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gwennieg

I live on audiobooks.

ratings
332
REVIEWS
17
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
4
HELPFUL VOTES
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  • If Walls Could Talk: Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

    Ann says: "DIY murder, that spans the here and hereafter...."
    "The best in a long time!"
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    What made the experience of listening to If Walls Could Talk the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is wonderful and has a great way with sexy guy-voices. I'm surprised I've never heard her read. It's like listening to Anna Fields; you are able to forget there is a narrator and enjoy the great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of If Walls Could Talk?

    Mel's great love for the grand old homes of the Bay Area, especially of San Francisco. It was a new insight to me to hear of the beautiful old homes and their history, and resulting tidbits of the history of the Bay Area. I was totally engrossed and enjoyed the story line. There is a perfect balance of humor, romance, technical information, GHOSTS, & character development (quite a few lovable characters, well developed). When read by such a great narrator, it is the best series I've read in a long while.


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

    See above


    Any additional comments?

    MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4559)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2616)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Blah"
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    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Steven Crossley?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tana French again?

    Maybe. Probably not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was the book that was bad


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Why did I listen to the whole thing?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5513)
    Performance
    (3467)
    Story
    (3475)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Best book ever!"
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    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is one of the very best. It's spiritual, funny, intelligent and entertaining. As most animal books, it has a few tear-jerker incidents but the ending makes up for any angst. Love, love, LOVE it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thicker Than Water: A Felix Castor Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Damian Lynch
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Old ghosts of different kinds come back to haunt Felix, in the fourth gripping Felix Castor novel. Names and faces he thought he'd left behind in Liverpool resurface in London, bringing Castor far more trouble than he'd anticipated. Childhood memories, family traumas, sins old and new, and a council estate that was meant to be a modern utopia until it turned into something like hell...these are just some of the sticks life uses to beat Felix Castor with as things go from bad to worse for London's favourite freelance exorcist.

    Robin says: "Why did they change the narrator with book 4?"
    "Love this series!"
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    This book didn't get 4 stars from me as I found it a tad depressing. It is funny and interesting and I love the characters but I could have done with a little less childhood angst and mistreatment. I enjoy the glimpse into life in England. One of my very favorite characters is Juliet, the demon, but I missed her voice in this book. The previous narrator gave her a deep, throaty voice that made everything she said really funny. Even when she said "Whhhaaat?" I could envision this beautiful, extremely dangerous demon without a clue about human thought, trying very hard to understand. I missed that with this narrator but everyone else sounded like they should. Overall, it is a fun series and very entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (1847)
    Story
    (1857)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Love this series!"
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    I started with this series because Anna Fields, just the best narrator in the world, narrated it. Then I was hooked and have enjoyed each book and the narrator. This last one is wonderful, full of suspense and totally engrosing. If you are looking for an engaging series with a tough & funny heroine this is it! Very well done, author & narrators!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2715)
    Story
    (2717)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "I love Jack Reacher!"
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    I love Jack Reacher, Lee Child for creating him and Dick Hill for portraying him so well! Thank you all!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (615)

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "Wonderful, as usual"
    Overall

    I can't imagine anyone else reading the In Death books. Susan Ericksen is great, in my opinion and, after what seems like tons of books in the series she IS the voice of Dallas, Roarke, Peabody (my favorite), the commander and everyone else. The stories are so entertaining and fun to listen to, I wish J.D. Robb could write more of them. When she writes as Nora Roberts, the books don't send me but this series is one of my very favorites.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Kiss: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    New York Times best-selling author Keri Arthur wields a pen that drips with unrestrained sensuality. In this sexy paranormal romance, Riley Jenson - she of vampire blood and werewolf instinct - is on the hunt for evildoers. As alluring as she is deadly, Riley sets her sights on two imposing serial killers. But when the immortal Quinn joins the hunt, all bets (and possibly Riley's clothes) are most certainly off.

    gwennieg says: "I love this book!"
    "I love this book!"
    Overall

    Keri Arthur fills this story with the COOLEST supernatural beings and the dialog made me feel like I was really in the world they live in. The narrator has an Australian accent which is perfect as the story takes place there. Its a mystery, a romance and a fantasy with rich characters and an entertaining plot. There's some steamy scenes but not so many it detracts from the story. The heroine is a werewolf so it would be pretty "Twilight-ty" (bland) if there wasn't some sex! I would highly recommend this book and feel it was well worth the money and time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Mourning: A William Monk Novel #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (200)

    When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

    gwennieg says: "A Dangerous Mourning"
    "A Dangerous Mourning"
    Overall

    This is the first book in the William Monk series to which I have listened and I absolutely loved it. I intend to listen to as many of the series as I can. I enjoy Davina Porter's wonderful reading and accent which are perfect for this engaging Victorian novel. I am already involved with Nurse Latterly, Monk and the dashing lawyer, Oliver Rathbone and can't wait to meet them again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Slayer: Dark Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (292)

    A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer - a woman - who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead. She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without companionship or love.

    Mary says: "Loved it!!"
    "Could do without the accents"
    Overall

    I love Christine Feehan's books and she is definitely the queen of writing sex scenes. This book was very good but the accents of the readers were strangely disturbing. Also, I feel there was a bit too much of the Carpathian language in the reading. A little is OK but with the odd accents used by the readers it was distracting & irritating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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