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  • D is for Deadbeat: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    He calls himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he has for Kinsey is cut-and-dried: locate a kid who's done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. Stiffed for the retainer, Kinsey finds out Limardo's real name is John Daggett...ex-con, ex-liar, ex-alcoholic, currently dead.

    Simone says: "D is for: Don’t Read My Review"
    "D is for: Don’t Read My Review"
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    …not because I didn’t like the book – I liked it a lot - but because my review won’t tell you anything about the story.

    If you are already a fan, you don’t need my help; you already know the series is great.

    I am driving through the last few titles I haven’t read to get caught up with the series: K, S, A, T, C, Q, U, L, N, V, M, R, J, I, P, A (again), B, and D done. E, F, G, H, and O to go!

    W is already on pre-order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edible Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (140)
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    (63)
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    (64)

    Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancé and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable routine, and her digestion. Marriage a la mode, Marian discovers, is something she literally can't stomach ... The Edible Woman is a funny, engaging novel about emotional cannibalism, men and women, and desire to be consumed.

    Doggy Bird says: "Dissapointed, not much to hang onto"
    "I just didn’t get it"
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    Was it me? Am I missing something obvious? Based on the pedigree of the author, I am more inclined to think I am overlooking something as opposed to this just being a really boring story.

    I feel that high-brow people feel obligated to say intelligent things about the book because Margaret Atwood is so renowned … whereas I just think it sucked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Now, Don't You Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    In the latest in Rhys Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she’s married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer.

    Simone says: "Not My Favourite Instalment"
    "Not My Favourite Instalment"
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    I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it doesn’t matter. I'm still enjoying the series very much, and although I found there was something lacking in this instalment I am still a big Molly Murphy fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Adam Shields says: "Funny, but read more like a series of jokes"
    "A Long Stand-Up Routine"
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    I picked up this book after seeing a funny segment on The Tonight Show where Jim Gaffigan was plugging it. I got a few giggles watching him and Jimmy Fallon joke around, and thought his book might be enjoyable.

    It was, however it’s like 7 hours of stand-up on the same topic; funny but a little too long. I didn’t laugh out loud, but I smiled and chuckled a lot - it was entertaining but I can’t really say I’d recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rollback

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Sarah Halifax earned worldwide fame by deciphering a radio transmission from an unknown intelligence reaching out from deep space. Now 87, Sarah receives news that, at long last, a new signal has been received, and her services are desperately needed once again.

    Crystal says: "He's Been Better- Characters Good"
    "Immensely Entertaining"
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    As per usual, RJS has me riveted to every word!

    His stories are always intensely interesting, deeply thought-provoking, and immensely entertaining.

    I’ve said it before and it’s still true: I can’t get enough!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (395)
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    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "I Learned Something New!"
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    Great story! Interesting and suspenseful the entire way through.

    It was hard for me to follow the various story lines at first since I have trouble keeping track of names, but that didn’t last long and I soon got swept up by the plot.

    I also loved learning about the Pan Am Clipper!! I knew nothing about it prior to this book; a fascinating little bit of history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Paris Apartment

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michelle Gable
    • Narrated By Erin Moon, Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
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    (34)

    When her boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment in the ninth arrondissement, Sotheby' s continental furniture specialist April Vaught does not hear "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for 70 years". She hears Paris. She hears escape. She cannot board the plane fast enough. When she arrives, April quickly learns the apartment is more than just some rich hoarder' s repository. Beneath the dust and cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a literal goldmine - and not just in terms of actual dollars.

    Simone says: "Total Fail"
    "Total Fail"
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    Wow – I did NOT enjoy this book!

    I was in a Paris mood, looking for something “scenic” that would recall memories of past visits to Paris - instead I got drippy, insipid, BORING drivel.

    The characters were flat and unbelievable, the plot was uninteresting, the flashbacks were unexciting, the story uninspired… so why did I read on? Because I kept hoping things would improve; how much worse could they get since the book started off on such a low?

    The narration was a farce. The French accents were so extremely comically bad, to me it felt like what Americans think French people should sound like (when they are making fun of them!) It was over the top absurdly bad – everyone was a cliché of Clouseau. “Ziss iz zee best place to ave crrrrrroisant! Come ma belle, let us enjoy zee sun. It tiz a bootifool afternoon,non”

    ugh, I can’t even fake it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
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    (1860)
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    (1853)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "I am thoroughly enjoying this author!"
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    This was my 3rd Liane Moriarty book and so far I just loved them all! This author is now a default hit for me, meaning I’ll read more of her books without reading the synopsis first, confident they’ll all be as terrific as the last 3 I’ve read (The Husband’s Secret / Little Big Lies / What Alice Forgot)

    ‘What Alice Forgot’ is yet another example of a book with an original plot, where the ending doesn’t matter. Wrap it up, don’t wrap it up - who cares, it’s all about the ride.

    The characters are all so interesting, real, complicated, relatable, that you just get reeled in by the events and enjoy the journey.

    I can’t wait to read more books by this author, I am hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2482)
    Performance
    (2273)
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    (2268)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "I love, love, loved it!!!"
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    What a great story!

    Just like the last book I read by Liane Moriarty (The Husband's Secret – which I also loved) I was completely swept up by the characters. There were a lot of them in this book, which is usually very difficult for me as I have a lot of trouble remembering who is who, but the characters were all so dynamic and interesting that it was it pretty easy this time... although not effortless, I did get mixed up occasionally!

    The story is like a mystery in reverse - you know there has been a murder but you don’t know anything about it, like: who dunnit? Why? How? Who died? Then rewind 6 months and let the build up begin; like circling down around a drain, closer and closer to the last day – the day it all happened.

    The storylines are all interconnected, and as the story moves along you discover just how much. I don’t think anyone could have guessed the ending ahead of time, but all the red herrings certainly made it fun to try!

    I am downloading What Alice Forgot right away!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1452)
    Story
    (1468)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Very interesting, but way too graphic for me."
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    I always knew about the deplorable living conditions that the poorest of the poor in London had to endure in the late 19th and early 20th century, but never have I read a book that describes it all so vividly!

    I can’t fathom what it must have been like to live through it; it was hard to keep reading because I was so disgusted. It’s all so appalling!! The scum and rot and pestilence surrounding people every day, putrefying scraps of food, decaying body odours, filthy surroundings; what a sad existence.

    The stories are fascinating yet tragic, I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series; I can’t take it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (294)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "THIS IS NOT BOOK 8.5!!! it's book 0.5"
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    I downloaded this book without reading the synopsis thinking it really was book 8.5 in the series. Thank goodness it was free because I quickly realised I had already read it!

    It's not book 8.5 as Audible labelled it, but rather book 0.5 - the prequel to the series.

    Here is my review from when I read this book 6 months ago. I love this series, but I was underwhelmed by the plot:

    I like this series a lot, but this prequel perplexed me? What was the point???? Although it’s tagged as book 0.5 in the series it was written before Book 6, so perhaps I’ll understand the purpose of it when I read that instalment. If it DOES have a direct link with the developments in Book 6, since this book is less 50 pages long why not just include it all in the book??? Is there a page limit per book?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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