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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
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1400)

    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"
    "More of the same stuff"
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    Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job of voicing all the characters. Ms Evanovich seems to be getting tired of Stephanie, or running out of ideas for an inept female bounty hunter. I for one am sick of the same old Moreli-Ranger dilemma, and the same old find the skip, lose the skip three times and have Ranger or Tank take him in for you, and the same old destroy the car at the beginning of the book. I am hoping there will only be one more in this series, and it will have a new idea for Stephanie. Choose Ranger or Joe, move in or get married, and I wish she'd bring back Sally Sweet one more time. He/she was one of the best characters Stephanie ever met. Don't buy this book unless you have listened to or read the earlier ones in the series. This is definitely not the best one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (873)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "So much violence"
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    Will Patton turns characters into friends with his wonderful vocal interpretations. James Lee Burke paints pictures with words that let you see, feel, and practically smell a scene. Unfortunately, Burke's characters seem to get more sadistic with each novel. The level of violence and the physical and verbal abuse have risen to levels that detract from the story. Scene after scene deteriorates into obscene language, torture, and/or graphically described suffering. And certain scathing psychological putdowns return repeatedly from novel to novel. I guess there are limited ways to be gross & disgusting. I'm sorry a writer as talented as Mr. Burke has become so sadistic. I don't think I'll listen to another Burke novel any time soon. Too bad, because I like the introspection and complexity of characters, and I love listening to Will Patton. If you like man's inhumanity to man in every third scene, you'll like this book. If beatings, burnings, and cursings make you flinch, stay away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (299)

    Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

    Anne Roberts says: "Confusing"
    "Good wrapup to the series, so-so story"
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    I have listened to all the books in this series, and was interested to hear the ending. Most of the book is brief recaps of each major character's story. The story that ties these together is pretty skimpy. The first few chapters leave us knowing what those characters plan for the future. This book is mainly Ms Macomber saying goodbye to her friends at Cedar Cove. It seemed like she kinda got tired of it before she covered all the characters. A few of the lesser characters weren't mentioned at all. However, the story was well narrated by Sandra Burr, and it is nice to know that all the people I got to know are safely settled in storyland. I would recommend this to anyone who read most of the series, just for the closure.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1748)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1146)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "Another great one from Johnson and Guidall"
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    Once again, the story by Craig Johnson is marvelously brought to life by George Guidall's narration. I found the switching back and forth in time a little annoying, as it made the story harder to follow, but the plot line and the characters are both engaging. I love the way Johnson weaves the geography and history of the region into his stories. If you are already a fan, Dark Horse will be just what you want and expect from this series, with a great twist at the end, as usual, and a great animal character, as well. This book has the added bonus of an interview with Johnson and Guidall at the end. It is really nice to hear the two men talk about the novels and life in Wyoming. I hadn't realized how much the narrator had added to the story until I found myself disconcerted to hear "Walt Longmire" talking about George Guidall's experiences. I hope George continues to narrate the series, as it wouldn't be the same if Walt had a new voice. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (316)

    After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

    Luv2Read says: "Romance novel disguised as a thriller"
    "Not an adventure story, just a romance novel"
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    Nothing in the synopsis prepared me for the "romance" part of this book. I thought it was about a military hero in danger on leave from reading the description. There is a thin plot here, but you need a machete to hack through the repetitive sexual fantasies to get at it. And they're not even good fantasy. Just basically the same ogling of bodies and wishing for sex and remembering "that night". Then a few pages of actual story, then back to his fantasy, then, but no, her respects her too much, then an extra sentence about "that night", then switch to her fantasy, and a reference to "that night" then another tiny bit of story, then.....etc, etc, etc. I'm only about 4 hrs into a 15 hour book, and already saying to the author "Get on with it, already!" I don't know if I'll finish the book or not. I need much more story and less PG rated glop.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Bad Day for Sorry: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated By Kym Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her 50th birthday. A few years later, she’s so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown. Some men need more convincing than others, but it’s usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' can’t fix.

    Jane says: "2 ½ stars. I don’t recommend it."
    "A bad day for crime novel fans"
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    From the description, I thought this would be another female detective novel, maybe even humorous. The first twenty minutes were basically about the memories and actions of a female sadist. I don't know how it turns out, because I quit listening and deleted this from my player and my library. Definitely not my cup of tea.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2917)
    Performance
    (2084)
    Story
    (2083)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Steven says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Great Story, Great Narration"
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    Such a great combination of detective work, culture, mystery, humor, human interaction. Not since Robert B. Parker's Spenser series have I enjoyed a story so much. Walt Longmire is a man who doesn't take himself overly seriously, but gets the job done. George Guidall's narration adds a wonderful Western flavor to the story. I am already listening to the second book in the series, and enjoying it just as much. I am in love. I just haven't decided if it's with Walt, George, or Craig Johnson. I suspect it's the combination. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1586)
    Story
    (1572)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "What's going on with Stephanie??"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Explosive Eighteen to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print. I love Lorelei King's portrayals of the characters, so I always just listen.


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

    Not too excited about it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Stephanie and Lula taking down the big guy.


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

    No, I needed a little time to process some of the information.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes funny, sometimes interesting, but I am getting tired of

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside, I Trembled: 'First Hand' Account of the Crucifiction...and Resurrection

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By J. Keith Miller
    • Narrated By J. Keith Miller
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Keith Miller, a businessman, was asked to speak in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, to an Easter sunrise service. Not being an ordained minister, Keith decided to try to get inside Matthew and walk through the events of the crucifixion and resurrection during the first Easter. The results were startling. A young engineer broadcasting the service flipped on his recorder and captured the event. Thousands of people who heard the honest, poignant presentation have said that God used it to change their lives.

    S says: "A moving experience"
    "A moving experience"
    Overall

    This is a great first person account of the last days on earth of Jesus, told from Matthew's point of view. Mr. Miller stays true to the scripture, with a few extra thoughts that the Apostle Matthew might have had. Being from Texas myself, I found Mr. Miller's speech homey and real. Those from other areas might take a few minutes to get used to his delivery, but I think you will soon be caught up in the experience and take the journey with him. It was so real to me that I was moved to tears a time or two. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to feel what it might have been like for an Apostle at the time of the crucifixion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.

    James says: "Good for driving"
    "Fairly entertaining"
    Overall

    I have listened to all the Egypt novels by Miss Peters, and wanted to enjoy more of her work, so I bought this novel. I found it somewhat complicated, but not as engaging or as humorous as the "Peabody" novels. In fact, the repetition of the arguments about the true history of Richard the Third got rather annoying. There are some interesting plot twists, and some fairly interesting characters, but overall, not nearly as entertaining as the Egyptian series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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