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Barbara

Maplewood, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (484)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "The same, but better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the Sophie Katz books, but it seems like it's been a while since the last one. When this new installment began with the same characters and their hallmark traits, I was afraid the Sophie series had gone stale. Wrong! This is Kyra Davis at her best. Fun plot twists, fascinating new characters who we may hear from again, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and a spot-on narration by Gabra Zackman -- I can't imagine anyone else doing these voices. Brilliant!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sudden Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

    Lauren says: "Least Favorite Davenport So Far"
    "An Awful Lot of Killing for Minneapolis"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've probably listened to at least 10 of the Lucas Davenport books -- and plan to read them all. This seems be an awful lot of killing for Minneapolis, even in Lucas's world. The streets must have been running red with blood, the air black with lead powder from all the shooting. How many types of firearms must be deployed, how many magazines must be loaded, how many rounds must be discharged before the bad guys meet their violent end?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Live Wire: A Myron Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (406)

    Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away Lex.

    Donald says: "The narrator is important"
    "Funny, fresh but still vintage Bolitar"
    Overall

    Live Wire succeeds where so many other series fail. By taking risks with his characters, Harlan Coben keeps them dynamic and fresh. A few are moving into new stages in their lives, making me wonder what lies ahead.

    As a special treat, Big Cindy starts to come into her own as a character. The scenes and dialog featuring her and Myron are a delight -- and Steven Weber's narration does them proud. Nothing like driving to work on US 1/9 and the Polaski Skyway and finding myself laughing out loud in my car to brighten my day. Coben keeps his writing lean and the story on track. Excellent work from an author who is both a genuine talent and a professional -- not to mention a really funny guy.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3066)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2498)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "An eleven!"
    Overall

    Is it possible to give it more than five stars? Loved it loved it loved! Keep 'em coming Molly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

    R. D. MOORE says: "Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read""
    "Ugh!"
    Overall

    Seldom is a book so bad on so many levels. The plot is ridiculous, the writing is banal, and the dialog is pathetic. Joe is supposed to be a tough Navy Seal with New Jersey working class roots, but he babbles on like Ernest Borgnine "Marty."

    I'm in it for fun and my ability to suspend belief is elastic, but this one sounds like it was written by a girl in junior high.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (3207)
    Story
    (3214)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "A delight!"
    Overall

    Fun, fabulous -- the best I've heard in a long while! Great characters, dialog, plot; funny, flirty, sexy and just plain fun!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Already Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (236)

    From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Surprise"
    "Simply Awful"
    Overall

    This book is dark, depressing, and excessively gory to boot. Narrator Scott Brick does the work no favors. There is nothing subtle about his style -- his delivery is angry, harsh and like spitting without the saliva. If you're into anger and despair, this may be the book for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (363)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Diane says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "Read the book!"
    Overall

    The narrator is terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without a Trace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (489)

    Trace O'Hurley had turned his back on responsibility and commitment long ago. Now he lived the way he wanted, did what he wanted when he wanted. But that was all going to change.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Two Hot Irish Tempers Melt"
    "Unbearable"
    Overall

    Couldn't make it past 15 minutes or so. Cliche ridden nonsense.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23238)
    Performance
    (9861)
    Story
    (9932)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Like the first 46 minutes of an NBA game..."
    Overall

    I didn't remember the book downloaded into 2 parts. I was in agony as I was nearing the end of the first part, thinking, "how can they possibly wrap this thing up in 31 minutes?" The description! So slow! I couldn't stand it. (It was also evocative of one of those Inspector Alex Dagliesh mysteries I had listened to on about 11 CD's ...). The second half really picked up.

    Maybe the audiobook format particularly accentuates passages that the eye might have unconsciously scanned if the work were read in book form. I dunno. This one was SLOW.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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