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  • The Secrets She Kept

  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Keith bears scars - both physical and emotional - from his childhood, but he's worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he's built a new life in LA. He's also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother's death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again, and he's determined to find his mother's killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story...TERRIBLE narration.

  • By corie on 03-26-18

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Very well Narrated. The story catches you right away with real characters that you can love and hate. Looking for a Book 3!

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,326

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

Another Gripping Nora Roberts !!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This book is gripping from the very first chapter. The topic is timely given society now and may be touchy for some but Nora Roberts handles is with care. The characters are strong, and lovable, the villans are ones you hate. The narration is clear and natural. I truly enjoyed this book.

  • Snow Angel Cove

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke - literally - and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car! Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined it for me

  • By Melissa on 12-18-15

Very sweet, well written romance!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Where does Snow Angel Cove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best!

What did you like best about this story?

It's a simple story, easy to listen to without feeling like somebody is in peril at any given second but still keeps you listening and makes you want to get back to it if you have to turn it off.

Which character – as performed by Celeste Ciulla – was your favorite?

Maddy! I just love that little girl! Of course Eliza is a strong Character and the narrator does an excellent job with her character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love and Secrets….

Any additional comments?

Sweet romance with a great family story of triumph over struggle. Definately worth the listen!

  • The Obsession

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,152

Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father's crimes and made him infamous. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, thousands of miles away from everything she's ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up - especially the determined Xander Keaton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Total Letdown

  • By McChica04 on 07-11-16

Excellent listen all the way through!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

What made the experience of listening to The Obsession the most enjoyable?

Nora Roberts' excellent writing! She clearly does her research and she develops her characters so well. As the reader I was drawn in as I always am wit all her books.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense mostly and I'd say the characters.

Have you listened to any of Shannon McManus’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

As good as always.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for all who like suspense/murder and romance in one. It's well written as Nora Roberts only knows how to write well. It's performed well so it's a great listen.

  • 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 1,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,753

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

Spies, mystery, intrigue. Well worth listing to!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-15

Where does The Final Cut rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Final Cut is not my normal Genre however I truly enjoyed it. I'd have to say it ranked in the top some place of most fun listens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Final Cut?

There are more than one but to pick just one but perhaps the bomb in the diamond box….

What about Renee Raudman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performance did you like?

They helped with the change of characters and scenes. It was all more believable.

Any additional comments?

If you want intrigue across the world! get this one it's a good one!

  • The Liar

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,246

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By MaxineSap on 06-07-15

Excellent story beginning to end! Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Liar to be better than the print version?

I have not yet read the print version but the audio version was certainly very entertaining.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So hard to choose just one favorite as there are so many in this story but It's a toss up between Vi and Griff.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

She did Calley really well!!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This book should absolutely be made into a movie as many of her books have been. A tags line for it? "just when you thought it was over…"

Any additional comments?

This story is Nora Roberts at her best once again! All the characters are so vivid. You love them or hate them. It's easy to laugh, or feel deeply for the characters throughout the story. Great listen, great story, so well written. I highly recommend this one!

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  • Against the Fire

  • The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 2
  • By: Kat Martin
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

You can't fight what you can't see. And Gabriel Raines can't be sure just who's setting the fires in his new real-estate development. When two fires hit back-to-back, he knows it's personal, but any number of competitors or ex-employees could be the arsonist. The police suspect Angel Ramirez, a local teen who's been in trouble before. But Mattie Baker, a volunteer at the Family Abuse center, just can't believe the kid she's been working with would go back to his delinquent ways. Determined to convince Gabe that she's right, Mattie must get close to him....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Date Rape

  • By Rusty on 05-19-18

Really exciting, edge of your seat story!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Any additional comments?

Can't help but like Maddy and Gabe. Then there is the truly evil bad guy wreaking havoc to keep them on their toes. Once again though Kat Martin has a great story but writes in just a few too many sex scenes. Even in the romance genre there really is no need for quite that many. But this is a story well worth buying and listening too never the less.

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  • Against the Wind

  • The Raines of Wind Canyon, Book 1
  • By: Kat Martin
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin launches a riveting contemporary romance series starring the Raines boys of Wind Canyon, Wyoming. Back in high school, Jackson Raines was humiliated by the beautiful Sarah Allen, who wanted out of Wind Canyon at any cost. Now Jackson reluctantly opens his ranch to the recently widowed Sarah. And as sparks ignite, he finds himself protecting her from her dead husband’s shady business partners.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wimpy Sarah

  • By Rusty on 11-23-14

Excellent story, bad guys, good guys, romance!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-15

Any additional comments?

This book is well performed and the story is truly enjoyable. I liked the characters. The only reason I did not give it five stars for the story was that it could have had just a tad less sex and still been just as romantic and the rest of the story would not have changed at all.

  • Moonfire

  • Australian, Book 1
  • By: Linda Lael Miller
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

After sailing to Australia only to find that the man who asked her to marry him has no intention of fulfilling his part of the bargain, Maggie Chamberlain vows to shape a new life for herself in Sydney. Then arrogant, wealthy Reeve McKenna captures Maggie's untried heart, thrilling her senses with the sweet, dark rush of desire. But Reeve cannot be hers alone, for he is obsessed by his search for his beloved brother James, lost two decades before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By Shannon Oliver on 02-23-18

Very enticing, Didn't want to stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Any additional comments?

Great story. Characters you grow to like and villains you love to hate. It's a story with twists and turns that make you keep listening and when you are forced to hit the pause button you want to get back to it as soon as possible. Linda Lael Miller did a great job on this one!

  • Ten Tiny Breaths

  • A Novel
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,577

Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful to eh...

  • By Katie on 09-30-15

Excellent story beginning to end! Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Ten Tiny Breaths to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This would be a toss up between Casey and Storm. Casey for her strength and constant battles to stay healthy and deal with her demons, and Storm just because she is such a cool lady/

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Louise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure.

If you could take any character from Ten Tiny Breaths out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Casey, so I could be her friend.

Any additional comments?

This book is written in first person which I do not like normally. However the story line was gripping and had enough twists that I forgot about that distraction. This really is a great story and while is could be categorized as a "romance" it really is very different from the usual romance plots. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. I am off now to look for more K.A. Tucker books.