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Linda

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  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (316)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Martha says: "A delightful visit"
    "Betty White is Delightful!"
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    I love Betty White and she is just as bright and chipper in this book as in her TV shows. I have to believe that she must be a delightful person. Hope when I'm 90+ that I have her wisdom and enthusiasm for life. It isn't your typical autobiography but it is interesting and fun to listen to her describe some of the events in her long and eventful life. She loves pets and is always bringing new ones into her home. Hope we never get too old to adopt needy pets. She just makes you feel happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1407)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Diana Delivers Book 8--Worth the Wait!"
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    Well, what can be said about Diana Gabaldon's 8th book in her Outlander series? I loved it. Of course, after waiting almost 5 years and being immersed in Facebook fandom for the last year or so, it is hard to wait for Book 9. Book 8 does not disappoint although it lacks the surprises and indepth sexiness of earlier novels, it has enough to make the reader salivate over Jamie. Now we have a picture of Jamie in Sam Heughan who will play the role on TV and can share our hopes about all of this on Facebook. This story wraps many loose ends left hanging after Book 7, Echo in the Bone, and leaves us hoping that peace will prevail on Fraser's Ridge. These characters are such a part of my life that I think in 18th Century Scots. Diana is an amazing author and Davina Porter brings the characters to life with her linguistic skills. I have read it twice and will read it many more times before the next book is published. Sigh!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5855)
    Performance
    (5329)
    Story
    (5341)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Cormoran Strike Grabs Your Attention Right Off"
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    This is a new series for this author. Who would think the same author could write Harry Potter and then write something as gritty and grubby as this series. The protagonist makes you want to know more about him right from the start. He is a sympathetic character who is very smart but dumb in romance. Not unusual I guess. Anyway, Cormoran is now living in his office after breaking up with his abusive girlfriend of 12 or so years. He is contacted to look into a suicide which his client believes is murder. The story takes off from there and gives the reader a good story. It is a sophisticated storyline and the author inserts lots of references to let you know that Strike is no dummy. I like the deep voice of the narrator and his accent which adds to the strength of Cormoran. He is a big man, 6'3" and weighing 16 stone (224 pounds). The descriptions of his disability and his unusual hairiness are important to seeing him. I hope there are lots of books to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1238)
    Story
    (1233)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    Crystal says: "A Yawner"
    "Cormoran Is Amazing!"
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    It is hard to believe that the same author who gave us Harry Potter can also give us such a gritty and dark mystery series. Cormoran Strike is a private detective along the lines of Phillip Marlow or Sam Spade. The descriptions make you able to actually see his grubbiness yet gentile personality. The sophistication with which this series is written is part of what makes it so real. I feel like I know London's streets with the descriptions provided and the make up of the literary world. Can't wait to catch the next book in this series. I keep hoping that Robin and Cormoran can be a couple but that is part of what makes the series so intriguing, the play off each other's weaknesses. He's a damaged veteran of the Afghanistan war trying to revive his life. She's a nice girl from Yorkshire. They do provide the care for each other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Wild: Leopard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (158)

    Bred by capricious parents for his innate leopard-shifting abilities, billionaire Jake Bannaconni has spent his life in an emotional vacuum - especially after a tragic twist of fate left him to raise his infant son alone. But when his path crosses that of an enigmatic young woman, Jake’s life takes a detour he never fathomed.

    Damita says: "Surprising"
    "Jake is the ultimate leopard."
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    This was the first book of this series that I read and by far my favorite. I have the paper back which is marked for the 'best parts.' Jake and Emma make you want them to succeed. I found this story one of my favorites and it is why I bought the earlier books and have continued to buy the books as they have been published. Christine Feehan is a terrific story teller and the Leopard People is one of her best series.

    Jake is richer than most and ruthless as are most of the leopards in these books. I like the story told here about Jake and Emma and their experiences. If you like strong men not afraid to be strong, these books are for you. There is no abusiveness but there is some manipulation on Jake's part and there is lots of sex.

    Jeffrey Cummings is a good narrator and has a strong voice which is needed for the storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leopard's Prey: Leopard Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    From a tough stint in the armed forces to stalking the unknown as a bayou cop, leopard shifter Remy Boudreaux has been served well by his uncanny gifts. And right now, New Orleans could use a homicide detective like Remy. A serial killer is loose, snatching victims from the French Quarter with pitiless rage and unnatural efficiency. But something else is drawing Remy into the twilight - a beautiful jazz singer bathed night after night in a flood of bloodred neon.

    Damita says: "Awesome"
    "Remy Is A Detective But A Leopard Nevertheless!"
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    I have read all of the Leopard People books and have liked each and every one. It is nice to know that all of the men in these books are going to be muscular, lean, and sexy. You can take it to the bank that any book by Christine Feehan will have you panting before the 3rd chapter. Remy reunites with a woman who he knew as a child (16 years younger than he) but no longer a child. She is a jazz singer who is returning to her home town of new Orleans where he is a detective. The plot progresses from there with a passionate feeling on both sides while seeking a murderer. This book didn't have as many sexy events as some of the earlier books but it was still compelling and a good read.

    Karen White was good but I think a man's voice may have been better for the storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5630)
    Performance
    (5050)
    Story
    (5041)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Diane Bishop and Matthew Clermont come Home"
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    Good story with lots of time travel experiences. Meeting all the historical characters and seeking the missing manuscript continues. It is a good story with lots of history and fantasy. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (2011)
    Story
    (1994)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Reacher is still a hard guy to catch"
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    Another Reacher hard ops story with a twist. Jack returns to meet the commander of his old unit. He liked her voice. Both are set up for false charges and the book,follows them as they try to find out who and why. Obviously, they find out, resolve the issues, and clear their names. How they do it is what the book is all about. I liked it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she'd been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party - by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing.

    Mary Beth Maschner says: "Bad narrator, cookie cutter story"
    "A Good Mystery"
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    I liked Lucy and Mason and his uncle. The story was engaging and kept you guessing. The fireplace scene was a new approach. Who knew Aunt Sarah was so clever? I like Jayne Ann Krentz and will read her again in this form. This was a good read but the narrator was hard to track.

    I have been spoiled by excellent narratives who use different inflections and accents to differentiate the characters. Miss Cobb didn't use different voices at all. I had trouble telling the difference between Mason and Lucy. Big disappointment.

    The story was a good one right down to,the broken wine glasses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunters: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    Two brutal murders and millions of missing dollars in the growing UN/Iraq oil-for-food scandal have led Castillo and his team to an estancia in Uruguay, where the man they seek is murdered right before their eyes. Who is responsible? Most likely, the people higher up in the dirty-money chain - those willing to risk anything to keep their secrets from being revealed.

    Thomas says: "Excellent, but must read in sequence"
    "Active and Engaging But Not As Good As Books 1 & 2"
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    I liked the book but did think there was too much thinking and explaining going on. Charlie is good so why does he doubt himself. It's clear these guys are focused on their jobs and it's clear that it's a special ops story which is why we keep buying these books. I got tired of their antics but still enjoyed the characters.

    Not sure but I think I'll be stopping with this book since the reviews for the next ones are very poor. We'll see. The narrator, Dick Hill, is amazing. He switches accents like a true linguist and makes the story move along. Not sure I'd like reading these books since it is the voices that give it the punch. Kudos to WEB Griffin for his masterly writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (388)

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Charlie is Awesome--What Else Is There To Say?"
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    I sure wish I had discovered these books earlier but then I wouldn't be able to enjoy them now. I just bought Book 3 in this terrific series. If you like macho men, and I do, then you'll love this book whether you are male or female. I think the stories just get better and better. If you like to watch someone be recognized for his abilities but he is a bit modest about them, then you'll love Charlie. Lots of guns and lots of shootings but more intrigue than anything. The characters remain pretty much the same, with the special ops-like team getting together to work with Charlie again and the President backing the whole thing up and defending it against some of his cabinet members.

    Read the first book in the series first or you won't get the connections.

    Griffin is terrific and I hope his son is able to continue these entertaining tales.

    And, Dick Hill is a terrific narrator. He makes it all better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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