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C. Byrd

Fort Worth, TX | Member Since 2007

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  • The Stingray Shuffle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (132)

    In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters....

    Dubi says: "Why Serge Wanted the Money"
    "Serge in love"
    Overall
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    Where does The Stingray Shuffle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a keeper


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

    Oh, yes.....the mystery train was a hoot!


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    It's always Serge, for sure


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

    Laugh out loud


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (877)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Laugh out loud!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good listen. Moves along fast, and keeps your attention!


    What other book might you compare Rock Chick to and why?

    Similar to the Stephanie Plum series, in more than one way


    What about Susannah Jones’s performance did you like?

    She was good.


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

    This book made me laugh out loud!! I swear, the looks I got while sitting at a red light, laughing so hard, I cried!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good read. So glad I stumbled on this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1097)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Move over Stephanie Plum! You've got competition!"
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    If you could sum up The Heist in three words, what would they be?

    Fast moving, quick thinking characters, and a good listen!


    What other book might you compare The Heist to and why?

    Some might say a typical Janet Evanovich style. But I have to say, I may like Kate better than Stephanie!!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He's just good. Love the inflection he gives to some dialoge


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

    While it was all very good, I think the ending, like a light turning on


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the time it takes to listen. Will be listening to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Headlines Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Lauren Dixon
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    A set of three Hollywood Headlines Mysteries novels from New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Gemma Halliday. Hollywood Scandals: Gossip columnist Tina Bender sets out to uncover which juicy piece of gossip is worth killing over. Hollywood Secrets: Paparazzo Cameron Dakota finds herself in the middle of a scandal more sensational than even she could invent. Hollywood Confessions: Allie Quick gets a headline-worthy story when the producer of the trashiest reality shows on TV winds up murdered.

    Cherie says: "2 out of 3 ain't bad"
    "Not as good as it seems"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well, maybe not. Although, I didn't have anything else to listen too. The three stories were all the same, the characters were all the same.


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

    Maybe made the characters more different from each other. But really, I think this was a not too good attempt to follow Evanovich's formula for a good read. Just did not work here


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    not too well


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

    No, no way. Just not that much going for any one of these three stories,


    Any additional comments?

    While some of Ms Halliday's works are ok, this is not one of those. Save your credits

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1257)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Another win for Stephanie Plum!!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just a good listen, that's why!


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

    Pretty much. Although Ms Evanovich does have a formula, it's one that is loved by millions.


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

    I don't think I could listen to a Stephanie Plum novel without Ms King doing the reading. She has all the characters down to a science!


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

    Sure, that would be just plain fun, as long as I had a bag of donuts,or maybe Cluck in a bucket!!


    Any additional comments?

    Just plain fun!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dick Francis' Refusal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Felix Francis
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.

    Jean says: "Sid Halley is back"
    "Blast from the not too distant past"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dick Francis' Refusal to be better than the print version?

    Don't know about the print version, but the audio was rocking!!!


    What other book might you compare Dick Francis' Refusal to and why?

    Dick Francis was always one of my favorite authors. His son has continued in his father's footsteps. Such a joy!!


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

    Oh, wow!! Mr Jarvis, what can I say? His voice gives texture to the story, Just a pleasure to hear.


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

    I sure could have. And then, listen to it over again!


    Any additional comments?

    Normally, when a popular author passes away, you are left with only their body of work. So, you can read them over again, but never get any new material. With Felix Francis taking up the pen to follow his father's "word prints", we all can look forward to many new great reads (or listens) in the future!!

    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
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1413)

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

    janet says: "Still funny"
    "Butchers, bingo & stripper poles!!!"
    Overall
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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
    (62)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    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??"
    Overall
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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
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (79)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    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
    (94)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    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

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