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Spartan Reader

COLDWATER, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 47 reviews
  • 240 ratings
  • 488 titles in library
  • 87 purchased in 2014
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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (776)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen again? Why?

    Yes! The book is well written and a great narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen to and why?

    :Lock Doors" with the same Mary Russel


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

    She has a great voice and sharp British articulation. Jenny can change voices for different people.


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

    No cry or Laugh but just great story line starting from the beginning when Mary bet Holmes


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flagged: Black Flagged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    A graduate of the Department of Defense's experimental Black Flag program, Daniel Petrovich carries a secret he'd rather keep buried. A secret his government has hidden in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon. Someone is trying to raise Black Flag from the dead, and drag Petrovich back into the poisonous life he abandoned. Someone who knows his darkest secrets.

    John says: "Really enjoyed it"
    "Too Slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Steven Konkoly and/or Joseph Morton?

    No! I felt the pace of this book was too slow and could not get through the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steven Konkoly again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Joseph Morton’s performance?

    Difficult to listen to. No vocal variety. Boring voice, Too fast


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Stopped half way through the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (855)

    G.Monie says: "Top 3 out of his 23 Davenport Novels"
    "Too Wordy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants to be bored to death. Too wordy, has a very slow pace.


    What could John Sandford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Shorten the story so it does not drag. Good story but pace too slow.


    What three words best describe Richard Ferrone’s voice?

    Very good voice and good vocal variety


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None I can think of., Sorry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

    Jean says: "Engrossing"
    "Another Hit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Cinderella Murder?

    It was a well written story with great characters and a well written plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of the story line and the unfolding mystery. Well written and a great story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end when the parts coming together to solve the mystery.


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

    No However, Jan Maxwell has a great voice and adds so much to the Audiobook.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sniper's Honor: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    Ludmilla "Mili" Petrova was once the most hunted woman on Earth, having raised the fury of two of the most powerful leaders on either side of World War II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. But Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post doesn’t know any of that when she encounters a brief mention of Mili in an old Russian propaganda magazine, and becomes interested in the story of a legendary, beautiful female sniper who seems to have vanished from history.

    USA Buyer says: "Returned"
    "Returned"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a very boring book and will not order this author again. Too wordy


    Has Sniper's Honor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book was too word and went nowhere. I just hope that Audible returns my money. They have not in the past.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Buck Schirner’s performances?

    Ok voice, no vocal variety or snap to his performance. I would not chose to listen to him again


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Ok voice, no vocal variety or snap to his performance. I would not chose to listen to him again


    Any additional comments?

    Want my money returned. Ok voice, no vocal variety or snap to his performance. I would not chose to listen to him again

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With Child: A Kate Martinelli Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Adrift in mist-shrouded San Francisco mornings and alcohol-fogged nights, homicide detective Kate Martinelli can't escape the void left by her departed lover, who has gone off to rethink their relationship. But when twelve-year-old Jules Cameron comes to Kate for a professional consultation, Kate's not sure she's that desperate for distraction.

    USA Buyer says: "Outstanding Series and Book"
    "Outstanding Series and Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of With Child to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of the narrator. What an excellent voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With Child?

    The ending!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kate's hunt for Jules


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

    It was very hard to put down. Excellent story.


    Any additional comments?

    Laurie King is an excellent author. This is an excellent series: Katie Martinelli Series

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime Minister's Secret Agent: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue.

    Margaret Vance says: "The narration spoils the book"
    "Outstanding Audio Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Prime Minister's Secret Agent in three words, what would they be?

    This is a very interesting and excellent series. A must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery and the background history


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    Great voice


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

    No but you get drawn into the book and you cant put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and great series. I loved it and have read all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (701)

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Great Audio Book"
    Overall
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    Where does Mr. Churchill's Secretary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would rank near the top. Great plot that moves along and not side tracked my meaningless dialog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The History and life in wartime London. The personality of Maggie Hope. Not over played just great reading.


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

    Great. Voices were hard to adjust but did so quickly. Great job.


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

    It was a fun book. Easy listening and great plot. I would highly recommend this book as a must read. Blend of history and plot. Great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read book and series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy: A Maggie Hope Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (314)

    Susan Elia MacNeal introduced the remarkable Maggie Hope in her acclaimed debut, Mr. Churchill's Secretary. Now Maggie returns to protect Britain's beloved royals against an international plot - one that could change the course of history. As World War II sweeps the continent and England steels itself against German attack, Maggie Hope, former secretary to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, completes her training to become a spy for MI-5.

    A. Dyer says: "Bring back Wanda McCaddon as narrator"
    "Simply Outstanding"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Princess Elizabeth's Spy the most enjoyable?

    This was an enjoyable book read by an outstanding reader. Highly recommended.


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

    Yes! Nice mixture of history and plot. It kept moving along without so many side stories. It kept me reading and enjoying. Some nice twists and turns than kept you listening and enjoying.


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

    Yes! Nice voices and be had to adjust to them. The story was so great who cares about the voice. She did a great job overall.


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

    Yes The tile is good!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Must read and I will be reading book 2, 3 and 4.
    Highly recommended!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1311)
    Story
    (1311)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Foolish"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made Top Secret Twenty-One better?

    I could not get through this book. The characters are so focus on food and funerals.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No Janet E I am done. I could not get through this boring book


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I spent money on this book


    Any additional comments?

    Get a life Janet. New story line and characters. Let S. Plum fade in the sunset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play: FBI Thriller, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors that she's responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London.

    Darlene says: "Could have been a 5 star"
    "Cookie cutter Book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Catherine Coulter's books are stall and need new energy. Plot drags and no clear direction


    Any additional comments?

    Time to find a new author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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