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Mary Jane Sweet

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  • The Father Brown Mysteries - The Actor and the Alibi, The Worst Crime in the World, The Insoluble Problem, and The Eye of Apollo: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By G. K. Chesterton, M. J. Elliott
    • Narrated By J.T. Turner, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Enjoy four Father Brown mysteries in this full cast audio drama. In "The Actor and the Alibi", Father Brown discovers that the cast of a famous stage comedy might include a killer. In "The Worst Crime in the World", something is amiss at Musgrave Castle! In "The Insoluble Problem", Father Brown's best friend is a master thief who's been assigned the task of catching another thief. In "The Eye of Apollo", Flambeau, the thief-turned-detective, shares an office building with the high priest of a new religion.

    Ursula says: "A fun listen"
    "Nice short stories at a good price but...."
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    I like these stories, my first time reading any Father Brown. They are entertaining and easy to read. BUT why have the street noises, footsteps, birds singing, etc so loud you must strain to hear the dialog. If the radio players want to have these sound effects, great but they should be more in the background. I like the stories, and voices otherwise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Frog Prince: A Romantic Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elle Lothlorien
    • Narrated By Leah Frederick
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics. But when Leigh finds out that the handsome "someone" at her great aunt's wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts - not that she was intending to sleep with the guy.

    Jeana says: "Humerous Love Story"
    "Can't get past the narrator"
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    I find this constantly surprised sounding narration very difficult to follow. I can't tell one sentence from another and can not pay attention to the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Heiress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daisy Goodwin
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals.

    Maria says: "I loved this book!"
    "enjoyable escapism"
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    I like Katherine Kellgren's narrations so much i tried a different genre and quite unexpectedly enjoyed this romance. The heroine, Cora Cash, is nicely rounded as a character, however the Duke could use more fleshing out. BUT this did not stop me from enjoying the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (954)

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "THANK-YOU for the FREE BOOK IT'S GREAT"
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    This book moves fast from the opening lines until the last. I could not stop listening LOL Now I'll have to read more. I like the pace of tone of this book, the hero is not typical at all, except he believes in right and wrong and sticks to his own moral code. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the "Jason Bourne" Series. The narrator, Jay Snyder was perfect in my minds eye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wurst Is Yet to Come: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mary Daheim
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The charming Hillside Manor is the perfect B&B for a few days of R&R. Okay, so it also features the occasional corpse or two. But is a small body count really any reason for the state to yank Judith McMonigle Flynn's innkeeper's license? Exhausted from answering the nosy critics from the state B&B association, Judith needs a change of scenery. Volunteering to help out at the State B&B booth during Oktoberfest is just the opportunity she's looking for. But before the beer begins flowing, Judith finds a dead body.

    Margaret says: "Fun and entertaining"
    "did not keep my attention"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Daheim and/or Lindsay Ellison?

    probably not, i don't particularly like the detectives in this story. I found this very hard to keep my mind on. I have been listening to books for years and this book could not hold my attention. i found the people and plot annoying. Sorry it just wasn't for me


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    finished this tweo days ago and don't even remeber the ending


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

    not sure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Coast: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenseless boat under fire off the African coast. Cabrillo takes action, saving the beautiful Sloane Macintyre - who's looking for a long-submerged ship that may hold a fortune in diamonds. But what surprises Cabrillo is her story about a crazy fisherman who claims to have been attacked by giant metal snakes in the same area.

    Mary Jane Sweet says: "Didn't realize this was abriged... shame on me"
    "Didn't realize this was abriged... shame on me"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There seemed to be sooooo much missing. The narrator is OK, but being used to Scott Brick for this series it was jarring to hear the familiar characters with odd voices.


    Did Skeleton Coast inspire you to do anything?

    yes... to check for the unabridged version, which to my surprise was already in my library. Imagine my chagrin to realize i'd paid twice for this. BUT I can say the story was unrecognizable from the longer version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Hatchet job on the abridged addition HARD to follo"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes and no. The story was choppy because of the abridgment but what i was able to catch was entertaining.


    Would you recommend The Golden One to your friends? Why or why not?

    once the unabridged version with Barbara Rosenblat comes out then yes. Until then read the book.


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

    I have listened to all the books in this series. Ms Rosenblat brings a unique voice to each character. They are easily recognizable and suit the personalities well. I read many of the books before listening to them and can say she caught their voices perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    please bring Ms Rosenblat back to the series for these unabridged versions. I have nothing against Ms O'Malley but her characterization is flat after listening to so many of these in Ms Rosenblat's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (492)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "What a lovely story"
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    If you could sum up Call the Midwife in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, sweet, educational


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call the Midwife?

    The breech birth scene was so intense and exactingly told I could not put this down. In fact the entire book went by too fast. I think people of all ages would enjoy these stories all from the 1950's East End of London


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

    all of it


    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Merry Wives of Maggody: An Arly Hanks Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Hess
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Maggody, Arkansas (pop. 755) is regarded by most as a two-bit hick town, filled with one-bit hicks. But Mrs. Jim Bob Buchanon seeks to change that with her latest scheme - a charity golf tournament! This presents a bit of a challenge, since no one in Maggody plays golf and there is no course. But when the prize for the first hole-in-one is announced - a top of the line bass boat - nearly everyone in town quickly develops a profound interest in the sport...including a killer.

    Margo says: "Merry Wives and Merry Murder"
    "I LIKE CJ Critt, really"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no I would not recommend this book. The voices are too hard to follow and the story is dragging I don't even want to finish the book. I like CJ Critt. I've listened to other series and her voices are perfect, so I don't know if it's the characters here or the story... BUT I don't want to hear more


    0 of 1 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
    (1574)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1387)

    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!"
    "The best of the series so far, and I love them all"
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    Would you listen to The Twelve Clues of Christmas again? Why?

    yes, because the story was entertaining and funny.


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

    Not on the edge but certainly entertained.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    EVERYTHING she is great! I could not imagine another person reading this. She is these people!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Corsair: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA, distrusting the Libyans, hires Juan Cabrillo to search for her, and their misgivings are well founded. The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished. It turns out Libya's new foreign minister has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen.

    Bob says: "Action packed Cussler"
    "I cannot put these books down ........"
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    Nor take off the headphones. From the very moment they start I'm hooked. I like Scott Bricks voice. I like the story's the suspense, heroics, humor, and grit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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