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Nada

Hand knitting and crochet are my hobbies in retirement, listening to books makes the time and the stitches fly by!

Austin, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10644)
    Performance
    (9626)
    Story
    (9712)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Dan Brown Exceeds all Expectations!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Inferno the most enjoyable?

    The story was fast moving, twists and turns in the plot kept me listening for the next turn. Paul Michael has a voice that is perfectly made for this type of book. An excellent combination to make a memorable experience.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    This book is as good or better than the first two in the series, and shows the excellent writing skills that Dan Brown used in two of his other novels, Deception Point and Digital Fortress. You can never depend on what you expect and never trust anyone, so to speak.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The revelations in the last part of the book made me want to go back and start over. I think that is my favorite part because of the "you've got to be kidding" feelings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes! I always have a problem putting my iPod down in the evening, but this one (as with all of Dan Brown books) was so long I had to do it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few authors that I wait impatiently for the next book, Dan Brown is one of them. It is like having a holiday when the new one comes out.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1749)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1535)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    Ed says: "Sandford and Ferrone deliver"
    "Book 24 in the Series is one of the Best!"
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    Where does Field of Prey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the detective and mystery line (my name for this genre) the Lucas Davenport series by John Sandford in one of the best. Most of the books are very good, and with this one, they are getting even better! The series doesn't disappoint at any level.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Field of Prey?

    The last hour of the audio was full of discovery and excitement. Many threads are woven into the body of the book, making it a very interesting "read".


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Richard Ferrone has done the entire 24 books in the Davenport series. He has a wonderful reading voice, and makes the events come to life, adding to the excitement.


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

    No emotional extremes here, unless you count the discontent of what law enforcement is up against when trying to stop the villains. And the miss-direction of the media when it comes to what is really important.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite aspects of the Lucas Davenport series is the fact that the stories take place for the most part in Minnesota. Being familiar with all of the locations make the stores more real the the outcomes feel closer to home.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride Mates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (374)

    To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength.

    Karen says: "Disappointed"
    "A different kind of love story"
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    Would you listen to Pride Mates again? Why?

    I had to start this one three times before I got past the very slow start. But after getting into the initial chapters, I found a good story line. I'd probably listen to it in the future, but am looking forward to the rest of the series now.


    What other book might you compare Pride Mates to and why?

    Suzanne Wright's series Phoenix Pack is along the same lines as this series. Both are a little light on the character development. Though both are good, light listens.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Traci might not have been a good first choice for the narrator, but she did fairly well with the story. Needs work on her Irish accent.


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

    The suspense at the end was by far the best in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not my favorite type of book, but once in a while I need a change. This is definitely a change from the normal novel listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1180)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Definitely a chic-lit detective novel"
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    What did you like best about Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye? What did you like least?

    This is a very cute, light weight novel written in an inexperienced sort of way. Though enjoyable, it is not something to make one reflect much.

    If you are picky about reality in detective novels, you don't want this one. Though the plot and sub-plots are very good, the adherence to reality is not. Police procedures were not researched well, or just not implemented. The police force in the story must be quite inept to leave so many things undone, and searches not completed for later uncovering by the characters of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Victoria Laurie? Why or why not?

    Yes, if only to see if her writing style matures as the series goes on.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Improvement is needed, emotion was handled by squeaking the voice, very irritating. I can't help but wonder how well the book would have been with someone like Barbara Rosenblat or similar narrator.


    Did Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye inspire you to do anything?

    No, not much inspiration between those covers.


    Any additional comments?

    When writing a novel, it would be advisable to take into consideration how a listener would be affected by a repeated phrase. Every time I knew the line "liar liar pants on fire" was coming up, my teeth would go on edge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    In 18th century London, Gwynne Owens dutifully agrees to marry the dangerous laird of a Scottish clan, Duncan Macrae. Unlocking her hidden supernatural powers as a Guardian is the key to averting disaster for both England and Scotland. But, will Gwynne be forced to betray her husband?

    CAROLYN says: "I really really wanted to love this but......"
    "Good Solid Read by a Very Good Narrator"
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    Where does A Kiss of Fate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Though not of the high energy variety, this book takes a time in history and wraps it in magic and emotion. Character development is very well done, good since this is the first in a series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The linking of all the characters and the telling of their own parts of the story.


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

    Davina is one of the best narrators. She adds the Scottish feel and makes it work. She also has the ability to soften harsher parts of the story and adds emotion to all the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but had to do it in two. (-;


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not one of the more intricately written with many sub-plots, but it is a well done and enjoyable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (766)

    Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart. Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening!"
    "A story that might have been great . . . But"
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    Would you try another book from Tracy Brogan and/or Sarah Coomes?

    Tracy Brogan has a good story, but will never buy another book narrated by Sarah Cooms


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Surrender?

    Those times that gave little snippets of the mystery surrounding the characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sarah has a tendency to whine, and drag out the end of sentences. This does not have the wanted effect of drawing out emotion, but will only get very irritating and remind one of the late night commercial that will try to involve your emotions for the hungry child or battered pet dog. The whole thing quite puts ones teeth on edge.


    Do you think Highland Surrender needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, most lives were quick wrapped up at the end of this book.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10273)
    Performance
    (7717)
    Story
    (7762)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Discovery of a New Author"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, have done so at every opportunity. It is my opinion that this is one of the most well written books I've listened to in ages. The character evolution, the background description and the historical content is above par.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Uniqueness, and the many threads that pop up to keep you turning the pages.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    I can not imagine this book read by anyone else. She does a wonderful job.


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

    Yes, the emotions, all kinds, are tweaked in so many ways. The sadness when Matthew leaves France for England can put one in the doldrums for days.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't tell you how many times I have listened to this book in the last 18 months, since it was published. I own it in three formats and can't wait till the sequel comes out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    Affair introduces Charlotte Arkendale, an industrious young woman who provides a very special service. Wealthy women hire her to check the qualifications of their suitors. When one of Charlotte’s loveliest clients is murdered, she hires the darkly handsome Baxter St. Ives to be her assistant and bodyguard. But as they pool their powers of deduction and begin to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder, they also uncover the force of a powerful, and mutual, chemistry.

    Nada says: "Marvelous, Witty, and Unbelievable Destiny!"
    "Marvelous, Witty, and Unbelievable Destiny!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have read and listened to a great number of Amanda Quck's offerings, and this one is so different from the others that it was like a breath of fresh air. Not to say I don't enjoy all of her books, I do, but this one is so different! Yes, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good listen.


    What other book might you compare Affair to and why?

    A comparison does not come to mind, this book takes all of the cliché of romance novels, and turns them into great entertainment. So I guess the whole thing is that there is no comparison in my library!


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

    I have just recently listened to Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick also done by Ms Rosenblat. She is a marvelous reader, and lends more dimension to the characters of the book. I am looking forward to getting more of her readings in the near future.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I have a terrible time putting the iPod down and getting about other things when I start a book, and this one was no exception. It was marvelous!


    Any additional comments?

    The wit in this book was wonderful. The dissertation of the old butler on the scream in the laboratory had me giggling at odd moments for the rest of the day!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (743)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "The first read in a series that goes on and on"
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    Where does Devil's Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the top of my list, the story and the performance are the best I've heard and I go back often to


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development, storyline movement, and twists in the plot.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Simon Prebble is a wonderful reader. Since he will no longer do romance, there will be a great pair of shoes that may never be filled. We will miss him terribly.


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

    The extreme for me was getting emotionally involved in the characters lives.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in a long series of books by this author and reader. I've kept up with the reads and am waiting on the next to be released early in 2012.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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