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LJM

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  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (674)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Cussler fans, you are going to love Isaac Bell!"
    Overall
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    All the fun and quick paced excitement of a Cussler novel with a brand new hero. I'm totally hooked on Isaac Bell and Scott Brick. What a great author and narrator combo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Susan Duerdan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (527)

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection.

    Rosemary says: "A Worthy Read"
    "Quirky fun"
    Overall
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    Story

    These books are quite an adventure as they spin literature and history on their ear. You have to let go of logic to get into the story but the characters are fun if not a bit strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christietown: A Cece Caruso Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Susan Kandel
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    For the grand opening weekend, Cece is staging a play featuring the beloved sleuth Miss Marple. Of course, everything goes wrong, including a leading lady who ends up dead. All is not well in Christietown; its secrets are as complicated as the truth behind Agatha Christie's real-life disappearance. The developer, an Englishman who claims to be Dame Agatha's descendent, has ruthless investors breathing down his neck.

    BookBabe says: "just ok"
    "just ok"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this entire series based on a few of the reviews and probably won't listen to them all. There's not much to these stories but the main character Cece is a hoot. Probably good for listening to when you are not going to be able to concentrate (airport, DMV) but they didn't really grab me during my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "Mystery and History combine for a great listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm not a big history buff but Meltzer's books make me take a step back and question what the true story is. I'm usually able to figure out the ending of most mysteries but I'm always surprised and intrigued by his books. Great narrator and fast pace make for a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    Ann Blake, a rare-book expert and conservator, was imprisoned for a drunk-driving accident that she doesn't remember, one that resulted in the death of her husband, a famous rare-book expert. But she is freed from prison by CIA undercover agent Tucker Anderson in exchange for her help and expertise on the Library of Gold, a legendary collection of books that have been lost to the world for over a century.

    Meggin says: "Another copycat book"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you love a little history mixed in with your mysteries, you are going to love this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell, Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

    Arwen says: "Missed the Mark"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall
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    I loved sharing Dash and Lily's adventure and went right out and bought multiple copies of this book to pass along to my sons who live in Brooklyn. This made me want to be a teen in NYC again. A great listen for teens and adults.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (377)

    When she asks her dependable husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, to fix her tiny white van, Precious Ramotswe fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern. And so he does. But this will not do. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down - and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner.

    Carl says: "Fun Like Always"
    "Not the best listen"
    Overall
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    Just an ok listen and not very memorable. I'm not sure I'll try another with this combo of writer and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Frank Cottrell Boyce
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It was a one-in-a-million chance. A bag crammed with cash comes tumbling out of the air and lands right at Damian's feet. Suddenly the Cunningham brothers are rich. Very rich. They can buy anything they want. There's just one problem: they have only 17 days to spend all the money before it becomes worthless. And the crooks who stole the cash in the first place are closing in - fast.

    BookBabe says: "Every kids fantasy come true..."
    "Every kids fantasy come true..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What would you do if you had money that you had to spend? Not a problem most of us ever experience. It was great fun to follow along as the boys in the story try and manage with this unexpected windfall and all the complexities that having money can bring. Good for a family listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sailing to Capri

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Adler
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    When an English tycoon dies mysteriously, he leaves a note naming six people who might have wanted him dead. Daisy Kean and PI Harry Montana team up to take the suspects - and also six red herrings - on a Mediterranean cruise, culminating at his beautiful villa on Capri, where his will is to be read and the killer unmasked. With the beautiful seaside settings plus the beginnings of a romance between loner Montana and wary Daisy, passions flare and the mystery deepens.

    BookBabe says: "Almost as much fun as a vacation."
    "Almost as much fun as a vacation."
    Overall
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    If you are looking for an escape, a story that can transport you away from the daily grind, give this a listen. There's a little bit of everything in this story; romance, mystery, adventure, humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By Daniel Weyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is 14. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.

    Amazon Customer says: "For fans of Alex Rider"
    "Sherlock's teen adventures, a blast!"
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    It's so much fun to see how Sherlock learned how to read all the clues that are everywhere. This is the story of a teen detective but it's got way more history and adventure that your average Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy mystery. It's from a British author but since JK Rowling is a Brit, I thought I would give it a listen and I'm an Andrew Lane fan now. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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