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C. Byrd

Fort Worth, TX | Member Since 2007

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  • Mayhem in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    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
  • Hollywood Headlines Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Lauren Dixon
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    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"
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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
    (971)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (877)

    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!!!"
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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
    (91)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    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
    (1441)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1306)

    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
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    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
  • Alibi in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    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
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    (138)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (119)

    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
    (340)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (305)

    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"
    Overall
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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

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