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  • Voodoo or Die: Mojo, Louisiana, Humorous Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Maureen Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    When a female attorney relocates to the quaint town of Mojo, Louisiana to take over the practice of a dead man, she thinks the welcome gift on her office doorstep is sweet...until she opens it to find a voodoo doll! After a horrible death occurs that's a little too close for comfort, she can no longer ignore the power of the evil doll...and frantically realizes her secret past might be catching up with her.

    A says: "Who talks like that??"
    "Who talks like that??"
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    In addition to odd pronunciations of some words, the narrator does a terrible job with voices, makes characters sound like poorly-done caricatures. Her rendition of the protagonist makes her sound like a pretentious biddy twice the age the story indicates. Much of the humor is lost in the narrator's poor delivery. I feel like the book would have been far more entertaining if I had picked up the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tim Pratt
    • Narrated By Leslie Hull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she’d hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina. Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his 20s and they hit it off right away - and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk...and siblings she didn’t know she had are willing to kill her for it.

    A says: "decent listen"
    "decent listen"
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    Decent fantasy story, narrator has a few minor issues like making any male with a southern accent sound like he's 65 years old but overall wasn't bad. At least she narrates like a normal person talks and doesn't feel the need to precisely enunciate every single letter of every word like some do. It isn't great literature, but it's an interesting story that moves at a good pace, and that's all I was looking for. My biggest pet peeve is that the main character always referred to her love interest as a "boy," as in "the boy I like" or "the boy I kissed," even though they were both fully adult twenty-something college graduates instead of sixth graders. It just sounded childish. Maybe it was supposed to be her feminist answer to women her age being called "girls" by men; maybe it was some linguistic fad from recent years that I missed (I'm forty-something, not twenty-something). Either way, it was annoying, but not enough to ruin the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bookmarked for Death: A Booktown Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Tricia Miles, owner of the Haven’t Got a Clue bookstore, must solve her own mystery when a bestselling author is found dead in the washroom.

    Ann Malokas says: "Book Lovers Mystery"
    "ok"
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    I liked the idea of the book - mysteries set in a mystery bookstore in a town famous for bookstores - well enough to overlook my dislike of the lead character in the first book and listen to the second. I still cannot warm to the woman and I find it difficult to even articulate why. She dates a reporter but gets annoyed if he does anything that remotely intersects with her life to get a story, even though the biggest story in town took place in her store. When presented a cake made by a professional pastry chef who baked it just for her as a kindness, rather than think what wonderful friends she has, she silently laments that no one understands how she doesn't consider cake to be comfort food. However she isn't overtly bitchy or whiny, and despite these irritations and many others, the mystery was interesting enough that I never considered not finishing the book. It just didn't leave me itching to get the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia.

    beatrice says: "Pretty Good"
    "Enjoyable despite…."
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    The lead character is a doormat and not very bright in some ways, making her less likable to me than she should be. However the setting is so pleasant I want to read more. Hopefully the lead will grow a spine and brain at some point in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Dead Guy: A Cherry Tucker Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larissa Reinhart
    • Narrated By Erin Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge - but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject.

    John S. says: "Audio the way to go here!"
    "Terrible narration"
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    Story made for a decent light and fluffy read but the narration was terrible. Pauses too long, pace too slow, didn't flow naturally the way a person would talk. Also too nasal, even for a good southern accent. I put it on 2X just to get through the book more quickly and found that the faster pace actually made the narration better. The narration made it difficult to gauge the quality of the story, but it had some scenes that I think would have been funny had they been read correctly, and it held my interest enough to make me want to check out the next one -- in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Crooked Nanny: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (313)

    After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

    Laura says: "For light entertainment - Also reviews explained"
    "good southern characters"
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    Good, mildly complex mystery story with good characters. I am from Georgia and felt like I have met most of the characters in the book. The narration lacks a little to be desired, however. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and a few of her characters were almost dead-on, almost exactly how I would expect the voice and accent of that person to sound. Mostly, though, she spoke too slowly and enunciated too precisely to sound like any normal person anywhere, southern or otherwise. I don't know if this was the fault of the narrator or the director, but it was very annoying. Not annoying enough to prevent me from enjoying the listen, but I would've enjoyed it a lot more if the narration had been better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Spring Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

    Jan says: "Really enjoyable."
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Characters were good with a likable protagonist. Pace was not fast but not plodding, and it was predictable but not in a way that detracts from the story. It is not difficult to guess how the story is going to end, but the journey to that end is very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (555)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Needs a different narrator"
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    A decent story, but the narration is a distraction. Ms. Sands is not without talent, but her style doesn't fit this type of story. She speaks in a throaty almost-whisper that trails off at the end of each sentence, sometimes to the point that I had a hard time understanding the last word. Her accent sounds genuine and she doesn't overdramatize (an annoying habit of some narrators), but the low, gravelly softness of her voice made it sound like she was going for some sort of languid, ultra-sexy sound even when there was nothing languid or sexy about what was happening in the book. The end result is that the book had a heavier feel that I was looking for and that the reviews I read by people who had read the print version indicated. Granted, there are some heavy themes in the book, but even Oscar's antics seemed almost depressing when described by this narrator. It did get slightly better as the book progressed, but overall I found the voice so distracting that I sometimes lost track of the story.

    Otherwise, it was a good story, and the descriptions of vintage clothing, witchcraft, and San Francisco were excellent. I would like to continue the series, but I might switch to the print version.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dance Upon the Air: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (829)

    When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband - and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from a terrible curse - one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692.

    Allicia says: "Good Romance, Not So Good Narration"
    "Good atmosphere, average story"
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    What did you love best about Dance Upon the Air?

    The overall feel of the book. Sort of dreamy and pleasant. Makes you want to settle in a pretty little seaside town and work in the cafe. The story was decent enough to keep me interested, but the setting was the star of the show.


    Would you recommend Dance Upon the Air to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to the ones who like a dreamy romantic read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    Almost anyone. The narrator had a nice voice and would be great for children's stories, but the way she handled what was supposed to be normal adult dialog was sorely lacking. I constantly found myself thinking, "who the *$%& talks like that??" The voice of the main character sounded downright child-like at times, enough to be a little creepy during some of the "love" scenes. While the audio book was great for passing the time while driving or doing housework, the narration left me wishing I had read the print version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "dumbest protagonist ever"
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    It held my attention and had an interesting storyline, but the lead character was annoyingly stupid. The book would have been hours shorter if she had figured out the answers to all the various dramas and dilemmas at even half the speed of a person with normal intelligence. The ghost was also monumentally irritating, but at least her grating personality was an intentional part of the story. One can only hope the stupidity of the main character was an unintentional flaw. I gave it three stars because I was able to stay interested in the story and generally considered it not to be a complete waste of my time in that it did provide slightly more entertainment than frustration, but I completely understand the reviewers who weren't even able to finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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