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Linda

Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.

Mercer, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (360)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "Nora Ephron is always a fun read or listen in this"
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    Meryl Streep does a great job narrating this story. She makes the whole performance seem effortless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "not worth listening to!"
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    the story was not the riveting story of the first the characters seem to have lost their color. the performance was bland and uninspired.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Prowl: Others, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Most girls would throw a fit if their parents tried to set up an arranged marriage for them. It's so outrageously old-fashioned - even for a Tiguri family, members of a fierce race of shape-shifting weretigers. But Saskia isn't getting her claws out just yet. She'll go through with this marriage to help unite two powerful families - and because her husband-to-be, Nicolas Preda, is the sexiest, hunkiest, and only man she's ever wanted.... Of course, marrying an alpha male like Nic comes with its share of danger.

    Robbie says: "Favorite "Others" book so Far!"
    "grea-ate read!"
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    Where does On the Prowl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all the books Christine /Warren has written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saskia rocks.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    many, this one is spot on or perhaps stripe of the correct color.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Jackie Swaitkowski investigates the death of a female pilot who had a family tree filled with ex-cons and a passenger list packed with Hamptons high society. Just before Eugenie Conklin's plane took a nosedive, she tossed out a camera case that held an unusual set of photos. While defending Eugenie's husband during the accident investigation, Jackie realizes that she recognizes more than a few of the faces in those pictures.

    Patrysha says: "Disappointing"
    "A moment of reflection leads to a mystery"
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    If you could sum up Bad Bird in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, intertwined, complusive


    What did you like best about this story?

    the story line and twists and turns to the finish.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but time refused to stand still.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Chris Knopf has a one of a kind voice and an out there story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Market

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Killer Market takes the quintessential steel magnolia to the hub of North Carolina's massive furniture industry. Deborah soon gets caught up in the whirl of the International Home Furnishings Market and finds herself a suspect in a high-power murder case. The feisty judge must use her courtroom experience and intuitive skills to strip through layers of deception if she is to clear her own name. Maron draws from her own rural southern roots to craft her trademark authentic settings and characters.

    Linda says: "Margaret Maron is mistress of mystery!"
    "Margaret Maron is mistress of mystery!"
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    Another fun Deborah Knott mystery this one is set at the Furniture Market. Another interesting setting for another interesting story! Visit Deborah's court and then follow her thru the real mystery here. C. J. does a great job portraying the characters of this story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Up Jumps the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In Up Jumps the Devil, fast-moving progress is threatening to forever destroy the leisurely, heart-warming pace of Colleton County, North Carolina. District Court Judge Deborah Knott sees trouble brewing when plans for a new interstate highway start pushing up property values. Deborah finds herself calming the combatants with down-home wit, but when the squabbles escalate to murder, Deborah is forced to search for a killer uncomfortably close to home.

    Brett says: "Enjoyable Story, but not the narator's best work"
    "Another winner in the Deborah Knott series!"
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    Once again Deborah works thru the twisted skeins of the plot to get to the truth and make things come straight. A worthwhile read/listen. Mystery, intrigue and a bit of romance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Track

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    No one worries much about the scantily clad woman found strangled in the Orchid Motel, she must be a tourist who brought along her own problems. But when the victim turns out to be the wife of an up-and-coming lawyer, people begin looking suspiciously among themselves for the culprit, and Judge Deborah Knott learns her cousin possesses a mighty powerful motive. While Deborah searches for the vicious killer, a deadly hurricane rages up the Carolina coast, bringing destruction and its own kind of justice.

    Linda says: "Another great story by Margaret Maron!"
    "Another great story by Margaret Maron!"
    Overall
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    Story

    Deborah Knott is back with a hurricane in North Carolina and the murder of a prominent citizen. Deborah wages into the fray and comes out on the side of Justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    When racial tension erupts in the sleepy community of Colleton County, North Carolina, Deborah is caught off guard. She is happily tending her own home fires: her simmering romance with Kidd Chapin, the house she's building on her family's land, and her campaign for reelection as district judge. But then the first black church is burned, and all of Deborah's alarms go off.

    Linda says: "Strong characters and a bit of romance!"
    "Strong characters and a bit of romance!"
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    With all the mystery of the south along with the intrigue of racial politics add up to make this a great read/listen. C.J. Critt does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life just the way that Margaret Maron wrote them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Uncommon Clay delves into the intriguing world of the Nordans, a deep-rooted family of talented yet cursed North Carolina potters. Judge Knott is filling in for another judge who suffered a mild stroke. When she decrees that the divorcing Nordan couple split their valuable earthenware collection, the husband winds up dead, in his own kiln! Many people have motives and the clay wheel swirls with suspects.

    Veronica says: "Great!"
    "Loved the story and the narrator!"
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    Another in the Deborah Knott series. Long time favorite author only made better by a great narrator! This story has a wonderful background of mountains and pottery, family and lust, power and greed! All the ingredients required to make a great read... and a mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Linda Winstead Jones
    • Narrated By Theo McKell, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle.

    Maryfrances says: "Good sequel"
    "Stefan stikes again!"
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    Another story I found because Stefan Rudnicki was the reader. His voice makes me shiver. He could read a grocery list and I would be sold. Ok so it does have to be an interesting story to hold my attention. This one is fun and romantic paranormal story.
    Makes me want to believe in the paranormal. Good read! Fun Story and great reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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