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April

Matthews, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 10 reviews
  • 291 ratings
  • 486 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Through the Grinder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cleo Coyle
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    There's trouble brewing at the Village Blend. Business is booming--but Clare's customers are starting to die. Soon after stopping at the coffeehouse, a regular jumps to her death in the subway. Or was she pushed? Detective Quinn is convinced that someone has an axe to grind, especially after the "suicide" of another female customer. Unfortunately, his prime suspect is Bruce Bowman--the new man in Clare's life. Bruce is the perfect blend of rugged good looks and potent personality.

    Word Nerd says: "Too much going on"
    "Agreed...Too much going on..."
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    I don't know what's worse - how Claire discusses coffee info at all the wrong moments or how there were too many things going on for me to care about. Claire's passion for properly made coffee is more like preaching, and some of the themes in this book were just weird instead of edgy. Save your credit. I couldn't get but two-thirds of the way through it before I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (363)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda Phipps-chirrup says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Just so-so..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know why the narrator chose to make Billy a screechy mess by the last third of this story, but she sure did. There was little change in most of the narration of details, which made it hard to follow at times. Maisie never really had any life to her voice throughout the entire reading, which was sort of depressing. However, I still found this entertaining as the story was interesting and kept me guessing. Just not as entertaining as the first novel in the series. I say go ahead and purchase this, but don't expect it to be your favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (154)

    When M.J. Holliday and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, drawn by the legend of hidden treasure, they hope the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs-and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff. If they treasure their lives, M.J. and her ghost busters need to get the drop on the menacing phantom.

    JEAN says: "gil please"
    "Terrible narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't like to criticize what I cannot do, but I don't know who to blame for this production (or lack thereof). I could only get through 10 minutes before I'd had enough. Maybe I'm spoiled by narrators like Katherine Kellgren, Jim Dale, and Johanna Parker, but I think this was a casting mistake. The narrator's voice for Gopher was so grating to the nerves, and Gilly would have been left behind at the airport if he were a real person. I wish I could get my money back on this one. I bet the book itself is a fun, lighthearted read, but unless you can tolerate someone using the same voice for 2/3 of the male characters in the book, I say spend your money elsewhere.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sand Sharks: A Deborah Knott Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Margaret Maron continues her best-selling Deborah Knott series with Sand Sharks - an "outstanding ... neat mystery that [is] highly recommended" (Library Journal, starred review). Judge Deborah's hopes for relaxation at a seaside judicial conference are dashed when she stumbles upon the murdered body of a colleague. And when more judges turn up dead, Deborah fears she could be next.

    Kathy says: "Sand Sharks"
    "hmmm...just didn't hold my attention"
    Overall

    I have read all of the Judge Knott books, I'm a huge fan of Maron's, and I live in NC. However, I just couldn't get into this novel. A lot of it had to do with CJ Critt's sleepy voice. I found myself thinking, "get to the point already". My two star-rating also came from the fact that there were too many details pulling me away from the main focus. I think this book would be better read than listened to. Plus, in this novel, Deorah Knott didn't seem like her good old Southern girl self.
    I don't plan on finishing listening to this audiobook and I'm sorry I used my monthly credit on it. Read Judge Knott's earlier stories - far more intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (26)

    Teenagers Sheridan Kohl and Jason Wyatt were parked at the lake in Whiterock, Tennessee, when a stranger wearing a ski mask shot them both. Sheridan lived but Jason died - and the stranger was never caught. Even though Sheridan's family moved away right afterward, she's never been able to put the crime behind her. And now that "someone" doesn't want her to come home.

    Diana says: "Glad it was on sale"
    "I tried to like it"
    Overall

    I hate to give a harsh critique, so I'll try not to do that here. Maybe it was the narrator (she has a nice tone, but sounded more like a news broadcaster), maybe it was the outrageousness of some of the events (the police alone gave me a headache), but I just couldn't get into this. It was a struggle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T Is for Trespass: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's T Is for Trespass is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing listeners to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs.

    Brian says: "Not much of a thriller!"
    "Nicely done"
    Overall

    I love Sue Grafton and her Kinsey Milhone character, and this one kept me listening, even when I should have been sleeping. Great plot, superb timing. This book really stands out as one of the "must haves".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

    David says: "Great Story, but..."
    "Great story! Even if football isn't your thing..."
    Overall

    I've never been big on football, but now I am! JG did a phenomenal job with this novel. The scenery, the character development, the plot...I felt like I was there in Parma. I've read the book and listened to the audiobook twice each now and love it even more. This one is worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tribute

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (159)

    Finally out of the celebrity spotlight and away from her mother's demands, Cilla is free to do what she loves: fixing up houses for profit. Her current project is personal. The Shenandoah Valley farm house was once the vacation home of Hollywood luminary Janet Hardy, Cilla's grandmother. When Cilla uncovers a stash of her grandmother's private letters, and begins asking questions about the past, she becomes the target of a crazed killer.

    Jesse says: "With a Mystery thrown in"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    This book was disappointing in many ways. I think Nora should take a break and quit spitting out so many books. The main character is so self-depricating I want to slap her. And she complains too much of what she didn't have growing up. It's frustrating.
    Another point of frustration has nothing to do with Nora Roberts and everything to do with the narrator. I live in the south, have always lived in the south, and we do not have accents like this woman employs. The hero of the story sounded like a pompous dandy, not a southern good ole boy that you'd want to have an affair with. We do NOT sound like that down here in the land of Dixie. The entire book, read by this narrator and combined with Nora's lack of compelling style, makes it seem like a really bad episode of "Dallas".

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (205)

    A spiteful article about the former pitcher and current playboy, Reid Buchanan, questions his talent in the bedroom. And the newspaper's just the first bad news. Reid's grandmother Gloria's broken hip means she needs constant care, but Reid hired Nurses 1 and 2 for their bedside manner with him. So for Number 3 he chooses Lori Johnson, the first candidate who seems immune to his brand of charm.

    Scottie in TX says: "Sizzling!"
    "sounds like there's a problem"
    Overall

    Call it a fluke, I don't know for sure, but this particular audibook sounded like it was underwater. I chose the highest quality version, but it still came out wrong. That's the only reason I gave it two stars instead of more. From what I heard, the book seemed like it was going to be a good one. If you buy it, just don't be surprised if you encounter the same thing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Year

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle.

    Richard says: "Five stars aren't enough"
    "Worth it!"
    Overall

    I found this purchase completely worth while! I wasn't very keen on the narrator, but he does great accents and soon I was hooked. This novel took me away, as good books should. The movie seems like ridiculous fluff after having read and listened to the novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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