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Shirl

Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (462)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kyra and Gabra combo!!!"
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    Kyra Davis is such a fun author!!! I have LOVED every Sophie book I have listened to (i.e. all of them!). So long as she writes them I will buy them, every single one is a sure bet! And Gabra Zachman is a marvelous actor! She brings each character back exactly as she has performed them in every other reading of this series! Not an easy task I'm sure but she performs each character with brilliance! It is in fact because of Gabra that I started listening to the Sophie Katz series (I loved her performances in other audible purchases) so thank you Gabra for introducing me to Kyra's books, they are just great!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2369)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1172)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Lesley says: "Reacber never fails"
    "Just as great as the others"
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    Not sure why people took issue with this one. I thought it was just as great as the others!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2010)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1002)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "Still as great as ever!"
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    This one was just as good as the others! Had to fast forward through some particularly gruesome parts but aside from that, loved the book!

    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
    (131)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (112)

    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"
    "Mental forehead smack! CAN'T READ THESE ANYMORE!!"
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    "Mental forehead smack", "I'm not ashamed to say" that I "soooo" can't read any more of these books!!! It's actually a real shame because these books have so much potential to be fun with a little touch of "who dunnit" but I got to the point when I knew she was going to say "mental forehead smack" and would cringe knowing it was coming. It was incredibly annoying! I'm also curious to know how many times this author used any variation of "to say"... "I'm happy to say", I'm not ashamed to say", "I'm ashamed to say", "I'm embarassed me to say". If it was not at least 50 times in this book, I'd be shocked. And the same goes for the word "soooo". "I am "soooo" not going in there", "Ramirez is going to be "soooo" not happy with me", "this is sooo not working out the way I thought it would".... I think I remember that being a pretty cool saying about 15 years ago and is probably even OK a couple of times in a book but again, it appeared as often as "to say" and "mental forehead smack" and just got to the point of utter annoyance!

    I had hoped that book two would have had less of these irritations, because I like the idea of a series of books that I can follow and look forward to buying the next in the series. But with these ones, I could only look forward to them ending. Sorry, just can't buy another.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Harlan Coben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

    Robert E. Scarcelle says: "Weak Effort"
    "Audible, how did you not step in and say NO HARLAN"
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    I don't blame Harlan Coben for this, I blame Audible! Did Michael Connely not teach you anything about the disaster of letting authors narrarate their own books?!?!?! It is such a shame because the story was awesome but it was such a miserable experience having to listen to Harlan's speed-reading and his swallowing of every syllable and and his terrible renditions of the characters we have come to love via Jonathan Morosz' performance of them.

    When I purchased the book, I completely missed the fact that Mr. Coben was the narrarator and then I started listening! I almost didn't make it past the third chapter when, mercifully, at teh very least Harlan started to slow down. He never did enunciate any words all the way through the reading though and the description of "Yogi Bear" given in other reviews was bang on for describing the voices that Harlan was portraying!

    I don't understand why, after all of the compliants, Audible have not had this book re-recorded?!??!

    Again, it is a real shame because the story itself is the best I have read yet, but, again, I cannot say I enoyed the book, the narrarting was just too painful!

    Harlan please, please, please stick to writing in the future, you are a genious at it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2883)
    Performance
    (1623)
    Story
    (1631)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I find it amazing how many people disliked this book! I just loved it! I'm not a dog fanatic either. I just thought it was fun, exciting and a great easy read (er...listen) and I found it hard to step away from it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Right

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Karen Stein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Twenty years ago Madeline Barker's father disappeared. Despite what everyone else thinks, Madeline's convinced her stepfamily had nothing to do with it. But the recent discovery of his car finally proves he didn't just drive away. Worse, the police find something in the trunk that says there's more to this case than murder.

    Sandra L. Personette says: "Escalating suspense!"
    "Great suspense, great author!"
    Overall

    I read Every Waking Moment and loved the book so much I looked for other books by Brenda Novak. I was not disappointed when I bought the entire "Dead" trilogy. She is a wonderful author who has created the perfect mix of Romance and suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P.I. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior. When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job.

    TRACY says: "Not as engaging as previous books"
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    I've read all three of the books in this series and they are fantastic! This author is hilarious and still manages to keep the suspense! And I actually look for books read by Gabra Zackman now because I love the way she narrates as well

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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