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Barbara

Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Dog Tags

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (451)

    A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

    Tim says: "Wanna have some fun?"
    "This book is just one in a great series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dog Tags to be better than the print version?

    Better? hmmm maybe because I really enjoy Grover Gardner's performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy Carpenter because I love the way the character thinks.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His delivery of the book makes me laugh out loud. I think his performance makes a wonderful character even more wonderful!


    If you could take any character from Dog Tags out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tara because I think she would be good company!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a BIG fan of this series and I can't wait for the new one coming out in July. How long before it's available on Audible?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • KnockOut: FBI Thriller #13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (115)

    Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: she can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father's ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, she witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying a pile of dead bodies in the middle of the night.

    Lehua says: "Predictable all the way"
    "Too something"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. Books are wonderful and I appreciate those that can write. It is a talent I do not have and I never want to appear to judge something I cannot do myself. I just didn't enjoy this book as much as others in the series so I apologize in advance if my disappointment makes my review a little harsh.


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

    The story line was very complicated and confusing. There are too many undeveloped ideas very loosely woven together to try to make them fit into this FBI series of books. It didn't work. The multitude of twists and turns in this book didn't make it interesting, it made it tedious.


    Did Paul Costanzo and Renee Raudman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. These two performers did excellent work.


    Do you think KnockOut needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't enjoy the story in this book. I loved the FBI series in the beginning but this book was not as good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dixie Cash
    • Narrated By Peggity Price
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (113)

    In this rollicking tale, best-selling author Dixie Cash - author of My Heart May Be Broken but My Hair Still Looks Great - sets Salt Lick's own sleuthing cosmetologists on a collision course with the Big Apple. On an all-expenses-paid trip to a New York PI convention, the Texas Tornadoes hope to do some serious shopping. But that's before they stumble across a serial killer.

    Julia says: "Silly but Decent Plot"
    "Don't Miss this book!"
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    Where does Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dixie Cash has written a very fun, VERY FUNNY series of books about two strong women in Texas living their lives as best they can while cutting hair and solving mysteries! I read THIS book first and then went back to find all of the books in the series because it was that good! The books are very good but the narrator of this series, Peggity Price (don't you just love that name!) is the perfect choice and she enhances these very good books with her excellent performance. THIS book is on my list of favorites because it makes me laugh every time I hear it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edwina because I want her car.


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

    She makes the characters distinct and performs the dialog as one that has lived or worked in that area. She sounds like Texas and her delivery is exactly like someone from that area would say it-same energy and emotions. She makes the characters feel real.


    If you could take any character from Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Edwina because I want her car!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cove: FBI Thriller #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (298)

    The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town.

    Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John, of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan, who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and he believes she's the key. But is she really?

    bookish327 says: "Not for anyone sensitive about sexual violence"
    "A little Dark but very good!"
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    What did you love best about The Cove?

    The story kept me guessing.


    What other book might you compare The Cove to and why?

    Just other FBI series books by the same author-complicated story line.


    What about Sandra Burr’s performance did you like?

    Her voice enhanced the story instead of making herself the focus.


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

    The descriptions of her father's visits to her while she was institutionalized. Evil!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Blunt Instrument: Inspector Hannasyde Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Ulli Birvé
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    When Ernest Fletcher is found bludgeoned to death in his study, everyone is shocked and mystified: Ernest was well liked and respected, so who would have a motive for killing him? Enter Superintendent Hannasyde who, with consummate skill, begins to uncover the complexities of Fletcher's life. It seems the real Fletcher was far from the gentleman he pretended to be. There is, in fact, no shortage of people who wanted him dead.

    M. R. James says: "Great story by a terrific reader"
    "My Favorite Heyer Mystery!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Blunt Instrument the most enjoyable?

    The story. It keeps you guessing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sgt Hemingway. I love how he thinks.


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

    This is another great performance by Ulli Birve. A real professional.


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

    No crying but I laughed...a lot!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Georgette Heyer books, especially the mysteries, and A BLUNT INSTRUMENT is my favorite Heyer mystery. It shows off Heyer's skill in creating characters that make the reader interested in the story. She paints such a vivid picture of the social culture of the time period that it becomes an element of the story. Bottom Line: This story is fun and Ulli Birve gives another great performance so you can't go wrong with this book if you like English mysteries and/or books by Georgette Heyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (1408)
    Story
    (1400)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Another Great Story"
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    Where does Treachery In Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love all my audiobooks and the JD Robb audiobooks are particular favorites. The stories are fun and fresh. Susan Ericksen's performance makes the characters come alive and enhances every story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eve Dallas. She's a survivor!


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Her characterizations are unique so you always know which character is speaking. She also "gets" each character and that comes across in her performance!


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

    I always laugh in Eve Dallas books and I sometimes cry. This one just made me want to see justice done!


    Any additional comments?

    I want more Eve Dallas and company stories and I want Susan Ericksen to perform them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "MORE JOHN CEEPAK and DANNY BOYLE"
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    Would you listen to Fun House again? Why?

    I already have listened to it more than once. Whenever a new book comes out, I go back and listen to all of them from the beginning. Sort of like my own version of a "marathon". I enjoy them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fun House?

    The ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


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

    Reality TV can be hazardous to your health


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Danny Boyle character and the books are special because they are told from his point of view which is a little sarcatic and often very funny. It has been fun to see him mature in the books from boy to man. Like all of us, he still has some room to grow so I hope the books keep coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Dog Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (570)

    For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

    A User says: "The wait is over!"
    "Another Great Book in the Series"
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    If you could sum up One Dog Night in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Fresh, Quirky


    What other book might you compare One Dog Night to and why?

    Any of the other books in the Andy Carpenter series because they are all wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the courtroom where Andy saves the dog.


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

    For the love of a dog...


    Any additional comments?

    I do not like lawyer books but I LOVE this series. More, please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Lightning

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    It's a hot, humid summer night in Minnesota, and Virgil Flowers is in bed with one of his ex-wives (the second one, if you're keeping count ) when the phone rings. It's Lucas Davenport. There's a body in Stillwater, two shots to the head, found near a veterans' memorial. And the victim has a lemon in his mouth, exactly like the body they found last week.

    A User says: "Heat Lightning with Virgil Flowers"
    "Virgil, Virgil, Virgil!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heat Lightning the most enjoyable?

    John Sandford is great at description. His characters are real-bad habits and not always tightly wrapped! He makes you "see" an area that he clearly loves and he tells a good story. I like all of his books but especially the Virgil Flowers series! I love series with interesting characters that make you want to read more about them. You can't go wrong with a book by John Sandford.


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

    Not "edge of my seat" but certainly in it until the story was finished.


    What about Eric Conger’s performance did you like?

    Narrators can make or break a good audiobook. Eric is a very good narrator. He is perfect for this series and I enjoy the sound of his voice.


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

    No, I can't say that. I just liked the whole thing which I think is more important.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (1377)
    Story
    (1374)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Good Story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shock Wave to be better than the print version?

    My first experience with John Sanford was Buried Prey and Rules of Prey (different series and very good!) so I decided to see if there were more from him that I would like. I'm so glad I found this Virgil Flowers series and I'm looking forward to the rest of the books. The narrator is great!


    Which character – as performed by Eric Conger – was your favorite?

    Virgil of course!


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a new Sanford fan so I hope he keeps writing for a long time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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