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Dorothy

Eugene, OR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Close Enough to Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting….

    Lit Chick says: "Not her best"
    "Not Her Best"
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    I really regret that this book was not up to Victoria Dahl's usual standards. However, I was entertained and I'm not sorry I bought it. I hope her next book is much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (385)

    My name is Peter Grant, and I am a keeper of the secret flame - whatever that is. Truth be told, there's a lot I still don't know. My superior Nightingale, previously the last of England's wizardly governmental force, is trying to teach me proper schooling for a magician's apprentice. But even he doesn't have all the answers. Mostly I'm just a constable sworn to enforce the Queen’s Peace, with the occasional help from some unusual friends and a well-placed fire blast.

    Cliff says: "Finally, it's out!"
    "Well Worth the Wait"
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    I've been checking Audible almost daily since the book came out. I'm glad to say I didn't have to wait too long. Once again Ben A. takes us on a thrilling ride. Some reviewers have said this story is scattered, but I say go with it and enjoy the different tangents. Ultimately, you will be gobsmacked by the ending. I can't imagine this series without Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's remarkable performance. I believe this is Holdbrook-Smith's best performance ever. He's amazing and you can tell he really enjoys reading these stories.The only negative is that we have to wait for the next one to come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (214)

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    "Should be classified as a Christian love story."
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    This is a light, sweet love story with a strong Christian theme. I probably would not have purchased it if I'd been warned about the theme as it does not match my spiritual beliefs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2846)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2601)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "What's With All the Whiners?"
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    *** Spoiler Alert ***

    This series has been a roller coaster ride from the very first book. The final story takes us back to the platform in what I consider to be a satisfyingly soft landing. I've been predicting she'd end up with Sam since the middle of the series. It's the only natural conclusion. She'd have to be changed to be with Eric long term, and Sookie Stackhouse as a vampire just wouldn't be right. Each book is filled with wild characters and implausible plots - that's what makes this series so much fun! This book followed the pattern and I'm happy it gave us an ending that left me feeling that Sookie could finally live a happy life.

    Ms. Harris stayed true to Sookie's character. As another reviewer said, the entire series is really about Sookie's personal growth. I believe that the reason Ms. Harris included so many characters from the past is to show how she's gone from being crazy Sookie, at the beginning of the series, to being beloved Sookie whose friends showed up when she needed them most. What's wrong with that?

    As for the few people who claim they'll never read another Charlaine Harris book - don't be stupid! I've read every other book by CH that I could find and LOVED her other series', especially the Grave and Shakespeare series. I can't believe they haven't been made into TV shows yet. I regret she ended those series, too. I am really looking forward to reading the next CH book. I'm sure it will be awesome!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2752)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2106)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Very Funny!"
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    I loved this book the same way I love any book that makes me laugh out loud. It was cleverly written and Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator. Can't wait for the next instalment, if there is one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2124)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1972)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "More Please!"
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    I can't get enough of this series. I wish Ms. Briggs would write faster. Other than Mercy's constant guilt, I find her the smartest, toughest, most likeable female protagonist ever. I love that she can take care of herself as well as those she loves. Also, I love the narrator. She makes every book worth listening to over and over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heads You Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz, David Hayward
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (41)

    New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz conspires with - or should we say against? - coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel. Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.

    Dorothy says: "Nothing Funny About This Story"
    "Nothing Funny About This Story"
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    While the story was okay, I got very tired of hearing the bickering between the authors via their notes to each other. It was too much of a struggle to finish listening to the story, so I stopped well before the end. I bought it because of The Spellman series - perhaps the funniest books I've ever read. I am very sorry I bought this book. I'm going to go reread Lisa Lutz's Spellman books. They made me laugh out loud and will be funny no matter how many times I read them. I hope she writes many more of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Sting: Elemental Assassin, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (596)

    It’s Gin Blanco's party - and you’ll cry if she wants you to. Against her better judgment, Gin is coerced into attending a high-society gala with the rest of Ashland's elite underworld. On display: the priceless art collection of her deceased nemesis, Mab Monroe, and an excess of crime-boss swagger. While not comfortable in her fancy attire, Gin gets vastly more interested in the evening’s events when a group of thieves bursts in and tries to seize the valuable, dangerous gems.

    Hassan says: "Something Different than the usual Jobs"
    "I Love, Love, Love This Series"
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    Loved the story, love the narrator but I was sorry to finish the book. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deader Homes and Gardens: A Claire Malloy Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joan Hess
    • Narrated By Rachael Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Back from her somewhat unusual honeymoon, Claire Malloy must face the harsh reality of life with her new husband, police chief Peter Rosen, and her teenage daughter Caron—three people simply can’t fit into her cosy two bedroom apartment. After a week of fruitless looking, she finally finds the perfect place—a well preserved large house on a large plot of land in an area called Hollow Valley. There are only a few problems. Such as the real estate agent disappeared mid-showing and hasn’t been seen since.

    Ruthie in Idaho says: "Joan Hess fan VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!"
    "The Worst Book I've Ever Listened To"
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    I'm not sure which was worse - the story or the narration. After much consideration I decided that the writing was so dreadful that no narrator could possibly improve the story. I gave it 1 star because they don't offer a minus score. The main character came across as selfish, arrogant and downright unappealing. After 5 chapters I fast forwarded to the end just to find out "who done it" and felt glad to wipe this book out of my memory and my iTunes. I'm so sorry I wasted my money on it. Take my word - it's a complete waste of time. Purchase at your own risk.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (671)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Not Your Typical Vampire Story"
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    Loved this new take on the life of a vampire. The story and narration were both excellent. I highly recommend it. My only gripe is the length of the book (short). I didn't mind buying it on special but I did not, and probably won't, pay the usual asking price for the rest of the books in the series. It was good but not good enough to justify the expense. Audible - please put the rest of the books on special or lower the regular price.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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