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  • Invincible

  • The Trident Code, Book 1
  • By: Alana Albertson
  • Narrated by: Grant George, Alexa Kahn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

I'll be honest with you - I'm no hero. Sure, the media tries to brand every Navy SEAL as some kind of Batman dressed in cammies. There's even a line in one of our cadences: "Superman is the man of steel, he ain't no match for Navy SEAL." You've seen the movies - we're indestructible, invincible. But that night, the one you read about in the papers…all I really wanted to do was get laid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful SEAL romance!

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 12-19-17

Navy seal quotes throughout the story were very distracting

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I enjoyed this story and the performances were good BUT throughout the book the author inserted Navy Seal quotes into the story as reasons why the seal character acted in a certain way (e.g. “I lead by example in all situations”). This would have been ok but he the author had the narrator speak the quotes loudly and in a robotic tone, having no connection to the narration of the book. I found this very distracting and they broke the flow of the narration. If the character had stated, in their normal tone of voice, “in seal training we we learned......”, then gone on to tie that to why he was making his decision it would have been far more believable. It also would have improved the narration of the book.

  • Until Ashlyn

  • Until Her, Book 3
  • By: Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Thurlow Holmes, Zachary Michael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Dillon Keck knew Ashlyn Mayson was drunk when she suggested they get married. He knew he should have taken her back to their hotel room. Instead, he did what he had been craving to do since the moment they met. Claim her as his. Waking up married in Vegas isn't something Ashlyn ever thought would happen to her. Having Dillon, her boss, insist they stay married is absurd. But someone isn't happy for Dillon and Ashlyn and their newfound romance, and they're willing to do anything to keep them apart. Even commit murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not only a perfect read but a perfect listen

  • By Lori Sarat on 06-21-17

Story OK but many details lacking

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I read and enjoyed the previous 2 books in the series by this author. I was looking forward to reading this book. I almost feel like it was written by a different author. The previous books were very detailed, while this book left me wondering what was going on and why more than once. I will not give away story details but one of the story’s most pivotal events was covered so briefly it’s almost like it didn’t happen. I feel like the author was told to wrap it up, so she rushed through, just to get finished. Very disappointing. Won’t purchase from this author again.

  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

  • My Tale of Madness and Recovery
  • By: Barbara K. Lipska, Elaine McArdle - contributor
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

In 2015, Barbara Lipska - a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness - was diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to her brain. Within months, her frontal lobe, the seat of cognition, began shutting down. She descended into madness, exhibiting dementia- and schizophrenia-like symptoms that terrified her family and coworkers. But miraculously, the immunotherapy her doctors had prescribed worked quickly. Just eight weeks after her nightmare began, Lipska returned to normal. With one difference: she remembered her brush with madness with exquisite clarity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful and informative Bio

  • By Brenda Kieffer on 08-18-18

Fascinating glimpse into the brain

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Barbara Lipska gives readers the opportunity to see what a person experiences with brain cancer. She relates her experiences in real time as well as how she remembers them after her recovery. The assault on her brain is compared to similarities with stroke, dementia and some types of mental illness. Her recovery is far from smooth but she shares what she has learned as a scientific researcher, mother, wife, sister, athlete and cancer survivor. Highly recommended!

  • Nowhere to Hide

  • Delos, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay McKenna
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Lia Cassidy has left the army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. Seeking a new start, she finds a rewarding job working with needy children at the Delos Charity School in Costa Rica. But her life turns upside down again when local drug lord La Arana burns down the school and pursues Lia as a witness. Terrified and on the run, she discovers there is only one man she can trust - Cav Jordan, the ex-SEAL Delos sends to protect her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favorite

  • By Debbie on 08-12-18

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This could have been a good book. The story line was decent but the author wrote it like it was for 10 year olds (except for the one R rated scene). She felt the need to explain EVERYTHING in detail to the reader. When a book is well written that is not necessary. It also was sappy when the characters began to have feelings for each other, no one talks like that. The characters needed to be more gritty and realistic. I had to force myself to finish the book.

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  • Running Wild

  • Hell Ryders MC, Book 1
  • By: J. L. Sheppard
  • Narrated by: Ken Solin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

When the perfect life Alyssa Holden planned turns out to be a life of lies, she runs to her brother, the only person she can trust. She has no idea she's running straight into a world of badass bikers who live and ride by their own rules. One tatted rebel in particular calls to her wilder side, and while everything in her draws her toward him, every experience she's had with men warns her away. Jace Warren is doing what he's done his whole life - trying to survive. But the sweet innocence of his army buddy's sister promises a different life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Running Wild

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-25-18

Narration detracted from overall enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This was a new author for me. The story was good if somewhat predictable. However I would not recommend this book strictly because of the narrator. He does not have the voice to narrate a book like this, maybe he would be better suited for something more low key and sedate. There were several areas where he must have made errors in his reading where they tried to insert the correct verbiage but the volume and tone of the narrator were so different it sounded like a different person. I’m not a new audible reader. I have over 700 books in my library so I have a lot of listening hours logged.

  • Pierced

  • Lucian & Lia, Book 1
  • By: Sydney Landon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Malone, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

My name is Lucian Quinn, and I own one of the most successful software companies in the world. I'm 29, rich, and single. Impressive, right? I'm also a favorite target for every hungry socialite looking to land the uncatchable catch. What these women don't know, though, is that I'm completely screwed up and damaged beyond repair. The only part of me I'll ever willingly give them is the hour it takes to make them scream...several times. Then I saw her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Warning cliffhanger

  • By Wilma on 03-18-15

Good storyline but Caution: Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

I really dislike a book that does not warn you in the description that it contains a cliffhanger. I liked the plot and the narrators but I resent the author requiring you to read another book to find out the ending of the first one.

  • All the Winters After

  • A Novel
  • By: Seré Prince Halverson
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ambivalent

  • By Bonnie on 04-21-16

Why oh why?

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

Why do authors take the time to build rich characters and leave their audiences hanging? I don't wish to reveal any important details so this review will be intentionally vague. I would have given this book 5 stars, no question, but when I have invested 11 hours into a book I don't want to feel like I didn't finish it.

  • Echoes in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,754

After a party in New York, Lieutenant Eve Dallas rides home with her billionaire husband, Roarke, happy to be done with cocktails and small talk. After another party, not far away, a woman retires to her bedroom with her husband - and walks into a brutal nightmare. Their paths are about to collide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-18-17

Another in the best series (#56) I've ever read!!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

I am an avid reader and have been all my life. It's not unusual for me to read 2-3 books a week. This series is by far the best. J.D. Robb makes the reader feel like they are along on the investigation as Eve, Peabody and the other members of her precinct follow the twists and turns to find the killer. Eve and Roarke's home life helps add balance to all the bad she must deal with in her job. It's only if you have read the entire series that you understand why Roarke is as important to Eve as the air she breathes. Ms. Robb (Roberts) please keep bringing us these wonderfully written stories full of all our favorite characters. I can't imagine anyone other than Susan Ericksen as the narrator. She is the voice of this series.

  • Turbo Twenty-Three

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 23
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586

Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story line beyond repair

  • By GH on 11-29-16

Same old - same old

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

This is the last book in this series I will read. It's the same story over and over. Never anything new. Janet Evanovich needs to retire this character, even though I do love her. The last straw for me was the Morelli/Ranger thread in this book. No spoilers here but she should develop the story so Stephanie decides one way or the other. Stephanie is as confused as the readers. The best books for me was when Stephanie was involved with Ranger. Ms. Evanovich is a great writer. She needs to come up with a new series with new characters and unknown storylines. Don't make us suffer through any more of these books hoping against hope that this one will finally be something more.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Secrets

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318

At age ten, Riley Lambert watched helplessly as her sister was abducted from her bedroom. Fifteen years later, she's channeled the pain of her past into a career as an FBI profiler. Riley devotes her life to bringing violent criminals to justice...and secretly uses government resources to search for her sister, who was never found. When Riley gets a call from the only man who's ever swept her off her feet with a killer two-step and dangerous smile - ex-Navy SEAL Thayne Blackwood of Singing River, Wyoming - it stirs up dark memories.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't even listen to it

  • By TiffanyL on 09-05-16

Made me feel the pain of the characters!!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-16

This book had a lot of suspense and for me evoked some very raw emotions. The pain and rawness of the central characters as they fought together to solve the case that reunited them was palpable. In addition, the fact that one of the characters suffers from Alzheimer's made the story very real to me, having recently lost my mother to this disease. I've never cried while listening to an audio book but this one definitely brought tears. Great read!!