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Rachel Malcolm

Riverdale Park, MD | Member Since 2000

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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
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    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 Things of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Fradkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kraft
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    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 Malcolm 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
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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 Malcolm 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
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1067)

    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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    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.

    bernadette says: "Wow!"
    "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
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "The female narration is, like, ah, valleygirl read"
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    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ?

    Perhaps Coben is now after a younger reader - the female narration in this book is so strange - every sentence is an announcement - with the end of the sentence rising rather than falling - since Coben in the past has had quality stuff - I have them all - this must be intentional.
    I listened through part one but cannot tolerate any more of the narration by Ms. Dawe so this is my last Coben book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jonathan Kellerman's latest - Victim I think is the name. I just put it in my cart.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ’s performances?

    Luke Daniel's yes, Angela Dawe - never -


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Witness: Lou Mason Thrillers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joel Goldman
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What's it like to be a target for murder? Every step you take, every sigh you make - could be your last. Could you outsmart a desperate killer? Just as his life has returned to normal, Lou Mason's surrogate father, Homicide Detective Harry Ryman, arrests his best friend, ex-cop Wilson 'Blues' Bluestone, Jr. on murder charges. Mason rolls in like a freight train to defend Blues uncovers dark and terrible secrets - secrets worth killing for.

    Rachel Malcolm says: "Kevin Foley's narration is great!"
    "Kevin Foley's narration is great!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes - the story is good and consistent. The narration tells the story without distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Target: Ali Reynolds, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out - Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

    Jean says: "a cold case and a new case"
    "Never caught my interest"
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    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Karen Ziemba?

    sure - I like the JA Jance stories but this one is not so good.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Jeffery Archer or a re- read of one of William Kent Krueger's Cork series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Belle: A Burke Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In Andrew Vachss’s tautly engrossing novel, Burke is given a purse full of dirty money to find the infamous Ghost Van that is cutting a lethal swath among the teenage prostitutes in the hood. He also gets help in the form of a stripper named Belle, whose moves on the runway are outclassed only by what she can do in a getaway car.

    Rachel Malcolm says: "not enough story to stay interested"
    "not enough story to stay interested"
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    What disappointed you about Blue Belle?

    I purchased this last year and I have been trying to listen to it but keep giving up. It is really soft porn rather than a mystery. I can't even follow the story because the main female character is so weak, silly and stupid. This book is not to my liking and I tried to listen to it because it had such positive reviews. It is just not worth the effort. I give up - I can't even finish the first part of the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Murder in Vegas
    New Crime Tales of Gambling and Desperation
    by Michael Connelly (Editor)
    read by Phil Gigante and Joyce Bean


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    None in this book but Gigante is a good narrator so I will listen to Murder in Vegas which I purchased at another book site.


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

    It did seem as though it was a book that would provide some redemption or some resolution showing hope to save the children - but it didn't do that - it just provided gross humiliating actions by the female lead and a copy of an old resurfaced Chandler character.


    Any additional comments?

    phooey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (244)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "Best listen of the year!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Highway the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the story were well matched. Many surprises some not to my liking but consistent within the story line. I don't want to spoil the story so I give no details but I listened non stop. Now I will listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cody is my favorite. but.......


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I like his change in tone for various characters. strong females don't sound like guys in drag.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3480)
    Performance
    (2822)
    Story
    (2810)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "A wonderful character channeled by Lorelei King!!"
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    If you could sum up First Grave on the Right in three words, what would they be?

    Silly silly fun!


    If you’ve listened to books by Darynda Jones before, how does this one compare?

    none before


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Charley - but Reyes is an interesting tone.


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

    no extreme laugh or cry - but a reaction to too much of the sex stuff.About half way through this book I put all the "grave" series on my wish list. Then too much of the sex stuff in the story so I deleted the series from my wish list. Then I realized I can fast forward through the sex stuff and put them back on the wish list. Then I purchased the second grave book. It is hopeless. I am hooked. oh dear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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