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  • Thankless in Death

  • In Death, Book 37
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,544

For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Violence vs. Sentiment

  • By Patricia on 09-20-13

Yummy... like a Thanksgiving Turkey

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

What did you love best about Thankless in Death?

One of my top things I enjoy about the JD Robb series are the connections of family, friends and coworkers. Each book I look forward not only to the murder but to the reunion with the supporting cast. Like most girls, I like gossip and each book is like getting a little bit of gossip on how some of my favorite characters are doing. This book has quite a few connection scenes - more than I'm used to seeing - and I love it all the more for it. Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and food - so why wouldn't this wonderful book that takes place during that time.

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

Yes, I have, and this narration is just as wonderful as each of the JD Robb books before... and looking forward to many more.

Any additional comments?

Much of the murder side of the story is from the perspective of the killer - more so than in any of her other books that I can recall. It was also more graphic than usual. I would say that balances very well with the more than usual emotional scenes within the book. There were a few scenes that were tear jerkers for me as I dearly love these characters.

Overall I would give this book more stars if I could - great writing, great narration. Can't wait for the next one!

  • Fifth Grave Past the Light

  • Charley Davidson, Book 5
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,545

Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charley Davidson is Back!!!!

  • By Hassan on 07-11-13

*HUGE SMILE* Spot on!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

If you could sum up Fifth Grave Past the Light in three words, what would they be?

HOT, HOT, HOT - it didn't say it had to be three different words... LOL

What other book might you compare Fifth Grave Past the Light to and why?

It's hard to compare as I've never really found anyone who writes quite like Darynda Jones. I will say it has some of the comedy and spunk that you can find in many of Molly Harper's books while having some of the long range plot line scope found in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series but this series is so very unique.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Lorelei absolutely rocks this series! I couldn't imagine another reader being able to infuse that perfect sarcastic sense of humor that is Charlie. The timing is spot on and it's almost like a perfectly timed movie that you're listening to instead of a book. The narration truly brings a new dimension to the series that does nothing but make it so much better! I can't speak enough about Lorelei and how well she's narrated this series!!

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

YES - let's just say my gasp and laugh at the end of the book made my husband come from two rooms away to find out what had happened. : )

Any additional comments?

This book really moves the story line along with more information on the plot line arc. I was pleased for this as well as the progression of the love story between Reyes and Charlie. Great book - great series - and I can't wait for the next one!

  • A Dirty Shame

  • J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Liliana Hart
  • Narrated by: Laura Faye Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

J.J. Graves is back in Bloody Mary, but she's a long way from feeling at home. Between her physical scars from being the target of a murderer and the emotional scars left by her parents, she doesn't know who she can trust. But death doesn't stop for anyone. The first murder is grisly. The second even more so. And though things are shaky between them, she and her best friend, Jack, have no choice but to join forces and find the killer. Because the life of someone they love dearly hangs in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific second book in the series!!

  • By K. April Holgate on 03-15-14

Mystery with a dash of romance

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

I like this one better than the first as the characters are truly into their firm groove. Each of the characters act in situations as they should and it makes for some fun times as Doc is just so head strong. I do like the realism that she is recovering from a trauma and her healing process will take time. I like the relationship as she is a character I feel deserves happiness. The only negative is that come the end it felt rushed. Big event and then what felt like a sharp cut off. I felt there could have been more come the end to even out the feel of the story line. And just a warning - there is a cliff hanger. Next book comes out in October and I'm hooked enough that I'll be purchasing it.
A separate note - the reader for me doesn't nail male voices so at times where there is a discussion between two males it's a little hard to identify who is supposed to be speaking. Overall though she's good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dirty Little Secrets

  • A J.J. Graves Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Liliana Hart
  • Narrated by: Laura Faye Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 903

J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work... She's not only in the mortuary business, but she's also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it's up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice. The murders are piling up...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising mystery, but lousy romance

  • By A. Moose on 03-10-15

Like a pilot for a tv series...

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

Reviewed: 07-27-13

This book for me is similar to a pilot for a tv series - the characters and the plot are just getting settled into their roles and there are moments where they don't feel "firm". There are a couple of times where I felt something was off with the characters, but by the second book the author had the flow and characters down pat.
This book is a short one at just over 5 hours. It might come across as a bit rushed for some so I give that warning, but I feel it's a good start to the series and I liked it enough to purchase the second book.
I will say there are no clues as to who the murderer is throughout the story. *cheeky grin* But you do meet him early on in the story. This is something a little different for me as most mysteries I listen to have clues and I can guess them with accuracy pretty early on. So it was a refreshing change.

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  • The Undead in My Bed

  • By: Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,437

In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth it but...

  • By Christina on 03-06-13

More Molly Harper...please

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

Reviewed: 02-11-13

I purchased this for the Molly Harper story more than anything and was not disappointed. A cup of humor, a dash of old friends and a pinch of vampire culture - cooking style. It's a great story I've already relistened to it again. I think it's worth the credit for Molly's story alone.

  • The Pagan Stone

  • Sign of Seven, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rating

  • By K'elle Thor on 03-13-11

The Pagan Stone

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

Reviewed: 12-10-12

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The series was written 1-2-3 but should have been written as a continual story line to it's conclusion. Because of this the transitions from book one to two to three were a bit choppy. For this book in particular the individuality based solution/conclusion was illogical; though an explanation was given in the story for this, it just didn't hold up for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but to tell would be giving a major emotional scene in the book away. I will say that there is a sense of conclusion to an open emotional issue that is resolved and though sad, I'm happy it was resolved.

Any additional comments?

Though the series had some issues for me, I did enjoy it and happy endings always make me smile - so a smile for the happy ending.

  • Blood Brothers

  • Sign of Seven, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176

Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frequent Listener

  • By Rick on 08-09-12

Blood Brothers

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

Reviewed: 12-10-12

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the Quinn - the main female character. She really comes across as one of those people you want to meet in real life. Fun, happy and cheerful. Out of all of the books in this series I like this one the most for it's romance story.

Any additional comments?

The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the ending/transition to the next book in the series and the "event" at the end. I felt it could have been more thought out to be more impactful. Also I feel that this series out of all that I've read of Nora Roberts is the worst when it comes to that transition from book to book. The series was written 1-2-3 but should have been a continual story line to it's conclusion making the transitions from book one to two to three choppy and the individuality based solution illogical (though an explanation was given in the story it just didn't hold up for me).

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  • The Next Always

  • Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,652

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You need to Set your MP3 Playback to FASTER!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 05-04-12

Good Story, but...

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

Reviewed: 11-05-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Always?

Food fight! : )

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I personally had a hard time with the narrator for this story. I enjoyed the story enough to get the books and read them... but the narrator came close to ruining the audio version for me. His male voices are great, but his female voices are horrible to me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were multiple moments in the book that were wonderful and moving. Nora Roberts does a wonderful job of balancing details with the story plot line and emotional flow of the story.

Any additional comments?

This is a great story that I enjoyed. It is classic Nora Roberts, so expect as such.

  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel, Book 1

  • By: Marina Adair
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles the day she discovered her fiancé was already married. The fallout cost her everything - her career, her home, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry. But now she has a second chance with a dream job in the Napa Valley, and a cozy cottage for her and her daughter, whose one Christmas wish is for a forever home. But those hopes are threatened when Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother, tries to drive Regan out of town - even if he can’t seem to drive the luscious beauty from his thoughts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings on this One!

  • By Maria on 12-17-12

The Underdog

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

Reviewed: 10-25-12

If you could sum up Kissing Under the Mistletoe in three words, what would they be?

Underdog, Fighter, Emotional

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the main female character was strong. She's a single mother that has been through hell and she has so much pride and determination. She has her low moments but can really keep her chin up and keep fighting. It's a little heartbreaking to see the amount of pride of determination she has to survive a situaiton that mainly wasn't of her doing.

Any additional comments?

I'll admit to crying during multiple times during this story. I'm emotional and thinking of a single mother going through so much for things that she really didn't do wrong. It was very heartbreaking for me. I felt that she was doing nothing more than trying to do the best for her daughter with a past that just wouldn't go away and it was hard to endure at times. Though there is a happy ending it was hard to get past all the sadness to feel happy with the happy ending. I think if there wasn't SO MUCH of the hard times I could have been more happy, but I give Marina Adair props for creating a really strong female lead that I feel emotional about and definately was rooting for her till the end.

Aside from the story it took me a bit to get used to the narrator. I didn't favor her normal reading voice, but did enjoy her character voices.

  • When Snow Falls

  • Whiskey Creek, Book 2
  • By: Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted (SPOILER ALERT!!)

  • By Francesca R. on 02-08-15

When Snow Falls

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

Reviewed: 10-24-12

First I want to say that I beleive all romantic novels should have a happy ending. Yes, the main characters do get a happy ending, but not so for quite a few of the supporting cast. Maybe this is for future stories and maybe not. In any case it left me feeling a little incomplete come the end of the story. I do feel that the first half of the book dragged on a bit. And for being chacters in their 30s it felt like a lot of teenage angst! I rolled my eyes a few times at this as there are scenes where I just wanted to yell "Make up your mind!" Maybe the main character just wasn't strong enough for me. For someone who went through a hell of a childhood and is doing a good job of surviving and striving in many ways, the main character is weak in so many other ways. The narrator did a pretty good job on voices, but her flow was really slow... making a book I already felt was dragging go even slower. I feel this book could be condensed to make a better book, but overall it wasn't bad.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful