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Bothell, WA, United States

  • 11 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 279 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014

  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "just eh"

    It was entertaining but the ending left me disappointed, and the title doesn't match the book at all! Did anyone else notice that? It's just ok.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Ruins in three words, what would they be?

    enchanting, novel, engaging

    What other book might you compare Beautiful Ruins to and why?

    Drowning Ruth--the style of back and forth

    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    pacing was great, and of course voice

    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Ruins and why?

    Micahel Dean

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Don't be scared by its "horror" genre--"
    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes, it was so chock full of good plot I know I missed some things!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tim--the mystery of him was never revealed

    Which scene was your favorite?

    spoiler....won't say!

    Any additional comments?

    don't be scared by the genre, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I don't normally read the horror genre. I think it appeals to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home Front

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore. But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce. Then the Iraq war starts. An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news. When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.

    Elizabeth says: "Very Disappointed"
    "Meh. couldn't finish"
    What disappointed you about Home Front?

    Sappy, no plot, whiny characters, just stupid.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Kristin Hannah again?

    probably not

    Have you listened to any of Maggi-Meg Reed’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but this one was good

    What character would you cut from Home Front?

    ALL of them except the MIL

    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your credits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crunch Time

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....

    Kindle Customer says: "More like slightly soggy time"

    Good God this is tedious. Is it really necessary to describe in painstakingly detail actions such as taking cookies out of the oven, or putting a car into drive? Nine chapters into it and NOTHING has happened. I'm bored out of my skull and moving on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart and Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the insight, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

    Brenda says: "Sorry Meave"
    "Boring Binchy"

    there was absolutely no plot to this book whatsoever--just a bunch of random characters' stories woven around a thin location. Long, rambling stories that lead you no where. Very disjointed, I got confused in the middle of the novel when it diverts to some hackneyed story about a priest. All of the characters' issues wrap up too neatly and it makes Dublin look like Hayseed, Iowa. If I was Irish, I'd be a bit offended by this quaint village show she puts on. I liked her other novels but this one just DRAGGED.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Finale

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window, or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza and won his heart! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive.

    E says: "AUG! Enough already"
    "Not even going to finish it"

    I didn't think it was possible to write a book with NO plot whatsoever but here it is. AWFUL book, annoying characters, terrible dialog, stupid story. Even allowing for what it is, it's bad. Don't waste your credits like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"

    I mostly enjoy this book but did not appreciate the Christian morality undertones. Just beware if that's not what you are looking for. Otherwise, it is fun to listen to.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Le Mariage

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Diane Johnson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    Struggling American writer Tim Nolinger pursues his journalism career in Paris while proper Frenchwoman Anne Sophie plans their wedding. When Tim covers the theft of a valuable manuscript, the story leads the couple to the local home of a reclusive American film director and his actress wife. Once there, Tim and Anne Sophie find themselves in the midst of a murder investigation, a French-American feud, and a reckless love affair that threatens to destroy their marriage even before it begins.

    S. G. Schadowsky says: "No Intrique, Not Worth the Price"

    Dear God this book is boring. I'm only at chapter 17 and there is nothing happening thus far. Don't waste your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "I loved it"

    The narration was enjoyable, the story was fun, my only complaint was that it wasn't longer. I recommend.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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