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A. Moose

WDW Moose

Bristol, VA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 14 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 82 purchased in 2014
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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
    (94)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    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
  • The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (459)

    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
    (188)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    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
    (304)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (165)

    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
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    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
    (1519)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1301)

    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
    (138)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    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
    (2943)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1706)

    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
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (653)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Too much coffee not enough murder mystery"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well at the 45% Mark we still have zero info about the incident at the coffee shop or even a verified murder. We have had at least a dozen scenes talking about making the perfect cup of coffee and diatribes against people Clare considers morons for not paying $7 for a cup of her coffee. Honestly,the attack happens on page 1 yet almost half way through no update on her condition or anything remotely about the attack. The poor girl was lying in intensive care yet wasn't referred to by name for several chapters. I had forgotten her name and when she was mentioned again it was in passing. Clare makes coffee,names her cat Java, refers to people, the weather, noises, smells and men all with coffee references. It gets monotonous very quickly.I get that it takes place at a coffee shop, but I can't imagine Clare having a conversation that doesn't' t revolve around herself and coffee.


    What was most disappointing about Cleo Coyle’s story?

    It wasn't a murder mystery. Just Clare making pot after pot of coffee and accusing every person of being the attacker. When finally solved it was more by accident and less by investigation.


    What three words best describe Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

    She was adequate. But there was almost no change in voice inflection between characters. The men and women sound vertically identical.


    What character would you cut from On What Grounds?

    Clare. Of course then there wouldn't' be a series.


    Any additional comments?

    I do love cozy mysteries. I have read series with protagonists as midwives, bakery owners, maids, housewives, librarians, and artists. But I won't be reading more from this series.I did wonder what Clare would say if she knew I was enjoying a cup of coffee made with my trusty Keurig while listening to this book. 51 cents a cup.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Boies, Theodore B. Olson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United Statesissued a pair of landmark decisions, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and eliminating California's discriminatory Proposition 8, thereby reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California. Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson - who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore - joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day.

    A. Moose says: "Wonderfully engrossing and often emotional book"
    "Wonderfully engrossing and often emotional book"
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    What did you love best about Redeeming the Dream?

    How everyone in the book was treated with respect by the authors. The activists on both sides, the opposing lawyers, the LGBT community as a whole, and even those who backed Prop 8 were given a fair deal. Some didn't come across very well, but it was on their own merits, not by being run down by the authors.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming the Dream?

    The build up to the Supreme Court case and the actual proceedings inside the Supreme Court. It was unbelievable the amount of work that goes into preparing for the Supreme Court and then how very fast the actual appeal goes in the Courtroom. The fact that each lawyer has a prepared argument, but rarely gets past the first line or so before being interrupted by one of the justices.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    His ability to make what could have become dry legal mumbo jumbo and bring it to life.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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