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  • The Final Cut

  • A Brit in the FBI, Book 1
  • By: Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,646

Scotland Yard’s new chief inspector Nicholas Drummond is on the first flight to New York when he learns his colleague, Elaine York, the "minder" of the Crown Jewels for the "Jewel of the Lion" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was found murdered. Then the centerpiece of the exhibit, the infamous Koh-i-Noor Diamond, is stolen from the Queen Mother’s crown. Drummond, American-born but raised in the UK, is a dark, dangerous, fast-rising star in the Yard who never backs down. And this case is no exception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Art and Jewel Heists . . . Clever Fox

  • By Debbie on 03-11-15

Coulter Does it Again!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Catherine Coulter is a dynamic mystery writer. I really enjoyed her FBI series until she introduced a wee bit too much paranormal in it for my tastes...not that I do not enjoy paranormal, but the marriage between Sherlock and Savage and paranormal was not necessary. So I've haven't read her books in a few years.

Then I saw this book and thought I'd give her another read and am so happy I did. I see the marriage (so to speak) of Nicholas from New Scotland Yard and Mike, from the FBI to be as strong and compelling a team as Savage and Sherlock.

Okay, as for the plot, so many darn threads to pull on that it was difficult to figure out how they all tied back together. And this kept you enthralled for the duration. I can't wait for the follow up...there has to be a follow up. Not that this is not a stand alone book...it is. But I need to follow Nicholas and Mike's story.

Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews make a wonderful narration team. Great voices, accents, smooth and sultry. It also was great that he read Nicholas and she read Mike. When teams simply alternate chapters, well, let's just say it's like finger nails on a chalk board for me.

I'd strongly recommend this book.

  • The Chosen

  • A Story of the Elder Races
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

A Wolf on the hunt... Wulfgar Hahn, better known as the Wolf of Braugne, is a man on a mission. Determined to avenge the murder of his brother, he stops at Camaeline Abbey to meet with the Chosen of Camael, goddess of the Hearth. Unfortunately, it appears the Chosen wants nothing to do with him. A leader in disguise... Captivated by the Wolf of Braugne despite herself, Lily poses as an unassuming priestess in order to learn more about this ruthless man. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thea does it again

  • By N. C. Schmidt on 05-25-18

Thea does it again

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

The tales Thea spins is, like her previous Elder novels, well written and full of wonderful characters. My only complaint is that it was too short. I enjoy her tales so much that I want the story to continue...and a novella is way too short!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • So I Married a Sorcerer

  • By: Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embraced - even if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her. Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer who can harness the wind with his hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is good but narrator...

  • By Momreviewsit! on 01-30-18

Wow, A Nail Biter

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Intrigue, suspense, romance...mythical creatures, a beautiful princess, dashing flawed hero, cruel king...everything you want in a story.

There are 37 chapters in this book. When I got to chapter 33, I started to lose it. My hands were actually shaking. By chapter 35, I was screaming that it couldn't end this way. I will not give any spoilers but I will state that I normally do not have this kind of visceral reaction to a story. So any story that can elicit a strong physical response from me is golden in my opinion.

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

A Wonderful Story!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

I took a chance with this book as the previous reviews ranged from ok to lackluster. This story has catapulted to one of my all-time favorites. It is unlike any other Nora Robert's book I've read.

The way this story was written made it very real-life. It's not fast-paced. Rather, it reminded me of sitting down at the feet of my mother and listening to her stories of my grandparents, aunts, and uncles. And it was that which made this book different and fantastic. You felt as if this could actually be real.

I was completely enchanted with Chase's shyness, Cal's lazy drawl, Rory's young eagerness and insightfulness. Bodine, heck, her drive and constant planning was eerily similar to one of my sisters. In short, I could relate to so many of the characters and Elisabeth Rodgers did a lovely job of making them come to life with her different portrayals of each character. Heck, I even fell in love with Montana and I HATE the cold!!!

The previous Nora Robert's books I've read are generally futuristic and based on a murder mystery. Sure there were mysteries to solve but it unraveled so slowly like in real life. And because of the family dynamics, it made it that much more realistic when the pieces were starting to fall into place.

I truly felt sad when the story came to a close. I could have listened for so many more hours.

  • Sweet Lake

  • Sweet Lake, Book 1
  • By: Christine Nolfi
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn't make doing any easier. Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she'll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn - and her heart - to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By A.Fro on 05-17-17

Wonderful Tale of Love, Forgiveness and Family

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This story is wonderful. You'll experience a roller coaster of emotions: from sorrow to joy, crying and laughing, rooting for Daniel and Linni, hooting with laughter at the sirens, and everything in-between.

My frustration was with the narrator. The wasn't much difference in the voices of Linni and Jayden in particular. So when they're having a conversation, it's very difficult to figure out who's speaking. This is particularly true in the beginning as you are learning each character. Once you get a good feel for the characters, you can figure out who's talking. Personally, I found Freddie's voice quite annoying.

Another problem I struggled with was differentiating when a character was speaking internally or to another character. Most readers will either speak softer or have a slight difference to clue the listener to an internal vs. external dialog. Not really in this story.

For these reasons, I wish I had this book also in e-print so I could have followed along better...or at least re-read some parts so I had a better understanding of the storyline at the beginning.

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,790

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

This book was outside my normal and I couldn’t be more thrilled and happy I stepped out of my comfort zone.

Living in the northeast we do not have to deal with forest fires...snow and ice absolutely but not fires. So this story opened up a world of fire jumpers that I didn’t even know exist. I found the description of their daily lives and how they attacked these fires amazing. I was right there feeling the intense heat, the exhaustion but thankfully not the hunger.

I really liked Gulliver. The way he thought, analyzed issues, and jested to diffuse tense moments was wonderful. I also enjoyed the secondary characters.

Parts of the story were rather unrealistic and I’m referring to the relationship between Gull and Rowan. For me it was secondary to fighting the fires so I didn’t focus on that.

Performance wise-not the best but definitely enjoyable. Some characters I could easily identify but others the voices were so close I really had to attend to the thread of the conversation to figure out who was speaking.

I’m quite happy I took a chance and listened to the book.

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,423

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Promising Blurb...Disappointing Read

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

When I read the blurb of this book I thought it might be a good beach-type book. Honestly, I'm disappointed that I spent the money. If I had gotten it for free, I would have stopped reading...but as I just can't do that if I spend money on it, I read it all the way through.

Sadly, the sex took center stage over the storyline. This was definitely a disappointing read.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,953

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

A Fantastic Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I can't ever recall reading a Nora Roberts book though I have read one or 2 JD Robb books which were futuristic mysteries. This book was, in a word, amazing.

The story started with a long overdue, in my opinion, teenage rebellion which led to disastrous consequences. After the stage was set, the book fast forwarded 12 years and enter our hero, Brooks. He is not your typical hero. Rather, he has a wonderful demeanor and affability that simply has you admiring him. And to watch Liz, now known as Abigail, slowly, very slowly transform, is one of the sweetest and endearing storylines I've read in a long, long time.

As Brooks is the Chief of Police, there are many subplots that turn this from a novel to more of a real-life type story.

Not that I didn't enjoy some of the Lieutenant Eve Dallas books...they were truly fictional. This book has a more "real" feel to it and was masterfully written.

Julia Whelan did a wonderful job narrating. So, yes, this is definitely a book you can and should read.

  • Deadly Night

  • The Flynn Brothers Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

Aidan Flynn, a private investigator and eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the haunted-house rumors - especially since Kendall Montgomery, a tarot card reader who has been living in the mansion, is the one to tell him the tale of a woman in white. But when he finds a human bone on the grounds and another by the river, Aidan delves into the dark history of the Flynn plantation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this. Need book 2!!!

  • By Wanda on 09-16-13

WOW! Will Keep You Guessing

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

This is my first novel by Heather Graham and it certainly will not be my last.

I really enjoy a well-written story that keeps you guessing who the killer is and Heather delivered in a big way. This book is suspenseful and kept me guessing till the climax...then it was nerve-wracking to see whether or not the main character(s)l escape without scratches. Yes, I know. The logical part of my brain fervently believed they would. Both were great characters and I didn't want either to die...at least the part of my brain that believes in happy endings said. The reality is: I didn't know for sure not being acquainted with this author.

The romance built slowly, like in real life. Though there were sex scenes, they were not graphic. I really enjoyed each of the secondary characters and would love to read their stories.

Phil Gigante did a wonderful job narrating. He had a very nice way of portraying each character and building the suspense.

It was...is...a great read. I'll need to listen to it again and will definitely explore other titles by this author.

  • On Dublin Street

  • By: Samantha Young
  • Narrated by: Paula Costello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,051

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An emotional journey...

  • By SIMARA on 05-25-13

A Very Emotional Read

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

First, wow...just simply wow. Jos is an emotional basket case. I don't want to give away any spoilers but toward the end, I had to turn it off. I was so emotional with how she was handling stuff I literally became stressed. Her character literally evoked extreme anger and frustration in me. At one point, my internal voice was raging at her for doing what she was doing to Bradyn...who I absolutely fell in love with. Now that, ladies, is the making of a great story. When an author can get you so involved that you have a visceral reaction, it is definitely worth a read.

A side note about Paula Costello: she flawlessly switched between American and Scottish and her lilting voice was a balm to my senses.