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  • Samantha Watkins, Book 1

  • Chronicles of an Extraordinary Ordinary Life
  • By: Aurélie Venem, Stacey E. Battis - translator
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

Young librarian Samantha Watkins has always been perfectly content with her humdrum existence. Never easily fitting in with anyone anywhere, she feels most at ease in silence, among stacks of books. Sam believes in leaving fantasy and drama to the characters in her beloved novels. But one night when she leaves work late, she finds herself center stage in a tale of vengeance and terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Supernatural Tale

  • By GH on 03-14-16

As a whole, not bad

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I didn't like the narrator for this book. I liked the story except that the heroine is not believable: a librarian really? Is there even such a thing now a days? And no family or friends or career aspersions. Perhaps someone ought to off her. How many people have absolutely nothing they care about and are nonetheless happy with their lives? If you can get over that, the story is great. Beware, it ends with a cliff hanger and lord knows when the next book is out.

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  • The Silent Girls

  • By: Eric Rickstad
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,776

Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective's badge to become a private investigator and raise a daughter alone. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find an '89 Monte Carlo abandoned by the side of the road, and the beautiful teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon Rath's investigation brings him face to face with the darkest abominations of the human soul.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: This is ONLY Chapter One

  • By Ted on 01-14-17

Hate cliff hangers

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Great characters and a great who done it. There are two separate cases of which one is solved and the other leaves you hanging. Though I enjoyed the book, I probably won't listen to the second for fear of being left hanging again. I love the characters and would like to know what happens to them but not at that cost.

  • Skin

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Ray Chase
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Six months since the zombie plague struck, former librarian Roslyn Stewart has been holed up in a school with eight other survivors. But now the shelves in the school canteen are bare. The stranger at the gate has supplies that will ensure the group's ongoing survival but at a cost. He wants a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IF YOU LIKE THE WALKING DEAD YOU WILL LOVE IT

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 11-21-16

Didn't like the main character

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

The narration was great and the story not bad but, I couldn't stand the female lead. She was in denial for most of the book and stupid people deserve to die, in my opinion. The hero was great and I'm glad he got his HEA.

  • Shadowed

  • By: Rebecca Zanetti
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

Danger signs rise off Jase Kayrs like steam - the scars, the secrets, the strength. He's got a mission, and he's not interested in much outside of it. Except Brenna Dunne. Brenna was an ass-kicking, name-taking witch - before the poison that's killing her sapped her powers too. She knows there's more to Jase than a handsome face and an ugly history. But there's no time to find out what. Taking him as her mate might save her life. But once she unleashes the force of his desire, there will be no turning back....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh I Loved These Two!!

  • By Gaele on 08-29-15

Great book, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

Love this series and that each book is its own story. Steamy romance with a fat moving story. The narrator sounds like a sportscaster and her Irish accent sound Swedish or something. Worth a listen despite the narrator

  • Burn

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UGH!

  • By Nadine on 02-01-10

Narration ruined it

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Joyce Bean is a great narrator but she sounds like a 60 year old with a cigarette in one hand and a scotch in the other, not like a twenty or even 30 something heroine. Not well cast.

  • Ruby Red

  • Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,375

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A suspenseful, funny YA with stellar narration!

  • By Anna on 11-18-11

It's one of the best teen fiction I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 12-04-12

What did you love best about Ruby Red?

I love that you really don't know what is going on, just like Gwendolyn. I love the concept of time travel and that it is uncontrolled without the chronograph.This has become my favourite teen fiction trilogies. I love that Gwendolyn is so ordinary and that Gideon is so dreamy. The character that steals the show is the gargoyl.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruby Red?

My favourite part is the end where Gideon kisses Gwendolyn.

Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favorite?

My favourite character is the gargoyl. I can't remembr how to spell his name.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and though I didn't cry tears, I cryied out in frustration a few times.

Any additional comments?

I've read the whole series in German and can't wait for the English version. The movie comes out in fall of 2013 (in German but the trailer looks so cool).

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