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RavidReader

Detroit, MI, United States | Member Since 2016

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  • 33 reviews
  • 287 ratings
  • 878 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2018
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  • Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (247)

    School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding - and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

    deanna says: "One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series"
    "Miserable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book. Somebody may tolerate it but NOT enjoy it


    Has Murder of a Wedding Belle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book was my worst book purchase. It was very boring and didn't hold my interest. I stopped midway through as I couldn't invest any more time hoping the storyline would improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Western Star

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1932)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

    BDHumbert says: "I am a huge Longmire fan..."
    "No, No, No..... Why Endings on Cliffhanger?"
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    I have been a huge fan of Craig Johnson and George Guidall. As usual, George Guidall is outstanding! In advance of my purchase, I didn't read any reviews as all the previous books have been excellent. I enjoyed The Western Star up to the cliffhanger "ending". Very frustrating!!! In advance, it should of been labeled as Part 1 of 2 so that listeners understood what to expect and that an additional purchase would be required to learn the outcome of one of the two parallel stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road to Where the Bells Toll: On the Road Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By M. J. Williams
    • Narrated By Jane Oppenheimer
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Stan and Emily pack up the RV and head to Boston for some R & R with the grandkids and a chance to immerse themselves in colonial history. But their Fourth of July celebration comes to an abrupt halt when they stumble over a body on the Boston Esplanade and then another hanging in the tower of the Old North Church. Now the couple must unravel a tangle of forged clues and flush out the perpetrator before their own untimely epitaphs are written onto the historical landscape.

    Beatrice says: "Time well spent"
    "Fun Ride"
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    Easy relaxing listen! I was in the mood for a book that didn't cause nightmares; and without course language, child abuse, gratuitous sex, or graphic violence. This book fit my criteria. Enjoyed listening to the travels around the Boston area and the family involvement (especially, one of the granddaughters) in solving the mystery.

    I had a slight problem with narration. Sometimes I couldn't discern the characters as the narration was too similar.

    After this 2nd in the On The Road Mystery series, I look forward to listening to the 1st in the series. I don't feel I missed any of the backstory by not listening to the 1st in the series before the 2nd.

    Note: I received this audiobook from the author at no-charge. The review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Farleigh Field: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3527)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3219)

    World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret.

    RavidReader says: "Entertaining and Engaging Storyline"
    "Entertaining and Engaging Storyline"
    Overall
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    When I purchased this book, I didn't expect it to be a good as Rhys Bowen's, Royal Spyness books. I was wrong -- it was better! It isn't the light-hearted fun listen that is expected in the Royal Spyness series.

    The characters were believable, engaging and interesting. I felt, as I lived through the history of the period, while listening. Whenever I can vividly picture the characters and the scenery, a book has my full attention. I'm stingy with my 5 star rating. It deserves a solid 4 stars but since it exceeded my expectation, and the narration was excellent, I'm giving it 5 stars.

    58 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Key

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    Her narrow escape from blue-eyed assassin Tom Booker has made former data analyst Dani Britton question all of her choices-like trusting "good guys" who carry badges. On the run and haunted by the government-sanctioned massacre of her coworkers, Dani finally settles in remote Redemption Key, Florida, at a bar where strong drinks and shady deals are the norm.

    PlantCrone says: "S. G. Redling is a great author!"
    "Not Interesting"
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    I tried to slug through this book. The characters were uninteresting and I didn't care about them. The story never developed into anything close to partially interesting. I finally came to realize, I was wasting my valuable time. I gave up and moved on to a more interesting book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Scone to Die For: Oxford Tearoom Cozy Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H.Y. Hanna
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (380)

    When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in Gemma Rose's quaint English tearoom, she suddenly finds herself apron-deep in a mystery involving long-buried secrets from Oxford's past. Armed with her insider knowledge of the university and with the help of four nosy old ladies from her local Cotswolds village (not to mention a cheeky little tabby cat named Muesli), Gemma sets out to solve the mystery - all while dealing with her matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love, Devlin O'Connor, now a dashing CID detective.

    Eddie Lynn says: "Ignore the cover and buy this cozy mystery"
    "What a treat! Excellent narration!"
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    I purchased this book on a whim based upon a recommendation from a reader that I follow. What fun! Of the characters, I especially enjoyed the non- tech savvy mother's repeated iPad issues which required her daughter's assistance. Oh my, that will probably be me in 10 years. In advance, sorry son :-). The mother reminded me of Bridget Jones mother. Such a hoot! I laughed out loud numerous times. This is the type of book that is enjoyable light reading that is easy to follow while you are doing other activities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gossip & Death of a Cad: The First Two Hamish Macbeth Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (383)

    When society widow and gossip columnist Lady Jane Winters joined the fishing class, she wasted no time in ruffling the feathers - or was it the fins? - of those around her. Among the victims of her sharp tongue and unladylike manner was Lochdubh Constable Hamish Macbeth. Yet not even Hamish thought someone would permanently silence Lady Jane's shrills - until her strangled body is fished out of the river. Now with the help of the lovely Priscilla Halburton-Smythe, Hamish must angle through the choppy waters of the tattler's life to find the murderer.

    C. Morris says: "What a character!"
    "Uncertain"
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    I'm not certain why I wasn't fully engaged while listening to these two books. I have listened to, or read, most in the series. Since these are earlier books in the series, Hamish Macbeth, police constable, wasn't the likable unconventional character that I know from later books. I believe, since all the other Hamish Macbeth books that I have listened to were narrated by Graeme Malcolm, whom is superb, I didn't enjoy the narration of Antony Ferguson which didn't have the intonation and connection that Graeme Malcolm brings to the series. If this was the first listen in the series, I would of stopped reading the others in the series. If this is your first "dive" into the series, I wouldn't suggest this narrator. Instead, listen to a Graeme Malcolm narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Behavior: A Dortmunder Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    It was supposed to be a simple caviar heist. Dortmunder is almost in the building when the alarm sounds, forcing him up the fire escape and onto the roof. He leaps onto the next building, smashing his ankle and landing in the den of the worst kind of creature he can imagine: nuns.

    MidwestGeek says: "One of the best in the Dortmunder series."
    "Good clean fun!"
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    Sometimes you need a book that isn't dark, depressing or disturbing. This book is just such a book. It is "clean" -- limited curse words without violence .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sculthorpe Murder: The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Karen Charlton
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (542)

    Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

    Through a Golden Eye says: "Based in historical fact"
    "Superb narration"
    Overall

    From Karen Charlton's first book, The Heiress of Linn Hagh, I've become a big fan. Her stories are actually drawn from real historical events. The writing transports me to the book's time period, 1810. Additionally, the narration was superb! I look forward to the next book in the Detective Lavender series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Key

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. M. Pulley
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7093)
    Performance
    (6359)
    Story
    (6354)

    It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

    C. Telfair says: "Underestimating the Secretary Pool"
    "Premise promising, execution less fulfilling"
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    I listened to the first quarter of the book with great interest and anticipation. For the balance of the book, my interest waned as the story was too drawn out and lost its appeal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down Among the Dead Men

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Lovesey
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (461)

    In a Sussex town on the south coast of England, a widely disliked art teacher at a posh private girls' school disappears without explanation. None of her students miss her boring lessons, especially since her replacement is a devilishly hunky male teacher with a fancy car. But then her name shows up on a police missing persons list. What happened to Miss Gibbon, and why does no one seem to care?

    Lynn says: "Lovesey Gets Better With Each New Book"
    "Very entertaining! Superb narration!"
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    I recently discovered Peter Lovesey. This is my second Inspector Diamond book. I really enjoyed the characters and the story. I was appreciative that there wasn't any gratuitous sex or foul language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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