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Cheryl

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The End of Act Three: Dani Ross Mystery Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Gilbert Morris
    • Narrated By Kris Faulkner
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The theater is Jonathan Ainsley's life. Yet if this latest play isn't a smash, it may be his final production - a finale someone wants very much to see. But Jonathan won't be deterred by threats: the show simply must go on! A fan of Jonathan's since his award-winning performance, Dani Ross is shocked when he enters her office and overwhelmed when she hears his request.

    Lois says: "Great Gilbert Morris read"
    "More Evangelical than Mystery"
    Overall

    This is one of the rare books that I did not finish because I could not stand to listen to any more evangelizing Christ. Too bad because what I could hear of the plot indicated it would have been a good book but there is too much preaching in it for my taste.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tango Key

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By T. J. MacGregor
    • Narrated By Erin Novotny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Florida's Tango Key has never been so hot. Especially now with multimillionaire and amateur archaeologist Doug Cooper turning up headless behind his beach house. It seems a number of people stand to gain from his demise, including a stunning young widow, an adulterous son, and two gold diggers from Cooper's South American exploits. Detective Aline Scott knows a scandal like this could turn the wealthy island paradise into a no-man's land.

    April says: "Good story but the narrator was bad."
    "More romance than mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In the first hour 85% of it is about the emotional issues of a narcissistic thoughts of a woman worried about her love life. Seriously, this is a supposed to be a female cop, so insecure and and more time is spent on her "needs" from a fellow cop in her love life than anything to do with the crime. The author does have a good phrase of turn and description but that's the best thing I can say about it. I suspect if you like romances you might find it interesting but even putting it on 2x I simply couldn't finish it. The best thing about it is that the narrator (at normal speed) has good inflection and reading skills. Pity she didn't have anything worth listen to read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Me When I'm Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Emily Arsenault
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair, Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gretchen Waters' writing career is cut abruptly short when she dies from a fall down a set of stone library steps. It is a tragic accident and no one suspects foul play, certainly not Gretchen's best friend from college, Jamie, who's been named the late author's literary executor. But there's an unfinished manuscript Gretchen left behind that is much darker than Tammyland: a book ostensibly about male country musicians yet centered on a murder in Gretchen's family that haunted her childhood.

    Cheryl says: "well written but not really a mystery"
    "well written but not really a mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    When I buy a mystery I expect the mystery to be the focus of the story with well developed characters. Here the characters were well developed and flowed well but the characters, including Tammy Wynette and other country western female singers overwhelm the actual murders. I learned far more than I ever wanted to know about the life of Tammy and at least 80% of the book had absolutely nothing to do with the death of either victim. The narrators did a very good job and it was pleasant to listen to but really more of a "finding who I am and how I came to be here" book than a mystery. I would say more but I don't want to give away the plot to someone who may read it.

    If you are more into romance or family saga you will appreciate this book. I prefer the actual crime and who did it to be the primary focus of a mystery. Plus there was an element of the romance genre aka silly woman - pregnant at that, putting herself in situations where injury even death could occur - aka confronting the killer after she knew who did it while in the last month of her pregnancy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Waters

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    When the body of a murdered man literally falls at Elizabeth Stuart's feet, she's able to wash away the blood - but not the terror. Unwelcome newcomers to Still Creek, Minnesota, she and her troubled teenage son are treated with suspicion by the locals, including the sheriff. Yet nothing will stop her from digging beneath the town's placid surface for the truth - except the killer. Now Elizabeth must risk everything to save her family and unmask the killer - before the current of evil flowing through Still Creek drags her under.

    karen says: "Good grief."
    "More romance than mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Too much why do I let men take advantage of me and self analysis of romantic issues to the extent that the murder is almost an after thought. The guys who take advantage, or try to take advantage all die or get their comeuppance while three couples end up in love with "the one" after earlier heartbreak in two of the three - the other is teenage first love. Sorry but this to my mind should be in the romance not mystery category. I'd expected better from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Maui (A Leila Kahana Mystery)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By R. Barri Flowers
    • Narrated By Robin Kohn Glazer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maui County homicide detective and composite sketch artist Leila Kahana is the protagonist. A Hawaiian native, Leila follows in the footsteps of her grandfather who was the County of Maui police chief. Leila's partner is Detective Sergeant Blake Seymour, separated from his wife and pushing to make lieutenant. Leila and Seymour investigate the execution-style murder of two prominent doctors in an upscale condominium.

    AngelaK says: "Disappointing"
    "Flat and unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Murder in Maui (A Leila Kahana Mystery) better?

    I


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Clinical sounding on the sex scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Plot was totally unbelievable with arrests without probably cause,

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Katie Sparer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (200)

    Standing over the body of a Supreme Court nominee, Lieutenant Sam Holland is hip-deep in another high-profile murder case. The fact that she was one of the last people to see Julian Sinclair alive just complicates things even more. On the plus side, her relationship with Senator Nick Cappuano is heating up - but it's also attracting a lot of unwanted media attention and blinding flash bulbs.

    Sandra says: "Wow...a must read"
    "Too much romance"
    Overall

    I thought I was downloading a mystery not something with sex scenes, christian guilt by a 29 year old losing his virginity with angst over abortion to where the murder seems secondary to the emotions of the primary characters. If I had wanted emotional breakdowns and inability to commit to romantic relationships I'd have bought a romance.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • At Home in Mitford: The Mitford Years, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (309)

    It's easy to feel at home in Mitford. In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are generally lovable. Yet Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa who moves in and won't go away. Add an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge. Now, stir in a lovable but unloved boy, a mystifying jewel theft, and a secret that's 60 years old.

    Shirley says: "You wish you lived there and knew these people"
    "Pleasant listen but not a mystery"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book but would not by any streching of the plot call it a mystery. It is a nice small town story that I didn't find overly preachy given that the description included "lovable rector". The narrator is an excellent fit for the main character and the other voices he uses.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Father Gilbert Mysteries: Dead Air

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Paul McCusker
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Dead Air, Gilbert encounters a evil nemesis from the unsolved case that caused him to resign from Scotland Yard.

    When Louis Gilbert turned in his detective's badge to become an Anglican priest, he thought his days of solving difficult mysteries were over. Now, as the vicar of an ancient church in a small English village, Gilbert finds himself at the center of one strange mystery after another. And he brings to each one his unique combination of streetwise smarts and spiritual intuition.

    Jim says: "Great"
    "More Christian than I expected"
    Overall

    Having been a reader of Father Brown and other clerical mysteries I was unprepared for the emphasis on religion more than the mystery. Now that I am aware of the buzz words used in the description I will know to avoid anything associated with the publications listed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Randy Alcorn
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Ollie Chandler is a brilliant and quick-witted homicide detective whose First Law is: "Things are not what they appear." So when a university professor is found murdered and the motive looks like revenge, a stunning discovery leads him to an unimaginable conclusion. Could the murderer be a fellow homicide detective? As Ollie probes deeper, another detective is murdered. What is the root of this jumbled, deceptive mess of lies and secrets?

    Joseph says: "Great book, fun"
    "Definitely Deceptive Description"
    Overall

    This is the third time in the last month that I have purchased a book only to discover that the book is about prophisizing Christianity, not the mystery that the description led me to believe. As somone who is adamently opposed to evangelical Christianity I was extremely offended by this book.

    I am very disppointed that the description failed to mention that the books is preaching to convert the protagonist to Christianity, discussions between evangelical Christians and other conversations with God including those of the protagonist's dead wife.

    I sincerely hope that Audible will add to the description of this and other "Christian" based books that they are evangelical so that those who want that sort of book know and those of us that don't won't feel tricked when listened.

    1 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Too Dead to Swing

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hal Glatzer
    • Narrated By Susan Egan, full cast
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It's 1940, and musician Katy Green finds out how tough the road can be when she joins the Ultra Belles, a female swing band on tour in California. From the moment the band kicks off the set, you're caught in the rhythm of the music, and murder on the move.

    Judith says: "Too Dead to Swing"
    "fun"
    Overall

    The plot was good, the actors worth listening to if you like 40s music there's some good music there as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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