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Grace

Integer-Vitae

Edina, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 34 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 416 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014
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  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2897)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2243)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "A cosy favorite! Will listen again."
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    Witty, sassy and charming. I wish she has written or has in spoken word more stories that do not involve vampires. The narrator is spot on and is so believable. The narrator is Lacey the character.... I forget there's a narrator at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Hot: Arcane Society, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (124)

    Ex-cop Luther Malone, lifelong member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Society, is waiting to meet Grace Renquist. Hired as an aura-reading consultant in the quest for a murder suspect, she's got zero field experience. She's from tiny Eclipse Bay, Oregon. She's a librarian, for heaven's sake.

    As for Grace, she's not expecting much either from Malone, who walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Nice resumé for a bodyguard.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Another Great Arcane Society story."
    "For this genre, a solid 4!"
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    While I would give Stieg Larsson a 5+ then why would I give Jayne Ann Krentz a 4? In her own genre, relative to others in this genre, to me, this story with this reader is a solid 4. If she and Larsson were in the same class and genre, then I would have to reduce most every one and very few would ever get 4's and 5's and there would be an aweful lot of 2's and 3's. I just think the rating system is heavily bent by a relative scale! Relative to the real average and those that are stellar sometimes might get lost in the mix of politeness and relative scales leaving the best of the very best at somewhat of a disadvantage until there is enough time for the word of mouth to take hold.

    So, in the relative averages of writing and performance this book is very enjoyable, a solid story that certainly stands above the average formulaic cozy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1731)
    Story
    (1751)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Better than Zen and as good as Hiassen"
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    Indeed I do love Carl Hiassen but might very well even like Jonas Jonasson even better or is it just a breath of fresh air finding a similar humor in this new fiction?

    I also love the better than "Zen" attitude of Aaron! One to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys: A Romantic, Comedic Annie Graceland Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela DuMond
    • Narrated By Celia Aurora de Blas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Moving from Wisconsin to sunny Los Angeles was the frosting on the cake of Annie Graceland's perfect life. Her boutique bakery business was blossoming, she was happily married to a handsome, ambitious actor, and they were planning to have a baby. Besides her derelict friends, the only thing that got Annie in serious trouble was her smidge of psychic ability: feeling other people's sensations in her own body. She hated experiencing someone else's peanut butter addiction, foot fetish, or murderous rage.

    Grace says: "A cozy, simple and yet worthwhile... it's cute."
    "A cozy, simple and yet worthwhile... it's cute."
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    If you're needing something to listen to while not having to give it your 100% attention while, let's say, multi-tasking and year end sorting... it's perfect. Cute story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (500)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "She only gets better and better... I want another!"
    Overall
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    If you like the others, you might like this one even better... Kyra has gotten a hang of her own style and Gabra sounds at her best and I can tell it's like putting on a favorite pair of pants or shoes to read for Kyra.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sally Hogshead
    • Narrated By Sally Hogshead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (333)

    Why are you captivated by some people but not by others? Why do you recall some brands yet forget the rest? In a distracted, overcrowded world, how do certain leaders, friends, and family members convince you to change your behavior? Answer: fascination, the most powerful way to influence decision-making. It's more persuasive than marketing, advertising, or any other form of communication. And it all starts with seven universal triggers: lust, mystique, alarm, prestige, power, vice, and trust.

    Lanie Evans says: "Hog your Head with Fascinate!"
    "Delightful, Engaging, Refreshing, Intelligent"
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    One of my favorite non-fiction pieces at audible.com and I hope to find more like this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4523)
    Performance
    (4103)
    Story
    (4119)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "New Genre"
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    This book was an entirely different animal and unexpectedly insightful into a sector of our culture that is prominent and misunderstood. Personally, I haven't been able to comprehend the emotional reach and bend of so many of the people around me that are widespread practice of silence. Sylvia makes poetry and shows an internal landscape that is spellbinding to listen to in audio form and creates a new genre of story in my book... I am not sure what to name it. Since there is a subset genre of psychological thrillers... I would perhaps call this genre psychological romance, perhaps. The dialogue/communication is exemplary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (2645)
    Story
    (2672)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "The approach to listening matters this time"
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    After reading the reviews I thought I better put on my own "hat" of curious listening of an old friend.... a friend that wrote unprecedented and captivating youth fiction who's deciding to speak her own dark opinion and mind in a more adult audience.

    In my listening I considered also that she has traversed the sorting of classes and has in some ways transcended all the classes unto herself, in some ways, especially in England, I get the feeling it is impossible to transcend the class system entirely... the tragedy and comedy of this irremovable.... and this is her expression, some of her therapy just as the Potter books were for her.

    So, again, I put on my curiosity "hat" and decided to see the big picture of Rowling, the world, politics, fiction, my own suburban life where it is I am stuck with certain realities and where the dangers of just going along and being in the doldrums indefinitely and were it is that even with effort how luck is needed to see through and step beyond the new polarity of classism burgeoning here in our own back yard.

    I feel a thoughtful read, an approach of continuously asking why it is she is choosing these bends in fiction now that she doesn't have to please a publisher and get approval but has free reign... to take a refreshing curious approach to dark comedy is already an oxymoron in itself but it really worked for me in hearing this well spoken book.

    I must admit, the political side of adult life is not nearly as exciting as to read of children and youth.... this book inspires me to keep working at keeping myself young at heart in part in fear of the tragedy of becoming dull and vacant. This book is plenty good if I bring my own good sharp mind of curiosity and dialogue with the author as I listen and ask... who am I in this story were I inserted into it? How would that be for everyone there? In my own backyard? For this alone it is worth it.... she is like iron; as it is said "iron sharpens iron"... this is the approach I think bears good fruit in good listening.

    I do look forward to her next novel and do hope for something entirely different yet again and also do expect a fond inclusion of the relevance of children as a part of the main thread throughout her next story.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kill You Twice: Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Great improvement in Cain's writing"
    "Not as gripping as Hannibal, reminiscent"
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    Silence of the Lambs reminiscent but no where near as gripping, yet a decent story, not a waste of time... basically a romance novel with dark tones.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21006)
    Performance
    (18838)
    Story
    (18905)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Poignantly Dark Suburbanly Uncomfortably Familiar"
    Overall
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    That we all have these dark traits and if that dark side is the one living our lives this is what those lives would look more like in our own neighborhoods. This grotesqueness tempered not by intelligence but by the grace of kindness we take for granted.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Something About You: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (460)

    Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

    AudioAddict says: "My Favorite Romance Series (so far)"
    "transparent, plot just excuse to have soft porn"
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    but, if you are in the mood for fluff and that is all.... it works well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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