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  • Skeleton Trail

  • By: Kasey Riley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

A mummified body, crimes from the ‘30’s, ‘80’s and present day, a Native American forensic specialist with the FBI and the women who can lead him to the body as well as the solution to the crimes of the past and present. Bullets and a blizzard drive Kam and David together, is that enough along with some shared heritage? What is Kam hiding that could drive her away from Riverview and the new man in her life? What has Megan survived that causes her nightmares? Who is trying to stop the investigation and why? All questions answered in this novel. Riverview, a ranching town where your neighbors are your friends and stand behind you when you need them. Rugged country to test all those who enter it away from the safety of town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-18

A WINDOW INTO ANOTHER WORLD

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I always enjoy reading a story that's set somewhere I either haven't been or would like to know more about. This is one of those books; with Kasey Riley's vivid description, I can visualize the little western town of Riverview, Colorado. It also gives the reader insight into a sport they may not know much about, Endurance riding. It's a pleasure to read about the teamwork between Megan and her horse, Radar, as they're out on trails in remote areas. As the story begins, they're part of a group marking the route for new trail when a soggy section of bank gives way and one of the riders, Bethany, plunges down an embankment, only to discover she's all but landed on a partially buried skeleton which appears to have been shot in the head. This is not good, and the murder investigation commences. Who was the victim and why was it dumped there? When did it happen? Who did it? What was the motive? When the FBI agent, David, comes to investigate the crime, he and another of the riders, Kam, are thrown together when they're fired upon by an unknown assailant and David is wounded. Someone clearly doesn't want that crime solved! They take refuge in an abandoned cabin. They're stranded there in one of the blizzards the Rockies are famous for where they're forced to rely upon each other for their survival…and, just as you'd expect, some feelings take hold there. Nice combination of mystery, suspense and romance. I read the author's previous book, Desperate Endurance, and was introduced to some of the characters there. I was leaving for a long trip to Florida and wanted an audiobook so Kasey Riley and crew kept me company for nine hours or so. I was so engrossed in the story, the miles just melted away. Great choice of narrator. His gravelly voice sounds straight out of the American west.

  • August Fire

  • By: Kasey Riley
  • Narrated by: Robin Assouad
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The day that Stephanie and Doyle meet, circumstances fight against romance. She thinks him rude, crude, and bossy, and while he loves her long legs, he thinks she seems snobbish and cold. However, he feels she has interesting possibilities, and she thinks he is a sexy hunk. How important are first impressions?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

  • By TNtrailrider on 07-25-18

Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

And what a timely topic this is, with climate change producing hotter, drier summers and worsening wildfire seasons! The story starts off simply enough with a scenario readers can all relate to, all the red lights on your dashboard sending your adrenaline level into the stratosphere and your car coasting to the side of the road with billows of steam coming from under the hood. Stephanie is grateful for assistance rendered by...you guessed it...the handsome hunk who comes along and knows his way around an engine. Both Stephanie and Doyle have been burned (pardon the pun) by painful past relationships and neither is looking for romance. But some things are meant to be and it turns out Stephanie's on her way to house sit in her mother's absence and Doyle is the new tenant in the rental cabin on her mother's property. There's just one problem...they hate each other. Well, maybe hate's too strong a word but they sure don't like each other.
When a nearby wildfire grows in ferocity, Stephanie and Doyle set their mutual antipathy aside and join forces to rescue livestock in the face of the rapidly encroaching flames. The situation takes a turn for the worse when they discover the fire was set and the arsonist has them trapped. Suddenly, they're on the same side, dependent on each other for survival. Take it from there...
The narrator is very enthusiastic, reading the story with a great deal of passion. She puts you right there in Riverview, Colorado so be careful if you're listening while driving; you'll get so engrossed you may miss your destination!

  • Desperate Endurance

  • By: Kasey Riley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Alone in a rest area, Bethany is witness to a murder. The victim tells her to trust no one and begs her to take documents to his son before he dies. Hiding in endurance-ride camps and traveling with other riders to stay hidden from the killers, Bethany moves from New Mexico to Colorado. She changes everything, from her looks to the license plates on her truck. Meeting Roger, the victim's son, is problematic. Was he involved in the death of his father? Forced to make a quick decision, Bethany trusts him...up to a point. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story written by someone who has actually ridden endurance!

  • By Janet on 10-01-18

GREAT COVER, AND THE CONTENTS ARE JUST AS GOOD

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-18

It's hard to find a "horse book" with adult characters, but here it is. How many women have been in the same situation, traveling alone on the interstate? Just for starters, that's a cautionary tale and Bethany's experiences in evading her pursuers, towing a horse trailer, will keep readers turning the pages. Luckily for her, members of the horse community are down-to-earth folks with common sense and they help each other out so she manages to stay a step or two ahead...most of the time. What's in the package foisted on her by a dying man? When she tracks down his son and prepares to hand it over, how does she know whether the handsome, helpful rancher is part of the solution...or part of the problem? By the time she's head over heels in love with him, the answer becomes clear. I like to read about subjects I don't know much about or places I'd like to know more about, and this book had all that. The author brought the world of endurance riding to life and her descriptions of the rural west were enthralling. The narrator's voice is ideally suited to the material and he gave a very skillful reading, so buy this title and enjoy!

  • Change of Heart

  • The Lobster Cove Series
  • By: Jennifer Moore
  • Narrated by: Skyler Morgan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

This summer, Nathaniel Cavanaugh vacations in Lobster Cove to spend quality time with his kids after his estranged wife’s tragic death. Successful and well-connected, he is on the fast track to the highest legal positions in the country, but his family life suffers. After an accident throws Val nearly into his lap and costs her a job opportunity, Nathaniel surprises himself by overlooking her outlandish appearance and lack of qualifications to offer her a job as his nanny for the summer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sweet story

  • By Cat on 04-15-18

A TRULY DELIGHTFUL STORY

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Change of Heart to be better than the print version?

I can't answer this question as I only listened to the audiobook and have not read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Each character was so adroitly drawn and depicted, I felt for each of them. The author absolutely nailed the snobbish former mother-in-law (for her, I felt just as the two main characters, Val and Nathaniel, did-ugh!)

What about Skyler Morgan’s performance did you like?

The voice is mesmerizing, and the diction is very clear. The narrator is able to portray each character so clearly that, as he reads, he becomes each character. He has an amazing ability to do different voices which really enhances the narration.

Any additional comments?

I lived in a small town on the coast of Maine for 15 years so I can say with confidence that the author has captured the essence of the fictitious "Lobster Cove" perfectly and brings it to life so skillfully, you can see it in your mind's eye. It was an absolute pleasure to drive along and become engrossed in this story; I was sorry when it ended.

  • Fly and Fall

  • By: Michelle Markey Butler
  • Narrated by: Steve Beltran
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Siddique has a problem. He's fallen for his best friend, but she has enough troubles. He loves her daughter too, secretly wishing he were the little girl's daddy. He’s no longer the shy, immigrant boy with the funny name whom Melly befriended. But if he opens his heart, will she take her daughter and run? Melly has several problems. At long last, she's putting her life back together. She isn't surprised at how good Siddique was with her daughter, but when did he become smoking hot?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fly and Fall

  • By Kathryn Scarborough on 04-05-18

SWEET LITTLE STORY

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fly and Fall to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print version so cannot comment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The reader cannot help but relate to Siddique. The author skillfully makes the reader sympathetic to him as an immigrant, wanting to fit in, to be accepted and, as the story unfolds, you find yourself rooting for him.

What about Steve Beltran’s performance did you like?

Steve Beltran's voice is low, clear and very pleasing. He puts a lot of emphasis and emotion into his reading and does a wonderful job of portraying different characters. And he even sings.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I enjoyed it and was sorry it wasn't longer.

Any additional comments?

I like to read about cultures and places I don't know much about and this was a window into the world of an immigrant, trying to assimilate. Not only did I enjoy the story itself as I was driving but I gained a greater understanding, and empathy for those who have left all that was familiar.