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Diana

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  • The Absent One

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (737)

    In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....

    Judith Baker says: "New favorite author"
    "Great story done justice by a great reader"
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    Would you listen to The Absent One again? Why?

    Yes! Steven Pacey does a great job of bringing to life the world of Department Q.


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

    The plot is smart and twisted and brought to life by quirky and complex characters.


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

    This is my first Steven Pacey book.


    Any additional comments?

    Erik Davies read the first book in this series, Keeper of Lost Causes. It was an adjustment to switch to Steven Pacey, but he did the book justice. I think you really have to read the first book to truly appreciate the second one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1795)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "Definitely not one of Nora Roberts' best"
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    I'm normally a big fan of Nora Roberts' standalone books, but this one just didn't work for me. The hero, Ash, was meant to come across as the strong guy, the guy the family counts on. Instead, he comes across as controlling and condescending, and frankly, had Lila been my friend, I would have encouraged her to look for another prince among the frogs. Ash's persona was made worse by the narration, which interpreted him as pretentious, right down to the snooty nasal voice.

    The other characters--Lila, Julie, and Luke--are actually lovely and I stuck it out to find out what happens to them. However, the story just didn't come together well. Julie and Luke sort of disappear about two-thirds of the way in to the story. Then the story just...ended.

    There are many, many Nora Roberts' books are bring out again and again because listening/reading them is comforting, like hanging out with old friends: The Villa, Tribute, Montana Sky, the Three Sisters Island trilogy, Angels Fall, and the books written under the name J.D. Robb. The Collector, sadly, is a one-timer.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "A beautiful, melodic book about small towns"
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    Shotgun Lovesongs captured the essence of trying to find your place in or escaping from a barely surviving small town. What I wasn't prepared for was the absolutely beautiful writing. Melodic, honest, and heartfelt, this book is the story of childhood dreams and friendships that grow together and apart in thousands of little Midwestern towns.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True North

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    The first time Travis North lays eyes on Liana McDermott, she's wearing the most hideous bridesmaid dress he's ever seen. He doesn't immediately recognize the world-famous super model who is attending her cousin Enid's wedding at the country club he owns. Thanks to Enid's shameless matchmaking, Travis and Liana become acquainted and later embark on a two-week fling intended to be free of emotion. As Liana's return to work gets closer, however, Travis wonders how he'll ever let her go when the time comes while Liana considers whether he might be her true north.

    Diana says: "A lovely story with so-so narration"
    "A lovely story with so-so narration"
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    This book popped up as an audible recommendation and wanting something new, I decided to try it. The story is sweet, though I agree with other reviewers that the real love story is with Beck and Jessie in the subplot. Still, the characters are believable and human (considering we're talking about millionaires and supermodels).

    What didn't work for me as well is the narration. Holly Fielding has a great voice; I just don't think it's the right voice for sweet romance. Her tone carried a note of tragedy to it that squashed a lot of the happier, lighter moments. It wasn't bad; it just could have been better.

    I enjoyed the book enough that I'd give Marie Force another try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (152)

    'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.

    Susan says: "Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!"
    "Nearly six stagnant hours"
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    I normally love Karen Robards' books. She has made me laugh, cry, and want to reach out and comfort a serial killer in one of her books. But HUNTED doesn't have a story. It doesn't have character development. It's a series of scenes featuring two people on the run...but with very little growth or adventure along the way.

    It opens with potential: A New Orleans detective finds proof of internal corruption, tries to stop it, and finds himself in the line of fire and on the run, kidnapping a police hostage negotiator in the process. The next nearly six hours are of Caroline the profile demanding to know why the detective, Reed, is on the run, and him telling her to mind her own business, all while they're desperately wanting to tear each others' clothes off. Huh?

    Robards has many great books. Skip this one and try SHATTERED or THE LAST VICTIM.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of the Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably. Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart's Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she's restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate.

    Diana says: "Irritating characters, good setting, great reading"
    "Irritating characters, good setting, great reading"
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    Schwarz does an incredible job creating people and settings. The lighthouse is practically tangible, and the book is worth reading just for the setting. I tend to have a low threshold for obnoxious characters, and this book has many--so many, I was practically grinding my teeth. However, Candace Thaxton does a great job breathing life into the story, which ties together lives from the past and present.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1956)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1774)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "If Men in Black ran Hogwarts..."
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    Where does The Rook rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved, loved, loved this book. The stories of the two sides of the same woman--one before her memory vanishes, one after she reinvents herself--are twisted together beautifully. The book is witty and the narrator does a fabulous job breathing life into both personalities. One of my top books of the year.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago.

    Kelley says: "Icy Hot"
    "Can't decide if it was the narrator or the story.."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I gave this a try because I was looking for a new author who fit the mystery/romance genre and I like stories about covert operations. Maybe the problem is that I didn't start with the first book in the series and people who start with book one might get into it more.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Fortgang?

    I'm sure Lauren Fortgang could have done great narrating other types of audiobooks, but I think her voice was too sweet and she didn't quite have the right grasp on British accents to pull this off. Frankly, I think this book might have done better with a male narrator like Steven Pacey, or a stronger native speaker like Ellen Archer.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think this book will appeal to readers who are drawn more to the intrigue and less to the people.


    Any additional comments?

    To be fair, I gave up after two hours, so I don't know how the book ends...but I just couldn't connect with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Woman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (327)

    Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn't recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else's. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

    Molly says: ""just a bad MEMORY"~ 5 STAR Linda Howard Thriller"
    "Well read, mostly solid, but the ending lost steam"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I tend to associate Linda Howard with suspenseful romance. This book had great suspense, but the romance didn't hold together.


    Would you recommend Shadow Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a good book, but I wouldn't recommend it to my romance readers.


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

    She does a really great job portraying a tough, confused character who finds herself in an urgent situation. Her voice is exactly right for this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangers On Montagu Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    The Strangers On Montagu Street, the third in Karen White's enchanting series, follows up on the The House On Tradd Street and The Girl On Legare Street. Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave.... Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University....

    T. Arcangel says: "Best so far!"
    "Best book yet"
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    Would you listen to The Strangers On Montagu Street again? Why?

    I would listen to this whole series again, and especially this book! I can listen to Aimee Bruneau read in her melodic Southern voice for hours. The story itself is intricate and merits the extra attention of another read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strangers On Montagu Street?

    Karen White does such a great job in painting a creepy picture. The description of the Montagu house and the ghost in the turret will stick with me for a long time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was right after Nola's meltdown, when Melany was trying to comfort the poor girl and Jack sat in the other room listening. It was so sweet and heartfelt.


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

    Yes. I found myself doing extra dishes and folding extra laundry to give me an excuse to keep the earbuds in my ears!


    Any additional comments?

    The third book ends with a big question mark! I will be waiting anxiously for book four!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1479)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Another fabulous book by J.D. Robb"
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    Where does Delusion In Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    J.D. Robb's books are meant to be read out loud, and Susan Ericksen is a fabulous narrator. Her interpretation of the "In Death" series is so believable that I find I hear her voices in my head when I read the actual books! That said, Delusion in Death is a very strong entry in the series. Readers/listeners new to the series should get a feel for the characters very quickly; Long-time listeners will feel like they're settling in with old friends. The storyline is strong, and the opening to this particular story is dark.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Summerset, Roarke's father-figure and live-in butler, has always been kind of a mystery, but we get inside his head in this book as he relives some scary moments of the Urban Wars that are running parallel to the mass homicide that opens the story.


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

    She really brings these characters to life! It's easy to forget there is only one person reading the story. Her voices are so real that I can hear them in my head even when I'm reading the paper version of the book.


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

    Yes! It was really hard to put away.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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