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Monique Atgood

Central FL

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Howard, Linda Jones
    • Narrated By Maggie Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

    Molly says: "ON the RUN~ 5 STAR all the way HOWARD /Jones Gem~~"
    "A Romance for Foodies"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a long slow romance that savors the 'build' of a relationship and delivers a 'bang' of suspense.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Wild?

    When the heroine was faced with feeding 12 hungry men in 2 hours with little experience.

    What about Maggie Wheeler’s performance did you like?

    She performed the book well. I thought her accent was charming.

    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable suspense romance that would appeal to people who like to think about food. The ending was different from the formula one I thought they would come up with, so it was a nice surprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Last Book in the Harper Paranormal Series"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performer paused so often to for dramatic purposes, that it made the characters come across as haughty and self important. IMO, It felt like she 'spoke down' to the audience.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mark Twain or Taken

    Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

    I guess.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Grave Secret?

    A. The story wasn't that good.

    B. It lacked the friendship and family interaction that would have been expected when someone dies or is shot.

    C. The Heroine kept switching back and forth from calling her lover her 'brother' and 'boyfriend'. It was creepy as heck. He was her STEP brother, but she never referred to him as such.

    D. The mystery 'climax - reveal' at the Texas ranch was ridiculous. It made no sense for these characters to suddenly throw out years of planning and plotting and have a great big 'confession' before the convenient and sudden ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "A Sci-Fi Schizophrenic Cornucopia"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe, if the friend loves Star Trek, and has a sense of humor.

    Has Redshirts turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but the author is unseasoned, and uses the word "SAID" about 5 million times. For instance, there are only two people in a scene, a man and a woman talking quietly. The author inserted the word "SAID" so many times, it drove me to consider turning it into a drinking game, but the threat of alcohol poisoning turned me away from the idea.

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

    Ah, he provides venom and joy and emotions that convey a good performance.

    Any additional comments?

    A great book, but it's really several books and universes and weirdness in one novel. I think the author was trying just a bit too much. I think he's talented, but seems new to the writing game, and honestly, this was just a touch too much. The original story was clever and funny, and the characters make this novel spring to life. But the way the narrative changes to become essentially another completely different novel is unnerving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Excellent Vacation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (author/editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Amanda Ronconi, and others
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It really can be an endless summer — if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all — and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist — are many.

    Terry says: "The Perfect Listen for a Vacation Getaway..."
    "Wonderful Performances!"
    If you could sum up Death's Excellent Vacation in three words, what would they be?

    Eclectic, Oscar Worthy

    What other book might you compare Death's Excellent Vacation to and why?

    Any Paranormal, cause the stories all revolve around paranormal creatures.

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

    This man is Oscar Worthy! What a performer! He made the stories leap to life and get up and dance. Wow.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book of eclectic short stories. Vampires, Ghouls, Gargoyles, Succubus, and all things paranormal go on vacation. The story about the demon who liked to be a dog because his 'package' was bigger than when he was in man form made me howl with laughter.

    A throughly enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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