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  • Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gretchen Archer
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Davis Way thinks she's hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies.

    Dave says: "Another excellent reading by Dina Pearlman"
    "Hilarious fun! Can't wait for more"
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    I totally enjoyed this book! It was so funny. Davis Way is a little bit pathetic (but in a funny way), quite ingenious and completely hilarious. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this book here on audible and decided to give it a try. I bought the kindle book (well worth the $2.99) and the discounted audible book (also well worth the money or the credit). Dina Perlman does a great job narrating but the book reads well in print, too (I mostly listened to it but did read some of it). I will definitely be watching out for the next book in this series. I hope they do an audible version of that one, as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes & Alchemy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that's not too great a price to pay in the name of duty. Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian's doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness-the same illness, it seems, that's responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy's classmates.

    twinsmom says: "Decent novella but better in print"
    "Decent novella but better in print"
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    3-1/2 stars: Not bad for a novella. I liked the characters but the whole falling in love in one day was a bit hard to believe. However, given that it was a novella, I'm cutting it a little slack. The narrator of the audiobook was terrible. Her voices were fine but her cadence, speed and pacing were horrible. It was only a little over 3 hours of listening so I managed to suffer through it but don't think I could have listened to a full length book with her narrating.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
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    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Valerie says: "Great listen, good story, adaptive narrator"
    "Preferred print version"
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    I've been waffling between three and four stars but because the characters are strong and I think the series has a lot of potential, I ended up giving 4 stars. I listened to most of it on audio but did end up reading some of it in print and that may have played a part in my mixed feelings. While there was nothing specifically bad about the reader of the audio, for some reason it left me feeling lukewarm about the book. I found myself enjoying it much more when I was reading it in print.

    Maeve is a strong, intelligent, likeable character. She works with an interesting mix of men, some good to work with, others not so much. Interestingly enough, despite the book's title, the "Burning Man" case is not the focus of the book. Early on, an apparent fifth victim is discovered but Maeve believes she may be the victim of a copycat. The bulk of the book is spent investigating that victim and solving her murder. I figured it out (which I think many readers will do, whether intentionally or not, I am not sure), but it was enjoyable to watch Maeve figure it out. The reader is privvy to much more insight and information than Maeve is because we get the benefit of chapters narrated by the victim's best friend. Those chapters add an interesting dimension to the book that would have been missing without them.

    The Burning Man case itself was wrapped up a little too easily but it provided action and a bit of excitement to the book which is otherwise slower paced (but still utterly readable).

    I look forward to giving Maeve another try but I will read it in print instead of listening to it on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Love of Mike

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook. Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home.

    Simone says: "The Best Yet!"
    "Good story, middle of the road performance"
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    Another enjoyable installment in the series. Nicola Barber does a fine job as Molly, but I'm not all that keen on her male voices or any of her American voices- they all tend to sound the same. While it's not bad narration, it's not particularly special, I'm not sure it's worth a full credit. The whisper synch price might make it more worthwhile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2298)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "James Marsters wows me again"
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    Another fantastic read/listen in the Harry Dresden series. James Marsters' narration is fantastic and does absolute justice to Jim Butcher's wonderful writing and Harry's sarcastic humor. It truly amazes me how skilled he is at making so many different voices for the large cast of characters. The story itself is fast-paced and interesting. I wish there had been more of Molly in it but otherwise it was a great addition to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
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    Dexter Yates loves his fun, carefree London life; he has money, looks, and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood. When it comes to relationships, she has a history of choosing all the wrong men. Leaving the city behind, Dex moves to Briarwood - a much better place to work on his parenting skills - and he and Molly become neighbors.

    Amazon Customer says: "Baby voice"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable chick lit"
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    This book was very typical Jill Mansell. I like that there are multiple story lines going on, each with interesting characters. The narration was solid (though not outstanding), though I do agree with another reviewer that her voice for the baby Delphi was quite annoying. If you like British chick lit, I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zombies of Lake Woebegotton

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Harrison Geillor
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
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    (128)
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    The town of Lake Woebegotton, MN is a small town, filled with ordinary (yet above average) people, leading ordinary lives. Ordinary, that is, until the dead start coming back to life, with the intent to feast upon the living! Now this small town of above average citizens must overcome their petty rivalries and hidden secrets in order to survive an onslaught of the dead.

    Cidney says: "Why is no one making a movie out of this?"
    "For fans of Garrison Keillor"
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    If you like to listen to Garrison Keillor, you should appreciate this delightfully fun (and funny) parody of his Lake Woebegone books. Phil Gigante gives an absolutely fabulous performance-- his voice, tone and cadence are so much like Garrison Keillor's. Each character has a distinct voice and his accents are wonderful. As you would expect, Lake Woebegotton is full of unique, colorful characters and the story is somewhat slower paced, with quirky tangents and ramblings, much like the Lake Woebegone books. However, it is precisely these things that make the book such a delight. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. You do not need to be a zombie fan to appreciate this book. It has its moments of goriness (due to the subject matter), but it's not overwhelming. I am so glad I accidentally stumbled upon this book and decided to give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Case Is Gonna Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Phillipa Bornikova
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
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    What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power - our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks”, and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and men. Very lucky humans are selected to join the vampires.

    decembergrit says: "Great Story!"
    "Middle of the road"
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    The first half of the book was a bit slow and just "off" for me, but the second half picked up and was quite exciting. I could have done with less descriptions of horses and riding, as I don't find the subject interesting and it did not really fit with the story at all. It felt kind of tossed in to me, maybe to give Linnet a personal side, yet all it did was bore me. I didn't care much for Linnet in the beginning but I began to like her more as the book progressed, as she became a stronger, more independent woman. Not sure yet if I will read the second book in the series. Therese Plummer did a decent job narrating, but she didn't wow me. I thought her male voices were actually pretty good but with the exception of a few, most sounded alike. This one was a mixed bag, for sure. Not the worst I've read but definitely not in the top third either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (162)
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    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Carolyn says: "Book Lovers Nirvana"
    "Fantastic, original and unique! A must read"
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    Wow! What an excellent and original book! I am so glad that I took a friend's recommendation and read this book. I switched between the kindle version and the audio and I honestly can't say which I enjoyed more. The narrator is wonderful and the book is a delight. It was well-written and exciting and kept me up late into the night reading/listening. I didn't want it put it down. I cannot wait to read/listen to the next one.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
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    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    twinsmom says: "Read this series! Delightful and original"
    "Read this series! Delightful and original"
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    Another fantastic book in the Chronicles of St. Mary's series! Max and the gang at St. Mary's get into all kinds of trouble again in book two. There's something special about this series that I just can't quite put my finger on. I love the richly drawn characters, the narration, the action, the absurdity and the humor. It's fresh and original and absolutely delightful. I enjoy every minute spent reading (or listening) to these books. Narrator Zara Ramm does an excellent job of bringing Max and these books to life. You can't go wrong whether you read them in print or listen to them on audio (or both, like I do). Read them in order or you won't do them justice, but definitely read them!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Blood: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
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    Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

    Tammy says: "Unexpected pleasure"
    "Mixed bag for this listener"
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    I had very high hopes for this book as I am a huge fan of the Dan Waddell series featuring genealogist Nigel Barnes and was looking for something similar. Maybe I set my expectations too high? The mystery itself was intriguing and had several layers which was a plus. I really enjoyed how there were scenes both in the present day and in the last. However, I had trouble connecting with Jefferson Tayte. I never really got to like him very much. I didn't hate him, but I didn't like him either. He didn't draw much emotion from me at all, except frustration several times when I thought he did some things and made some choices that weren't smart. I found myself yelling at him those times.

    As far as the performance went, as much as I like Simon Vance's voice, I had a difficult time with him reading this book. His voice didn't fit right for me. I understand the choice of a British reader since the whole book (minus the very beginning) takes place in England, but it just threw me off because the main character is American and while the book is not a first person narrative, it still put me off-kilter a bit. Plus, I was not a fan of Mr. Vance's American accent. I did not like the voice he gave to Jefferson Tayte at all. His voices for all of the British characters were great but his voice for Tayte and the few other Americans were not good for me.

    I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version and if I had to choose, I would probably lean towards the kindle version over the audio. It was worth the Whispersync price I paid but I'm glad I didn't spend a credit on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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