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  • Closer Than You Think

  • Faith Corcoran, Book 1
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

Only one fly in the ointment....

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

The timeline is fairly straight forward so why does the author give the date and time every time there is a chapter change or break in the story? As good of a writer as she is, she should be able to come up with a better way of transitioning to a different part of the story. I grit my teeth every time it happens followed by a grown and it happens quite frequently.

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please have Jennifer rerecord this book. Please

  • By teri segrest on 09-19-18

Closure with missing story

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I loved the first two books by Harkness but this one was lacking for me. It seemed like the author wanted to bring closure to the readers and she did. The journey toward that closure was slow and not terribly eventful. It didn't draw me in and I happen to like being in the middle of the story. She promised a trilogy and she delivered it but I kind of wish I had stopped after the second book in the series. I was excited when I read that the new book was out and couldn't wait to finish the book I had started so that I could get into this one. The reader did nothing to help. All of her voices were too close to one another which made it even more difficult to advance the story.

I'm so sorry. I wanted to love it, I really did.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Kiss of Shadows

  • Meredith Gentry, Book 1
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

"All it would take was my true name being mentioned after dark, and it would float back to my aunt. She was the Queen of Air and Darkness, and that meant that anything said in the dark was hers to hear, eventually. The fact that spotting the missing Elven American Princess had become more popular than spotting Elvis helped."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the prudish reader -- but,

  • By Mysticalsister on 03-21-09

Pure Porn

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

If it's pure porn you are seeking, then this is the book for you. I'm a lot pickier. I need a compelling story and I've read this author before and found her to write some good books. Oh how we fall....

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,163

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Well written and exceptually well narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I liked this book and I recommend it highly. I've given bad reviews, for sure but the only bad thing about this series is that it looks like it goes on forever with book after book. Reading all of them would be cost prohibitive for many. For me, I'm too stubborn to follow a series beyond a few volumes so I'll give up. The nice thing about this story is that it does not leave you with a cliffhanger where you are driven to obtain the next installment. There was no gratuitous sex or bad language so it's entirely appropriate for all ages. The reader is respected by the writer by writing an engaging book with characters they will care about and not always because they are nice people you'd like to have next door to you. You would not want the terra indigene to live next door to you. The arch of the story brings humans and terra indigene a little closer to one another, albeit grudgingly. No spoilers here. You will enjoy this book and happy reading.

  • Talented

  • Talented Saga, Book 1
  • By: Sophie Davis
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the country's deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift - the ability to read and influence the minds of others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Voices

  • By C&C Creations on 09-29-17

I tried hard to like this series

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I tried hard to like this series but a couple of things helped me decide not to pursue the rest of the series. This book could have been a LOT better if it had more adventure and activity other than a lukewarm love story. The reader didn't help. She had a beautiful narrative voice but when she did the character voice of Talia, it was inane and shrill. Worse, when she did the best friend Penny's voice, it was like scratching a blackboard. Didn't this series have a Director or Producer in the production of the audio version? Why wasn't the character voice better? The reader got it right with the male voices in the story, why couldn't she get it right in the female voices?


I could tell you about the story but I don't believe in spoilers. Suffice to say that only an eleven year old could appreciate this story but I suspect most of them are a tiny bit more discriminating. Sorry Sophie. I really wanted to like it.

  • Kiss of Fire

  • Imdalind, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Ethington
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend, Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First love is not always your true love.

  • By S Nicole on 09-30-15

If you've read one, you've read them all.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

Read the first book. Only okay. Read the second book.... dang, it was a rerun of the first. Same bad guys that never get stopped, never get killed, even though she is the strongest magician in history. It just repeats itself chapter after chapter. This is a love story and they string it out. I finally gave up on the third book deciding that I don't want to punish myself with all seven volumes. Romance is okay but I want a real story that moves forward and unfortunately, this one is not it. If you love romance, it may be for you.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Waterfall

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa T. Bergren
  • Narrated by: Pam Turlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Escape!

  • By Drew on 05-23-12

The reader is not right for this series

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

While Pam Turlow is a good reader, she was not right for this series. Speaking in the heroin voice, she gives a performance that is older than the character. Every time she offers a nervous laugh, I cringe. She is just not speaking in this characters voice, comes across as prim and proper, and OLDER. There are books I've listened to where her talent would be just what the doctor ordered but it spoiled this book for me such that I'm not going to finish the series. Good luck to those who commence this book.

  • Carve the Mark

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Austin Butler, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,065

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a current gift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives and reset the balance of power in this world?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Attempt - Poor execution

  • By Joseph Reeves on 09-21-17

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

Poorly developed characters, little or no scenery, slow moving story, and I only bought it because Veronica Roth wrote it. Sorry Veronica but your characters were mostly one dimensional and uninteresting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Replica

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew, Erin Spencer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close, the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects - Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72 - manage to escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The format is a gimmick, but still a good read

  • By NMwritergal on 10-06-16

Good character development, compelling story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Oliver has written characters that the reader can care about and they also care about one another. The story begins on a hard to reach and well guarded island off the coast of Florida. The inmates are children who are issued numbers instead of names until one day they began giving each other names. The synopsis lead me to believe that the story switches around from one character to another which concerned me but it turned out to be quite well done. The escapees begin to discover the world and grow as they do.

Loaded with intrigue, this is a very compellingly written story that keeps a good pace and really held my interest.

Warning, don't start reading it at 10 PM unless you want to be reading it most of the night.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vernal

  • A Royal Protector Academy Novel
  • By: Randi Cooley Wilson
  • Narrated by: Katie McAble, Lorenzo Matthews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Sheltered, and unable to escape her bloodline, Serena St. Michael has spent the last two years training at the Royal Protector Academy. Struggling with a dark past, Tristan Gallagher's current assignment is to protect a lifetime of secrets. One chance encounter will change everything. Serena must decide if she will follow her heart, forsaking all she's ever known and risking a future worse than non-existence. Tristan will break every rule to save Serena, even if he can't keep her. In their world of darkness, one love will ignite an ancient war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Amy K on 03-06-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

Good sex and no story. This author is capable of much more. I couldn't finish it fast enough.