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alice

chicago ridge, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 42 reviews
  • 519 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 128 purchased in 2014
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  • Valley Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Joel M. Andre
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Bambi Simmons is the perfect woman. She is tall, slender and blonde with everything going for her. But she also has a very dark secret that only a few unfortunate people have learned. When an officer comes too close to the truth, she totally has to take care of business. Embark on a different sort of vampire tale in this dark comedy by Joel M. Andre that features his beloved detective Lauren Bruni.

    Celestial Starz says: "BLONDES ARE "DEADLY" FUN -BRUNETTES ARE SERIOUS !"
    "Wasted Time"
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    I can't remeber what led me to believe this would be a fun short read. Oh yeh, it was the name. The story could be pretty good & should be. Something is amiss in the compilation, plus the reader is inconsistant. Add to that the glitch, hiccup, booboo, whatever that caused the first few lines of the book to repeat after the book ended & you have a dissapointed old chick. Thank goodness I didn't pay more than $5 for this.

    4 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy Godmother: Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (332)

    Elena Klovis was supposed to be her kingdom's Cinderella - until an accident of fate left her with a completely inappropriate prince! Determined not to remain with her stepfamily, Elena set out to get a new job - and ended up becoming the Fairy Godmother for the land. But "Breaking with Tradition" was no easy matter. True, she didn't have to sleep in the chimney, but she had to deal with arrogant, stuffed-shirt princes who kept trying to rise above their place in the tale.

    Captain Skurvy says: "An excellent start to a new series"
    "What a find in the First in Series Sale!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enchanting, Entertaining, Everything a fairytale should be.
    Gabra Zackman read it to me as fairytales should be read.
    I can't wait for her to read the next one to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1047)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Scott says: "A Classic WWII Spy Thriller"
    "I just (bleeping) loved it!"
    Overall
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    For 9:16:26 I was glued to my iPod. Although a mindless activity had been planned to do while reading this book it was quickly abandoned. I don't think I'd have read it straight through in print & I'll never be able to read it in print at all now. All the planet's must have been perfectly aligned to bring this book, this narrator, this director & production team together in the Brilliance Studio in 1985. I just (bleeping) loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Than Catnip

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ruth Hartman
    • Narrated By Deborah Grausman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Roxy Williams adores cats. Always has. That’s why she devotes her life to running her stray cat shelter. But is that enough? Isn’t there a man out there who will love her for who she is? A special man who won’t try to change her or ask her to choose between him and her cats? Max Weller has a problem. His son, Derek, must complete community service for fighting at school. The only available place is the stray cat shelter. But Derek is terrified of cats from a frightening childhood experience. How will they get through this traumatic experience?

    Natasha says: "Must love cats"
    "Sweet for Tween Girls"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most everything about it will appeal to Tween girls & the narrator is perfect for that audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belinda

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Rice writing as Anne Rampling
    • Narrated By Al Mohrmann
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Belinda is the ultimate fantasy. A golden-haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited. But to Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44-year-old illustrator of children's books, Belinda is a forbidden passion. She's sweet 16, and the most seductive woman he's ever known. Bewitching, beguiling....

    alice says: "A Surprisingly Good Read"
    "A Surprisingly Good Read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. I chose it for the author. This is a provocative & controversial work which many will find offensive. I read this straight through & was glad I did. It is intense, sensual, & sexual yet there are no explicitly erotic scenes. As far as category, it's kind of Forbidden Romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4201)
    Performance
    (3574)
    Story
    (3554)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Both a Light Read & a Good Mystery"
    Overall
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    This is a charming book. Both a light read & a good mystery. I didn't guess the identity of the fiend until the end & that's always a good thing. The story is set in 1930's London which is a plus to me as I'm a sucker for an English mystery. I really enjoyed Kellren's narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (949)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Lia says: "Steamy Sex - Sweet Romance"
    "Hot, Sexy & Cute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    VERY good. Justine O'Keefe did a good job with narration. I shall indeed read the series, but at my age I'd better space them out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1327)
    Story
    (1321)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Not a fan of Nora"
    Overall
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    I am not a fan of Nora Roberts. But I loved her Seven Signs paranormal trilogy so I read Dark Witch & loved it too. Kellgren's narration seemed a bit much in the 1st couple chapters. But as more characters entered she kinda grew on me & I really loved it. I'm looking forward to Shadow Spell & I hope Kellgren is the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black and Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter's pulse-pounding paranormal series continues with an electrifying story about the ultimate warrior and his prize: a beautiful woman he will do anything to possess.

    Leesa says: "Little less than average"
    "tis a puzzlement"
    Overall
    Performance
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    OK, this is really a 3.5 star book.

    I liked it, enjoyed it & want more.

    BUT it's not really that good of a book that it should have kept me up reading straight thru; but it did. I couldn't stop.

    I'll probably read it again.

    tis a puzzlement

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (245)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    C. Telfair says: "A living, breathing woman"
    "Just Mom"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Compelling and provocative,The Testament of Mary is a must read. Very emotional. Mary is full of the pain of doubt, regret, guilt and longing for the happy times of the past.
    Resentful of the men writing their version of her story, she tells us her truths.
    As I have always thought that because the Bible was written by man it couldn't be accurate, I loved this spin on man's interference.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1019)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Nice Light Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good story & a good 1st in series book. Definitely a mystery only for paranormal lit fans.
    The narration is old school in that it's not a performance. Ms. Michaels reads to you as you would to yourself. That's ok, it was pleasant but it made me realize how spoiled I am by 'performances'. All in all, it was good enough that I'll try book 2.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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