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  • Rendezvous

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Augusta Ballinger was quite sure that it was all a dreadful mistake. The chillingly pompous and dangerously disturbing Earl of Graystone could not possibly wish to marry her. Why, it was rumored that his chosen bride must be a veritable model of virtue. And everyone knew that Augusta, as the last of the wild, reckless Northumberland Ballingers, was a woman who could not be bothered by society's rules.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, shame about the narrator

  • By Serendipity on 08-22-10

Just a little over done......

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

A signature feature of the author is a stalwart handsome male who is inspired by a strong minded passionate female to soften his demeanor and succumb to love and marriage, with her of course. Her clever repartee and lively adventures are funny, furious, and dangerous and the book’s characters round out and become believable because of it. Rendezvous does all that but for me, the male is a little too bossy, too domineering which makes it clear that the female is not what she claims. To be blackmailed into marriage and put up with the dominance even over trivialities doesn’t wash. Supposedly when she falls in love with Mr. No Budge, she’s developed armor with ear plugs. I just feel that the male is overdone and made to appear conniving and sneaky and demanding. There are better books by the author (my favorite), try one of them first.

  • Second Sight

  • Arcane Society, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

In financial straits and on a sure path to spinsterhood, Venetia Milton thought her stay at the remote, ramshackle Arcane House, far from society's prying eyes, would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engineer her own ravishment. She was there to photograph the relics and artifacts collected by a highly secretive organization, founded two centuries earlier by an eccentric alchemist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, too!!

  • By Susan on 03-25-10

Second Sight is ear candy!

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

Reviewed: 04-07-19

If you have a sweet tooth for a book that has Romance, humor, mystery, and action, your taste buds will be satisfied ver -r -r y well with Second Sight. Amanda has used it all to create a top read and Anne has put it all in sound that is more British than scones! Because I haven’t found a new author as satisfying as Amanda and Anne is a long time favorite, I almost have her books memorized. I highly recommend Second Sight and advise to read all of Amanda’s books and in order. The end result is highly satisfying even for the most demanding appetite!

  • Killjoy

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Avery Delaney's aunt Carolyn is certain her estranged husband sent her the reservation to the posh Utopia Spa in the mountains of Colorado. She figures it will be a welcome respite from the cutthroat advertising business, but Carolyn never makes it to Utopia. She's taken to an isolated retreat by a handsome stranger with a dazzling smile and the darkest of motives. His name is Monk, a hired assassin. Now, with scant clues and fewer resources, Avery must track down and save Carolyn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read MERCY first, for hero's backstory

  • By Skipper on 03-06-14

One for a rose, etc,

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

I couldn’t even tell that the same author wrote the “Roses” series and these contemporary series! And since I did listen to them backwards, Mercy, Killjoy, etc. (the Buchanan’s) and then the Roses, I was one disappointed listener! And I think Killjoy is one of the jewels in Garwood’s crown of successes only bested by Mercy. I highly recommend this series and urge the listeners to do so in order. You’ll be highly entertained and subsequently trying to give a great review without gushing!

  • Orchid

  • St. Helen’s Series, Book 3
  • By: Jayne Castle
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

A top psychic for exclusive Psynergy Inc., Orchid Adams has her hands full with a baffling murder - which doesn't exactly allow time for husband hunting. Is it even possible there's a man on St. Helen's who measures up to her dreams of wedded bliss? Take her new client, Rafe Stonebraker: Primitive and elemental, an unlicensed PI with some serious secrets, Rafe is hardly marriage material. So why does his powerful presence have Orchid imagining the most outrageous affair? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • light romantic suspense on St Helens Colony

  • By IreneMBBT on 01-18-19

Another trilogy well done!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

No matter which name Jayne's using in this book, she's completed another of her trilogies in best form. The characters snap with energy and purpose. The plot sends out the beginning feelers to a good era-specific mystery early on in the book. There's just enough hot romance to keep the listener happy and it's not expressed in language usually found misspelled on a service station wall. Best of all, its three books that are entwined with each other but each volume is still capable of being a good stand alone book. I wished I had another twenty authors with Jayne's talents and I'd never have to go spending credits uselessly trying to find a listen up series.

  • Conspiracy Game

  • Ghost Walkers, Book 4
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844

In Conspiracy Game, fiery passion erupts between GhostWalker Jack Norton and trapeze artist Briony - predetermined soulmates through genetic engineering - as they combat a corrupt scientist's evil machinations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supper Good !!

  • By karen on 10-31-13

The BEST game in town!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Conspiracy Game is in the forefront of the "Game" series in my library*. This is a 75% listen which means for me it's attentive listening for 75% of the book and I can sluff off listening in 25% of the book. For me that's the hot and heavy, very descriptive sex sections. The rest is action and clever repartee with an iota of mystery. In this book, Christine Feehan reveals her talent of conjure. It's all very good and I hope it surfaces in the next of the series. In some of the Games series the explicit love scenes make the the book a 50%-50% which makes it a very short book.
* library has TWO r's and both are pronounced. Library is not a liberry.

  • Ghost Walk

  • A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Bowersock
  • Narrated by: Laura Wilson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she's on a quest to prove to herself - and the world - that she's still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder - where no record of a murder even exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great series of books

  • By Zane on 12-14-18

Ghost Walk: The designation applied to the venue used by Ghost Walkers.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

How many times are we fed "Something new and totally different" or "Refreshingly different"? Lots! BUT in Ghost Walk it's true. This is not your two Native Reservations sleuths or the sidekick of the crusty, white law enforcement officer. In fact this is a white female retired Anglo law officer and a spiritual "Rez" Indian who discover their niche in bringing balance to the world by solving crimes in totally different ways. Ways that are usually the butt of derision and make the headlines in the National Enquirer. The dry Rez humor has begun to seep thru the new partnership exposing the lighter side of the relationship. Pun intended!Having walked in Firewalkers moc's for 73 years, without his gifts, I'm hoping that this series is not only high entertainment but a learning process too.

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  • Scandal

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

With her reputation forever tarnished by a youthful indiscretion, lovely Emily Faringdon is resigned to a life of spinsterhood, until she embarks on an unusual correspondence and finds herself falling head over heels in love. Sensitive, intelligent, and high-minded, her noble pen pal seems to embody everything Emily has ever dreamed of in a man. But Simon Augustus Traherne, the mysterious Earl of Blade, is not at all what he seems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A few campy chuckling moments due to naive heroine

  • By Jane on 03-27-13

An Unfamiliar Story Line!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I am a Jayne Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle devotee "of the first water" bar none. I've tread thru the beginning years to the more affluent times and it's not any particular talent that lets the reader start to identify the different story outlines. They are reworked and sometimes a combination of two or more of the "basics". But, I was honestly surprised with Scandal. It's none of any other storylines that I can tell, even the HEA is different! Oh I wished that Ms. quick would return from the early California days and create a few more Scandals-it's so refreshing and entertaining. The hero is also the bad guy; the heroine is unbelievably naive or so we are led to believe; family is certainly not supportive; and revenge is certainly sought no matter what generation. It's a solid investment of a credit no matter whether a confirmed Quick fan or a fence sitter!

  • Escape Claws

  • Cat Lady Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Linda Reilly
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

For the first time in sixteen years, Lara Caphart has returned to her hometown of Whisker Jog, New Hampshire. She wants to reconnect with her estranged Aunt Fran, who's having some difficulty looking after herself - and her eleven cats. Taking care of a clowder of kitties is easy, but keeping Fran from being harassed by local bully Theo Barnes is hard. The wealthy builder has his sights set on Fran's property and is determined to make her an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By Dawn on 07-23-18

No Batman or Robin with this Cat Lady

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Lots of cats, from mostly feral king size to newly born kittens (who with their mother were tied in a garbage bag and dumped on the side of the road), real cats. So when the lady who provides a home for these mistreated felines and tries to find new homes for them, is labeled "cat lady" it's usually preceded by "crazy old" and each time her name is raised in conversation, the number of cats increases. Instead of 11 (actual number) Cat Lady now has at least 30! But that's the fun part of Escape Claws, watching the Aunt and Niece, thwart the nosy, interfering busybodies of the community. But it's not all fun and games and when a well known businessman is murdered, the mystery begins. That's the serious side of the book and it's deftly entwined with the humorous side of the book. A sure fire winner especially for the cat '

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  • Too Lucky to Live

  • The Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Annie Hogsett
  • Narrated by: Erica Sullivan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Lonely and broke, Cleveland divorce survivor Allie Harper believes all her problems would be solved if she could find a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first: He's in a crosswalk clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is leaning hard on her horn, sending the man's groceries and white cane flying. How has this woman missed the fact that the man is blind? From the curb, an outraged Allie jumps to his rescue, rebagging the groceries as well. The money is in the bag - literally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME. WELL WRITTEN AND PERFORMED.

  • By Bunty on 09-08-18

50 Billion!!? 50 Billion!!? And after taxes, it's 20 Billion!! Who cares?!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I've never cared for 1st person books because I've always felt that the only viewpoint allowed was the author's and who could be so egotistic to think the readers needed to be force fed the premise of the book? But Too Lucky to Live is an entertaining exception. First of all, the book boggles the mind. I can't even begin to comprehend having a savings account with one Billion dollars much less 20 or 50! (Before and after taxes🤑) and my dazed condition is furthered by a love triangle of a blind man, a seven year old precoitous boy, and a morally balanced divorcee who is so down and out a trip to McDonalds is a feast. (the author.) It's an ongoing saga that upholds the Golden Rule but allows for realism with it. "Yes, there are scum pieces of humanity who want your money and will do anything to get it. After all you won it and I can own it just as easily and will spend it happily, with or without blood stains". Any other time, I would have already pressed the stop button and left the room retching from a HUGE overload of sugar but Annie Hogsett has created a cheerful, tongue in cheek, romantic, action packed, murder mystery subsidized by a Super Mundo lottery ticket! How can this formula not return a book that's also a winner?!
Does anyone know how many zeros I need to write in a 1 Billion Dollar check?

  • Ascendant

  • The Genesis Fleet, Book 2
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

In the three years since former fleet officer Rob Geary and former marine Mele Darcy led improvised forces to repel attacks on the newly settled world of Glenlyon, tensions have only gotten worse. When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story while we wait for Blackjack to come back

  • By tekone on 05-28-18

Ascendant= It just keeps getting better and better!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

In a Jack Campbell tale is that it's always the good guys versus the bad guys and the good guys usually win. Usually being the operative word here. One of the best things about these match ups is the author 's ability to show that the good guys can lose and that the good guys bleed profusely and can die also. At the very least, the good guys lose loved ones, cherished friends and sometimes, a limb or two. Author Campbell treats conflict realistically but doesn't resort to line after line of profanity and coarseness. His tableau of weapons, tactics, and life in the future is believable, realistic, and probably at least 50% already in existence. Now we just need to work on the percentage of won-lost.......