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Elizabeth

Dothan, AL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cat Raise the Dead: A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Joe Grey can't believe his human housemate, Clyde, would even consider volunteering him for the Animal Therapy program at the local nursing home - just when Joe was on the verge of solving the string of burglaries that has Molena Point residents shaking in their collective boots. But it turns out it's Dulcie, Joe's pretty little cat-friend, who came up with the idea of subjecting Joe to the cooing attentions of a bunch of doddering old coots. Dulcie believes there's more going on at the old folks' home than the care and feeding of lonely seniors.

    Elizabeth says: "An unusual approach to a Mystery Novel that Works"
    "An unusual approach to a Mystery Novel that Works"
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    This is the third Joe Grey Mystery that I have read and so far it is my favorite. As the series develops, it just gets better. You have to suspend reality for it to really work for you, but after hearing many other mystery stories, it is refreshing to listen to something that looks at things from a different angle. It is a light mystery that is performed well and has a good plot development. My wife is an audiobook narrator and I know how difficult it is to do a good job. This narrator hits the sweet spot with a natural rendition of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4491)
    Performance
    (1953)
    Story
    (1967)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Strangely Entertaining"
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    Think Sixth Sense with a twist. This was a great listen, after reading other Koontz books. Leaves you wanting the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger's Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Colleen Houck
    • Narrated By Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (562)

    The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

    F. DesBouillons says: "Great Book!!!"
    "Inventive, Definitely Teen Girl Appeal"
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    First, I am an older guy who enjoys books like Harry Potter, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tigers Curse is similar to the Percy Jackson Books with a lot more romance and teen angst. The concept is good and the storytelling is great, but if you don't like reading about a the seesaw emotions and irrational decisions of a teenager then you might not enjoy it. I have listened to about 3 of these and the second one took about half the book just describing the main character's feelings. To me it was maddening, irrational and boring, but I can easily see how a teenage or young woman would just eat it up. When the main character was not befuddling every other character with emotional hijinks the story contains a creative adventure that is very interesting , exotic and exciting.

    I had to put this series down at the end of book three in frustration with an ending that was the height of the whole emotional irrationality of the heroine's character where she is considering her relationship with the bad guy.

    I might pick it back up sometime, when and if my curiosity moves me to see how the series ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (600)

    Artemis Fowl’s archenemy Opal Koboi has masterminded a way to simultaneously secure her release from prison and bring the human and fairy worlds to their knees. And, unless Artemis can stop her, the evil pixie’s next move will destroy all human life on Earth. Ground zero is the Fowl Estate, where Opal has reanimated fairy warriors who were buried there thousands of years ago. Their spirits have possessed any vessels they can find - corpses, Artemis’s little brothers, assorted wildlife - and they are bound to obey Opal’s every command. Defeating the motley troops and their diabolical leader will require all of Artemis’s cleverness.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable, though Indulgent"
    "Artemis Fowl Enters the Weird"
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    I have been listening to the Artemis Fowl series and have gone through everyone and thought that they were great. This one strays into downright weird territory. The book was fine until the end. Without giving it away, I would say that the ending was not in character with the rest of the series. It also seemed like it was rushed and did not make a lot of sense. Artemis and gang once again save the world but the soul inhabiting the bodies didn't work for the ending. I am glad that I listened to it but am unsure about my 8 year understanding the whole concept. Like I said the ending where Artemis gets "Rescued" is strange at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5585)
    Performance
    (5065)
    Story
    (5077)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Harry Potter Meet Guy Noir"
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    This is an interesting book that is performed great by Bronson Pinchot to perfection. It is easy to forget that one person is doing all the voices and he keeps in character throughout. This book gives us a look at the world if magic were a reality, the confusion it causes and how things might have been different for us all.

    The Author does a good job of pulling the reader in and quickly educating him or her in the nuances of a world in which people have magic powers. Not everyone has the same power so it is a little like the TV show "Heroes" where normal people discover their particular gift and strive to master it while fighting to survive.

    It is a great adventure that fires the imagination.

    If you like adventure/war stories with a classic (Sam Spade) feel where a secret society takes on Magic filled Imperial Japan, you will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3504)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1239)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Cynically Entertaining"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, The good guy would win. The boy would be saved


    Has The Confession turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Great Audio Acting


    Do you think The Confession needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I used to read Grisham expecting to experience a sense of hope at the end not hopelessness. If I want to be depressed I'll read the news.


    Any additional comments?

    John Grisham is a good storyteller and several of his books I have enjoyed immensely, but it seems that lately he has taken a more cynical and depressing approach where, it seems the bad guys win. This book was obiviously written to express Grishams opposition to the death penalty (or at least it seems so). The book cannot have a happy ending because the death penalty still exists and everyone who is for it is a heartless opportunist. In this book Grisham paints even the victims parents as almost glad to have a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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