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Designs

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  • The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dayna Baer, Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert Baer, Dayna Baer, Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Dana was originally tasked for Agency background checks, but always wanted more. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.

    Lynn says: "Secret Agent Man and Woman"
    "Not a spy story"
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    This is just a story about 2 spies and some of their life as spies. It is interesting from the point of how spies travel and move around, that is about it.

    The worst part is the authors read the story. I thought that the authors would have some interest, but they sound like they are reading their shopping list. It is hard to keep track of what is going on through the continuous monotone voices droning on and on....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends with Daisy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sharron Kahn Luttrell
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Sharron Kahn Luttrell was still mourning the death of her beloved German shepherd when she decided to volunteer as a weekend puppy raiser .But Daisy, an adorable bundle of fur the color of buttered toast, captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. And while Keith, the convict who cares for and trains Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, he is soft-spoken and polite. What's more, Daisy's appearance on Fridays, freshly scrubbed and sweet smelling, seems further evidence of his gentle nature.

    Frequent Amazon customer says: "Distracting Narration"
    "Lots of self-analyzing"
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    The basic story is good - how raising a puppy to be a service dog affects the handler. However, The story bogs down with the author's introspection. She also analyzes almost every interaction. It was too much for me and I would skip over those parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond This Moment

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Tamera Alexander - RITA and Christy Award winner - interweaves threads of hope and second chances into a life tangled by half-truths and lies. Stepping off the train in 1876 Colorado Territory, Professor Molly Whitcomb, Ph.D, makes a distasteful choice she sees as her only chance to recover a fraction of what she's lost.

    Dianne says: "ANOTHER GREAT BOOK"
    "Could have been shorter"
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    Tamera apparently had a goal in mind on how long she wanted the book to be. She drags it out, so you might be finding yourself yelling at the story, "just tell him!!", quite often. You know the ending, so the heroine's procrastination gets a bit weary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Within My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tamera Alexander
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Determined to fulfill her late husband's dream, Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat with the help of her two young sons. But some days it feels as though her every effort is sabotaged. When faced with a loss she cannot afford, she's forced to trust Rand Brookston, the one man in Timber Ridge she wishes to avoid. And with good reason. He's a physician, just like her father, which tells her everything she needs to know about him.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "Wow! Brava, Tamera!"
    "Historical accuracy missing"
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    Would you listen to Within My Heart again? Why?

    Safety on a pistol in the 1870s? Rubbing alcohol a common household item? These distractions were annoying, especially since the storyline and characters are written as though a very young girl wrote the book. Not recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Cat Was Involved: A Chet and Bernie Mystery Short, Story 1

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (195)

    Spencer Quinn’s first original audio short story reveals how everyone’s favorite detective duo - Chet the Dog and P.I. Bernie Little - came to meet before their first big case in Dog On It. As fans know, Chet first met Bernie on that fateful day when he flunked out of K-9 police school. The details of that day, though, have always remained a little vague (like so much in Chet’s doggy brain). All we know is that Chet had been the best leaper in his K-9 class, but for some reason he failed his final leaping test...and that a cat was involved...and that there was some blood. But whose?

    Love Learning says: "good fun read"
    "How did Chet fail the jump test?"
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    Would you listen to A Cat Was Involved again? Why?

    This short story lets us know how Chet managed to "fail" his jump test, and how he came to be with Bernie. Another great Chet and Bernie story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1268)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "Foul language"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Only got a few minuted into it and had to turn it off. For those of you that do not appreciate hearing the F word and other similar words - this book is not for you.
    The narrator does a great job.
    I really wish that there was some kind of rating system for books!


    What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Expand his vocabulary and not use foul language


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A River in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (318)

    Elizabeth Peters brings back beloved Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody in an exciting tale set amid the ancient temples and simmering religious tensions of Palestine on the eve of World War I. Once again the Peabody-Emerson clan must use all their skills and wiles to find the truth, prevent a bloody holy war, and save their son from the clutches of a nefarious enemy in this wonderfully engaging tale chock-full of thrills, mystery, and daring from the inimitable Elizabeth Peters.

    Eva Gannon says: "As Comfy As Slippers"
    "Narration is perfect!"
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    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Not sure what happened with the person that said the narration was poor. This book is read in her typical fashion - excellent!


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters spends more time on the characters and their interactions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borrower of the Night: The First Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    After Vicky Bliss stumbles over a clue to the existence of a hidden masterpiece by a late Gothic sculptor, she and her then-boyfriend, Tony, embark on a contest of will and wits to find the treasure.

    Edmund says: "THE edition of the book to hear"
    "Barbara Rosenblat - what a gift!"
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    This is a great mystery - clean and funny with an entertaining heroine and hero. What makes this book come to life is the narrator. Barbara Rosenblat is simply amazing! Her intonations and different voices for each character make this book easy to follow and picture clearly in my head.

    I have listened to Ms. Rosenblat narrate many books, and have come to the conclusion to listen to anything she narrates - because she will make it thoroughly entertaining!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    When jockey Martin Stukely dies after a fall at Cheltenham, he accidentally embroils his friend Gerard Logan in a perilous search for a stolen videotape. Logan is a glassblower on the verge of widespread acclaim.

    Designs says: "Not Tony Britton"
    "Not Tony Britton"
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    I have to admit that I am spoiled by Tony Britton's excellent narration. Fiacre Douglas does not distinguish between the voices well, if at all. There are times when he sounds like he is reading the book for the 1000th time and is completely bored. Once you get past the narration and figure out how to keep track of who is speaking, it is a typical Dick Francis novel - which I love.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Time: A Dragonriders of Pern Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    For the first time in more than three years, best-selling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey have teamed up again to do what they do best: add another chapter to the Dragonriders of Pern. Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.

    Josie says: "Too confusing!"
    "What is going on?!"
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    I LOVE the Pern books! So much that I did not read the reviews before purchasing this book. I wish I had....

    I started to listen to this one, not realizing that it was the second (or third?) in a series. The description of the plot is confusing on Audible. (I figured out what was wrong when I read the description on Amazon.) SInce it started off with a synopsis of what had happened, I thought I would give it a listen. I gave up after 20 minutes.

    Todd has not developed his mother's skill at story telling. It is Todd's little excursion into "Gee, what would happen if I went back in time, then forward, then maybe back and see myself?"

    The established laws of time travel by dragons is not followed. I have never given up on a book so quickly. Don't waste your money!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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