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Reader from the heartland

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  • Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (218)

    Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life.... Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast.

    Yuriko says: "Good fun and fast listening"
    "An entertaining listen . . ."
    Overall

    The story's fast-paced and entertaining. The narrator is superb, and that's a help, too. This author takes a fresh approach to material that's been touched on before. Her heroine is flawed, but that's what makes her interesting. Nice descriptions, good writing, and an interesting cast of characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn: A Conversation

    • ORIGINAL (36 mins)
    • By Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (142)

    Connie Willis, the multiple Hugo Award-winning author of Blackout, and Carrie Vaughn, the author of the Kitty Norville paranormal fantasy series, discuss speculative fiction and the art of writing.

    Heather says: "these authors made me want to hear their work"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    What a surprise to find this. I enjoyed listening in on this great conversation about writing. It's so intelligent and entertaining. I hadn't thought of Connie Willis in years--I don't know why, but it seems I have some catching up to do with her books. I'll be checking into Carrie Vaughn's work, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4045)
    Performance
    (2320)
    Story
    (2336)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "It's a romance novel, and not the best . . ."
    Overall

    I'm being generous to give it three stars, but there's a reason for it. The author is a romance writer, and I knew that going in. I went ahead and downloaded, even though it's not my favorite genre. I have only myself to blame if it contains some of the silly and juvenile things that are standard for the type. I had hoped for a little better mystery and Sci Fi, but I should have known. I enjoy believable romantic elements in the course of a story, but you won't find those here. The narration's good, and if standard Harlequin stories are your thing, this may appeal.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (900)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "It's hard to suspend disbelief with this one"
    Overall

    The first problem I had was with the all-wise teachings of Maurice. They simply don't belong in the era. Even a man who was perceptive about other human beings would not embrace all the new age ideas of today. And that's an issue with Maisie, too. Having her assume the lotus position and being taught to "breathe" correctly--it very much doesn't belong in the WWI era. Not for a working class British girl.

    I was also thrown by the long flashback in the middle. Suddenly we move from adult Maisie to 13-year-old Maisie, and all the teddy bear people who enter her life. It felt as if I were watching a pale imitation of a Shirley Temple movie. Everyone loves and supports "our Maisie." The poor, but noble-natured girl who is so intelligent and plucky. Both her fellow servants and her patron employer love her dearly. As a nurse, even though she is underage, she is recognized as fine and above the crowd.

    Back to the present, we are treated to some truly grisly descriptions of wounded soldiers from WWI. I won't even talk about the mystery. It seems secondary to the story, which is more a life's story of Maisie. I won't give it away, but the ending is ridiculous and maudlin. I can't believe this book was ever nominated for an Edgar. Wow.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Some Buried Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

    Reader from the heartland says: "Great story, poor audio"
    "Great story, poor audio"
    Overall

    I love this story, but the audio is muddy to the point that the narrator seems to lisp. I know Michael Prichard does not have a lisp--it's the sound quality at fault. It's still a very enjoyable part of the Nero Wolfe series, but buy a print version or an audio CD set.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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