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  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,400

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No hype, just an amazing listen

  • By Tatiana on 06-07-18

Lots of suspense

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This was a very good mystery. The author set it up well with the main characters and their problem of lost job, fear of having to go back to the beginning in the work world, being deeply in love, etc. Then comes the honeymoon and the thing they found in the water. The suspense began to get to me then. It was also the type book where I was screaming at the heroine, Erin, to STOP when she was about to do something stupid. I do wish I knew what happened to the released convict, Holly.

I usually find that authors who read their own books should have spent money to hire a professional narrator. There are a few exceptions and this book is one of those. This author did a fine job narrating the book.

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got Ominbus?

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-06-15

Excellent series with outstanding main character

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

First book - Mountain Man: It is 2 years since the zombie event Mountain Man – Prequel and ab out 6 months since the short story The Hospital. Gus has healed from his wounds at the Hospital and continues house picking for supplies. He meets up with Scott, who had been wounded by a sadistic killer, Tenner. Gus and Scott join forces and begin preparing for the winter. They meet up with Roxanne, a beguiling woman. She could come between them if they are not careful. Scott still wants to track down Tenner and stop him from killing survivors. Everything comes to a head in the last two or three chapters. Very exciting.
Safari: Scott is gone and Roxanne betrays Gus in a very savage way. Gus prevails an onslaught and continues his solitary alcoholic life on the Mountain – drinking and house picking. Gus finds out what has been happening to the finally dead zombies whose corpses have disappeared from the streets. It is chilling. Gus decides to do something about the situation and it is cataclysmic. My favorite character in this book is the Captain. The Captain is a bottle of liquor with a picture of a smiling Captain on the label, He is Gus’s friend and they converse about everything. I like that part. Actually I like pretty much the entire book, but it was a little too graphic in some parts, such as Gus’ dental surgery and the fire. I fast-forwarded through some of those parts. I liked the other books better.
Halifax: Scott arrives in Halifax. He is searching for Tenner, who is a maniacal killer. Scott wants to kill Tenner in revenge for his murdering Scott's two friends. Another evil group, the Norsemen, are also arriving in Halifax. They are brutal people who have come in from the west to see what they can salvage from the east. The Norsemen are led by an extremely cruel and evil man called Fist It is hard to decide who is worse, Fist or Tenner. Scott meets up with Amy. She is a fantastic character. Eventually Fist, Tenner and Scott all come together for the final showdown. I like Halifax but missed Gus.

Out of all the Mountain Man books, my favorite is the Mountain Man prequel. I read the short story, The Hospital, first, then the prequel, then the Omnibus. I am so glad I read the prequel before the Omnibus. The prequel is where I came to love Gus. Now that I have finished the Omnibus, I think I will quit. I have read the reviews for Well Fed and I just don't think I can stand to hear Gus go through more pain. Right now he and Scott are in happy places and I think I will leave it there.

  • Survivor in Death

  • In Death, Book 20
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,955

No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rocks!

  • By Cherita on 09-06-09

Why is Eve so obnoxious, abusive and mean?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

The story is good and the little girl character, Nixie, is a big hit. The book is about the hunt for the conspirators that murdered her family and others, all connected to a case years ago. Eve is the meanest she has ever been. She is downright cruel to the nine year old Nixie who has lost her mother, father, brother and best friend. They were murdered in their beds. Sommersett is wonderful, as he always is, in nurturing the little girl who is staying at Roark's home to be kept safe from the murderers. Eve basically ignores her because she is selfishly thinking about herself when she was eight years old. I am sick to death of Eve's flashbacks to her father's abuse. Eve is now in her thirties and has had counseling. It is time for her to grow up. Others have suffered as much or more than Eve did, and now she has a wonderful husband, home and friends. She should be thankful. She is plain abusive to the people who work for her and people who are supposed to be her friends. Mira and Peabody are wonderful as they help Sommersett nurture little Nixie. Every time Dallas shows even a glimmer of humanity, the author acts as if makes up for the total nastiness Dallas displays 95 percent of the time. Mira and Roark break character a couple of times by calling Dallas out for her means. Despite my total dislike of the Eve Dallas character, I am hooked on the In Death Series. I guess part of it is I love to hate Dallas and there are so many wonderful characters that I do love that it makes up for her - people like Peabody, McNabb, Feeny, Yancy, Morris, Baxter, Truebody, Roark, Sommersett and others.

  • Visions in Death

  • In Death, Book 19
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,637

On one of the city's hottest nights, New York Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas is sent to Central Park - and into a hellish new investigation. The victim is found on the rocks, just above the still, dark water of The Lake in the park. Around her neck is a single red ribbon. Her hands are posed, as if in prayer. But it is the eyes - removed with such precision, as if done by the careful hand of a surgeon - that have Dallas most alarmed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Ending

  • By Holly Helscher on 12-07-08

Good story

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This was a great book in the In Death series, mainly because Peabody played a more prominent role. Peabody and Dallas are hunting for a serial killer who is murdering young women with a red ribbon, or cord. He is a huge man and very strong - also extremely insane and cruel. Eve knows he hates women and makes a point on TV news show, hosted by a woman, that two police women are disdainful of him and will catch him. This does what Eve hopes it will do - it causes him to act against one of the three women.
Now the characters: Peabody is my favorite. She is smart, funny, kind, loving, loyal and down to earth. I absolutely love her and her man, Ian McNabb. They are wonderful together. Eve is another kettle of fish. I don't know why I love this series so much when I dislike Eve so much. Maybe it is interesting because Eve is so flawed. She only has flashes of humanity. Mostly she is obnoxious, rude, mean and dismissive of people. She is downright hateful to Sommersett, who is like a father to Roark, takes care of Eve's house and clothing, feeds her and entertains her friends. She snarls at him and tells him she is ugly. She makes a point of doing things that make his job harder, such as leaving her car in front of the house and throwing her jacket on the newel posts. She is rude and excessively dismissive of most people she runs into on her job, such as witnesses, doormen, receptionists, and just about anyone else. She is sanctimonious and self important. Eve believes that what she is doing and feeling is the most important things going on. She relates everything to her hard life as a child. It was hard, we get it, but other people had bad lives too and get over it - including Roark who had a terrible youth until Sommersett came along and saved him as a child. Speaking of Roark, I love him too, and cannot understand for the life of me why he loves Eve so much and why he thinks she is so cute in her meanness. She puts him second to her job at all times and expects him to drop his important work duties to help her with her crime solving. She acts as if playing hostess is abhorrent and ditches those roles at the drop of the hat.

Another character that gets on my nerves is Mavis. She is incredibly stupid and shallow and her magalicious slang is beyond aggravating, as is her screeching , which is supposed to be singing. But Mavis is harmless because she is kind and loving. I just can't get why she loves Eve so much.

I have bashed some of the characters enough now. In addition to Peabody and McNabb, there are a lot of great characters such as Morris, Fenney, Charles, Louise, and others. All in all, I love to listen to this series and find the great majority of the books to be extremely interesting and fun. Nora Roberts is a master story teller and Erikson is a masterful narrator.

  • The Lion's Lady

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved everything about this book!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Good story - a little unusual

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Unusual historical romance story. Girl baby is saved by native American woman and raised in village in America. There is a diary that details who she is and how she became to be in America. The book story plot and the diary alternate to tell the story of the baby girl, now grown up. She is royalty and ends up in England with her wicked aunt. She meets the Lion, and he becomes her protector. Very interesting and engaging.

  • The Mistake

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,240

You think you know the truth about the people you love. But one discovery can change everything.... Eight-year-old Billy goes missing one day, out flying his kite with his sister Rose. Two days later he is found dead. Sixteen years on, Rose still blames herself for Billy's death. How could she have failed to protect her little brother? Rose has never fully recovered from the trauma, and one of the few people she trusts is her neighbour Ronnie, who she has known all her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How much do we really know about the ones we love?

  • By T. West on 12-03-17

Fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I listened to this with my college age grand daughter on a road trip. We were both hooked. My grand daughter guessed the wrong killer. Unfortunately I had read the reviews first and one of the reviewers had revealed the identity of the killer which really disappointed me. The book would have been even better if I had not known. I did not tell my grand daughter what I knew so she was really into guessing the identity. I wish some people did not feel it necessary to spoil the plot for those of us who pay attention to the reviews.

The plot - the heroine, Rose, had been involved with a nasty character when she was 18. He was abusive and controlling. She was naive and easily sucked into the sick relationship. The bad guy, Garreth, separated her from her friends and family and made her feel guilty all the time. He was also physically abusive and mean. When Rose's little brother Billy was murdered in the fist chapter of the book, Garreth was the obvious suspect and he was convicted and jailed for life. Sixteen years later Rose finds a clue that may mean that Garreth is not guilty of Billy's murder. She wants to make sure the right guy is being punished for the right crime. It really did not matter to me if Garreth was guilty or not - he needed to be in prison for the rest of his life because he is just an evil person and has done plenty evil things beyond murdering Billy. Rose has been left scarred and with an eating disorder. She is afraid to be alone or out in the dark. But she wants to know the truth. It is a tense listen as you find out the truth with her.

I thought the story was fascinating, particularly listening to the way Garreth groomed and started controlling Rose. There were a couple of good twists that made the story most enjoyable. I did not find the back and forth from present day to 16 years ago confusing. It all made sense to me. As to the narrator, she was good, but not excellent.

  • Divided in Death

  • In Death, Book 18
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599

Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first

  • By Pagan Picnic on 03-13-10

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I did not get as involved in this book as I usually do with In Death books. There is a complicated murder plot that involves spies, Homeland Security, etc. Roark's administrative assistant's daughter, Reva, is the suspected killer. Roark does not believe Reva is guilty of killing her husband and his lover. He thinks she was framed and he wants to help prove her innocence. There is another plot line regarding Eve's father. Roark finds out that many years ago a US government spy organization had surveillance on Eve's father and knew that Eve was being abused and raped by her father, yet decided not to intervene because it would upset their spy mission. Roark is furious and wants to get revenge on the men who left an 8 year old little girl at the mercy of rape and abuse. Eve does not want Roark to do anything to get revenge because she does not want him to get in trouble, or even worse, risk his soul and integrity. This creates quite a problem in their relationship.

Peabody is now a detective and she an McNabb are very much in love. Peabody is my favorite character in the entire In Death series. Speaking of Peabody, the narrator was off on her voice in this book. In fact, the narrator did not seem to be the same Susan Erickson that usually narrates. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just did not seem like the normal narrator in most of the book. There were sections when it seemed normal, but much of the book was not. The narration was not bad, just off a little, in my opinion.

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confessions of a zombie apocalypse painter

  • By Jeremy S. Thomson on 04-19-18

Wow. Just Wow. Scared me to death!

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I listened to the short story, The Hospital, and found it rather brutal. But Mountain Man has such great reviews that I decided to give it a try. I started with this prequel and was hooked. The Hospital was too short to get a sense of Gus's character. In The Prequel the character was vivid and real. So were all the characters. The author is very talented in creating characters, in storytelling and in dialog. It was a gripping story and my heart was pounding almost from the beginning and kept pounding until the end of the book. Now I want to go to the meaty Mountain Man Omnibus. I want to know more of Gus. He is not a dashing brave ripped hero - he is obese, foul mouthed, frightened and mainly lucky enough to survive. He stumbles into the zombie breakout and muddles through with his two co-workers and a few strangers in a grocery store. Every minute was exciting and deliciously nerve racking.

Don't dare eat a snack while listening. This will definitely put you off food. I warn you now that is VERY gory and gross - but what the heck. It is zombies!!! I am glad I finally started this series because I have been flirting with it for a few months and just could not make up my mind about pushing the Purchase button. I don't know if it was smart to start with the prequel before the Omnibus, but I have a feeling that it was a good move because I got to know Gus so well with this first book. This should make the Omnibus even more interesting. Can't wait.

The performance by RC Bray is better than excellent. He is absolutely amazing. His pacing is fantastic and the voices Bray gives the characters is fantastic as well. Bray can build the excitement and cause shivers to go up the spine. It could not have been performed by any one better.

  • The Breakdown

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,002

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She's been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It's a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she'd broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she'd stopped.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I tore through it within a few days

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-02-17

Yummy good book!!! I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I don't quite understand the bad reviews - I thought it was an excellent thriller. Yes, I did figure out what was going on behind the main character's back, but that was really not the main point. It did not matter that I suspected it. In fact it made the ending even more surprising because the reader/listener may have been lulled into thinking that what they suspected was going to be the big reveal in the end, but it was not. The ending was fantastic and a surprise to me. In fact, I got very scared toward the end because I was afraid the murderer was someone who was going to come kill Cass and my heart was pounding. The last three or four chapters were fantastic. As great as the ending was in The Breakdown, it was not quite as spectacular as the ending in the author's previous novel, Behind Closed Doors, but it was still quite remarkable.

Story is: In a terrible storm, Cass takes a short cut that her husband told her not to take because it is isolated and dangerous at night. . She discovers a woman stopped on the side of the road but is too afraid to get out of her car to help, so Cass drives on home. The next morning she finds that the woman was murdered. She also finds out that she knew the deceased woman because they just recently started becoming friends. Cass is riddled with guilt and does not tell anyone that she saw the breakdown and the woman. Then she starts getting silent calls which she believes are coming from the killer. Other odd things start happening to her. She finds that she has become horribly forgetful and is afraid she has early onset dementia because her mother suffered severely from the disease. Cass is spiraling downward.

There are several supporting characters - Cass's husband Matthew, her best friend Rachael, the murdered woman's husband, Cass's friends John and Hannah, and several others. The narrator does an excellent job telling the story and giving the characters distinct voices. I though it was a grand book. At the end is a brief interview with the author and I found her to be an unassuming and likable lady. She has written a third novel set in France and I plan to purchase it as soon as it comes out.

  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,510
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,239

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEER BATTERED BULL SH@@

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-31-14

OK, but I do not want to continue with series

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This was pretty good, but did not engage my interest enough for me to embark on a multi book series. I did not get too attached to the characters. To be fair, if I went on with the book I may have gotten attached to a couple of the characters, but I was just not intrigued enough by the story to go forward. I am already invested in several series such as In Death, Orphan X, Jack Reacher, Monster Hunters, Agent Pendergast, Walt Longmire, The Undead, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers to name my favorites, so . I don't need to add any more right now.