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  • Highland Solution

  • By: Ceci Giltenan
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be "unmarriageable"and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine's hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Virginia on 01-14-15

Exciting Highland Laird romance

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Katherine’s father has died and she inherits his wealth. She is left with her uncle who is sadistic and cruel. Her uncle plots to take everything away from her and has the King marry her off to an impoverished Scottish Laird, Niles. Katherine goes to the Highlands with Niles where they begin their life together. The late Laird’s widow comes to visit and she is another version of the evil uncle. She torments Katherine while Niles is away. She is a character that I loved to hate. Niles is having trouble with someone raiding his cattle again and again. The suspected raider is the star in the second book in the series, Highland Courage. That is a great book too, and in fact is even better than Highland Solution. Niles brother is a large character in Highland Solution, as well as neighbor Malcolm. So is young Thomas, a boy that Katherine and Niles have taken in as their adopted/foster son. The narrator is excellent. I highly recommend.

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211

When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written Highland Tale

  • By 🌸DARA on 06-30-13

Good Scottish Laird and English lass story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Joanna is told her husband of three years has been killed. She is glad because he was a brute to her. The King of England wants to marry her to William, who is as bad as her first husband. Joanna’s brother hatches a plan to have her marry Gabriel, a Scottish Laird who needs the lands that belong to Joanna. She marries him, but has a hard time fitting in with his clan, which is actually two clans that have joined. They do not want to actually join and try to keep separate. They sit at separate tables and do not socialize with one another. One day they wear one clan’s colors and the next day they wear the others. They do not want to accept Joanna. She is barren. She is considered timid and scared of everything. They call her Courageous, as a joke. Joanna wants to bring the two clans together. The plot involves a side story about golf and hidden whiskey. Very good.

Things progress and Joanna and Gabriel become close one day, and fight the next. However they are faced with a situation that endangers their life together with Gabriel’s illigitimate little boy, who Joanna has come to love. I was pulling for an HEA for Joanna, Gabriel and Joanna’s brother Nicolas. There is a great dog, Dumphries, in the story. He is a huge vicious looking dog that is actually a sweet pet. There is also a segment about Joanna fighting off the wolves, which was very exciting. I highly recommend this story.

  • Little Girl Lost

  • Detective Robyn Carter Crime Thriller Series, Book 1
  • By: Carol Wyer
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,274

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a man is murdered at a local reservoir. For Detective Robyn Carter, there's no obvious link between the cases. But as she starts to delve into them, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail's connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing subject matter

  • By S. Klinger on 07-11-17

Average story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This was a little too long for the story, but it was pretty good. There is a mystery killer and secrets kept. Some surprises. The story begins with the attempted abuse of a very young girl by a deranged teenage boy. The girl fights back - brutally. The boy is the son of her mother's soon to be second husband, who is fabulously wealthy and will make their new life wonderful. The disputed attempted abuse tears the couple apart and mother is left blaming the young girl for the misfortunes. When the young girl grows up, she must still face the fall out from the previous events. Good mystery. I love the female detective. Narration is average.

  • Laiden's Daughter

  • Clan MacDougall, Book 1
  • By: Suzan Tisdale
  • Narrated by: Erin Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-09-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

This book features Aishlyn, a poor girl brought up by her stepfather and three cruel stepbrothers. They told her she was ugly and made her work like a man. Finally they sold her to a vicious English Earl for two sheep. He beat her horribly and tried to rape her but she fought him off and escaped after she stabbed him in the back with his own dagger. Aishlyn fled to Scotland where she was told she would find her people. Her mother Laiden, who died when Aishlyn was five years old, was from Scotland. Aishlyn was rescued by a Scottish Laird, Duncan, and his men. She was in terrible shape and they nursed her while taking her back to their home in the highlands. Aishlyn was treated as a guest in the castle and began to heal. As she healed, Aishlyn's beauty became apparent. Several of the Scottish warriors were captivated by her, especially Duncan.

They all lived in readiness for an attack by the British soldiers that were believed to be trying to find Aishlyn and punish her for stabbing the Earle. If they found her, Aishlyn would have been tortured and executed. Aishlyn is not totally unknown - one of the Scottish clan knows a secret about her - a really big secret. All is revealed and the Aishlyn/Duncan story line concludes, but the next saga begins. It is the story of Findley who finds the thieves who stole the clan's cattle. The thieves are 4 young boys, brothers. Findley takes them back to their home and finds a beautiful widowed mother living in abject poverty with the boys and the very small poor clan. That is the beginning of the next book in the series.

I highly recommend this book. It is fast paced and very interesting. Really good.

  • Warbound

  • Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,064
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,588

Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started Strong-Finished Strong

  • By Don Gilbert on 08-07-13

Fantastic series by master storyteller, Correia

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This author can create wonderful worlds and populate them with fabulous bigger than life characters. The Grimnoir Chronicles is a world in which some people have unique magical abilities. Jake Sullivan, a heavy, is the lead male and he rules the magical world with his abilities and wiles. Of course Jake is subjected to misfortunes, but he manages to stoically prevail with humor and good nature. You need to start with the first book in the series because the world and characters build from there. I truly loved each book and have reread the series when I needed to get excited again by a really good story. The same goes for other series by Correia. He is just a fantastic story teller. And Bronson Pinchot is a fantastic narrator. He makes this fabulous series even better with his performance. Don't miss this series. It is fast paced and exciting. Go for it!!!

  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,304

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakes you to your very core.

  • By T.D. on 09-23-12

I was kept riveted by this book - really good!!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-19

This book kept me interested from the first moment. Nate is standing on the ledge of the bank building getting ready to jump to his death. He has ALS and does not want to put his family through the extended death caused by his disease. But, all of a sudden he realizes that the bank is being robbed and people are being killed. Having nothing to lose, Nate goes into the window of the bank and kills five of the six robbers. The one that got away warns Nate that the person who ordered the robbery will get even for Nate's interference. And the bad guy, Petrov, does seek revenge or restitution from Nate. Petrov is invincible, it appears, and Nate is weakened by his disease. It seems impossible that Nate can fight him, but then again, Nate has nothing to lose. The suspense does not let up from the first paragraph until the very end. I could not stop listening. Hurwitz can really spin a story, and his characters are vivid. Good stuff.

Scott Brick is a talented narrator and his performance in this book was excellent. His pace was perfect and he knows how to build suspense.

  • Arabella

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126

When Arabella first arrives in London, she has only one mission: to snare a rich husband. With a mind to beat the competition, she pretends to be a rich heiress and soon finds herself the talk of the town, pursued by the most eligible bachelors in the city. But she has her sights on one man only: the much-hunted Mr Beaumaris. Our feisty heroine puts up a fight and deals the worldly-wise Beaumaris a deft hand in the game of love; at first grudgingly charmed, he soon becomes smitten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Believe the Synopsis

  • By Carol on 10-05-14

Don't miss this awesome book

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Georgette Heyer is an amazing writer. Her books remind me of curling up with a warm blanket and hot chocolate. They are so soothing, but witty, romantic and possessed of a great story line. I have many Georgette Heyer favorites, she has written well over 30 books, but my most favorite category is her Regency romances. Out of the Regency romances, Arabella shines as one of the best. Poor little Arabella is going to London with her put-together wardrobe to visit her aunt. The hopes of her sisters fall on her shoulders. They expect her to make a wildly successful marriage and pave the way for the rest of them. They are poor and Arabella is the best choice to make a good match. On the way to London Arabella becomes angry with a strange man that is giving them shelter while their broken down carriage is getting repaired. She overhears him talking with a friend about women who will do anything to chase him down for his wealth. Thus Arabella pretends to be extremely wealthy and fatigued with men who try to marry her for her wealth. Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. Arabella's false boasts come to haunt her once she reached London.

This is a great story that kept me interested from start to finish. It is intensely romantic, but totally without graphic sex - which can be the best kind of romantic. I truly love this book and all other Georgrette Heyer books. If you have not yet experienced the humor, romance and loveliness of her writing, I highly recommend that you start reading Heyer NOW.

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 08-03-16

Excellent writing, but just too long for me.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I just could not care enough to invest so much time in a book. Of course Wilkie Collins is a fantastic writer and BJ Harrison is a fantastic narrator, but I just did not want to spend so much time on the story, so I am returning the book.

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,420

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Angela Hancock on 10-05-16

Okay but not outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I must admit that I listened to the first 10 chapters and then skipped to the last two chapters to find out what happened. I was just not invested enough in the story to listen to the entire book. The ending was surprising. The couple lost their baby to an abductor 18 years earlier. A young girl found the mother and told her she believed she was the last baby. Was she? And if so, where had she been? The mother searches for the truth. The last couple of chapters reveals it. Good story.

  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,860

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

Best book of the series

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I have listened to all three books in this series and this is the best of the three. Overall I have been disappointed in the series. All the elements for a good listen are there: the characters are great, the plot is excellent and the authors have created an interesting magic world in Houston, TX. However I just did not connect to the story. Something was missing for me. I am sure that many others will find this series much to their liking, but it just did not do it for me.