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  • Watching You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England. It’s the sort of place where doctors and lawyers and old-money academics live. It’s not the sort of place where people get stabbed in the back 30 times with a kitchen knife in their own homes. Someone must have seen something. Newlywed Joey Mullen, for example, recently returned from four years of working in Ibiza. She and her husband, Alfie, are eager to find a place of their own in her hometown. But Joey finds herself distracted by the man next door, Tom Fitzwilliam.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How much am I really getting?!

  • By Sarah Dinger on 01-27-19

Jewell Packs Meaningful Message in this Woven Gem

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Jewell weaves a multivalent tale together that carries urgent themes. Themes of community, family, teens finding themselves, adults coming of age, gender roles & issues, and prevalent issues found in schools today such as teasing and bullying. Most importantly the lasting adverse effects of bullying, and when caught its consequences. Great suspenseful read!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

  • A Novel
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

Though Polly is busy keeping up with the demands of the season, she still makes time for her beekeeper boyfriend, Huckle. She's especially happy to be celebrating the holiday this year with him and can't wait to cuddle up in front of the fireplace with a cup of eggnog on Christmas Eve. But holiday bliss soon gives way to panic when a storm cuts the village off from the mainland. Now it will take all of the villagers to work together in order to ensure everyone has a happy holiday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Gammy on 11-17-17

Touching story filled with friendship and Community

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This is the second novel that I read and listened to by Jenny Colgan, and it's a perfect Audible to listen to while buzzing around baking delectable treats for the family, this holiday season! While in the warmth and comfort of your own kitchen, you can listen to the merriment and see the hustle and bustle of Christmas on Beach Street, and feel the warmth of what's baking in Polly's ovens. Colgan has gifted us with a story with all the heart of The Gifts of the Magi, and she has set her tale of friendship beyond a small apartment, in the alluring and magical setting of one expansive Sea and a very tall lighthouse! If you like homespun Christmas told like Macomber, but in a very English town, this story will keep you listening all the way through its twists and turns (and at one point the suspense between best friends is heightened and all hunger forgotten! ), until it rounds out nicely through its last surprises. Afterwards, Colgan defines how to make hot chocolate with a brick of Chocolate! It's INCREDIBLE and you have to "experience" this novel with all the trimmings Colgan envisioned for you!

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,070

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Interesting + Scholarly Study- A Valuable Investigation!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

Audible's remarkable undertaking; an in-depth investigation into the food which Samuel Clemens desired (they've interviewed scholars who located Clemens' journal list of 80+ food items) for his many hosted parties (held at his wife's family's rolling Estate in Connnecticut) reveals astounding interesting *new information. Ultimately this study about the food reveals remarkable *CULTURAL information about *America* in the 1800's! Audible hired one of the Top Chefs from the cable series, to prepare 6-8 selected dishes which were representative of the meals prepared for Twain's FEASTS, and held this delightful meal at Clemens' wife's family's Connecticut Estate!

Samuel Clemens surely took a *radical approach to the topics which he underscores in the well known literature of Huckleberry Finn. This discussion topic and others are revealed in chapters 5-7 of Twain's Feast!

It's well worth listening to the revelations this remarkable FEAST reveals. In fact, the follow up to this is a viable book topic! Perhaps Nick Offerman could plan to write a companion book, or one of the producers who went on a raccoon hunt because Clemens had a dish involving raccoons on his Feast list! All good stuff! You too can get this historic, fascinating listen!

  • Long Road to Mercy

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Catch a tiger by its toe. It's seared into Atlee Pine's memory: the kidnapper's chilling rhyme as he chose between six-year-old Atlee and her twin sister, Mercy. Mercy was taken. Atlee was spared. She never saw Mercy again. Three decades after that terrifying night, Atlee Pine works for the FBI. She's the lone agent assigned to the Shattered Rock, Arizona, resident agency protecting the Grand Canyon. So when one of the Grand Canyon's mules is found stabbed to death at the bottom of the canyon - and its rider missing - Pine is called in to investigate.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-19

Atlee Pine, Special Investigator, is Invincible!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Baldacci has created an imaginative thriller in all its aspects, especially the characters! Atlee Pine or should I say "Atlas" because she bears a heavy "emotional" load on her shoulders throughout this thrilling adventure. Where does the main event unfold? Right here at home in the American Southwest; I love that Baldacci kept the framed story right here in the good 'ole USA. Literature mirrors life. The complex problem Atlee deftly handles as Special Investigator for the FBI (though sometimes at key moments she acts on her own), but for the "Greater Good". The brilliant main scenario Baldacci illuminates involving Atlee stirs up the bigger questions, and her role in all of this, in the final outcome, brings to light the Irony of the situation. Her situation seems to be what our situation could someday be! Yes, this is an enjoyable read with a new superstar lead female protagonist and without spoiling the message Baldacci intended (and this is typical of Memory Man and the Fallen), get comfy and hold onto your seat! You're in for a worthwhile epic adventure and in the end, what Baldacci imagines seems real! Given our current issues, Baldacci spins a tale that could be bringing a New light on just how far potential corruption can reach. I can't wait to see what happened to Mercy, and if Baldacci is planning a sequel, for us to know the story of Atlee's long lost sister!

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Anything You Can Do

  • By: R.S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Roelle, Joshua Kumler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy. It's been a decade since I've seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we're both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I've changed since high school - and from the looks of it, so has he. The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying and Unconvincing

  • By Melissa on 10-16-17

R.S. Grey's Lovers' Banter makes this tale seem like a Shakespearean Romantic Comedy!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Grey's novel is delightful. I highly recommend reading this if you like curling up inside with a good book, now that the accumulated clouds and cold fronts are moving in on us...outside. Well Grey's lovers you'll quickly find are on the "outside" of the small town gossip, which is mainly about them. It's always about them because they are polar opposites, and this in scene after scene results in very funny outcomes, which keeps readers + listeners always entertained! The narrators are exquisite in reflecting the lover's quirky, yet sensitive personalities and this all makes for one of the most entertaining Audibles that I have read (RS Grey-avail. Kindle Unlimited) + listened to (and I'm a well read member-Advanced Listening STATS achieved). The lover's banter is Shakespearean, think "Much Ado About Nothing", and also the characterization set up in some of my FAVS of Sandra Brown's audibles. Happy listening!

  • Chasing Fire

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,124

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story + Great Narrator

  • By RL Green on 08-19-12

Terrific romantic tale beneath the flames!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Nora Roberts creates a wonderful, suspenseful story involving a courageous female and a quirky set of characters!

Fighting fires is a daunting story in itself, and Roberts creates a romantic story surrounding a female loner named Roman inside the framed story. She ultimately holds reader's interests for this sometimes emotional and certainly suspenseful narrative!

  • Holy Ghost

  • A Virgil Flowers Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886

Pinion, Minnesota: a metropolis of all of 700 souls. Nothing ever happened there - until the mayor of sorts (campaign slogan: "I'll Do What I Can") and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They'd heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They'd all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that's only the beginning of their troubles - and Virgil Flowers'....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • F*****G Flowers and Frozen Pot Pies!!!!

  • By shelley on 10-10-18

Sandford's Virgil Flowers broadens his character!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

John Sandford is masterful in creating a cast of interesting, like-able characters, especially his leading man Virgil Flowers! Sandford has created an interesting series of events to grab readers' initial attention in the small town setting of his novel.
So Sandford hooks you from the very beginning with an improbable event: several sightings in the Town's Church of the Virgin Mary or Blessed Mother of Jesus. He then mixes in murder to go along with these significant sightings of Mary. It's worth mentioning here that Sandford has a great sense of humor in his novels, and in this highly intriguing novel, which might even be his best novel so far! I am confident that readers may agree with me on this!
Why is it the best, and why is Virgil Flowers also at his best?
Simply put, Virgil's investigative skills I believe have expanded, he has largely grown since the last novel. Flowers still has the down-to-Earth charisma we would expect him to have, but he also has really begun to work with the other "teams" I would like to call it, especially one of the teams, which is comprised of a high schooler, the town's Mayor, and a cashier! To me, Sandford has crafted a mystery surrounding these killings and then what's new is he interacts with the common folk in trying to solve the crimes. Flowers has many discussions with that team, and the team he creates of law enforcement, the sheriff and deputies and so on.
What's NOT new is this: Sandford keeps you glued to this novel until the very end, the final chapters, which are very intense. What's noteworthy also? In the resolution of the novel, Sandford really surprises readers with a huge twist, and it's seriocomic in its nature! So stick with this wonderful, and to me, certainly the BEST Virgil Flowers investigation, ever! I can;t wait until Sandford's next novel because I think he's expanding Flower's strategies and skills, and highly identifiable mindset or philosophies. At times. the prose was poetic, when Virgil is at the heights of his chases, he looked up at the starlight in the night sky and remarked about it. This provided a kind of heightened suspense, and I enjoyed that device Sandford uses in his masterful and careful prose!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alaskan Holiday

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Laurel Rankin, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community - including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith. Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this is a book full of character personality!

  • By Sharon Bedford on 10-06-18

Top-notch Tale that whets your Appetite + warms your heart !

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Debbie Macomber, author of the renowned series Cedar Cove, has whipped up a batch that is warming, yet with a spicey treat here and there, in this yet another of her homespun and tastey tales. The plot thickens as readers keep guessing what Macomber has stirred up between Josie + Palmer. Macomber is masterful at adding a pinch of magic between these 2, keeping readers in delightful and delicious suspense! She has devised twists and turns along the way, keeping readers on their toes, and their listening ears peaked, on this lovely Alaskan holiday!

  • A Simple Favor

  • A Novel
  • By: Darcey Bell
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Xe Sands, Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,728
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,289
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,280

It starts with a simple favor - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son, Nicky, after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • yuck

  • By Tabitha on 05-05-18

Twists & Turns

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Through a series of blog entries Stephanie relates the background story of her life, as well as the plot;
A plot that has some surprising twists! Readers stick with it, you're in for an original and creative psychological mystery!

  • Frozen Stiff

  • A Chase Adams FBI Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Logan
  • Narrated by: Lainie Pahos
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

The two corpses are mutilated. Naked. Frozen solid. It’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. With no evidence, no leads, and no clues, the local PD has no choice but to call in the FBI. Enter FBI recruit Chase Adams. While she may be new to the Bureau, Chase is no rookie when it comes to murder. But this case will push even Chase to the limits - it’s like nothing she has investigated before. When a third body surfaces across the country, Chase realizes that she is on the hunt for a killer whose murder spree knows no boundaries.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Read and Full of Holes

  • By Steven Heath on 06-18-19

Chase Adams is a compelling character

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

As you delve into FROZEN STIFF you will find that Chase is a complex character whose story is touching; Readers, you will be drawn into this FBI Thriller from the first scene, a CHASE (this feisty newcomer to the FBI -who has served short term as Captain of the NYPD), "CHASE" Adams, is indeed aptly named! You will find in this quick, highly readable story, CHASE...she is involved in many, many chases throughout this suspenseful thriller! Patrick Logan is masterful in creating suspense, but also there's a lot of action driving this thickening layered story! As you uncover each layer, you see and hear things in artful detail, especially when it comes to the victims. Internally, Logan has crafted a character in Chase Adams that c hanges and evolves, she is both witness and victim, and as readers we are drawn into this multi-layered, emotional drama!