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Wadie

Santa Ana, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 87 reviews
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  • 301 titles in library
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  • The Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows: the Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation, Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to find the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes.

    John says: "Dissapointed beyond belief"
    "Not a mystery"
    Overall

    This has magic and assorted weirdness. I was looking for a mystery set in Ancient Egypt. This is a fantasy book set in Ancient Egypt. Not what I was looking for!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Julianna Deering
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (65)

    From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

    Jean says: "fun mystery"
    "Simon Vance can make anything worth listening to!"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book starts out by trying too hard to be a "Golden Age" mystery. Then the author got confused and thought she was writing a Harlequin book. The characters were all over the place but I understand why. They were trying to find the plot! All that being said, I did listen to the whole thing. I did spend a great deal of time talking to the characters using very bad words though! If more books in the series go on sale and Vance is narrating, I'll probably get them. I'd listen to Simon Vance read the phone book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter: Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Blaize Clement
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (284)

    Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

    CoastalKate says: "Incredible"
    "lighthearted fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a cozy mystery set in Florida with younger people, no mansions, and pets.
    Dixie has suffered through a major tragedy and is just starting to come alive again. The details about Florida life were interesting. As a dog lover the pet angle was fun too. My only problem with the book is the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending but it needed a couple more paragraphs. I will be reading more of these.

    1 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
    (472)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (264)

    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"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lilly Bard starts out as a very unlikeable heroine. As the story goes on we find out the secret that has controlled her life and Lilly relaxes a little. The characters are pretty good, normal folks aside from the murder and mayhem stuff.I'm not sure if this is a series but if so, I would read more about Lilly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Julius Caesar, as we know, arrived in Gaul (now France) and announced "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered." But when Decius Metellus arrives from Rome, not seeking military glory but rather avoiding an enemy currently in power, he finds that although the general came and saw, so far, at least, he has far from conquered. The campaign seems at a standstill. Decius' arrival disappoints the great Caesar as well. He has been waiting for promised reinforcements from Rome, an influx of soldiers to restart his invasion. Instead he is presented with one young man ridiculously decked out in military parade finery and short on military skills.

    Michael Stringer says: "Decius the reluctant warrior"
    "but everybody loves a Senator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Decius is so droll, so honest, and so damn much fun. I love the way he finally decides the only way to solve the mystery is to do something so outrageous it will either provide the solution or kill him. I adore the narrator, John Lee. He has just enough attitude without being pompous about it. I'm trying to limit myself to one book every other month so I don't go through them so quickly but it is really hard. No complaints at all from me!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Sam Acquillo, ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive, and accidental hero of The Last Refuge, can't seem to stay out of trouble. All he really wants to do is hammer a few nails into his ramshackle cottage, drink a great deal of vodka, and hang out with his dog, Eddie. But when a car bomb outside a trendy waterfront restaurant kills a prominent financial consultant, injuring Sam and his lawyer friend, he is drawn into the investigation.

    Lee says: "There is a problem with this recording"
    "Strong entry in the series but,"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is some time missing in the first part. It didn't seem to matter for the story to make sense though.....

    Sam is coming around to be a little more normal, sort of, for him. The setting is still the Hamptons but not the showy part. The author really make the area come alive. This story is no less complicated than the first Sam mystery but in a totally different direction. Some of the story touches on the art world and I came away from the story with a new perspective on "modern" art. As always the engineering details are fascinating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Chris Knopf
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line: he's a middle-aged corporate dropout living in a ramshackle cottage in Southampton's North Sea. But then the old lady next door ends up floating dead in her bathtub, and it seems that Sam is the only one who wonders why.

    Daniel says: "A good read (listen)"
    "A modern day Lew Archer type"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Sam, the "hero". He is repressed, drinks too much, and smokes, but I like him.
    He has issues with his mother, father, sister, ex-wife (his "revenge" was pretty funny), daughter, career, car, house, and neighbor. Sam has some questions about an "accidental" death and the book takes off from there. The plot is a little convoluted, then again expensive real estate deals can be pretty convoluted. The setting is the Hamptons, you don't think about "regular" people living there. The book is filled with people, not just characters. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. There was one pretty violent scene but not too awful. Bad guys getting beat up don't qualify as violence!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Twylight Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Karen Harper
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It is May 1560. As sinister storm clouds gather overhead, 26-year-old Queen Elizabeth dispatches William Cecil, her most trusted adviser, to Scotland for crucial negotiations. Handsome, ambitious Lord Robert Dudley is at her side. But their leisurely midsummer idyll is cut short when the courts master lutenist plunges to his death from a parapet beneath the queen's window. The loyal retainers of Elizabeth's privy council do not accept the official verdict of accidental death. Their fears are borne out when another tragedy rocks the realm, and points the way to a conspiracy to bring down Elizabeth and seize the throne.

    Marie says: "The wrong narrator ruined the story for me"
    "This book deserves no stars at all!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Awful. The narration is muddy. The story and characters are absurd. Elizabeth I must be whirling in her grave at the way she is portrayed. Sometimes it is a matter of taste. I've bought a couple of historical mysteries from Audible and had to force myself to listen to the whole thing. Maybe I didn't like the narrator or the story had a few holes (like Swiss cheese!) but I did get to the end. I could only make it through the first hour and a half of this book. That should be long enough to flesh out at least a little of the story but not this time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Coroner's Pidgin: An Albert Campion Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Margery Allingham
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Just returned from years overseas on a secret mission, Albert Campion is relaxing in his bath when his servant Lugg and a lady of unmistakably aristocratic bearing appear in his flat carrying the corpse of a woman. At first Campion is unwilling to get involved, but he is forced to bring his powers of protection to bear on the case, and to solve not only the mystery of the murdered woman but also the alarming disappearance of some well-known art treasures.

    Wadie says: "An enjoyable entry in the series"
    "An enjoyable entry in the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the era just before WWI and between WWI and WWII. I had read most of the Albert Campion Books years ago but this was a new one for me. The narration was interesting....I'm still not sure about the "voice" used for Albert but it might have grown on me! The mix of characters was delightful. I did figure out who the baddie was early but it didn't take away my enjoyment of the book at all. The mindset is of the characters is old fashioned but not wrong. There was a big surprise at the end and I was delighted by it. I hope to see more Albert Campion books available.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (87)

    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

    Linda Lou McCall says: "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"
    "A solid entry"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like the "hero" of this series, Ian Rutledge. He has been damaged by the "Great War" but hasn't lost the ability to see the good in people around him. The plot seemed to be easy to figure out but Todd was a little sneaky and threw in a twist or two. On the whole the story was very satisfying. The narration was quite good, that helped get past the story being a little longer than it needed to be. I'll be getting more books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SPQR III: The Sacrilege

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Maddox Roberts
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators. When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Great Roman Mystery"
    "Why Rome conquered the known world"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It might have been because they had a sense of humor! This series is set at the end of the roman republic. Julius Cesar is just starting on his road to becoming a god. The plot is intriguing and some of the parallels to modern politics can't be a mere coincidence! I confess to a crush on Decuis. He is clever, ethical, dry humored, and a soft touch. What more can one ask for? Some of the dialog is laugh out loud funny. All in all an excellent listen and I am already on the next book! Decuis in Alexandria, I can't wait!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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