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rebecca

pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Royal Blood: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1430)
    Story
    (1415)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    Amazon Customer says: "A little predictable"
    "Delightful!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a wonderful read by an extremely talented voice actress. Her narration adn characters each have their own voice. The story is a great blend of humor, history, romance and mystery - all rolled into one fun plot. There are five books in this series and I hope more will come - both from the author and then the voice actress.


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  • Start Late, Finish Rich: A No-Fail Plan for Achieving Financial Freedom at Any Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    Start Late, Finish Rich applies David Bach's financial wisdom to all those who forgot to save (or just plain procrastinated) and are worried that it is too late to achieve financial freedom. For those who worry that they'll never be able to retire on their current savings, hope and help have arrived. David's message is that it is never too late to finish rich.

    James says: "Sound advice, but..."
    "Terrific book but best as a physical workbook"
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    What did you love best about Start Late, Finish Rich?

    I read the book and got the download to hear again later and have my children listen to. However, there are tables and forms in the book which are, of course, not accessible as a listener. The narrator actually reads the tables and it is frustrating. Get the book - it is excellent advise and content - and choose something else to listen to.


    Would you recommend Start Late, Finish Rich to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only in book form.


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

    Nothing. It needs to be read and written in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (433)

    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    "My first story set in the Regency - wonderful!"
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    What did you love best about Lady Fortescue Steps Out?

    It has a terrific story, humorous, sprinkled with tidbits of history and customs of the times which I loved! I have avoided "Regency Romances" with their lurid book covers and rote story lines and I was very hesitant to buy this book - but the story premise was different, intriguing. Here is a story of the genteel poverty stricken protagonists, several of senior years. Hmmmm, how will that be played out? Now, there are young protagonists, too! And there is some genteel romance!. This is not a bodice ripper and if you want graphic sex then this is not for you. Rather, this is an exceedingly well crafted story with an original plot, engaging characters, a expose of mores and customs of the later 1700's and is a MUST read in my opinion.


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  • The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup: Hank the Cowdog

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Tricked-up pickup! Hank the Cowdog is about to go on the ride of his life! When the old pickup truck breaks down, Slim ends up with a brand-new model on loan while the old one gets fixed. But Hank is used to the simple life on the ranch and doesn't know what to do when faced with power windows and door locks.

    rebecca says: "Dog lovers Unite!"
    "Dog lovers Unite!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Case of the Booby-Trapped Pickup to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I have always preferred the audio to the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual, Hank gets into scrapes that he creates from his own bumbling actions. His spoonerisms, double entendres, etc are delightful. The characters of Hank and his side kick Drover are wonderful and our family has listened to these stories for decades. Now my grandkids listen to them! And I, as an adult, still enjoy listening to the new releases because they are just darn good yarns, like a great Twain short story!


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

    Definitely! Great for car rides.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (1741)
    Story
    (1736)

    You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do? If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity....

    Pat H. says: "NOT THE GREATEST."
    "Best series - read it, don't listen to it."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! What a strident, harsh voice she has. It is like nails on a chalkboard. Her narration ruins a perfectly wonderful story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One for the Money?

    When I read the book there were so many delightful and funny moments that had me literally laughing out loud. Her narration makes the story dull and uninteresting. I actually started and turned this off many times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator of the "Full" series did a great job of having distinct voices for each character - male or female, young or old, Southern or Northern accents - AND it was a pleasant voice to boot. The producers should have kept her for this Plum series.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I love the Stephanie Plum series and have read every one of them - several, many times - I will not waste my credits on any of these stories with this narrator. I recommend that if you are new to this series you READ the books and not spend your credits to listen to the flat renditions.

    This series was introduced to me by a patient. Imagine working in the neuro-surgical unit where people have just had brain or spinal surgeries and you hear frequent laughter emanating from a particular room. Naturally I HAD to go in and see what had this patient laughing! She had a pile of books on her bedside table. I had never heard of Janet Evanovich and I actually disliked the romance genre. But she sold me on these stories! Her good friend had insisted she take her stash of books to read during recovery. Suffice it to say, she needed the least amount of pain meds and I discovered an utterly delightful heroine who is a feminine Pink Panther - outlandish scrapes, exploding cars, a couple of hunks that come and go in her life, real nasties as she bumbles in and out of mayhem, some spicy scenes.... Lots of fun. Read them all!

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  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (424)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "A stellar story and a stellar narration."
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    What did you love best about The Firm?

    I just love the tension of Mitch's dream job turning into a nightmare. You can feel for those who got sucked into the evil of The Firm and couldn't get out, you can feel horror and disgust for the top henchmen in The Firm. And the many characters that populate this book are real, dynamic, unpredictable and just very, very real and human. You can read this, get totally enmeshed in the books plot and characters and wonder just what you would do if in that situation. It is simply a well crafted story with plot developments that keep you from falling asleep or turning it off to get work done!


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

    He is excellent in this narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Another Bad Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

    SIMARA says: "Second chance love with a ghostly twist..."
    "Just too formulaic and predictable for me"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It took several start and I would shut it off after 10 minutes and go to another book. I did get through it when I turned it on at bedtime and fell asleep listening to it night after night.


    If you’ve listened to books by Rachel Gibson before, how does this one compare?

    I have read and enjoyed her other stories (not in this series). This was just flatter, just too, too predictable. Romance has a forgone ending but there was not enough freshness in the situations and character to get lost in it as I would a good story.


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

    She does a GREAT job with the narration in this book. Her voices for each character are very distinct which makes dialog so easy to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I did not enjoy this. I could anticipate every upcoming scene, every emotional up and down. I like a romance book that has more depth to the characters so that I can really get into their hearts and minds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1559)
    Performance
    (1060)
    Story
    (1074)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "A great listen for a relaxing escape."
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    If you could sum up Virgin River in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic. Realistic. Well paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the slow, relaxed development of the main characters.


    What about Therese Plummer’s performance did you like?

    She has a pleasing voice, able to take on different inflections, accents and timbres.


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

    Yes - but I couldn't! Due to the realities of daily life it took me a few days to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot is realistic, true to how people react to loss, stress and change. The characters in the small town are engaging, distinctive and so enjoyable (and irritating or frightening as called for). The book was engaging and it left me wanting to read more in the series to see the evolution of the people in this town. I was especially taken with the crotchety old doctor! I want to see what happens to him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of the Out of Date Murder and The Waltz of Death: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Episode #7

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Anthony Boucher, Denis Green
    • Narrated By Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    At the Emperor of Austria’s gala ball, a beautiful woman is suddenly shot dead. Holmes and Watson investigate, but the killer has only begun his deadly dance!

    rebecca says: "A delightful listen"
    "A delightful listen"
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    THE Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce do a delightful job of bringing Holmes and Watson to life. These radio dramas are not direct retellings of Conan Doyle's writing but are great interpretations. The recording is old but the quality is good. I had these on tape decades ago and am thrilled to get them on my hard drive! There are a lot of stories in these series and you can't go wrong picking any of them for an entertaining listen. At the price - get them all! I won't describe the stories but almost every one in the series has been well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John R. Erickson
    • Narrated By John R. Erickson
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
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    (16)

    Lost: one little boy. When Little Alfred runs away from home and winds up in the Dark Unchanted Forest being trailed by a bobcat, Hank the Cowdog knows that it's up to him to save his young master. So, mustering up all the courage that a Head of Ranch Security can come up with, he bravely makes his way into the forest.

    Caleb says: "good audiobook"
    "Poor Hank - up to his usual mess!"
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    For both adults and children to listen to....... Hank is a cow-dog on Loper's cattle ranch in the Texas panhandle. All the stories are told from his perspective and if anyone is a dog lover then these stories are a MUST for your delight and enjoyment. Adults and children will both laugh at the scrapes Hank and his sidekick, Drover, get into. Adults will love the double entedres, the malapropisms, the spoonerisms that pepper the story. The narration is superb with the author able to take on many, many different voices. Our family started listening to these stories in the 80's, first on tapes which we literally wore out, then CD's and now on our computer and iPods!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patriot Games

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (705)

    It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

    K. Masheter Deal says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "A great story that will keep you rivited."
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    Superbly crafted story - one of my favorites in the Jack Ryan series. Narration is pretty good - I have heard worse. He is pretty expressive with a good pace to his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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