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  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

Fascinating historical view - loss of civility

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

While I found the narrator irritating especially with accents the read was fascinating. Until recent events I haven't been interested in politics. I value civility and am appalled by the lack in the congress and presidency and social media. Interesting to read about the genesis in the last two decades. Well worth reading.

  • Delirious

  • Quantum Series, Book 6
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Sam Welles, Kate Genevieve
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

As one of Hollywood’s hottest producers, Kristian Bowen is on top of the world. With the Quantum team fresh off a clean sweep of awards season and looking ahead to the premiere of their new film, Insidious, Kristian's life is exactly how he likes it. Until he attends the wedding of his friend and business partner Flynn Godfrey and meets Aileen Gifford, the close friend of Flynn’s new wife, Natalie. Since meeting Aileen five months ago, Kristian’s carefully cultivated life has changed in ways he never could’ve expected. Now Aileen and her children are moving to Los Angeles, and he’s not sure whether to be excited or terrified about his powerful feelings for the single mom…  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just ok, narrative was not the best, but doable

  • By Deana on 09-17-17

Don't care for male voice

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Would like consistency with readers. Female was ok. Male, not so much. Didn't differentiate different male characters. Main female character's name was pronounced differently in the first in the series. Overall I like the story but not the kink.

  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Kristen

  • By lauren on 12-26-17

Overly dramatic male narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Not one of Kristen Ashley's best. The male narrator detracts from the story. Overall this was a nice romp with plenty of humor and steam.

  • Heaven and Hell

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973

After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then, out of the blue, she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband. He's sitting at a table right next to hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best KA book ever!

  • By Julie on 02-11-16

Kia's accent?

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Would you listen to Heaven and Hell again? Why?

Yes I would listen again even though Kia's accent is diverting. When I started listening I thought the setting was TN, GA or Alabama, maybe MS. Then I realized it was a woman who lived in IN. Confusing. Enjoyed the story and the journey of the characters. Hope there will be another book in this series soon.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved the characters: Kia, Sam, Lucci.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Other than the accent of Kia she did a good job with variety of voices of characters.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,933

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Over the top narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Would you listen to Fire and Fury again? Why?

Yes as it is hard to retain all the information so as the talking heads weigh in there is some background.

What didn’t you like about Michael Wolff and Holter Graham ’s performance?

Holter Graham's intonation throughout sounds like: You're not going to believe this ...! Would have preferred an unbiased read and let the book stand on it's own. The narration takes away from the story.

  • Off the Record

  • The Record, Book 1
  • By: K. A. Linde
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 890

When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy. Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK story, but it didn't end

  • By James on 10-23-16

Cliff hanger - doesn't stand alone

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

Would you try another book from K. A. Linde and/or Natalie Ross?

I'll finish the series but feel it is a cheap trick to blatantly trick readers to have to buy the next book to finish the story. Hope each book in whole series ends in cliff hangers. Doubt I'll try a different one of her series for fear the same trick will be pulled.

What do you think your next listen will be?

next in the series but may go to another author - one that writes books that may be in a series but with each book able to stand on it's own.

  • Catherine Coulter - FBI Thriller Series

  • The Cove, The Maze, The Target
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Susan Ericksen, Sharon Williams
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town. Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and he believes she's the key. But is she really?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Maze & The Target: 5 Star...The Maze: 3 Star..

  • By MetaSpiritualMichael91 on 04-11-17

Kick off of Savage and Sherlock

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Where does Catherine Coulter - FBI Thriller Series rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite of these three is the story of Sherlock and Savage. Thank goodness I read other novels in this series before I read The Cove because I would not have read others. I do not care for police or FI taking matters in their own hands and hitting criminals when there is not a fight. While our justice system is flawed it is no excuse. T Sandra Burr was a good narrator. My favorite performance is by Susan Ericksen who does both male and female voices plus differs all the voices. Sharon Williams did a credible job on The Target which was also a good story.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the story of Savage and Sherlock the best. I read this may years ago but had forgotten the story. Catherine Coulter weaves a great tale.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Again, I love Susan Ericksen. Of all the narrators I've heard she is my all time favorite. She varies all the voices. How she keeps them all straight is a mystery and great talent. I also like Sandra Burr (and Joyce Bean plus Christine Traister)

  • Currant Creek Valley

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Claire Christie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and...short-term relationships, and she's found it in Hope's Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she's just been offered her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helping Others

  • By Rusty on 03-17-18

How events can affect your whole life

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

What made the experience of listening to Currant Creek Valley the most enjoyable?

Thought this was a sad book. So much tragedy. Good story that is a good addition to the series

What other book might you compare Currant Creek Valley to and why?

Similar to Robyn Carr's Thunder Point and Virgin River series. Emphasis on the story and characters and no so reliant on sex. Emphasis on attraction.

What about Claire Christie’s performance did you like?

Does a fairly good job with the various characters

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

Yes. All the prolonged illness and tragedy.

  • Sweet Laurel Falls

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Claire Christie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Spring should bring renewal, but Maura McKnight-Parker cannot escape the past. Still reeling from the loss of one daughter, the former free spirit is thrown for a loop by the return of her older daughter, Sage, and the reappearance of her first love, Sage's father. Jackson Lange never knew his daughter - never even knew that he'd left the love of his life pregnant when he fled their small town - but he has never forgotten Maura. Now they are all back, but Sage has her own secret....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good 3rd in series

  • By Raemar3356 on 06-24-18

History somewhat repeating itself; grief journey

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Where does Sweet Laurel Falls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series is better than most I've read in the last year. The narrator does a fair job although she does not have a range of male and female voices.

What other book might you compare Sweet Laurel Falls to and why?

Reminds me of the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr.

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

Clair Christie has a pleasant voice. Not too mature nor immature.

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

Not one sitting but within two days.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was bizarre that Jack kept throwing in Moira's face the fact that she had not told him about Sage when in fact she had called him twice and he refused to return her calls nor call her himself in the months and years he left home.

  • Woodrose Mountain

  • Hope's Crossing, Book 2
  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Claire Christie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Evie Blanchard was at the top of her field in the city of angels. But when an emotional year forces her to walk away from her job as a physical therapist, she moves from Los Angeles to Hope's Crossing seeking a quieter life. So the last thing she needs is to get involved with the handsome, arrogant Brodie Thorne and his injured daughter, Taryn. A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs...even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Mountain Women

  • By Rusty on 03-18-18

Great addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Would you listen to Woodrose Mountain again? Why?

Will probably listen again. This narrator is much better than the narrator in Blackberry Summer. I love a series that fleshes out the different characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Loved Evie's story and the suspense around Taren's secret.

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

this is the first time I've listened to this narrator. She does a credible job. More of a read than a performance.