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E. K. Miller

cook, lawyer, knitter, mom

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  • Heat Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (570)

    Flowers is only in his late 30's, but he's been around the block a few times, and he doesn't think much can surprise him anymore. He's wrong. It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one , if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth.

    Brian says: "What audio books should be"
    "Another great Virgil Flowers story!"
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    What did you love best about Heat Lightning?

    The setting in MN is done perfectly. I feel like i know Virgil.


    What other book might you compare Heat Lightning to and why?

    Mad River


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    Davenport


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

    It builds tension and get the heart racing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1100)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Love Virgil Flowers!"
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    Would you listen to Bad Blood again? Why?

    Absolutely. Eric Conger makes them all live.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Virgil. "That fucking Flowers", as his associates call him!


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

    Alma's last scene. Don't want to spoil.


    Any additional comments?

    When is Sandford doing another one? I have them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (143)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

    connie says: "Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!"
    "Lots of talk, little action"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Whereas I think I'd very much enjoy Isabel Dalhousie as a friend or tea companion, she is somewhat lame as an amateur Private Investigator. I have a minor in philosophy and a law degree, and I understand her many, many philosophical and ethical references very well. From a standpoint of the story, there are TOO many, and many of them are not really pertinent. That a woman of that maturity and sophistication does not seem to understand the emotional drives of herself or the people around her strains credulity as well. I've very much enjoyed McCall Smith in other works, particularly the "Ladies Detective Agency" series set in Botswana. I'd enjoy Isabel more with less meandering philosophy and more action. The actress, Davina Porter, who narrates is spot on.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not enough resolution.


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

    Her wide range of marvelous accents!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe. A scriptwriter would tighten it up. I doubt most of Hollywood would get most of the what Isabel's talking about without their Wikipedia, anyway!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1609)
    Story
    (1621)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Amazing story"
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    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen usually to fiction; this is non-fiction. It is an incredible and spiritual experience, just to listen to it. I have a daughter and son-in-law who are neurologists, MDs who are specially trained in the brain, like Dr. Alexander except their specialty is the chemistry, not the surgery, so I am keenly aware of the training they all had. His training makes his insights on this all the more credible. And it makes it all more amazing. I would recommend it to anyone, of any background, and intend to share it with many members of my family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    Probably his analysis in the Appendix of the things that his experience cannot be because of the non-functioning of his neo cortex during the time of his illness.


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    Himself.


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

    Same as the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be interested to know how the books does; it was just released two months ago.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3710)
    Performance
    (3032)
    Story
    (3024)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Intereting premise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this to someone who enjoys supernatural stories


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Grave on the Right?

    Good sex scenes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Fun descriptions of the ghosts who hang around her apartment continuously.


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

    Good job portraying her problems relating to normal people with varying results; Cookie and her,dad, versus her stepmom and some of her uncles colleagues.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes, her independent chick voice gets a little too much. She's 27, not 15, and this isn't her first trip out. It can get in the way of the story. The whole reason for her existence is deliberately unclear at this point, but I could easily lose interest if I have to listen to too much cutesy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1416)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Melinda says: "Burke & Patton -- Synergistic Phenomenon"
    "Magical Burke"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is great to read, but to listen to Will Patton act it is a rare pleasure. Add Burke's plotting and ethereally beautiful writing and it is wonderful to experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it kept surprising us with twists of plot.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Clete Purcell, but it's a hard choice.


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

    Robicheaux's recovery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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