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I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.

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  • Cloudland: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Olshan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Cloudland is a stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much-praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer.

    glamazon says: "Page-turner Upgraded!"
    "Pretty good mystery"
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    Liked the Vermont setting and the characters. I didn't figure out who the murderer was until fairly far along in the story.
    The narrator was using a Northeastern accent (I guess) which was too slow for me (and I live in Texas where people drawl) so I speeded up the narration which helped. Did not like the detailed descriptions of the romance with the student.
    I've never read or listened to this author before and I would try another of his books. Would also recommend it to a friend as a better than average mystery novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Real Shot in the Arm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Annette Roome
    • Narrated By Jacqueline King
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Fed up with household chores and an uncaring husband, English mother Chris Martin, 40, gets a job on the small local paper, trading one form of drudgery for another until she happens on the body of a teacher who appears to have hanged himself, but who really died of a heroin overdose. Chris and wisecracking reporter Pete Schiavo, who soon beds her, uncover blackmail, a crooked real estate deal, bribery, police corruption, and a drug connection.

    Amazon Customer says: "Couldn't stop listening"
    "Light entertainment in mystery form"
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    Narrator was good. Story was decent. Not terribly interesting but okay for a cozy mystery. If this is the start to a series I am not compelled to try the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (309)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    Kate says: "Don't waste a credit"
    "OK at a bargain price"
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    Plot is farfetched with all the disparate elements involved. If you can suspend your disbelief it hangs together passably. Narrator's accents are distracting. For some reason she lisps on one of the Spanish names which is not consistent with Mexican prononciations and really bothered me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1248)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Not a witchcraft/fantasy fan but I liked this one!"
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    I usually avoid books with vampires/witchcraft/magic, etc. Must have missed the fact that there was magic in this one when I bought it. But... I really enjoyed it! Abosutely loved the narrator and hope he does more books. The narrators's voice and accent seemed to fit the book perfectly. Also loved the modern London ambience. I don't think I will go for the rest of the books in the series but I highly recommend this one even if you don't like witches, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1104)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (808)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "Couldn't finish this one"
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    I am not an avid Nora Roberts fan but have listened to and read half a dozen of her books and enjoyed them. However, I could not make it to the end of this one. I think it might be one of her older books that has been reissued. The narrator was good but the plot was very predictable. Most romance plots are predictable and I can still enjoy them but this one was boring. The characters were nor very interesting either. There are better Nora Roberts books so don't waste your money or credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (201)

    A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

    Maine Colonial says: "What choice do you make when all options are bad?"
    "Great atmosphere and set in unusual time and place"
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    I have read and listened to several of Joseph Kanon's books and they have all been excellent. This one is different than the usual WWII spy thriller but fascinating none the less. Set in Istanbul just after WWII has ended and full of interesting characters and intrigue. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Without Company: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2346)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1751)

    When an elderly local woman is found poisoned, Sheriff Walt Longmire begins an investigation that soon has him ensnared in a deadly spider's web. From Craig Johnson, author of the acclaimed novel The Cold Dish, comes this enthralling Sheriff Longmire mystery. With a distinctive literary flair, Johnson leads us into the wide open space of Absaroka County, Wyoming.

    Laura Harley says: "What a wonderful find!"
    "Love the Longmire series"
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    I have listened to two others in the Longmire series and really enjoyed them all. It is not the kind of book I would sit down and read through but great for listening. I also like the television series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (572)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Loved it! Excellent chick lit!"
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    Really enjoyed this book. It is light and frothy but not an insult to your intelligence. I like Jennifer Crusie's writing and stories. Will definitely listen to more of hers. Also liked the narrator a lot and highly recommend her as well.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Fletcher
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    February 13, 1692. Thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are killed by soldiers who had previously enjoyed the clan’s hospitality. Many more die from exposure. Forty miles south, brilliant, captivating Corrag—accused witch and orphaned herbalist—is imprisoned in the Scottish highlands for her involvement in the massacre.

    cathy says: "beautifully written!"
    "Enjoyable after you get into the story"
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    It took me about 90 minutes before I started enjoying this one. The beginning (which covers the Corag's early life) just really dragged for me. I did start enjoying it once she took off on her own. I'm glad I stuck it out and would recommend it to anyone who likes Scottish locales and historical fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn French - Level 7: Intermediate French, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Virginie Maries
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Intermediate - French, a completely new way to learn French with ease! Intermediate - French will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your French friends.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best way to learn French"
    "Best way to learn French"
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    I tried several audio French language instruction methods and Pimsleur is far and away the best. I started with level one and I have had college French classes many years ago. My husband has never had any French instruction and started as well. We both love it! Great for a refresher or a true beginner. Am continuing on to level two. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Keith Thomson
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    Drummond Clark was once a spy of legendary proportions. Now Alzheimer's disease has taken its toll and he's just a confused old man who's wandered away from home, waiting for his son to fetch him. When Charlie Clark takes a break from his latest losing streak at the track to bring Drummond back to his Brooklyn home, they find it blown sky high - and then bullets start flying in every direction.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Off beat thriller"
    "Not your usual spy novel"
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    Interesting twist on a spy novel and I enjoyed it all the way through. Not sure I am up for the sequel but it was a good use of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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