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James

FRANKLIN, WI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 198 titles in library
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  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (636)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    I was hoping for a great followup to Star Island. Who picks these readers? This book would have been significantly better to listen to with a better reader. I'm halfway thru and not sure If I'll finish it.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Shrimp Tango: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    All just another day in Serge Storms' sun-splashed paradise! Thanks to the growth of the Internet, America finds itself plagued by a noxious epidemic of ruthless scam artists. Where do they all come from? If you guessed 110 percent of them are spawned in Florida, you win the cigar.…When a new digital scheme goes horribly awry - causing innocents to die and a young woman to go missing - only one person can set things right: obsessive Florida trivia buff and reluctant serial killer Serge Storms.

    kurt says: "Consistently hit my funny bone"
    "Red and Blue make Purple"
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    Serge trying to find a middle ground between the Tea Partiers' and the Occupiers, you can guess how well that works. Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin has a couple of appearances, and Serge wiping out an organized group of criminal scamers in his own special way. If you are a fan of Dorsey, what more could you ask for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3358)
    Performance
    (1855)
    Story
    (1872)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Not for the Squeemish, only the curious."
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    What a unique book about an off beat and somewhat taboo topic. I love the author's dry humor and the very good delivery and narration. Everything and more, about the human body when it stops working and the way bodies are used in science, medicine, and research. I will be trying more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Holiday Spirit(s) of Lottawatah: Brianna Sullivan Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Evelyn David
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    'Tis the season to be jolly and the ghosts of Lottawatah are determined to horn in on the holiday revelry. In Giving Thanks in Lottawatah, Brianna Sullivan must find an engagement ring that has been missing for 35 years, deal with the mother of her boyfriend who is holding a grudge because Brianna almost killed her with crab dip, and wrangle family ghosts to give up old secrets and enjoy the holiday.

    James says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    #3 of the series, more please in audiobook format with the same narrator. I don't care if they are short, as long as there are more. I find these perfect for a short listen, enjoyable, fun, and humorous. I think there are 10 of these in the series (on the author's web site), so I hope audible produces more or all of them soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Days of Summer in Lottawatah: Brianna Sullivan Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Evelyn David
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Brianna, still in Lottawattah, Oklahoma, is now being pestered by the ghostly ex-girlfriend of main squeeze Detective Cooper Jackson. The apparition won't move away from Cooper and towards the light until Brianna figures out who killed her. Volume 2 of the series, a novella, finds Brianna selling lake lots for a new resort, attending her boyfriend's high school class reunion where the guests aren't all of this world, and tracking down a killer (or two).

    James says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Enjoyable, fun, stories. Good dialog from Brianna and her interactions with the "others".
    I like the reader also. On to the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (525)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "A little short of it's potential"
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    Basically, it didn't work as an audiobook with this narrator. I could not distinguish between Chet"s (the dog) voice and Bernie's voice (the human). The story was just "ok", and the humor was sometimes there, with the dog behaviors and thoughts. Maybe I will try another if they go on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (757)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Judith says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Disapointed"
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    Halfway thru, not sure I'll finish. Life's too short to listed to mediocre audiobooks.
    I had high expectations from Janet Evanovich for something light with some laughs, this isn't it. It's light, but no laughs. Also, in my opinion, not the best reader for this material.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (452)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Really liked this Series"
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    Conclusion of this series. Got to listen to it if you've listed to the others in the series. This was a very captivating series, a great mix of supernatural and believability. Still not my favorite reader because she sounds too old for the age of Harper Connelly, but I adapted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    CoastalKate says: "Incredible"
    "Cute but not outstanding"
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    I'll try another of this series. The main character has a lot of potential to become more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1094)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "Best one in a while"
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    This is one of the best. The proper blend of sci fi, supernatural, suspense, and just plain quirkiness that hooked me into this series with the first couple of books, I couldn't listen to it fast enough and sat in my car for half an hour to finish it.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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