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Judy Bee

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ratings
7
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1369)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Predictable as the alphabet"
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    What disappointed you about Criminal?

    The plot was transparent. The narrator was monotone for most of the narration although she had some voices.


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

    Cut out so much blah blah in the beginning. I got it, she is an addict. Make the brother less obviously a jerk.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone most of the time. One emotional. Mispronounced Betty Friedan's name and this is a women's lib kind of book.


    What character would you cut from Criminal?

    The non essential family men mostly


    Any additional comments?

    This book really captured the social setting for women at work in Atlanta in the 70s. That was the most interesting of all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2614)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2318)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "The Bataan Death March was faster"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Shorten it by several hours


    Has Speaks the Nightbird turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I tried it, finished it, and it and others like it are not for me. I love Follett's series, long but always interesting and compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2446)
    Performance
    (2249)
    Story
    (2240)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "End it already!"
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    Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

    Not by Graham Greene but definitely from Colin Firth. Firth has a wonderful reading voice but the material was so slow that it was a sure cure for insomnia.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Nope


    Which character – as performed by Colin Firth – was your favorite?

    The PI's son.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of the Affair?

    Everything after the air raid.


    Any additional comments?

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1265)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Nearly Patricia Highsmith"
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    If you could sum up Still Life in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery of arty folks


    What other book might you compare Still Life to and why?

    I loved the Mr. Ripley stories. These characters are beautifully drawn and I did not want the story to end, just like in the Ripley series. There is less dark psychology than Ripley but lots to muse on. The gay repartee is to die for.


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

    Just made me satisfied. The end was a surprise but it all hung together.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to listen the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (520)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "And now, the font of all detective wisdom"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Certainly not the narration. Lisette is what makes me come back over and over.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alexander McCall Smith before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to them all. The surprises in the character development are in the first books, I miss them. But I love the characters and particularly their conversations.


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

    The entire color of the characters! Reading the Uncle Remus stories compared to my grandmother from Mississippi reading them to me is the same difference.


    Was The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection worth the listening time?

    Yes. The mysteries are the least important but always hold my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to these books in order from the beginning to get the most out of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15826)
    Performance
    (14039)
    Story
    (14078)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "And then what happend?????"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes this is an very interesting story and the male and female voices added texture.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a very hard question, it changed by chapter. The guy, I guess, weakly.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Both were excellent


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

    The couple you love to hate


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the ending was dissatisfying. Maybe just me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (3372)
    Performance
    (2816)
    Story
    (2833)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "Baldacci does it again"
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    If you could sum up The Innocent: A Novel in three words, what would they be?

    A tricky story with four characters you want to know more about. Clever plot and surprise ending. Baldacci, Turow, Grisham in that order in my opinion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Innocent: A Novel?

    When main guy meets adolescent. Both act like adolescents, perfect!


    Did Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Cassidy has a great accent used in this. Easy to differentiate the characters just from the voice. Well done.


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

    Chuckle at some of the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    Great fun read. I listen while I drive, cook, and work out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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