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A. Moose

WDW Moose

Bristol, VA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 16 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 161 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • Frat House Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Xavier Mayne
    • Narrated By Peter Brooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    State trooper Brandt's new assignment to infiltrate a sex-cam operation puts him in a very uncomfortable position, especially since he'll have to perform naked on camera for his audition. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Donnelly, has his back - whether that means helping Brandt shop gay boutiques for sexy underwear or offering Jager and encouragement while he researches porn. Despite his mortification, Brandt gives the audition his best "shot" - and becomes an overnight sensation.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good but not smex!"
    "Predictable and not a great book for audio"
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    What disappointed you about Frat House Troopers?

    It was predictable and the characters didn't click with me.


    Has Frat House Troopers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I love all genres of books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stood out to be honest,


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had humor and the characters were earnest, they just never felt real.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Skeleton in the Family: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (165)

    Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

    A reader in Southborough says: "Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton"
    "Pleasant, but disjointed cozy mystery"
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    Would you listen to A Skeleton in the Family again? Why?

    No, once was enough. It is a hard story to classify. It's not your typical cozy mystery because one of the main characters is a skeleton. It's not a good paranormal mystery because the "unworldly" aspect of the book is dealt with in a matter of fact manner and with little interest.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The biggest problem was the lack of character development.

    The teenaged daughter is just a typical teen. The mom is an adjunct professor whose claim to interest is her constant bemoaning her job choice. Sid, the skeleton, has no memory of his life and only knows what he's read in books. All in all not a great cast.

    The mystery is to figure out who Sid had been in life and why he died.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Georgia taking Sid to be analyzed for Sex, age, ethnicity, etc...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1169)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Jack the Ripper meets Holmes and Watson"
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    If you could sum up Dust and Shadow in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing character driven and challenging


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and many if the books using the great detective are disappointing. This was not. This Sherlock is a bit less caustic than Doyle's Sherlock. But it was close enough that I became lost in the story.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've listened to quite a few books narrated by Mr. Vance and have yet to be disappointed. He brings the first material to life and is adept at using his voice to differential characters without sounding over the top.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. But the loyalty Holmes and Watson have for one another and the loyalty they bring out in others literally saves their lives near the end of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (490)

    The town psychiatrist has decided to switch everybody in Pine Cove, California, from their normal antidepressants to placebos, so naturally - well, to be accurate, artificially - business is booming at the local blues bar. Trouble is, those lonely slide-guitar notes have also attracted a colossal sea beast named Steve with, shall we say, a thing for explosive oil tanker trucks.

    Chris Robbins says: "Very funny, but perhaps not for everyone"
    "Quirky, endearing, and addictive"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. Honestly I think this question is not necessary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove?

    So many that it's hard to pick just one. But I loved the scenes where the sea beast, Steve, disguised himself as a mobile home and began "disposing of" town folk who annoyed him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leave the Grave Green

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled.

    Constance says: "Interesting Character-Driven Mystery"
    "Boring. I forgot there was a murder at times."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was far too much time spend on the characters of Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James. I liked both, but sometimes wanted them to spend more time solving the crime and less on their individual lives.


    What was most disappointing about Deborah Crombie’s story?

    The secondary characters were completely unlikeable and I really had a difficult time seeing why Kincaid acted as he did.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    I don't remember anything about the narrator.


    Do you think Leave the Grave Green needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is part of a series, it has several follow ups.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Christmas: The Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (183)

    Lily Bard is going home for the holidays. More comfortable in baggy sweats than bridesmaid's frills, Lilly isn't thrilled about attending her estranged sister's wedding. She has moved to Shakespeare, Arkansas, to start a new life, cleaning houses for a living, trying to forget the violence that once nearly destroyed her. Now she's heading back to home and hearth - just in time for murder.

    Shelly says: "Worth the read"
    "Not as good as other Lily Bard books."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because it does advance the overall story of Lily Bard and the characters are strong. My issue was with the mystery and completely improbable coincidences that are used to set up the book.
    Lily reluctantly returns home for her sister's wedding. By sheer coincidence Jack is working a missing person's case that has ties to Lily's hometown. Not only that, but the missing girl could be the daughter of Lily's soon to be brother in law. Did he kidnap an infant?
    Too convenient and too easy to figure out.


    Would you recommend Shakespeare's Christmas to your friends? Why or why not?

    As a stand alone book? No
    As a part of the Lily Bard series? Yes but only to understand the growth of Lily and her relationship with Jack.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Gibson – was your favorite?

    Lily. She has survived and is now coming back to life.


    Did Shakespeare's Christmas inspire you to do anything?

    No not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Said Cheese

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lilian Jackson Braun
    • Narrated By Mason Adams
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Helen says: "Disappointing"
    "Know this is an abridged book and key scenes gone"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had been more careful and noticed that this was a very abridged version. A 7 hour book is trimmed to less than 3. Too many keys scenes missing, including one that is critical to figuring out the ending.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Death of a Policeman by M.C. Beaton


    Have you listened to any of Mason Adams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator was very good, but impossible to fix a badly chopped up book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have read the book. It was great. I do plan to buy the abridged version and enjoy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad: The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

    C. Morris says: "What a character!"
    "Hamish is a delight"
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    What did you love best about Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad?

    Two words: Hamish Macbeth. He is so very original. A lowly town bobby who always solves the crime, but fears doing so will get him promoted out of his peaceful, lazy, poaching life.Thank God for the awful Inspector Blair who swoops in, insults Hamish, and steals the credit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Easily Hamish. His outlook on life is so simple and he is so clueless about women that you can't help but love him.


    What about Antony Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    His delivery of the various accents and characters. Easily flowing from Hamish's Scottish drawl to a greedy American, to a stuffy British laird.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hamish reluctantly saves the day!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1386)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "History in a Glass is surprisingly interesting"
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    Where does A History of the World in 6 Glasses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As one of my biggest surprises. I was looking for a mildly interesting book to listen to as I prepared to go to sleep. This book was far to interesting to fall asleep to. I found myself listening intently as the world was changed by a simply cup of tea or coffee.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The layout of the story. Each beverage is given it's due and the timelines criss-cross to weave a tapestry of how the work was changed by beer used as a clean source of water and how tea actually lead to a company ruling India.


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This could have been the driest, dullest book in my library with the wrong narrator. But Sean brings the subject matter to life. He isn't being overly dramatic, he's making the book flow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I just really liked it a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Blue Death: Charles Lenox Mysteries Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charles Finch
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane's former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison.

    Sheryl says: "I like cozy"
    "The characters didn't ring true"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Finch and/or James Langton?

    James Langton is fantastic. I actually found this book through his work in the Inspector Banks series. I love his work and will look for others by him.

    Mr. Finch, sorry but no. The story was very dull and none of the characters were all that interesting. The story is ridiculous from the beginning. A lowly maid apparently commits suicide, but her former employer, a very respectable Lady, insists on having her death investigated.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I just started Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith


    What does James Langton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He simply brings the characters to life and is true to their origins.


    Did A Beautiful Blue Death inspire you to do anything?

    Yes to go back and listen to several of Anne Perry's Inspector Pitt novels. That was regency mystery done right. The Upstairs/Downstairs mentality and the firm distinction in roles during that time period.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1803)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Great start to a series"
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    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my recent favorites. I started the book over a year ago, but it doesn't work for short commutes. So when I started walking again, I began listening to this book. Great pace for a brisk walk.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, this is a very descriptive book that has lots of human drama to balance out the "dead come to life" moments. The intense scenes did keep me walking a few extra miles a week though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene where Amelia was knock off balance emotionally. She did so pride herself for being pragmatic and always in control. Seeing her in awe of the walking mummy or uncomfortable about a love interest was a treat.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it needed to be digested in sections.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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