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Saint Paul, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 385 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015

  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Loved it!"
    Would you listen to Guilt again? Why?

    I really enjoy the author's use of words. It pleases my ear and makes me smile. The descriptions of the places and the way the characters are developed have great appeal. I went back and replayed several chapters when I first listened to the audiobook, and will undoubtedly listen to the whole thing again.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot developed nicely and kept me interested and entertained, which is why I finished it in two days. Actually I would have done it more quickly, but forced myself to slow down as I knew I would be disappointed when the book was finished.

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

    Love Rubenstein's narration - they really make these books come alive. The individual character voices are always recognizable, and word flow and timing are excellent. Rubenstein's narration is one of the things I most enjoy about the Alex Delaware novels, and when I see that a new book is out, that's the first thing I check.

    Any additional comments?

    I've read all the Alex Delaware books and this was one of my favorites.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Nowhere: Jonathan Stride, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Ten years ago, six-year-old Catalina Mateo hid under the porch of her family home while a knife butchered her mother and a bullet killed her father. Now a rough-sleeping orphan, Cat arrives at the house of Detective Jonathan Stride, pleading for protection. Drenched in the icy waters of Lake Superior, she claims to have narrowly escaped a cold-blooded killer. Stride's raw instinct is to protect Cat, whose late parents' case - and his personal guilt associated with it - still sends a shiver down his spine. As a result, he takes the troubled teenager under his wing.

    Quilter says: "Didn't disappoint"
    "Please carry more Jonathan Stride mysteries"
    Would you listen to The Cold Nowhere again? Why?

    Absolutely. Really enjoyed this book. My first Brian Freeman mystery and I really enjoyed it.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonathan is an interesting and complex character

    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jonathan and Serena decided that it was time to move forward in their relationship

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there will be more Jonathan Stride mysteries available in Audible. I'm a big John Sandford fan and felt this book was certainly equal to the Lucas Davenport series. The narration was a bit hokey though, and the Scandanavian accents more suitable for Saturday Night Live, but the narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fox Tracks: Foxhunting, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Rita Mae Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Master of the Jefferson Hunt ''Sister'' Jane Arnold is confronted with two ominously similar deaths, she begins to suspect that the killings are linked- and part of a much larger plot. Voicing her opinion soon puts Jane's life in danger. Fortunately, she can turn to her four-legged friends - including horses Keepsake and Lafayette, and even the fox Aunt Netty - for help.

    Susan says: "Impossible to get through"
    "Impossible to get through"
    What disappointed you about Fox Tracks?

    The narration. I enjoyed these rather simplistic books when they had decent narrators. This author should NOT read her own books.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No more foxhunting mysteries, if Rita Mae Brown reads them.

    What didn’t you like about Rita Mae Brown’s performance?

    Everything. Timing was so bad, pauses where there shouldn't have been pauses.

    What character would you cut from Fox Tracks?

    Never got to character development

    Any additional comments?

    Totally a waste of money and time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense: Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    >Goldy Schulz knows her food is to die for, but she never expects one of her best friends to actually keel over when she's leaving a birthday party Goldy has catered. At first, everyone assumes that all the fun and excitement of the party, not to mention the rich fare, did her in. But what looks like a coronary turns out to be a generous serving of cold-blooded murder. And the clever culprit is just getting cooking. When a colleague - a woman who resembles Goldy - is stabbed, and Goldy is attacked outside her house, it becomes clear that the popular caterer is the main course on a killer menu.

    ChihuahuaMomma says: "BEST book in the entire series."
    "Bad Narration Can Ruin A Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Whole Enchilada: A Novel of Suspense to be better than the print version?

    I'd like to try the other Diane Mott Davidson books, but will stick with the print editions.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The food connection was interesting, and I enjoyed the way it was woven into the plot.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Rosenblat’s performances?

    I don't care for Barbara Rosenblat, but this is her worse performance by far. Doubt that I will listen to another one.

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

    Only extreme reaction was to the narration. The book itself seemed quite good.

    Any additional comments?

    I've purchased many Audible books in the past, but was extremely disappointed in this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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