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Deborah

Valley Stream, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (486)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "I love Sophie Katz but I hated this book"
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    I feel like my review requires an apology to Kyra Davis. I love these books. They're always so much fun. In fact my only complaint about the earlier books is the gratuitous sex scene thrown into each book. I just fast forward. They make me feel like a voyeur and they don't advance the plot. We get it. They like each other.

    All of the earlier books have been the sort of thing I've devoured in a day or two. Yes, they're over the top and you have to enter an agreement with the writer that you will suspend disbelief and she won't make it too hard to do so. Sadly, in this book, she didn't keep up her end and I couldn't do my part either.

    It felt like she wanted to write a spy thriller. It wasn't fun or funny. It was a labor. The secondary characters became tertiary. You didn't enjoy her relationships with her friends and family, they were merely props.

    It was action packed, but instead of feeling exhilarated, I just felt tired.

    That said, I liked all of the earlier books so much I will buy whatever comes next.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (503)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Jackson can really tell a story."
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    Joshilyn Jackson writes books that are hard and human. She just keeps getting better too. I recommend this highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dating Is Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Harley Jane Kozak
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue, despite a series of recent disasters, the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show's premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience votes on which couple would make the best parents.

    Paul says: "Great summer read"
    "I keep waiting for the next one."
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    I really love this series. It's fun. It's got the right balance of everything. Light and fun, but with plenty of action. Exactly the right amount of romance.

    I truly love Dunne's performance here.

    Mostly, I love this quirky main character and the troubles she finds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buffalo Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Betty Buckley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    As he describes the insatiable curiosity of Calamity's Indian friend No Ears, Annie Oakley's shooting match with Lord Windhouveren, and other highlights of the tour, Larry McMurtry turns the story of a band of hardy, irrepressible survivors into an unforgettable portrait of love, fellowship, dreams, and heartbreak.

    Cookie says: "Come sit by the fire and listen to a story..."
    "Worth the read"
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    I went back and forth on whether to rate the story three or four stars. For McMurtry it's only a three. But since I like McMurtry his threes are more like fours for anyone else.

    My inclination is to compare this to Lonesome Dove. But really, it's not Lonesome Dove and not meant to be. We'll just stipulate that LD is better, that everyone should listen to it and move on to Buffalo Girls.

    McMurtry has written a sad lonely book. He's borrowed history and molded it into a shape that suited him. In doing so he's given himself a new canvass to work with. This book will not move into the future with you. You won't look back and think of it later, most likely, but it still has things to say and will entertain you absolutely while it says them.

    The best thing about Buffalo Girls is Betty Buckley's performance. Her husky broken voice creates the landscape and takes you back in time and due west. (Unless you're from California, in that case you'll have to head east.)

    Definitely worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (441)

    Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian. She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sophie Katz Rules!"
    "Lots of fun"
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    I don't think even Kyra Davis could object to me pointing out that this is not the sort of great literature that will change your life, your mind or your day. But it's not supposed to be. It's literary cake. Pure sugary fun. A bit of love, a bit of romance and a lot of action.

    For a good time call Sophie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (736)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "This is in my top three listens this year"
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    This was a wonderful listen. If Ron Perlman wanted to read every book I buy from now on to me, I'd be alright with that. His performance was so charismatic and engaging without in any way intruding into my consciousness. He brought the book to life.

    The book itself is wonderful. It's hard to believe that it's only a half a century and an Ocean that separates us from Leningrad, because in some ways it could be a fantasy novel. But it also feel completely probable and close, like if everything went wrong this could be anywhere on a bad day.

    The characters are all flawed, and still you fall in love with all of them.

    It's a smart and thoughtful book, at times brutal and always thoughtful and smart.The premise seems improbable, but the events unfold, going seamlessly from one point to the next and gathering momentum so that while the story is large, it never gets away from Benioff and you can believe without a willful suspension of disbelief.

    And finally, this book is exciting. I tend to read literary fiction, and I have loved books in which nothing happens. This is not a book where nothing happens, and will appeal to both those readers who need strong characters to become engaged, and to those who want their books plot driven because they come for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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