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  • Box of Frogs

  • Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It's going to be okay, though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker, and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she's a good person. Right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Ijw on 07-07-18

Not Helen Harper’s finest

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

I’ve read & thoroughly enjoyed all the books in Helen Harper’s series: Blood Destiny, Highland Magic & The Lazy Girls Guide to Magic. Her books are well written & a lot of fun.
“Box of Frogs” has me scratching my head. Three hours into it & I have no clue what it’s about & so far there is nothing about it that makes me want to continue. The writing as well as the narration is stilted & awkward. The narrator attempts at an accent are unsuccessful, she sounds like she has a mouth full of marbles. I’m definitely NOT enjoying myself.
I’m still an avid Helen Harper fan & hope that “Box of Frogs” is a one off.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • All Fall Down

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Tracee Chimo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, well-written as always

  • By Kelly on 08-11-14

Normally a Jennifer Weiner fan

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

Any additional comments?

I tried & kept trying to read this book.
I'm generally a fan of Ms Weiner's books-but this one...
I made it to chapter 11 & that was a valiant effort on my part.
First, it just dragged. She seemed to keep repeating herself. Even my husband asked if I hadn't already listened to certain parts. Listening to the voice of the child was akin to nails on a chalkboard & the child herself, well all I can say is kudos to the writer for creating the most unpleasant character ever.
The one thing that made this even more of an impossible & unpleasant read was the lack of research. The main character is addicted to Oxycontin. Oxycontin is a time-released pain medication that comes in 20mg (pink), 40mg (orange) & 80 mg (green) tablets. The small bright blue 30mg tablets that the main character ate like candy would be Oxycodone. If she were to chew Oxycontin she would most likely go into respiratory distress & die.
At least then this insufferable book would be over...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator

  • By: Janni Nell
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

"Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat. With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But no...."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst book ever

  • By RonCMC on 10-17-10

Worst book ever

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

I found the description of this novel & title to be fairly off-putting. But I ended up purchasing it as I needed something to listen to & it had good reviews on Amazon.
I can not even begin to explain how incredibly bad it was. This read like an extremely poorly written YA novel. The author tossed in everything from guardian angels to banshees to witches & selkies & it didn't work.
If I could give it less than one star I would.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Burn: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 16

  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

Anna Pigeon, a Ranger with the National Park Service, is on administrative leave from her job as she recovers from the traumas of the past couple of months – while the physical wounds have healed, the emotional ones are still healing. With her new husband busy and back at work, Anna decides to go to stay with an old friend from the Park Service, Geneva, who works as a singer at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bring other narrator back!!!!

  • By Ilah on 08-19-10

A good but difficult read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

This was a gritty, suspenseful & edgy book. I had a hard time listening to it & if the story line hadn't gripped me so completely would have turned it off. Her portrayal of pedophilia & child abuse was very disturbing & realistic.
The narrartor, Joyce Bean did an excellent job as always.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Picture Perfect

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 265

Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So Disappointed!

  • By G. Galanti on 01-15-10

Not your typical Picoult

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-09

I am a HUGE Jodi Picoult fan & eagerly anticipate & read all her novels. Imagine my surprise when I found myself listening to a book that much more closely resembled Danielle Steele than Jodi Picoult & I am NOT a Steele fan.
You'll find none of Picoult's typically beautiful storytelling & well thought out prose. The book is choppy, inconsistant & just silly.
I read everything-I love books. I love audiobooks. A book has to especially bad for me to denegrate it. This one is.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Pursuit

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Franette Liebow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn't always better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By RonCMC on 04-07-09

pursuit

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-09

Great book! Lots of political intrigue, conspiracy & sexual tension. It easily rates 5 stars except for the reader who unfortunately has a high pitched (think nails on a blackboard) voice w/o depth. I eventually got used to the reader but will avoid books read by her in the future. Karen Robards has followed her last book "Obsession" w/ another winner.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful