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Marla

Independence, MO, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • 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
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1488)

    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 Witch in San Fransisco"
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    Where does Secondhand Spirits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Secondhand Spirits offers the reader a story with a touch of realism and the paranormal. I would say it maybe one of my current top 20 books of fantasy and mystery.


    What other book might you compare Secondhand Spirits to and why?

    This story is as interesting as a Mercy Thomson or Rachel Morgan book. Each with a different spin on the supernatural, and each with a smart brave antagonist. Looking forward to reading more of Lily Ivory's story.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    The gremlin, her familiar, Oscar. This character was performed well and you enjoyed Xe's take on the different funny character.


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

    Discover magical San Francisco.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Boar Island: An Anna Pigeon Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (477)

    Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyberbullying and stalking are new ones. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend, Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until one day Heath finds her daughter, Elizabeth, in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry - her aunt Gwen and her friend, Anna Pigeon.

    Jean says: "A Fast Moving Tale"
    "The meaning of family"
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    I love Anna Pigeon 's adventures and it's good to see that age isn't slowing her down any. Her extended family plays a good part of this story. Each character experiences and learns a new meaning of family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Bus to Wisdom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (708)

    The final novel from a great American storyteller. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig's beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an 11-year-old's imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for "female trouble" in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

    B.J. says: "Such a lovely final book."
    "Remembrances of the Kind"
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    A combination of Stephen King, Judy Blume and Zane Grey. A tale of coming of age in a big adventure. An eleven years old red haired boy, uses his savvy, out think an aunt Kate, the law and Hobos. A great adventure for any age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (1006)
    Story
    (995)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    Me & My Girls says: "Same Old Story"
    "Spencer Quinn hits a home run"
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    this is one of Quinn's best Chet and Bernie stories. Taking the case to be a chaperone for a woman and ending up looking for her lost son at Big Bear. Wines Chet and Bernie in real hot water. Susie comes to the rescue. Chet finds a little look a like at home. I can't wait for their next adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corrupted: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2192)

    Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, and she doesn't like to fail. Now a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her.

    Karen B. Jinks says: "Great book!"
    "One of the best novels by Scottoline"
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    This latest, and hopefully, not the last law thrillers by Scottoline. Rosati & DiNunzio law firm's tales, only get better with age, like a fine wine. The ending had me in tears. The courtroom intriguin and mysterious who done it you just can't put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (417)

    With characters arranged alphabetically - from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli - best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions - including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

    Rich R. Rainbolt says: "Not more than one-liners for each Character"
    "Everyone Has an Ending"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Knowing the out come of the characters in the Sookie Stackhouse books provides some closer, for the most part. The problem I have with the telling of each person's ending, after the last Sookie novel, is that there are so many. One may not remember the characters. What I would change is this that Charlaine Harris, would write a reminder of who the character was. Perhaps reference the book the character was in, or what they did. Such as, "Jason, Sookie's Brother, and weir panther", or "Quinn, the weir tiger, an once Sookie's lover."


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have given a book reference to where the characters came from. A better reminder of who the character was. Unless you are a super Sookie Stackhouse fan freak, it will be difficult to remember who's who.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were no scenes. However, the best ending for me was Sookies. Her wedding gift from Eric was nice too.


    Could you see After Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I cannot see this as a movie, since this is more of a reference book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (892)

    While Bernie continues his struggle to pay the bills, Chet - with his sharp nose and even sharper teeth - keeps bringing down the perps. Told from Chet's perspective and featuring the humorous ramblings of a dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail is another winner.

    Deborah says: "I laughed out loud throughout this book"
    "I Love this Furry Detective!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you love dogs and detective stories, this is a book for you. Written in the point of view of the dog Chet, the owner Bernie ( a P.I.), solve cases together. Spencer Quinn will make you laugh and cry in this story of the two P.I.s. If you are a fan of Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown's Mrs. Murphy mysteries, you will love Spencer Quinn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh who could not love Chet (the jet)? He will tell it like it is. I never get tired of him referring to "We solve a lot of cases, Bernie and I." The way he will get distracted by a cat, bird, or scrap of food, and lose his focus, cracks me up every time.


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

    This is my second book narrated by Jim Fragione, the prior was the first of the series by Spencer Quinn's. He does a pronominal job. His phrasing and pace, really makes you believe Chet is real.


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

    There are so many instances in this book, where I cracked up. I know dogs, and can relate to Chet's references. Such as, something being chewed or eaten, and Chet did not understand just how that happened, or it's a story for another time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3200)
    Performance
    (2941)
    Story
    (2924)

    Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she'll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

    CL says: "Sadly disappointing."
    "Office politics with vampires"
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    What did you love best about The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire?

    I love the antagonist, Gigi. She is so cute, smart and spunky. She is all grown up, well as much as a 20 year old can be. But she has seen a lot in her young years. Losing her parents, dating a evil vampire, and having her sister turned into a vampire. She gets to see inside the vampire workings, when she gets a job programming a system to track vampire's heritages, and lineages. Best of all she finally meets the sexy vampire of her dreams.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, the 500 year old, sexy, Russian vampire, who sweeps Gigi off her feet. He is funny and very sexy. Have I said sexy too much? Well he is. He has a great sense of humor, for someone of his age.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gigi ends up pretending to be dying in the hospital. She dose this to set a trap for the person who supposed to have put her there. The scene of her springing the trap is hilarious. I can't tell you too much, it would spoil it for you. Also, a certain "Bitchy" vampire gets what has been coming to her, finally.


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

    Carry a stake, when your job is working with vampires.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1158)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    GH says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Twelve Hour Build Up & One Hour Rushed Ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are a fan of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, you just can't help it, you have to listen to this episode. However, if you are not a fan, you will find the who done it confusing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Kate Reading dose an excellent job (as always), narrating Patricia Cornwell's Scarpetta books. She did change a couple of character's voices, from the earlier Scarpetta novels. In particular, Scarpetta's niece, Lucy. Her characterization this time was more butch than before. Her voice deeper.


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

    I have listened to all of Patricia Corwell's audio books about Kay Scarpetta, that Reading has been the narrator. This time she put more characterization into her performance of Cornwell's characters. She has put in more flavor to the usual secondary people in Scarpetta's world.


    Was The Bone Bed worth the listening time?

    I'm addicted to Patricia Cornwell's books. These later books have been confusing. She spends much of the time explaining forensics and the nuances of her characters. Filling up her books with this, and not much on leading the reader to a logical solve of the who done it. The last hour, or I should say the last twenty minutes of the book, rushes the conclusion, and leaves you asking, "What just happened?" I feel cheated. So for the cost of a credit, I think it isn't worth it. Her books should be put in the bargain bin.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleuth Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maggie Pill
    • Narrated By Judy Blue, Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    We love our sisters, right? It's just that sometimes we love them because of, and sometimes we love them in spite of. But when murder's the crime and solving's your line, sisters count on sisters. It's a family thing.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Promising First Episode"
    "Not Your Typical Tea Cozy Mystery"
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    Where does The Sleuth Sisters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although I'm in the same age group as the sisters in this story, I normally do not read mysteries with the sleuths in this age group. But I found it very entertaining and a good who done it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barbara was my favorite sister. Her O.C.D. high jinks for being a grammar police correcting ninja were hysterical. I'm sure if she read this she would have a field day making corrections and comments.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Each character was performed well, I really didn't find one performance better than another. It is nice to listen to different narrators take on the different parts. I hope they continue to do so in future Sleuth Sisters mysteries.


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

    Again I would have to say any of the actions Barbara took in the performance of a grammar police enforcer I found very entertaining. I have a sister very much like this. She too writes to magazines, papers and even news anchors, informing them of their errors.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawley Book of the Dead: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Chrysler Szarlan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (993)

    Revelation "Reve" Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real. Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered....

    Ellenaeddy says: "Nice generational witch tale"
    "Mystery and Magic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the paranormal, mystery and a good love story. Szarlan mixes the known magic tricks and the paranormal magic. She does this through out the book and one never is sure which is which.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hawley Book of the Dead?

    Listening to the way Szarlan describe the mom and the girls was very heart aching, because it was so true. The love of a woman to her husband and children was displayed beautifully. The scene at the beginning, where she shoots her husband, was so saddening that I cried.


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

    There are many layers in this book, as far as, stories, but it wasn't distracting, but rather enhancing. She is truly a masterful writer. She also hides and adds the mysteries within this book well. Sometimes an author attempts to do this and makes the story confusing, however, Szarlan does an excellent job.


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

    Campbell is a fine narrator. I cannot remember listening to her performances before, which is funny considering the number of good books she has narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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