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  • Thrust Under

  • By: Michelle A. Valentine, Emily Snow
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Gabriel Carter is the biggest, cockiest asshole I've ever met. He's a six-foot-three ex-baseball player with sexy muscles and smoldering looks that turn my body into a traitorous mess. Did I mention he's also the reason business at my family's hotel is quickly going down the drain? I shouldn't want him, but try explaining that to my body. Especially after he proposes a business deal to me that will be mutually rewarding - both financially and sexually. Sleep with the enemy? Nah, I'll just marry the bastard instead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted pleasure!

  • By Darcy on 06-20-18

I didn't like this as much as I thought I would

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I have to admit, I liked this book more than I thought I would. I almost didn't continue with it after the first run-in between the h/h. The plot was plausible enough, I guess, but the characters seemed very immature, and not smart enough to be handling anything, much less a major resort hotel.

They grew on me a bit, later in the story, though.

So, even though the language and sexual content was a bit much for my tastes, I think this story would particularly appeal to YA or 20-30 age range.

I listened to the audio version, with narrator Meghan Kelly, and she did a very good job bringing the characters to life. She is one of few female narrators I have listened to who does a good job with male voices, as well as female.

  • Alan Turing

  • Unlocking The Enigma
  • By: David Boyle
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Alan Mathison Turing. Mathematician, philosopher, codebreaker, a founder of computer science, and the father of Artificial Intelligence, Turing was one of the most original thinkers of the last century - and the man whose work helped create the computer-driven world we now inhabit. But he was also an enigmatic figure, deeply reticent yet also strikingly naive. Turing's openness about his homosexuality at a time when it was an imprisonable offense ultimately led to his untimely death at the age of only 41.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • short well told story of Alan Turing

  • By AJ on 01-30-15

Fascinating look at a fascinating man

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I’d been hearing Turing’s name a lot since the release of the movie, The Imitation Game, but I really didn’t know much about him. That changed after reading this book. Though it is not very long, it is a wonderfully in depth look at a fascinating man. Very well-written and presented.
I listened to the audio version and the narrator, Barnaby Edwards, did such a fantastic job. He made it even more interesting. If you are a history buff, particularly regarding the history and early development of computers, I think you will enjoy this book.

  • On Equal Ground

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands on its own

  • By Allexia Martin on 07-12-18

Enjoyable, but a bit overdone for me

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This story was a bit too much of a vagary for me. It seemed really long and drawn out. There wasn't much conflict to the story. Everyone was very nice and everything was wonderful. Mr. Darcy as a minor character just didn't work for me.

I enjoyed all the characters, and the story as a whole, but I think it was a bit overdone.

I listened to the audio version, and the narrator, Stevie Zimmerman, did a wonderful job with all the characters, as usual.

  • Dan Alexander, Pitcher

  • Bottom of the Ninth, Book 1
  • By: Jean Joachim
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Fed up with cheating women, Dan Alexander, star pitcher for the New York Nighthawks, grew restless. Searching for something more than a bar babe, he zeroed in on a girl in the stands. He never expected to see a beautiful chick pushing frankfurters. But the hot dog girl looked as smokin' as the food she was selling. Holly Merrill found a place to hide in plain sight, as a vendor at Nighthawks' stadium. Keeping her secret safe and simply happy to stay alive, she never considered finding love an option.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED it!

  • By J. Micklich on 03-28-17

Would have liked a little more depth to the story

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I want to start off be stating that I am not a sports person at all, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book. I was a little put off by all the guy, locker room type talk, and many of the characters, especially the males, were a bit stereo-typical. However, the story is good, well-written, and moves along at a good pace.

I wish the author would have gone a little more in depth regarding why the heroine was in hiding and the emotional impact of that.

The relationships between all the characters seemed very real and natural, with good dialogue. I liked the flirty but cautious tone of the book and the relationship between the hero/heroine.

I listened to the audio version of the book, and I feel I may have liked it a bit more if I’d been reading it myself. The narrator’s sports announcer voice was interesting at first but began to wear on me after a while.

  • We Journey No More

  • A Time Travel Adventure
  • By: Sahara Foley
  • Narrated by: Lynn Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

When runaway teenagers Don and Janet pull off the mountainside road just outside of Albuquerque for a few hours' rest, they don't expect to wake up 1000 years in the future, in a world they can't recognize. There, Earth is a desert planet where nomadic tribes are little more than slaves to the Ganu, the powerful and dominant ruling tribe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent time travel story!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 04-05-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I love time travel stories, and I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it was far less than I was hoping for. The two main characters are sound and act more like pre-teens than older (almost adult) teens. I didn’t feel any connection to them at all. The dialogue felt stilted and spoken not at all how real people speak. I really disliked the parents of the teens, but I guess that was the point.

What I did like about the book were the tribal characters they end up meeting and defending. They were more lively and more lovable than Don and Janet.
I really loved the humor in the story more than anything else, especially how Don was so highly revered, him being from “The Kansas” and all. That was really the best thing about this story.

I listened to the audio version, and the narration was horrible, with constant emphasis on the wrong words that drove me nuts. I may have liked the story a wee bit better if I had read the printed version.

  • Letters to the Lost

  • By: Brigid Kemmerer
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kirby Heybourne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 139

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope. Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book

  • By Amanda on 05-08-17

Emotional, thoughtful, beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is one of the best YA novels I have read in a long time. It touches on so many emotional subjects – abuse, death, alcoholism – as well as the general issues of acceptance, labeling, etc. that comes with being a teenager and trying to manage the social and political structure of high school.

I loved all four of the main characters. They each came from different familial structures and suffered the effects of losing a parent/sibling, abuse, divorce, step-parents, etc. It’s a very emotional and dramatic story. There is a lot going on, especially with the two main characters, Juliet and Declan.

On top of all the loss and grief they are experiencing, there is much judging/condemning/ostracizing going on, both at home at school. But through all the struggles, there are true friendship bonds, both long-standing and newly formed, and familial ties are (eventually) strengthened as well.

A very gripping and moving story. I had a hard time putting it down. Can’t wait to read book #2.

I listened to the audio version and narrators, Brittany Pressley and Kirby Heybourne did such a wonderful job. They narrated with drama and emphasis that really brought the story to life and made the characters very real for me.

  • This Treacherous Journey

  • Heart of the Mountains, Book 1
  • By: Misty M. Beller
  • Narrated by: Leonor A. Woodworth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40

Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet clean delightful romance

  • By Cyn on 07-11-18

Heart-wrenching, endearing story

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

The characters in this story are very well-developed. They undergo a lot of tragedy and dangerous circumstances, but their faith carries them through. They are at times very dependent on each other for their survival. Enduring treacherous times brings them closer together.

There is a lot happening in this story. It is fast-paced, but unfolds at a good pace as the characters get to know one another. I really like the author's storytelling and will enjoy reading more of her stories.

Tha narration was good, as well, and added to the overall story.

  • Obsession of the Heart

  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Set against an international backdrop of jet setters, music, romance, murder, terrorism, and true friendship is Davina Walters, an international singer. Davina meets Jean, a young woman almost paralyzed with fear, as her sadistic ex-husband is bent on killing her. On the spur of the moment, Davina decides to take her along on tour, and the murderer plans his ultimate revenge in a deadly showdown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Obsession of the heart

  • By Zoe on 03-04-18

Action-packed intrigue

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

This is a far-reaching novel which takes the reader on quite a ride, visiting several different countries. The reader becomes immersed in the cultures of these countries and the story develops. There is non-stop action, much emotion. I actually found all the action a bit overwhelming, but if that is something you like, then I recommend this book.

I listened to the audio version which is narrated b the author. She does a fine job with all the characters, but I was particularly impressed with how she managed all the different male characters.

This is the second book in a series, but they can all be read independently of one another.

  • Water Ghosts

  • By: Linda Collison
  • Narrated by: Aaron Landon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Fifteen-year-old James McCafferty is an unwilling sailor aboard a traditional Chinese junk operated as adventure therapy for troubled teens. Once at sea, James believes the ship is being taken over by the spirits of courtiers who fled the Imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty more than 600 years earlier and sailing to its doom. A psychological nautical adventure with strong historical and paranormal elements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water Ghost

  • By MANI on 11-14-17

Adventurous, captivating tale.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I am finding that I really enjoy Linda Collison's style of writing. Her stories are dramatic and engaging, her characters are always well-developed and interesting. Though I didn't enjoy this story as much as Collison's Looking for Redfeather, it is a captivating tale.

The author's descriptions are so well-written, it was easy to imagine everything that was happening in the story. It moves along at a good pace. I enjoyed the interactions between all of the very different characters.

Looking forward to reading more by this author. I listened to the audio version, and I thought the narrator, Aaron Landon, did a fantastic job with all the characters.

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  • Black Soul

  • The Forbidden Series, Book 1
  • By: Odessa Gillespie Black
  • Narrated by: Terri England, Erik Johnson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The souleaters will stop at nothing, even death, to uphold divine law. When duty brings Noah Kavanaugh into Nurse Caroline's path, he is unprepared for the intense desire igniting between them. Rejecting the impulse to take Caroline as his mate becomes unbearable. The limits of his own self-control are tested. So is his loyalty to the law he upholds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Balanced and descriptive!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-18-18

I thought it was a bit much

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

There are many things I liked about this story. It is the classic story of the battle between good and evil. Though it is a well-written story, there is a lot going on as the story develops. At times, I had a bit of trouble following the story.

I particularly liked the relationship between the brothers. The relationship between the hero/heroine, though, I never really felt an emotional connection to them. Though the plot is a good one, it felt like it got a little out of hand, too complicated and with too much going on, to stay focused on the main point of the story. I ended up losing interest in the final outcome.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful