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  • The Freedom Broker

  • A Thea Paris Novel
  • By: K.J. Howe
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Twenty years ago, a terrified young boy was abducted in the middle of the night by masked intruders while his sister watched, paralyzed with fear. Returned after a harrowing nine months with his captors, Thea's brother has never been the same. This life-shattering experience drove Thea to become what she is today: a world-class freedom broker. Most hostage-recovery work is done at the negotiation table, but when diplomacy fails, Thea leads Quantum Security International's black-ops team on highly sensitive rescue missions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A surprise! Never a dull moment!

  • By Richard W. Fischer on 05-01-17

Kick-Ass Female Lead, You want watching your six.

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

This is not my usual genre. I'm more of the erotic/romance, kick-ass women type of reader. I can't stand the damsel in distress who can't think for herself or pick-up a gun and save herself and others. In the romance genre there are too many of those type of women (girls in my opinion) that I avoid. I prefer Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb's In Death series. I say all that to say that Thea Paris is a kick-ass woman who loves but doesn't get paralyzed by it. She loves her family, father and brother, but as all humans are blind to their faults and they are considerable.

This is K.J. Howe's first novel and it held my attention to the very end. It's a thriller, suspenseful, who the hell is pulling the strings novel. It has romantic tension but the focus is on the story. A young, spoiled rich kid who is kidnapped and is changed forever. That sets off a whole series of events that come full-circle at the end. Even though the book is based largely in Africa and it's political and economic livelihood is important to the story at-large it doesn't get so bogged down with that information that the reader can still follow along and see how the political scheming is also moving the plot forward.

Thea Paris is an expert kidnap negotiator who has spent her life trying to make-up for her inaction as a child that facilitated her brother, Nikos, kidnapping when he was 12. That defining moment in their lives changed their family. Her brother Nikos has spent his life after his 9-month ordeal also trying to make-up for his inability to free himself but in an entirely different way. Their father Christos Paris is a hard-living oil magnate who has spent his life since that night trying to put a positive spin on his entire family without regard to his family.

This book is about betrayal, things not being what they appear to be and love blinding you to what's right in front of your face. The outcome was unpredictable and I love that. If you can figure out the ending half-way through a book then it’s not worth it. I'm already listening to the follow-up Skyjack. I can't quite remember how I got this book, Amazon might have been spotlighting it or the narrator, Therese Plummer, whom I love, lead me to it when I was looking through her list of books she has narrated. Either way I'm glad I stumbled upon K.J. Howe and I've already added her to my list of author's to watch and put on my automatic purchase list.

One last thought on The Freedom Broker, Aries will return. Because "Death is just the beginning."

  • International Player

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Shane East
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015

Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury. Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down. And she might just be the first woman with whom I ever fall in love. When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world - taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out. The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start — Excellent Story

  • By janatallow on 01-26-19

Good story and narration but drawn out

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

The narration and story was good but I just wanted to slap the heroine. She dragged the story down with her long internal monologue about how Noah wouldn’t go for someone like her when he clearly did at the wedding. She listened to her own negativity instead of having a conversation with Noah.

Her sister Abigail was a pain and Rob needed to grow a set. It was a nice story but not the best Louise Bay.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,176

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved

  • By Thai on 02-06-19

Bravo 👏🏾 👏🏾👏🏾

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Short and sweet. This reminded me of the Big Rock series with it’s laugh out loud scenes. Zack and Andi were fantastic as usual. Wish my grandma had been this meddlesome and clever.😂

  • Dark Domination

  • Bought by the Billionaire, Book 1
  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
  • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Marine turned billionaire arms dealer Jackson Hawke has one goal - to have the woman who ruined his life at his mercy. He'll see her on her knees, even if he has to pay for the privilege. Six years ago, Hannah buried her twin sister. Now, with her family in jeopardy, Hannah must sell herself to a wealthy stranger in order to save their home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to this short series

  • By Cyndi on 09-15-16

Pathetic

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Hannah is pathetic. Plenty of time to stop everything and never did. Good premise poor execution.

  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook. EVER!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 01-14-19

The Narrators, Bravo

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

The story was good but the narrators were awesome. I especially liked the bonus feature with them giving us backstage, if you will, insight to their process. That was amazing. I would listen to their outtakes for hours.

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  • Wicked Fall

  • The Wicked Horse Series, Book 1
  • By: Sawyer Bennett
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh, Lee Samuels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132

Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside, and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true. He's covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multimillionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher. Those who think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family's cattle and oil empire. Only a few know of his secret, exclusive sex club, The Wicked Horse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical sex club book

  • By NEW NAME on 10-14-16

Stay in Vegas

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

The story was ok until chapter 21 and she morphed into a 15 year old and is worried about what her daddy thinks. She is 28 years old living in her daddy’s house and worried about his campaign. Not sure why Wolff feel for this teenage brat. Once that happened I was done.

Once your in you’re in your 30’s or close to it why the fuck are you living for you’re parents wishes.

  • Kian

  • Undercover Billionaire, Book 1
  • By: Melody Anne
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

There was a time when surgeon Kian Forbes would have surrendered every cent of his vast family fortune if it could make Roxie Gilbert happy. That was before she skipped town, broke his heart, and sent him spinning through a string of forgettable one-night stands. He never even knew he'd fathered a child - with Roxie's sister, no less. But in the wake of tragedy, little Lily needs a home. And Kian wants his daughter. But Roxie's not giving in or giving up without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bad narrator

  • By janet on 12-05-18

Horrible Narrator and Story

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

Rocky, the female lead, is selfish from beginning to end for no reason. Lily her niece is never her first thought only an afterthought. Kian tries and I don’t see why.

The narrator uses the same voice whether male or female. Sometimes that can work but it doesn’t this time. Listening to this made me decide not to get the rest of the series. Thank goodness it was free.

  • Be My Reason

  • By: Samantha Christy
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Brooklyn wanted two things: her own bakery and Nate Riley. Opening her own business was the easy part. Trying to forget about Nate when he disappeared was the hard part. Now, years later, she's running her bakery while engaged to the ideal man. Then the unimaginable happens. She is left shattered once more and vows to never love again. An unexpected meeting with Nate has him back in her life, wanting a second chance. He'll do anything to win her back. But Nate must confront his demons before he sends Brooklyn's life into another tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Shauna on 09-14-18

Not Worth the Credit

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I have a low tolerance for ridiculous adolescent angst and this book is filled with it. Brooklyn is mooning and hurt over a guy, Nate, that she had a crush on in high school. Now mind you she had a crush from a far and never actually went out with Nate. She accidentally ended up with him one night and found out that he liked her too. They spent their one night together talking and became each others first. It was a beginning and might have turned into something more but tragedy struck Nate's family and his dad pulled his family out of town literally overnight. Eventually, everyone in town heard the rumors about his family and what happened but instead of Brooklyn being sympathetic towards the drama and pain his family was going through she was pissed he never got in touch with her. I mean she was the ultimate self-centered teenager who had no capacity of concern for how Nate's life fell apart. Years later she's still mad at him and hasn't grown-up beyond that. Her fiancee unfortunately, who was a really good guy, got the short end of this story. I'm sorry but this was just ridiculous. Talk to one another and all of this crap wouldn't have went down the way it did. This was teenage nonsense, even though they became adults, and not worth the credit. Erin Mallon is a good narrator but she needs a male counterpart because her breathy, whiny voice grates on you if its for the entire book without a break.

  • Finding Alexei

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

He’s bossy, moody, and overprotective. He’s also a pro athlete who needs to focus on winning games and staying out of the headlines. I’m fiercely independent and need a man like I need a second period each month. So when our worlds collide, I never expected him to be the one to jump in and save me. Especially not when my roommate disappears, leaving me with her baby. I’m clueless about babies - and it shows. Good thing Alexei isn’t.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen but waaaay shorter than listed time

  • By Jill D on 12-30-18

No Drama, Just Love

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This was sweet and hot. Two people who needed each other and found one another. Other peoples drama got in the way a little bit but it made them stronger. Alexei is a sweetheart and a stud. Ryleigh was a tough girl trying to keep it all together with no support. Every move forward she made it ended up putting her 10 steps back and no where to land until she met Alexei. She was just tired and shocked this prince just wanted to help her and Ella.

No games, no ulterior motives. Alexei, Ryleigh and Ella just needed each other and their HEA was needed and well deserved. Jason Clarke and Erin Mallon did a great job narrating and bringing the characters to life.

  • The Best of Us

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her Aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-31-19

Love is all around us

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

I love Sullivan's Crossing almost as much as Virgin River and Thunder Point. Although I must admit I am anxiously waiting for another installment to both Virgin River and Thunder Point.

This addition to Sullivan's Crossing will have you grabbing your tissues. I won't give any spoilers but the whole situation with Mya just made me cry for her and Finn. Young love tested on the ultimate scale of live and death, heart wrenching.

Now, Dr. Leigh Culver and Rob Shandon, Dakota's brother in-law because he's married to Rob's sister Sidney. Dr. Culver is new to Sullivan's Crossing and already in good standing with Sully. Her and Rob's love story is fast, a bit labored because of past hurts on her part, but worth the wait for their HEA. But I have to know what is up with the women medical professionals in Carr's universe being clueless about birth control? I mean they assure the men they are with they are protected from pregnancy but they either forget to take the pill, forget how long their IUD has been in or how long its been since they've had their shot and boom they end up pregnant and then have a bit of an attitude about it like its someone else's fault. If the shoe were on the other foot I think they would be seriously pissed but the men seem to take it in stride and are already in love and good men who willing step-up, good for them but this make the women seem a little suspect. IMHO.

The third and surprising love story is between Sully and Helen, Leigh's aunt/mom. Two people who seemed very different but fit together perfectly. Helen is a writer, traveler has friends everywhere and is sick of snowy Chicago winters. Sully as we know is all about Sullivan's Crossing, he is the heart of Sullivan's Crossing. He was anxious to meet Helen because of everything Leigh told him about her and when they met he was smitten. It was so wonderful to read their story and her the shock of Leigh and Maggie that their parents were more than friends. LOL!

I enjoyed this book and wish I hadn't read it because now its over and I can only hope there will be another. I'm glad I read it because I wanted to know the next chapter in this saga. Robyn knows how to tell a story and weave prior characters in and out of a new story. She built an entire family with daughter, son in-laws, their children and the new children. Sully has so many grandchildren now. This was a joy and Therese Plummer did a magnificent job of voicing the characters and making them distinct that you never get lost of who is saying what in the conversation. That is a true narration talent.