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Janet

Pinehurst, NC, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

    Janet says: "Refreshing view of life in a small country"
    "Refreshing view of life in a small country"
    Overall

    Precious Ramotswe, a "traditional" African lady solves the many problems that crowd into her life with grace and intelligence. Although her main mystery is that of an important government worker who fears his brother is being poisoned by an unworthy sister-in-law, Mma Ramotswe finds time to deal with a handicapped foster child, a fiance with health problems, and the needs of her valued assistant. She sails through adversity and washes away the muddles with bush tea and common sense.

    The book is beautifully read by Lisette Lecat. Smith's musical prose is enhanced by her talents, and life in Botswana comes alive. It is a wonderful listening experience.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By E. E. Knight
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, E. E. Knight
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (314)

    Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

    On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine.

    Kevin says: "Its what you expect, and thats not a bad thing."
    "A new look at the post-apocolypitc earth"
    Overall

    I love it! A solid if not fully explicated, scifi background for a near future world, with believable human characters, tons of action, and realistic adventure in identifiable geographic surroundings. A lot of backstory and lengthy flashbacks dropped this from 5 to 4 stars, although that same skillful explanation sets a great foundation for a series. Looking forward to book 2!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sultan's Seal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jenny White
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    The body of a young Englishwoman washes up in Istanbul wearing a pendant inscribed with the seal of the deposed sultan. The death resembles the unsolved murder of another Englishwoman, 10 years before. A magistrate in the new secular courts, Kamil Pasha, sets out to find the killer, but his dispassionate belief in science and modernity is shaken by betrayal and widening danger. In a mystical voice, a young Muslim woman recounts her own relationship with one of the dead women and with the suspected killer.

    Susan says: "The Sultan's Seal"
    "Fascinating novel, flawed reading"
    Overall

    I think one might be inclined to discount this book as yet another romantic suspense. Set in the Victorian period, it is a solid novel that presents a fascinating glimpse of Turkey easing itself into the modern era and dealing with issues such as the role of women and the role of religion in government. It has great characters and a well explicated plot that reveals corruption and ruthlessness.

    Unfortunately it is not a great listen. The reader, although not as bad as another reviewer says, is hampered by a recording quality that makes her voice sound muffled. The book uses 3 viewpoints, and, at least until a couple of hours into the book, it was hard for me to get a grip on one of them.

    If you enjoy historical mysteries that requre a bit of attention, I would recommend ti

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revenant

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carolyn Haines
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    The remains of five women lie within, each one buried with a bridal veil...and without her ring finger. Once an award-winning journalist, Carson knows her career is now hanging by a thread. This story has pulled her out of a pit of alcohol and self-loathing, and with justice and redemption in mind she begins to investigate. Days later two more bodies appear, begging the question... Is a copycat murderer terrorizing Biloxi, or has a serial killer awoken from a 25-year slumber?

    Janet says: "One of 2007's best mysteries"
    "One of 2007's best mysteries"
    Overall

    I don't see much point in rehasing the plot, but I found this to be a wonderfully atmospheric novel. Haines does a superb job of creating a mood in which Carson Lynch, her damaged heroine finds her journalistic instincts emerging from the haze of grief that has paralyzed her for the previous 2 years. Carson deserves to take her place along with other unforgetable women of mystery such as Tess Monaghan, Anna Pigeon, Kinsey Milhone, Barbara Holloway, etc. I will be looking for a second episode for Carson.

    The listen was greatly enhanced by the thick as molasses accent of Lauren Fortgang--not a perfect reading, but still quite memorable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • His Majesty's Dragon: Temeraire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Naomi Novik
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (744)

    When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo - an unhatched dragon egg - fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle.

    Janet says: "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    "Dragon Riders of Pern meet Master and Commander"
    Overall

    The comparison is a little simplistic, but this alternative history is tons of fun. The characters are consistant with the period, the writing is good, and Simon Vance is one of the best readers anywhere. I loved every minute of this book. A great adventure!

    4 and a half was what I wanted, but it didn't quite reach my 5 star threshold.

    29 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ringer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Someone is posing as the outspoken, blue-eyed, blond attorney and is wreaking havoc around town, apparently determined to destroy everything Bennie loves. Only one person can pull off this double deception: Bennie's identical twin sister, Alice Connelly. But as far as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never looked back.

    Sheila McGuire says: "Lisa Scottoline does it again! :)"
    "Better and better"
    Overall

    I love that Scottoline moves from character to character in her novels, giving each of her Philadelphia attorneys a chance to shine. Danger, a hint of romance, and lots of likeable characters, some of whom actually experienced growth drew me into the story. Rosenblat gives a good read, and this mystery just didn't seem long enough--I didn't want this treat to end so soon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Metro Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Buckle your seat belts. New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

    Judie Cosentino says: "what metro?"
    "English as a second language?"
    Overall

    I like Evanovich and might have liked this book a lot more in print than audio. Great literature it isn't, but her novels are fun and light, usually providing a few hours of entertainment. I listened to this reader mispronounce geographic names, and semi-tolerated her dramatization of the hero, transforming him from Texan charmer to half-wit redneck. But Critt's main sin was making what should have been a fast-paced book proceed with such deadly sloth I could have been listening to English instruction for non-speakers. Next time get rid of Critt!!! Lorelei is a little cloying, but at least she moves the story along. Better yet, see if Jean Smart is available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "pretentious"
    Overall

    This "novel" is so empty of real thought that it seems to be only a vehicle for an author who is so enamored of his own voice that he disregards the needs of the reader/listener for either enlightenment or entertainment. Save your book credits--and your time! I gave it a single star, because the reader is pretty good. That foreshadowing music is really over the top, though,

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Kill the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    At the end of a long day battling street traffic, bike messenger Jace Damon has one last drop to make. But en route to delivering a package for one of L.A.'s sleaziest defense attorneys, he's nearly run down by a car, chased through back alleys, and shot at. Only the instincts acquired while growing up on the streets of L.A. allow him to escape with his life, and with the package someone wants badly enough to kill for.

    Bethany says: "An entertaining read"
    "one of summer's best"
    Overall

    Hoag is maturing as a writer. Well read, well plotted, and fast moving, this was one of the better listens of the summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Fools

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joanne Harris
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the year 1605, a young, pregnant widow seeks sanctuary at the Abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. After the birth of her daughter, she takes up the veil, and a new name, Soeur Auguste. But the peace she has found is shattered five years later by the events that follow the death of her kind benefactress, the Reverend Mother.

    Janet says: "Dark but compelling"
    "Dark but compelling"
    Overall

    Marvelously read, this lush historical focuses on the methods used by an unprincipled villain as he preys on the natural human failings he finds contained in a very small religious community, and the stong woman who combats his influence. I'm reasonably sure potatoes were not cultivated in France in 1610, but aside from that acronism, I was lost in the medieval world Harris created. Please give us more from Suzanne Bertish!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5937)
    Performance
    (2096)
    Story
    (2105)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "compelling"
    Overall

    This story, set in feudal Japan, grabbed my interest from the first sentences. Elegant prose, compelling characters, and a fast moving story expertly read ... I couldn't turn it off!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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