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Zulu

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  • Progressive Dinner Deadly: A Myrtle Clover Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Spann Craig
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Retired octogenarian schoolteacher Myrtle Clover is fit to be tied when her book club votes to change to a supper club. Who wants chips and dip when they can have Dickens and Twain? The first supper club is a progressive dinner... where Myrtle loses interest during the hors d'oeuvres. But when a body is discovered during the main course, the evening quickly gets interesting. Myrtle pits her sleuthing skills against her police chief son's to find the killer.... if the killer doesn't find her first.

    Zulu says: "Ms. Marple Wannabe"
    "Ms. Marple Wannabe"
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    If you like listening to a lot of gossipy small town women then you'll like these mysteries. This one was a little better than the first one because of the antics of Ms. Clover's feral cat who had taken a shine to her and would bring her first presents and then other creatures to try to teach Ms. Clover on how to hunt.

    Like the first one Ms. Clover goes around gathering gossip so she can figure out who the murderer is, trying to beat her son, the police chief, to the punch. You never hear exactly how she figured it out until she's explaining it to the police.

    It's an easy listen and the narrator does a pretty good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tortured Dreams: The Dreams & Reality Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hadena James
    • Narrated By Christy Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When the US Marshals Serial Crimes Tracking Unit comes knocking at Aislinn Cain's door, she is given a chance to use her past to save other people's futures. She has survived attacks by two different serial killers and devoted her life to studying the darker side of human history. A new killer is using medieval torture methods to slay his victims. She can give them a glimpse into his twisted world, but not without a cost.

    Zulu says: "Lessons on medieval torture"
    "Lessons on medieval torture"
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    If you ever wanted to know how they tortured people in medieval times you'll enjoy this book. The main character has survived several serial kidnappers and seems to be a magnet for them. She's also a self-proclaimed sociopath.

    The summary gives a good description of what this book is about. Aislinn is recruited to help catch a serial killer that uses medieval torture. If the author did their research then you'll learn all about medieval torture devices.

    The cast of characters are quirky and well-developed. The book is pretty fast paced. There is violence but it doesn't go into real gory details. It's also hard to believe that you might come to like a sociopath.

    The other cast of characters all have their own quirkiness and for the most part are as likeable and interesting as the main character, with an exception or two.

    The narrator did a terrific job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carol Berg
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (249)

    For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

    mike says: "First Rate"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    I gave it a good try, two plus hours, but then decided the next 15 hours would be a total waste of time so I quit listening. I just couldn't get into the story, plus had a hard time understanding the narrator half the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (317)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Not one of his best"
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    I like this author's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books and loved Suspect but I couldn't really get into this one. If it had been maybe a little shorter I would have enjoyed it more. It seemed to drag in places and I would get tired of listening. Three young men hold up a convenience store and accidentally kill the proprietor so they go on the run. They hole up in a house which happens to be the home of the accountant who launders money for the mob and has discriminating evidence in his possession that affects two sets of mobsters.

    There was good character development with lots of twists and turns and some surprises but I found my mind wandering often and didn't care enough to rewind to see what I had missed.

    The narrator did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "Not one of the better ones"
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    I've read a lot of the Anne Pigeon books and this was not as good as previous ones. First she's amongst strangers so there's no personal interaction. There's also a lot of violence towards Anna and others. About the only thing I really enjoyed was the description of the park and the narrator, otherwise I might have only rated it two stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "Glad the 1600s are over"
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    If you could sum up The Beggar King in three words, what would they be?

    Friendship, mystery, torcher


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have one favorite character. I liked all the three main characters, Kuisl, Magdalena and Simon.


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

    Brought more life to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Since this story was set in a larger city there were more interesting characters - the beggars, Monk and, of course, the bad guys, plus a few others. Like usual the main characters had all kinds of hair-raising adventures and you never knew who the next bad guy, or good guy, was going to be. Like usual there were torture scenes, unfortunately the person being tortured was Kuisl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    A devastating plague continues to rage through the land of Muirwood, and all hope is laid at the feet of the young woman Lia. Called as a magical protector, Lia volunteers to embark on one last quest to rescue the knight-maston Colvin - her great love - and his pupil, the alleged heir to the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. Undaunted by injuries, Lia sets off across land and sea warning the kingdom of the great plague that is upon them. The arduous journey leads her to the doors of Dochte Abbey, where her friends are supposedly held. However, a fallen enemy lies in wait for Lia, as well as an unbearable new truth.

    Zulu says: "Coming of Age Story"
    "Coming of Age Story"
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    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for the first book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blight of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    Rising from her humble beginnings as a lost orphan, Lia is summoned to be Muirwood Abbey’s protector and special guardian for Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. After the death of the ruthless king at the battle of Winterrowd, the great Aldermaston and Abbey leader calls on Lia to use her mystical talents to save Muirwood from two new threats - a vengeful queen accusing the Abbey of her husband’s death and a deadly plague threatening to destroy the land.

    DeAnne says: "the fun continues in a fast moving fantasy"
    "Coming of Age Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for the first book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    CJ says: "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
    "Coming of Age Story"
    Overall
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    Story

    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for this book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Too dark"
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    I unfortunately got this audio because I was curious to see what the young boys had done and like the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. If you like horror books you might enjoy this book, if you don't, stay away from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Alexandra Gaither is an attorney who finally has the power to get the justice she needs. Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believes one of three powerful men murdered her. Each is charming, each is a suspect, and each tries to shield her from his past. But not one of them can stop her passionate search for the truth.

    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca says: "Worst book ever"
    "Total Miss"
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    This is one of the few books I didn't want to listen to all the way through. I gave it a good try. I listened for five hours, put it aside for a long time, listened to three and a half more hours and then finally couldn't take it anymore and just suffered through the last hour to see if I was right on who the murderer was, I was. It's hard to like a book when you don't like the main character. She was just too hostile and immature. I also couldn't find many redeeming qualities in the other characters.

    Sandra Brown is sort of a hit and miss author for me and this one was a total miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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