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Valerie

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (804)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "Light & Delightful"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this mystery, it took me quite awhile to figure out the murderer, which I always consider a good sign. The writing was descriptive and amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would read another book by the same author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Remember When (includes 'Big Jack': In Death, Book 17.5)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (421)

    Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. At least, that's what everyone in Angel's Gap thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara. Or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahead of the law.

    trish says: "If you've read or listened to Big Jack don't buy!"
    "Interesting Duo"
    Overall

    Remember When is actually two separate stories, one in current time about a diamond hiest and a second story in which Eve Dallas is involved. The second story is related to the first story. A former reviewer said to read this book prior to number 17 due to Summerset, the butler's, return. However, I STRONGLY advise you to read this book after number 17 because of the Peabody story arc. If you read this one prior to number 17 it spoils the surprise. I enjoyed the Eve Dallas part better than the first part. Another great story by JD Robb!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Hewson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    In a hidden studio in Rome, an art expert is found dead in front of one of the most beautiful paintings Nic Costa has ever seen - an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece. But before long, tragedy will strike Nic far closer to home. The main suspect's identity is known, but he remains untouchable, protected by a fleet of lawyers and a sinister cult known as the Ekstasists.

    Kelly Howard says: "Hewson delivers again"
    "Painful narrator, couldn't finish"
    Overall

    The plot wasn't bad, but I thought it was slow. The narrator was terrible, especially doing women's voices - they all sounded vapid! I couldn't finish the book (which is usual for me because I like to get my money's worth!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1322)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Sweeping and Moving"
    Overall

    Although "A Thousand Splendid Suns" was difficult to read at times - like his previous book, "The Kite Runner", this is a wonderful book of loyalty and love between dissimilar characters. I discovered much about Afghanistan's traditions and people through the story of how the turmoil impacted these characters. I would definitely recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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