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Heather

Mother, Wife, Cultural Anthropologist, always a scholar and lover of books!

Niceville, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1646)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Evanovich is always fun!"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Janet Evanovich before, how does this one compare?

    This is not Janet Evanovich's best book in the Plum series, but it was still a lot of fun.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lorelei King?

    To me she IS the voice of Stephanie Plum!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pros and Cons: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (267)

    FBI special agent Kate O’Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist’s 20th-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent - okay maybe 92 percent - sure that she’s finally going to bag Nick Fox. Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year.

    JEAN says: "mmmmm the voice of the narrator"
    "A past con with Kate as agent on the hunt"
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    This short story one is good enough. It brings readers back to one of the cons referenced in the first book, to tell the full story. The long books are much better!

    I am loving this new series. The problem is that now that I've had a taste, I'm concerned the authors can't write new books fast enough to satisfy my appetite. Chemistry, intelligence, and fun, I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shell Game: A Fox and O'Hare Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Con man Nick Fox is after Garson Klepper’s golden Peruvian relics. For Fox, convincing Klepper to hire him as security for the relocation of the relics to the Getty museum in L.A. was easy. Problem is, Fox wasn’t planning on Klepper also enlisting the help of the FBI. Fox also wasn’t planning on being paired up with rookie special agent Kate O’Hare. She’s smart, she’s tenacious, and when she’s conned, she holds a grudge. Life for Fox and O’Hare will never be the same again.

    Heather says: "How they first met"
    "How they first met"
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    This is a short story taking readers back to the con that brought Kate and Nick together.

    I am loving this new series. The problem is that now that I've had a taste, I'm concerned the authors can't write new books fast enough to satisfy my appetite. Chemistry, intelligence, and fun, I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O'Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox - bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it's the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn't know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate-loving drug lord.

    green ice cream garden says: "The Job is not that good a job"
    "Note to authors: please write quickly"
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    Story

    I am loving this new series. The problem is that now that I've had a taste, I'm concerned the authors can't write new books fast enough to satisfy my appetite. Chemistry, intelligence, and fun, I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase: Fox and O'Hare, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (607)

    Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency.

    Stacy says: "Love the humor, but kind of the same story"
    "Fox and O'Hare are a great treat!"
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    I am loving this new series. The problem is that now that I've had a taste, I'm concerned the authors can't write new books fast enough to satisfy my appetite. Chemistry, intelligence, and fun, I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (994)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Cookie says: "Oh the joy!"
    "Informed, humorous, enjoyable"
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    I wish this author had been my professor as this writing is linguistic anthropology at its finest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever
    • Narrated By Sasha Dunbrooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    When Linda Babcock asked why so many male graduate students were teaching their own courses and most female students were assigned as assistants, her dean said: "More men ask. The women just don't ask." It turns out that whether they want higher salaries or more help at home, women often find it hard to ask.

    Guilherme says: "Interresting subject, bad delivery."
    "Women and these who love women - Read This!"
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    Eye-opening, inspiring and well-written (and well-narrated), this book is a treasure in Women's studies, and in preparing women to ASK for what they want.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2025)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1706)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "Solid information"
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    I enjoyed this book and found far too many of my own symptoms listed in the problems of gluten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carmine Gallo
    • Narrated By Carmine Gallo
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (298)

    TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

    Carol says: "Gallo cuts to the chase..."
    "A must listen!"
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    Bringing to the book (and narration) the quality and excellence we have come to expect from all things TED, the author's knowledge, humor and relatable voice makes this a 5-star, must read for your next presentation.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Chris Fabry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Who is your teenager listening to? Teenagers today are bombarded by messages from their peers, the Internet, music, movies....the list goes on. As parents, you may wonder if your words mean anything at all. If so, take heart: all research indicates that the most significant influence on the life of a teenager comes from his or her parents. Yes—parents!

    Judy Lokits says: "Eye-opener"
    "Highly recommended"
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    Fantastic look at the needs of teenagers from a empathetic, loving viewpoint. I am a better parent for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Irish Americans: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay P. Dolan
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America’s most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In The Irish Americans, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative.

    Heather says: "Should have been great"
    "Should have been great"
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    Since this book is on my research list, I forced myself to listen to all of it. It was a struggle. The book: The author alternates painting Irish Americans throughout history with too broad a brush and then a very narrow brush. This approach is rather frustrating to follow, and leads to confusion and questions of accuracy.
    The Narration: Though usually sounding like a robot, this narrator reads the words of others in accents, Irish, British... Those moments were the only good spots in the narration because I found them humorous. Another narrator could have improved this already tedious book with a better reading.
    Overall, it is chock full of history and rare in its extensive coverage, however it is not an enjoyable read/listen. This is a great shame, as the story of Irish Americans, if told well, should be a lively, character-filled story worthy of a true storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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