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LINDA

“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, Barbara Rosenblat, George Guidall, Ralph Cosham.”

BOISE, ID, United States | Member Since 2007

ratings
91
REVIEWS
18
FOLLOWING
12
FOLLOWERS
15
HELPFUL VOTES
131

  • The Cruelest Month: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (780)

    It's spring in the tiny, forgotten village; buds are on the trees, and the first flowers are struggling through the newly thawed earth. But not everything is meant to return to life. When some villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil - until one of their party dies of fright.

    Leah says: "Excellent!"
    "Murder mysteries, no gore LOTS of dry humor!"
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    Set in a small Canadian village. I laughed all the way through. A drunken Poet Laureate with a foul mouth, a cafe owned by a gay couple, a bookstore owned by an obese black psychologist, 2 artists who remind me of the Odd Couple and a gentle Chief Inspector with a dry wit. Not politically correct but definately funny and without malice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (155)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    Jean says: "survival"
    "Another outstandng Nevada Barr book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Destroyer Angel to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, this book is full of action


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Anna Pigeon


    Any additional comments?

    I want to be Anna Pigeon when I grow up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vital Lies: Jane Lawless, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellen Hart
    • Narrated By Aimee Jolson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Jane, a Minneapolis restaurateur, is invited to spend the week at Fothergill Inn, a Victorian house-turned B&B. Jane's old friend Leigh has spent years renovating the house and reopening it as an inn and restaurant. The inn has become so successful that people drive the 50 miles from Minneapolis just for dinner. But when Jane and her best friend, Cordelia, arrive for a week of relaxation, they find that the weekend's guests are anything but pleased, and that relaxing is the furthest thing from their minds. Broken glass litters the parking lot, dead animals turn up in the bedrooms, a bomb scare threatens the lives of the inn's guests. Then the pranks turn deadly....

    LINDA says: "Terrible narration"
    "Terrible narration"
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    What disappointed you about Vital Lies?

    I bought the book because the reader reviews were good, but the narration makes the story unbearable. She narrates the way most of us read aloud.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Use Barbara Rosenblat or Marguerite Gavin as the narrator.


    What character would you cut from Vital Lies?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chris Dolley
    • Narrated By Noelle Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Medium Dead is a fun urban fantasy chronicling the crime fighting adventures of Brenda - a reluctant medium - and Brian - a vigilante demon with an impish sense of humour. Think Stephanie Plum with magic and a dash of Carl Hiaasen. Brenda Steele is smart, funny and out of her depth. A Vigilante Demon called Brian wants her to find murdered spirits and help him track down their killers. But Brian doesn't just catch criminals, he likes to play with them first, and make the punishment fit the crime.

    Donna says: "Good for a tween"
    "Psychic and demon=Lucy and Ethel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's funny, fast paced and a slightly different premise than any other paranormal fiction I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The FBI hostage negotiation call line with phone tree options including a canary yellow SUV with bank robber on board bumper sticker and almost empty tank for faster get away.


    What does Noelle Romano bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her delivery is perfect for the female character..


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

    Yes. I laughed all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an unexpected treasure. I'm going to look for more books by this author and this narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ragnarok: A Jack Sigler Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    It starts with a thunderous crack and a flash of light. Screams come next. Then the hunters. With a staccato flicker, light disappears and everything within a hundred-yard radius goes with it. All that remains is a massive crater where a chunk of the world has gone missing. As the deadly phenomenon repeats and expands amidst the world's most densely populated cities, Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, and his black ops team take action. But the team is broken, spread across the globe, and vulnerable.

    Sarah says: "Jeremy Robinson does it again!!!!"
    "Just an action book without a plot"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the characters were fleshed out and a plot was added.


    Has Ragnarok: A Jack Sigler Thriller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no I like fantasy


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    speak slower


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ragnarok: A Jack Sigler Thriller?

    all of them


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (1725)
    Story
    (1743)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Too Dry"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hard core Sci Fi readers.


    What was most disappointing about Stanislaw Lem and Bill Johnston (translator) ’s story?

    The plot was hard to follow.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't really detract.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Not for everyone even if it is "classic"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1060)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Another sold Grafton"
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    Would you listen to W Is for Wasted again? Why?

    Yes, I like Kinsey.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not really


    Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

    William or Ed


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ed starts talking to Henry. Nicely done.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the series this one won't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "Not your usual heroine"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. It's different. Some humor some mystery some query characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The witch and the dominatrix


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The mouse patrol


    Who was the most memorable character of Earthly Delights and why?

    The heroine. She accepts herself as she is.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a try if you're not a10.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Protector: Foreigner Sequence 5, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated By Daniel Thomas May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's a far darker business going on in the background - a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him.

    Sires says: "New to the Series? Don't Start Here"
    "Outstanding!"
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    If you could sum up Protector in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, unique funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brin. His character was so well developed and so unique. Not your usual hero.


    What does Daniel Thomas May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does an excellent job with the different voices and his dialog delivery is excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This entire series is addictive. I can't wait for the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "Horrible narrator!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator might have helped but the story is still pretty shallow and unbelievable. Her later stories in this series are much better.


    Has Until Proven Guilty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Gene Engene’s performance?

    over dramatic poor voice changes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Until Proven Guilty?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

    Charlie Russel says: "Another Great Kate Shugak Story"
    "To Be Continued"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If she had finished the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Dana Stabenow


    Any additional comments?

    I've been a fan of Dana Stabenow's books for many years and this is the first tme she's disappointed me. She left the story hanging like the last season episode of Dallas. Shame on you Dana, it's not like you have to force your readers to return by leavng a story unfinished!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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