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Dublin, Ga United States
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  • Them Bones

  • By: Carolyn Haines
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

Meet Sarah Booth Delaney...an unconventional Southern belle whose knack for uncovering the truth is about to make her the hottest detective in Zinnia, Mississippi...if it doesn't make her the deadest. No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth's situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over 30, she's flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother's nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder in Mississippi

  • By Deedee on 05-06-18

Couldn't get past the narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

The main character is supposedly around 30 years old. The narrator has a 60 year old whiskey voice. I can't get past that. She doesn't look that old in her picture. She sounds that old in the book. I couldn't finish the book.

  • Don't Tell a Soul

  • Detectives Kane and Alton, Book 1
  • By: D. K. Hood
  • Narrated by: Alison Farina
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

When a body is found stuffed into a barrel at a garbage dump, covered in long red lacerations, Detective Jenna Alton and her new deputy, David Kane, rush to the scene. Nothing ever happens in the small American town of Black Rock Falls, so Jenna believes the victim must be one of two recent missing persons, and she fears for the life of the other. Both were strangers to the town, but there's nothing else to link them. Jenna knows someone must have seen something, but no one's talking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • sooo good

  • By ginger anderson on 11-16-17

Lose the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

The storyline is pretty good. Unfortunately a rude and selfish reviewer gave the ending/bad guys away. Without a spoiler alert. Nevertheless, I soldiered on to see how the bad guys were caught. Hint to reviewers: DON'T GIVE THE ENDING AWAY !!

The story has some holes. For instance, the sheriff hired the deputy and didn't know he had a military background? Yes, he was sort of undercover, but he kept giving her hints about his military service, trying to catch her up to see if SHE had been military. Even an idiot would notice that. But she didn't know. Weird. And the sheriff is kind of flirtatious with the new deputy, then she pulls rank on him and rips him for presuming his place in the line of command. If I were him, my head would be spinning. But then, he's the same. Annoyingly stiff one minute, casual the next. It's hard to keep up.

But this is a new author. Hopefully she'll read the reviews and learn from them. And get an editor. Or a different one. One who can find errors in pronunciation, plot.

The narrator is a disaster. I had to make myself stick with listening to the book because she got on my nerves so badly. Her voice changes (but not to the good) with the same character and sometimes I can't tell one character from another. Some of the character voices were SO bad, it was all I could do not to throw my IPod at the wall. I noticed several reviewers said she should narrate teen books or children books. No, she should not narrate books at all. She's that bad. She also misuses words, mispronounces words. Centrifugal force, for instance..she said "cen-tri-FU-gal". It's pronounced like that in Britain. NOT in the United States. And how many times did she say "wiggled his/her eyebrows" "raised his/her eyebrows" "her small hands" "her slender fingers". Honestly, Ms Author, imagination and vocabulary, please?

I was about to write the author and tell her she was surely losing sales if anybody read the reviews first. Almost every one fiercely dislikes the narrator. But I noticed her next book is out and she's changed narrator. That's a good thing. Don't writers ever listen to their narrators?

  • 14 Days to Die

  • By: A.B. Whelan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Stay-at-home mom Sarah Johnson has the perfect family - a handsome, hardworking husband and two healthy and beautiful children. At least, that's what she's been telling herself for years. After the tragedies in her youth, Sarah deemed living a lie easier than dwelling on the past and facing her everyday failures. But Sarah's world is about to crumble around her when she receives a phone call from a man with a heavy foreign accent telling her that her perfect husband has put a price on her head. She is offered two weeks to come up with a counteroffer or die. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great writing, some silly parts.

  • By ashley on 12-26-18

I finished it

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Wow. Where do I start? This book is so unbelievable and faulty that it's almost laughable. I stuck with it because I wanted to see how it could possibly end. If you read it, you'll understand what I mean. In the end, the ending (pun intended) left me hanging, unbelievable and laughable to the end.

Sarah is a wife who loves her husband for some reason. I never figured out why. He demeans her, screams that she's useless, that he earns all the money while she sits around doing nothing, has a serious affair with an Italian bimbo. Never mind they have 2 kids and he never wanted her to work, but to stay home and raise their kids right. Then she gets a phone call from a man with a heavy accent telling her that he's going to kill her if she doesn't give him double the amount her husband has given him to kill her. Her husband has hired an assassin??? Rather than going to the police or challenging her husband (how about with a wire for the police?), she negotiates with the assassin to give her 14 days to raise the money. Raise $200,000 when her husband is an airman fireman with the Air Force? I know how little they make! That's when, in order to finish the book, you have to totally suspend belief.

The story goes on with her not confronting her husband. She doesn't notice that their rental house has no income, but is instead housing her husband's young, pregnant, beautiful Italian mistress. She has to check to see how much money they have in their joint bank account. She has a wild monkey-sex affair with a neighbor, including sex in the kitchen while their neighbors and her husband are in their yard having a block party. She goes on a race car ride with this neighbor, and they pull over during the race to have wild sex in the car. Her husband accuses her of having an affair and actually is outraged when he's doing what he's doing, including hiring an assassin.

She says unbelievable things like “My throat is aching for a mojito.” Really? “I don’t know to whom you’ve been talking…” when her husband accuses her of having an affair. Takes her kids to stay with her's husband's unwilling weird mother, who dresses like a teenager and makes them sit on the couch and watch her "shows", not letting them do anything else. And Sarah knows this, but takes them there anyway because she wants them to be safe.

So much could've been done with this book. But it wasn't. If this was billed as a farce, and made more interesting, I'd be writing a good review. Instead, I'm pretty sure I wasted my time on this read.

  • Vanishing Girls

  • Detective Josie Quinn
  • By: Lisa Regan
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Everyone in the small town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing 17-year-old girl. All they've found so far is her phone and another girl they didn't even know was missing. Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it's clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona. Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great storyline, awful narrator

  • By D.Gettys on 12-24-18

Great storyline, awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

I've tried to listen to this book for days. I'm going to stick it out because I want to see how badly the bad guys lose in the end. But that narrator....I just read the other reviews so it's not just me. Frankly, she sounds like she's ignorant. Most of the pronunciations that she destroys has nothing to do with locational accents. They're plain bad English and lack of grasp for speaking it correctly.

"Ate" is pronounced "et".
"Been" is "bean".
"Anything" is "anythin".
"OB-GYN" is "objeen".
"Massage" becomes "maaaasage" with a looonng a like baaaaa goes the sheep.
"Figure" is "figger".
"Khaki" becomes "cocky".
"Estrogen" becomes "Eeeeestrgen".
"Length" is "linth".
"Tousled" is "toosled".
"Protest" is "prahtest"

So much more. Any of this by itself would pass me by. When it goes on and on, it becomes very annoying. Top it off with a lisp. Where do people speak this English?

I wrote an author once to tell her how much I loved her books but hated her narrator. She told me she had no control over the narrator. The book company who owned her audiobooks made that decision. If I were a successful author, I think I'd make sure I had some control because a bad narrator can ruin a book. This one would be doing herself a real favor.

So today I wrote Lisa Regan, author of this book about how I loved her books, but couldn't take this narrator. She responded immediately that future books will NOT be narrated by Eilidh Beaton and they have a different narrator. Good news!

The narrator is distracting from the story and that's the last thing that should happen.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • All the Pretty Lies

  • By: Marin Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant, Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

What does the tragic death of a 27-year-old Portland beauty have to do with a suburban mother in Houston? Everything. Only Meghan Bishop doesn't know it yet. When the married mother stumbles upon evidence suggesting someone close to her may have ties to the heinous crime the nation can't stop talking about, she's forced to dive headfirst into an ocean of secrets she never knew existed. Unraveling her life one startling piece at a time, Meghan realizes she believed all the pretty lies she'd been told.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak

  • By adgirl88 on 01-11-19

SO Many Unbelievables

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Overall, I guess this is a good book. It's got some good twists. But you have to suspend belief several times. A biker who just happens to show up and offers to pick the lock of a gate for the wife? At night? In an alley? A taxi driver who actually goes into the house to find his fare? Who, after smelling the awful smells that he "knows" is death, continues to roam around the house. He finds the bloody body and keeps going, picking up things, into the closet, touching stuff, including her cell. Has the man never seen a cop tv show? He's apparently a timid man, yet he does this? THEN he finally calls the cops. And they do nothing to him? A husband who brings his illicit lover to THEIR house while the wife is gone. Her parents live in that town, the husband works for her daddy. Yet they go to the local bar to dance and get drunk? He introduces her to their small sons as "Other Mommy"? Those are just some of the unbelievables in a book full of holes. I’ve never read this author so I don’t know if she does this in all her books. If so, I don’t want to read them.

  • Under My Skin

  • By: Lisa Unger
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91

It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered during his morning run through Manhattan’s Riverside Park. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused wearing a tight red dress she didn’t recognize. What happened to Poppy during those lost days? And more importantly, what happened to Jack? The case was never solved, and Poppy has finally begun to move on. But those lost days have never stopped haunting her. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange Book

  • By Janie on 10-11-18

Great book but....

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I really enjoyed this book but the psychological parts got a little hard to follow & too detailed, especially as she went back & forth in time. Could have trimmed at least an hour+ without the redundancy...but would still recommend this book.

  • Too Far Gone

  • Lucy Kincaid Novels, Volume 14
  • By: Allison Brennan
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

When a man who appears mentally unstable holds a group of people hostage and dies in a shootout with the FBI, Special Agent Lucy Kincaid is assigned to investigate what happened. Meanwhile, Lucy's husband, Sean, is on top of the world: His son, Jesse, is visiting for the summer. They're having a blast, until they're followed. Sean is positive the surveillance is connected to Jesse’s stepfather - who had once laundered money for a violent drug cartel. But when Lucy and Jesse are run off the road, they begin to wonder if the attack is connected to Jesse...or Lucy’s current case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once Again, the Narrator...

  • By D.Gettys on 11-03-18

Once Again, the Narrator...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The book has a good story. It has some interesting twists...I've always liked Allison Brennan. But the narrator is so annoying, I may have to delete the audiobook and read it on my Kindle. The narrator sounds like she's reading to a toddler...dramatically, emoting, a sob in every note. I find myself groaning and rolling my eyes, and having to turn it off. The narrator could be good. She just needs to stop the drama! Do authors listen to their books? They really should.

Update: I had to stop listening. The narrator ruined the book. I've read the other review that's aired since I wrote mine. I agree that it's a good book. But I'll finish it on my Kindle.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cut and Run

  • By: Mary Burton
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image - the twin sister she never knew she had. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Twisted Fast Fun & Free (to borrow)...

  • By shelley on 10-19-18

Narrator....Painful

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

An author like Mary Burton with so many best sellers in her portfolio should fork out the money for a decent narrator. This one is pathetic. I don't know if I can finish the book and I'm only a couple of chapters in. The story may be good, and Burton's usually are, but the narrator is more than likely going to force me to turn this book off and delete it from my IPod. When will authors figure out how important the narrator is?

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death Is Not Enough

  • The Baltimore Series, Book 6
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

In his work as a defense attorney in Baltimore, Thorne has always been noble to a fault - specializing in helping young people in trouble in an attempt to atone for those he couldn't save when he himself was younger. He plays the part of the bachelor well but secretly holds a flame for his best friend and business partner, Gwyn Weaver, a woman struggling to overcome her own demons. After four years, he thinks he might finally be ready to confess his feelings, come what may. But his plans are derailed when he wakes up in bed with a dead woman, with no recollection of how he got there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Karen Rose...

  • By shelley on 10-04-18

Good book, good narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Lots of suspense, lots of background, and (very important) good narrator. The only complaint I would have is language. I'm not a prude. I've been known to have a potty mouth. But I think Karen Rose, and this is unusual for her, used foul language by every character in the book...I'd call it gratuitous cursing...when it added nothing. Even the women. It's not necessary that it be so constant.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bones Don't Lie

  • Morgan Dane, Book 3
  • By: Melinda Leigh
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

Private investigator Lance Kruger was just a boy when his father vanished twenty-three years ago. Since then he's lived under the weight of that disappearance - until his father's car is finally dredged up from the bottom of Grey Lake. It should be a time for closure, except for the skeleton found in the trunk. A missing person case gone cold has become one of murder, and Lance and attorney Morgan Dane must face the deadly past that's risen to the surface.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad sheriff!

  • By Wayne on 03-14-18

Good Story, Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Melinda Leigh writes a good book. I've read most of hers, maybe all. But this one? I couldn't finish because the narrator is so annoying. Her female voices are ok, tho nasal. Her male voices are more a cartoon. After less than 2 chapters, I had to abandon the book. Why don't authors pay more attention to their narrators? It's what there is in an audiobook!