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Linda

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  • Bones Are Forever: A Temperance Brennan Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (437)

    Temperance Brennan has been asked to examine the corpses of three dead babies in Montreal. It’s a difficult assignment, complicated further by the fact that her long-time flame Detective Ryan is investigating the infants’ mother, a former (and possibly current) prostitute. When the woman flees to Edmonton, the investigation is joined by Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant with whom Tempe had an ill-advised fling over a decade earlier. The dissonant team heads to remotest Yellowknife - mining country - to pursue an ever more sinister trail.

    Linda says: "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
    "Temperance Brennan lives up to my expectations"
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    Where does Bones Are Forever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Kathy Reichs so this book is right up there among my favorites. It is my first audiobook of her stories and I will be back for more.


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

    Her plots are always intriguing and exciting. This one didn't grab me like some have but it was very good.


    What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

    Yes I liked her performance. This was my first book read by her. So far my favorite is Davina Porter but not everyone must be a master or mistress of complex dialogs. Ms. Emond was very good.


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

    No. It held my interest and I will be listening to it again.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Lonely Resurrection: John Rain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza.

    shelley says: "Better the second time around"
    "Rain Seems Softer In This One Until....."
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    What did you love best about A Lonely Resurrection?

    I liked that we got to see the softer side of John Rain. He winds up helping his friend in the Tokyo FBI and getting even with the other side for some of their bad works. I think the back and forth between Rain and his 'friends' made the story more touching. You keep hoping that he is going to change.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Lonely Resurrection?

    When Rain goes to the aid of Naomi, the dancer he met and ultimately gets injured himself.


    Which character – as performed by Barry Eisler – was your favorite?

    John Rain of course. Barry Eisler is a good narrator. Who would think the author could also make the reading so good.


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

    It made me sad in places because John Rain sounds so alone and sad and unable to do anything about his situation. I keep hoping.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Heat: Alpha and Omega, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (894)

    For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

    Nikki says: "It can't get any better!!!"
    "Charles and Anna On A Horse"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Heat to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I always like the audio version better. More interesting to hear the characters develop.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles was my favorite. I also liked the old man who died too. I forget his name. He was a good friend to Charles right to the end of the book.


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

    No. I liked his narration so will be happy to listen to more books by him.


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

    Yes. I always want to listen all at once. I like that I can go back and relisten.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One to Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    SWFG: Single, White, Female, Geek. "That's me, Lexi Carmichael, a reformed hacker who was gainfully employed by the National Security Agency. But a series of extraordinary events led me to leave government life behind for a fresh start with a brand-new company and an incredibly sexy boss, Finn Shaughnessy. It may not be kosher to have the hots for your boss, but he seems to have the hots for me, too. If only things didn't get so complicated...."

    Amazon Customer says: "A freaking laugh riot"
    "Neck Snapping Is For Real"
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    What did you love best about No One to Trust?

    I liked the way Lexi and Finn interacted and the way she became immersed in a murder situation with no intention of any of it happening. She seems to be a magnet for trouble as Slash says.


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

    I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat but it did engage my interest and kept me wanting to find out more. I like that the story is about the characters and doesn't get bogged down with lots of extraneous stuff. A man disappears, Lexi is hired to find him, and then the story goes about that happening with some surprises along the way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked everything about the book as usual. Perhaps when Finn and Lexi arrive at the brownstone and find out the location of their missing person is intriguing, especially when Lexi proceeds alone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lexi Gets Her Man! Always.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Lives Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    "I'm Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I've never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella. Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared."

    Sally says: "Delightful!"
    "Great Theme--Female Hacker With No Social Skills"
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    What made the experience of listening to No One Lives Twice the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed everything about the listen. I liked the narrator and thought she did a great job of making Lexi sound geeky as well as very, very smart. The narration is always my favorite way to read/listen to a book. I get the books in both formats Kindle and Audible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lexi, of course. The two hot hunks, Finn and Slash are a close two and three. Basia is fun and a good friend to Lexi so she is essential. The twins are her standby helpers. So, I guess I like all of the main characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Basia and Lexi are talking about the cloning issue and the ambassador shows up with his gun. From there it all goes nuts and I loved the part where Slash arrives and rescues Lexi. I'm thinking I like Slash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Geeks Are Fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Place Like Rome: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Italy might seem like a long way to go to hide after a disastrous date. But when sexy uberhacker Slash (no, that's not his real name) asks me to go with him to Rome on an investigation, the timing is sort of perfect. My messed-up love life becomes the least of my worries, though, after the dead body, the near-kidnapping and the discovery of a top secret encrypted file that even I can't hack.

    Linda says: "What A Gig-The Vatican!"
    "What A Gig-The Vatican!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Place Like Rome to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I always like the audio better than print although I usually get both. The audio adds to the book with a good narrator and Kristin Watson Heintz is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like all the references to Italy, the food, the lust of Slash for Lexi altho he doesn't act on it. His grandmother Nonna and just everything about it. It was a delight to see how Lexi could take the gun and act against every one of her instincts to save her friends. She is developing into quite a strong woman.


    What about Kristin Watson Heintz’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to make the accents sound real instead of fake. She is quite good at changing voice inflections so you know who is talking. She's not as good as Patricia Routledge but she's very good. I'd listen to other books narrated by Ms. Heintz.


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

    Yes. When they are in the cave and the bomb is about to go off. Lexi and Elvis make a good team and it seems to be touch and go for a little while. I was pleased to see how it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Biz like Showbiz

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lexi Carmichael: helping geeks everywhere get some. Okay, so it's not exactly as it seems, but that's what's happening on the dating reality show called Geeks Get Some that I, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, have been called to work on. Not that I'm a fan of reality shows (I can barely deal with my own reality). Still, I've been sent to Hollywood to find a hacker who's screwing with the results of the show's online voting system.

    Linda says: "Lexi Grows Up"
    "Lexi Grows Up"
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    What did you love best about No Biz like Showbiz?

    I loved that Lexi finally seems to come into her own. She and Slash begin a relationship of which I am glad because he is a terrific character. He is strong and loyal and always backs her up. She gets out of her comfort zone and tries different things. Always finds the hacker and treats him/her to her wrath which is usually fair.


    What other book might you compare No Biz like Showbiz to and why?

    Can't help but compare Lexi to Stephanie Plum and Slash to Ranger in that series but only in the character development. I love both series and will continue to read both. Lexi is smarter than Stephanie in that Lexi is a geek and knows all the electronics stuff. I love electronics.


    What does Kristin Watson Heintz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has the voice to convey Lexi's innocence and her smarts. sometimes her voice annoys me but that is usually when the dialog is annoying such as the over use of 'Jeez' and some other juvenile words but you must remember that Lexi and her geeks are older in age but not so old emotionally so that explains it. But over all Ms. Heintz is terrific.


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

    It made me laugh out loud in parts but no crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Love, love these books. Keep them coming in audible. The Book 5 is NOT in audible. I would have bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1255)

    Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

    Margaret says: "Addicted in Death"
    "This One Was Different--Still Good But Not As Good"
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    Would you listen to Obsession in Death again? Why?

    Probably just because I like the narrator and I like Eve and Roark. But, the story of this one seemed off to me. The killer talked more than usual to self and I didn't like the way the killer acted. I still like the series but this one just hit me wrong.


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

    Yes. I didn't figure out who the killer was but as the story progressed, it just kept unraveling until I began to not care since I was sure Eve would figure it out. It didn't have as much mystery as earlier books. Still good but everyone seemed harder.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Eve came home and punched out the new droid. It's always fun to hear the exchange between Eve and Roark....no matter what they are doing. Take care of my cop is one of my favorite lines.


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

    Only reaction I had was that I wasn't sure I liked it. Hard to explain why it hit me that way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Humane Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon, Sam Sykes
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A decidedly unusual pairing, half-breed sorceress Armecia and her constantly stoned sidekick, Sir Leonard of Savhael, join forces with a cowardly church vassal and a giantess posing as a nun. Their quest? To catch and kill Zeigfried, a fiery - if not too fearsome - dragon.

    Regina says: "Didn't grow on me"
    "Not What I Expected But Okay"
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    What made the experience of listening to Humane Killer the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was good and made the characters interesting. I don't guess I care for fantasy like this. I bought it because of Diana and her son but it isn't a story type that I like.


    Would you recommend Humane Killer to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I think most of my friends would not like it.


    Which character – as performed by Jill Tanner – was your favorite?

    I liked the sorcerer but really none of the characters grabbed me. I found that it didn't really matter to me what happened to any of them. I was glad to see the dragon didn't die.


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

    Nothing extremely good or bad. I'll try another book by Sam Sykes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1523)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    withpatience says: "the narration was good as always, the story was no"
    "Odd Was Good But Now He's With Stormy"
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    Where does Saint Odd rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good but I was happy for it to end. I got tired of Odd Thomas and his attitudes. That is a compliment to Dean Koontz who embued him with that strong moral streak.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Odd?

    When Odd came to grips with his purpose and realized he was moving down a path to his destiny.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    Yes. I liked the narrator very much. He gave the correct voice to Odd and the other characters.


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

    Yes. I almost did finish it in one day but had to stop until the next day. I find this of all books written by Koontz. He grabs the reader with his first line and doesn't let go.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cider House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (610)

    From one of America's most beloved and respected writers comes the classic story of Homer Wells, an orphan, and Wilbur Larch, a doctor without children of his own, who develop an extraordinary bond with one another.

    Patti says: "Wonderful"
    "Marvelous Story About Rules, How We Break Them"
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    What did you love best about The Cider House Rules?

    I loved the quirky characters. Every word written was perfect for the situation. How abortion and the pros and cons can be presented without judgment just made it better. Homer is conflicted but Dr. Larch finds a way to make him of use.


    What other book might you compare The Cider House Rules to and why?

    I'm not a book reviewer but this book has everything, humor, sadness, death but even turning that into good. His characters have a strength not found easily. It reminds me of Ken Follett Century Trilogy and Wuthering Heights. Irving is a gifted writer.


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

    This was my first book by Grover Gardner and I liked him. Wish he was narrating all of Irving's books.


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

    Yes, it had me laughing out loud at times like when Wally socks Homer for his continued use of saying "right" to everything. This book has it all, love of a parent, a child, the nurses care of the orphans, the responsibility of different sets of rules being applied at different times. It is very complicated but so are the issues discussed. You hope all along that Homer does what is right for all,and ultimately he does.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that should be required reading by every high school student. A way to,make us think about huge issues but in a rational way. Someone must be available to help women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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