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Serene Night

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  • The Girl from the Docklands Cafe

  • By: June Tate
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Southampton, 1912. Jessie is made from tough stuff. At just 19, after the death of her father, she opted not to follow her mother back to Ireland, preferring instead to take charge of her own destiny. When Jessie marries an Irishman and takes over the running of the cafe she works in, it seems as though all the pieces are coming together. But when destiny and a pushy local businessman have other ideas, everything she has worked for is taken away, bit by bit. Will she find the strength to keep fighting for the life she wants in the face of personal loss, gang bosses and embezzlement?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration exellent, story got old real fast

  • By Serene Night on 11-05-18

Narration exellent, story got old real fast

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I liked the main character, but the romance was terribly predictable and the love interest that bad boy controlling type people seem to like. Not me. I got tired halfway through and barely made it to the end.

  • Hetch

  • Men of S.W.A.T., Book 1
  • By: River Savage
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Saving lives is the end goal. It's a responsibility I live with every day, the reason I wear the badge. Built on a brotherhood that runs deeper than blood, this way of life has become my very existence.... Until Liberty. I thought I was saving her. I never expected her to be the one saving me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combustible ~ Chemistry Off The Charts!

  • By Cheri on 09-07-16

Couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

The main character was too obsessed with the suicide of his father. The narration was good, but I was bored by this plot device which I thought was a bit maudlin. The narration was excellent however.

  • The Dark Farewell

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Spiritualist medium Julian Devereux claims to speak to the dead - and he charges a pretty penny for it. Flynn knows a phoney when he sees one, and he's convinced Devereux is as fake as a cigar store Indian. But the reluctant attraction he feels for the deceptively soft, not-his-type Julian is as real as it gets. Suddenly Julian begins to have authentic, bloodstained visions of a serial killer, and the cynical Mr. Flynn finds himself willing to defend Julian with not only his life, but his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting historical mystery/romance

  • By Rebecca on 06-14-15

didn't care for it

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This was a historical set after the war, when many young men were killed. The hero is a newspaper man, in the closet, and still hurting since the death of his lover paul. He falls for a man who hears voices and is employed as a medium.

I didn't really care for the romance in this one. hero spends most of his time deriding Julian for his job as a medium, and then later, they make Julian too much a damsel in distress. He's a grown man, and Lanyon spends too much time describing his beauty and childlike skin. I got creeped out.

Not my cuppa.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Starving Years: MMM Dystopian Romance

  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world's cupboards, pantries and larders. Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He's a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he's been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JCP hits another home run!

  • By Paula on 08-09-16

Wasn’t into it

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I thought the book started off pretty fun with the main character at a corporation event and the two of the three leads being introduced but I found the headhopping between three men kind of torturous. Plus the main guy trying to score during a wholesale apocalyose was weird and a little unbelievable. If people are being shot and killed the last thing I can see doing is flirting like a teen and trying to score a phone number. It got worse as the characters just seem to sit around taking. It got boring and I just wasn’t convinced these guys had a relationship I was interested in listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Factory Girls

  • The Bomb Girls 3
  • By: Rosie Archer
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

It's1944, after D-day. Doodlebugs are the latest threat to war-battered Southern England. Local crook Samuel Golden is still finding ways to exploit people's hardship for his own gain. Heroine Em, whom we first met in The Munitions Girls, finds herself caught up in one such scheme while having to deal with her daughter's unexpected pregnancy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple POV switch made me lose interest

  • By Serene Night on 12-05-17

Multiple POV switch made me lose interest

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Seems okay initially, but then the story hops around to various characters and I totally lost interest. I prefer reading about only a couple characters, and the head hopping was jarring and pulled me out of the story.

  • Glen & Tyler's Honeymoon Adventure

  • By: JB Sanders
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Tyler can't inherit unless he gets married... and when Glen proposes, hijinks ensue. Follow the guys on their world-spanning adventure as they defeat mobsters, an evil step-mother, a rakish brother-in-law and pirates. No, really - pirates! Plus, there's an underground super-base. And hockey. Come for the romance, stay for the hockey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun romantic comedy

  • By Elizabeth L. on 07-23-15

Didn't enthuse me

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I thought the story was a cute idea, but I felt sort of like too much stuff happened off screen. The guys go from discovering they were gay to getting married and presumably they start sleeping together but none of the early stages of their relationship is depicted.

Its meant to be light-hearted, but it felt like the guys just go from straight to happily married and there is no real... Exploration of what it means to them.

I also felt Tyler's riches were kind of boring. Their is no suspense if your character is richer and wealthier than most humans on the planet.

Overall, this is a light read, but it lacked something that made me stop listening. I think it was the wealthy aspect.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,999

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard Clines. Fun and forgettable

  • By Debra on 10-07-17

Didn't like it

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I like the other clines stories, but i just didn't care about the narrator, the car with the cross-dressing girl, his friends, or his relationship with the local bully.

It just seemed rather boring and I struggled and couldn't finish it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hexmaker

  • Hexworld, Book 2
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police - and Malachi's witch.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but with some annoying mispronunciation

  • By Karen on 02-24-17

Not my cuppa

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

What disappointed you about Hexmaker?

I was disappointed that this book contained s&d relationship. This was a major element of the character's relationship, and it wasn't mentioned in the blurb. Usually that it mentioned for those who aren't interested in that. I'm also not interested in cheating and Owen basically cheats on his fiancée. I don't care if he's gay. It doesn't give him an excuse to cheat. The story is quite similar to the first one as well.

Has Hexmaker turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I will be careful selecting books from this author in the future.

What does Tristan James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think he is a good narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I like the worldbuilding

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • While We're Apart

  • By: Ellie Dean
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The compelling new Second World War novel from Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of Some Lucky Day. It is1942, and England is at war. Mary Jones has just celebrated her eighteenth birthday and said good-bye to her childhood sweetheart, Jack, when she learns her house has taken a direct hit during a tip-and-run raid. With both her parents dead and her home destroyed, a distraught Mary moves in with Jack’s parents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Half a Book

  • By Serene Night on 05-10-17

Half a Book

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is only half a book because there is a cliffhanger. There is too much time spent recapping who everyone is, and too much time spent outside of Clifhaven though. Mary is a bit boring. She comes with a pre-established career path, and boyfriend so there wasn't much suspense.

Would you recommend While We're Apart to your friends? Why or why not?

I think it was a decent book. But some of the backstory I just skimmed. I don't need to be told that Ron is the dapper Irish grandfather who loves poaching and hunting with his ferrets for the umpteenth time.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Penelope Freeman?

I would

Was While We're Apart worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Be warned. Its only the first half of the story. To get the second half you need to pick up the book since Audible doesn't sell book 10 for some reason.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Long Time Until Now

  • By: Michael Z. Williamson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,765

A military unit is thrust back into Paleolithic times with only their guns and portable hardware. Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different Than Expected--But an Excellent Listen !

  • By C. Hartmann on 06-11-15

Interesting premise, however uninteresting charact

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What would have made A Long Time Until Now better?

The characters didn't excite me. There was no real 'main character' and the ones that were in the story seemed rather neurotic and shallow.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Z. Williamson again?

Not willingly

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Holland?

Anyone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Long Time Until Now?

I would've taken out all the freakout neurotic bits. I also didn't need to know characters soil themselves from eating bad food and had to clean themselves off with medicated wipes including their balls. Just TMI

Any additional comments?

I thought the plot was interesting... Just couldn't get past the characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful