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J. K. Smith

Bastrop,Texas | Member Since 2009

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  • A Cruise to Die For: An Alix London Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The second Alix London Mystery finds the art restorer in a world brimming with idle luxury, spectacular locations, and deadly intrigue. Surrounded by art and wealth and the sun-drenched Greek isles, she's aboard a sumptuous mega-yacht with no responsibilities save the occasional lecture to the guests of her temporary employer, Panos Papadakis, one of the world's richest men. But there's a catch: Papadakis has long been suspected of being at the center of a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme and Alix is actually there as an undercover operative of FBI special agent Ted Ellesworth, a member of the Bureau's Art Crime Team.

    J. K. Smith says: "I loved A Dangerous Talent"
    "I loved A Dangerous Talent"
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Charlotte Elkins and Aaron Elkins and/or Kate Rudd?

    I'd try another book by the Elkins' but not with this narrator. I hate to dis' a narrator since I have been one, but this woman's voice drove me up a wall. The intro to the story was too technical and didn't give a background of Alix London. Since this is the second in a series readers might want to know. did like the information about art forgery and theft, since my artbook club is studying this.Sorry, I want my mony back.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm really into the Taos art scene right now. I'll probably read more about the original Taos Society of Artists.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator sounded as if she were reading and had an irritating little whistling noise on some word endings. Her attempt to change dialects just didn't happen or were poorly executed. Narration needs to be more of a performance


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like a refund. I couldn't get very far into the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1770)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1557)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Like a box of fine chocolates"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Notorious Nineteen to be better than the print version?

    I get such a kick out of following
    Stephanie and friends. I can't stop listening until the last word. Good thing I can work and listen, too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This time it was Lula. I love her wardrobe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Grandma Mazur dresses up in a blonde wig and sexy outfit to go "undercover".


    If you could rename Notorious Nineteen, what would you call it?

    Hiring freelance grave robbers to dig up a dead guy is pretty nasty..Nasty Nineteen would be appropriate


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to see more of Ranger :).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1075)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Slow starter"
    Overall

    This book may get better, but so far it just isn't very engaging. Others may enjoy it for it's unique style.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (26915)
    Performance
    (13548)
    Story
    (13596)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Couldn't put it down"
    Overall

    Thanks to Stockett for opening that forbidden door,that nasty little secret behind Southern gentility.
    Jane

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (398)

    Connie's mother asks her to sell an abandoned house once owned by her grandmother in Salem, Mass. Relunctantly, Connie moves to the small town and inhabits the crumbling, ancient house, trying to restore it to a semblance of order. Curious things start to happen when Connie finds the name "Deliverance Dane" on a yellowed scrap of paper and begins to have visions of a long ago woman condemned for practicing "physick," or herbal healing, on her neighbors in 1690s Salem.

    Darinda says: "Love it!"
    "entertaining story. Fine Narration"
    Overall

    The Physic of Deliverance Dane is a really compelling story. It's well written and the narrator Katherine Helgren does a good job of all the character voices.
    Jane

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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