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sonia

Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.

woodbridge, va, United States

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  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1067)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "Love all In Death, this was too contrived, boring."
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    What disappointed you about Taken in Death?

    I own and love the entire In Death series, listen to them over and over again. Taken in Death, feels too contrived and almost like Robb, just wanted to give us a novella, any novella. I did not enjoy it at all. Tried to re-listen but couldn't.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to Stied Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. If J. D. Robb published more often, I'd listen to them.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The BEST NARRATOR OF ALL. I can use my imagination even more, for a more complete story experience.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Taken in Death?

    I wouldn't have published it. I love Eve, Roarke, Gallahad and the whole gang but was extremely dissapointed with Taken.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for next In Death!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "I am a novice of "The Bard""
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    Where does Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I must admit, initially I purchased this book due narrator and the first chapter, I enjoyed "The Voice" more than the novel. I stopped listening until I felt I could listen to the story. I began listening from the beginning once again and I quickly got over "The Voice" and pretty much listened straight through. Now I want to read or listen to the original version of Hamlet. Mr. Armitage gave a wonderful performance but in the end I truly enjoyed the novel more. Having the authors explain how and why they came up with the idea of the novel, was icing on the extraordinary cake.


    What other book might you compare Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel to and why?

    In the past I have read or listened to David Baldacci, John Sanford, J. D. Robb, Lee Child and a great deal of non fiction. This novel has all the elements of a great suspense/thriller novel and I would and will recommend to all my friends that have similar taste in reading/listening choices.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Armitage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this my first, only because I wasn't sure of female voices and "The Voice". I am pleasantly surprised.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Once I began listening to the story and not the narrator, that's pretty much what I did. Our daughter is an adult and she visits often, but I am no longer a full time, hands on Mom. My time is my own!


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to listen to these authors interpretation of Macbeth!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (839)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Hooked on Sky, next book, quickly,please"
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    If you could sum up The Profiler's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, interesting, fun


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    For most of the book. In a few places it lagged but picked quickly and easily.


    What about Gabrielle de Cuir’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes it was hard distinguishing characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pain of losing a child, was heart wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to more of Sky Stone. I hope the author writes quickly

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Silent Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (457)

    In Eyes of Prey, Bekker, an insane pathologist who experiments with his patients’ pain thresholds, is finally brought down by an unrelenting Lucas Davenport, who brutally maims the doctor’s beautiful face but leaves him alive. “You should have killed me,” were Bekker’s parting and prophetic words.

    In this sequel to Eyes of Prey, Bekker endures the indignities and horrors of imprisonment, taking comfort in the fact that it is only a matter of time before he will make Lucas Davenport pay.

    Elliott says: "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Hated the Creepy Cover"
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    If you could sum up Silent Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful,Creepy, Satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silent Prey?

    How the pathologist, planned and executed that plan.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, pretty much the same. I do like him but I have difficulty telling one character from another, more often than I would prefer.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dr. Mengele II


    Any additional comments?

    I do enjoy, the fact that Lucas has found happiness with Weather and family life but it took some of the edge of the cliff situations and some of his more colorful bad choices away. Those were enjoyable and those "Oh Boy, Hold On" situations away, I miss them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1666)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Entertainingly Funny & Comfortable"
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    Where does The Twelve Clues of Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a J. D. Robb fan, have read/listened to all the "In Death" series. I have become a fan of Rhys Bowen & "Her Royal Spyness" series. It is a much lighter and no where near as technical as Robb but I enjoy her "Lightness" and the humor. And, some how or another, I found another, "Tall, Dark & Handsome" Irishman! Both rouges, one a billionaire and one penniless. The narrator, Ms. Killgren is amazing, I enjoy her cast of characters a great deal. A narrator can make or break a good story, Ms. Bowen & Ms. Killgren are a winning combination.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgie, hesitant, but fearless.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An amazing narrator. Her LAMDA training shines through. An extremely talented voice actor.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Queenie, she's a mess but a well intentioned mess. The interaction between her & Georgie, almost always make me laugh, out loud. I have to pause & let my husband listen, he laughs too!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Rhys Bowen wrote faster! I love Georgie, Darcy, Queenie, Grandfather, Belinda and would/will buy every single book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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