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  • Where the Forest Meets the Stars

  • By: Glendy Vanderah
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises. The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not Sci Fi but a sweet story

  • By JG Watts on 03-06-19

Remarkable book

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Just a truly remarkable book about the human condition and the dilemma that occurs when doing the right thing is against the law.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Agent

  • The Agent, Book 3
  • By: Daniel Judson
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Hunted for more than 20 years by a mysterious terrorist known as the Benefactor, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton is done running. Working with his girlfriend, Stella, for a private-sector spec ops team, Tom has a plan to eliminate the elusive stranger who murdered his family. But Tom didn’t just emerge from deep cover. He might have been lured. A former colleague gone rogue has warned Tom of a shadow agent hiding in plain sight. If Tom trusts the intel, that means he can’t trust anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion...

  • By Kelly Culpepper on 03-03-19

3rd Book even better

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Didn’t think the first two could be topped, but so many twists and turns and action in this last one I’m still reeling and will be for a while. Hoping for another with them as a pair.

  • Girls of Glass

  • By: Brianna Labuskes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Godley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

When the granddaughter of one of Florida’s most powerful judges disappears, it triggers a personal trauma for Detective Alice Garner: the kidnapping and murder of her own child. As a flood of painful memories comes rushing back, Alice sees herself in the guilt-ridden and emotionally fragile mother Charlotte Burke, who has become the target of a rush to judgment. All too familiar with Charlotte’s situation, Alice is reluctant to cast any blame. Her gut instincts tell her that Charlotte’s anguish is rooted in something else - somewhere too dark for the truth to be seen. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An all-nighter!

  • By Carole Nabozny on 01-21-19

Wow, great plot twister!!

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

Narrator did a great job with the various voices and accents. I kept going back and forth on who dunit! At last I realized I didn’t want to believe any of the suspects did it as the author brings the reader to empathize with them. Too bitter sweet with a drop off ending. Want more!!

  • The Girl at the Border

  • By: Leslie Archer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Renowned archaeologist Richard Mathis is half a world away on the island of Crete when he learns his daughter, Bella, has gone missing. Within 20 minutes, he’s on his way back to the States. Two days later, he’s dead. Richard’s young assistant, Angela Chase, is devastated by the loss of the man who had become both mentor and friend, and she’s determined to find the missing girl, who seems to have made dangerous connections - and whose lonely childhood so resembles Angela’s own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok<br />

  • By Leanne L on 02-02-19

Modern tale of family, love and belonging

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

What a surprise this novel turned out to be. It ran the risk of falling into many cliches but at every turn, was the unexpected plot twist. Great job Narrator! Audible Listeners, pay attention to the Names of the Characters because the story does flip back and forth in time but the Names of the Characters will help you orient yourself. I hope many will read/listen to this novel as it’s themes are modern yet universal and it’s told with hope.

  • The Parisians

  • By: Marius Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Paris, 1940. The Nazis have occupied the city - and the Ritz. The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses. For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer. When Hitler’s right-hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance - and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something more…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not another WWII Book

  • By CaliReader on 02-03-19

Not another WWII Book

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book was about the characters and their struggles and their amazing tenacity while WWII was going on in the background. Some very interesting takes on collaboration and occupation I haven’t read before. Even without the interesting characters and plot, I liked this authors prose and the narrator did an excellent job!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Holdouts

  • Buddy Lock Thrillers, Book 2
  • By: James Tucker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

A Long Island fishing crew makes a horrific catch: the bodies of an Asian couple dragged up with the trawl from the Atlantic. Homicide cop Buddy Lock knows there isn’t a chance in hell that this is some tragic accident. But as soon as his investigation begins, so do the warnings to back off. They’re not only coming from within the NYPD; they’re hitting close to Buddy’s heart: His new family has become the killer’s target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corruption and Secrets...

  • By shelley on 10-17-18

Twisty, action packed plot & great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I definitely would not have guessed the many outcomes of this plot - it was multi-layered and twisted around which made it all the more believable and kept me listening to find out what happened next. Loved this Narrator for this book, he was perfect. Calm but clear and he did females and kids in a believable way, which is hard. Okay I did laugh when he would cry ‘bang...bang bang’ for the gun shots but that made it fun. Want to get to know Ward the Brother more! Maybe his own book?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Edinburgh Dusk

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions. Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent recording.

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-21-18

So glad #2 is here!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Loved the first one and loved the 2nd. Scottish mystery and characters at their finest. Keep them coming!!

  • The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story, didn't like narration

  • By Stephen Silluzio on 12-20-18

Epic tale of love, life & family

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

What a book! I loved the characters coming to life as told through both stories and first person. I could feel their pain and joy through the authors words. Finally, bravo to the author for exploring the bittersweet feelings of giving, sacrifice, grief and love in a beautiful way. So much of life is bittersweet, and this book doesn’t shy away from that and so its breathtakingly real and honest.

  • Murder Girl

  • By: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Lilah Love's latest case is making her head spin. It’s a string of brutal assassinations carried out across the country, each tied to a mysterious tattoo. Body by body, she’s followed the clues all the way back to her hometown. And every step of the way, the killer has been following her. Beneath the glamour of the privileged Hamptons community is a secret long buried but never forgotten. It’s bigger than Lilah. It’s powerful enough to escape the reach of the FBI. And it’s more personal than anyone can imagine. Because it’s hiding in Lilah’s own past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This Audio version is a delight !

  • By Elizabeth Swain ~ Carolina Chic's Read on 07-18-18

I’m Addicted!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I love Lilah Love, what a great personality! Finally a female lead character who takes no sh*t, has flaws and owns them and admits to loving the bad boy...and hating it. Oh and mix in some twisted plots and action and boom.

  • Touching Evil

  • Circle of Evil, Book 2
  • By: Kylie Brant
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Forensic psychologist Sophia Channing nearly lost her life to a serial killer. Fortunately, her own quick thinking - and Division of Criminal Investigation agent Cam Prescott's efforts - rescued her from a horrifying fate. Together, Sophia and Cam jailed the sadistic predator and closed the case on his reign of terror. But when teenagers make a gruesome discovery in the Iowa woods, Sophia and Cam realize they've only scratched the surface of an evil that runs even deeper and deadlier than one madman's twisted desires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twisty ending!!

  • By CaliReader on 08-01-18

What a twisty ending!!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I liked the first book in this series but this one was even better!! I so wasn’t expecting the twist at the end and then the sub plot...great surprises that leave me wanting to read more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful