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Midwest Lady

Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

Indiana | Member Since 2010

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  • Prince Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

    R. D. MOORE says: "Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read""
    "Light Fun Romantic"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a light and entertaining romantic adventure with nice people who do as you would expect. It was fun to listen to. It had a feel good happy ending. I enjoyed it for exactly what it was supposed to be: entertainment with nothing distressing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "Another winner in the series."
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    Continues the story from books 1 and 2. A few interesting twists. Locomotives, werewolves turning, high level politics, coming of age feelings, and floating schools. This series and the petticoat series by same author are winners and this one holds its own among the others. I recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (227)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Modern gothic. Fun listen."
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    Pretty well done modern day version of an old gothic novel. I liked the setting on the bleak shore of Lake Superior. The house itself was one of the characters. A bit light but still entertaining. Certainly worth a listen if you like light cottage mysteries and want a new venue other than a small town or knitting shop, haha. I think I will get the next, should there be one and from the abrupt ending, one would think there will be. Interesting plot lines etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (709)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Unexpectedly good!"
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    Good fast paced story. Depth in the form of character and plot development. Fun to listen to and held my attention. Minimal romance/sex, which is sometimes refreshing after the gratuitous and repetitive bodice ripping descriptions in other urban fantasy. Is also consistent with the story line. This woman was so embroiled trying to adjust to her life change that she didn't have time for a hot romance. Realistic situations within the context of accepting that vampires exist. I didn't expect much and was pleasantly surprised. I have gotten the subsequent books. I like this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (366)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "A dog's work just keeps on coming!"
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    Chet is delightful. Bernie is smart and pretty cool.

    Together they figure out and fix a complex problem with roots well into the past. Along the way they find some romance.

    Chet's chicken's may come home to roost (Chet is the dog, Bernie is the detective) and that is interesting as we so often think of dogs as having no personal life.

    If you like a good detective story and you like animals, you'll like this. Chet narrates much of the book, responding and speaking as a dog and with a dog's perspective on the events his owner drags him through. I have read a few others of this series and find it delightful.

    Chet's voice is so much like what I think my own dog would think and say. Even if you don't like dogs you'd like the book because the story is good.



    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
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1530)

    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!"
    "Show? Book? Yes!"
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    Maybe because I'm a nurse, but this is so accurate and what a good historical snapshot of how it is to enter someone's home, provide intimate care and then move on to the next home, having touched the lives of everyone and that includes yourself.

    Good slice of life. Some things no one can fix. Some things can be improved. Some miracles occur, on a daily basis. Health care, whether then or now, is dealing with humanity at it's best and worst.

    If you like medical stories and good stories in general, you'll enjoy it. Every bit as good as the TV show.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2021)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1542)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "POW!"
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    From the beginning it packs a wallop. Family. Cops. Change of venue that still manages to be home. Friends. History. Sex. Deceit. Friendship. Adaptation. Confidence. Skill. Law. This one has it all.

    I am a huge fan of this series. Also on A and E TV but books are not the same as the show so do them both.

    Cady is hurt and Walt goes to her side, and solves the mystery. Along the way he learns more about Vic. Henry shows up and helps. Even Dog is there. Good plot but it's not the plot that makes this book, it's the characters. They are finely drawn and full of life with all it's beauty, mystery and heart.

    I liked this one very much. Superior use of your credit. Keep reading. The whole darn series is this way. It sneaks up on you and sticks with you, making you better for having read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Junkyard Dogs: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1213)

    Craig Johnson’s rough-and-tumble hero Walt Longmire is quickly becoming a fan-favorite and a critical success. Here Walt has his hands full as greedy land developers employ shady, violent methods to reverse their fortunes in recession-racked Wyoming.

    Kathy says: "At Last! What took so long to get this book??"
    "Walt and Dog win!"
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    This series is just plain excellent.
    This entry shows us greed, drug business, family politics and life in a small town. One does not have to leave Podunk to find drama. I live in a small town and know that for sure, but so does our author.

    The writing is excellent. Plot fast paced. Characters finely drawn. There is something kindly and yet real about Craig Johnson's world in Wyoming.
    I'm not a reader of Westerns, at all, never have been. His books are about life, that just happens to be in a small town, in the West, and includes a mystery.

    Don't miss this series. I consider it one of the best out there. Also see it on A and E, although the books are not repeated so don't let that stop you from reading.

    Loved Dog's (his dog is named Dog) role in this one, by the way. When you love animals it shows in your writing and you can't leave them out.
    Another reviewer mentioned Vic's potty mouth. It's not gratuitous and fits her character, and works for the books.

    Each character is individual, with their own clear voice, not one dimensional and homogenous as in some author's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (354)

    Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

    mia says: "A great introduction to the Quintet"
    "Sort of like an occasional chocolate!"
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    I got this on sale because it was a fun and light story with enough depth to not put me to sleep or make me laugh out loud at the simplicity of plot.
    The writing is good.
    The plot interesting with a few twists and turns.
    Characters had some depth and development. Not your usual heaving bosoms and darkly handsome misunderstood and incredibly rich secretly wounded older and wiser artistocratic male lead. The female lead was smart and not a sweet young thing just waiting to be introduced to life.
    The ending was happy.
    What can I say, I read "hard stuff" but TV bores me and I occasionally like a good romance novel, sort of like snitching a chocolate candy now and then.
    If you're going to indulge, this is a good choice and is worth your time. I was promised a good historical romance and I got one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Wanted to like it more."
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    Bought based on review. I wanted to like it more. Was hard for me to get through but I did. The young lead's stubborn inability to learn from experience was a bit hard for me to enjoy. However, it was VERY well written so that part of the review was dead on accurate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent's Shadow: The Kane Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1531)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1384)

    When young magicians Carter and Sadie Kane learned how to follow the path of the Ancient Egyptian gods, they knew they would have to play an important role in restoring Ma’at (order) to the world. What they didn’t know is how chaotic the world would become. The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the Earth in three days’ time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. What are a couple of teenagers and a handful of young trainees to do?

    Jeanie Jenkins says: "Satisfying Conclusion--For Now"
    "Great series for all ages."
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    For starters, the young male lead is Black, which serves as a superior role model for any young person.
    The action is fast, fun and packs a good message.
    Worth buying for any young adult or for yourself if you enjoy YA books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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