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  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,806

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

Couldn't Quit Listening!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Not only are the characters interesting, but I learned a lot about the area in Montana

What did you like best about this story?

How the family supports each other through the bad times and how Alice survives her life with Sir.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Alice comes home.

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

Alice escapes and the family driving home finds her.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the whole book and found it compelling reading/listening.

  • Down a Dark Road

  • A Kate Burkholder Novel
  • By: Linda Castillo
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Two years ago Joseph King was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison. He was a "fallen" Amish man and, according to local law enforcement, a known drug user with a violent temper. Now King has escaped, and he’s headed for Painters Mill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Installment To The Series

  • By Lia on 10-12-18

Another Wonderful Addition to the Series

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

If you could sum up Down a Dark Road in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful to the finish

What other book might you compare Down a Dark Road to and why?

I can't wait for another Kate Burkholder novel.

Which character – as performed by Kathleen McInerney – was your favorite?

Kate, of course, and the little girl Sarah

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

Touching memories of growing up and playing at the pond

Any additional comments?

I was sorry to have the story end as I have a feeling it will be another year or two before Linda Castillo finishes another book. I've listened to them all now. I will miss listening.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,348
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,277

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Best Book I've Listened to a Long Time!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

If you could sum up The Nightingale in three words, what would they be?

Appreciate you Life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Isabel, for her strength in the most difficult of times.

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

The characters come to life with the different voices.

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

I learned a lot about what it was like to live in that era, better than any history book in a classroom could impart. How difficult those times really were. I cried a lot, but this is history and war at it's worst.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book! It's not only historical, but the characters in this story make it so real, and you feel what it must have been like to be alive during this period of history. How sad war really is. How cruel too. How the human spirit can survive if tested. How devoted to family people were back then because I'm not sure that is true nowadays.

  • The Bone House

  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,220

Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach... and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt. Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Speedy Read!

  • By kathy on 05-13-12

Very Enjoyable! Wonderful Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, at first I was worried there were too many characters...and perhaps there are, but by the 3 chapter I was understanding them,

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

Not really on the edge of my seat, but it certainly has a surprise ending!

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

No I haven't, but he is great! I look forward to the second book in this series, and hopefully many more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I had to control myself!

Any additional comments?

I've found a new author and narrator I really enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark of the Moon

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • f ing flowers

  • By Larry Wilson on 03-24-18

Difficult to Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Eric Conger?

Probably not.

Would you recommend Dark of the Moon to your friends? Why or why not?

I found it difficult to listen to this story. The reader read it verbatim. As in "he said: "take me there", and then 'she said': "it's this way".'he said': "up this road', then 'he said': "which way". All throughout the book. No change in the voices to indicate which person was talking---just the he said, she said type dialogue.

What didn’t you like about Eric Conger’s performance?

I didn't like it!

Did Dark of the Moon inspire you to do anything?

No.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Ties

  • Waterside Kennels Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Susan Holmes
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Come to the hills of the Ozarks and meet Maggie Porter and her dogs - a champion Labrador Retriever, an aging Cocker Spaniel, and a Beagle retired from federal service. Maggie has returned home to reopen the family dog kennel business, where she's plagued by problems from the start. Serious trouble arises when a gossip-loving employee turns up dead holding an heirloom locket belonging to Maggie's mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I Look Forward to this Series

  • By Sparkle on 11-03-14

I Look Forward to this Series

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Where does Deadly Ties rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranked up with the rest of the mysteries I like, and I enjoyed the story line.

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

I didn't get on the edge of my seat until the last half of the book.

What about Robin Rowan’s performance did you like?

I didn't like the narrator at all, and almost quit listening the first two chapters. She did get better, but I hope the next book in the series has a different narrator. I continued to listen because I liked the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I would not listen to this book in one sitting basically because of the narrator. Also, there were a lot of characters in this story, and they could have been pared down.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed learning about the kennel and dog training part of this story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible

  • By: James Patterson, David Ellis
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kevin Collins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,802

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally WARPED Antagonist! Loved It...

  • By shelley on 09-12-17

Gory Details---too much information

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

What disappointed you about Invisible?

I was ready for a good Patterson mystery, instead I was subjected to sexual gore. Not at all like Patterson's style of writing. I blame David Ellis for all the detailed sexual and graphic text.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in the story line and I stopped listening and fast forwarded several times. Some very explicit dialogue about murder and sex.