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rick

Audible is a comfort to me as I recover from surgery.

PURLEAR, NC, United States

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  • Hostage Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. J. Quinn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.

    realdog says: "Perfect story, perfectly read"
    "Strong Beginning Wasted"
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    I was entranced by the first half of this audiobook. This was despite the characters inside this selection; outside of Hunter; were thinly drawn. Unfortunately the story collapsed under the weight of plot contrivances in the second part of this work. In the true nature of the romance writer the romance moves at the glacial pace that reflected an earlier era rather than the hook-up culture of the modern era.
    In the end I can't recommend this selection. A.J. Quinn is a talented writer. However she needs to speed up the storyline if she is going to make a successful transition from Romance writer to the Mystery/ Thriller genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Road to Somewhere

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kelley Lynn, Jenny S. Morris
    • Narrated By Claire Siebers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn't just a vacation, it's life changing. While her parents think she's helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn't quite the summer of fun she imagined.

    rick says: "Sisters Get To Know Each Other"
    "Sisters Get To Know Each Other"
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    Charlie is dead set on going to Hollywood to enter a talent contest as well as see her old high school boyfriend; now a freshman at UCLA. Since her parents feel certain she's not to be trusted her younger sister is sent along to provide a responsible voice. Well Charlie isn't the type to listen to that type of voice; particularly if it emanates from her goody two shoes little sister. In addition they are to make a stop in Texas to visit their maternal grandparents on their ranch.
    This becomes a time for closeness to grow between the sisters; but also a complication for Charlie's plan when both girls find romance with ranch hands during their short stay. When they reach California things do not go at all as planned for Charlie on the personal front and ironically furthers the strengthening of the relationship between the two sisters. Charlie and her girls do the show and Charlie demonstrates that she definitely has serious talent.
    This was a good story about siblings, parental pressure, and the difficulties that teenagers face in transitioning to adulthood in today's economic climate. The only questionable thing about the story are the parental attitudes exhibited by Charlie and Lucy's parents.
    They seem to be at least one generation if not removed from the parents I've known for the past twenty years; more like their parents or grandparents generation. Still it's a minor point and the most part this was an excellent book on teen girls. Plus the intransigence of the girl's father gave me licence to continually remind my daughter how good she had it. This one came close to earning five stars from me; enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swamp Bones: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human.

    rick says: "Florida Agrees With Tempe"
    "Florida Agrees With Tempe"
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    Tempe Brennan heads to the Everglades and is drafted into service when human bones are found inside a dead python. This is a short novella; less than three hours and it keeps the story moving quickly; unlike many of the Bones series works which become mired in detail and make interest difficult to maintain. The events which lead up to the climatic scene strain credulity to some extent but so do a great many selections in this genre. Given the minimal cost of this audiobook it's an excellent choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (971)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Pretty Good"
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    Rachel Dratch is not surprisingly, really funny in this autobiographical work as she takes us through her life and her career as an entertainer. Her misfit youth and the poor choices she invariably makes in choosing men that evidently began in the eighth grade. She takes us through her years as an undergraduate at Dartmouth, then the years she spent learning her craft working with the Second City comedy troupe. She covers her auditions for SNL and finally getting on the classic late night show as a cast member on the third try. Like most successful comics she has the ability to turn her pain into humor. She's able to describe some painful situations in a way that come off as humorous; though at times there is pain in her voice that belies the light touch she attempts to use throughout the book. An easy way to pass five hours; a pleasant and humorous listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Yard: Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Dog trainer Raine Stockton has lived all her life in the quiet community of Hansonville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a judge, the niece of a sheriff, and the ex-wife of a deputy. She does not lead the kind of life, generally speaking, in which people get buried in her backyard. But when Cisco, Raine's mischievous golden retriever, digs up human bones beneath the site of what will soon be her new training kennel, mayhem ensues.

    rick says: "Even if you don't love dogs"
    "Even if you don't love dogs"
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    This is the fourth installment of the Raine Stockton dog mysteries. This one finds Raine starting over in a number of ways. She's finalizing her second divorce from Buck who's the new sheriff due to her uncle's heart attack. she's improving and rebuilding her dog training and kennel facilities and a there's new man in her life; even though they're not dating, really.
    However a heavy rain prevents the foundation from being poured and her Golden Cisco digs up a human bone. The investigation leads to solving one very old murder, and the answer to a mass grave found in a nearby county. Plus no dogs were hurt in the writing of this book or in this audio.
    My biggest problem with this selection is that it is by far the shortest audible selection I've ever used a credit to purchase. Still I don't regret using this credit to purchase this one; it's an easy satisfying listen. Even if you don't love dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shame on Him: Fool Me Once, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    For Lorelei Warner, being perfect isn't everything it's cracked up to be. She did what her straitlaced parents wanted: Became a lawyer, married her college boyfriend. But since her husband ran off with another man and her career became a nonstop bore-fest, Lorelei has turned to her best friends and Fool Me Once Investigations to find fulfillment and adventure.

    rick says: "Oh boy"
    "Oh boy"
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    In the opening scene we have a lawyer answering their cell phone in court; while trying a case in court; nuff said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shame on Me: Fool Me Once, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Ex-model Paige McCarty is fed up with being just a pretty face. After her ex-husband’s gambling problem left her royally screwed and tragically shoeless, she started Fool Me Once Investigations with her best friends, Lorlei and Kennedy, to prevent other women from being similarly played and dismayed.

    rick says: "Not so cute this time"
    "Not so cute this time"
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    After listening to Shame On You and finding it a light, fluffy humorous tongue in cheek take on the private detective genre i purchased the next two works in the series. This work of fluffy female fiction started out in the same vein but then veered off way past parody and into caricature. Caricature is certainly an excellent definition of both Paige's mother and Matt's father; too broadly defined for even a network sitcom or a Hallmark Channel movie. As was Paige's ex Andy; a whiny narcissistic excuse for a man completely lacking in testosterone.
    The action scenes were once more, caricatures that played way too broadly. A mafia hit man being assaulted by a couple of old ladies with pocketbooks and canes; well sure. Not to mention Paige's mother becoming a gun happy vigilante. Then Paige is elbowed twice in the ribs and kicked in the stomach by the above mentioned hit man and thirty seconds later she is being given a "crushing" hug by Matt; not even a squeak of pain emerges from her.
    There is a limit to how much belief can be suspended in the written or audio format. Those are types of scenes that can be only be conveyed effectively in a visual medium. Perhaps it was too short a time between the time I listened to the first and second book. Maybe this one aims too often for the easy laugh the scene which requires little imagination to write. For whatever reason this one fell far short of the first book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blinded

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Gibbs Storey is a woman no man can resist. When her comfortable life is shattered by the man she thought it was safe to give her heart to, the nightmare has only just begun. Psychologist Alan Gregory is used to dealing with nightmares.

    Lauren says: "Great Book!!"
    "More Sam; Less Alan; That's Good."
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    Though I've read or listened to the entire Alan Gregory series since I've never been very fond of the protagonist, or especially his wife. The fact that Sam played a larger role in this audio was a definite positive. Some of the details of Sam's life; his divorce from his wife Sherri and his relationship with his son Simon were poignant without being maudlin. The stirrings of his new relationship with Carmen rang true for me; reminiscent of relationships that have begun in the workplace. I also greatly enjoyed his travelogue focused on thanksgiving meals; as a longtime reader/listener it was so apropos of Sam that food was the centerpiece.
    This book begins when a former client of Alan's Gibbs Storey shows up to tell someone that her husband is a killer. Gibbs is the type of beautiful woman that makes other beautiful women feel faded and fat so naturally Alan is immediately pulled into the middle of it. He enlists Sam's aid, and since Sam is currently on suspension and needs the money he takes it on. As per usual Alan is a whiny wienie who's condescended to by pretty much everyone else in the book. His wife Lauren Crowder's role in this one is thankfully brief and Diane is usual snarky self; as is indicated when it's revealed that her nickname for Gibbs is "The Dancing Queen" ABBA's 1970's hit.
    All in all this is one of my favorite books in the Alan Gregory series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walk Me Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    If 16-year-old Carly and 11-year-old Jen can find Teddy, Carly knows he’ll save them from foster care...if he can forgive them for their mother’s vicious lies about him. But when the starving girls get caught stealing food on a Native American reservation, their journey gets put on hold. And after Jen makes a heartbreaking confession, Carly wonders if they’ll ever escape the pain of the past. Set against the backdrop of the American Southwest, Walk Me Home and its resilient heroines will inspire listeners and renew their faith in recovery and redemption.

    Krys says: "Outstanding Performance for an Outstanding Story!"
    "Pretty Good Listen"
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    After listening to Take Me With You by this author, perhaps my expectations were a little too high. This was a really good listening experience but I found way too much repetition in this book. Not too mention that I found nothing at all compelling about the flashback sequences that occurred prior to the sisters taking it on the run.
    I found Jen extremely likable; as for Carly, it took me most of the book to get Carly. For much of the book I found that her single minded pursuit of her terribly unrealistic goal unable to get behind. The irony of her believing that she was protecting her sister by taking them back to her deceased mother's ex-boyfriend showed her level of single mindedness along with a high level of immaturity. The author's American Indian tribal creation was a nice twist to this YA novel and all of the characters from the tribe were likable without becoming caricatures instead of characters. Carly's great travel adventure leading to the book's climax was an excellent addition to the narrative.
    I'm hoping that since this book was a 2013 release and Take Me With You was 2014 it indicates an upward curve in the quality of her work. This was a very nice audio; a solid 3.9 to 4.1 and I can recommend it with a few reservations but it's not Take Me With You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere on Maui

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Toby Neal
    • Narrated By Sara Malia Hatfield
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Sometimes only an accidental matchmaker can make lighting strike the people who need it most. Zoe moves to Maui to live her dream of being an independent journalist walking the beaches of paradise every day - but she never expected to be doing it with just her dog Sylvester. Divorced and heartbroken, and she ends up in therapy. Adam’s born and bred on Maui, a true "local" who surfs to stay in shape and deal with his many sources of stress: care of his mother, a busy contracting business, and a custody fight for his beloved stepkids.

    rick says: "Romance; nothing but romance"
    "Romance; nothing but romance"
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    Reading the critiques I'd hoped there would be a little more to this book than the average romance; a relationship of a man and a woman; searching for and finding the partner that is their destiny; the one. That portion of this audiobook was pretty good as far as that went. There were very few portions of the narrative in which I didn't like both Adam and Zoey. Though I have to say that they both seemed to have been transported fifty years ahead in time. Perhaps it's just me and the people that I know but these two have been less sexually active than everyone I know personally. I appreciated the setting and I learned several things about Hawaii that I hadn't known. The Rodriguez family is great, and though they are presented as paragons of goodness they feel realistic.
    I felt as though there were some huge holes in the story and just as with many books of this type the plot was lacking. The saving grace of this book as well as this genre is that the author(s) created a lot of very likable characters; as well as a few intentionally unlikable ones.
    This is an enjoyable listen if you're doing something else at the time and have the luxury of splitting your concentration or if it's part of a compromise with a feminine companion it's pretty good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • While We Were Watching Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Wendy Wax
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and - even more unexpectedly - with one another.... For Samantha, Claire, Brooke - and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings - it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life's hardest moments - all of it reflected in the unfolding drama of Downton Abbey.

    Jean says: "Orlagh Cassidy makes this story a joyful read."
    "Same old well written old story"
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    I started this series as a compromise. I am constitutionally unable to listen to Fantasy and since the choice my listening buddy gave me was either fantasy or chick lit I read this author for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised by the first Wendy Wax I listened to, once I gave it a real chance anyway. This was officially the third book of hers I've read; but the three of them vary only a small amount. There is the woman who is long divorced; the one who just got screwed over by her selfish husband and the one still married, but it's getting shaky. Then there's the unscrupulous criminal younger brother more or less raised by his older sister.
    Luckily for the author the weakness of her plot is covered very well by the skill in which she creates characters with which it's easy to connect. Schleppy wallflower Brooke's growth during the course of the book is heartwarming; as is Samantha's defense of her friend. The personal weaknesses within each of the characters is well done and makes all of them more interesting and more human. It's an easy listen for women, and men; if you're listen to it with a female that you care about; you might just like it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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