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  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable immersion reading experience"
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    Where does The List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator was first rate and made immersion reading on the Fire HD a great entertainment experience.
    The thriller was well-written with an abundance of comedic elements.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on a Girl's Night Out

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne George
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    Novelist Anne George injects murder, mayhem, and laughs into her popular mysteries. Nominated for an Agatha Award, this hilarious tale of two “60 something” sisters reveals the deadly consequences of a hasty real estate purchase. Retired Alabama school teacher Patricia Anne thinks her older sister, flamboyant Mary Alice, has lost her cotton-pickin’ mind. On a whim, Mary Alice bought the Skoot ’n’ Boot, the local country western night spot where she and her boyfriend hang out. Mary Alice insists it will be easy to run the club - until the previous owner is found executed.

    S. Droski says: "Fun chicken soup for the ears"
    "nice first entry on cozy series"
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    A bit dated but still enjoyable first entry in the Southern Sisters cozy series. The narrator did a fine job. Overall, it was play but I did not love it as I had when the series was first published

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Small Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pete Morin
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Paul Forte is indicted by a federal grand jury, everyone suspects prosecutor Bernard (don’t call him “Bernie”) Kilroy has more on his mind than justice. Then the FBI agent in charge of Paul’s case gives him a clue to the mystery: Kilroy is bent on settling an old family score, and he’s not above breaking the law to do it.

    Jenny Orelle says: "Entertaining, Funny and Smart"
    "Perfect narration for great story"
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    I had purchased and read Diary of a Small Fish last year. The writing is excellent and I enjoyed the humor and legal wrangling. Since it was written in the first person voice of the main character, Paul Forte, I had a little difficulty, as a female reader, staying in the story.

    Nonetheless, when the author offered the audio book on Goodreads I was anxious to give it another go. I am so glad I did as the narration by Keith Sellon-Wright is absolutely perfect for the main character. Mr. Sellon-Wright also did a superb job of conveying the character when he narrated female character dialogue.


    Small Fish is a very enjoyable book and the Audible version takes the story to a whole new level. Kindle version purchased and Audible version received from the author. My opinion is my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Murder a Saint: Saints, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Nicole Loughan
    • Narrated By Suzy Lexington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Her father always warned her that the bayou was a mysterious and dangerous place. She never suspected that the greatest danger of her life was lurking in New York City. Before their bags are unpacked one of two Cajun girls in fresh from Louisiana is found savagely murdered in New York. All the clues point to a wild animal, a perplexing development for a third floor apartment. Lacking a suspect the police accompany the murdered girl's French speaking roommate back to her reclusive Southern Louisiana town in search of a lead.

    bec says: "Five Star Listen"
    "Amusing implausible mystery novella"
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    Two best friends, Josephine and Fanchon, move from Louisiana Cajun country to NYC. At Josephine's urging, Fanchon goes out on a date with a guy encountered on am internet dating website. Upon her return home, she discovers the dismembered body of Josephine.

    The detective , Banyon, assigned to investigate accompanies Fanchon as she brings her friend's body home to Louisiana and standard chuckles ensue as he meets the stereotypical natives.

    Returning to NYC, Fanchon stumbles upon the real murderer and Banyon charges in yo assist her. It could be that this book hit me at just the right time as I laughed out loud several times while reading it and listening to it. I would tend to characterize it as a cozy mystery although the set-up and denouement is more bizarre than the standard cozy.

    I read this through whispersync and thoroughly enjoyed the narrsyot and her voices. I bought the kindle book and received the Audible book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Saints' Secrets: Saints, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nicole Loughan
    • Narrated By Suzy Lexington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The bayou holds many secrets. One of them is what really happened to Lisette, a beautiful Creole teenager who died on the last day of school. Everybody in Fanchon's reclusive bayou parish knows Lisette died in a boating accident, but when the police take a closer look, they unearth the dead girl and find a surprise in her grave.

    bec says: "Another "Saints" Hit!"
    "Southern Gothic Mystery"
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    Second book in the Saints Mystery series takes place mostly in New Orleans as Fanchon recovers from the injuries suffered at the hands of the killer in book 1. These injuries include a severely broken leg which does not allow the MC to bear weight although it is casted.

    This short volume was a serviceable mystery but lacked much of the humor from the first book. I never imagined the strange twist at the end concerning the identity of main characters. The amount of traveling the MC managed with a severely broken leg was incredible but the phrase that drew me up short was at the end where the MC sits crosslegged before her dead BF's crypt. I totally can't see it with the cast needed for her injury.


    The narrator did a very good, but not outstanding, job. However, I am interested enough in the series to want to read the next one. Currently it is not available on Audible so I may wait a few months and borrow through Kindle Unlimited. I bought the Kindle book and received the Audible version in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland: Age 42 and Three-Quarters (A Comedy Mystery)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara Silkstone
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Alice Harte's life is falling apart. Her boss at the real estate firm where she works is a litigious and murderous man with ties to "The Mob"; in Florida. She KNOWS he has literally beheaded someone in the past. Her whole life she has dreamed of living in England and meeting a man similar to John Cleese. In an attempt to start breaking away from her boss who is threatening her with a lawsuit, she flies to England to meet Nigel Channing, who has been charming her through e-mails and phone calls.

    Yvonne says: "Fun Action Packed Read!!!"
    "Laugh Out Loud"
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    This is a bit of a zany tale with characters based on Alice in Wonderland. The narrator was superb and added to the laugh out loud enjoyment of many of the crazier situations in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murderous Muffins: Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lois Lavrisa
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Bezu is a beautiful southern belle with genteel manners. But her problems are anything but. Deep in debt, she's illegally taken in a few lodgers. A sweet stripper and her bodybuilder boyfriend, an Asian man loudly learning English through pop music, and a mysterious stranger with the most amazing blue-green eyes - and a secret. When one of them mysteriously dies and it looks like her muffins were the murder weapon, Bezu and her fellow Chubby Chicks Club member, Cat, must discover who the killer is before she ends up in jail...or worse. Will they succeed? Find out in Murderous Muffins, book two in the Chubby Chicks Club cozy mystery series.

    Trish says: "Really funny and entertaining cozy mystery"
    "2nd in cozy series"
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    Second in the Chubby Chicks series. This story focuses on and is narrated by Bezu as she attempts to keep her family home by taking in boarders. One of the boarders is poisoned by eating her muffins and Bezu, with help from Cat, must solve the crime.

    Nice cozy mystery read through Kindle and listened through Audible using immersion reading. The narrator did a wonderful job bringing the various characters to life. While some parts of the story strain credibility, it is overall an enjoyable read with captivating characters

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for Dinner Rolls: Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series, Book #1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lois Lavrisa
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    She's been held at gunpoint, stuck in a burning dumpster, chased out of a grocery store, caught impersonating a police officer and almost run over by a wayward vehicle. How is that for a first day on the job as an amateur sleuth? Along with her friend Annie Mae, Cat investigates the brick-paved, oak-lined streets of Savannah to find their friend's murderer. To say the very least, it is not smooth sailing for these self appointed detectives.

    🐈 nospin_ngb🐈 says: "Enjoyable cozy"
    "Enjoyable cozy"
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    Enjoyable little cozy read through Whispersync/Immersion reading. The narrator does a great job of voicing all the different characters.

    The book is populated by zany, quirky characters with the main ones being members of the Chubby Chicks Club. One of their members die and two members, Cat and Anna Mae, work together to prove it wasn't a suicide and to solve the murder. The Quirky and appealing nature of these characters makes it possible to overlook the few implausible parts of the story while some of the situations they find themselves in are truly funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

    Alexandria Milton says: "Elegant, simple, and true"
    "Absolute Masterpiece"
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    Incredible that in such a short book the relative importance of life, marriage, family, career, and death should all be captured.
    Recommended for everyone. Simon Prebbles performance is first rate.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sinful Folk

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ned Hayes
    • Narrated By Anne Day-Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Sinful Folk is the story of a mother who carries a hidden secret and a terrible grief. In December of the year 1377, the village of Duns in northeast England suffered a great tragedy when five children died. The villagers demanded justice from the King. Sinful Folk is the story of these villagers who undertook a desperate mid-winter journey with their dead children all the way across England to the King's throne.

    🐈 nospin_ngb🐈 says: "Incredible book and fabulous narrator"
    "Incredible book and fabulous narrator"
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    Sinful Folk ranks in the top echelon of all audiobooks I have listened to over the past 20 years. The story of medieval peasants seeking justice for their sons' death is compelling and relating their journey through Mear makes it even more so.

    I cannot praise the narrator, Anne Day-Jones, highly enough. She was able to portray each of the characters effortlessly and her facile switching to flawless French when called for by the text was remarkable.

    I read and listened to both the Kindle and Audible versions through Immersion Reading and highly recommend either or both. I generally do not reread books but this may be the only Audible book I will actually listen to again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Do Solemnly Swear

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By D. M. Annechino
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    As second in command, Katherine Ann Miles understands the responsibilities of her role as vice president. But when the president of the United States dies from a heart attack only eight months into his term, Katherine feels utterly unprepared to assume the highest office in the land. Yet the new president has little time to dwell on the battles raging with Congress and within her own marriage: Iran is making pointed, grave threats toward Israel, and she will have to employ all her skills and diplomacy to avert a major military conflict.

    NYNM says: "Pretty bad"
    "Ridiculous characterization of a career woman"
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    Would you try another book from D. M. Annechino and/or Tanya Eby?

    Totally unrealistic in some of the portrayals of the workings of the US gov't.
    I was considering 3 stars until the Epilogue where the protagonist, the President, laments the ticking of her biological clock and decides she will have a baby with or without a husband.
    Ridiculous!”

    The narrator was a tad cloying.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My. TBR is large and the accompanying echoes (audible companion books) numerous.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Not without checking reviews


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Do Solemnly Swear?

    The epilogue.
    But there were many other scenes that needed strengthening and a bit of research into the workings of the US government.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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