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  • Fat Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A cop with nothing left to lose, Burke Basile is out to get revenge. Corrupt lawyer Pinkie Duvall has cost him his best friend’s life and his job. Kidnapping Pinkie Duvall’s trophy wife seems the perfect way to get even. There’s just one problem. He doesn’t foresee the electric attraction he’ll feel for this lonely, desperate woman from New Orleans. Sandra Brown’s flair for concocting just the right blend of passion and mystery has made her one of America’s most popular writers.

    bluebelle says: "More of a Mystery than a Romance"
    "Mystery with a Bit of Romance"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was not a waste of a credit, but it was predictable and a bit overdone. There was a serious case of Stockholm syndrome that made the book unbelievable for me. I finished the book without fast forwarding, but I'm not likely to re-listen.

    What about Jack Garrett’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's ability to distinguish between characters was solid. I often dislike male narrators' interpretations of women's voices, but I didn't have that problem in this case. My luke-warm feelings about the book have nothing to do with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Maggie says: "Loved this audiobook!"
    "Quirky and fun but took a bit to get going...."
    What did you like best about First Grave on the Right? What did you like least?

    The best part of this book was the one-liners. The chapter titles were all funny T-shirt slogans or one-liners. Some of them made me laugh out loud!

    l did, however, find this book tough to get into. I tend to listen while doing other things - commuting, house cleaning - and there were several times that I had to backtrack because I missed some details. There are LOTS of details, many characters and the book requires your attention. I wondered if this would have been an easier book to read vs. listen to.

    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Lorelei King is a great narrator. A narrator can make or break a book. Without Ms. King's excellent narration, I would not have liked this book as much as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 206 Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

    M. Chinander says: "Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series"
    "Great Bones Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book to a friend that is familiar with Kathy Reichs' novels and is aware that there is alot of science and detail in the book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always like Andrew Ryan. He adds a dash of humor and makes Tempe more human.

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

    I would have loved to listen to the book all in one sitting - but it was a bit long for that! I found it best to listen in as condensed a time-frame as possible because of all of the detail and also because of the quick changes in scenery from current time to flash-back.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read comments about the amount of technical detail in the book. This is normal for Kathy Reichs' books. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist - the details are necessary to move the story forward and explain what she's doing for us normal people! Also, there have been comments about the French. The book is set in Montreal for at least 1/2 of the book...this means that if the author is being realistic and authentic, there will be some French. I found that the author provided translations for all of the French words and phrases used that were not immediately clear (such as expletives where a translation wasn't needed because the meaning was implied!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without a Trace

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Trace O'Hurley had turned his back on responsibility and commitment long ago. Now he lived the way he wanted, did what he wanted when he wanted. But that was all going to change.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Two Hot Irish Tempers Melt"
    "Terrible Accents"

    Light & fluffy story, a good beach read. The narrator's interpretation of the various accents was painful! Almost made me stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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