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  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,295

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Forgotten Garden and Secret Keeper

  • By Mark on 03-04-19

Wow! This is Fantastic!!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Kate Morton spun an amazing tale...one that is quite believable and truly touching.

First, it takes almost the entire book to put all the pieces together. This is not a novel that you can fit all the puzzle pieces together.

Second, your heart breaks as it is quite a poignant story about love, promises, and the horrors of war...which makes one sit up and truly appreciate all our veterans and those that are actively serving. It is not graphic in the horrors of war but weaves little clues throughout the entire novel until you realize just how hard it is for those who survive, struggle with survivors guilt, and lose someone who they love with their whole heart in the war.

And the end, well, I haven't shed a tear let alone several from a novel, well ever. Not only did I cry at the end, but as I continue to ponder it, I'm hard-pressed to stem the flow of tears.

Caroline Lee does a wonderful job narrating. I'm looking forward to reading more of Kate's novels.

  • The Spies That Bind

  • A Gallagher Girls Prequel
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,779
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,752

The first day at a new school is tough for any kid, but it's especially scary when you're going to a school for spies. Cammie Morgan has spent her whole life dreaming of becoming a Gallagher Girl, but she has no idea what she’ll face when she arrives at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Secret passages? Check. Lab experiments that might make you lose your eyebrows (and other body parts)? Check. Classmates who are the smartest, strongest, most intimidating girls in the world? Double check. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun listen

  • By RThompson on 01-08-19

Has Potential

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

A young girl who is the direct descendant of a girl who saved President Lincoln and started the first school for extraordinary young women is thrust in this school for developing spies.

As a YA book/series, it has so much potential. Sadly, I was not even closely enamored with the narration. Most of the girl's voices were too similar. Only by their intonation were you able to differentiate. Rebecca Soler did provide British and French accents which were great.

There were times where, as a mother, I just wanted to slap the girls because the author did a great job of portraying the insecurities, cattiness, and shallowness of 11 and 12-year-olds. She clearly understands their pre-adolescent minds.

I would recommend this, especially for middle school libraries.

  • Collecting the Pieces

  • By: L. A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

At fifteen I fell in love. His name was Jake Stephens and he took the abandoned, lonely girl I had been and made me whole. His love was a pure and unconditional love that made every day better than the last; a fairy tale of my very own. But this story isn't about Jake. It's about Abel Madden; the man I meet after the fairy tale goes to hell. A cocky, arrogant man who says what he wants, does as he pleases, and makes no excuses for it. He irritates me--downright pisses me off at times--but he also brings me back to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book that will stay with you

  • By PATRICIA on 12-29-17

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

I believe this is the first time that I can not find something positive to write regarding a book I've listened to or read.

First, Tracy Marks's reading style actually grated on my nerves. She does not have a fluid, smooth reading voice. Rather, she throws inflection on every 2-4 words. In addition, there was not a clear distinction between the female characters nor the male characters voices. Aaron Shedlock, who rarely got the opportunity to read, did a slightly better job.

As for the storyline, it was written, I'm guessing, at the 4th or 5th grade level...with the exception of all the swearing. And I would wager that L.A. Fiore thought that if there was enough explicit sex scenes that would cover up for the dismal storyline...it didn't. The characters were 2 dimensional. The transitions between scenes was extremely abrupt. It's not like the narrator read, chapter 2 and the story changed. I can best describe it as whiplash as you attempt to figure out if this is a continuation of the scene or a different scene. And the lack of clear, cut voices for each character contributed to this issue.

I'm sad that I wasted a credit on this book.

  • The Sixth Day

  • A Brit in the FBI, Book 5
  • By: Catherine Coulter, J.T. Ellison
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear - these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate. With the help of Dr. Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia, Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not my cup of tea

  • By Steve's Island Girl on 04-14-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

This fantastical tale made my pulse rate increase from the action and suspense. This is another wonderful installment to a great series.

  • Sweep in Peace

  • Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708

Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By The Mays on 12-18-15

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This storyline was even more gripping than the first book in the series.

And Renee does a fantastic job at narrating all the characters.

Great book and great series!

  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,183

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend's Manhattan apartment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I read a lot of Nora Roberts and enjoy each one. With that said, this storyline was one of the best I’ve ever read. I’d strongly recommend it.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,158
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Molly Harper writes amazing stories that are poignant and grab ahold of your imagination and emotions. And coupled with Amanda Ronconi’s amazing narration, it’s a beautiful story to listen to.

  • 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 1,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,707

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 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

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!

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  • 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 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

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.