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  • The Godwulf Manuscript

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks, so he is ready when a Boston university hires him to recover a rare, stolen manuscript. He is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn't finish his assignment soon, he could end up dead.

    William says: "Good start to a great series!"
    "First Spenser"
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    Would you listen to The Godwulf Manuscript again? Why?

    I have and will again. This is the first Spenser, and all that comes after has this as the foundation.


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

    NO! NO! NO! The television show was awful, and I can not imagine that a movie would be better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (2035)
    Story
    (2047)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Wow!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A totally unexpected ending. All do not live happily ever after, but it satisfies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tulip! I love Tulip. She steels the stage in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't follow this series per se, but this book makes me re-think that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hen of the Baskervilles: A Meg Langslow Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Molly is terrified that she may lose her farm because her idle husband has left her for a rich hobby winemaker and is demanding his half of the land. Meg enlists Mother's help to find Molly a divorce lawyer, which Mother is all the more willing to do because the unfaithful husband's new girlfriend is the bete noire of the wine pavilion. She is so universally disliked that Meg begins to worry about her safety. But it's the unfaithful husband whose murdered body she and Michael find that night.

    Kathy says: "A Cluck of a Story - Get It"
    "LIGHT BUT INTHRALLING"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The exploits of the family always make me laugh. I know if my family actually did some of what Meg's family does, I would be on the first plane out of there.


    Any additional comments?

    While the books are rather light, Meg and family keep me entertained. I WANT her family - from Dad through Rose and all the relatives. Mom is a bit trying, but I'll take her too Always waiting for the next installment of the doings of this family Wait a sec! Lets let the twins stay in fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (921)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Will he?"
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    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    I think Virgil has been fleshed out a bit more and has become more of a person.


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

    I have only heard him in the other Virgil Flowers, and he has become the "voice" of Virgil in my head.


    Any additional comments?

    What place is Ma going to play in future Virgil Flowers novels? Only the author knows, and even he might not. The book left me wondering if Ma would become #4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bones of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (375)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King garners widespread acclaim for her suspenseful novels rich with historical detail. Set in the vibrant Paris Jazz Age, The Bones of Paris introduces private investigator Harris Stuyvesant, an American agent who’s been given the plum assignment of locating beautiful young model Philippa Crosby. But when Philippa’s trail ends at the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol in Montmartre, Stuyvesant discovers a world where art meets sexual depravity - and where a savage killer lurks in the shadows.

    B. says: "Brilliant evocation of Paris in 1929"
    "Easy to figue out Whodunnit"
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    Any additional comments?

    The use of real historical characters let me figure out who did it. I am not a fan of period novels, and this one was no exception to my normal aversion. The "real" people were not always portrayed as I think they should have been, and many of the fictional people were not very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Gone Wild: A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carolyn Hart
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. Problem is, she's a bit of a loose cannon as far as ghosts go - forgetting to remain invisible, alarming earthly creatures - so she's far from the top of department head Wiggins's go-to list for assignments.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bailey Ruth does it again"
    "Ghost Should Go Away"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, while the earlier book were "light & rather cute." this one was just tediouwl


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No! I can't imagine this as a movie. The story world not hold my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure where this series was going to go, but I did not expect a "rogue" emissary. Better that the rogue stayed away. This is the last of this series I will bother with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Jeff Steitzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    When best-selling mystery writer David Rosenfelt and his family moved from Southern California to Maine, he thought he had prepared for everything. They had mapped the route, brought three GPSs for backup, as well as refrigerators full of food, and stoves and microwaves on which to cook them. But traveling with 25 dogs turned out to be a bigger ordeal than he anticipated, despite RVs, the extra kibble, volunteers (including a few readers), and camping equipment.

    Trudy L. Soura says: "Check the facebook page woofabago2011"
    "DOGS DOGS DOGS"
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    If you could sum up Dogtripping in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of Dogs.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the way the stories of the different dogs were woven into the story. I think that a bit more of the story could have focused on the trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2981)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2726)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Exoected More"
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    Would you listen to Dead Ever After again? Why?

    Oh yes. While Dead Ever After didn't live up to my idea of A FINAL SOOKIE, I know I shall listen again. In a year or two I will probably listen to the entire series from start to finish.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ace Atkins, Robert B. Parker (creator)
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Henry Cimoli and Spenser have been friends for years, yet the old boxing trainer has never asked the private eye for a favor. Until now. A heavy-handed developer is trying to buy up Henry's condo on Revere Beach and sends thugs to move the process along. Soon Spenser and his apprentice, Zebulon Sixkill, find a trail leading to a mysterious and beautiful woman, a megalomaniacal Las Vegas kingpin, and plans to turn a chunk of land north of Boston into a sprawling casino. Bitter rivals emerge, alliances turn, and the uglier pieces of the Boston political machine look to put an end to Spenser's investigation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Again Spenser!"
    "Good but not quite"
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    What did you love best about Robert B. Parker's Wonderland?

    This is Spenser. This is Parker - well not quite but close enough.


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

    Joe Mantegna has been the voice of Spenser; he is Spenser.


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

    Bo! I wanted to parse it out so it would last.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is Hawk?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Bough Breaks: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (275)

    Dr. Morton Handler practiced a strange brand of psychiatry. Among his specialties were fraud, extortion, and sexual manipulation. Handler paid for his sins when he was brutally murdered in his luxurious Pacific Palisades apartment. The police have no leads, but they do have one possible witness: seven-year-old Melody Quinn.

    Leigh says: "Enjoyable...."
    "The Start of the Series"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book in the series; I had read the others but somehow missed this one. It filled in gaps in the backstory by introducing the other characters who appear in all or most of the later books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (1597)
    Story
    (1594)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Doesn't Disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but it would help to have read at least some of the earlier works to be grounded and know who the players are.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I like George Guidell's voice and the inflections. He is one of the "old guard" but does it best. I could listen to the dictionary if narrated by George.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is a little different than the books that came before - not bad, not good just different. The subject may have been done before, but it is still appropriate for the area.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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