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Yvonne

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Three-Day Town: A Deborah Knott Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret Maron’s meticulously crafted Judge Deborah Knott mysteries display the work of a master. In the series’ 17th entry, Deborah and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant are on their way to New York City for a belated honeymoon. Once in the city, however, they get swept up in a mystery involving a stolen package and a murdered doorman.

    G. Plude says: "Can't Get Past The Narration"
    "Disappointed..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Deborah Knott series is one of my favorites. However, this was one that I could have skipped. I would have liked to see Deborah and Dwight work together as a team with a little more time spent on their personalities/relationship, with less spent on all the various NY characters who seemed to get more time than they were worth (such as the NY detective and her roommate) while not advancing the story.


    Has Three-Day Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I'll still read the next in the series.


    What does C.J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is by far my favorite reader. I've tried new authors because she was the reader.


    Could you see Three-Day Town being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. But there are other stories in the series that would work.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Mary says: "The reader got in the way of the story"
    "Hotshot! A Finn-tastic entry in a Fabulous Series"
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    What did you love best about Hotshot?

    Loved the back story of Finn's rescue of Peyton when she was a little girl.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotshot?

    The opening scenes were the most memorable. They pulled you in and made you care about the characters right from the very beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Peyton recorded and nailed her nemesis ~ with his permission.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a lot. Finn and his family were very funny. I related to them both from the parent, and from the children's points of view. Peyton's sisters were also funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. This is the best (so far) in a really good series. Kudos to the author and reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted: Donovan Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray was drawn to darkly enigmatic Liam Donovan with a force she'd never imagined could exist. But before Liam could give Rowan his love, he first had to trust her with the incredible truth about himself…and his family.

    Karla says: "Where's the Irish"
    "Disappointing end to a magical series!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Linda Fairstein, Terminal City


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first one. I was thrilled to be listening to another Donovan Legacy book. The first 3 books in the series were fanciful, fabulous, and pulled you (happily) into another world.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Enchanted?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Nora Robert's fan. But alas, this is my least favorite NR book. I waited to be entertained, but completed the book before that happened. This book seemed to have been hastily thrown together because fans wanted to read more about the Donavans, not because there was a story to tell. Sigh...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon: Hathaways, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (364)

    Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
    Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.

    Helen says: "It's Beatrix's turn!"
    "It's so hard to say goodbye to the Hatheways!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love in the Afternoon to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this book. I have a long commute, and get most of my "reading" done with the audio editions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beatrix - she is not perfect, although the relationship with the equally imperfect Christopher make them a perfect couple. The Hatheway series is populated with strong characters that Lisa Kleypas brings alive. Beatrix' story ends the series beautifully giving hope that there really is someone for everyone.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Her performance didn't detract from the story (as some of the readers do).


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

    No - I wanted it to last as long as possible. I didn't want the series to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas' historicals. Her contemporaries, not so much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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