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Anne Roberts

A 50-something who loves sci-fi, cozy mysteries, thrillers, an occasional romance, and any genre if it is a good story. And especially if it makes me laugh! No vampires or zombies though - these are NOT sci-fi!

Michigan, USA | Member Since 2010

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  • I Dare: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (72)

    This long-awaited culmination of the Agent of Change sequence of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's internationally acclaimed Liaden Universe novels pits unexpected friends and unexpected enemies against each other in a war that spans planets and races - and threatens to bring interstellar violence to the very surface of fabled Liad.

    Anne Roberts says: "He Dared!!"
    "He Dared!!"
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    I love this series. It is a great story! It is best to start with Conflict of Honors, then Agent of Change, Carpe Diem, Plan B, then this book, to get the full story and understanding. I was not very happy with this narrator. Most characters were voiced well, but he made Pat Rin sound smarmy, though he is written as a reserved, very proper gentleman. It was better by the end of the book, but every time Pat Rin said something, I got irritated, and it spoiled the experience somewhat. However, it would take more than that to spoil the Liaden Universe!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (789)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    Lynne Phelps says: "Fans of the Parasol Protectorate, Rejoice!"
    "Different!"
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    When I purchased this book, I had no idea it was a "steampunk" novel, including werewolves and vampires. I don't like stories including those, and normally would've stopped listening, but this book grabbed me from the first, and kept me laughing! It helped that the werewolves and vampires were a minor part of the story. No mysteries, but plenty of action. The description of the courses at this school really tickled my funny bone - Advanced Eye Fluttering; Handkerchief Dropping Techniques! Bahahahaha! I enjoyed reading about Sophronia's adventures, and I will probably read more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "A fun start to a series"
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    If you like cozy mysteries with a lot of laughs, this one is for you. Each character reminds me of people I knew while growing up in the south, just more so. The narrator has just returned home to Mississippi after her divorce, to care for her parents (who, it turns out, only need someone to care for their menagerie while they go on adventures). Her cousin, Bitty, is a fanatic about historical homes, and her pursuit of a home to place on the historical register starts a series of events that will keep you laughing or shaking your head. But like all the strong Southern women I know, they come out on top, with style and graciousness. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (189)

    This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

    C. McCoy says: "The best in Classics"
    "Excellent story, Poor editing"
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    I love the James Herriot books, and this one is a favorite. Christopher Timothy does a great job as the narrator. However, in the middle of Chapter 50, the story changes completely, and then the end of the book is in the middle of chapter 55! Then it takes up where it left off in Chapter 50. Editors, where are you?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (437)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Comfort Listening"
    "Wonderful"
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    I read James Herriot's books when they were first printed in the 70s, and loved them. I listened to the audiobooks when they came out on cassette tape in the 90s and loved them. Now I can listen to them on my iPod and I still love them! Though some call these animal stories, they are really stories of Yorkshire, people and their animals. Herriot had a gift for description and storytelling, and Christopher Timothy is the perfect narrator. I laughed and I cried. This will be a favorite that I'll come back to many times!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dick Francis' Refusal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.

    Jean says: "Sid Halley is back"
    "His Father's Son"
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    I have to admit that up until this book I haven't been impressed with Felix Frances as a successor to his father. With this book, however, he has truly written a book in Dick Francis' unforgettable style. I found that I couldn't stop listening! I had to know what happened next. If you were a fan of Dick Francis, you will think he has come back to life and written another Sid Halley adventure!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Small-Town Honey: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....

    Martha Orosz says: "Love this Series!"
    "A fun cozy series"
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    I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.

    There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

    Craig says: "Gumshoe on Mars"
    "I liked it!"
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    Despite what some other reviewers said, I enjoyed this book! It has humor, it has interesting subplots, and kept me interested. The science was plausible, for the most part, but that isn't a huge thing for me - after all Star Trek science isn't plausible, but I still enjoy it! The blending of sci-fi and detective story was appealing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Sigma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    The bugs showed up about 50 years ago - self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

    Ken says: "What if you couldn't use metal ever again?"
    "Worth the Credit!"
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    I just finished listening to this book for the second time since I originally downloaded it several months ago. It's that good! Steven Gould is an excellent writer, and his unusual scenarios set him apart from other sci-fi writers.

    Kimball is a street child in The Territory, a place where metal and EM cannot be used because of 'bugs' - metal and EM loving tiny robots, that mindlessly destroy anything in their way if they sense either substance. The idea of no cell phones or cars! Aaaaah! Kim's adventures are riveting. You will enjoy it! Now, if Steven would just write a sequel....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Violation: A Chloe Boston Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Melanie Jackson
    • Narrated By Melissa Strom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Hope Fall's greatest detective is stuck in parking enforcement because, at 98 pounds, 5 foot nothing, she will never be able to pass the department's physical exam. But with the aid of her dog, and her writer's group, Chloe may just be able to solve Hope Fall's first homicide and impress the new chief of police.

    Anne Roberts says: "Fun mystery, poor editing"
    "Fun mystery, poor editing"
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    A very enjoyable cozy mystery involving a tiny woman who keeps facing disrespect at work. Despite that, she manages to solve the mystery, save the day, and get the guy. My kind of woman! I love the humor as well! A scene involving a loud hand-held alarm had me laughing out loud within minutes of starting!

    My only gripe is the poor editing. There were a lot of mispronunciations, and they were jarring to me (mispronunciations are a pet peeve of mine). Some examples: Quarry-quaary, proscribed-prescribed, defecators-defectors, commandeered-commandeered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

    S. Droski says: "Confusing title for a great book"
    "Sweet"
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    Savannah Reid is my kind of heroine! She's comfortable with her body, won't let others push her around, and is warm, loyal, and loving to her friends and family. She is also really funny! Loved hearing some familiar 'southernisms' coming out of her mouth. Dina Pearlman did her usual great job as a narrator - good accents without going over the top. A great start to a fun series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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