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Sturgis, MI, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 218 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014

  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Not Bad"

    Since I have run the gamut of Agatha Christie's mysteries (some multiple times) I was starting to feel like a part of my life was missing, so I figured that I would give this author a shot, even on the outset, I thought these books would be overly hokey. They aren't. Also, I have to say that although the story lines are sometimes, but not wholly predictable, that this series is pretty darn enjoyable. They definitely fit the cozy genre to a "t" and I think the main character is great. Like Christie, Bowen treats English artistocracy with a tongue in cheek type of humor and manages to keep the reader interested enough in the plot to want to keep going without stopping. I don't necessarily think it is a bad thing to be able to predict some of the outcomes, as long as we aren't able to guess them all, and hey maybe this was the author's intent, anyway.
    If you are looking for a happy, fun, cozy, enjoyable whodunit, this series is for you.

    47 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    What did you love best about The Lonely Polygamist?

    Compelling and believable. A glimpse inside another world.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lonely Polygamist?

    Fireworks. Sad, tragic and beatuiful all at the same time.

    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This narrator is great. Will not hesitate to listen to him again.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Just use the credit and listen. The time flies by.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Heidi Julavits
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Julia Severn is a student at an elite institute for psychics. Her mentor, the legendary Madame Ackermann, afflicted by jealousy, subjects Julia to the humiliation of reliving her mother's suicide when Julia was an infant. As the two lock horns, and Julia gains power, Madame Ackermann launches a desperate psychic attack that leaves Julia the victim of a crippling ailment. But others have noted Julia's emerging gifts, and soon she's recruited to track down an elusive missing person who might have a connection to her mother.

    jill says: "One of my favorite books"
    "I should have listened to the reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have never given up on a book this soon, but after an hour of listening to the unbelievably annoying, simpering, melodramatic voice of the narrator, and the overly wordy while telling me absolutely nothing and having no point story, I had to give up. And I was on a road trip! I'd listen to someone read the dictionary on a road trip if there was nothing else (unless, of course, it was this narrator).

    I liked the premise, so maybe I'll try to Kindle this and scrape through the first hour of the story again, but I probably won't.

    Wish there was a way to tag this narrator in case I mistakingly pick a book that has her on it again.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Xe Sands’s performances?

    No way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Loved it!"

    I simply cannot imagine how anyone could not enjoy this book, unless it is a result of not fully understanding it because of the diction. When reading a Preston Child the first few times, it's helpful to have a dictionary handy. After the first two or so reads, you get up to speed.
    I was anxiously anticipating the latest installment from these awesome guys and I was not disappointed. I've read everything they have ever written (and increased my vocabulary in the process) and this particular book is one of the best. The best books (in addition to this one) are Still Life With Crows, Cabinet of Curiosities, Relic and Reliquary, although everything they have written is very good. My only complaint is that they don't write faster, and more movies are not made based on their books, although I get why since the plots are somewhat complex. You realize that they wiped Pendergast completely out of the movie Relic? Whaaaaat?
    Anyway, ignore all the poor reviews on this book or any of their other ones. They rock.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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