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Rachel

Riverdale Park, MD | Member Since 2000

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  • 44 reviews
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  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

    Mary says: "An amusing story"
    "So glad the two are detecting together again!"
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    If you could sum up Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House in three words, what would they be?

    Back to normal.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Now - these are not edge of your seat books - they are wonderful soft adventures that once started I never stop till finish. Never begin one on a Monday morning as I have to earn a living!


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    Agatha and Sir Charles - I cannot pick one. But the vicor's wife was different in this one - so why do I have to pick one?


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

    Always make me laugh!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Slickrock Cafe: The Bud Shumway Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chinle Miller
    • Narrated By E. Roy Worle
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The crusty owner of a local rock shop has been killed in Utah's wildlands, and ex-sheriff Bud Shumway has been asked to return to his hometown to solve the crime. He reluctantly agrees, never suspecting the case involves an old childhood friend and a pair of mysterious Incan skeletons known as the Malachites. Set at the Slickrock Cafe, deep in the sandstone fins and domes of southeast Utah, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering when the mysterious Black Beast will strike again.

    Rachel says: "Seemed to promise but never got there"
    "Seemed to promise but never got there"
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    What disappointed you about The Slickrock Cafe?

    The characters, conversations and story line never got together. It was not interesting


    What was most disappointing about Chinle Miller’s story?

    The book seemed to provide information but no story that made me want to know more. More disappointing is that there is another book in this series.


    What didn’t you like about E. Roy Worle’s performance?

    He seemed bored as much as I was. Most disappointing was using the Bill Crider name - I enjoy and have purchased all Bill Crider books - but the narrator made bill crider sound like Shirley Temple imitating an old man in one of the early way too cute movies. Even if he does sound like that what the h*ll was he doing in the story? This was so disappointing even at $4.95 overpriced


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not that I could hear


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (128)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Barry says: "Great book overall"
    "Good listen with surprises that made me smile"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story and didn't need to listen all in one day. The story was written with enough information in each of the story lines to make it easy to remember where I stopped and what action finished just before I stopped listening. Many good stories don't have that strong a set of characters to allow for interruptions.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Perry? Why or why not?

    I have so many of the Thomas Perry books I will always try more!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Phillip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    Darwin8u says: "Spooky how Roth bends the edge of the possible"
    "Don't think I can finish this book -"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It could just be that I don't like Roth's style but I would not keep people in my life that spoke so quickly and with such aggressive speech. So this is the problem. If you like this sort of book it is great. If you don't then most likely you won't finish it.


    What could Phillip Roth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing. I think it is the story I don't like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Starcatchers: The Starcatchers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (748)

    In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

    Deborah says: "A fast paced frolic on the high seas!"
    "I am now a child over 60 and I loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Peter and the Starcatchers the most enjoyable?

    knowing the good guys would all win no matter how bad the problem!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story reminded me how much fun it was to read when I was 4 or 5. This story was not the old peter pan - and as an adult I really don't need to remember how confused I was that Peter was really a Mary - not that there is anything wrong with that -but no confusion here, no thinking required, just enjoy and smile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

    Rachel says: "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
    "HEY AUDIBLE!!! Get more Ann Cleeves!! good stuff!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes - I liked the suspense - I changed my mind about 'who done it' many times and was surprised again and again. The characters are different from those in all of the suspense books I've read in the last few years. Audible only has one of Cleeve's books I hope they get more! The book has a slow start but it is worth it and helped to define characters sufficient for me to get involved. After first few chapters I listened non stop for about 9 hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the characters each had assumptions or hopes concerning the other characters and how those assumptions changed and led to unusual conclusions - I liked the way she brought in surprise actions while holding true to all that she wrote of the characters from beginning to end.


    Which character – as performed by Gordon Griffin – was your favorite?

    Paris of course.


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

    not really.


    Any additional comments?

    get more Cleeve books!!!!!!!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf in Winter: Charlie Parker, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town. But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous.

    Rachel says: "Another great Charlie Parker!"
    "Another great Charlie Parker!"
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    Would you listen to The Wolf in Winter again? Why?

    Yes I will listen again. I have all of the Charlie Parker and the books intended for children. JC provides such outstanding stories that I am amazed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wolf in Winter?

    I don't want to give too much away but getting to hold a hand can be amazing.


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

    He is matched to Charlie and as narrator he brings both male and female characters to life. Some characters might be overlooked by me if I only read the book. Sometimes I disagree with the voice of a character if I read before listen. In this case only Angel and Louie were a little different than I imagined them. Just as good, but different.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Things of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Fradkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kraft
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In the seventh book in the acclaimed Inspector Green series, an old man is found beaten to death on a street corner in Ottawa's Byward Market. Initially, the killing appears to be a mugging gone wrong. However, the mystery deepens when the victim is identified as Dr. Samuel Rosenthal, a retired psychiatrist with a contentious approach to life and treatment.

    Rachel says: "One of many good books in this series!!"
    "One of many good books in this series!!"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Kraft?

    Yes, Kevin Kraft has great tone and timing. His voice is clear and I like it. His voice for the child, however, seemed too big. His females are mostly good but his male voices and characters are really great.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cold in July

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Joe R. Lansdale
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Richard Dane has killed a man. He cannot unhear the firing of the gun or unsee the blood on his living room wall. But everybody in the small town of LaBorde, Texas, knows Dane acted in self-defense. Everybody except Ben Russel, the ex-con father of the small-time criminal who invaded Dane's home. When Russel comes looking for revenge against Dane's family, the two are unexpectedly drawn into a conspiracy that conceals the vilest of crimes.

    Rachel says: "Very dark and different yet boring"
    "Very dark and different yet boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have every Lansdale offered by audible - his range is so great that he writes wonderful dialog and unique views of people - but this story is like there is something he forgot to write about in order to make the reader follow the story.


    What was most disappointing about Joe R. Lansdale’s story?

    Story didn't seem to be consistent end to end and characters had big pieces missing. Maybe that was the intent and if so boy did he succeed.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sorrow that I bought it.


    Any additional comments?

    I will still buy most Lansdale books but will preview them first.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1319)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "maybe I'm too old for this series."
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    What did you like best about Top Secret Twenty-One? What did you like least?

    There wasn't much I enjoyed about this book. No surprises. Same old same old. The first 12 Plums were fun and funny. They have pleased me less and less with only a couple exceptions in books 13-21. So here at 21 it is hard work just to finish the book. So sad. 'bye Stephanie.


    What aspect of Lorelei King’s performance would you have changed?

    a different story would help


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (394)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Now I'm Hooked!"
    "Slow start but really great listen"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes - once I got through the first 15 minutes I didn't want to stop until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is trustworthy - that means his endings of the books are consistent with the stories and characters - although not predictable. Robotham doesn't have to present a long explanation at the end to tie up all the dead ends he wrote him self into and couldn't work out by the deadline. His story makes good reading through the ending. This is unusual even for authors I enjoy on a regular basis. My only objection is that Audible doesn't have book 6 in the series and there is a slight disconnect for me since I've read and listened to all the earlier books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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