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C. Byrd

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  • Torpedo Juice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    Internationally best-selling author Tim Dorsey's irreverent and hilarious novels starring evil genius Serge A. Storms, lovable psychiatric hospital escapee, zoom along at breakneck speed, delivering laughs and shocks in droves.

    Leo says: "Comedy Masterpiece"
    "Coleman's back?"
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    Where does Torpedo Juice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This may be the best "Serge" book of them all


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While Serge is my favorite, Coleman ranks right up there, too


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

    This time, he was part of it, too funny


    If you could take any character from Torpedo Juice out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Serge, his mind is amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read, or, as in this case, listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (894)

    Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

    G. House Sr. says: "An improvment over the last -- but not by much"
    "Butchers, bingo & stripper poles!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes. Evanovich was on point with this one. The plot rolls along, old characters stay true to form, new characters keep it spicy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Grandma, in a thong,on a stripper pole


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That might require a spoiler alert. Let's just say Janet E makes me laugh out loud.


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

    Oh, there could be so many.


    Any additional comments?

    Evanovich knows how to keep you craving more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fearless in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Morning sickness sucks. Which is why fashion designer turned amateur sleuth Maddie Springer has spent the last six weeks being a couch potato and Moonlight vampire movie devotee. But when Maddie's best friends finally convince her to venture out, Maddie stumbles on a dead body of a girl who has been bitten on the neck, and life suddenly imitates art in the most deadliest of ways. Now Maddie is smack in the middle of a murder investigation involving a deadly dance club and a coven of Hollywood "vampires".

    Cynthia says: "Entertaining in High Heels!!"
    "Fearless??"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, maybe make it original? Really, not that bad. But after listening to the series one after another, they do get predictable, and a bit boring


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No special reaction


    Did Caroline Shaffer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ok, I guess. Heard better


    Could you see Fearless in High Heels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no, not at all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayhem in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Halliday resumes the story of Maddie Springer, shoe designer and amateur sleuth, a week before her marriage to hunky Los Angeles police detective Jack Ramirez. When she finds her wedding planner face down in frosting with a knife sticking out of her back, she knows that to leave on time for their honeymoon, she needs to help Jack solve the case. Her two best friends step in, not only to help find the killer, but also to serve as her new wedding planners.

    C. Byrd says: "Just can't make me laugh out loud"
    "Just can't make me laugh out loud"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess, maybe. Entertaining, but nothing special


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No special reaction


    Did Caroline Shaffer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She really doesn't use different voices


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alibi in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    When Europe's designer du jour, Jean Luc LeCroix, invites Maddie to show her creations at Paris Fashion Week, Maddie's sure she's died and gone to heaven. That is, until Jean Luc's top model is found dead on the runway, stabbed with a familiar stiletto heel. Sure someone is trying to frame her, Maddie enlists the help of her friends, including the sexy Detective Jack Ramirez, to uncover a daring jewel heist, a devious blackmailer, and even a few skeletons lurking in the closets of those closest to her.

    Nikeya says: "I'm done ... No more Maddie Springer for me!"
    "No suprise here"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. The series is a knockoff of the Stephanie Plum books. So, if you like those, these will be familiar. Not quite as good, but still entertaining


    If you’ve listened to books by Gemma Halliday before, how does this one compare?

    I got the whole series, listening to them in order, one after another. No better or worse than the last one I listened to,


    Did Caroline Shaffer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yeah


    Could you see Alibi in High Heels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no, not at all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undercover in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    As the new wardrobe assistant, shoe designer Maddie Springer is in fashion heaven. But then a young starlet is found dead. Now it's up to Maddie to sift through a secretive leading lady, an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, a sexy cyber scandal, and one tabloid reporter who'll stop at nothing to get the story of the century. Not to mention her tangles with the infuriatingly sexy lead detective, Jack Ramirez.

    Nikeya says: "Honestly ... Unbelievable!"
    "No betterno worse"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Third book in series. They are all predictable, and not too original. But they are entertaining, in a familiar sort of way


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gemma Halliday? Why or why not?

    Yeah, when I don't have any new Evanovichs' to read


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Shaffer?

    Maybe


    Could you see Undercover in High Heels being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, not at all


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (86)

    L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine - ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, Maddie straps on her stilettos, and along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad. Maddie hits the jackpot, all right.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Gangsters in Drag in Vegas"
    "Just a little bit of fun"
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    What did you like best about Killer in High Heels? What did you like least?

    It was not really anything to get excited about. But if you've caught up on all of Evanovich, this will hold you over til her new one comes out.


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

    Not sure, it was just not too original


    What three words best describe Caroline Shaffer’s performance?

    It was ok


    Did Killer in High Heels inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Shades of Stephanie Plum"
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    What did you like best about Spying in High Heels? What did you like least?

    It was entertaining. Not very challenging, but humorous


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not really surprising, a bit predictable. But overall, an entertaining listen


    What aspect of Caroline Shaffer’s performance would you have changed?

    She's ok......


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (234)

    It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

    Rivkah Kay says: "Diving into the Lost World"
    "Get lost in the past!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it's entertaining, and factual all at the same time! So you can enjoy the story, and learn something all at once. What a novel idea!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure, but maybe Sarah, I think. Because she just DOES, whatever it takes, she gets it done.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    As I said, Sarah, because she gets things done right the first time,


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

    They did make a film of this. Don't remember what the tag line was, but I think this audio version was far better than the flim.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an overall good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rabbit Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte, James Jenner
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Marshall Karp is an acclaimed playwright known for his witty sense of humor and crackling dialogue. His debut novel The Rabbit Factory stars the irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose.

    MidwestGeek says: "Bizarre but engaging mystery.1st-rate performance."
    "No normal bunny trail!"
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    Would you listen to The Rabbit Factory again? Why?

    Oh, yes, I would. Mr Karp did not let any of his readers down in this Biggs & Lomax book. The plot moves quickly enough to keep everyone engaged. The twists & turns are more than enough to keep all guessing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rabbit Factory?

    When Mike Lomax finally gave in to Diana's charms


    Which scene was your favorite?

    oh, the explosion


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

    BOTH!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next in this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flipping Out

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    If you're a fan of the comedic mystery stylings of Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen, you'll love Marshall Karp. Lomax and Biggs investigate the murder of a mystery author's associate who was involved in a clever marketing scheme.

    Frank Rankin says: "Great read(listen)"
    "Holy house swapping!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Flipping Out to be better than the print version?

    Since I have not read the print version, I can't answer this question. But I can say the audio was bang up awesome!


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

    Oh, yes. The plot moves swiftly, and keeps you jumping from one solution to another.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    His voices......most definately


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

    I think, in this case, it was when I realized just what the whole thing was about. Because you think it's about one thing, but not! It's a whole other "thing"!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book turned me on to Marshall Karp. I am now addicted to the Biggs & Lomax series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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