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  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding thriller

  • By DIANE M TINKLE on 03-12-18

OUTSTANDING!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Best book ever by this author. Cant wait for a follow up! The likenesses to the two current top leaders in the US and Russia are amazing.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it WAY more than I thought I would

  • By ~Portia on 07-25-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book was not what I expected and normally I would not have purchased it. However, as it was on sale I bought it. I'm so glad. At first I didn't really like Suzie very much, but as the story unfolded she was just super annoying. I can't imagine giving up my child! This story presented the heartache and suffering that can result-it impacts so many lives. The final chapters made the story worth listening to.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,728

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Jodi Taylor is simply amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book, the first in the series is so much fun to listen to. The characters are all odd and quirky...some not so likable. I'm not really into a lot of sci-fi, unless it is something like Michael Crighton's Timeline or Prey, or time travel (as this series is) like the Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, or the Broach series. But this book portends a series that is right up there with those favorites.
Being able to go back in time and watch history unfold in "real time" would be incredible, even if you know they will be packed with much danger and unforeseen challenges.
Well worth the credit. I'm thrilled I discovered this author.

  • No Safe Place

  • Detective Lottie Parker, Book 4
  • By: Patricia Gibney
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By val on 08-22-18

Almost missed this one

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I previously listened to the other books in this series and while the stories were good I found the wreck of Lottie too hard to stomach. So I passed this one by for awhile. Thankfully, I decided to give Lottie one more chance...she's still a mess but it seems she may be turning a corner-slowly but hopefully for good.
But read the books in order, just grit your teeth while Lottie focuses so much on her lose that she essentially leaves her children to fend for years.

  • Calling Me Home

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope they make a movie!!

  • By Christina6marie on 08-17-15

Very Emotional Listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This book is not my usual genre. I bought it because of the many positive reviews, and I'm so happy I did. It's been a long time since I sobbed so many times while listening to a book. This story of two women of different ages and races is eye opening, especially if you were raised in a family where you were never taught or had seen any form of racism until you were a teen. It's easy to say we can understand what people are experiencing but, if we're honest, we will have to admit we don't truly understand the subtle slights. This novel explores and documents the prejudice and false assumptions on both sides of the Black/White issues in America from the mid 20th century to the early 21st century. This book is an incredible story about the relationship between a mid-30s Black woman and a cranky White woman in her late 80s, as they make a roadtrip from Texas to Cincinnati. Great story that I will revisit in a few months.

  • Traitor's Blade

  • Greatcoats Series, Book 1
  • By: Sebastien de Castell
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

The King is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and Falcio Val Mond and his fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse, of course. Their employer could be lying dead on the floor while they are forced to watch the killer plant evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that's exactly what's happening. Now a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Adventure Fantasy

  • By Scott Simons on 06-19-18

Only Bought As Daily Deal

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Not much into a lot of sci-fi but it was the Daily Deal so I thought it "might" be interesting. I'm so glad I bought the book. It's not really sci-fi at all, and the plot and protagonists are sufficiently interesting as to keep my attention from the beginning to the end. And the narrator, Joe Jameson, is amazing! I'll have to check out other books he's narrated.
Not going to give away the plot as others have explained it. If you like action, swashbuckling fun, with just a tad of "magic" (alchemy really) this book is for you...worth the money or credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

FANTASTIC READ!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I'm not sure why I have such a fascination with WWII sagas but this was one of the best! I've honestly not had much use for France-seems the US (my family) has to go fight to liberate them after they side with the Germans. BUT, this book tells the true story of the French Resistance, of which I knew little. In fact, for me, the most important part of Arthur's story IS that resistance, and the many courageous Frenchmen and Frenchwomen who were so successful that even the Nazis feared them!
I owe, at least in my heart, some of the French an apology for misunderstanding what many contributed to their nation's liberty! Outstanding book.
At first I found the narrator a little hard to listen to, but as the story began to unfold the narrator seemed to fade away and only the challenges and courageous acts mattered.

  • The Naturalist

  • The Naturalist, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Mayne
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,235

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic! I loved this book!!

  • By shelley on 10-02-17

Unique Plot

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

This story was on a subject that we hear about in the news but really don't think about that much unless it hits close to home...missing persons. The author has a unique way of addressing it. I'm not sure whether or not police truly have algorithms that can help them discover buried bodies, but I truly hope so.

  • The Rags of Time

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 6
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Mark Randall lay dead in a field near Lowacre long before Smith had done what he had to do in Belfast. By the time he went back to work, the investigation was well underway. "It's not my case," he says more than once, and he really doesn't need it to be; he has enough to think about as it is. But going around the Norfolk countryside dotting the i's and crossing the t's, speaking to the local farmers and the Brothers of St. Francis from Abbeyfields, Smith begins to suspect that the investigation might be heading in entirely the wrong direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really love this series.

  • By B.J. on 11-01-17

Good, but not the best of the series.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Love this DC Smith series. He is such a funny, analytical person. This book however, in my opinion, is the weakest of the series-still good but not the best.
The narrator, Gildart Jackson, is simply superb!

  • The Crooked Staircase

  • A Jane Hawk Novel, Book 3
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204

Jane Hawk knows she may be living on borrowed time. But as long as she’s breathing, she’ll never cease her one-woman war against the terrifying conspiracy that threatens the freedom - and free will - of millions. Battling the strange epidemic of murder-suicides that claimed Jane’s husband, and is escalating across the country, has made the rogue FBI agent a wanted fugitive, relentlessly hunted not only by the government but by the secret cabal behind the plot. Deploying every resource their malign nexus of power and technology commands, Jane’s enemies are determined to see her dead...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Descriptive words like Oleaginous & Huggermugger- love love this series!

  • By BlkButterfly on 06-11-18

This is what I hate about a series!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Now we have to wait a year before the next book comes out.
I've listened to the novella and the 3 books in this amazing series in under 7 days and now the wait begins.
Koontz has developed and outstanding new protagonist, Jane Hawk, to rival Odd Thomas. They are as different as night and day but both are carefully and fully "fleshed" out.
The narrator, Elizabeth Rodgers, just keeps surprising and convincing me she is the various characters.
This entire series is well worth the money or credits.