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  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feminine twist

  • By Swissrose on 2018-09-14

Great Story...Loved the Concept

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-07-12

There are more of these books in my future. No I did not guess the ending. So well done and it all pulls together perfectly.

  • The Crown Tower

  • The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1
  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable adventure fair

  • By Lea H. on 2018-03-03

Ended Too Soon

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-26

Definitely loved this book. Pretty sure U already own The Rose and Thorn. Time to load it onto my phone. While the story does end in a sufficient completion I want to know more.

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  • Mississippi Jack

  • Bloody Jack #5
  • Written by: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

In Mississippi Jack, the fifth installment in the Bloody Jack series, the intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Great Yarn

  • By Vera on 2019-06-12

Such a Great Yarn

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-12

You get exactly what you hope for with this series. A lively, clever, fast paced story with a heroine that is full of spirit and gumption.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a lovely book, charming, entertaining, full of surprises

  • By Roberta Westwood on 2017-10-10

Utterly Charming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-06-05

Gorgeous ripe story full of character. In some ways this is a quiet story but you will be completely taken over by it. Loved every minute.

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • Written by: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Rose on 2019-08-15

So many holes in story

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-10

Purchased this for a family road trip and we did listen until the end so that is good. This main character made mistake layered on mistake. While we understood the intent of the ending we each had multiple opinions why this would not be possible. The author should have wrapped the story much better to try and suspend our disbelief.

  • The God's Eye View

  • Written by: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. He knows unlimited surveillance is the only way to keep America safe. Evelyn Gallagher doesn't care much about any of that. She just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA's camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So well crafted

  • By Vera on 2019-03-18

So well crafted

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-18

I kept thinking that this author is like a detective putting all the treads together to spin this story. well worth your time and scary because you know there is a great deal of truth there.

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  • The Firebird

  • Written by: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gobbled this story up

  • By Vera on 2019-02-16

Gobbled this story up

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-16

I did not expect to love this story as much as I did It waited in my library far too long. This is a very satisfying read. The combination of the wonderful characters and the brilliant narrator made this story a pleasure to listen to

  • Age of Myth

  • Book One of The Legends of the First Empire
  • Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sullivan nails it!

  • By Leah on 2017-12-07

Michael is one smooth author

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-31

He just never disappoints. His stories always leave you wanting more. He is excellent at building characters that you become invested in. He adds all the right touches and moves at a satisfying pace. He is an author you can always count on to give you a great read. Love the narrator as well and know him from many books.

  • The Psychopath Inside

  • A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain
  • Written by: James Fallon
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

The memoir of a neuroscientist whose research led him to a bizarre personal discovery, James Fallon had spent an entire career studying how our brains affect our behavior when his research suddenly turned personal. While studying brain scans of several family members, he discovered that one perfectly matched a pattern he’d found in the brains of serial killers. This meant one of two things: Either his family’s scans had been mixed up with those of felons or someone in his family was a psychopath.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a little overwhelming

  • By Natalie on 2018-06-15

Disturbing and Very Interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-22

I've always wondered why psychopaths have to exist. This books does give some resolution to this question. The narrator's style is perfect for the story. You feel that the speed and fluidity of his voice represents the brain that had these thoughts. We all brush up against psychopaths in our day to day. Recognizing that person's potential might just save you a world of pain. His story feels soooo honest but you have to remember the source. He warns against being close to a psychopath. That is the truth I would take from this book.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • Written by: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book I couldn't stop listening

  • By Laura Abrahams on 2019-07-24

Loved it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-20

This is a fun read with fabulous character, dialogue, action and suspense. I'd watch the movie. Just a thought!