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  • Firefighters Series, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed - by her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again - until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story - Why So Many

  • By Therese M. Woolley on 10-04-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This is the first in a new series about a group/family of Firefighters. This book starts with a huge scene involving the two main characters Danny & Anne. Danny is a headstrong firefighter who no matter what, puts his fellow firefighters first and wouldn't leave anyone behind no matter the consequence, especially to himself. Anne is also a firefighter who seems to always have to prove herself, maybe in her own eyes at least. This book was filled with suspense, mystery and some romance too. I found the mystery a little predictable and the wrap up a little far fetched. I enjoyed the characters very much and can't wait to see who the next book is about. I'm hoping it Tom ;)

The narration was fun, I loved that each POV gets their own voice, even if I may not have picked that specific voice for that character. All the narrators were great but I will say I did notice a few incorrect pronunciation. All in all though, I really like all of these narrators.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,438

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

✫✫ 4 STARS ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure about this one when I started it but I did fall in love with Ove. This man was a little odd but he was a great person who loved deeply even if he didn't see it that way. I loved how he needed something to "need" him and that is what he found. Beautiful story!

The narration was great, he really have Ove a voice of his own.

  • Edward Adrift

  • By: Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At first I was flummoxed....

  • By Madora on 07-30-14

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

Oh I loved hearing about Edwards progress. This book was cute, sweet and a little sad but that ending was perfect. Edward is such a great character, it's so refreshing that he says exactly what he thinks. I love that he has friends now that trust him and the way he deals with a surly teenager is perfect! I don't wanna give spoiler by saying what happens in this book but its perfect.

Luke Daniels is perfect for Edward. Amazing narrator!

  • 600 Hours of Edward

  • By: Craig Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero

  • By Lulu on 08-27-12

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I wasn't sure if this would be a a story for me but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Edward's story. Being in the mind of a man with Asperger's was eye opening in so many ways. I loved how far Edward came in this book. When I started this one I had no idea there were 2 more books and I immediately bought the next 2 audiobook because I have to know what is next for Edward. I have high hopes for him to continue to grow.

The narration was perfect! I can't imagine another voice for Edward.

  • Once upon a Wild Fling

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 87

There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn't the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three: He's friends with my brother; he's a single dad; and he's a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don't-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign. And there's one more little itty-bitty thing - he's never asked me on a date. That is, until he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion. It shouldn't be a big deal. After all, we're just friends, and no one is giving us our own hashtag. Except me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Wild & Sexy Stars!

  • By kgagnon on 10-13-18

✫✫✫✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫✫✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

BEST ONE OF THE SERIES!
Man I loved this book! I have a weak spot for single dads and friends to lovers so this book hit all the right buttons for me. And this single dad went above and beyond in my opinion. I really enjoyed the relationship between Miles & Roxy, they were honest with each other about their feeling, no silly immature games. I loved that what Roxy had going on in her life didn't change anything for Miles and he jumped in with both feet. That was the best part of this book for me. Oh and I can't forget to mention how funny this book was, I laughed so many times especially at Ben!!

I love how this entire series has played out and that the characters were all adults without the unnecessary drama many authors add to their story just to mix it up. I prefer no drama, true love, mature characters and hot sex ... This book had all of this times 10! I also love that even though the characters connect, each book is a stand alone. Perfect, Perfect & Perfect!!!

The narration was great but I expect nothing less from these two narrators. It is so obvious to me that Lauren Blakely is an audiobook listener herself just by her casting choices. To me it almost feels like she writes her characters for the narrators instead of trying to match a narrator to the characters after the book is done.

The extra's were also an awesome addition to this audiobook. Little Big Rock was so much fun with all 4 narrators, it made me want to do a re-listen of the Big Rock series. Also the sneak peek at Unzipped was such a tease and now I'm just anxiously waiting for that book ;)

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  • Disgrace

  • By: Brittainy C. Cherry
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb, James Cavenaugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Each day I prayed for my husband to love me again. After 15 years together, he walked away from me, and into the arms of another. I didn’t know how to cope. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know how to exist without him by my side. All I wanted was for him to come back to me. Then, Jackson Emery appeared. He was supposed to be a distraction for my mind. A summer fling. A confidence boost to my bruised heart. We were perfect for one another, because we both knew we wouldn’t last. Jackson didn’t believe in commitment, and I no longer believed in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Romance about Ordinary people dealing with life

  • By Deborah Boyd on 08-29-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Another great book by this author! I've listened to them all because I always know that I will love whatever she writes and I know it will always be an emotional ride. This book has everything... sexy bad boy, small town darling, mean girls, family issues and all kinds of other hard things. I loved Grace and how she didn't let Jackson push her around but I wish she would have had that same backbone with everyone else. Jackson is a jerk but deep down his is a good guy with lots of issues. This book has a great HEA! Loved the way this one left me feeling.

The narration was PERFECT! Loved both of them, they were really the best choice for these characters

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,204

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!

  • By Maria on 10-20-12

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Even though I enjoyed this book, I must say it was a little long winded for me. I feel like this story could have been told in 1/2 the time. I had the mystery figured out pretty early on but still enjoyed the journey. I liked how the author went from past to present, that always helps me get into the characters more. I will most likely try another book by this author because I really liked her writing style.

The narration was perfect!

  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,146

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I have no idea what to say about this book... The subject matter makes it hard to say "this is a great story" when it truly was. I stayed up until it was over because I just couldn't leave things where I was until the morning. I will admit this book had a little too much bad that happened and I would have like it to be a little more even and the choices and decisions made because of misunderstanding & miscommunication were a bit too much for me but that didn't change how enthralled I was in the story and the many characters. I think Bell & Momma were my favorite characters. I was glad for the semi-happy ending. This book will stick with me for a VERY long time!

The narration was PERFECT! I really enjoy Bahni Turpin so I knew going in that I would love her work but Orlagh Cassidy was a surprise.

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • A Novel
  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story mirrors our life -- to a point -- spoilers

  • By 1mom3kids on 11-14-17

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This was a really good book. It had my emotions all over the place and made me see things I have never thought about before. I really enjoyed the family dynamic in this book. Every one in the family was very intelligent and the conversations even with the 5 year old were very mature. I can't say I've ever met 2 people as patient as these parents though, that I'll admit felt a little far fetched but still didn't distract from the story. The only thing I felt was missing from this book was an epilogue, I need to know what happens with Poppy.

The narration was great, Gabra Zackman was a great call on this one. She did a great job on the male & female characters and she also did a great job on the kids, this helped me keep the characters straight throughout the book.

  • The Dream Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam War, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Susan Hansen on 10-07-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

So I never read synopsis before starting a new book. I feel like I lose a little something when I go into a book with expectations. This book was the perfect example for me of why I don't. I can't say I would have picked this one up if I had known it was very different from this authors other books. I have fallen in love with this author over the past month, listening to over 15 of her books so when this one released I knew I needed it and I'll be honest I just assumed it would be like her other books... it's not!

This book is filled with suspense and It's very fast paced. Carly is a women who will do anything to give her child a fighting chance. She is a very strong character but I will admit being in her head was sometimes a little annoying. I loved the details in this book which you will understand when you read it. The ending was beautiful and exactly what I wanted from this story.

The narration was good. Susan Bennett is a great narrator and she did a great job at the high stress, anxious and panic moments for Carly.

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