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  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses, David Schmid
    • Narrated By Professor David Schmid Ph.D
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    (162)
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    (138)
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    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

    Amazon Customer says: "Eye Opening and Enjoyable"
    "Eye Opening and Enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction again? Why?

    I would so listen to this again. It was interesting and informative and I liked the narrator's personal views on certain subject matters. This lecture has turned me on to new reading possibilities that I would never have known about if not for this lecture. It made my work day more enjoyable as I listened while at the office.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction?

    When Professor Schmid spoke of the Native American mysteries it perked up my ears. It sounded fascinating and now I'm interested in reading some of the books that were mentioned. I also liked when he talked about the Cozy Mysteries and how professor Schmid didn't find them low brow as some critics have stated. I like thrillers and suspense but a cozy mystery is very comforting to read and immensely enjoyable. Critics be damned but I am with Professor Schmid when it comes to the Cozy Mysteries.


    Which character – as performed by Professor David Schmid – was your favorite?

    There were no characters as this was a lecture and not a book. I liked the Professor's style of lecture. It wasn't wooden or pretentious. There was warmth and insight and knowledge and passion in what he had to say.


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

    This was not a book but a lecture and so it mainly fascinated me.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture by Professor David Schmid and will be interested to listen to other lectures by him as I enjoyed the sound of his voice, the cadence in which he spoke, and his passion for the subject.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Rules of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C.T. Phipps
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3084)
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    (2878)
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    (2873)

    Gary Karkofsky is an ordinary guy with an ordinary life living in an extraordinary world. Supervillains, heroes, and monsters are a common part of the world he inhabits. Yet, after the death of his hometown's resident superhero, he gains the amazing gift of the late champion's magical cloak. Deciding he prefers to be rich rather than good, Gary embarks on a career as Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy. But is he evil enough to be a villain in America's most crime-ridden city?

    erobbins33 says: "Fun!"
    "Tongue in Cheek Bizzaro World Story"
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    I came upon this audio book via Audibles as they had suggested I might be interested in it because I purchased and enjoyed "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore. So I read the RAVE reviews and listened to a sample of this audio book and thought "Okay, it sounds like a fun book" so I went a head and purchased it.

    Did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did. Was it a raving good book as other readers reviewed it to be? No, sadly it wasn't what I expected after reading all those high praised reviews. Did I have some chuckles? Yes, but not as much as I would have liked to and not as much as when I listened to "A Dirty Job". Would I purchase the next book in the series? Yes, I would but I'm not in a mad rush to read them at the moment.

    The story was well written, entertaining, creative, and a very new way of telling a Superhero/Villain story with lots of tongue in cheek humor. The narrator Jeffrey Kafer did a good job but it could have been better. Mr. Kafer did a pretty good job of differentiating his voice from character to character with the exception of when voicing The Cloak and Gary. Many times Mr. Kafer would voice both The Cloak and Gary almost exactly the same that it made it hard to know who was speaking what dialogue, and since Cloak can talk ONLY to Gary the back and forth from them got confusing. I had to rewind the story many times to try to make sense of who just said what. At those times I wish I had bought the digital book with the audio so I could have followed along a lot better.

    I know this review sounds like I have nothing but complaints and I didn't enjoy the book but that is not the case. I did enjoy the humorous way of telling the flip side of a Superhero/Villain story and a lot of the subtle references to many of the superhero storylines and characters I grew up reading in comic books or watching on my Saturday morning TV show (basically TV Tropes); e.g. Super Friends, Batman, or Spiderman stories but with a sort of Bizzaro World flip. But all are done with a bit of a tongue in cheek and wink wink to all our childhood superhero stories we've read or seen. Even Merciless's henchman Diabloman and henchperson Cindy Wakowski a.k.a Red Riding Hood are a bit of a nod to the likes of BANE and Harley Quinn. Just as Ultragod and Ultragoddess are a nod to Superman and Supergirl.

    Many times we read a stories from the Superhero's POV but this time we get the Villain's side... or at least the POV from the want-to-be Villain; as Gary Karkofsky a.k.a. Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy is more of a dorkable anti-villain.

    This book kept my attention and kept me interested in seeing what would happen next to Gary and how he would evolve to Merciless since he was still learning the ropes of Villainy. The book also had me smirking from time to time and occasionally laughing out loud in my car as I listened on my commute home. And admittedly at times I became nostalgic for when I was a kid reading comics or watching superhero cartoons on a Saturday morning or after school. It brought a smile to my face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (2276)
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    (2068)
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    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Karen says: "Felt Cheated"
    "Made Me Miss The TV Show"
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    The narration was performed wonderfully and I'm ready for the next book in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cocaine Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
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    (2325)
    Story
    (2318)

    It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia. And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street.

    Barbara says: "A series that just gets better"
    "As Good As The TV Show"
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    Narrator Stephanie Daniel is a very talented performer. Her skill to change accents and go from one character to another, male or female, and bring them to life is impressive. I look forward to hearing more of her work.

    As for this book... it was a bit lengthy and had a lot going on. There wasn't just one mystery or crime to solve but about 3 and Phryne Fisher solved all with the panache that only she could. She's a women of means who isn't above it all and willing to get into the muck to get at the truth. And she doesn't adhere to social hierarchy and have friends from all walks of life. She's a likable character with charm, gumption, style, compassion, winning sense of humor, and a quick witted. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Academy: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (701)
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    (699)

    Quitting her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department was an easy decision for Tracy Crosswhite. Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of her life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions into a passion for justice.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Nice Short Prequel to a Blockbuster Series"
    "Tracy Crosswhite is the Heroine to Follow"
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    I purchased this audible book due to it's interesting summary of character Tracy Crosswhite. It sounded interesting for a short story. The audio book was only a little over a hour long and was long enough to get me through my commute home from work. The short story was so captivating that I dreaded that it would end so quickly. I found the protagonist Tracy Crosswhite to be an admirable character and interesting. Ms. Crosswhite may look like a pushover in her skit and nice blouse, accented with pearls around her neck, but underneath all those fashionably feminine clothing is a woman who is not to be underestimated and can give her male counterparts a run for her money.

    This short story was a nice intro to the Tracy Crosswhite series and I look forward to continuing with her story in the books that follow after. And I may look into more books by author Robert Dubon; I'm already a fan of his book The 7th Canon. On top of that I am totally interested in audiobooks that are read by Emily Sutton-Smith.

    Emily Sutton-Smith not just narrates the story but puts on a captivating performance that really brings the story alive. I find that not all narrators understand the need to change inflections and cadence when doing different characters to bring them alive but rather they just narrate as if reading an instruction manual and that's not enjoyable. But what Emily Sutton-Smith has done with this short story is impressive and I look forward to listening to more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poirot's Finest Cases: Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Full Cast, John Moffat
    Overall
    (1314)
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    (1175)
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    John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

    Customer says: "Excellent performances"
    "Just Like Watching it on PBS"
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    This audio was worth the purchase. John Moffat and fellow cast members did a fantastic job performing classic Agatha Christie stories. Listening to these stories play out made me reminisce when my mother and I would listen to Thursday night radio shows on the AM channel. It was a bonding thing for my mother and I to turn off the TV and just listen to radio mystery shows for an hour. I liked this audio purchase so much that I look forward to purchasing more of the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
    • Narrated By David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
    Overall
    (6050)
    Performance
    (5614)
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    (5595)

    Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

    tatiana says: "New Fan"
    "I BELIEVE - The Truth is Out There and Then Some."
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    Wow! This was a fun audible to listen to. It was just as good as watching the TV show and way better than the last X-Files movie. The performances was top notch and the stories were all that you would expect from X-Files. I'm hooked and look forward to listening to another X-File audibles.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8471)
    Performance
    (5445)
    Story
    (5447)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    Janie says: "Great Listen!"
    "A Rip Roaring Laugh a Minute"
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    This audiobook was EVERYTHING I had hoped for in a Humor/Comic fantasy. Christopher Moore sure knows how to tell a fantastical story with tongue in cheek humor that will leave you howling with laughter. And it doesn't hurt to have such a talented actor as Fisher Stevens as the narrator of the book. His ability to not just tell the tale but bring to life each and every characters is impressive and his comedic timing is SPOT ON. In comedy timing is everything because if a line isn't delivered just right then something can be lost. Fisher Stevens knows how to deliver this story so that you are totally sucked in and can make you grin from ear to ear.

    Christopher Moore's dark humor and cutting wit is a gift. His tale of Charlie and his daughter Sophie's accidental initiation into the world of "Death" is neither macabre or gruesome but more fantasy and humor and a bit off center. This is a book I could listen to over and over again. I would also be recommending this book to many of my fellow readers. I look forward to reading, or listening, to the second book in the series... "Secondhand Souls: A Novel".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Knew You Were Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lauren Layne
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Nick's always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she's gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it's her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they're shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they're putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor's ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she'll jump at the chance to go back to her old life - unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

    T.8203 says: "Ice Princess no more"
    "I Got the FEELS"
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    First off, narrator Maxine Mitchell did a wonderful job and really sold the story and the characters. Second, Lauren Layne is going on my list of authors to look out for.

    Admittedly I wasn't really feeling the story at the beginning as I found it to be a little flat and the characters hadn't caught my interest. I almost gave up on continuing after the first 3 chapters but then things started to pickup steam, without being steamy that is. The characters started to become more interesting and their dynamics more captivating.

    I liked how this story didn't happen over a days or a few months but rather over a year, nearing two years, giving time for the two love interest to grow individually and then as a couple. There were moments that had me chuckle and then their were moments where I felt my eyes go a little glassy and a bit of heaviness sitting on my chest. I was moved. Although there were a few scenes in the book that were steamy it wasn't the focal point of the story but rather just icing to a delicious romance. I really liked that about this story.

    It was fun and interesting to see these two go from Enemies to Frenemies and then finally to Lovers. Both breaking down each other's reserves and allowing themselves to hope for more despite their past coloring how they love or react to each other. Not all romances can be the things that Disney stories are made of, and that is a good thing, because the things that are worth having are the things worth working for and fighting for; which is what Nick and Taylor learned in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuck-Up Suit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
    • Narrated By Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
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    (3092)
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    (3080)

    It started out like any other morning on the train - until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle. He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world. Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God? Actually, he looked like a god. That was about it.

    Daniele says: "Didn't live up to its potential."
    "Good but lacking something"
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    This is the third audiobook written by Vi Keeland that I have listen to and it was entertaining but it lacked something that her books Egomaniac and Bossman had going for them. For one thing this book lacked the wit and humor that the other two books had and some parts of the storyline had me rolling my eyes.

    It just was too hard to swallow that such a jerk like Graham could turn to total mush and sappiness in less than a month of being with Soraya. Then sassy Soraya goes from playing hard to get only to crumble at the drop of a shoe to Graham's charm? It just was too easy and the fact that they barely retained the personalities that first drawn one and other and become all so saccharine. Graham was way too sharing and sentimental quickly. I like a little slow burn in my characters.

    I found the story to be tender and sweet at times that made me enjoy what was going on with the two characters but then it started to lose something for me when I found that these two people who are supposed to have common sense lose it so easily to insecurities. Also, they lost a lot of their spunk that made them so charming. The story just didn't have the same complexities that I found in Vi Keeland's other books and I really did miss the humor that made me guffaw in her other writings.

    All in all, the book wasn't bad and I did like it enough to be drawn in to the story and finish it. Which is saying a lot considering there were at least 3 books within a week I would start and stop because the story was just so painful to get through. Vi Keeland's books are never painful to try to read. If anything her storytelling is so good that you just get sucked in within the first two chapters and stick around for the rest of the ride. She's quickly becoming one of my favorite romance writers. Looking forward to reading and listening to more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Vi Keeland
    • Narrated By Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2449)
    Performance
    (2268)
    Story
    (2265)

    The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn't exactly make a good impression. I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date. He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice. So I told him to mind his own damn business and went back to my miserable date. I couldn't help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

    BluBumbleB says: "I CANT EVEN FINISH THIS"
    "Deliciously Sweet and Steamy"
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    The story was a fun and titillating. It had humor, romance, struggle, passion, and HEA ending. Best of all for me the story kept moving. No lag or wasted time on filler info that played no part in the development of the main characters' relationship. I hate writers who has the readers spend too much time about unnecessary details that play know real part in the story. This book flowed well with a steady pace and kept the usual romance formula with some fun characters. I really liked some of the chuckle worthy dialogue that seems to be this author's signature for her romance novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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