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  • Water Bound

  • A Sea Haven Novel
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

The last thing Sid remembered was being enlisted to protect a vulnerable young woman in the coastal town of Sea Haven. Then, as if in some nightmare, he was lost in the swirling currents of the ocean, and sucked deeper into a freezing black eddy. Just as quickly, he was saved - pulled ashore by a beautiful stranger. Her name is Rikki, a sea-urchin diver in Sea Haven. Soon they will be bound by tantalizing secrets, which will engulf them both in a whirlpool of passion and danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new start with a dash of reunion

  • By Angela on 03-06-12

Romantic Suspense with special talents

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

The Publisher’s Summary is totally useless; whoever wrote it never read the book. Spanking is required!

Rikki Sitmore and 5 other women - her Sisters of the Heart - have created their own family and live together on a 130 acre farm; each in their own home. This is set just outside the town of Sea Haven, home of the Drake sisters, and these ladies also have talents. Blythe Daniels is a Drake cousin who shares a traumatic event with her adopted sisters, and acts as their leader.

Rikki is autistic and has an affinity with water. She is diving on the day of Elle Drake’s wedding, and rescues a man from the sea who she looks at as hers. Only thing is, his name is Lev Prakenskii, and he’s been undercover as Sid, bodyguard for the evil shipping magnate Gratsos. He wants to stay under the radar of Russian secret factions and the Drake family.
Rikki has been plagued by mysterious deadly fires all her life and needs all the help she can get when she feels hunted by fire.
To add interest and connections, Lev is the brother of Ilya Prakenskii, husband of Joley Drake, and part of a male lineage of 7 sons.

Feehan does a surprisingly good job of portraying Rikki’s autism, and her diving, in a believable way.
Brazil does a decent job of narration.

  • Letters from Father Christmas

  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun little read.

  • By James on 06-30-14

Wonderfully charming

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Funny, charming letters from Father Christmas written by Tolkien to his children, in reply to their letters. With dates from 1920-1943, many contain wonderful little stories that are so very creative and sweetly innocent. They offer a lovely snapshot of family life and what Tolkien was like as a father. He gets big points from me for focusing on his youngest after the start of WW2; he had to have been worried about his oldest boys, who were 22 and 19 in 1939.

The narration is great - love Jacobi specifically. His phrasing, pacing and voice are spot on perfect. 5 stars

The music slipped over the line into annoying at times, but stayed this side enough to refrain from describing it as hysterical or demented. Please note: I DO like music in productions - when it’s a *complementary* sound that works with the period and mood of the writing, and doesn’t run over the words. 2 stars
That was the only part that could have been done better - and why I couldn’t rate this 5 stars across the board.

  • Hidden Currents

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Strong telepath Elle Drake has gone missing. Even her six magical sisters cannot find her. They all agree that she is alive and something terrible must have happened or she would have contacted them. Jackson Deveau, a deputy sheriff in the small village of Sea Haven, off the northern California coast, has known that Elle is destined for him. When she disappears, he gathers with his friends, Jonas Harrington and Ilya Prakenskii, and Elle's sisters to find her and bring her safely home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect ending to a good series.....

  • By L. Claude on 07-20-10

The Drakes earn their HEA

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

“The Drake Sisters are back. They’ve all come home to stay.” And so ends the series arc that started with the wind whispering that Sarah was home.
Unfortunately, the whole of the Drake family and friends have to join together to rescue Elle from the well guarded island of the evil shipping magnate Gratsos. She was kidnapped from her last assignment and held against her will while being tortured, assaulted, and nearly broken. It’s graphic enough that I don’t recommend this book for anyone sensitive on the subject.
Jackson understands what Elle has gone through better than anyone due to his own experiences. This leads to their deeper understanding and connection.
When Gratsos uses his own special gifts to locate Elle and attack the Drakes; it takes a Plan concocted by the brainiacs to deal with him in full view of a town full of witnesses.
If you’re interested, this event takes place at the beginning of Feehan’s next related series arc, Water Bound, and you can expect some character cameos.
Bresnahan does an ok job of narration.

  • Turbulent Sea

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Bewitching rock superstar Joley Drake can have any lover she wants. But when her life is threatened, her dangerously sexy bodyguard is the only man she needs. There's just one problem: his shadowy reputation as a secret Russian hit man may put Joley in even greater peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is Book 5 of the Drake Sisters Series

  • By Rebecca Kochenderfer on 08-29-10

Fated Romantic Suspense

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Joley is the Drake sister born with the gift of spell singing. Ilya is a Russian hit man on the payroll of a mobster.
He’s undercover trying to do his job and also trying to protect Joley.
The attraction is fated. Did he happen to mention that he’s also the 7th son of a 7th son?
Bresnahan did ok with narration.

  • Safe Harbor

  • Drake Sisters, Book 5
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512

One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, stunning Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Sheriff Jonas Harrington for as long as he can remember. If only she was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn't the only one with desires for Hannah. From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty, intending to destroy her. Can her sisters’ special powers keep her from harm, and will Jonas catch the elusive assailant?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine Feehan at her best!!

  • By Denise on 07-09-10

Emotional Romantic Suspense

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

Romantic Suspense with plenty of emotion.
Hannah Drake has had enough of modeling and goes to New York to honor the last of her contracts with disastrous consequences.
Jonas Harrington does a favor for his former boss in covert operations; again, with disastrous results.
Her sisters come to understand just how much of her life was Hannah trying to make her family happy and proud of her; not what she wanted to do. There’s a memorable chapter with the house protecting the sisters;-)
This is the most emotionally wrenching of the Drake sisters stories. Thank goodness Hannah and Jonas find their way to each other.
Bresnahan does an ok job of narration. The English pronunciation is BORE-is Not Bor-REECE.

  • Dangerous Tides

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

In Dangerous Tides, Dr. Libby Drake uses her incredible healing powers to help mend the emotionally scarred Ty Derrick. But their burgeoning relationship is threatened by a mysterious man who wants to use Libby's talents for his own dark purposes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good. I liked this book.

  • By margaret on 07-19-07

Love, Suspense, and Acceptance

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Light-weight Romantic Suspense that could have used a little editing for length.
I like Feehan and have followed her work for several years; she’s one of the authors I check regularly for anything new. And I like the idea of this series about seven sisters.
But this one was not well handled on a few levels.
This is not a love triangle - “pulled by the forceful desires of two men”? Uh, no.
I did enjoy the lovely ending where Ty understands that, through his relationship with Libby, he has also gained the love and acceptance of the Drake family.
Bresnahan does a decent job of narration.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended Feel-good Christmas Short

  • By Zoe Gill on 12-11-18

Enjoyable period piece

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I really enjoyed this tale of love and reconciliation overcoming the limitations of British society in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. I like that the author gave Sir John credit for having the intelligence to figure out what was going on. Amazing to think this was published in 1894; and written by a woman who lived much of her life outside the social conventions of her times.
Side note: I got a kick out of homeopathy being mentioned, as it was much more common here before the medical witch hunts in the U.S. My life would have been much different, in the negative, without the benefits of Arnica Montana. Another topic to research another day.
Armitage did an excellent job with narration.

Thank you, Audible, for a delicious, high quality Christmas treat!

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  • Oceans of Fire

  • A Drake Sisters Novel
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

Elemental witch Abigail Drake, third daughter in a magical bloodline, was born with a special affinity for water and the power to communicate with dolphins. Off the coast of Sea Haven, California, she has spent her entire life swimming among the sleek aquatic mammals, studying their fascinating ways. But then her idyll is shattered when she witnesses a gruesome murder along the shore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turbulent Sea

  • By Toni on 06-10-09

International smuggling comes to Sea Haven

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Light-weight but well edited romantic suspense.
Abby witnesses a murder in the harbor of her own Sea Haven.
It’s the partner of her former love Aleksandr Volstov, tracking smuggled shipments. She’ll need to overcome her feelings of betrayal to best protect herself and her family.
They’ll need the help of all the sisters, Jonas, Jackson, Damon & Matt. And intro the first of the Prakenskiis, Ilya.
Bresnahan does a decent job of narration.

  • The Twilight Before Christmas

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 662

Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes

  • By Paige on 12-13-12

Enjoyable time out

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Feehan is one of my go-to authors for light-weight romantic fantasy-suspense.
Kate Drake is a successful novelist and the second of seven sisters who are magically talented. Matt Granite is a former U.S. Army Ranger and successful businessman who has his act together - except in the presence of Kate. When she comes home to Sea Haven and buys the Mill, he has his opportunity to act as contractor and spend time with her.
It’s just in time to help her face a mysterious and dangerous power raising havoc in Sea Haven. It will take the sisters, Matt, Jonah & Damon to seal it back in its prison.
Linden doesn’t do it for me as narrator for this story. She can’t remotely do male voices.

  • Magic in the Wind

  • Drake Sisters, Book 1
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Ever since Damon Wilder sought refuge in Sea Haven, he's heard the same breathless rumor pass the lips of nearly every local in the sleepy coastal town. Even the wind seems to whisper her name - a reverie so powerfully suggestive that it carries the curious Damon to Sarah's cliff top home, and seeks to shelter him there. But Damon has not arrived alone. Two men have tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House, where Sarah hides her own secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Choice for Narrator

  • By Book Professor on 08-30-09

Enjoyable Light-weight Romantic Suspense

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The first of Feehan’s books set in Sea Haven. Sarah Drake comes home as part of her secret government job so she can keep an eye on Dr Damon Wilder, who has retired from research and sought refuge in Sea Haven. She’s just in time to protect him from multiple kidnap attempts. Things are complicated when the gate opens for Damon, and all signs tell Sarah that he is her destined lover.
Of course, now that Sarah’s home, her other sisters come home one by one, per tradition. And once the oldest finds her mate, the others will follow.