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Karen

Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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  • Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for the masses.

    Karen says: "Party girl to G.I. Jane"
    "Party girl to G.I. Jane"
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    If you could sum up Andromeda's Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Steele "bit__" sums it up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pace was so fast. You have to pay attention. Great dialogue, simple, but paints a fast clear picture. Great military dialogue. It makes you want to learn military speak.


    Which character – as performed by Isabelle Gordon – was your favorite?

    Avery and Larkin. I purchased this book as I love Ms Gordon's sexy male voices.


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

    yes, when the special borg's expire


    Any additional comments?

    this is not my type of listen, but I buy most of Ms Gordon's reads. This was just great as read by Ms Gordon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faces of the Gone: Carter Ross, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That's the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims - an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama's boy - came from different parts of the city and didn't seem to know one another.

    Terry says: "Recommended for mystery lovers who like humor"
    "Investigative Mind"
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    If you could sum up Faces of the Gone in three words, what would they be?

    Sensitive, entertaining and simple


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Love Carter, Deadline, and Tommy. All bring the story to a series level. I am not sure if this author is for me, so I will not be buying the other books which don't have M.A. reading them.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    I am on a MacLeod Andrew run. M.A. brought all the characters in this series to great life. His AKA Todd Haberkorn is for erotic and other genres which push the edge. His Nora Roberts and Robert Crais reads are wonderful


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

    When Carter realized his article started all the destruction


    Any additional comments?

    this book was on sale to start me on the series...Audible, good idea as I did buy book #3 due to the cited humor from reviewers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Dying Breath: A Slaughter Creek Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rita Herron
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    For years, Brenda Banks was haunted by nightmares hinting at the true identity of her birth mother. That hunger for the truth inspired her to become a reporter, and Brenda refuses to back down when a serial killer targeting Slaughter Creek chooses her to publicize the gruesome crimes. It's a twisted game, one she's certain to lose without the help of FBI Special Agent Nick Blackwood, the man she's loved since high school - and whose tormented past holds the key to catching a killer.

    Karen says: ""Too Dark""
    ""Too Dark""
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    Would you try another book from Rita Herron and/or Tanya Eby?

    I am on a Tanya Eby run of books so this author came up. One reviewer I follow also read it. However, this book did not inspire me to get Jake and Amelia's story #1 & #3 books.


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

    I am not a core mystery listener, so unlike many mystery fans who have strong opinions, I could not put my finger on what this story needed. It had a good outline, and to me, the listen came off just like an outline. It lacked or had too much of certain elements that a good editor should have caught, expounded or eliminated.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Ms Eby has really developed her deeper males voices now, hence the Eby run of books for me. Catch her on her Tatiana Sokolov reads, wonderful!


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    This was NOT a core romance! It had brutal sex scenes for our villain which was part of the mystery, but the romance was just an outline and only for-filled in the last quarter of the book. Telling a reader how much each character longed for their intended does not equal a romance story.


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  • The Girl Next Door: Carter Ross, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brad Parks
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Reading his own newspaper’s obituaries, veteran reporter Carter Ross comes across that of a woman named Nancy Marino, who was the victim of a hit-and-run while she was on the job delivering copies of that very paper, the Eagle-Examiner. Struck by the opportunity to write a heroic piece about an everyday woman killed too young, he heads to her wake to gather tributes and anecdotes. It’s the last place Ross expects to find controversy - which is exactly what happens when one of Nancy’s sisters convinces him that the accident might not have been accidental at all.

    Valerie says: "ANOTHER HIT!!!"
    "Cerebral Humorous Mystery"
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    What did you like best about The Girl Next Door? What did you like least?

    I loved the cat! This had a mystery to be sure, but our hero was a little too weak for my tastes. You must be in the mood for sarcastic humor on this one.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Parks? Why or why not?

    I purchased another book, one on sale, based on other reviewers liking this author before I actually listened to this one. Not sure if this author is for me. Reader is the reason I did take a chance on this author. Plus, reviewers said this had humor. For me, the jury is still out. I just got off a Philip Margolin run so this author maybe too domestic for me.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    M.A. is a genius with voices and he saved this listen for me. He also reads as Todd Haberkorn for erotica/ romances. His work on Robert Crais Suspect was excellant.


    Did The Girl Next Door inspire you to do anything?

    sorry, no inspiration at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum Harbor and Burn Out: The Rachel Scott Adventures, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Traci Hohenstein
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Florida Omni Search founder Rachel Scott pursues two high-intensity missing-persons cases. She knows painful disappearances all too well: Her adventures began five years ago when she began to search for her own lost daughter. In Asylum Harbor we meet Amber Knowles, a beautiful high school senior and Florida governor John Knowles’s daughter, who disappears during a cruise to the Bahamas. When Governor Knowles realizes his daughter has vanished without a trace, he seeks Rachel’s help.

    Karen says: "A Fast Listen from a Great Voice"
    "A Fast Listen from a Great Voice"
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    Where does Asylum Harbor and Burn Out rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am on a Angela Dawe listening binge and found this author's work. Pretty good story telling. Angela good range of voices brings this tale to life. If you read/listened to Linda Howards' Cry No More, this mini series runs along that story line. It has so much potential to add lots of different mysteries for our heroine to solve. It is not on the par of Ms Howard, but could get there. These stories are more like Tami Hoag current work in short format.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Traci Hohenstein? Why or why not?

    Book #4 is read by another reader, than Angela Dawe, so no. For me it is about the reader, not just the story. #1 read a bit like Ernest Hemingway very precise and fast. I am on #2 as I write this review, and it's reading like an outline so far. I don't know if the pace will pick up but I love the readers' voice so I don't care. I would think the author should add just a bit more to her stories as she has the talent to hold a listener.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    this author can evoke lots of emotion in different scenes both in book #1 & 2, so she should expand just a bit more. i.e. in book #1 mike and our heroine could have had some good banter or humor as there was no romance in this novel. In book 2, our missing person's husband evokes so much emotion in the first few chapters that I am glued to my head set. I write this review to take a break.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    actually the stories do fit TV series format. Used before "Gone But Not Forgotten"


    Any additional comments?

    This author is sold at my "buy now price, never a credit." and is good entertainment for the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow File: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    From S. G. Redling, the author of the bestselling Flowertown, Dani a data analyst with an elite security firm, possesses the unnerving ability to read people by the trash they leave behind. Receipts, parking tickets, the detritus of daily life — if you leave it behind, she will figure you out. Her latest case involves high-tech industrial espionage at a corporation with ties to the military. But when a team of assassins sweeps through the firm, stealing all files and killing her coworkers, Dani narrowly escapes.

    Anne says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "Attention 3 Days of The Condor Fans"
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    If you could sum up The Widow File in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, Clever, and Tender! Starts out like Robert Redfords' 3 days of the Condor so if you like that premise, this will not disappoint. If you are a die hard mystery fan this may not be enough for you. However, it was entertaining and kept you tuned into the story.


    What other book might you compare The Widow File to and why?

    Our hit man had a tender side i.e. Julie Garwoods Romance Sizzle. This is a cross between a mystery and romance or Angie Jolie's Salt character.


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

    Ms Eby has gotten so much richer in her male voices and she does not disappoint in this 2 book series. Catch her as A.K.A. Tatiana Sokolov


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

    yes, I did listen in one sitting as the pace was so fast. This was pure entertainment and a quick course on always planning ahead. Had some good ideas


    Any additional comments?

    This is not worth a full credit, but catch it on sale and you will have a good fast listen. There is a book #2 so I don't know how much the author plans on taking this character. Let's hope #2 is as entertaining as this was. Hint: if you saw "Salt", then you are prepared for this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Codename: Chandler Trilogy: Three Complete Novels (Flee, Spree, Three)

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath, Ann Voss Peterson
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Chandler isn’t a person; it’s the codename for a woman who was shaped from a raw military recruit into a living weapon. She’s an assassin without remorse or fear, doing the bidding of an agency so secret that only three people know of its existence. But when her cover gets blown, she becomes the target of a wide-reaching conspiracy led by a mysterious figure whose connection to Chandler goes far beyond what she could have imagined.

    Peter Wilson says: "Perils of Pauline, Indiana Jones, Grand Theft Auto"
    ""Spy Tricks for Dummies"or Inspiration to Work Out"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I purchased this on sale at a bargain so 37 hrs is a lot of how to get things done if you were a spy or want to do covert missions. I finished 8 hrs of Flee and started on book #2 as I write this review. I am not sure I can listen to all 37 hrs straight through if like #1. Each book gets longer and #3 is 17 hrs! Flee had lots of action and the gore was kept to a minimum, which I am grateful. Flee was worth the 8 hrs of listening time. See other reviewers comments which were spot on as to the content.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson ? Why or why not?

    I wanted to try the Jack Daniels series for the humor, but reviewers said too graphic.


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

    I love Angela Dawe's male reading voice so this was part of a buying spree of this reader I went on when I finished Tiffany Snow series by this reader. Beware: you have to get use to her female style, then you get hooked like I did as her male voices are yummy. Reader does a great job of bring the characters to life for the 37 hrs invested.


    Do you think Codename: Chandler Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    this is 3 books in 1, so authors can do other stories to add to series. I would love to see more humor as was done the "Jack Daniels' series. It sounded like fun, but the gore put me off and I would not purchase that series. This team has lots of potential so put some humor in the Chandler character. Hint: authors had time for the cat and "Victor".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone, But Not Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Darkness has fallen on the city of Portland, Oregon. One by one, the wives of affluent and respected men are vanishing from their homes. The only clues to their disappearance are a single black rose and a note that reads, “Gone, But Not Forgotten.” It is the rebirth of a horror that has already devastated a community at the opposite end of the country — and, as it did then, terror and death will follow.Defense attorney Betsy Tannenbaum is trapped in a nightmare as the shadows of a killer darken her world.

    Snoodely says: "Margolin hitting his stride, but ???"
    "Beware Heavy Subject"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This subject was too dark for me. Too much like Karin Slaughter and/or Dennis Leane. I have many of this author reads done by Jonathan Davis, who is my new fave male reader, that are much lighter. The graphic descriptions were too much for me. Torture of women is more than I want in a story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I have purchased this author due to the readers so check out each story reviewers if this author is a first for you. I WOULD NOT buy this first as author has done better in his other works. The story is good, and the flow is like this authors' other style, but author just did not pull this work off as well as his others. A bit choppy is a description I would use. Maybe a bit better editing or re write.


    Did Tanya Eby do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    T.E. AKA Tatiana Sokolov has deeper males voices so if you like her, her recent reads have improved so much. She did an excellent job on female and good on male. She brought out the anguish each of the characters were going through.


    Was Gone, But Not Forgotten worth the listening time?

    Not this one...not every book can be great. The highs were good but, then story would kind of fade a bit so, I just could not really put my finger on why this missed the mark. After Dark blew me away so maybe my expectations were too high or I may have listened to the authors' work too close to one another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    New York Times best-selling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.

    Daniel says: "Good but..."
    ""Listen For The Clues""
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    What did you love best about Supreme Justice?

    Do not start with this book unless you have time to really pay attention. Another reviewer stated he missed the clues. This book had many twists so you really had to concentrate or as some other reviewers said they could not follow. This was a good listen that left me saying "wow".


    What other book might you compare Supreme Justice to and why?

    all of this author books are good. they have a twist in each one so if you are trying to do 2 things that require concentration, then you may miss the clues which pull the book together for you. I have listened to book #1 and #3, the characters are the same, but the books stand alone as the author paints a clear picture. Dana is the character that pulls all the books together, so pay attention when she is featured.


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

    J.D. is the best for Mysteries and Romance reads. He also does so much sci fi, but thats not for me. Check out his reads for Sandra Brown Mean Streak and Charles Brokaw's Professor adventures for a fun listen. Hard core mystery fans may not like these, but they were a fun and entertaining listen. How much real life do you want in every listen?


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

    The last 3 chapters blew me away! Author likes to have another kicker when he finishes so it leaves you wanting more of his work.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a series, then start with #1 as the author builds the characters background in that book. #2 is not the best to start if you have to know about how the characters originally came together. I listened to #3,#1,#2 as I like J.D. more mature voice. If I had to do it again, I would have listened in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucifer Code

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Brokaw
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    A sacred brotherhood has sworn, generation after generation, to protect this terrifying truth from those who would use it to unleash doomsday upon mankind. When the unthinkable happens, and the holy scroll is uncovered, the race is on to reveal the true meaning of the cryptic language. Only one man, Dr. Thomas Lourds, the world's foremost scholar of ancient languages, who we first met in the best-selling novel The Atlantis Code, can safely decipher this most deadly scripture.

    Karen says: "Jonathan Davis Gives Great Audio"
    "Jonathan Davis Gives Great Audio"
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    What did you love best about The Lucifer Code?

    This is a fast paced mystery with understated humor. It made time fly listening for clues which equals entertainment in audio. If you are a heavy mystery fan, than this maybe too predictable for you. See Amazon reviews


    What other book might you compare The Lucifer Code to and why?

    yes, this had all the elements from Indiana Jones and the DaVinci Code but, I was not looking to discover a new best seller author, just good entertainment that was not dark with terror. J.D. reads Dennis Lehane's books which are great but very dark. Unfortunately too dark for me. This author is great as he leaves you wanting to go buy the other reads to continue the professors adventures in audio read by J.Davis.


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

    I love J.D. from his Sandra Brown's Mean Streak read. I have hunted out many authors trying to capture J.D. wonderful performance and talented reads. He has saved this series of #2,3,4 which I intend to buy all. I will skip #1 as that reader got awful reviews. J.D. made our hero funny, brilliant and yes sometimes bumbling. JD gives our professor the sexiness the author intended.


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

    yes, when I realized that great intentions can lead to things lost.


    Any additional comments?

    note: I am a core romance/mystery listener so beware deep heavy mystery fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (188)

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "Dark But Listen for Humor & Wit"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure if I could as I am really a core romance/mystery fan. See Sandra Brown or Linda Howard. I got book 1 on sale and was fairly hooked on this author, hence this buy. HOWEVER, author maybe a bit too graphic on his descriptions of violence and evil that goes on in this world for me. Very real, but you must have a stronger stomach than I have.


    Would you recommend Gone, Baby, Gone to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like Karin Slaughters work, then a big YES. This author is so very talented with his wit and humor. Beware author also describes the dark side in graphic detail.


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

    I purchased this book due to Jonathan Davis reading it. He does such a wonderful read of this story. See Sandra Brown's Mean Streak, my very fave of this readers work. He has a very rich voice and range. J.D. carries off author humor with great delivery. If I buy any more of this author, it will only be the stories that J.D. reads


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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