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asassyvic

asassyvic

Indiana | Member Since 2007

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  • Dead Bolt: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Turner Construction's latest restoration project is a historic Queen Anne Victorian in San Francisco. This time, general contractor Mel Turner has to work around the owners, who insist on sticking around-along with some ghosts that insist in their own way that the work stops. The ghosts aren't the only ones standing in the way of the renovations. A crotchety neighbor, Emile Blunt, secretly wants this house and could be behind some of the disturbances. But when Emile is found dead, it's Mel who appears guilty.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Easy listen"
    "Scary in a good way and good laughs along the way"
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    Where does Dead Bolt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dead Bolt rates jumps right to the top of my favorite books for this year. I love this series.


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

    I don't know about edge of the chair but it was such a fun book, moves fast, interesting characters and lots of ingredients to make it one of the best reads/listens ever.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    I loved the performance that Xe Sands did, she gives a soft edge to Mel, who without Sands touch of class, would be somewhat brash and a bit of a hard person. Sands gives structure and fullness to all the people in the book.


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

    I did listen in one sitting, I was transfixed with it. Nothing was going to interrupt my listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent series from Juliet Blackwell. Blackwell really puts together a good story that's well balanced with lots of variety and surprises.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Panthers Play for Keeps: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Clea Simon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn't expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has a good nose that leads her right to the remains of a beautiful young woman. Despite her best instincts, Pru can't avoid getting involved. The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat, but Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues - and her own ideas of domesticity - to solve a savage mystery.

    asassyvic says: "Imaginative mystery and Dr Doolittle in one"
    "Imaginative mystery and Dr Doolittle in one"
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    Where does Panthers Play for Keeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top of my A+ list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Panthers Play for Keeps?

    When Spot blocks Pru from walking forward when there is danger ahead. Really shows how wonderful these helper dogs are and how they can be totally trusted by someone that has to rely on them completely.


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

    OMG Tavia Gilbert is fantastic. I love everything about the way she handles the entire series. Her animal depictions are wonderful and all her other characters really come to life under her narration.


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

    Can't say there is a particular moment. I just enjoy the animal interactions with Pru.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love animal books like Pru Marlowe I think that the narration by Tavia Gilbert is 99% of my enjoyment just by the way she interprets the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dial C For Chihuahua: A Barking Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Waverly Curtis
    • Narrated By Laura Darrell
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Pepe may have soft white fur, big brown eyes, and mucho attitude - but he's no furry fashion fad. Pepe can talk - even if his new owner, Geri Sullivan, seems to be the only person who can understand him. When Geri takes on her first assignment for a quirky investigator named Jimmy G and stumbles over a Seattle millionaire's corpse, Pepe proves to be worth his weight in liver treats.

    Sandra says: "Cute Book"
    "Who would think a Chihuahua could be so funny"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dial C For Chihuahua the most enjoyable?

    The humor is priceless and is what really adds to the overall enjoyment of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The crazy things that Pepe gets Geri Sullivan involved in.


    What about Laura Darrell’s performance did you like?

    Laura Darrell was a good reader. I would like it better if she used more definition between male and female characters. Sometimes it was hard to tell it was a male speaking. She also does a little to much on over emphasizing words so they don't flow well. Not a major problem but it is noticeable.


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

    I did listen in almost one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to try this book because the reviews were very good and I like a cozy mystery and some humor is always icing on the cake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home for the Haunting: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can't help asking a few of her own - especially about the haunted house next door . . . the place local kids call the Murder House. But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber.

    asassyvic says: "Fun and Spooky"
    "Fun and Spooky"
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    Where does Home for the Haunting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the top. Juliet Blackwell is one of my very favorite authors. Her Haunting books will be my 2014 pick of the year for Best Series. Love them all


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it moves along at a fast pace and there is always something unexpected happening.


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

    Excellent. Xe Sands is a Rock Star in the Narrator world. Love every book she reads.


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

    No extreme reactions, but it was a little creepy but always ending well.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun and fast paced. Lots of interesting characters and tons of funny quips. I love that Mel can see and hear ghosts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 6 1/2 Body Parts: Body Movers Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Carlotta Wren has always wondered what her life would've been like if her father hadn't been charged with a white-collar crime, and if her wealthy parents hadn't fled town to avoid facing the music, leaving her to fend for herself and to raise her younger brother Wesley. But with a twist of fate, she's about to find out...

    asassyvic says: "Beware what you wish for"
    "Beware what you wish for"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 6 1/2 Body Parts to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer an audio version. A narrator can absolutely breathe life into a story and enliven characters in ways just reading doesn't do.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did not have a special favorite character.


    What does Ann M. Richardson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really brought the story to dimensions my own reading would never imagined.


    If you could take any character from 6 1/2 Body Parts out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The car


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun concept, as I do enjoy time travel stories. There were some flaws in it which I hope will be resolved in a follow up book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvesting Faith: Life on the Changing Prairie: Planting Dreams, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Linda K. Hubalek
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Imagine surveying your farmstead on the last day of your life, reviewing the decades of joys, hardships, and changes that have taken place on the eighty acres you have called home for the past fifty years. Would you feel at peace or find remorse at the decisions that took place in your life? This third audiobook in the Planting Dreams series portrays Charlotta Johnson as she recalls the events that shaped her family's destiny.

    asassyvic says: "Dreams do come true"
    "Dreams do come true"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Indeed I would


    What does Ann M. Richardson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Richardson has a sensitive and very feminine voice, I love listening to her. Her
    reading added a lot to the story and my listening pleasure.


    Who was the most memorable character of Harvesting Faith: Life on the Changing Prairie and why?

    No one, I liked them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book especially for history buffs. I love reading old pioneer letters and diaries. A book like this really brings history to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rejected Suitor: The Clearbrooks, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Teresa McCarthy
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Lady Emily Clearbrook secretly loved the Earl of Stonebridge, but one day, he left her without a word. Now, years later, the man mysteriously reappears and battles Emily's four brawny brothers to woo her again. But the bigger battle seems to be with Emily! This sweet historical romance series, about a duke's family, includes delightful, heartwarming love stories that bring the Regency period to life.

    Lisa says: "The Rejected Suitor wins my hand!"
    "Young Romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would to a younger person or a avid romance reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Teresa McCarthy? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by Pearl Hewitt – was your favorite?

    the mothers


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

    maudlin romance


    Any additional comments?

    Pearl Hewitt did a wonderful job narrating her voice is just great and so much emotion. She was exceptionally good with the older women's voices. Oh also the simpering was great. Loved her narration

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (204)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "Haunted house mysteries rock"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book, it is laugh out loud funny, and full of wonderful details on renovating old houses.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say who a favorite character would be, I liked them all.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the first time the ghost shows himself to Melanie.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. That's the great thing about audiobooks, you're free to do many other things while listening. With hard copy you're tethered to the book and turning the pages.


    Any additional comments?

    Xe Sands once again does a fantastic job narrating this book. She amplifies the story so well and makes the characters really pop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Glimmers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Barbara Brooke
    • Narrated By Ann M. Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    A simple touch, and suddenly Paige is in the past - living someone else's life, seeing the world through another person's eyes, and feeling their deepest emotions. Paige used to think memories only existed in the mind. But now, she knows better. She can't explain how or why, but she experiences 'glimmers', special moments that have remained behind - clinging to a letter, a ring, even a worn-out pair of boots. Each time Paige returns from a glimmer, a small part of her has changed.

    asassyvic says: "A fun time travel story"
    "A fun time travel story"
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    What did you love best about Glimmers?

    I honestly liked everything about Glimmers, it was fun, moved fast, and was well written and narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way when she slipped into shoes from the used store and found herself in the past living another persons life.


    What about Ann M. Richardson’s performance did you like?

    Wow, it was just a super good narration, the narrator was excellent in her ability to change voices rapidly and she gave a good mood to the book. Can't praise the narration enough. Super good.


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

    lol, Beware trying on used clothes.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a real good time travel book and the author did not leave anything unresolved. She pulled the different time periods together very skillfully. For a fun and somewhat light read, I think any time travel fan will enjoy it. I do recommend the audio version as the narrator brings much more to the story than just static reading of text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cries and Whiskers: A Theda Krakow Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Clea Simon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Music-journalist Theda Krakow is caught up in investigating the rise of a dangerous new designer drug that threatens the musicians and fans of her beloved club scene. But she puts her story on hold when she learns of an animal-rights activist who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while trying to rescue feral cats from a ferocious winter storm.

    Book reader says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "No psychic communication with any animals. :-("
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    What did you love best about Cries and Whiskers?

    I liked all the useful tips about feral cats, and cat care tips. I have many feral cats I've tamed and care for so its been very helpful. Don't let anyone tell you that a feral cat can't be tamed. They can, in their pussy cat hearts they all want a safe shelter, food, and love. Just like people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the cat rescue theme of the story the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved it when Theda was unrelenting in rescuing Musetta from the cupboard, risking her own life to do so.


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

    The terror and sheer anguish Theda experienced when she came home to find Musetta missing.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy this book very much and did review it online in some depth. Tavia Gilbert, rescued this book with her amazing narration. I mean that in the sense that I was disappointed that Theda was not solving crimes by psychic communication with her cat. Otherwise it was a good story and Ms. Gilbert added just the right punch to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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