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  • The Delphi Effect

  • The Delphi Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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It's never wise to talk to strangers...and that goes double when they're dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station - she never knows where she'll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

Good premise but ordinary writing

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

It was a very good premise and the way the protagonist could use her talent was quite remarkable.

Having said that, the writing lacked pizzazz. I wasn’t carried away and had a hard time finishing this book. I told myself this was one book in a series and it did get better at the end, but it should capture the reader early on and not let go. There was only one plot line, I noticed, and the best novels have multiple things going on at once. The very best have plot lines that seem to be unrelated but that come together at the end. This book didn’t have that.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,915

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

Well written novel. Kept me on my toes.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This was so well written it might be my favorite book in a very long time. I read about 3 books a month and more in the summertime when I can go outdoors. The surprises were timed very well. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, something different happened. A joy to read.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,294

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Really enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

The book was perfectly paced and performed beautifully. I would give it more stars if I could.

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  • The Good Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
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Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father - Pikeville's notorious defense attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself - the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

Though I knew who did it when they first introduced the character, it was very well written and kept my attention. I loved the reader as well as the writing. They say that books are either character driven or plot driven, but this is well-balanced. It was just the right length. Everything about it was flawless. I have nothing bad to say.

  • Reason to Breathe

  • Breathing, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Donovan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,148

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great story

  • By Tonya on 07-17-13

Surprise ending!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I kept thinking about how this might end but never did I expect this to happen. NEVER!! A must read.

  • Accidentally Hers

  • Sterling Canyon
  • By: Jamie Beck
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    out of 5 stars 0
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    out of 5 stars 0
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When ruggedly sexy backcountry guide Grey Lowell moves to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, after buying the ski-expedition company Backtrax, his plans don't include romance. Still, it's fun to look - especially across a crowded restaurant at a beauty he dubs "Bambi". But all his plans change later that night when he's injured by a drunk driver.

Somewhat sappy

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I didn't like the reader. All the men sounded exactly the same and the girls were short, meaning the reader said the ends of sentences too fast. They sounded angry all the time. I only liked the voice of Kelsey. It was hard to like anyone else.

Story wise, the male characters were condescending to women and the love story was based on shallow things. The author knew a little something about the law though. Which was a plus. I guess this storyline wasn't for me. I'll stick to the thrillers I usually read.

  • The Flood Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Fifield
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
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    out of 5 stars 0

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is "a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer" (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won't want to leave behind.

No Plot. Flat.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

There wasn't a plot so I was disappointed. There were no highs and lows either. It was character driven but I didn't like any of the characters. The reader was supposed to like Rachel and Jake but I found them boring. I held on through the end but found this book drab. There was too much explaining and not enough conversation. Don't read it unless you like the F word and violent behavior.

  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Outlander, Book 6
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,042
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,613
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,573

A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged!

  • By JerryT on 05-20-11

Kind of long

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

The novel spent too much time on details. Diana Gabaldon is a great writer and Davina Porter is a great narrator. I gave the performance full marks and the story only four stars based on the length.

  • The Tombs

  • A Fargo Adventure, Book 4
  • By: Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
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Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

Kept thinking a vampire was narrating

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

The idea was a good one, but the narration was hard to believe. The women weren't believable or liked and the men all sounded like vampires. It was hard to tell the German accents from the Russian ones. The story would have been better if it wasn't so easy to find the treasure.

  • The Age of Obama

  • By: Charles Krauthammer
  • Narrated by: Charles Krauthammer
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

In these five new essays, Krauthammer offers a critique of the Obama administration: its failed and ambivalent foreign policy, the lawlessness of its rule by executive order, and an air of detachment that has turned this into "an observer presidency".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By barbara on 07-16-15

Too short!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I usually love Charles Krauthammer, but this was too short to enjoy. Not worth a credit and not exchangeable.

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