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Bonnie

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  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1959)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "So So"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book because it simply is not memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The reader did a wonderful job of bringing the character to life.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just so, so.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8524)
    Performance
    (7459)
    Story
    (7480)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "It’s a long book but well worth the time."
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    This novel was gripping, fascinating, and a pleasure to read. It told the story of WWII from a different and vivid perspective. I can understand why it has become a Best Seller.

    It shows how far young German boys would go to improve themselves and become a small part of what they saw as something important. It shows their brain washing. I also had not read/heard how much the French were affected by the invasion of their country as well as their way of life. I had only read/heard about their denial prior to their invasion that this couldn’t happen to them. As I read the novel I gained both knowledge and pleasure as the story unfolded.

    The plot is complex and intriguing. Woven into the story are numerous elements including: a huge diamond called the Sea of Flames that carries with it a curse, Marie-Laure’s father’s detailed models of their neighborhoods in Paris and Saint-Malo for his blind daughter, an old dog kennel that abuts the ocean and is home to dozens of snails and shellfish, old science lessons recorded in French and broadcast for hundreds of miles, and loaves of bread carrying secret messages.

    You know as you read that it is inevitable that the paths of the young French girl and German boy will cross. There are moments of tenderness, violence, sadness, humor, courage, and redemption but this is NOT a romantic novel BUT is worth your reading time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (278)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Barbara Ganahl says: "The dark side"
    "Good writing - BAD BAD BAD story line"
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    I have seen enough on the news to know that this kind of thing happens BUT I do not want to read about it for entertainment. I should have paid heed to another reviewer who wrote "I have read every book C.J. (Box) has written and am a big fan. The Highway seemed to take a turn to the dark side and I did not like it, very disturbing..."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 8th Confession: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (464)

    When a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless is found brutally executed, reporter Cindy Thomas knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been as saintly as everyone thought...

    JO A MORTON says: "Another Great Read by Patterson!"
    "The women sleuths are at it again"
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    The everyday lives of our intrepid women sleuths should not be read consecutively because after reading eight in a row I now need a break.

    James Patterson's short chapters make reading in increments enjoyable. His books are great for people who have little or no time to read. His novel proceeds with breakneck pace and surprises that captivate. A bomb explosion, a serial killer stalking San Francisco's wealthiest residents, the murdered of a beloved homeless person, and a botched jury verdict keep the action alive and make the book a fun read.

    When I need a good escape Patterson doesn't fail me and he hasn’t in this book either. The characters have become real and I get to know them a little more with each book, but as I said above, I now need a break. I have to agree with others that they are somewhat formula books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 7th Heaven: The Women's Murder Club

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion, has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case - a very devastating lead. As fire after fire consumes couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance.

    Bonnie says: "Not to be forgotten."
    "Not to be forgotten."
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    I am trying to go back and write reviews for those books that I neglected. I gave this book a four star because I could not remember the results of both stories within the book and had to go back and reread the end. Still that says a lot for a book that I read over a yr. ago with many, many books in between then and now. Remembering both stories and only forgetting the ending of one gives a thumbs up for any book recommendation.

    7th Heaven contains the short chapters that Mr. Patterson is known for and makes for easy/fast reading. Love that about his books. It's still a good mystery. If you're a James Patterson fan you won't be disappointed because this book contains his usual twist and turns after coming out of the shoot with action to capture your interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (851)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    K Barrett says: "Maturity is the star here"
    "Even the narrator seemed bored"
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    This book was boring and slow. I ended up using the book as a method to fall asleep. It worked.

    0 of 1 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
    (543)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (331)

    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
    (1419)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1279)

    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
    (3348)
    Performance
    (2987)
    Story
    (3009)

    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.

    Diana says: "Definitely not one of Nora Roberts' best"
    "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
    (134)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    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
    (1187)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1099)

    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

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