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Judith Mcintyre

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Perth, Australia

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  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (394)

    If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

    Kimberly says: "Gave Me Shivers!"
    "Underwhelming"
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    What did you like best about Shiver? What did you like least?

    I thought the blurb for this story didn't match it.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    Many moments of this story 'jumped the shark...' Surviving a plane crash on a snowy mountain after their safe-house blew up? I couldn't suspend my disbelief.


    What didn’t you like about Shannon McManus’s performance?

    It was fine.


    Could you see Shiver being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Like watching a car crash"
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    What did you love best about The Casual Vacancy?

    I loved Crystal and I felt so upset for her and that the other characters let her down.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. K. Rowling before, how does this one compare?

    Not in the same genre. Cannot compare really. Lots of characters to follow as for other JK tales.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Been female!


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

    Crystal's undoing! My heart broke!


    Any additional comments?

    I felt JK had a pretty harsh view of the middle class members of the fictional town. I know she has had lean times in her past but I felt this was an unduly harsh critique of middle class England. Easy to be so critical when you are so wealthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5205)
    Performance
    (4479)
    Story
    (4491)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Classic clever Sherlock, read beautifully!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle the most enjoyable?

    I loved the detailed unravelling of clues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock, of course!


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

    Nope! But I love his voice!


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

    Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1365)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    tgp157 says: "Great End to a Delightful Series"
    "Not as good as the first two"
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    Where does The Perfect Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoy Nora Roberts but this is not her best. I didn't connect to Hope as much as the two other female characters in books 1 & 2.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perfect Hope?

    When Rylie drives down to the city and sorts out the ex'es family.


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

    Not really!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When she was 15, Harper Connelly was struck by a bolt of lightning. Now she can find dead people. It took time, but now Harper's made a life for herself, with a career, and a lover - her step-brother, Tolliver. But when ghosts from the past start making themselves known Harper’s happiness is shattered. Tolliver's father is back, her lost sister has been sighted.... Problem is, now someone wants Harper dead.

    Rae says: "Loved It"
    "Great series as addictive as all her others!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Grave Secret to be better than the print version?

    Yup! You can listen to it driving to work, grocery shopping etc. you don't have to 'put it down' for a second.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Topher!


    What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

    Great! Well read!


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

    Abso-freakin-lutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Please make into a film!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding - and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

    deanna says: "One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series"
    "Light and amusing"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, a good listen on holiday. I didn't mind pausing it to do other things.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the characters in the rough end of town, the trailer town wedding was funny.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christine Leto?

    Yes.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Distant Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (866)
    Story
    (872)

    Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

    Simone says: "Right Mood At The Right Time"
    "A well woven tale"
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    Where does The Distant Hours rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was long winded with endless descriptions. I wish I'd listened to it on 2x speed. Kate writes great mysteries that are always very intricate and interestingly resolved.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kate Morton before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as the Forbidden Garden.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hmmmm. I think probably the last 4 chapters.


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

    I really felt for the three sisters Blythe, especially the stalwart Percy when we discover the secret of her true love lost.


    Any additional comments?

    Kate's books are so detailed you can almost smell the dusty sitting rooms and summer gardens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (3253)
    Story
    (3253)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great police thriller!"
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    Would you listen to Suspect again? Why?

    Definitely! I absolutely loved the characters, especially the main character Scott, the tenacious, injured police man. I adored Maggie the dog. Brilliantly emotional!


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

    Yes, I couldn't stop listening for fear something might happen to Scott and/or Maggie.


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Love this guy's voice. He does great characters! I love the way he speaks females and animals, no silly high pitched shenanigans!


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

    Yes, whole family had to listen along as I moved the iPad around the house with me.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it! If you love a police mystery nod love a well developed character, you won't regret it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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