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Laura

Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Possession in Death: In Death, Book 31.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (507)

    Immediately after hearing these words, uttered to her by an old Romanian woman bleeding to death in the street, detective Eve Dallas begins to notice that her latest case has come with a number of interesting side-effects: visions of the deceased, instant familiarity with rooms she’s never seen before, and fluency in Russian.

    Yuriko says: "A fun addition to the series"
    "For far fetched it is really good"
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    I have read some of the other reviewers and I concur with them totally. J.D. Robb (Nora Roberst) has a fantastic imagination and makes it all work. And Susan Ericksen does another outstanding job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (763)
    Story
    (762)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Not nearly enough action."
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    This has to be one of the first books in the series because you learn about Rain's relationship with his son's mother. I did feel that there was entirely to much philosophy and not enough action. I am glad I didn't start with this book or I would have missed out on a lot of really good books later on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    While tracking a demented serial killer, Detective Kurt Wallander is beset with obstacles: a department distracted by the threat of cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous relationship with a widow, and an unshakably haunting preoccupation with a girl who set herself on fire.

    Rebecca says: "Gripped again..."
    "One of his better ones"
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    This is one of the first in the series and I liked it much better than the later ones. This one was much more up beat and you didn't feel like he had to drag himself where ever he needed to go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (341)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "A fun fluffy read"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book, I thought the casual sex was a little much but it seemed to work in this story. I was completely surprised by the ending. Fun to listen to and I would recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Restless in the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Alaska aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant died in the fiery crash of his Piper Super Cub. Someone sabotaged his engine, and virtually everyone in southwestern Alaska has a motive, including his betrayed wife, his bullied children, and Liam’s wife, bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard. With few places to turn, Liam asks his former mentor Niniltna post commander Sergeant Jim Chopin, for help, and Jim quickly brings Kate onto the case. Working undercover as - of all things - a waitress at Bill’s Bar and Grill, Kate learns over beer and burgers that Grant’s business had expanded meteorically over the last two years.

    Charlie says: "Kate Shugak plus Liam Campbell!"
    "I can hardly wait for the next book in the series"
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    I love, love, love these books and I will try to never miss one.
    I enjoyed listening to this book but I missed Jim Chopin. Kate can surely get herself into some tight spots, thank goodness for Mutt. What you learn about Alaska is amazing and the description of the country side is wonderful

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chaos in Death: In Death, Book 33.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (858)

    Eve Dallas is the tough lieutenant hot on his trail, but this is unlike any case she’s ever been assigned - or any killer she’s ever pursued. A police sketch based on eye-witness testimony reveals the killer has green skin, swollen red eyes, goblin ears, and a dislocated jaw-structure that defies the human form. Is it a mask? Is it make-up? Or is the explanation more sinister? Dallas faces off against multiple suspects - all of them students of medicine capable of precisely slicing the ears, noses, and eyes of the three victims.

    L. Reiner says: "In Death Book 33.5 - Not Robb's best, but good"
    "Reasonable answers to a perplexing problem"
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    If you could sum up Chaos in Death in three words, what would they be?

    Short but Good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chaos in Death?

    Watching the character turn into his demon self


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is so good what else can I say


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the interaction between Dallas and Peabody over this problem


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money I paid for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1434)
    Story
    (1422)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "How does she do it again"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebrity in Death to be better than the print version?

    I love the different voices Susan has for the characters so when I read them those voices are in my head which makes for a great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    J.D. Keeps her stories new and different, any way I think so, even though she has written over 40 books with these characters. I love the interaction of the characters, their ups and downs and the way they play off of each other.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, many and not just the in Death series. WOW she is fantastic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who are the celebrities ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "Another great story and you learn so much"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Chasing Fire to be better than the print version?

    Rebecca Lowman is great but your own imagination can be just as good. It is not that one is better than the other rather what you can do while listening as apposed to what you can't do while reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing Fire?

    I really enjoyed hearing how they fought the fires and wish I could be in that good of shape. It was thrilling to learn how they could save themselves when the fire turned on them.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    At first all I could hear was the "in death" characters in her voice but after a while all I could hear was the "Chasing Fire" characters. She is really good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Now see them in action


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (927)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "As always a great listen"
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    Where does Portrait of a Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks right up there with the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history that comes with it and the enterplay between the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am afraid I am not very good at remembering who the performers are. I did enjoy his performance!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    History comes alive


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Death in Vienna

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (298)

    Sent to Vienna to authenticate a painting, the art restorer and sometime spy Gabriel Allon is sidetracked by a photograph that throws his world upside-down. Could it really be the face of a man who during the last days of World War II had brutalized his mother on the Death March from Auschwitz?

    Leonard says: "Another Fine Silva Novel"
    "I love Gabrial Alon"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up A Death in Vienna in three words, what would they be?

    Always on Edge


    What other book might you compare A Death in Vienna to and why?

    The other books in this series and the books by Dana Stabenow for all of the information you learn while reading a really good story.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Yes, very much


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, they were all good


    Any additional comments?

    I love this whole series, you learn so much about what is going on in the world today and in the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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