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Bonnie

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Martin Wenner
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (125)

    It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden...and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

    Willliam says: "Wishing I got the "unabridged" version"
    "Dragged but have purchased the next in the series."
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    Before you start reading my re-buff (at the beginning) be it known that I just purchased the next book in the trilogy and it is unabridged.

    I had heard that this book was hard to get into. Thus, I purchased the abridged version. Thank God that I did because the first half, even abridged, really dragged. Why this was a European blockbuster best-seller is beyond me. Along with the VERY slow start, the Swedish names because they unfamiliar were difficult to keep straight and remember. A good book, yes, but a blockbuster is a stretch.

    Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker with an amazing photographic memory and anti-social tendencies who has a dragon tattoo did not have an important part in the book until the second half. Even then, she was not a focal character. Thus, I do not understand the name of the book. If you are trying to quit smoking or drink coffee, don’t read this book. These two items are more focal that Lisbeth.

    Get past the first half and you'll meet some really interesting characters and get into a good complex mystery. The book takes many twists. That is why I have purchased the next in the series.

    Martin Wenner is probably the worst narrator that I have heard. He doesn’t even attempt women’s voices. It is a straight read. He is NOT the reader of the next book that I have purchased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Landlord: Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    From the Anthony Award-winning author of the immensely popular Sookie Stackhouse mysteries comes the first book starring Lily Bard, a reclusive cleaning lady with a penchant for karate. When Lily finds and reports a dead body, her shady past and connections to potential perpetrators make her a leading suspect.

    Bonnie says: "If your looking for Sookie leave this series alone"
    "Not Sookie Stackhouse"
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    If you are looking for Sookie Stackhouse, move on down the line. This is a non-paranormal mystery series. It is more of a Murder She Wrote book although Lily is definitely NOT a Jessica Fletcher in any way. She is dark because of her past which she wants to keep in the past. It is revealed, however, and that is the part that is difficult to read but necessary to understanding this complex character.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1138)

    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.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Light read that is totally implausible yet fun"
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    Time travel can be a fun notion and this book is a testament to that notion. It is kind of an "over the top" fantasy but yet a fun one. The idea of an academic being recruited by a former teacher for a unique position in a history dept. without a lot of explanation IS a stretch. This is only one of the implausible plot twists and yet Jodi makes you a believer. It is a light read with fun characters, interesting historical tidbits and a very inventive plot.

    0 of 0 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
    (3026)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2717)

    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.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Very Suspenseful!!!!"
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    I am not what you would call a "follower" of Nora Roberts. I have read some of her books but not all by any means. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Collector". It kept me guessing. Will start checking out some of her other ''reads".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Castle: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Lately, Mel has been worried about finding enough historic renovation work to pay the bills. But while Turner Construction is in need of a project, Mel's boyfriend, Graham, has his hands full managing the reconstruction of an ancient building shipped over from Scotland. With the job plagued by rumors that the stones are cursed, Graham brings in Mel to look for paranormal activity.

    Susan Hoff says: "Worth 6 stars!"
    "Think "Ghost Busters""
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    Juliet Blackwell always keeps you guessing. I love ALL of her series which are all paranormal (ghosts). This series showcases a woman working & a boss/owner of a business in a mans world. If you liked "Ghost Busters" you will like this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seventh Grave and No Body

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (899)

    Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him.

    Hassan says: "Funny As Always!"
    "Just fun"
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    Sometimes I just want a fun book and this series fills that bill. Not at all believable but just plane fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1449)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1365)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Just fun"
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    Sometimes I just want a fun book and this series fills that bill. Not at all believable but just plane fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (502)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    Bonnie says: "Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
    "still a favorite author"
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    I wait for her next books to come and this did not dissapoint with many laugh out loud moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Big Ones: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Take an exit off the Jersey Turnpike to the irresistible world of Stephanie Plum, America's favorite bounty hunter, where she gets into more trouble than ever. This time, she faces a notorious gang in Trenton who wants her dead. Morelli warns that she's in too deep, and Stephanie more than agrees.

    Bonnie says: "Getting to be a cookie cutter book"
    "Getting to be a cookie cutter book"
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    Just too predictable. Getting to be a cookie cutter book while but it was still funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Scarry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    The story is both excellent and scary. I think this could happen in medicine and that is what scarred me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder, She Wrote: A Question of Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Jessica is invited to join other crime writers at an interactive murder mystery weekend in a historic mansion turned resort. A theatrical troupe presents a play for the paying guests, but a young actor's death during the actual performance isn't part of the script. The local sheriff has never investigated a murder before and enlists Jessica's help and expertise. As she begins to put the pieces together in her folksy fashion, Jessica recognizes that this could well be her last performance.

    Pamela says: "If you loved the show..you will enjoy the book"
    "not that great and"
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    I hated the questions about other stories/authors at the beginning of every chapter. I did not purchase the book for questions about others but rather a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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