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Mary

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1579)
    Story
    (1595)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Back to laughing with Stephanie again"
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    What made the experience of listening to Notorious Nineteen the most enjoyable?

    Love the voices, like listening to old friends


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Notorious Nineteen?

    Laughing with Lula about her fast food diet


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

    Again, great voices


    Who was the most memorable character of Notorious Nineteen and why?

    Always love Lula, she steals the show for me


    Any additional comments?

    Best one in a long time. Stopped reading them for a while and tried this one just to see. Glad I did

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "Another fun dog helps human friend solve mystery"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Paw and Order in three words, what would they be?

    Chet the "jet" rules!


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

    Lots of twists and very likeable characters.


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

    His narrative makes this audio book really fun. I laughed out loud many times.


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

    I just loved listening to Chet's comments on the human conditions.


    Any additional comments?

    Sit back and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Island: Gideon Crew, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (286)

    Gideon Crew, brilliant scientist, master thief, is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon's task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment - only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks.

    Melinda says: "Maybe this one should have stayed lost..."
    "Their worst book!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story line is ludicrous. Event the characters became very annoying especially the female lead. I have enjoyed many of their books and was very disappointed with this one.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The use of the Odyssee was just way too big a leap. Give me a break, a giant cyclops still alive on a lonely island inhabited by murderous natives. The "heros" are repeatedly in mortal danger and still the female lead keeps sabotaging any help. Also the last minute helicopter rescue is right out of a Star Trek movie.


    What didn’t you like about David W. Collins’s performance?

    He did what he could with a bummer script.


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

    Big disappointment as I was looking forward to another good read from them.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure hope the next one makes up for this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet. But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.

    C. says: "Speaking French"
    "A good witch in SF"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Cast-Off Coven to be better than the print version?

    I love this series, wonderful characters, especially her familiar, and terrific voices!
    A great way to relax.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Cast-Off Coven?

    Her relationship with her two women friends who work with her in the shop. Strong female characters.


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

    She is terrific!!


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

    Her interactions with her familiar! Wish I had one like Oscar....


    Any additional comments?

    Juliet Blackwell's other series is just as good!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruno, Chief of Police

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Martin Walker
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Bruno is a former soldier who has embraced the pleasures and slow rhythms of country life - living in his restored shepherd's cottage; patronizing the weekly market; sparring with, and basically ignoring, the European Union bureaucrats from Brussels. He has a gun but never wears it; he has the power to arrest but never uses it. But then the murder of an elderly North African who fought in the French army changes everything and galvanizes Bruno's attention.

    Sara says: "Good but hardly cozy and gentle!"
    "Like a tour of french wine country"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, interesting mystery and wonderfully developed local culture and scenery.


    What other book might you compare Bruno, Chief of Police to and why?

    Hmmmm, kind of unique.


    What about Robert Ian MacKenzie’s performance did you like?

    His multiple voices with French accents were very well done.


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

    No, like good wine, wanted to savor over time.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to go Bruno!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (1039)
    Story
    (1038)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "New favorite book"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to How the Light Gets In again? Why?

    This is my most favorite Louise Penny book! Love the characters, nail biting tension and wonderful dialogue. She might be a "penny" but she is worth a fortune to readers/listeners.


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

    Yes, I have no finger nails left!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle scenes in Three Pines.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all her books, this is her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4561)
    Performance
    (3907)
    Story
    (3884)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Too predictable for a spy"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better material to work with.


    Has Her Royal Spyness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this one.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    Again, poor matereial to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Royal Spyness?

    Way too long an intro till she gets to London.


    Any additional comments?

    I lost interest very early on with the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery.... Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment.

    Shanley says: "Love, Love, Love this series"
    "Kick back and enjoy!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hexes and Hemlines to be better than the print version?

    Yes, audio is almost always an enhancement.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is still her familiar.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    Very good, can do many voices well. I forgot it was just one reader.


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

    I laugh and smile through all the books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Please prod the author to hurry up with the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (429)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Flavia is my hero!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a unique series with great characters, especially Flavia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This young girl is a master chemist and adventurer. She solve very complicated crimes in unique ways. Surprise ending with this one!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Flavia inside the organ chamber with the bad guys.


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

    I smiled through most of the book, laughed in a few places.


    Any additional comments?

    I sincerely hope the author hurries up with the next book after this ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5614)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5217)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Best Dresden yet"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, a real non stop action ride!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mab is so bad she is good.....


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

    Haven't


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

    there be monsters here....


    Any additional comments?

    Couln't stop listening well into the night

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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