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Elizabeth

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  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (643)

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "Always Impressed. Even after Book 11."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Every mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what unfolds.


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

    Yes, both with the case and with Eve's personal life. I love listening to how Eve and her husband and friends deal with the cases together. The dynamic is fascinating and well developed.


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

    Her incredibly talented performances. Even at book 11, I am always so impressed with this narrator. The author continues to add characters, and Susan Ericksen has a unique and always fitting voice for every character. She never messes up. When I read, I unknowingly give characters a certain voice in my head, and Susan Ericksen does this for you. It makes the books that much more enjoyable. I am so thankful she is the narrator for this series and hope she is until the very last book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4473)
    Performance
    (3825)
    Story
    (3804)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Not Impressed. "In Death"-Light."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Add more suspense, intrigue, threat, etc. Perhaps after listening to the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb, this series seems lacking. I always felt completely comfortable while listening. Not at all in league with "Gone Girl" or "In Death". The clueless naive main character just seems to stumble upon the answers to the 'mystery'. Perhaps comparing her to Eve Dallas of J.D. Robb's "In Death" series is simply unfair.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Rhys Bowen again?

    I'm not sure. I've tried book two in the series to see if it gets better but so far it is pretty much the same. Dry, slow, dull. I feel no attachment to the main character and her much touted sleuthing abilities seem to be luck or just plain artificial.


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

    The accents. The narrator is excellent with the different voices and with the proper accents. I could do without all the characters with obnoxious lisps. One was enough.


    Was Her Royal Spyness worth the listening time?

    I listen to them at work, so probably. Worth the money/credit? Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Try out "In Death" if you found this book/series a bit boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted in Death: In Death, Book 22.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (384)

    Number 12 is an urban legend in 2060 New York City. The hot club in the 1960s, it is now reported to be haunted...and cursed. Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called there to investigate the apparent murder of Radcliff Hopkins, its new owner and the grandson of the man who made Number 12 a cultural icon.

    Pagan Picnic says: "You'll hate yourself in the morning"
    "Good but short and abrupt ending"
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    What disappointed you about Haunted in Death?

    The Ending! Unlike most other In Death books, there is an awkward and abrupt ending. The case and background is building, characters are introduced and then all the sudden its over. Very unlike the other mysteries of this series. No challenge.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Even though this book is shorter, still include the slower unfolding of the case. Don't just throw the conclusion at the readers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wasn't really one. The book is basically three scenes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Haunted in Death?

    None! I would recommend adding scenes. If you took a single one away there wouldn't be a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be seeing if I can get a refund. There is no substance to this book and it should have been sold for $2 instead of almost $10.

    I love this series but may consider skipping the .5 editions after this disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10616)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5893)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Beautiful Story, and Thoughtful Message."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I imagine each as its pros and cons. I enjoy holding a book and letting my imagination give the characters voices. However the narrator did a lovely job. I grew attached to Pi Patel's charming accent and way of speaking.


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    I suppose anything with a larger message. A psychological study of the meaning of life. Perhaps the Chronicles of Narnia in that they are both a lovely story, but hold even more enjoyment in their underlying message. I enjoyed how thought provoking Life of Pi was.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Pi Patel hands down. His accent was charming and a joy to listen to. When the book was over, I missed it.


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

    No, but I wish that I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is slow to start but have patience and understand that the beginning sets up the end of the book and gives you a better appreciation of Pi Patel, religion, philosophy, etc. Some might put it down in the beginning but it is absolutely worth staying with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purity in Death: In Death, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable - like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging.

    Charles says: "Where did Peabody's voice go?"
    "Distracting Change in Character Voices."
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    Where does Purity in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I still enjoy this series and the context, however the random change in voices is notable, especially because I listen to them back-to-back. I am not sure why the change happened at Book 15, but I wish they wouldn't have. I have grown accustomed to the characters' voices and enjoyed them, until now. I hope they go back to normal in Book 16.


    What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance would you have changed?

    Peabody's voice is very noticeably altered in this book, and I hope that it will go back to normal in book 16.


    Any additional comments?

    Please stick to the same quality of performance of Books 1 - 15. No need to change what was already excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (439)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

    Kellie says: "Where'd Peabody go??"
    "Consistant quality of content and performance."
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    What did you love best about Seduction in Death?

    The psychology of the killers and how Eve unravelled the case with the help of her team and husband.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve Dallas and Roarke. Their dynamic and team is fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    All of them. Susan Ericksen performed flawlessly as she has in the past books of the series. I did not hear any differences as other reviewers stated so perhaps it was fixed. All the characters had the same voices I've come to get used to.


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

    Absolutely, but I never can so I'm always looking forward to the next chance.


    Any additional comments?

    I will continue with the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5711)
    Performance
    (5273)
    Story
    (5268)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Losing Interest"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would have recommended the first couple books in the series but the story line is becoming repetitive and boring in Book 4. I find myself tuning out and uninterested in finishing the book. If I do finish this book/series - it will purely be out of obligation because I 1) Spent the money/credit and 2) I've already read 3 and would like some conclusion at this point.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A different fantasy series - Just purchased the series Songs of Fire and Ice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can not think of one - they are fairly predictable and not suspenseful.


    Was Tricked worth the listening time?

    No, I have put the book aside and moved on to others. Not sure I will spend the time finishing this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this series should have ended after book 3. I enjoyed the wit of the author and character in the first two books but it is becoming very repetitive and tired.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (16938)
    Performance
    (15067)
    Story
    (15111)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Nailbiter!"
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    Listened to this audiobook in a matter of days (would have been faster if not for school and work!) Murder mystery thriller with an amazing twist! This was my first experience with author Gillian Flynn and I was very impressed. I especially enjoyed the psychological aspect and the unique perspectives from the characters. Both narrators, Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne did a perfect job. They truly gave me the impression they were actually the characters. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15302)
    Performance
    (12628)
    Story
    (13269)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Knew what to expect and loved it!"
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    If you are expecting a masterpiece with depth of characters... this is not going to be the book for you. Read a description, be aware of the genre and then go in to this series knowing exactly what you are going to get. I can't figure out why people are so surprised that the author uses simplistic language, and the character is shallow. Becca Battoe depicts her character perfectly. The entire series was very addicting and never boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Patricia Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (606)

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.

    Marie says: "Reader ruined it for me"
    "Good Book. Excellent Narrator."
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    Jewels of the Sun was exactly what you would expect of Nora Roberts. Magical story and setting yet the main character was extremely relatable. Excellent performance by Patricia Daniels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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