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helen

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  • New York to Dallas: In Death, Book 33

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1615)

    It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

    helen says: "How does she do it?"
    "How does she do it?"
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    Where does New York to Dallas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's another of the best in the Eve Dallas series, if I could say it was page turning I would but instead I will say that I couldn't turn it off. The stories are all good but this is one of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had intrigue, horror, suspense and got to answer some of the questions we have had about Eve (the main chararcter). Simply stunning story


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    She is now and will always be Eve Dallas....I couldn't after so many books think of her as anyone else. She captures in my mind the true essence of the characters in the series and has made them her own so that they come alive in our imaginations as we listen. Brilliant.!


    Any additional comments?

    I am always amazed at how J D Robb can write such horror and suspense and then blend such stories together such as the bride series (as Nora Roberts) which are so joyous and loving - what a talent!!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrifice: Detective Jane Candiotti, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Clyde Phillips
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On a cold, foggy night, two lives are cut short. The first: Philip Iverson, a billionaire philanthropist shot to death in a hotel parking structure. The second: Willie Temple, a homeless man stabbed through the heart on an abandoned San Francisco pier. The murders of such disparate men can’t possibly be connected…can they? SFPD Lieutenant Jane Candiotti is still coming to terms with her promotion and her marriage to Detective Kenny Marks when the Iverson and Temple cases land in her lap.

    helen says: "Great Murder Mystery!"
    "Great Murder Mystery!"
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    I just loved listening to this story as it was a classic in it's formulae. Little tweeks through the story make it a good read.
    Jane is a great character and so are the others around her. The murderer is a surprise and that was a nice twist but on hindsight there had been clues!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels: Kate Maguire Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Graham Masterton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated. When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St Joseph's Orphanage.

    helen says: "Creepy Imagination that makes it hard to put down!"
    "Creepy Imagination that makes it hard to put down!"
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    Kate Maquire continues her story in this book and its great to travel with her as she solves another confounding mystery. Graham Masterons imagination is definately gory and most definately in parts gross but at the same time I wanted to know what and who were behind those masks. The effort that he puts into every death is truly amazing and horrifying and the next death worse than the last it can make the jaw drop in horror!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death Match

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Barret Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (222)

    The Thorpes were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many secrets. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room, having committed double-suicide, alarms go off in the executive offices of Eden, Incorporated, the worldwide matchmaking phenomenon that uses its astonishing artificial intelligence to create supercouples and guarantee its customers just one thing: lifelong happiness.

    Rodney says: "Sounds like something from the WWF, but no..."
    "Been done before but still a good listen!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Death Match the most enjoyable?

    Though there have been similiar story lines Lincoln Child tells a good story. I enjoyed the characters - Lash and Tara, who for once don't land up together (sorry not giving the plot away really)


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

    The plot is well told and that does make it worth listening to all the way to the end as you sort of figured out early one who the main culprit was particularly when Lashs' personal details seem to go awry.


    Which character – as performed by Barret Whitener – was your favorite?

    Loved him as Lash..Barret has a good voice for story telling and is very easy on the ear.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a go and even though you may know how it will end - it really is worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. Sightings of her ex-colleague-turned-ruthless-killer Mackie Morales have been reported.

    helen says: "Fast and Furious!"
    "Fast and Furious!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unlucky 13 the most enjoyable?

    I love the characters - the Women's Murder Club - all of them are so unique and it's enjoyable to be part of the crew.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's fast and has a furious pace that enables the reader to enjoy the storyline that keeps you on your toes.


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

    Hold onto hats and enjoy the ride!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder and Mendelssohn: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    An orchestral conductor has been found dead and Detective Inspector Jack Robinson needs the delightfully incisive and sophisticated Miss Fisher's assistance. Hugh Tregennis has been murdered in a most flamboyant mode by a killer with a point to prove. But how many killers is Phryne really stalking? At the same time, the dark curls and disdainful air of mathematician and code-breaker Rupert Sheffield are taking Melbourne by storm. They've certainly taken the heart of Phryne's old friend from the trenches of WWI, John Wilson. Phryne recognises Sheffield as a man who attracts danger and is determined to protect John from harm.

    Kate says: "Starchy mystery accompanies KG's take on Sherlock"
    "Oh My Phryne!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! After all a Phryne Fisher story is always a good read.


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

    Though she does sing in this it certainly is not as grating as it was in a previous book....however there is this one song! I am not a musician and what do I know about singing!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hmm the meeting of two males as they explored each other raised my eyebrows not exactly a moving moment.


    Any additional comments?

    When Phryne shoots a nasty piece of work it seems so matter of fact that it's over before it's begun. The description and knowledge of Menelssohns music was very interesting to learn about and weaving it through the choir was an excellent idea. My only other thought was - is Phryne ever bad at anything?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "Fun down in Dixie!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dixie Divas the most enjoyable?

    The book and the characters are fun and truly delightful. Also the characters are much older than the usual age of central characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was such a delightful mystery and very light hearted and simply enjoyable.


    What about Karen Commins’s performance did you like?

    She made the character come to life that occasionally made me laugh at the antics.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable and simple story that will delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3667)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3274)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Masterful!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    I would add the print version to my collection as I just LOVED the audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both the Scott and his best girl Maggie are fantastic characters. Scott and Maggie are struggling in their own unique ways.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Maggies recollection of her time with her handler Scott at the timber yard. Her thoughts and his reassuring touch is just lovely.


    Any additional comments?

    This mystery is exciting, the characters amazing and it really is a page turner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Target: Ali Reynolds, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Lance Tucker, an incarcerated juvenile offender and talented hacker in his own right, is set on fire one night and severely burned while hanging Christmas decorations in a lockup rec room. B. Simpson, Ali Reynolds's fiance and the man who helped put Lance in jail, feels obliged to get to the bottom of what happened. With Ali off in England to help Leland Brooks at a reunion with his long-estranged family, B. turns to someone else to help out - Ali's good friend and Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm.

    Jean says: "a cold case and a new case"
    "Jance hits the target - Perfectly!"
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    What did you love best about Moving Target?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the ongoing story of Ali Reynolds and her wonderful aide Leland Brooks. The story line was exciting as was the second underlying story relating to Leland.


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

    Loved the narrator's performance - though I am not sure if it was my aging ipod but the cut and joining of narration is at times annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Jance you'll love this next Ali Reynolds Mystery. Thanks J. A. Jance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (845)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    helen says: "Brilliantly Clever!"
    "Brilliantly Clever!"
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    Where does Concealed in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved it, once again Eve Dallas speaks for the dead....all 12 of them in fact. J D Robb enables us to join Eve as she unearths and puts together the clues in her indomitable way. It's clever and the killer wasn't who I really expected (I had such high hopes for the matron) however if you enjoy J D Robb you'll love the next in the "In Death" series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mr Mira giving Eve the "Stupid hat and the red gloves".


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

    Nothing Susan Erickson is Eve - Don't ever change her !


    8 of 8 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
    (3806)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3209)

    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!"
    "Classic English Mystery"
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    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    It was like spending a wonderful time with a friend finding out her exploits.


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

    No not necessarily but still enjoyable.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The main character is adorable, she is not only feisty but intelligent and above all fun.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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