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Karen

Martinsville, IN, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2690)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1475)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Great fun"
    Overall

    The Amelia Peabody series of books are witty, intelligent, fun, and tongue-in-cheek. Barbara Rosenblat makes them even more engaging with her wide range of voices and marvelous performance. This is a must-hear.

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Dead and Gone: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3496)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1753)

    In her ninth adventure, Sookie has just tied on her cocktail waitress apron for a night's work when a special report comes on the television. The time has come. The wereanimals have revealed themselves.

    Anne Hoag says: "High expectations not met"
    "The Best Sookie Stackhouse Story yet!"
    Overall

    This was a GREAT listen - enthralling, exciting, suspenseful, and sexy. Did I mention that this is the best Sookie Stackhouse Story yet?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ill Wind: An Anna Pigeon Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joanna Gleason
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Karen says: "Ban Abridgements!"
    "Ban Abridgements!"
    Overall

    I don't like abridgements, and this audiobook is one of the reasons why -- the story is so hacked up as to be impossible to follow. Nevada Barr can turn a phrase beutifully and all of that is gone. Hold out for an unabridged version! Don't by this one!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Three to Get Deadly

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Stephanie Plum is back for a third adventure, this time in search of a beloved neighborhood guy who got caught carrying concealed. But she's not getting any help from homicide cop and local hunk Joe Morelli; the last time he got social with Steph he ended up naked in the middle of the street. Not one to say no to a challenge, Stephanie sets off in hot pursuit.
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    Kimery says: "Love the Stephanie Plum series!"
    "They're all good ...."
    Overall

    All of the Stephanie Plum stories (and I've listened to them all) are fun, sexy, entertaining, and well worth the time. As a general rule, I don't waste my time abridged books; the plot gets too mangled when events are cut out to save recording time. However, the abridgement of these books is well done, and (mostly) unnoticeable. I recommend all of the Stephanie Plum books, even the abridged ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Silent: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia Peabody, grandmaster Elizabeth Peters' indomitable archaeologist-sleuth, once again sets sail for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and specters of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land.

    Nancy says: "Unabridged is unacceptable"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    I dislike abridgements, but this one was very well done & is a worthwhile listen. The story is very good -- I'm going to go buy the book now to find out what I've missed!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ape Who Guards the Balance: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Samantha Eggar
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Karen says: "Good story, bad abridgement, buy the book instead."
    "Good story, bad abridgement, buy the book instead."
    Overall

    Samantha Eggar does a good job of reading this story. BUT -- this is an abridgement, and badly done, at that. Critical parts of the story are left out, resulting in a lack of continuity and cohesiveness in parts.
    This is a very good story, however. The children are really coming into their own as exciting and interesting characters. And of course, the story is full of the wit and excitement we have come to expect of Amelia and Elizabeth Peters. Take my advice and buy the book, and spend an afternoon with a cup of the "genial beverage" and a really good read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (401)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "One of my favorites"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorites of all the Amelia Peabody stories. Barbara Rosenblat is, of course, THE voice of Amelia and brings her to life, where Susan O'Malley could not. The story is also just fun, exciting, and suspenseful. Of course, anyone considering this recording should at least listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank first in order to understand Amelia and Emerson's relationship.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6885)
    Performance
    (3308)
    Story
    (3355)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Not the best of the series, but necessary"
    Overall

    I've read nearly all of Stephen King's books, including a couple of small and obscure early publications, and I can tell you that this is one of his best stories. Not the best of the Dark Tower series, however, but absolutely necessary to introduce us to Roland and his quest. If you like this story, you will love the rest of the Dark Tower stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

    Karen says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    It is always a delight and special experience to hear an author read his own works. The additional commentary provides the background to make this listening experience even more satisfying.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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