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Rio Delta Wild

I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

Harlingen, TX | Member Since 2004

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  • Murder in the Dark: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    The delectable Phryne Fisher has been invited to the Last Best party of 1928. When three of the guests are kidnapped, Phryne finds she must puzzle her way through the scavenger hunt clues to retrieve the hostages. This is another sparkling mystery from Australia's Queen of Crime, Kerry Greenwood.

    penguinnj says: "Favorite Fisher"
    "I'll avoid Phryne Fisher tales in future."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in the past antics of the incredibly rich English might find this more enthralling than I did.


    Has Murder in the Dark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre is mystery, which I enjoy, but I'll avoid this author in future.


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

    unsure


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it has a bit of entertainment value


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Dexter Yates loves his fun, carefree London life; he has money, looks, and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors.

    Rio Delta Wild says: "an entertaining village"
    "an entertaining village"
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    Would you listen to Don't Want to Miss a Thing again? Why?

    yes. I've already listened to it twice. I just love the characters and the different plots and subplots.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story concentrated on the wide range of goodness one finds in humanity and the silly predicaments we find ourselves in.


    What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

    For the most part, she did good vocalizations which set the characters apart as distinct.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the part where Henry saved the day.


    Any additional comments?

    Alison Larkin's baby noises were annoying, but on the second listen I suppose I was ready for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Excellent narration for compelling tales."
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    What did you love best about Three Junes?

    The characters, the wonderful narration, the settings, the story-lines.


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

    The wonderful voices of each character and the story introspection.


    If you could rename Three Junes, what would you call it?

    Untold Realities. Many of the dilemmas were caused by what was unsaid amongst friends and family members.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to this story several times and have enjoyed the retelling immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Sex, sex and more sex"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wanted to hear about sex in every paragraph of the story.


    What could Tara Sivec have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I couldn't get past constantly hearing about sex and not much else. A stronger focus on developing and presenting an interesting story would be a real improvement.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I couldn't get past the content to really evaluate the performance adequately. I'm sorry the narrator was stuck with this title.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disinterest.


    Any additional comments?

    Yuck! I should've read a bunch of reviews and listened to the Sample.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Amanda and her husband, David, feel fortunate to be raising their son and daughter in the close-knit community of ex-pats on Grand Cayman Island, an idyllic place for children to grow up. Their firstborn, Sally, has always listened to her heart, deciding at age four that she would rather be called Clover and then, a few years later, falling in love with her best friend, James. But the comforting embrace of island life can become claustrophobic for adults, especially when they are faced with difficult situations.

    Benedict says: "So, so remarkable!"
    "Comic relief? Too much tension."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd ask the esteemed Mr. McCall Smith to add in some of his comic irony to decrease the unending sense of tension.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The excellent description of the lives of the rich who live in Cayman. For those of us who touch down on cruise ships, this side of life is invisible.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was okay, but not outstanding in any way.


    Was The Forever Girl worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was. But if you've not read this author's other works, I'd suggest any of the other titles. This was my least favorite.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Bruce Whitehouse says: "Provocative and occasionally maddening"
    "Great story-line, black/black/white culture."
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    What did you love best about Americanah?

    I love the Nigerian dialect and depths of discussion about different social structures.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Believable characters and very believable settings.


    Which character – as performed by Adjoa Andoh – was your favorite?

    The two main characters were my favorites; I can't remember how to spell their names, having listened to the book rather than reading it!


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

    I believe my reaction was a better understanding of Nigerian culture and "Africahn" migration to "white" countries.


    Any additional comments?

    The blog post streams were excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (505)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "predictable ending doesn't mar this amazing book"
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    If you could sum up Flat-Out Love in three words, what would they be?

    Highly intelligent characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flat Finn; he was surrounded by mystery.


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

    emotion.


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

    Depths of the human psyche.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing book and I highly recommend it. It's entirely believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    When strangers Nona Jean Jamison and Miss Lake roll into town, the rumor mill starts grinding. It seems that these two women may be the infamous Naughty and Nice Sisters from the Ziegfeld Frolic—specializing in dancing nearly naked! But when Nona denies this association, the Dahlias, who suspect she’s being more than just modest, begin digging around for the truth.

    M. Byerly says: "Sweet and Southern"
    "Susan Wittig Albert's work is great!"
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    Would you listen to The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies again? Why?

    yes, I'll probably listen to it again. I'm always interrupted multiple times while listening to a title. Listening again allows me to notice details and nuances which I missed the first time around. And, I really enjoy hearing the best of the dialogue multiple times!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a gardener and a garden club member; it was interesting to hear about the projects earlier garden clubbers carried out. I can't say our garden club has been involved in saving anyone from crazed criminals!


    What about Peggity Price’s performance did you like?

    She does a decent Southern folks dialect. I'm from the South, so phony accents are pretty grating!


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

    I laughed alot. Many of the characters are a real hoot!


    Any additional comments?

    To Susan Wittig Albert: please keep writing!

    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
    (401)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (357)

    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.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
    "Now I'm awaiting the NEXT Fannie Flagg novel...."
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    What did you love best about The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    I love Fannie Flagg's approach to life, the characters she includes could well be in my own family and the neighborhood where I grew up. Besides delightful characters and situations, I loved the historical settings.


    What other book might you compare The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion to and why?

    Maeve Binchy's books are similar in scope. Believable story in a realistic setting. Wonderfully diverse characters.


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

    I believe this is the first story I've heard which was narrated by Fannie Flagg, herself. At first, I thought the voice sounded too old for some of the characters, but I adapted quickly. I've read or listened to everything Fannie Flagg has published. The characters and story in this title did not disappoint. The historical context is very important, as a bit of "womens' rights" during and after WW2 are a large part of the story. Many of us are unaware of the many separate battles women have faced in gaining their fair share of salary, position, etc.


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

    Of course, I was always waiting to see what would happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I broke out in spontaneous laughter over many situations and comments. This book left me feeling happy. I don't need any "downer" literature! And I'm absolutely sick of all the vampire and science fiction mysteries. I wish they would have their own special category so I wouldn't have to trudge thru them in a search for new titles.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Everything Most Loved: Maisie Dobbs, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (285)

    The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

    C. Telfair says: "Mixed Feelings about Maisie"
    "always interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Leaving Everything Most Loved the most enjoyable?

    a wide range of characters appear and many are wonderful people. The challenges which each must overcome are of universal interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although crimes and solving them are the basis for each story, one does not end the story with a sense of overall gloom or terror.


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

    the wonderful accents of the characters in the story.


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

    sorry....I have none!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always waiting for the next title in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Fantastic thriller!"
    "Please separate thriller and mystery, Audible!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who's looking for a thriller would possibly enjoy this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator) and Agnete Friis again?

    not if I remember how much I've disliked this title


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    possibly the child, though I've yet to figure out his personality.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was a lot of terror and blood.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this becomes a good story once you've slogged your way thru the terror and confusion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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