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Marg Southern

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 269 titles in library
  • 49 purchased in 2014
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  • When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    It’s ho, ho, ho time in this hilarious and wacky Florida holiday tale, featuring bighearted psychopath Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman. Like Santa, Serge knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. Few can give with the generosity and creativity of Serge, and as December 24 rolls around, he is filling up the Serge sleigh with an unforgettable bag of presents. But before that, it’s all a big free-range Christmas office party, where Serge will be spreading his special cheer. And there’s that last-minute go-for-broke spree at the mall (just beware of those attacking elves - they bite).

    Susan says: "I Don't Know about Joyous but Nutbars REALLY Fits!"
    "Serge"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love this author and the performance was great. Only problem is, I just can't get over the Joe Peschi voice of Serge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (619)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "You have to love the series to tick with 21"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I happen to enjoy this series...it is not going to expand your mind but somehow the story and characters soothe me like a comfortable pair of shoes. Nothing new here from the previous 20 but if you enjoy the series, you will enjoy 21. Same book different number.

    Like I said, I happen to enjoy the series and will continue to look forward to 22.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1849)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (871)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "All time favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to A Confederacy of Dunces again? Why?

    I read it in the early 80's and still read it over


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun listen. Sadly the author died after writing this. The main character is so well fleshed out I thought it was based on the author. I looked up the author and he is nothing like his character. For years my father and I debated who would play Ignatious. Not just famous actors but stranger too. ...."he would make a good Ignacious".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3221)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2773)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Puee fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love writers like Carl Hiasson, Dave Barry and Tom Dorsey. I always hate to compare authors but this book satisfies my need for that genre. Wil Whaton's reading was a pleasant surprise, I bought the book on someone's recommendation thus I pass it on to you,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Dead: Sookie Stackhouse: The Complete Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (748)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has re-imagined the supernatural world with her "spunky" (Tampa Tribune) Southern Vampire novels, starring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. Now, for the first time, here is every Sookie Stackhouse short story ever written - together in one volume. The stories include "Fairy Dust", "One Word Answer", "Dracula Night", "Lucky" and "Giftwrap".

    A User says: "Good read after Sookie's series"
    "Love the series"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    How could you not love a series with characters named "Vampire Bill". Even some old college mates love this book. I would have thought them too "highbrow".

    If you are not sure if you are going to like this series, start with this book for a taste.

    BTW- narration is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (493)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Hitchikers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised that this was written before the guide to the Galaxy series. If you liked that series you will like its original inspiration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1370)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1241)

    Stephanie Plum is back in all-new adventure from #1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich.

    G. House Sr. says: "An improvment over the last -- but not by much"
    "standard fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Some of the reviews say the series is getting old…wall yes but I still enjoy the series. It is predictable but I love it just for the fun of it. So if you mind the same story told again and again but love the series, give it a listen. I think if I were reading the book I would have given up long ago but Loreli King does a great job.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good morality tale for young people"
    "short but enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Short but it was just what I wanted on this hot day. Period piece.

    0 of 0 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
    (9256)
    Performance
    (6774)
    Story
    (6817)

    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.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "a witch, a vampire and a demon walk into a bar..."
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    Fun listen in its genre. If you like this genre, you will enjoy this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atomic Lobster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane.

    Jose says: "Serge rules!"
    "Serge"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make Serge's voice stronger. His voice makes him sound resistible, not irresistible as I picture him.


    What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

    I liked everything except the portrayal of Serge. Otherwise, I liked him


    Was Atomic Lobster worth the listening time?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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