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  • Swordfish

  • By: Andrea Bramhall
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Cassandra "Cassie" Finsbury has spent almost 25 years running for her life, hiding from everyone who knew her, and hoping it was enough to keep her daughter safe. When she learns that she no longer has to run, she is determined to find Daniela again and hires private investigator Bailey Davenport, a retired FBI agent, who is more than up to the task. Bailey finds nothing more irresistible than a mystery and a challenge, and in Cassie she finds both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romance with a Brain

  • By Ann Townsend on 04-06-15

Ho Hum Overall

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I was able to finish this book - so it wasn't horrible but it wasn't good either. The Narrator's pronunciation of "Baby" grated on my nerves. It is supposed to be a term of endearment but she made it sound like an accusation.

  • Rock Chick Rescue

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • NOT ASHLEY'S BEST

  • By BluBumbleB on 11-26-15

Same exact book as the first

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I enjoyed the first Rock Chick book, and in all fairness I enjoyed this one too but I won't be able to listen to this exact same story a third time. We get that all the guys are hot and all the women beautiful and that the hot guys will dig the beautiful woman out of danger - Ho hum

  • Murder 1040

  • The Final Audit
  • By: Fred Lichtenberg
  • Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

On the last day of his job, retiring IRS manager Frank Amato receives a shocking letter from a stranger delving into his past - one filled with sociopaths, murders, and terror Amato had fought to forget. After arriving home, he clutches the letter in his trembling hand as he digs out the manuscript he wrote years ago - the one he never published. Only he knows why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Bubbles Galore

  • By Espanolish on 04-30-17

I must have missed something

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

Any additional comments?

I did not enjoy this book at all. It is very rare that I give up on a book but I gave up somewhere in the middle of this book. I found it boring and so difficult to follow. I will be returning it.

  • No Coming Back

  • By: Keith Houghton
  • Narrated by: Scott Merriman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,936

Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn't been home since. Now he's coming back to find her killer. When a body is discovered at the frozen Hangman Falls, Jake is beset by a snowstorm of anger and revenge. Hounded by grudges and feared by the townsfolk, Jake is determined to uncover the truth behind his girlfriend's disappearance. But he still has enemies in town and they have other plans for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally twisted tale!

  • By shelley on 12-02-15

Predictable?

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

If you could sum up No Coming Back in three words, what would they be?

I was SURE I knew the main answer within an hour of listening....and I DID but...

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot did NOT keep me on the edge of my seat initially but the last few chapters sure did in spades!

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this listen. I don't often give audio books 5 stars but this one TOTALLY sucked me in at the end. Just like the plot twists of some of my favorite movies (like 6th Sense...Saw, etc). I LOVE original ideas. (if this wasn't original. please suggest others)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1

  • By: L. L. Raand
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

What do you do when you wake up to a whole new life…with dangerous urges you can't control? Medic Drake McKennan has never been good at following protocol, so she doesn't think twice about rendering emergency care when a teenager's life is at stake - even if the young girl is in the throes of Were fever and any sane human should know better. It isn't the bright shining pain of the bite or even the wrenching agonies of the fever that convinces Drake everything in her life has changed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • YOWZA! THIS IS QUITE THE STEAMY TALE!

  • By BluBumbleB on 12-01-15

Porn - and bad porn at that

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Focus more on the story and less on the sexual encounters. I like a good sex scene as much as the next person but this was just porn for porn's sake. There was no build up to any of the scenes.

Has The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

What three words best describe Maxine Mitchell’s performance?

she was fine

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1?

I would cut ALL the sex scenes, rewrite a few and sprinkle them in as opposed to drowning the story with them.

Any additional comments?

I am returning this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Games

  • By: Jeff Menapace
  • Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 857

The Lambert Family is heading to Crescent Lake, a rural cabin community in western Pennsylvania, for an idyllic weekend getaway. Some fishing, some barbecue, some games...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An addicting novel and narration!

  • By Sheryl Hughes on 06-04-17

Not impressed.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I LOVE horror and I also LOVE thrillers. I just found the goings on in this book too implausible to be believable. It had it's suspenseful moments but most of the time I would groan inwardly at the outcome of each interaction.

What about Gary Tiedemann’s performance did you like?

The performance was what made me give an overall 3.

Was Bad Games worth the listening time?

Nope

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jungle

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981

The Jungle is the story of Jurgis Rudkus, a Slavic immigrant who marries frail Ona Lukoszaite and seeks security and happiness as a workman in the Chicago stockyards. Once there, he is abused by foremen, his meager savings are filched by real estate sharks, and at every turn he is plagued by the misfortunes arising from poverty, poor working conditions, and disease. Finally, in accordance with Sinclair’s own creed, Rudkus turns to socialism as a way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real. Revolutionary. Powerful.

  • By Holly on 09-17-15

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

Any additional comments?

I was forced to read this book in High School and I hated it. Listening to it 30 years later made me realize exactly why I hated it then and LOVE it now. I was too young to "get it" then and also too young to care. The story is classic, the narrator wonderful, the ending?... meh.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,829
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,107

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Unexpected ending

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

Where does The Good Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

90th percentile

Who was your favorite character and why?

The "Good" girl because...um, yeah.... I will let other listeners decide.

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

n/a

Any additional comments?

I enjoy books with several narrators. This book managed them well. Although the ending was anticlimactic in it's lack of emotion. I was totally unsuspecting. Overall, I really enjoyed this listen.

  • American Psycho

  • By: Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,365

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanntastic book but maybe not for everyone....

  • By So Fain on 03-27-11

Meh

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

What disappointed you about American Psycho?

It was too long. At first the characters description of every detail of what everyone was wearing was amusing but it got old fast. 1/3 of the way through I rented the movie and called it a day.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Folly

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enriched

  • By Amy Dinaburg on 02-07-09

Narrator to avoid

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

What made the experience of listening to Folly the most enjoyable?

The plot was slow to unfold and the book a tad longer than it should have been but I did enjoy the listen.

What aspect of Frank Muller’s performance would you have changed?

The only thing that stopped me from giving this book a full 4 stars was the narrator, Frank Muller. His narration was delivered in such an affected manner it was ridiculous and almost unreadable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful