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Toni Ann Winninger

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  • Xenocide

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,481

Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • full of passion

  • By David on 06-13-04

Disappointing ending after 20 hours of listening

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

I've been going through the whole Ender's series and this is the first one that kind of left you hanging and introduced some confusing concepts.

  • The Dead Drink First

  • By: Dale Maharidge
  • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,141

Dale Maharidge’s father, like many World War II veterans, never talked about “the good war”. There was just one clue to his dad’s experience as a US Marine - a portrait with a close friend that hung permanently in their home. In The Dead Drink First, Dale, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recounts his 18-year quest to find and repatriate the missing remains of his dad’s buddy, Herman Walter Mulligan, 73 years after he was killed in action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it even if it's not your usual genre

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-07-19

Hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

The premise of the book was very interesting but using a ton of differently recorded conversations was brutal. The sound level was hard to hear because it continually went up and down in volume and had may gaps.

  • Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,537

A hilarious new standalone novella brimming with otherworldly charm from the reigning queen of paranormal romantic comedy Molly Harper! Ingrid Asher is the newest resident of Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where shapeshifters, vampires, witches and dragons live alongside humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Cute!

  • By Britt Franks on 06-03-19

A don't miss fun tale

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

I enjoyed everything about this book. It was inventive, fun, engaging - just a complete delight. I would love to hear a whole series from Mystic Bayou. Loved all the quirky characters.

  • Marked for Murder: A Shelby Nichols Mystery Adventure

  • Shelby Nichols Adventure, Book 12
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Trouble follows Shelby Nichols. Why wouldn't it? She works for a mob boss. And the police. A desperate call from a friend in need turns Shelby’s life upside down. Someone is out to prove that Shelby is a fake, marking her for murder. How far will they go?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Each new book in this series is...

  • By shelley on 06-08-19

A "don't miss" moment

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

Reviewed: 06-20-19

Helme has hit it out of the ballpark again - each story just keeps getting better and better. How do you prove you are a psychic to a stalker whose life you ruined by reading his mind? He keeps upping the anti and potentially endangering more people with his "tests" for Shelby. Add to that someone trying to frame her husband Chris in order to get him to testify against mob boss Uncle Joey and you have one rocking good tale.The reader has improved over her last read but has a very small repertoire of male voices so a lot sound the same. I wanted to hear a sexy badboy hottie for Ramos and listened to an aging high schooler. But I will definitely listen to the book again - it is that good..

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Midsummer Night's Murder

  • A Shelby Nichols Mystery Novella, Shelby Nichols Adventure Series
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

For a mind reader like Shelby Nichols, finding a murderer should be a piece of cake. But add an overzealous prosecuting attorney with a grudge against her, and the wrong person could end up in jail. Can Shelby find the real killer before he strikes again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and fun murder mystery novella!

  • By Wayne on 05-19-19

Loved the book distracted by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

Fabulous! Colleen Helme has done it again. She has taken Shelby Nichols, her intrepid housewife, who can hear people's thoughts since she was shot in the head during a robbery, and twisted a series of intrigue around her life. Shelby works as a consultant for the police department and is blackmailed into assisting a mob boss and his enforcer, who just happens to continually have to rescue Shelby from getting killed. The story kept my attention and I wanted it to speed up to save Shelby and her client who is in jail charged with murder but also slow down and last a while longer.. What was distracting was that the narration made Shelby sound a little like a spoiled, slightly dumb unthinking ditz, The usually masculine men, Ramos and Dimples were made to sound like teenagers acting like adults. I still loved the book, recommend it to all, and will probably listen to it again sometime.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,320

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Totally lived the story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

I have read the book, and seen the movie, but this was totally different - I was really there! In the interview with Card he stated that he really writes for the spoken word - for his books to be read and it came through in spades. I now have to decide which way to go follow Ender or go back and begin with the first Formic war. In the end I feel I will end up reading all of Card's books.

  • The Shelters of Stone

  • Earth's Children, Book 5
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032

After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why did Sandra Burr change the voices?

  • By michelle on 08-17-11

Excellent continuation

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I had a lot of problems with the smallcy accent the reader gave to Ayla it was very distracting. It wasn’t used in any of the previous books.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,421

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

extremely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I loved this whole concept and the characters. Kept me listening so I wouldn't miss anything. The time flew by.

  • Reset

  • By: Brian Andrews
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,314

Deep in the Afghan mountains, Sergeant Michael Pitcher discovers an object with powers that defy explanation. After interacting with it, he suffers a traumatic seizure and is flown home for evaluation. Cleared by the doctors, Michael goes home to his relieved wife, Josie. But he’s a changed man. The once-loving husband is now coldly withdrawn. When a team of scientists connected to Sergeant Pitcher vanishes without a trace, CIA agent Dean Ninemeyer comes to him for insight - only to find that the recovering soldier has also disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see it coming

  • By Angela M Bacon on 05-02-18

All over the place

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

The constant jumps from place to place and character to character was difficult to follow. I was very disappointed in the ending - it seemed like I was thrown into a sequel where I would have to learn the characters' stories all over again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Noble Beginnings

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,529

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This guy needs to know his subjects better.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-13-18

Always a new twist

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This is a tip of the seat cliff hanger. Very little predictable about the story line which keeps you listening past bedtime. Main characters are enjoyable and you want to shoot all the alphabet chasers. Loved it.