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Linda

I am a senior citizen who loves a good mystery, but I object to books with profanity and explicit sexual situations.

Kinnelon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 72 reviews
  • 147 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (608)

    Mrs. Virgil (Emily) Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown children. She was tired of attending her Garden Club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. This first in the series sends Emily on her first case after she successfully persuades a skeptical CIA recruitment officer that she is the best person for the job.

    Linda says: "Miss Julia Does Bond"
    "Totally, absolutely ludicrous, but......"
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    This is the second Mrs. Polifax book I've listened to. I have mixed feelings about it, which explains my 3-star rating. It's totally ridiculous. A 60-ish, untrained widow who is bored with her life, VOLUNTEERS herself to the C.I.A. to be a spy, and what's more, they sign her up!! Never happen, of course! But.... remind yourself - this IS fiction!! So once you get past that fact, you start listening, and you keep saying to yourself, "this is almost to the point of being dumb." The other agents she meets actually accept her and work with her, instead of telling her to go home to New Jersey. Bottom line is that it's a nice, albeit silly story, with no foul language and no sexual situations. Would I listen to another? I might, but I'd rent it for free from my library.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There: Trusting Him in Uncertain Times

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ruth Graham
    • Narrated By Ruth Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Best-selling author Ruth Graham, daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, tackles the fear listeners face during times of change, uncertainty, and crisis and reveals how to replace these fears with hope and anticipation through the discovery of God and his power. Graham empathizes with listeners who feel inadequate, overpowered, or even beyond hope.

    Linda says: "What a blessing!!"
    "What a blessing!!"
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    Listened all the way through a number of times during a recent very difficult time. This book is a refreshing balm if you sincerely need one! Highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Need a Miracle: The Seven Secrets of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cherie Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Life often feels full of impossible tasks - needs you can’t meet, wrongs you can’t forgive, obstacles you can’t overcome. And in the midst of these crushing challenges, you’re supposed to have faith in a God you cannot see? Yet, if you walk in faith, you’ll find God paving a path full of miracles and blessings through all of your trials - if you trust Him, no matter what.

    Linda says: "Much comfort in difficult times"
    "Much comfort in difficult times"
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    If you are a Christian, and you're going through a difficult trial, I would recommend this book. I found much comfort here. I've no doubt that I will listen to this book again and again. I own a few of this author's books, and found them all to be very comforting. Glad to have found one of her books available in audio. The narrator was very good, diction was perfect, and her voice - comforting. Can't say enough good things about this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edwin of the Iron Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    It's Sharon McCone's first case as staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. She knows nothing about antiques, yet she has an affection for Salem Street with its charming mix of antique and curio shops. Now elderly dealer Joan Albritton has been found dead, stabbed with an antique dagger. Her neighbors are shocked. Recurring vandalism has them frightened. Ferreting out the facts will take Sharon from the chaotic jumble of the junk dealer's establishment to a museum where San Francisco's most elegant socialites gather.

    Linda says: "Just couldn't hang in there"
    "Just couldn't hang in there"
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    Listened to more than half of this book. Kept waiting for it to get interesting. It did not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    There were times when Rachel Treherne fervently wished that her beloved father had left his fortune to somebody else, so overburdened did she feel with the administration of the estate. And never more so than now for, although she was surrounded by relatives who depended on her, whom she loved and who must surely love her, there was no doubt in her mind that somebody was trying to kill her.

    Constance says: "Scrmptious Classic British Mystery"
    "A nice cozy"
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    This is a very mild mystery, in the genre of Agatha Christie, etc., IMO. No objectionable language or situations. I thought I had the perpetrator figured out, but I was wrong. The narrator was fine, I had no objections to her performance, that is why I gave her 5 stars. I rated the book 4 stars because it was not an outstanding story, but it DID hold my interest. I feel I would probably listen to another of Wentworth's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • O Jerusalem: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (341)

    It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

    connie says: "if you like Russell as theologian"
    "I tried, but ......."
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    I tried 3 times to get into this book. I have listened to and enjoyed the "Beekeeper's Apprentice", the "Letter of Mary", and I made it to the end of the "Monstrous Regiment of Women". I was put off by the reviews on "The Moor", so I thought I'd give this one a try. I just couldn't hang in there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books.

    DARBY KERN says: "I slept late too, because i was up late listening."
    "Possible new series for my library"
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    Firstly, I must admit, I bought this book because G. G. narrated. He's been one of my favorite narrators since "The Cat Who,,," books. I was not disappointed in his performance here, either. The beginning of the story did not hold my interest, I must admit. A few times I was tempted to turn it off and give up. At one point, I re-read the reviews here and on the Amazon site, and because the ratings were high, I decided to keep listening, and now I'm glad I did. For me, the story started getting interesting after the murder occured. If you've read or listened to enough of these types of stories, you will probably figure out who did it quite early, but it is enjoyable to discover the reasoning that rabbi employs to figure it out. I will probably continue with the series, especially since G.G. is narrating! For those who are interested in such things, (as I am), there are a few expletives, but no F-bombs. This is the reason I deducted one star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Shall Not Sleep: A World War One Novel #5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    After four long years, peace is finally in sight. But chaplain Joseph Reavley and his sister, Judith, an ambulance driver on the Western Front, are more hard pressed than ever. Behind the lines, violence is increasing.

    Linda says: "Fantastic! Loved the entire series!!"
    "Fantastic! Loved the entire series!!"
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    I never liked History in school. Just boring facts to me. However, I am so glad I came upon this series by A.P. Now that I am an adult I can see the subject in a new light and this author has helped me to not only learn about this time in history, but enjoy it! Perhaps she will see fit to write a series about WW 2, with the same characters?? That would be great! You can read the synopsis to discover what the book and the series are about. I just wanted to say here that, for me, it is one of those series that you look back upon with fondness and there was a bit of sadness when it ended. For those who are interested, there are no "F-bombs", and no sexual situations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels in the Gloom: A World War One Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Angels in the Gloom is an intense saga of love, hate, obsession, and murder that features an honorable English family: brothers Joseph and Matthew Reavley, and their sisters, Judith and Hannah. In March 1916, Joseph, a chaplain at the front, and Judith, an ambulance driver, are fighting not only the Germans but the bitter cold and the appalling casualties of the Battle of Somme.

    Carroll says: "#3 of a very amazing series."
    "OUTSTANDING!"
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    I cannot remember when I've enjoyed a series as much as this one! What a surprise! I am an Anne Perry fan - my favorite series up to now has been the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series. My first thought when I saw this series was that I would not like it, because I'm not interested in war stories. However, because I really like Anne Perry, I thought I'd give this series a try. I'm totally hooked. I'm so anxious to go on to the next book!
    This is one of those series that is continued from one book to the next, so I highly recommend starting from the beginning.
    The main characters in this series are members of the same family. Hannah, the oldest girl is married to Archie, who is in the Navy, and they have 3 children. Joseph is the oldest son - a chaplain. Matthew is an intelligence officer. Judith is the youngest, an ambulance driver. The series begins just before the war, as they hear of the death of their parents in an automobile accident (or is it an accident?) With the backdrop of the war, Perry weaves a tale of intrigue - murders on the home front, German spies, jealousy. She also helps the reader to understand the agony of those waiting at home with nerves worn to a frazzle and how it affects relationships. She brings us to the horrors of the battlefield and also the war at sea.
    I feel an attachment to this family, as if I know them personally, and I want to know what happens to them. To me, this is the mark of a great writer.
    Michael Page is a fantastic narrator, artfully switching from an English to German accent to a Russian, French, and American.
    I would give this series ten stars if I could!
    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Shadows Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By C. S. Harris
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Drawing upon her background in ancient history and her experiences on archaeological digs, author C.S. Harris crafts authentic, compelling novels that appear regularly on best-seller lists and have won numerous awards. In 1812, surgeon Paul Gibson discovers a stiletto wound in the base of a corpse’s skull and immediately contacts Sebastian St. Cyr. And when another body turns up with the same injury, the lives of St. Cyr’s family are threatened if he doesn’t back off. Now, the pressure’s on to find the culprit before anyone else gets killed.

    myNameHere says: "Mystery with a little romance"
    "I plan to listen to more from this author"
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    As an Anne Perry fan - especially the Charlotte & Thomas Pitt series - I was very comfortable with this book. Ms. Porter uses her "Thomas Pitt" voice for the protagonist in this book, Sebastian St. Cyr. Like the Anne Perry novels, this is also historical fiction, taking place in 1812. For those interested, this book contains no "F" bombs, and the only romance scene is at the end with Sebastian and his new wife, but it is not objectionable, IMO.
    I am a huge fan of Davina Porter, and she has done her usual fantastic job here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Shield the Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Fiona Buckley
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Rumor has linked Queen Elizabeth I to her master of the horse, Robin Dudley. As gossip would have it, only his ailing wife, Amy, prevents marriage between Dudley and the Queen. To quell the idle tongues at court, the Queen dispatches Ursula Blanchard to tend to the sick woman's needs. But not even Ursula can prevent the "accident" that takes Amy's life. Did she fall or was she pushed? Was Ursula a pawn of Dudley and the Queen?

    Marie says: "Elizabethan Lite"
    "Yawn!!"
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    I listened to about an hour of this book and gave up. The protagonist (it's written in the 1st person) goes on and on (and on...) about her childhood and her family and those who hated her, blah, blah, blah. I read the comments here on Audible and also on Amazon. I kept waiting for something to happen, and, according to the comments of other readers, it DOES get better. But I just couldn't stick with it. Maybe someday when I'm really bored, I'll go back and try it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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