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  • Living Successfully with Screwed-Up People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth B. Brown
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Harness the power of your emotions as you gain insight into why you react so strongly to the difficult people in your life. You may have come from a dysfunctional family, work for or with dysfunctional people, or live in a dysfunctional household. But you do not have to be dysfunctional! Learn how to stop playing the victim and start living as the victor. Living Successfully With Screwed-Up People shows you how.

    Martin says: "My Family"
    "A Good, Solid Listen"
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    My attention was drawn to this great title... Living Successfully With Screwed Up People. But the book has much more substance than I had anticipated, and a little more heavy (emotionally) in areas than I would have cared for. There is great advice for how to deal with screwed up people of all kinds, whether it be your family, work colleague, or partner, and the situations in which they are giving you difficulty. I especially enjoyed the advice on humour and self-control.

    A good deal of the book reflects back at the reader, asking if perhaps the reader is the screwed up person in these situations, and giving advice on how to deal with fixing that. A good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1061)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "Even Better Than One!"
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    What did you love best about Two for the Dough?

    "Two for the Dough" is *hilarious*! I found myself laughing more and cringing less than while reading the first novel, as Stephanie has more experience with bounty hunting. Also her family and friends are more involved in her work life, Grandma Mazur being central to helping her solve the mystery. A fun time with Stephanie, I'm looking forward to "Three!"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Danger Point: Miss Silver Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Miss Silver is returning from holiday when a distraught young woman enters her carriage. Beautiful society heiress Lisle Jerningham confides that she believes her husband, Dale, is trying to kill her. An overheard conversation and a near-tragic accident have convinced her that her life is in danger. Lisle returns to Tanfield Court, unsettled by her suspicions and then by another accident. But it’s when a young woman from the local village is found dead at the bottom of a cliff that she really begins to fear for her life.

    Coffee Lover says: "Always love Miss Silver"
    "A Captivating Story"
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    Danger Point is an cozy murder mystery set in 1939, and begins when a young wife overhears disturbing gossip about her husband and his first wife. Miss Silver makes few appearances, I found myself wanting to read more about her! The story itself was entertaining; however the heroine was often listless and had such poor self-esteem that most of my motivation to finish was to learn how she would fair off.

    My first Miss Silver mystery, not my last!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Is Not a Stress Rehearsal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Loretta LaRoche
    • Narrated By Loretta LaRoche
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When you spend time with children or family, does it feel like you're wasting time that could be spent working? Do you read about sex, but never go on dates? Do you carry a beeper or cell phone wherever you go even though you are not a trauma surgeon? Then Life Is Not a Stress Rehearsal is for you. Loretta LaRoche will teach you how to take a step back and see the insanity for what it really is.

    Lisa says: "Kinda Preachy"
    "Like Listening To A Good Friend"
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    Loretta LaRoche has long been a favourite inspirational speaker of mine, and I knew going into this audiobook that she would provide me with some much needed perspective on stress-related events in my life. She did not disappoint, and I enjoyed listening to her stories and advice in her own voice.

    Listening to Loretta is like sitting down with a wise aunt or good friend, who has a clear perspective on people and relationships, and how stressful things were managed much better in her grandmother's time, and she steers you back on course with common sense and humour. Sometimes the message can be repetitive to listen to - after all, this is a 6 hour audiobook and I found myself breaking up chapters with a fictional audiobook. But even she doesn't take herself too seriously, as she advises not to look for all the answers in gurus like herself. Entertaining!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (765)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Fantastic Mystery!"
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    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Happy, fun, and surprising!


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

    Absolutely! There is some world building, as this may be the first story in the series but it's not Chet and Bernie's first adventure. Told from the POV of Chet the dog, he doesn't dwell on his mistakes or take life too seriously - as long as there's food and Bernie in his life, he's quite happy.

    Chet is very capable and smart, though his memory isn't all that good. The mystery is suspenseful, especially when Chet is alone in scary situations and has to find a way out of them!


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

    Jim Frangione has a carefree tone to his voice that goes great with Chet's attitude.


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

    Without spoiling the book too much,Chet finds himself in a few life and death situations that had me on the edge of my seat, hoping he'd make it through okay!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heat Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (574)

    The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

    ShySusan says: "Another good one from Castle."
    "Love It!"
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    Where does Heat Rises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Heat Rises" is one of my favourite audiobooks to listen to and enjoy over again.


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

    An interesting plot that is made more exciting by it's heroine. Nikki Heat has strong convictions, and doesn't suffer fools. She is one of the strongest female leads I have ever read, equal measure confident and compassionate and smart. This is one of the few audiobooks I have bookmarked selections to go back and listen to over again.


    What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

    The narration is clear and the voices distinct for the characters; however, I would have preferred hearing a woman's voice to match Nikki's view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (617)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "A Little Bit Of Everything"
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    If you could sum up Secondhand Spirits in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Scary, Unpredictable!


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

    A complex heroine and supporting characters help support a plot that has enough twists to keep the reader guessing what's next. The author has a good sense of timing - just enough description and dialogue, no setting feels extraneous. Lily's history as a witch and the people who are drawn to her reputation, her new friends and clients as a shop owner, her new familiar, and yes - the actual mystery, come together for a full, enjoyable book!


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

    This is my first listen to Xe Sands, and I now consider myself a fan. Her gentle voice is a perfect match for a strong, grounded character.


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

    When Lily and Matt are investigating Francis' house, I found myself genuinely scared, not something I would expect in a "cozy" mystery!


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more books by Juliet Blackwell!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gossip: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Lady Jane Hamilton, one of the guests at the Lochdubh School of Casting, is positively ruining everyone's holiday with her knack for digging up nasty secrets. As the week-long fishing class progresses, she gives each person there a reason to hate her. But figuring out which one of them would go so far as to commit murder is trickier than catching a Lochdubh salmon.

    MissSusie66 says: "Just Ok"
    "A Good Beginning"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death of a Gossip the most enjoyable?

    The first novel in the Hamish MacBeth series, it's enjoyable to go back to the beginning and read how this series began, including Hamish's initial friendship with Priscilla and his lackadaisical lifestyle. The villagers don't play as prominent a role as in later books but it's interesting - knowing the adventures to come, to read (primarily) an outsider's POV of Lockdubh and Hamish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of a Gossip?

    One of the most memorable, and hilarious, moments was when Hamish was hiding from the Colonel in Priscilla's bed - the romance begins!


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

    I have listened to other Hamish MacBeth mysteries narrated by Davina Porter and they are all very enjoyable listens. She gives each character a unique voice that suits the situation. I listen to books in a loud work setting and I could hear every word clearly, something that doesn't always happen with audiobooks.


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

    Be careful what you fish for ;)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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