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Judith

Member Since 2007

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  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Absolutely a fun story!"
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    Would you listen to Uncommon Grounds again? Why?

    Yes, I would. I loved the fun and funny way it was written and performed and because it was a good mystery. I was surprised by "who dune it"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie, the lead character. Karen Savage, the narrator, really made her come alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know of a favorite scene but I loved the way the character had little "aside" thoughts, comments and conversations with herself through out the entire story.


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

    Yes, I laughed a lot. Maggie is really funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book as a very well executed, fun, light, enjoyable listen. I hope Sandra Balzo develops this character in future books. And she should keep Karen Savage as the narrator, she is a perfect voice for Maggie. Thanks Sandra and Karen for a fun time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bend: Terry Rankin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Gary Showalter
    • Narrated By Neill D. Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The day begins like any other: Terry Rankin, sole proprietor of Rankin Personal Security Services in Orlando, Florida, accepts a private meeting with a potential client. Sheila Adamson is looking for a bodyguard to protect her from her abusive husband, but Rankin refuses to take the job until she begins divorce proceedings. Moments later, Mrs. Adamson is dead and Rankin is buried beneath the rubble of his house, knocked flat by a car bomb planted in the dead woman's Jaguar.

    Cathy says: "Too much information"
    "Grabs you and keeps you1"
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    Any additional comments?

    Half way through this audio book I went online to check for other books in this series. Audio does not currently have any. Darn!

    I was held captive from the very first chapter. Great story and I loved the detail. (Also got lots of work done on my remodeling project because it kept me in the room)

    At first I though I would have trouble with the Mr Hicks performance but I am so glad I did not give up. I settled into his voice and presentation and soon felt he was perfect as Terry!

    This was an excellent story and a perfect performance. Audible - I'm waiting for other Terry Rankin books and please keep Mr Hicks as the reader. He is Terry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    When a dachshund she's walking digs up a dead body, she realizes the person she's just waved to, the one speeding away in the dead man's car, may be the murderer. Although Dixie can't ID this mysterious driver, the killer got a good look at her - and Dixie's life is in danger.

    Marilene says: "Great fluffy cozy mystery"
    "Another really light and fun mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund the most enjoyable?

    I was excited to see Dixie is coming out of her mourning. This will be interesting to watch this unfold. I also really love how Blaize Clement develops the animal's personality and you get a good picture of the animals.


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

    Not on the edge, but very interested and engaged. I loved "the snake" episode - very creative and Paco was funny.


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Her voice fits in perfectly. Please keep her for the other books from the series that your are going to record!


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

    yes, I cried when she had to put down little Maime, the dachshund. It brought back memories.


    Any additional comments?

    These are not mind twister mysteries. They are just a very enjoyable "read" a way to relax while you are doing something else that doesn't require your concentration.

    Audible, get the rest of this series recorded!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (292)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    A Wicked Old Lady from Boston says: "Incredible"
    "A fun mystery"
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    Would you listen to Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter again? Why?

    yes. This is a really cute, light mystery and there are dogs and cats in it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter?

    the ways she relates to dogs and cats.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Gibson – was your favorite?

    Dixie, but I enjoyed Michael and Paco, too.


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

    Yes but I couldn't. As soon as I walked back into the house, I turned it on and I even took it on the walk Dolly (my dog) and I took. It was a great book to knit to.


    Any additional comments?

    I see there is only one more of this series on Audible but Amazon has several and one new one is due out in July 2013. I sure hope Audible decides to record these. On to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2453)
    Story
    (2465)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "A Jewel"
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    Any additional comments?

    I first encountered Kate Morton’s books in May of 2011 and have waited anxiously for each new Audible publication. But in my opinion “The Secret Keeper” is her finest so far. Her character development is beautifully done and her ability to have the reader travel back and forth between eras is accomplished smoothly and effortlessly. I found myself totally enmeshed in the lives of Jimmy and Dorothy and Vivian and when the story moved to present day, I became a member of Laurel’s family and “saw” each of her sisters and her brother clearly. As a firm believer in “degrees of separation”, the twists and turns this story took on its journey were totally believable. For 19 wonderful hours I was lost in the lives of others and am so sorry the story has ended.

    I need to also say that without Caroline Lee’s narration much would be lost. I have enjoyed her presentation of each of the other Kate Morton books that I have listened too.

    If you like history, a mystery, a love story and a well-executed book, do not hesitate to select “The Secret Keeper”. It is a real keeper!

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Body in the Boudoir: A Faith Fairchild Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Katherine Hall Page
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Faith Fairchild turns back the clock to one of the most momentous events of her life: her wedding day. It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman with her own catering business in New York City. But a chance meeting with the Reverend Thomas Fairchild is love at first sight, and suddenly Faith is heading north to visit her future in-laws, some of whom are as frosty as a New England winter. Before she can say "I do," two mysteries divert the bride-to-be's attention....

    Judith says: "Just a fun, cute and interesting mystery"
    "Just a fun, cute and interesting mystery"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a light, fun listen. Don't expect a great masterpiece or a literary work of art. It is just enjoyable and relaxing. The two "mysteries" in the book were well developed (I didn't solve either until right before they were revealed and my early suspicions were incorrect). It kept my interest and was very enjoyable to listen to as I knit. I was a little worried when I purchased it that it might be a religious book because her husband was a minister but no religion was preached - his job just happened to be a minister. I hope Audible decides to carry some of the other books in this series because I would purchase them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Werewolf in Seattle: Wild About You Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    The last thing Colin McDowell wants is to inherit his Aunt Geraldine's mansion in the San Juan islands off the coast of Washington. As the pack leader of the Trevelyans in Scotland, he has little time to travel halfway around the world to take care of his inheritance.But the trip takes a pleasant turn when he meets Luna Reynaud, the young secretary his aunt hired shortly before she died. He isn't sure which surprises him more - Luna's clever plan for turning the mansion into a resort, or the fact that she's drop-dead gorgeous.

    Amy says: "fun and simple"
    "Do Not Use Your Points On This One!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I almost never purchase books that have not been reviewed and I really should have stuck to that on this one. I used my last point this month on this book and I finally gave up on it as a lost cause about 3/4 of the way through the first part. I just couldn't take it any more. What a waste!

    I was looking for a light, fun book that would be a little different from my usual reading and being from Seattle, this title caught my eye. What I got was an old fashioned

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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