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  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1493)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Fun but..."
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    This is a fun read. It goes on a bit too long and there is a bit too much "man wrongly accused." I'd say spoiler alert but I think it's part of the description of the book. If not it's telegraphed so far out that you'd have to be deaf to miss it. Also, the romance is a bit contrived and hokey.

    Did I love this? No.

    If you enjoy period romance and think it might be fun to have a little murder in as well, read away! If you're looking for a great mystery, maybe check out something else.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (812)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "I just like Joe"
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    It's true. This is not my genre. I like a straight up mystery. Not this weird terrorist stuff. Having said that I enjoy the many faces of Joe Ledger. I want to know him. He's got to be fun at a party. And a great guy to have around in a fight.

    The plots are straightforward and keep my interest. The pacing is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "it pains me to say this"
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    How many books were in here? How stupid is Barbara Havers? If you can't stand characters behaving so stupidly that you can't believe they can find their own feet in the morning this book is not for you.

    I have read all of the previous Lynley novels. Loved most and liked all.

    This one is not for me. If you have little patience for gross stupidity (yes, I know I've already said it but it can't be said enough) then this book isn't for you either. If you like people who screw up and do stupid things - hey, give it a whirl.

    I cannot believe that I wasted so many hours of my life on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unspoken

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. The FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, and rescued her, but it took four long years. The fact that she was found just three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s since changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. She’s never said a word — to the cops, to her doctors, to her family — about those four years.

    Susan Fryman says: "Unspoken"
    "There is no mystery"
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    There is no mystery. Well, yes, there is; why did this book show up in the mystery and thriller list?

    I have rarely read/listened to a book that was so sexist (after all, women can't do anything for themselves) and over-the-top LOVE GOD PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.!

    If you want a looooong drawn out melodrama with limited drama and character development, humor, and plot, this is the book for you!

    The author even threw in a bunch of details that has nothing to do with the book at all.

    Hurray. It's done. Yes, I listened to the entire thing sure that there would be a mystery or thriller, but no.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1035)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Nicely done"
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    This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.

    My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.

    I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Women

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    It is the spring of 1885, and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year. Then she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver. What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered in the brothel where she had been living. Detective Mick McCauley may not want her involved in the case, but Beret is determined.

    CAROLYN says: "Sandra Dallas is always a"Good read""
    "Perhaps women shouldn't vote"
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    This book perhaps had a decent story in it somewhere. It started out promisingly. The female lead seemed like a strong character and like she had a good sense of herself and what she wanted to know and do.

    Then the story continued. She is probably one of the weakest female leads ever. Her actions have no logic from one chapter to the next. Is she strong? Is she weak? Is she just a girl who needs help from a man.

    Supposedly a wealthy powerful woman, she certainly does some very stupid and unfeminist things.

    The basic plot is decent. No real surprises as we move through the plot.

    If you don't mind an unevenly drawn group of characters and flawed plot, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "Nice book, won't be continuing the series"
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    This was a cute little novel. There was a fun mystery. The characters were "wacky" and "way out". There were ghosts.

    This is probably a great read for many mystery fans. It's light. Which is actually what I really enjoyed about it. I don't require serious reading and deep and meaningful themes in my murder. However, the kid was way too annoying. Please. Either our heroine is the worst mom ever (with the worst relationship with her own mom) or the kid is, well, annoying (to repeat myself.) I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but trust me, children who act like that one (and who are encouraged to act that way by all the adults around them EXCEPT the mother) have issues. And why does the mother allow these people to hang around? Oh, wait, she can't help it.

    Perhaps if the heroine had taken a bit more control of her life instead of always being "forced" into the actions of others. I could have thought of 15 ways to not have gotten into some of the stupid situations that she faced. Sure, Monday morning quarter-backing, but hey, I didn't write it (and yes, it is certainly better than anything I could produce-it's cute).

    But I wanted more. Or perhaps better. Better character development. A plot line that really made sense with regard to motivation.

    I actually, despite the problems, do recommend this book. It is an easy "read" and a bit of fun. I just don't think that I can continue with the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow File: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.

    Anne says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "An unexpected pleasure"
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    I was not sure what to expect from this novel. I often grow impatient with "getting to the story." The beginning held a lot of good exposition that was helpful later.

    This is not high art. However, it was fun. I really liked that, [SPOILER ALERT?] "man wrongly accused" is threatened early on in the book that the author does not take us down that well-worn path of laziness.

    I found that the book had a good pace, decent character development, and the ending did not leave me unhappy in the least. It was a conclusion, a reasonable one with regard to the "inherent truth" of the story.

    I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Venus Fix

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    As one of New York's top sex therapists, Dr. Morgan Snow sees everything from the abused to the depraved. From high-profile clients with twisted obsessions to courageous survivors, the Butterfield Institute is the sanctuary to heal battered souls.

    Anne says: "Mystery or Thriller? No"
    "Mystery or Thriller? No"
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    This sounded like an exciting book. A good serial killer. An exciting read.

    Basically what I got was an attempt at socially acceptable erotica, an attempt at a meaningful relationship (mother/daughter, lovers, exes), and faux mystery/thriller.

    Our top cop is perfect. He is sensitive, strong, smart, rich, handsome, understanding (mostly) and perfect perfect perfect. Our heroine is tortured in her relationship with her daughter (who of course is a Broadway star with constant Hollywood offer - excellent ones that she's not allowed to take and not even allowed to discuss with her parents.)

    Frankly, I am shocked that a trained therapist would so disregard anyone's feelings that there wouldn't at least be discuss with regard to such excellent opportunities for a move forward in a profession so obviously desired by the child.

    These people, their problems are cliché.

    The serial killings merely a backdrop attempt at some erotica (vanilla) followed by death.

    Not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (486)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Fannie Flagg never fails to entertain"
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    My reading preference is murder mysteries. So why Fannie Flagg? Well, she's funny. And delightful.

    I truly enjoyed this book. A family saga. Wonderful characters who are charming and nice. Nice counts. A bit of history thrown in.

    I would highly recommend this. Fannie Flagg novels take a bit of time and sometimes patience, but with her it's about the journey.

    It's rare that I read this type of novel, but find that I did enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grave Talent: A Kate Martinelli Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    As rookie cop Kate Martinelli hunts for a sadist who is strangling six-year-old girls, something about the trail makes her think that she may be falling into a trap.

    Emma says: "Dark, Spellbinding, and Exceptional"
    "If only the storm scene didn't take two hours...."
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    I thought that this novel was good. I didn't care for King in print, however, I thought that the book flowed rather well in audio. The difficulty was actually having the narrator get to the end of a sentence. Admittedly, she is probably better than I will ever be at narrating a book, however, I am not paid to do so.

    The book: I found the characters interesting if not entirely believable. They seemed to keep their internal/book truth, so that works for me. I thought that the plot was interesting. A bit stretching my credulity in human nature, but that's what books are for.

    But the narrator...Her voice was VERY pleasant. Almost like the voice of the air hostess on the flight to Chicago. So even, so slow, so deliberate in it's pacing and emphasis that there were points where listening became a painful exercise, a great desire to move beyond what was NOT happening and get to anything else.

    I suspect many people do like this narrator, and other readers may do so. Again, the voice was very soothing and pleasant. and so slow. and so deliberate.

    OK.

    Do I recommend this title? Yes. Give it a whirl. I will probably try at least one more to see if I can get beyond the narrator.

    At least it wasn't as bad as Innocents Abroad (worst narrator ever)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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