Kate and Miles are a great fit. Their relationship played out in an unusual but believable way. The sex scenes were hot, the comic scenes were funny, and the emotional scenes were touching; everything you could want from a RomCom!

100% worth the credit and highly recommended. I will be looking for more Daws books next!

  • Priest: A Love Story

  • By: Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Elena Wolfe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

There are many rules a priest can't break. A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I've always been good at following rules. Until she came. Then I learned new rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forbidden Romance at its Finest!!

  • By Shannon Cole on 06-28-17

Holy HOT!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This book was way more than I was expecting. The story was exciting and bold without being too angry. The troubles were few, considering the subject matter, and I always appreciate that in a romance novel.
And most importantly the ending was believable. Their HEA was earned and I appreciate that so much!

Both narrators did a fantastic job, well done them!

Absolutely worth a credit, or heck I'd say it's worth an actual purchase!

  • Wrong Number, Right Guy

  • The Bourbon Street Boys, Book 1
  • By: Elle Casey
  • Narrated by: Emily Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,267

When a mysterious text message summons May Wexler to a biker bar in downtown New Orleans, she knows something is very wrong. Her sister has sent out an SOS, but when May gets there, she's nowhere to be found and May is the one in trouble - she's wearing pink espadrilles, she's got a Chihuahua in her purse, and she's in the middle of a shootout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, light and distracting

  • By Paula on 12-03-15

I couldn't finish this

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

The main character in this book is moron!
There, I said it.

What kind of idiot gets a text from an unknown number and just assumes it's her sister without a simple "hey sis, is this your new number"?

Then the guy who saves her life tries to help her and she's all like "I'm not going to listen to what you say because even though you gave me your business card and rescued me from a hail of bullets I am going to assume that I know better than you!"
Not once. Not twice. But THREE times she pulled this mistrusting nonsense before I had to finally turn the damn book off because I was at work and I'll be damned if screaming at fictional voices in my head is how my coworkers finally find out I'm nuts!

All I can say is thank God I got this book for free during the BOGO sale because if I had even spent a whole credit on it I would be furious.
As it is I'll save this one for when I'm truly desperate for something.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Big Vamp on Campus

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers. As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn that just "undead studies" - she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper's endearing wording saves the day.

  • By Joycinta on 06-07-16

Harper and Ronconi never get less than 5 stars!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Learning more about Aphelia was a hoot! I will always love everything Molly Harper writes :-)

  • Flesh

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Ray Chase
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

Ali has been hiding in an attic since civilization collapsed eight weeks ago. When the plague hit, her neighbors turned into mindless, hungry, homicidal maniacs. Daniel has been a loner his entire life. Then the world empties, and he realizes that being alone isn't all it's cracked up to be. Finn is a former cop who is desperate for companionship and willing to do anything it takes to protect the survivors around him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Walking Dead turns kinky

  • By TheGirlFromBama on 03-09-16

Hot, zombie fighting fun!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

Knowing Kylie Scott specifically from her Stage Dive universe it was weird rolling into a world like this.
The jumping perspectives was fun, but it got confusing when Finn came on the scene and I started getting mixed up over which man Ray was narrating in any given chapter.
Still, the story was good, the sex was hot and the fight scenes were super fun! Looking forward to the next one!