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Rebecca A. Saunders

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Member Since 2007

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5538)
    Performance
    (4713)
    Story
    (4708)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Give Glover a chance"
    Overall

    I think the book is great--the set peice with the Star Trek theme is hilarious (you've got to make it to the 3rd part); a worthy addition to the series. As some other reviewers have noted, Marsters wasn't always that great (what was the director thinking with that first book?)--Marsters and Butcher's series sort of grew up together. If you simply take Glover's reading at face value, without the comparisons, you may find, like I did, that he did a great job.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1148)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "laugh out loud"
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    Story

    Usually I reserve 5-star reviews for SERIOUS stuff, but any work (performance + writing) that makes me laugh out loud this many times these days gets a 5+!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (148)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "Faulknerian"
    Overall
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    I didn't like the narrator at first either. I bought 3 for 2 Nora Roberts and this was the third I listened to. I initially thought, ok, not so good, but it was free. Then I was captured. Honestly, I think this is Nora Robert's contribution to Great Southern Literature (I have been taking drugs for bronchitis, but I'm standing firm on this). The language, characterizations, and settings are Faulknerian, or at least Eudora Welty-an. And, once you get used to her, the narrator contributes to that.

    I was a little disappointed in the ending. It seemed to come out of nowhere. But I say, really, if you like (modern) southern Gothic (if this isn't mixing too many genres, maybe a little Steel Magnolias), try this. You might like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1085)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "One of the best in this long-running series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Stolen Prey again? Why?

    It's my third listening that has prompted me to write this review.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot, yes, but also Sandford's taut writing style and the interplay of the characters. Few of Sandford's Prey series novels are relentlessly grim, but Stolen Prey has a lot of the little things--the jokes, the good-natured ribbing between characters--that enliven the story. Sandford seems to be in a really good mood.


    What about Richard Ferrone???s performance did you like?

    In the earlier audiobooks, Richard Ferrone took a little getting used to. He's not one of those narrators who really "inhabit" different characters. But his pacing, his ability to produce the narrative drive that characterizes Sandford's work, really move the novel forward.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    When will Audible make all of the Prey series available unabridged?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bad Day for Mercy: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    A call from Stella’s little sister brings the news that Stella’s step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn’t settle his unpaid gambling debts. Stella makes the drive to Chip’s home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment.

    MelissaS says: "Couldn't Finish."
    "Series has become tiresome."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked the first two books in this series. But they changed narrators--I suppose it is something of a coup to get Barbara Rosenblat to narrate instead of the earlier, quite good, but less well-known reader. Rosenblat may have more range, but she completely changed the character of Chrissy, from a naif to a more hard-bitten women (who is sometimes difficult to distinguish from the title character). In addition, the torture of wife abusers in the story line, which was initially amusing, just isn't anymore, nor is the creaky romance device of the elusive lover (the sheriff) and "the other man."

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (530)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "brick weighs the story down"
    Overall

    Scott Brick can be brilliant, but sometimes he becomes the William Shatner of audio--over-emoting all over the place. I'm afraid this is one is a Shatner. The story is compelling, and maybe the repartee between the two PIs is enjoyable, but Brick does not make it so. In addition, everyone in the story speaks in Brick's idosyncratic cadence, which gets old. The story gets a four, but the reading gets a two.

    43 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (662)

    In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside.

    Mary A. Wieben says: "Love the series but..."
    "worst of the series"
    Overall

    I like this series. I am not a Nora Roberts fan, or a fan of romance novels in general, but the repartee between the characters in this J.D. Robb series has hooked me somehow. That kind of interplay is, well, not absent, but too rare in this novel; there is some redundancy in the discovery of clues (where was the editor?); and the whole is just lackluster. OK for $10, but I'm glad I didn't pay fulll price.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2560)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (935)

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "I second the other view"
    Overall

    I agree with Edward J. The book lacks any trace of the lyric writing in "The Poet." The writing is pedestrian at best, and is often downright clunky. James Patterson without the second author. It's hard to tell about the reader; he hasn't been given much to work with. He is earnest enough--though he doesn't convince me as a grizzled, hard core reporter. And, though in the beginning he did attempt at least some vocal differences between the two main characters (one male and one female), this disappears in later chapters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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