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Linda

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Bowie, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (1387)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1259)

    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
  • River Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Amanda Leigh Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    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.

    Isaac says: "Awesome Ride"
    "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
    (543)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    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
    (556)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (351)

    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
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (731)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Denice says: "Taken In Death"
    "Another Good Outcome by Dallas and Roarke"
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    I really like these stories. Even when they are predictable and you know the outcome, they are still entertaining. This one was a bit weak with not much time for Eve and Roarke to 'get together' and resolve things. That's just another phrase for sex. But even without that, it was a good read. The premise is that two kids are kidnapped, their nanny murdered, and at first we are to think it might be the mother but then rather quickly we find out that it is her identical twin. Then things get interesting but that's what the books all about so you'll have to read it. Needless to say, you'll enjoy it if you've read any of the earlier ones. If you are thinking of jumping in to this series, do yourself a favor and at least read the first book so you know how Eve and Roarke got together. It's well worth the price.

    As usual, Susan Ericksen is awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy in Death: In Death, Book 30

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (641)

    Bart Minnock, founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play, enters his private playroom, and eagerly can’t wait to lose himself in an imaginary world, to play the role of a sword-wielding warrior king, in his company’s latest top-secret project, Fantastical.

    Judy says: "Another Home Run!"
    "Games Are Not Just for Fun!"
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    This is another great book about Eve Dallas and Roarke. I love the series. This one is all about a company that produces computer games and has been doing so for quite a few years. The owner is like a big kid but is very good at game design and sales. Roarke made him an offer years ago but the kid wanted to do his own company. Roarke remained in touch with him and they exchanged ideas but never stole ideas.

    These books are so much fun to read and they are better when read in order. This is #30. The games takes a game disk home to try out and he winds up dead. The book proceeds from there trying to find out how he died and if there can be real weapons in a game. Needless to say the electronic boys at the police station and Roarke as civilian consult get involved and things get exciting.

    After much exciting gaming stuff, the mystery is solved. But, you must read it to find out how it ends. Obviously, the good guys win and the loser carted off to a cage, probably off planet for the next 50 years. Penalties are very long but humane. He won't have any e-toys to play with.

    Susan Ericksen as narrator is terrific. It is always amazing to me how females can make themselves sound like sexy males and vice versa when its a man narrating as a woman. Guess that's why it's called acting!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1327)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Dallas Does It Again with Roark's Help, Of Course"
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    I simply love Eve Dallas and Roark. Amazing that Nora Roberts can write so differently between this series and her other more novels. I've read a great many of them but love the J.D. Robb futuristic cop series. Maybe I just like knowing the characters and having them do the same thing in a different way.

    Anyway, this book is different in that there is a murderer out there but no one sees it happen. It's an aerosol vapor that makes people go into a frenzy and stab each other with forks or whatever they have near. Very scary since sometimes the local TV describes people acting in the same way without any poisonous gas involved.

    The book is predictable but we readers of the #35 book in the series expect that which is why there are so many books in the series. The difference in this series and others where the settings remain the same is the vitality of the characters. Eve is dangerous and lovely and a total dichotomy between the New York Police Lieutenant and the wife to Roark. To understand the dyanmics, one must read the first book in the series 'Naked in Death' and then you can read any book in the series pretty much and know what's going on. I happen to be a bit Obsessive-Compulsive and like to read things in order but that's just me.

    Susan Ericksen is terrific narrating since the book is told from Eve's viewpoint. She gets the accents and makes you think she is a tall, dark haired Irishman. Good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shield's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    Sariana was a cool, confident business-woman, an outcast from the East determined to regain her rightful status. Gryph was an intense mercenary respected and feared throughout the opulent cities and savage frontiers of the West. But from the moment they met, fate made them one. Was it their destiny to be bound to a powerful force that both captivated and frightened them?

    A User says: "An Old Favorite"
    "No Dust Bunnies? A Beginning of the Shield Guild"
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    This was published in 2009 so it was one of the first books about the Shield Guild and how it came about. There were no dust bunnies yet but it was nice to know that the later books maintain the macho images of the shield guys but gives them some softness. This book was lots of fun to listen to and the brash nature of the heroine gave the shield guy a run for his money but the reader knows that in the end, he will prevail and they will wind up together. That predictability is what makes Jayne Ann Krentz, no matter what pseudonym she uses, books a delight to read. They are gripping with twisting plots but in the end, the boy wins girl. I'll be back to keep reading about the ever changing worlds of the dust bunnies.

    Natalie Ross is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3212)
    Performance
    (1680)
    Story
    (1685)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Koontz is Master of Suspense"
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    I like everything that Dean Koontz writes so be warned that my review of his books will always (so far anyway) be a 4 or 5 star. This one was different from the Odd series that is so popular. Laura doesn't realize that she is a special child and that she has a 'guardian angel' who is watching over her. As her life evolves, things happen around her which make her wonder about things but nothing points to what is actually happening. I don't want to ruin the intrigue so let me just say that you'll find this book exciting and very rewarding. There isn't lots of sex or blood or gore and that's a good thing but there is lots of mind bending events and, of course, the bad guys are truly the bad guys so that is a good thing.

    Buy the book. enjoy the ride. Christopher Lane, the narrator is superb. You feel like you are being read to by Mr. Koontz himself.

    I am most happy when I have a few new books waiting to be read and especially if one of them is by Dean Koontz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • By Order of the President: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (619)

    Two armed men board a 727 that has been all but forgotten at an airfield in Angola. Hijacking the jet, they then slit the throat of the lone crew and fly to parts unknown. The consternation is immediate, as the CIA, FBI, and other agencies race to find out what happened, in the process elbowing one another in the sides a little too vigorously. Fed up, the president of the United States turns to an outside investigator to determine the truth.

    Wayne says: "Dick Hill is the right reader; interesting story"
    "Loved Charlie...Who Wouldn't?"
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    I bought this book some time ago but just never got into listening to it. I like Tom Clancy but had not tried this author. What a mistake? Griffin is superb and is as good as Clancy which is a good thing since Clancy died recently and will be missed.

    This book is a little slow at the beginning but really gets going after an hour or so. Since I am one of those who simply CANNOT stop once I start reading, I hung in there and was rewarded with an exciting special ops kind of storyline. Who knew a handsome half German/half Tex-Mex (his words) guy could become a Green Beret, Major in the Army, Special Assistant to Secretary of Homeland Security, and dance among all these guys and still have time for women. His handle was Don Juan. That adds the humor much needed since it is a very intense and exciting story.

    If you like accurate military strategy and what sounds like the real deal in the back and forth and back door kind of assignments then this book is for you. I just bought the 2nd book in the series so I'm hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Lady of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Lady Rose Summer, the wayward Edwardian debutante who keeps getting mixed up in disreputable adventures, would swear she is not a jealous woman. After all, she knows her engagement to private detective Captain Harry Cathcart is only a ploy to keep her parents from shipping her off to India. But then Harry's latest client, Dolores Duval--a vision of curves with a seductive French accent--starts appearing everywhere at his side.

    Brigitte says: "Wonderful audio!"
    "Love the Detective..."
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    Where does Our Lady of Pain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the middle just because it is short and sort of a sappy theme. Davina Porter makes it one of my top listens. I love Davina Porter narrations.


    What other book might you compare Our Lady of Pain to and why?

    I compare them to the Midsomer Mysteries. Also the 'Poor Relations' stories. They take place in old England and just seem to go together to me.


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

    Davina Porter is just simply the best narrator. Her voice and accent make the characters breathe in a way reading a print version just can't match. I would buy a book just to hear Ms. Porter narrate it.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Good entertainment. I would buy another book in this series.

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