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Laurie

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  • The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Capuzzo
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Good friends and sometime rivals William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter—a renowned FBI agent turned private eye, a sculptor lothario who speaks to the dead, and an eccentric profiler known as “the living Sherlock Holmes”—were heartsick over the growing tide of unsolved murders of innocents. They decided one day over lunch that something had to be done, and pledged themselves to a grand quest for justice.

    Melvin says: "Beware of staring into the abyss,it stares back"
    "The Murder Room: very detailed fast paced"
    Overall

    I normally am not drawn to any of the detailed crime or forensic novels; but after hearing the author interviewed on NPR, it caught my attention. The book was excellent and from what I understood, very factual. The writing style and character detail had me picturing the events as I listened along. That was why it was so gruesome and moving to me; I felt like I was watching the events as they were unfolding. Anyone interested in profilers and forensics to solve crime will love the detail and the character detail made me feel like I was looking at them. I am amused at reviews that criticize the narrator so much, for me they are the voice that sets the tone and in this case; Adam Grouper did an excellent job in bringing the characters to life with his style. I could clearly identify who he was speaking for as he read. Talented Mr. Grouper!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (198)

    Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life.

    Roy says: "Personally Helpful"
    "All Connected is the key..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and find I am listening to it again. There is a lot of good information as a fan and believer in Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra's work and much of Marianne Williamson's inspiration (though I do not share her belief in The Course In Miracles but much of the content extracted). I thought that it was
    "abridged" because it did become redundant in sections; so could have been a bit shorter in Debbie and Marianne's portions for my taste. The information was solid and all reiterating what they had written about before; the reference to Jame's Fowler's "Connected" caught me by surprise because I ran across this book and purchased it here earlier this year by what I thought was "accident" at the time.....hmmm...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5413)
    Performance
    (4135)
    Story
    (4150)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs is Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Mary Janice Davidson's "Undead - Betsy Vampire Queen" series because of the sharp humor. Molly Harper's series has now had the same impact! Bright, witty, entertaining and most importantly, helps me to forget the troubles in my life and the heat in my hike in the SOCAL desert heat! I already have the next two books in this series downloaded...I hope she is not dead and that they are ending but could be. Never heard of you Molly, but you have a fun style and totally different than Mary Janice, except the "vampire" theme and THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING THERE WERE/ARE FANS WHO ARE NOT "TWEENS" in this genre!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bullet: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (339)

    The triumvirate created by master vampire Jean-Claude, necromancer Anita Blake, and werewolf Richard Zeeman has made Jean-Claude one of the most powerful vampires in the U.S. He's consolidating power in himself and those loyal to him, doing in America what Belle Morte did in Europe when she was at her height of power. She almost owned Europe, and there was those who are determined that Jean-Claude won't do the same in America.

    Leslie says: "For Adult Ears Only"
    "Bullet - Anita Blake disappointment"
    Overall

    I am one of the listeners who has never "read" Laurell K. Hamilton's work; so listened to every single "Anita Blake" audio book based on release dates not in order. The last two Anita Blake novels are going downhill on plot. "Flirt" seemed rushed and light on substance; but "Bullet" was like a porn movie big on the erotic, light on plot and bored me. First time I felt I wasted my money on her books. I like when she explores many of the other characters not just the sexcapades of Anita & whoever she is having sex with. Great for those who wanted to know she did homework on BDSM; I would rather see some work on the mystery of a police case and find many of her non preternatural friends more interesting like Ronnie, Edward, Dolph. It would be fun to meet her Grandmother Blake.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unemployed: Queen Betsy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    Betsy Taylor needs a job and amazingly lands the perfect one: selling designer shoes at Macy's. But the other vamps, including sexy Sinclair, don't want their queen selling shoes. And the vampire hunters are becoming a real pain, murdering innocent vampires. It seems that everyone wants something from Betsy.

    spike99 says: "Awesome!"
    "My new "lol" Undead series"
    Overall

    I laughed so often and out loud that I am sure people observing me walking in this 115 degree heat think I am delirious! I live in the desert area, and turned to audio downloads to motivate me to get out and walk day and night in the intense summer heat. This is a fun series...I love the narrator and the writing is so clever, such a good pace, and just enough steam to get a few hot blushes! I am onto #3

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, and others
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Christian Rummel, Elisabeth Rodgers, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (208)

    Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis - and weddings An "ordinary" wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories.

    Laurie says: "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Entertaining!"
    "My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Entertaining!"
    Overall

    I am a fan of many authors in this area & really enjoyed this book. Kept me going & I found about 5 new authors whose books I plan to get. I recommend this for anyone who wants to have a good time in this genre. Gave me a great feel for the authors I looked at but had not been drawn to yet. Looking forward to trying them out & enjoying the "Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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