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  • Bright Side

  • By: Kim Holden
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne, Lidia Dornet
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

Kate Sedgwick's life has been anything but typical. She's endured hardship and tragedy, but throughout it all she remains happy and optimistic (there's a reason her best friend, Gus, calls her Bright Side). Kate is strong willed, funny, smart, and musically gifted. She's also never believed in love. So when Kate leaves San Diego to attend college in the small town of Grant, Minnesota, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with Keller Banks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad

  • By Kristin on 04-06-15

Wrong category, great book

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

This book is not for those who are looking for a traditional romance. The characters sucked me in. The story gripped me. I cheered for every one of them, and then I cried. I am both glad I read it and thoroughly disgusted that it made me cry.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,379

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

Obne of the most compelling boos I've read all yea

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

his one haseverything. A great story, engaging characters, mysterious back stories, a modern London setting with loads of historical violent death, a bit of lust. some believable magic, and.... the obligatory jazz musician necessary to every good fictional detective.

  • Let Me Be the One

  • By: Jo Goodman
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

USA Today best-selling author Jo Goodman begins a delightful new quartet of Regency romances with Let Me Be the One. The four gentlemen of the compass club-North, South, East and West-are all unwed. Now North has fallen for the charms of Libby Penrose, an intelligent beauty with a strong determination to remain unattached. When North awakens feelings deep within Libby, whirlwind events lead to their marriage. Yet a dark secret threatens to tear their newfound happiness apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderfull suprise

  • By Heather on 12-09-08

The first installment of the Compass Club

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

I've been rereading Jo Goodman this week, and this is probably the fifth or sixth time I've listened to the Compass Club series. Every time I do, I am surprised at how wonderful each book in the series is written, how much I enjoy the characters, and the amount of sleep I lose for not wanted to turn off the iPod and go to bed.

This first installment introduces the four young boys who became the four points of the compass, their school - Hambrick Hall - where they first became sworn enemies of the Bishops, their mentor Colonel Blackwood, and, of course, Madame Fortuna. Madame considers herself a sham fortune teller until she meets North and the family gift suddenly makes itself known.

And so begins a tale of intrigue, love, lust, and greed. Libby has secrets she dare not share, Within these pages you'll find cat burglars, spies, violence, lost innocence, found love, family loyalty. deep friendship, and lusty love scenes - not to mention a few silly wagers, and an inkling of how the Bishops might figure into the rest of the series.

This book will suck you into a world Jo Goodman has created with brilliant attention to detail, complex characters, and leave you wanting more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tempting Torment

  • By: Jo Goodman
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Jo Goodman's best-selling novels of romance and adventure unite brave, beautiful women with their charismatic soul mates.Tempting Torment tells the breathtaking story of Jessa Winter and Noah McClellan. In 1787, desperate to leave England, Jessa marries the mortally wounded Noah expecting to become his widow and escape to America. But she hasn't counted on his will to survive - nor his desire to make her his wife in body as well as name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story

  • By bluebelle on 03-26-09

I'd forgotten what a great book this is...

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

My personal benchmark for a good book has always been whether or not I would read it again. Some books are actually better the second, or even third time around. Tempting Torment is one of them.

I left this one on my "shelf" for longer than usual because it isn't really my favorite time period. I generally prefer Regency or early Victorian settings. This one is set after the Revolutionary War, with a hero who is involved in re-writing the Articles of Confederation.

It begins in England with a heroine desperate to save an infant heir from an unscrupulous pair of guardians, moves to America and includes just about everything anyone might want to see in a period romance novel. Highwaymen, a nasty ex-fiancee, a huge loving family in the background, a hero behaving like a jackass, and a long suffering heroine - not to mention a background written so well that you feel as if you are there.

I hope the author will make more of her books available on audio - and you will, too after you hear this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Wicked Pursuit

  • A Breconridge Brothers Novel
  • By: Isabella Bradford
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

In Isabella Bradford’s enthralling new trilogy, three noble brothers - London’s most scandalous rakes - are about to do the unthinkable: settle down. Harry Fitzroy, Earl of Hargreave, is the first to meet his match and lose his heart...to a lady who’s not all what he expected. As the eldest son of the Duke of Breconridge, Harry Fitzroy is duty-bound to marry - and marry well. Giving up his rakish ways for the pleasures of a bride’s bed becomes a delightful prospect when Harry chooses beautiful Lady Julia Barclay, the catch of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance... Okay storyline.

  • By Ladonna on 09-29-17

Narrow escape for the hero

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

I love stories that include a selfish, spoiled sister who gets her just desserts. Add a tragic hero with way too much pride and an unappreciated heroine, and I'm happy as a clam.

I would have enjoyed it more with a better narrator. Not to say that this one was terrible, because she wasn't - but the best ones don't make you stop listening to the story because you've noticed the reader.

Will I listen to this again? Yes. Will I buy the rest of the series? Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hello, It's Me

  • By: Wendy Markham
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

A widowed mother of two, Annie Harlowe has a secret: She likes to call her late husband's cell phone just to hear his voice, even if it is only a recording. Then one night she dials - and something extraordinary happens.... Thomas Brannock IV has had his life mapped out since he was a kid, but a free-spirited woman with flowing hair and sun-kissed cheeks is about to change all that. Still reeling from her heart-to-heart with the other side - and wondering if she's so lonely she's gone off her rocker - Annie literally bumps into Thom at the posh soiree she's catering at his family's Southampton mansion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It made me feel sad, despite the obilgatory hea

  • By April on 02-28-14

It made me feel sad, despite the obilgatory hea

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

First, the narrator sounded way too young for such a serious story. And it was definitely a serious story.

My main complaint with this book is unfair to the author - it just isn't the type of romance I prefer to read.

The story will appeal to those who enjoy a teeny bit of the supernatural with their romances. Those who enjoy super-rich heroes with snobby mothers will probably like it, too.

It wasn't badly written, the characters are fairly well fleshed out and the back stories are engaging, but it's just so sad it depressed me.

My personal benchmark - Will I read this book again? No, I don't think so.

  • The Bargain

  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Worth Your Time

  • By April on 02-28-14

A Classic Worth Your Time

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

Reviewed: 02-28-14

I read this book some years ago and was glad to see it on Audible. Just the idea of marrying a dying soldier for convenience sake is filled with all sorts of delicious conflict for an upstanding young gentlewoman, and Ms. Putney didn''t miss any of them.

I am so happy to have this in my audio library and look forward to more by the same author coming available.

Will I listen to this again? Absolutely Yes.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Force of Nature

  • Troubleshooters Series
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado's life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric's best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then, one of Ric's clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites of Suz Brockmann

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-01-12

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-13

This is the best of the 11 Troubleshooters books I've read so far. Robin and Jules love story was almost more romantic than Annie and Ric - but only because I'm a hetero female. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  • And Then She Fell

  • Cynster Sisters, Book 5
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

The only thing more troublesome than a Cynster man...is a Cynster lady who believes love is not her destiny. Famously known in London society as "The Matchbreaker", Henrietta Cynster's uncanny skill lies in preventing ill-fated nuptials - not in falling victim to Cupid's spell. But then she disrupts one match too many and feels honor-bound to assist dashing James Glossup in finding a suitable bride for a marriage of convenience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Laurens

  • By April on 03-28-13

Classic Laurens

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

If you've listened to more than one Cynster novel, you probably know the formula, and yet, like me, continue to buy because the characters are cozy and familiar.

This one is better than some - less repetitive description, more interaction between hero and heroine, and reappearance of characters from older books.

If I had one complaint, it would be the paucity of Lady Osbaldestone's acerbic dialogue.

(Has anyone else noticed that change of narrators means change in pronouncing her name?)

I liked it, which means I will listen to it again - my personal benchmark for any book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Notorious Nineteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805

After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old

  • By GH on 11-22-12

YAY! Stephanie's Back!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

After three disappointments in a row, I was ready to give up on this series. I'm glad I gave it one more chance - because this one is Classic Plum - complete with laugh out loud funny Lulu, hot Ranger moments, silly criminals and exploding cars.

My only complaint was not enough Grandma, but with so much else happening, she still managed to make herself heard.

11 of 17 people found this review helpful