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  • When a Heart Stops

  • Deadly Reunions Series # 2
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Mia Ellis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

As a medical examiner, Serena Hopkins is used to dealing with death. But that doesn't make it any easier when she's called to the eerie scene of a murder - especially when Serena realizes that she knows the victim. Nearly as unnerving is the presence of FBI agent Dominic Allen, her childhood crush. As evidence mounts and points to a serial killer with disturbingly familiar methods, Serena and Dominic must work to find a pattern and stop the killings before the murderer strikes again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story very good but.....

  • By GrannyGoose on 06-27-16

bad narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

voice volume was across the board, whispering to shouting in a split second. I was straining to hear them jumping back as she shouted. almost quit the book because of her.
Story is excellent tho, worth the listen.

  • Mrs. Mike

  • By: Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455

A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of Canada to life and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How could I have missed this all these years?

  • By Dale C. Farran on 01-30-10

Good, great and into FANTASIC!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I've bypassed this book several times because I was never a fan of the TV series based on this book. . Don't let the TV version influence you, the book has little in common with it.
The emotions this story invoked were so intense, several times I found myself laughing hysterically, and then sobbing with grief. In the end, I truly felt I'd become friends with Mrs. Mike.
This is a story that I will definitely be re-visiting more than once!

  • The Darkest Child

  • By: Dolores Phillips
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

In 1958 Georgia, the shade of a 13-year-old black girl's skin can make the difference in her fate. Tangy Mae is the smartest of her mother's 10 children, but she is also the darkest complected. The Quinns - all different skin shades, all with unknown fathers - live with their charismatic, beautiful, and tyrannical mother, Rozelle, in poverty on the fringes of a Georgia town where Jim Crow rules. Rozelle's children live in fear of her mood swings and her violence, but they are devoted to her. Rozelle pulls her children out of school when they are 12 years old so that they can help support her by going to work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My heart couldn't take it

  • By NIXX1993 on 03-01-18

Very dark

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I found this book disturbing and couldn't finish it. I returned it because I will never listen to it again. The story focuses on 1 child in a very dysfunctional family, situations that go way past my comfort zone.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Accidental Sire

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

In Molly Harper's newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi's old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do these books have to end???

  • By janet on 07-25-17

Great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

As always, Molly Harper comes through for the Half Moon Hollow fans!
I was glad to be back in the house with Jane, Gabriel and the rest of the gang. I hope Molly Harper will come out with a few more books centered around our favourite characters.
Amanda Ronconi and Molly Harper... 2 peas in a pod LOL!

  • Tucker's Way

  • The Tucker Series, Book 1
  • By: David Johnson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878

After enduring a childhood of horrific abuse and crushing poverty, Tucker seeks refuge in her rural Tennessee home. The three grandchildren she is raising are her only connection to the outside, and her demeanor is purposefully rough. But her world is turned upside down when a new neighbor, Ella, moves into the old McDaniel place next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Potential squandered... sort of

  • By Anne on 02-11-17

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This is not an easy read, it's heart wrenching and quite dark at times. The author has done a remarkable feat, delving into the horrific past of a bizarre but lovable woman.
Laural Merlington does a great job at narration. The emotions come through loud and clear.
I just had to get the rest of the books in the sequel. If the others are as compelling as this 1st one, it won't be time wasted.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,679

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Fantastic!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This one felt real, very emotional for me. It's a book that I'll definitely revisit in the future.

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  • The Complete Lake Series

  • By: AnnaLisa Grant
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 34 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

At 17, Layla Weston is already starting over. Having lost both her parents and grandparents, and with nowhere else to go, Layla is moving from Florida to a small town in North Carolina to live with the only family she has left: her estranged uncle and aunt. The last five years of Layla's life were spent appeasing her less-than-loving grandmother, followed by being her grandfather's caretaker. Growing old before her time, Layla lost her identity. Now she must learn how to allow herself to be the one cared for and loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen! Fantastically written. <br /><br />

  • By Heidi Lynn on 05-04-17

An enjoyable YA for the "older" generation

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Sure, it's an easy listen with entertaining values.

What other book might you compare The Complete Lake Series to and why?

The 1st book had similarities to Twilight in the sense that it was love at 1st sight, and the target of her affection was so beautiful. Thankfully, that was lost in book 2 as the story picked up its own direction.

Any additional comments?

It was good that I got the entire series with one credit. Had I used the credit for the 1st book alone, I would have returned it and missed out the remaining 3 books. The story develops quite nicely and even though it ends predictably its still an interesting journey to get there.

  • The Beginning

  • Longhorn Series, Book 1
  • By: Dusty Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

Buck Cordell is a giant of a man in a giant, untamed land called Texas. He builds a cattle ranch where ordinary men all say it can't be done a cattle empire that defies all odds, a family that changes the course of Texas history, and a legacy that outlives the Old West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't like westerns...LOVED this book!

  • By AudioAddict on 06-09-13

Not your typical western.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

I am not a fan of westerns, this was my husbands choice. That being said, I have to admit that I'm hooked.
It's so well written, I could understand the 2 young men's reasoning and reactions to different situations. The story has a lot of meat on the bones and it's easy to sink your teeth into it. LOL! I'm actually looking forward to see what happens next in this series.
BTW... my husband loved this book, and the fact that he could discuss it with me during and after the listen. We will definitely be getting into the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prodigal Brother

  • Longhorn Series, Book 3
  • By: Dusty Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Two brothers: one a gunfighter trying to escape his past, the other a pioneering cattle rancher. Neither knows the other is alive, both struggle to make their own way against overwhelming odds. Through death, birth, gunfights, hangings, scratching the dirt for wealth with no guarantees, hostile Indians and corrupt bandits, the chances of success are sometimes as elusive as smoke on the wind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Head 'em up, mooooooove 'em out!

  • By AudioAddict on 11-07-14

Compelling continuation of books 1 and 2

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

Still lots of gun-play and hangings, but the listener can see the country becoming more civilized. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Longhorn: The Hondo Kid

  • Longhorn Series, Book 2
  • By: Dusty Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Gene Engene
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

He was 14. The Comanche slaughtered his parents and burned his house to the ground. His only brother never returned from the Civil War. Now the kid from Hondo, Texas, had nothing or no one. What would he do? Where would he go? How would he live? A chance good Samaritan act in the middle of the desert changed the course of his life and gave him a way to survive in the most dangerous way possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly my favorite series

  • By AudioAddict on 11-19-13

Great addition to book 1

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

The saga continues. Even though this book focuses on the younger brother, the story continues to progress with the older brothers life. It's really well written. I strongly suggest you listen to this series in book order. There is so many details you'll miss if you don't.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful