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Linda

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  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1731)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1574)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "Love the Werewolves"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fair Game to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version although I have it on my Kindle. The audio edition is marvelous because of the way the characters come alive. Holter Graham is an excellent narrator and makes Charles jump out at the listener.


    What other book might you compare Fair Game to and why?

    I compare it to Hunting Ground because it has the same characters. All of Patricia Briggs' books tie in to her other series or to previous books in the same series. This makes the reader/listener a part of the world in which the characters exist. I love this connection.


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

    Yes. This one is just as good as his other performances. He is a very gifted narrator. I would listen to his other books.


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

    I felt sorry for the giant silver deer. He didn't understand what he was and might have been different if raised by someone other than his crazy uncle.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is terrific and I will continue to follow Patricia Briggs. I think that I like the Mercy Thompson series best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strange Highways

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (359)

    Joey Shannon, an alcoholic whose life has been going nowhere for 20 years, returns to his hometown for the funeral of his father. As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

    Michael says: "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"
    "The Good Always Wins"
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    Would you listen to Strange Highways again? Why?

    Yes. Dean Koontz tells stories with so much detail that a second read is always warranted.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strange Highways?

    I think when Joey realized that his brother was the killer and then when the girl,he stopped to help took him to,the library and showed him his book.


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

    His narration brings life to,the story.


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

    Yes. I always get hooked on Koontz books. Sometimes I stayed up all,night to read one, The Watchers is one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12348)
    Performance
    (9162)
    Story
    (9164)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Harry is Intriguing Character"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I think the narration adds to the book, any book, but especially books about fantsy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the wizard was developed and interacted with humans.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden.


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

    Yes. I like the series and will be listening to others in the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (856)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Yes, I Love All Books By Diana Gabaldon"
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    Would you listen to Lord John and the Private Matter again? Why?

    Yes. I have the paperback and have read it. I'd listen to it again because every time you hear or read one of Diana Gabaldon's books, you pick up something different. Her plots are nuanced and complex so they are intriguing. Lord John was a secondary character in the Outlander series but he took on his own cult because of his nature and actions. We all love Jamie, including John Gray and now we love John Gray, too.


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

    Yes. The plot was intriguing from almost the first line. He is out to have dinner with a friend and notices something he can't ignore but how does he find out the source of the problem. It is all about propriety in the 1700's and then he finds out there is a murder totally unrelated. It is a great novel.


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

    Lord John is my favorite but Harry is a close second. The way the characters are described make you know that Harry is someone who probably has soup on his vest and likes to eat to excess. He also is known to Jamie in earlier books and the characters weave in and out. Jeff Woodman does a good job.


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

    No extreme action. I just like all things about these characters and have every book in both audible and text and e-book. Call me addicted to all things written by Diana Gabaldon.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't say enough good things about this book and all the other books by Gabaldon. Get them if you have not heard them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open Your Heart: A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Neal Pollack
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    With his star on the rise since solving the murder of Ajoy Chaterjee, yoga detective Matt Bolster is invited to teach at The Gathering, a prestigious yoga retreat run by the renowned Tom Hart. Bolster is a little dubious about the cultish atmosphere that surrounds Hart, but, as they say in L.A., it’s an honor just to be nominated. But when what starts off as a decadent retreat quickly spirals into deadly chaos, Bolster must use all his yoga-detective powers, and also his fists.

    Linda says: "Pretty Far Fetched Even For Yoga Buffs"
    "Pretty Far Fetched Even For Yoga Buffs"
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    Would you try another book from Neal Pollack and/or Fred Stella?

    Maybe. I liked the first book and thought this one would be as humorous and interesting. I was disappointed in this book in that there was too much stuff going on that was not of a mystery nature. Matt was kinda boring to be honest. Fred Stella was excellent in capturing the emotions.


    Would you recommend Open Your Heart to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hmmm. Not sure. It wasn't as good as the first book but if they were into yoga they would probably enjoy it. You definitely have to know yoga to understand this one.


    What about Fred Stella’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about his performance. He had the voices and inflections perfect.


    Do you think Open Your Heart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, maybe one more book to capture the crazy Barlow and find out what the nutty Chelsea is all about. Matt needs closure like to go back to police work. What kind of life can you have living hand to mouth and smoking dope all day long. Go ahead Mr. :Pollack write one more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (521)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Thank Goodness For The Woman In His Life"
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    What made the experience of listening to Blue Labyrinth the most enjoyable?

    The voice of Rene Auberjonois made it superb. He is the voice of Pendergast. I love this series and am never disappointed. I wish Pendergast had been more involved but he was not himself in this book. Thank goodness he returned by the ending.


    What other book might you compare Blue Labyrinth to and why?

    No comparison except to the other excellent novels by these two authors. Start at the beginning of this series and catch up if you haven't read them all. These are good enough to read again and again.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Mr. Auberjonois is a perfect voice for this elegant and demanding detective. No one else can read thee books.


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

    I was ready to scream when the bad guys started after the two women who were trying to get to the special plants even though I knew it would have to be okay in the end. The suspense was made even more so by the different characters in the chapters. Excellent story.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please keep Pendergast viable and alive for future cases. He is delectable. He and Commissario Brunetti are my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (413)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "Almost Sick of Gideon and Ava and Their Issues"
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    What made the experience of listening to Captivated by You the most enjoyable?

    I liked having the two voices describing the differences between Ava and Gideon. Not sure this made it enjoyable because the story was just too, too icky. I liked the first three books very much and was anxious to get to this book so the story could be complete. But the story went backward with the band issues and with Gideon's former lovers and even with Ava and Gideon second guessing each other constantly. Perhaps knowing that this book and the incessant sex would end soon helped move the story along. Let's hope the next book finishes the story of these two lovers with a happy ending. I'd hate to have to have come this far and have their relationship fail. The best part was the ending.


    What other book might you compare Captivated by You to and why?

    You'd have to compare it to the other sexy love stories like 50 Shades of Gray but this book didn't have the feeling that you got from the first three books or by reading 50. I was disappointed with Book 4 in the Crossfire series and I really was anxious to get to it.


    What does Jill Redfield and Jeremy York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two narrators bring the distinct differences in the attitudes of the two characters but even that didn't make the actions between Gideon and Ava feel comfortable. Let's make them love each other again without all the angst.


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

    No. I don't think I would have been able to sit still. It made me want to walk around and throw something...not all the time...but enough that I couldn't have sat through it all in one sitting. The fact that I stayed with it says alot about my persistence to find out what's happening. I'll buy the next book too.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (472)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Grabbed Me Immediately"
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    Where does Extraction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is right up,there with other detective stories. It was too,short but I knew it was a short story.


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

    Not really but it wasn't a mystery it was like a ghost story from his childhood. Pendergast is telling a scary story to his protege. It was good.


    What about Rene Auberjonois’s performance did you like?

    I always like Rene's performance as Pendergast. His voice is Pendergast. He has the drawl and the superior attitude down perfectly.


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

    Nothing extreme. I just found it a very nice story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    It's Dr. Kay Scarpetta's birthday, and she's about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car.

    G. House Sr. says: "Series badly needs to change focus"
    "Started Slow But Was Satisfying..Not Suoerb"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flesh and Blood to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audible books add to,the story. It is like watching a play. The story seemed slow and Kay didn't Come across as her usual strong self. It seemed that Morino was more hostile than usual yet he seemed better than in the last book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Kay and Pete about the same this time. Putting him back in a cop role suits him better yet he still is her investigator. They are a team. Kay seemed to be unsure of herself, her husband, and niece. I,found this a weakness in her I didn't like. It all was okay in the end but it was too meandering.


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

    Yes. I liked Lorelei and like her in other books. She has a good narration skill.


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

    Yes. I thought it was slow with too much mental anguish on Kay's part.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (2008)
    Story
    (2015)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Sherry Pitcock says: "Love that Reacher"
    "Not The Best Jack Reacher Story But Gotta Read All"
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    Would you listen to Echo Burning again? Why?

    Probably not. I didn't like it nearly as much as the earlier Reacher or the later Reacher books. This one was a bit flat. I mean what woman would pick up someone that looked like Reacher? Not a very smart one yet Carmen picked him up and then took him home. And he being Jack and having nothing more than his toothbrush, went along with her. It was just not a great book. Sorta like Lee Child threw in stuff just to get it over with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book I think my favorite character was Ellie. She seemed to have it all together while her mother and Jack just seemed to stumble along.


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

    Yes. I have listened to many of his performances. He does this one fine but he just doesn't have the material to work with. He is a terrific narrator.


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

    Yes. I thought it was too long and the story was not very believable. But, having said that I listened to it and liked the ending best of all. Maybe it was because that finally Jack got to investigated and slap someone around.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (214)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
    "Very Nice Story And The Characters Are Likeable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story is interesting and I like any man in a kilt. The aspect of time travel made it something I wanted to read while taking a break from The Outlander books. It was recommended by one of the Outlander Facebook groups so I decided to give it a try. I think most everyone who likes Scottish books will like this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked True but Malcolm and Roblee were close seconds. Everyone just seemed to know what was going on except Malcolm and True but that was what we were supposed to expect. The fortune teller was a mystery to me from the beginning. I had no clue that she was who she wound up being. Everything was wrapped up with proper feelings protected. True and Malcolm are terrific.


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

    Her reading made the characters come to life. She was even able to sound like the male characters. I didn't like the way she emphasized certain aspects in the beginning but after a while I got into her cadence and found her a pleasant storyteller. When reading text you don't get the nuanced phrasing that a good narrator provided. I much prefer audible books.


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

    I especially loved the moment when Malcolm unwraps his new daughter and counts her toes. And then when young Hunter wanted to hold her and then wouldn't give her back. You could feel the love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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