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Larry

LEBANON, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dead Wrong: Joanna Brady Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Juggling a family and a career is never easy, and it's becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs are two serious crimes.

    Lori says: "A Great Listen"
    "Narrator needs much more training"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Stephanie Brush?

    I might try another Jance book but definitely not one narrated by Brush. She made the male characters sound retarded.


    Has Dead Wrong turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I won't be eager to try another. It was very annoying to me that Joanna, a pregnant mother, put herself in dangerous circumstances so close to the baby's birth. She seemed to have no sense. Also she needed some backbone to deal with both mothers.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As I said above, she made the male characters sound retarded with a slow halting speech. Particularly annoying for Joanna's husband.


    Was Dead Wrong worth the listening time?

    No, too annoying from the narrator.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Not Anne Tyler's best work"
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    What did you love best about The Beginner's Goodbye?

    The author did a good job of describing grief after losing a loved one.


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

    Yes - Gone Girl. Performance was about the same, but better story.


    If you could take any character from The Beginner's Goodbye out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would pick the contractor. He seemed the best adjusted.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1633)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Much better mysteries are available"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe young reader who likes references to British royalty.


    What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

    I didn't care about the characters and it took much too long to discover what the mystery was.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    She far overdid the accents, particularly the aristocratic ones. They were annoying.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    It was hard to be sympathetic to characters that sounded snooty and snobbish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Traveling Man: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (51)

    When a suspicious gypsy and his girlfriend park their van in the midst of Lochdubh, it's not long before the crime rate begins to soar. Although none of the villagers wants to give him any information, Police Constable Hamish Macbeth must solve a case that is truly bizarre.

    Katherine says: "Above average Hamish Macbeth"
    "Travelling man is typical Hamish mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Death of a Traveling Man?

    Engagement of Hamish and Priscilla


    Any additional comments?

    Too many soap opera moments in this book. Also Hamish's anger at Priscilla is too strong and not that of an understanding man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On What Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

    Pam says: "Stands out"
    "Very disappointing read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have. I read a few chapters, and all the bragging about the wonderful coffee drinks got old fast. I couldn't get interested in the murder.


    Has On What Grounds turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, to all the coffee series. I wouldn't read another one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Gibel’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from On What Grounds?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    This was very amateurish writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Prankster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    The Atlanta Journal & Constitution praises M.C.Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth Mystery series as “pure bliss.” Set in the Scottish Highlands, Beaton’s stories are full of colorful local characters and irresistible charm. Police Constable Hamish Macbeth is called in to investigate a murder at the residence of practical joker Andrew Trent. For years Trent has tormented his family with his cruel tricks. He calls them all together for the weekend, claiming to be on his deathbed. Little does he know - he is at death’s door!

    Beverly says: "Easy to read and relax without thinking"
    "This book about average for M.C. Beaton"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Death of a Prankster rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a little above average, but as usual has the most unlikely person as the murderer.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Hamish always is.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get the rest of the Hamish Macbeth books. I want to fill in the missing narratives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    When the Catriona Beldame is found murdered and her home set ablaze, Hamish Macbeth must clear his own name and then work to solve yet another murder to bring peace and quiet back to his beloved village. His investigations are complicated by a romance with a female forensic expert. Perhaps the Scotish Highlands' most stubborn bachelor will get married at last!

    vancouverquilter says: "The narrator really makes the story"
    ""Witch" not as good as others in the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from M. C. Beaton? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the MacBeth series. However Audible.com does not have all of them, so there are gaps in the continuity.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    He is the best reader for this series.


    Was Death of a Witch worth the listening time?

    Yes, but not as much as others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grievous Sin: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (206)

    The birth of their baby girl has filled Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Detective Peter Decker, with joy mingled with sorrow, since complications have ensured that they can have no more children. But the situation is grim at the hospital, which has been devastated by severe budget cutbacks and staff shortages. And when a respected nurse vanishes along with a newborn from the nursery, Peter and Rina fear for the safety of their own precious child.

    Brenda says: "Shallow plot, dragged out"
    "Slow and tiring"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't think of any. It takes forever to really start, and Rina whining about not being able to have children is very tiring as she already has three.


    Has Grievous Sin turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not in the genre, but in this series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I was glad to see the main character had family values.


    Any additional comments?

    The detective's daughter was very annoying because she kept getting involved even when told not to. I guess it was supposed to be cute, but it wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (565)

    The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces Hercule Poirot, mystery fiction's greatest detective. Dapper, brilliant Monsieur Poirot, retired as the Chief of Belgian Police, is summoned to a magnificent English country estate to solve a murder. The victim: a wealthy heiress. The suspects: her fortune-hunting husband, her jealous relatives, even her hired companion. The solution: a deadly scheme that is revealed by the master detective himself.

    Adrian says: "Fantastic - Suchet is the best"
    "Narrator does excellent job"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Mysterious Affair at Styles in three words, what would they be?

    The story was good, but the main recommendation for this reading is the excellent job that the narrator did. He changed voices, but not so that it sounded fake.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More clues so that the reader could figure it out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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