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  • The Movie Star's Love Child

  • By: Tasha Blue
  • Narrated by: Erin Marsh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Life as a single mother was never easy for Vanessa Childs but she did what she had to do in order to provide a good life for her and her baby. Falling pregnant after a drunken one night stand at college graduation, Vanessa had no real idea of who the father of her baby was. That was until several years later she saw a familiar face on her TV. The man's smile was the same one that charmed her that night and his cheeky voice made all the memories come flooding back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love will find a way

  • By charws on 02-27-17

A Difficult Story to Follow or Believe

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The story is rather boring and written as if coddling a sensitive individual. Also, the author makes Vanessa and Jackson sound as very close friends rather than love interests. Additionally, Jackson describes Vanessa in a way that would imply they had a close and intimate relationship before he disappeared. However, their romance was very short-lived with no background information as to how close they'd gotten; which doesn't not appear (or sound so).

Also, Vivian's attitude and hostility towards those close to her makes no sense. But, I don't think I'll ever find out as I do not plan to finish this book.

Also, whenever Vanessa and Meghan come up with ideas it seems that common-sense or things that seem obvious seem to elude the characters. Which doesn't make sense.

I did not like the story.

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  • Negotiating Skills

  • Boardroom Acts, Book 2
  • By: Laurel Cremant
  • Narrated by: Tina Marie Lovejoy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Witnessing a private act leads to some interesting negotiations... Software programmer Veronica James is struggling to make her new business a success. After finally landing a major account, she's at risk of losing it all when she catches her new client Victor Rossi in a very compromising position. In an effort to regain the upper hand, Rossi insists on some sexy and compromising concessions from her that have Veronica reconsidering her hard fast rule of not mixing business with pleasure.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sexual Harassment pretty much

  • By Ner on 09-06-18

Irritating to listen to

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

The narrator moves at a slightly quicken pace which makes it difficult at times for me to set the scene. Also, her pitch and tones are misplaced, oftentimes emphasizing unimportant parts of a sentence. Finally, and the worst of them is her intake of breathe we can clearly hear. Good God! Quietly take in a breathe so the listener isn't distracted or annoyed.

  • Captivated by the Soldier

  • By: Dez Burke
  • Narrated by: Pepper Laramie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Finding a gorgeous - and very naked strange man sleeping beneath her covers was not the welcome-home present Makayla Stiles expected on her return from a business trip. The sexy surprise occupant of her bed turned out to be Blade, step-brother of her roommate and an Army Special Ops soldier intent on making a fresh start. Makayla soon discovered Blade was irresistibly sexy and a man hiding big secrets....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but the ex pissed me off!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 06-10-13

Unrealistic and Utter Waste of my Time

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Unrealistic expectations from someone you've known for 24-48 hours.

Terrible dialogue and lots of eye rolling with military metaphors.

Regrettable purchase.

  • That Time in Venice

  • Love Unexpected, Book 6
  • By: Delaney Diamond
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

She has never forgotten Venice. Neither has he. Reed Stewart is busy with his daughter. Anika Taylor is busy with her career. Then they run into each other years after a trip that turned their lives upside down. When Reed hires Anika's interior design firm to redecorate his home, the attraction between them burns just as strong as ever. But Anika has a painful secret. If she shares it, she runs the risk of losing Reed for good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By Tee Cee H on 09-26-18

I like it, but nauseating at times

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Delaney Diamond (and other erotic novella authors) construct stories with nauseatingly unnecessary complicated parts. In this case, Anika’s inability to have children and her response to Reed’s desire (bedroom conversation mind you) are incompatible.

How can you long, yearn, and need someone as badly as she did Reed only to decide to end it because of a conversation dealing with future children.

How, can someone (Anika) center her entire world around one person, to decide to dump him because he mentions a desire for more children and she can’t (or thinks she can’t) give that to him.

Rather then draw out unnecessary complications, force the conversation and ingest real conflict. Real and true conflict, justifiable enough to warrant the end of a fated relationship.

And! How can you decide (unilaterally) to end a relationship without discussing the issues with the person you’re supposedly “in love with”?

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,890

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, keeps you engaged

  • By Steve on 07-30-15

Not a Fan

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I enjoy a good Zombie series, but this book was over the top with violence that didn't make sense. Additionally, how can the characters not smell zombies when they walk into a building. There too many inconsistencies in the story, and I'm not a fan of every character you come to identify with dying. It seemed, there was no point to their survival. OMG! for goodness sake there was a lot of useless parts to the book. The author took a lot of time to ensure we understood the scenery, but I think it was a lot too much.

I hate not finishing a book. But, this is going to have to be one of those. Moving onto to something new and a better read (well, listen).

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

  • By Tracy P. on 10-24-18

Why is Nearly Every Woman a "B" In this Story?

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Hard to listen to and enjoy when nearly every woman in the story is referred to as a bitch. The misgony is thick and blatant. Why is this germaine to the story?

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  • The Guilty

  • Will Robie, Book 4
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,360

Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi, after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not once. Not until the unimaginable occurs. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father's case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous next installment, Robbie &Reel are back

  • By GH on 11-18-15

OMG! Gripping Story Through and Through

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

OMG! I laughed, teared, and at times found myself (literally) sitting on the edge of my seat annoyed with distractions around me.
Jessica and Will are a fantastic team and should never be apart. Their chemistry, symmetry on the battlefield, and friendship make any story compelling and worth reading; or, in my case listening to.
Lots of twists and turns. I was shocked. Just shocked! When the secrets were revealed. Yo! The killer is one deranged and sick person. The killer belongs in an institution to be studied and assessed for how to identify other psychotics. The killer was nuts! Compared to Jane Smith, the killer was the crazy one.

  • The Broken Girls

  • By: Simone St. James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008

Vermont, 1950. There's a place for the girls whom no one wants - the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It's called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it's located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming - until one of them mysteriously disappears.... Vermont, 2014. As much as she's tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister's death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drama, Suspense, Intrigue and a Ghost

  • By Anna Landry on 04-13-18

Not a gripping story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

tYhe summary made the book more mysterious than it really was. Fiona's character was confusing and at times, o felt, unnecessary. I could've listened to a story about Sonya, Roberta, Cici, and Katie they were far more interesting.

Fiona was a self entitled woman, who was startled whenever someone acknowledged her. She lived in the same town she grew up in. She shouldn't be surprised when someone knows her. She's taken aback when people engage her and acknowledge she is the sister of Deb, who was murdered. Sheesh, this is ridiculous.

Also, the author makes Fiona and her father Malcolm appear as if they are celebrities. They are not. They are what is left of a family after a tragedy has struck. The bit about Mary Hand seemed so unnecessary.

this book seemed all over the place. Not, because of the flashbacks, but because there were too many storylines it made no sense. Also, no character development for the characters in 2014. Maybe this would've helped and made the story better. I was disappointed.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,314

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Another Gripping Story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I want to begin by saying this was fantastically done, as usual.

I was drawn in from the moment decker stepped on the back porch. The weather foretold something ominous was approaching. I found myself rooting for John Barron and sympathizing with the loss of Swanson and his girlfriend. I am so glad Amos Decker happened to be there refusing to relax for his forced vacation.

I realize Amos Decker reminds me very much of Jack Reacher, of whom I am a great fan of.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,270

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

A Decent Jack Reacher Novel

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Enjoyable. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't something bigger, like Jack Reacher novels usually are. but, I enjoyed the story. As always, it's not an authentic Jack Reacher audible rendition without Dick Hill. Dick Hill has become synonymous with Jack Reacher.