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  • The Fixer

  • Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: T. E. Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,683

Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She's the person you hire when you need something fixed-permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it's clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible - and quite deadly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Assassin with a morals and criteria...

  • By shelley on 12-30-16

Trite and Scattered

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I hardly ever quit reading a book half way through, but I couldn't make myself listen to this one all the way. The narration was excellent, but the story left something to be desired.
I think the author was reaching for a style that he/she just hasn't mastered yet. the transitions were clunky and the overall tone of the story was 'poor me'.
I was frustrated and critical the entire time I listened.

  • Phantom Shadows

  • Immortal Guardians, Book 3
  • By: Dianne Duvall
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it's not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire.... Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can't remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book!

  • By Wendy on 11-03-12

Organic Vegetarian Propaganda

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Don't get me wrong, the story is pretty interesting and, while the 'vampire' meets girl base is trite, it has a unique enough twist to make reading worth while. HOWEVER; if I hear one more time how dangerous non-organic food is I might stab myself in the eyeball. It's odd how big of a plot point the organic vegetarian diet is.
I've also turned the author's penitent to use heart-rate in conjunction with arousal into a drinking game. Just saying.

  • Diabolical

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Nine years ago, the police found Shaye Archer wandering in the French Quarter, beaten and abused and with no memory of the previous 15 years, not even her name. Now, at 24, Shaye is a licensed private investigator, determined to get answers for her clients when the police can't help. But her last case uncovered more than anyone anticipated, and pieces of Shaye's missing past have surfaced with unexpected consequences. She's starting to remember.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Archer family secrets and revelations...

  • By shelley on 12-02-17

Frank Rizzoli!?

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I'm not anywhere near done with the book, but I just needed to fan girl a little bit. Did anyone else catch the Rizzoli and Isles illusion or was that just me?

  • Death and the Redheaded Woman

  • By: Loretta Ross
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,710

When auctioneer Wren Morgan begins cataloging the contents of the Campbell mansion, she's unprepared to find something that can't be appraised - a dead man. After the body turns out to be a criminal with ties to a recent jewel heist, Wren comes face-to-face with Death Bogart. A private eye and part-time bounty hunter, Death is searching for the stolen jewels needed to convict a murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By sonia on 05-12-15

Good Listening

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The story was great. I would highly recommend it to people who enjoy cozy mysteries that are heavy on the mystery and light on the romance/sex.
The _only_ issue I have - and it's something few people would be bothered by - is that the author refers to the male horses used at the wounded warrior camp as stallions. There is no way an organization like this would ever use uncut males, it just made me cringe every time I heard it. If the author had asked any horse person she could have ctrl + F 'stallion' and replaced it with 'gelding' and I wouldn't have been jolted out of the story so often.

  • Death and the Brewmaster's Widow

  • By: Loretta Ross
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

When firefighter Randy Bogart perishes in the arson fire at an abandoned brewery known as the Brewmaster's Widow, Death Bogart and his girlfriend Wren Morgan travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to find closure. They discover that Randy left his badge behind at the firehouse before going to the brewery. But the coroner finds another badge on Randy's body, leaving Death and Wren with more questions than answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Beatrice on 04-10-16

came for Amanda stayed for Loretta

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I think this is one of the best cozy mystery series I've had the pleasure of reading. While there is some suspension of disbelief, there is no mystery rut, where the story follows the same a + b = c pattern in all of the books. It's refreshing and the main characters are flawed and relatable.

  • Born of Night

  • A League Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Kelly Fish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption. Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League - and has been hunted by them ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tortured hero, Damsel in Distress. Pure Kenyon!

  • By Robbie on 03-21-12

repetitive AF

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I almost didn't finish this book I got so frustrated with how often the characters would make 'progress' (aka talk themselves into allowing someone to love them or whatever) and then back slide into their original frame of mind like the last 5 hours of the story didn't happen.
There were issues with production, a few repeats and skips, but nothing too bad.

  • Heart on Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The destiny Catalia "Cat" Fisa has spent her entire life running from has finally caught up to her. But in order to truly accept her fate and become Queen of Thalyria, Cat and her dedicated husband Griffin Sinta will have to go to war with the severely oppressed Fisa - and it's violent alpha, Cat's homicidal mother. But when Cat's magic refuses to work like it should, she has to unleash the power she's been afraid of. And when her misuse of the god's gifts lands her in Tartarus, a land reserved for eternal punishment, Cat will have to accept herself - past, present, and future - if she wants any chance of making it out alive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry to Say....

  • By maggie on 01-15-18

Sorry to Say....

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

I love the first two books in this series. The world building and character development in them are beautiful and re-listening to them isn't a chore (I think I'm up to three times now which isn't usual for me). Needless to say I've been awaiting the third and final book with baited breath and I'm at best apathetic.

The book found Cat growing and regressing over and over in very short periods of time, often even repeating the same phrases in her epiphanies. If anything she lost dimension from the last two stories to this one and Griffin was extra super flat.
The story went almost nowhere in such a long time. The author focused on encounters that could have been brief and glazed over more important interactions, and many of the scenarios were echoed later in the story.

I was so frustrated and annoyed that I almost didn't finish this one guys....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,376
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,401

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

Didn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

In between publications of books I really wanted to read and not having any recommendations, I decided to try the Stackhouse mysteries. The mega series that seems to have hit the right spot for so many people just didn't do it for me; overall I was frustrated by the mystery taking a back seat, the predictability of the 'mysterious' supernatural lifeform(s), and the redundancy of some themes. I did enjoy Sookie's personality, the way the author introduced new characters, and Sookie's grandmother.

  • And One Last Thing...

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,543

Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For me this was such a HOOT!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 02-12-11

match made in heaven

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

I love Amanda Ronconi and Molly Harper together. This pair produces funny, relatable books with great characters and good plots. 'And One Last Thing' was no exception. If you're looking for a great romantic laugh without all of the tropes look no further my friend.

  • Shadow Rider

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478

Whether it's fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he's not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses - both legitimate and illegitimate. While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She's Back

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 08-04-16

Miserably Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

What would have made Shadow Rider better?

Focusing more on the actual conflict or even the family's superpowers instead of how the female lead 'didn't belong' in the same 'circles' as the male lead. Maybe making the characters deeper than one dimensional.

What was most disappointing about Christine Feehan’s story?

This was her most boring, shallow story from this author.

What three words best describe Jim Frangione’s performance?

Stilted
Forceful
Painful

Any additional comments?

Just don't do it. I bought this on sale for five bucks, but it's not even worth that.