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Mystery and Fantasy Lover

Jackson, MS | Member Since 2010

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  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Flanagan
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (271)

    Unconfirmed accounts of a group of Araluen warriors - tales of adventure, battle, and triumph over evil - have spread for centuries throughout the known world. Most notable is a clan shrouded in mystery, phantom warriors known as the Rangers. Two names pass the lips of every storyteller: Halt, and his apprentice, Will. They and their comrades in arms are said to have traveled throughout the kingdom and beyond its borders, protecting those who needed it most.

    Novel Reader says: "Fabulous!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    John Flanagan has brought this story line to a close by chapters explaining the loose ends from the series - Ranger's Apprentice. It isn't enough since they are still sorely missed in my life but now I know what happened to them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Murderous Yarn: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Heavens to Betsy Devonshire! She never intended to get so caught up in this year's antique car race. But as sponsor of one of the entrants, she can't help but keep a close eye on the outcome - and it's not pretty. One of the drivers never makes it to the finish line. His car is found exploded in flames. Now Betsy and her crafty friends must determine if it was an accident or the work of a jealous competitor. The answer may be in a piece of needlework, but pinning down a suspect won't be easy....

    betty says: "Another mystery!!"
    "Old Cars and Murder Travel Together!"
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    Would you listen to A Murderous Yarn again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this book again and I will also recommend it to friends. I have already bought her next book.


    What other book might you compare A Murderous Yarn to and why?

    I don't really know what would be a good comparison except maybe a murder show on TV that is completed within the 45 minutes. It is simple and straight-forward rather than intricate like Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The car run through Litchfield, MN. The descriptions of the cars, costumes and action were well-written.


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

    The characters are well-written. You can thing of them as friends very quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a couple things about this audiobook that bothered me. Foremost, that Susan Boyce did not know how to pronounce the names of Minnesota towns. Every time she erred, it took my mind from the story. The second thing, that I could figure out the murderer too soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (692)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "High Espionage is Exciting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends and family. Jack Ryan continues his task of making the world safe against those who seek world domination. It is very well- written with entangling plots and counter-actions. The characters remain true to their traits from other Clancy books.


    What other book might you compare The Bear and the Dragon to and why?

    Other Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy. It continues the story of Jack Ryan who remains an intelligence analyst in his job as the most powerful man in the world. This does not include the new books written by someone other than Clancy himself.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He reads very well and his voice is perfect for long listens.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the swearing. It was used too much and truly unnecessary. When you read the printed page, you can skip those words but it is not possible in an audiobook. It makes Jack Ryan appear more crude than in any other Jack Ryan novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (403)

    It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, has an urgent message for his boss. Hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, he is witness to a terrible accident that makes him think that something else is going on, that provocateurs are at work and bigger stakes are in play. Little does he know just how big they are. Given exactly one week to prove his case, Bell quickly finds himself pitted against two of the most ruthless opponents he has ever known.

    tristan says: "Excellent, really enjoyed this one."
    "Another good Cussler story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have already recommended it because it is the style of book that both of us read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Isaac Bell is a likable hero in the depth of historic trauma. His thinking and decisions are intriguing.


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

    Scott Brick is one of the best readers of audiobooks. He uses several voices to indicate different characters keeping the pace of the story going without having to say the name.


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

    No idea


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Blue: Badge of Honor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (131)

    A cop has been shot - cold-bloodedly gunned down while trying to prevent a holdup. Regulations say the investigation is to be handled like any other homicide. But when a cop is killed in the line of duty, it is different. And the brotherhood in blue will stop at nothing to bring the killer to justice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tremendous Cop story with Mystery and some Romance"
    "Really good series!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The story is complete and character studies are set for the beginning of the series.


    What other book might you compare Men in Blue to and why?

    I don't know. It is a cop series like Sandford's Prey series but doesn't have just one important character.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Russotto – was your favorite?

    Peter Wahl. He is well-defined and Michael Russotto read his part as I see Peter in my mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This whole series is well started in this book. One becomes involved with the characters like co-workers or family. It is imperative to find out what happens to them next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (1001)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "An oldie but goodie"
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    Would you listen to The Deep Blue Good-By again? Why?

    I read all of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books years ago. They were great then and great to listen to as well.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is a low-key mystery series. Trav is a reluctant worker but has fabulous thinking skills for solving people's problems.


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

    I don't know


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

    Yes but I had to break it up. It was better when I could put longer listening periods to it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Race: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (667)

    It is 1910, the age of flying machines is still in its infancy, and newspaper publisher Preston Whiteway is offering $50,000 for the first daring aviator to cross America in less than 50 days. He is even sponsoring one of the prime candidates - an intrepid woman named Josephine Frost - and that's where Bell, chief investigator for the Van Dorn Detective Agency, comes in.

    Clint says: "Up, Up, Josephine..."
    "Highly Entertaining"
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    This whole series of books is very good! Like Clive Cussler's hero Dirk Pitt, Isaac Bell is a little bigger and stronger than reality made possible but the tenaciousness draws the reader further and further into the story!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hippopotamus Pool: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (354)

    The spunky Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson has returned to the exotic Nile valley. Parasol aloft and hot on the trail of an unexplored tomb, she must outwit a shadowy evildoer, a questionable antiquities dealer, and her loquacious son, Ramses.

    Kay in DC says: "Desert Derring-Do"
    "Amelia Peabody finds another mystery to solve."
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    Although I truly enjoy the books in the Amelia Peabody series, I am not happy with Barbara Rosenblat's narrative. She tries to change the tone of voice for each character but she is not very good at it. Her normal voice I find rather unpleasant but her male voices are VERY poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (896)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Sherlock Holmes"
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    Anthony Horowitz has written a very good story with the depth of Arthur Conan Doyle. Having listened to it once, I will have to listen again to unravel the plot. Derek Jacobi's voice as Dr. Watson was NOT distracting. There were often times that I forgot it was the famous actor reading the book to me. I highly recommend this book for the Sherlock Holmes fans out there!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues: A Jesse Stone Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Brandman
    • Narrated By Robert B. Parker, James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Paradise, Massachusetts, is preparing for the summer tourist season when a string of car thefts disturbs what is usually a quiet time in town. In a sudden escalation of violence, the thefts become murder, and chief of police Jesse Stone finds himself facing one of the toughest cases of his career. Pressure from the town politicians only increases when another crime wave puts residents on edge. Jesse confronts a personal dilemma as well: a burgeoning relationship with a young PR executive, whose plans to turn Paradise into a summertime concert destination may have her running afoul of the law.

    Stephen says: "NOT Parker"
    "Jesse Stone continues"
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    Although Robert B. Parker has died, Jesse Stone lives on very well. Mr. Brandman has taken up the style and mystery quality to a great extent. I didn't notice much difference in the writing and still felt highly entertained. James Naughton continues as the narrator which helps to extend the novel as one of Parker's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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