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Deborah

Tustin, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (733)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    In my opinion, this book captures the essence of what we love about dogs. I don't have a dog, but I've been around many of them and I enjoy their different personalities and antics. Jim Frangione,the narrator of this recorded book, makes this enjoyable tale about a dog and his master a real delight. Spencer Quinn,the author, writes convincingly as Chet the Dog, but Frangione really brings him to life. I laughed out loud many times. Highly recommended.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (262)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Irish Lilt"
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    First, if you don't care for that Irish lilt in a narrator's voice, this book is not for you. For me, there was something too "theatrical" about the accent, but I persevered. Unfortunately, I didn't care much for the story, either. The author seemed intent on using lines from old Irish folk tales throughout a story otherwise told in present-day. There were too many coincidences and explanations for characters' behaviors that seemed to be simply convenient ways for the author to get out of the corner she'd written herself into. A lot of people will enjoy this book for its attempt to weave myth and "reality, but for me, the result was too heavy handed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1287)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Great new detective series"
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    Story

    There are many things I really liked about this novel, including the thoroughly developed characters and realistic consequences of their actions, the build-up of clues leading to the perpetrator (s), the teaming of an emotionally damaged police detective with an unusual assistant and, last but definitely not least, the fabulous narrator. He may not sound Danish to someone from that country (or, he may), but he pronounced a lot of words I could never pronounce and spoke the characters' lines with convincing accents that added texture to this engaging story. I hope Audible continues with this series and Erik Davies continues to voice the characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4629)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2686)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Steven Crossley's Narration Makes it Even Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent story with beautifully crafted character development and psychology. Crossley was wonderful and I really enjoyed the accent - not that I could tell one British accent from another - but it added to the feel and setting of the story. He does a great job with women's voices because he doesn't try to sound female, he just distinguishes one speaker from another. This long mystery novel weaves together many diverse stories and delivers a satisfying conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accident

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    It’s the new normal at the Garber household in Connecticut: Glen, a contractor, has seen his business shaken by the housing crisis, and now his wife, Sheila, is taking a business course at night to increase her chances of landing a good-paying job. But she should have been home by now. Waiting for Sheila’s return, with their eight-year-old daughter sleeping soundly, Glen soon finds his worst fears confirmed: Sheila and two others have been killed in a car accident. Adding to the tragedy, the police claim Sheila was responsible. Glen knows it’s impossible.

    karen says: "Best of the year for me."
    "One of Barclay's Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent narrator, credible and engrossing story, kept me guessing until close to the very satisfactory end. The story was well-structured, with characters who acted like real people, so I was able to figure out the perpetrator before that information was revealed. I appreciated the way Barclay tied up the clues he had sprinkled throughout the story. If you like Barclay's writing, you'll definitely enjoy this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6974)
    Performance
    (4007)
    Story
    (4034)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Unless you're a computer geek"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I like computers and artificial intelligence as much as the next person, but this book was too full of computer-speak and software terminology - sandwiched in between a lot of gruesome killing - to keep my interest. Maybe the story gets better, but I gave it up after 3 hours.


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

    He pronounced a lot of the computer terminology that I would have made my eyes glaze over. If I'd liked the story, I would have enjoyed Gurner's narration.


    Did Daemon inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock: Michael Bennett, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (1166)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    New York City's number-one detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem: the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria, and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified. The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his 10 adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

    Chris says: "Another great listen!"
    "Great reader, lousy story"
    Overall

    Bobby Cannavale brings life to Michael Bennett and Scott Sowers does a nice job with the rest of the narration. But this fourth book in the series features yet another mad killer with his own twisted motive for terrorizing everyone in NYC. A cruel, crazed murderer who wreaks pain and torture on his victems. Patterson and Ledwidge have been there, done that. I won't be listening to these any more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (394)

    While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

    Deborah says: "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
    "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
    Overall

    Because I'm not a dog, I can't say for sure that the author and reader of this delightful story have perfectly nailed what goes on in a dog's mind. But it sure sounds like it. The reader, Jim Frangione, is fantastic. Everything about Frangione's delivery portrays Chet, the engaging animal who tells the story, just as I imagine Chet would sound to another dog.

    This book is the second in the series. I suggest starting with the first in the series, but it's not impertive to do so. The second book is even funnier than the first. I hope this series continues for many dog years to come.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1816)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Thank you for the wonderful Hanukkah present!"
    Overall

    Tim Curry's reading is as delightful, entertaining and haunting as those of the classic masters who proceeded him - Alastair Sim, Lionel Barrymore. I suppose there's something to be said for this wonderful story being read by an Englishman. Great idea Audible, thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Richards
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

    A User says: "If you love"
    "All I can say is, what a wonderful book"
    Overall

    Beautifully written, engaging, thought-provoking. Susan Richards wrote about how difficult it was to get her writing published, which seems so odd because her writing is both lovely and powerful. And her story is interesting and meaningful even if the person reading it knows or cares little about horses. The memoir addresses many other areas. I think Lorna Raver's narration adds a great deal to the listening experience. She seems perfect for this story. Just a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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