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  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Slow moving chick lit mystery"
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    I was prepared to sit down and enjoy a somewhat fluffy mystery but not prepared to endure every cliche and stereotype about the South imaginable. What was probably intended to be humorous was instead only tiring. Enough, already!

    Almost nothing happens for the first two-thirds of the book, at which point the action starts to pick up. Still, it's pretty slow until the last hour or so of listening.

    I will say that by the end I started to develop a fondness for the characters in spite of myself. I draw the line at the awful Pug, though.

    As luck would have it, I bought this and the second two novels in this series on an audible sale so, one down, two to go. They will be walking companions for a while.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (440)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Truly awful reading of a decent story"
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    This is the most important thing I have to say about this book. Having loved Olive Kitteridge, I had anticipated also enjoying The Burgess Boys. Alas, the reader's "Maine accent" was painful to listen to, which is ironic as, early on in the book, mention is made of how difficult it is to fake a Maine accent. This is one book I would have doubtless enjoyed more in print.

    The characters were mostly unlikeable from beginning to end, which made it difficult to become interested in their fates. Also, I find the exploitation of current events tiresome but that may not be the case for all readers as evidenced by the popularity of authors such as Jodi Picoult.

    My advice is to always listen to the Audible sample before buying an audiobook, although, in this case, the offending "accent" wasn't evident from the sample.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (774)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Chick lit 101"
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    Uninteresting story written for what would seem to be a high school age audience. Narrator makes it even worse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (984)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Chlo-bell says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Provides a mental checklist"
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    An interesting compendium of personality traits and personal characteristics that tend to promote the perception of charisma, the book misleads, in the end, because imitation is not sustainable in the long term. Either you have it or you don't.

    Still, it can't hurt to be aware of some of the pitfalls mentioned. The knowledge can come in handy in certain situations, if you can remember them at the time. It's also amusing to later watch charismatic people and try to determine which of the devices mentioned in the book are at the root of their appeal.

    Although the reader has a pleasant enough voice, her delivery is one of the most soporific I have ever encountered. Don't listen to this at bedtime unless you want to use it in lieu of counting sheep.

    As others have mentioned, if you want to take full advantage of the exercises in the book, you need to have printed material in front of you. For this reason, and because of the poor reader, I suggest anyone still interested in using the book read it in print, not in audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voice of the Violin: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri, Stephen Sartarelli
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Montalbano's gruesome discovery of a lovely, naked young woman suffocated in her bed immediately sets him on a search for her killer. Among the suspects are her aging husband, a famous doctor; a shy admirer, now disappeared; an antiques-dealing lover from Bologna; and the victim's friend Anna.

    Mary says: "Another atmospheric Sicilian listen."
    "The best Inspector Montalbano yet"
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    I thought the first three books in the series were good but this fourth one is the best yet.

    Montalbano's character is developing nicely with each new story. The plots get better and faster paced.

    The only criticism I can offer is that the voice of Catarella is strangely (New) Jersey accented, I suppose for the benefit of the American audience (of which I am one). It does get the idea across but is a bit discordant. A small annoyance. I hope it changes in future installments.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 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
    (694)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (407)

    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."
    "A bit of a downer"
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    Interesting story overall but the narrator did embarrassingly bad male voices, especially Maurice. Female voices were quite good.

    The focus on the supernatural was unexpected and not a positive, although I'm told that subsequent books in this series are not as bad in that respect.

    Also, since I had expected a cozier mystery story, the prevailing sense of sadness was a downer. Still, it was well-constructed and with an interesting plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (611)

    Adapted from the hardcover edition of The Enchantress, this long-anticipated audiobook brings the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series to its stunning conclusion. The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And Danu Talis has yet to fall. The future of the human race lies in the balance - how will the legend end?

    G. House Sr. says: "A Staggering Disappointment"
    "Good but not quite as good as it could have been"
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    This was a great series to listen to even if was written for the youth market. Paul Boehmer, reader for books three through six, did a wonderful job.

    Almost every word kept my attention, but I do think the battle scenes were overdrawn and overlong. And, not wanting to reveal any details that might spoil the book for readers, I must complain that the ending left a great deal to be desired. Some of this may be my own poor ability to process the time travel, but some was just the somewhat sloppy or hurried conclusion. The epilogue finally tied in some loose ends, such as what happened to Scatach, but there was no detail to satisfy.

    Another strange thing I must note is that the identity of The Enchantress didn't seem to fit as that character didn't do much enchanting in the book. In fact, another major character seemed more appropriate, but I may have missed something and be way off the mark.

    In spite of its shortcomings, I do believe you must read this if you have read the rest of the series. Now we can wait for the movie to be made!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11061)
    Performance
    (9564)
    Story
    (9533)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "The Apple Jobs, not the personal Jobs"
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    If you are interested in the private Jobs, you will find plenty of information here and get insights into his personality and how that affected Apple philosophy and products but really, the majority of the book is about the development of the company over the years. It can get pretty tedious.

    Isaacson did a good job with compiling all the material he must have gathered and the reader really did bring it all to life. I doubt I could have slogged through the whole thing without his skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Left the Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Howard Norman
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges—the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda.

    Elizabeth says: "Quiet, Yet Powerful"
    "a little gem of a story"
    Overall

    The depressing culture of a small Nova Scotia village is just one more quirky character in this short novel. All are interesting, although some more opaque than others.

    Written as a letter from the main character to the daughter he hardly ever knew, it seems also an attempt to make some sense of a life lived mainly as a series of reactions to outside events, beginning with the suicides of his parents from different bridges on the same day and continuing through various other personal losses and disappointments, with a background of WWII activity and the quite interesting history of German U-boat presence in Canadian waters. It's a story of ordinary people, ordinary places but extraordinary events.

    My main complaint concerning the writing was the irritating inclusion in the dialogue of so many "I said," "She said," "He saids." Probably the written word wouldn't have struck me so strongly. I felt at least 75% of these could have been edited out.

    The narrator does a great job with the male roles but his female voices are awkward and distracting. I do believe this detracted from appreciation of the characters. Otherwise, his demeanor seemed quite appropriate for the character he was portraying.

    In the end, the way I evaluate a book is to consider whether or not I was eager to keep reading. Yes, this story drew me in and was worth the time spent.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.

    Cheryl says: "Don't waste your money"
    "a pleasant diversion"
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    This is not your usual vampire novel. It's really social commentary and the characters just happen to be vampires. Mostly, abstaining vampires. Folk trying to fit in.

    Problems which have simmered under the surface for years are brought to light when Clara, the teenage daughter, commits a gruesome murder when defending herself from an attack by a boy she knows. Events which follow bring Peter's (the father's) brother onto the scene and things really start to unravel.

    The writing is good, the story is entertaining, the narration is excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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