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  • The Square and the Triangle

  • The Power of Integrating Relationships and Results in Workplace Culture
  • By: Mark Stevens
  • Narrated by: Mark Stevens
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

If you want both results and relationships in your leadership style, this is your guide. Leadership doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming, but as a leader, you may feel it is both. The Square and the Triangle is the model to clear the clutter. To be a leader, you need to do two things: build relationships with people and get results. Simple yet powerful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So useful

  • By Claire on 09-22-18

So useful

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I've read a lot of books about leadership and relationships and I was expecting something that said much the same things. That's not what I got, this book is different, far from the complicated models on most books this books concept is simple and easy to understand and apply. I wish I'd found this book and it's concept years ago.

It's simplicity is what has made it so easy to apply it my life, most books I find a gem or two in, but with this book it was all useful and all usable, both for understanding my strengths and for understanding the behaviors of other people.

Having the author as the narrator worked really well, his passion for the subject comes through, it was engaging to listen to.

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  • Gathering Water

  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Growing up in the foster system, Della never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow...Just.Wow! What a book!

  • By Darcie on 09-07-18

I'm hooked on this series

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The world building in this book is fantastic, it's so realistic I feel like I could walk out the door and be in it. The characters are also well crafted and feel as real and the world.

It was a little slow to start for me, by about 30% I was wondering if I'd made a mistake with this book, but not long after that it took off with a bang and by the time I reached the end I wanted the next book which unfortunately isn't available on audio yet.

Della is a great character to get to know, she comes across as both vulnerable and strong. The glimpse of the foster care system I got through her is both sad and hopeful. Della seems to take whatever life throws at her and makes the best of it, I love how she's portrayed.

The character voices were interesting and distinct, they worked well with the different races of characters. The narration style worked well with the story, conveyed emotion and carried the mood of the scene.

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  • True Hearts

  • By: Pamela Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Even though it sometimes feels like she lives in a fishbowl, hair salon manager Sunny DeStefano loves small-town life. When self-made businessman Buck Day returns to Lilac for a family wedding, Sunny realizes her feelings for him are as strong as ever. Will gossip and judgmental people keep them apart? Buck once believed that moving away from Lilac would help him escape his family's troubled past and get over his crush on Sunny. Now that he's back, he realizes he wants a family of his own. Will Sunny risk getting involved with a loner whose family is as broken as his?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • SWEET ROMANCE IN LILAC!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-13-18

Loved the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This series has made me fall in love with the town of Lilac, I wish I could move there. It highlights both the best and worst aspects of small town life.

It was great to catch up with all the characters from the previous books and this book has some great twists that made it grab my attention and refuse to let go.

I loved the second chance romance, both Sunny and Buck go through a lot of personal growth during the book and felt like I could meet them walking down the street.

The narration is just as good as the book and makes the story come alive with character voices that match the characters personality and a dynamic delivery that conveyed emotion.

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  • Deadly Shadow

  • A Paranormal Suspense Thriller (The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1)
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio's serial killer, "The Wrapper". When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the secretary of defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful. Derrick has a secret: He's a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find the Wrapper. But can Victory trust him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great take on paranormal mystery

  • By The Bookshelf Podcast on 08-17-18

Get Hooked

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is the first Kim Cresswell book I've read, and boy have I ever been missing out! The characters walked off the page and into my mind, what they saw, I saw, what they felt, I felt, and boy did I ever feel it. I grinned, I cried, and I didn't care how many odd looks I got from the other train passengers, I couldn't help myself.

The story is fast moving, there's a lot happening and it weaves an interesting tapestry of events and connections. The paranormal element of the story is well done and not overdone. It left me wanting to know what other abilities are out there.

Loved the narration, the character voices are clear and recognizable and the delivery conveyed the tone and emotions of the different parts of the story.

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  • Traitorous Toys

  • Cozy Corgi Mysteries
  • By: Mildred Abbott
  • Narrated by: Angie Hickman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Fred’s dream bookshop is becoming a reality, and Christmas is only days away. The toy store beckons Fred and her friend Katie, who dash in out of the cold during a shopping spree to discover handmade toys, cuddly stuffed animals...and a dying man on the floor. When Katie’s desperate attempts to save the man end in her being taken in for his murder, Fred once again dons her detective hat. But as quickly as clues point to one person, new discoveries shift the spotlight to another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoying this series

  • By DPiazzi on 08-29-18

This was so much fun the listen to

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This is a great quirky cozy mystery and Angie Hickman's narration helps it come alive. With fabulous character voices and a bright and dynamic delivery the personality of the characters shines through.

Of course it helps that the book is well written. If you've read or listened to the first book then you have pretty good idea of what you'll think of this book too. You could listen to this as a standalone, but it has spoilers for book one, so it's best to listen in order.

I'm loving the very slowly developing relationship in this book, the hint of romance helps keep this mystery cozy. Speaking of the mystery... I did not see that coming! All the clues are there, but they're carefully hidden and it took me completely by surprise.

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  • Incredulity

  • By: Kathy Zebert
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gilmour
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Callie Fletcher just wanted to sit on the terrace of her favorite hot spot and watch the sunset over the Texas Hill Country. A table for one, a glass of pinot, and the best view in Austin. She isn't looking for love, but it walks right up to her in the form of a gorgeous, wealthy cowboy by the name of Dominic Jaxson. One shared sunset turns into months of them, and Callie can see a future in his beautiful blue eyes. But Dominic has a secret...a secret that shatters Callie's romantic fantasy. After returning from a romantic getaway, the secret is exposed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best.

  • By Layla on 09-19-18

I didn't see that coming...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

The characters are beautifully written and help make this story come alive on the page. Their slowly developing relationship feels real and un-rushed.

I loved all the court information, I'd never really thought about what a court recorder does, so I found this really interesting.

The mystery is well done, it's not obvious who's doing different things or why they're happening, it leads to a couple of twists that really make the book.

Great narration, character voices really well done and the delivery is well paced and conveys emotion and tension.

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  • Twisted

  • Bitter Harvest Series, Book Two
  • By: Ann Gimpel
  • Narrated by: Curt Bonnem
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The sea is the only life Juan's ever known - not counting the decade he spent as a vampire. Those years gave him a healthy aversion for anything supernatural, but he's a shifter now. It's way better than being one of the undead, but he still doesn't trust magic. Paired up with Aura to teach him, he falls and falls hard, but she spurns his advances. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By Claire on 09-13-18

I want more

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I really enjoyed book one so I was excited to see that book two is out and it didn't disappoint. All the main (likeable) characters are back, but this book follows Juan and Aura a new set of characters and their developing romance.

Fast paced this book has lots of action, twists and plenty of the unexpected.

I love getting more information about what it means to be a shifter and how it works between the person and the spirit animal. It was interesting and is worked into the story well.

The narration is excellent, the character voices are all well done and easy to tell apart. The delivery's pace and tone are a good match for the story.

Bring on book 3!

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  • Post-Apocalyptic Nomadic Warriors

  • A Duck & Cover Adventure, Book 1
  • By: Benjamin Wallace
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The post-apocalyptic world isn't that bad. Sure, there are mutants. But, for the people of New Hope, daily life isn't so much a struggle of finding food or medicine as it is trying to find a new shortstop for their kickball team. This makes it difficult for a post-apocalyptic warrior to find work. Thankfully, an army full of killers is making its way to the peaceful town and plans to raze it to the ground. Only a fully trained post-apocalyptic nomadic warrior can stop them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By TU on 09-04-18

Creative with great humor

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This is not your typical dytopian novel,sure some of it's things you'd expect, smaller populations inhabitable large cities, walls around towns and some people intent of taking advantage of the situation. However in this book, things aren't really 'that' bad, there's lots of hope and most people re doing OK.

There's a lot of humor in this book although the setting is often quite bleak. Both the world and the characters are well developed, it's well written and some of the creatures and situations are unique and creative.

The narration is well done, particularly the character voices, and the delivery is well paced and works well with the story.

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  • Where Hope Lies

  • By: Hope Alcocer
  • Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

My name is Chloe Repaco. I’m your typical 20-something college graduate who is in love and just trying to get her shit together. Next to my bed sits a calendar with 127 days that have Xs on them, and there are about another 90 days to go. Those Xs are me counting the days until my soldier, Vinse, returns from Iraq. He yearns to be a part of my world again. As far as he’s concerned, it’s a world and a life where everything is okay. Little does he know that my world, our world, and our future is about to be turned upside down the moment he returns home.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good coming of age story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 08-26-18

Raw and honest

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book made me cry several times, it took me on an emotional journey along with the lead character Chloe. The story felt very real and had great emotional depth, love and joy, loss and sorrow, happiness and heartbreak.

The glimpse into the life of someone waiting at home for a loved one deployed on military service was really interesting, I can't imagine how hard that must be on both people and the relationship.

A great story about growing up, figuring out who you are and how you want to live your life.

The narration was great, loved the character voices they're easy to tell apart and sound male and female. The delivery is well paced, emotionally dynamic and helped draw me into the story.

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  • The People's Necromancer

  • The Age of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Rex Jameson
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

The golden age of man is coming to a close and enemies surround the civilized world. Lulled into a false sense of security by isolation and pervasive peace, human lords hatch petty schemes to weaken their rivals and gain favor with the throne. Meanwhile, an ancient darkness stirs beneath the Great Northern Mountains and the orcish hordes grow restless just beyond the Southern Peaks. Out of the chaos at the end of the Tranquility Era, a new breed of hero arrives to forge an age of sorcery and mayhem. And into this chaos comes the Necromancer!  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sets the scene

  • By Claire on 09-02-18

Sets the scene

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Warning: This book contains rape, incest, extreme violence, and the undead.

This book did a good job of creating the setting for more to come, the world is well built and the characters are well written. However it left me wondering what the point was of anything that happened. There was a lot of violence and while some of it was used to provide motivations for other things that happened the whole thing just left me wondering 'why'.

I didn't like this enough to want to read the next book, but I also didn't dislike it, perhaps it just wasn't the right book for me.

The character voice were well done, they're clear and easy to tell apart. the narration flows nicely and the intonation helped convey the tension in the book.

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