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J-9

Cary, NC, United States

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  • The Garden Intrigue: Pink Carnation, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    Secret agent Augustus Whittlesby has spent a decade undercover in France, posing as an insufferably bad poet. The French surveillance officers can't bear to read his work closely enough to recognize the information drowned in a sea of verbiage. In the ninth installment of Lauren Willig's best-selling Pink Carnation series, the atrocious poet teams up with an American widow to prevent Napoleon's invasion of England.

    J-9 says: "Disappointed. :("
    "Disappointed. :("
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    What did you like best about The Garden Intrigue? What did you like least?

    I like Lauren Willig's writing. She writes well developed descriptive paragraphs. I really enjoy reading and listening to Ms. Willig's books because they are so well written. What I liked least about this book was the plot. There wasn't one. There was no espionage and no mystery whereas the other books in this series had a good mystery that required espionage.

    Augustus Whittlesby was such a well developed character in the other books that I was looking forward to him having his own book. Mr. Whittlesby whould be let down that his story didn't do his years of espionage justice.

    Eloise and Colin's story was also incredibly BORING! There was nothing.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    I truly enjoy listening to anything Ms. Reading reads. Her character portrayal makes the reading very believable.


    Do you think The Garden Intrigue needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book itself doesn't need a follow-up; however, I'm looking forward to the next edition of the Pink Carnation Series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, the more determined Maeve becomes to find the killer.

    Valerie says: "Great listen, good story, adaptive narrator"
    "Glad I listened to this one last"
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    I'm really glad that I listened to this book in the Maeve Kerrigan series last because had I listened to it first, I don't think I would have listened to the other books in this series, which are VERY good.

    I found Louise to be very annoying in this book and the last hour of the book which is mostly a letter from Louise simply needed to finish!

    I don't think this book is critical to Maeve Kerrigan series if you are interested in reading or listening to these books. All of the other books in the series are much better and maybe that is because of the interaction of Josh Derwent. He's a bugger and I love him! He adds to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    He meets women. He gains their trust. He kills them. That's all London police detective Maeve Kerrigan knows about the man she is hunting. Three women have been strangled in their homes, and it appears to be the work of the same sadistic killer. With no sign of break-ins, every indication shows that the women let their attacker in willingly. The victims' neighbors and friends don't seem to remember anything unusual or suspicious, and Maeve is almost at a loss about how to move forward with the investigation.

    Sires says: "Casey Is Getting Better and Better"
    "I LOVED IT!"
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    I just don't think Derwent is that bad. I think Maeve and Derwent actually have the hots for one another and that is what makes it so hard for Maeve. This book tells what formed Josh Derwent. I think he's fantastic and the play between Maeve and Derwent makes the murder investigations in these books even better.

    I loved this book. The narration was great and the story was the best! Definitely worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

    Moriah says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "Ashford McNab is BACK with Maiden Lane!!!!!"
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    Thank goodness, Ashford McNab narrated book 7 in the Maiden Lane Series. There are a few bad narrations for a few of the books in the series. Ashford always does a great job with narration and I think she is the voice of the Maiden Lane characters. HOWEVER, I do not like the severe lisp she has given Phoebe, but all of the characters are spot-on.

    I did like this book. Elizabeth Hoyt always writes a good story and a great romance. I'd definitely recommend this book.

    Slight - SPOILER ALERT: Although, I REALLY liked this book, I REALLY missed the Ghost of St. Giles. I also missed the past characters. Only Phoebe and Captain Trevillion of the previous Maiden Lane characters make an appearance in this book. A couple of the characters have a few lines, but on the whole, there is no mention of previous characters that have at least made an appearance in all previous books. I found that very disappointing.

    I am so excited for the next book. Finally Phoebe's story and I'm excited to see she's hooked up with the Captain. Previews show they escape to Cornwall. Wouldn't it be lovely if Charming Mickey and Silence helped out Phoebe and the Captain. (I can't remember where Mickey and Silence ended up.)

    Great book! Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only Enchanting

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation - in the love of a most unsuspecting woman. Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back - and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

    Nanellen says: "Mary Balogh and Rosalyn Landor are Enchanting!"
    "Another good one in this series"
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    I enjoyed this book. I found it to be a believable story and I liked that all of the characters from the Survivor's Club are included in the book. Of course, now I want Agnes' sister to be matched up with the Duke. I wish authors wouldn't tease us with a possible romance.

    I can't wait for the next book in this series.

    Rosalyn Landor is in her element and does a fantastic job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hanging Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    One morning in picture-perfect Bath, England, a teenage girl's body is found on the towpath of a canal: Lorne Woods - beautiful, popular, and apparently the victim of a disturbingly brutal murder. Zoe Benedict - Harley-riding police detective, independent to a fault - is convinced the department head needs to look beyond the usual domestic motives to solve the case.

    Dorothy says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Enjoyed, but gross and a little unbelievable"
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    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did think it was a little gross (I'll not give anything away) and the "grossness" could have been more believable if the male character with the mutilation plan would have been built up to be a very high profile agent instead of just a financial agent. I know that's a little convoluted, but I don't want to give too much away.

    The ending really sets you up for the next book and continuation of these characters, which I liked.

    Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators, but I typically listen to historical romance and I had a hard time envisioning the characters in this book with her "posh" (at least it's posh to me) British accent. Her accent is perfect for historical romance, but I didn't think it fit well in this murder mystery. BUT --- she delivers a very solid and enjoyable performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods and Beasts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    It's the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two. DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman.

    D. says: "Wonderful writing, not-so-wonderful performance"
    "Good, but confusing"
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    Overall I thought this was a good book, but the ending was confusing. I don't think that catching the criminal was really the primary point of this book. I just found it confusing as there are a lot of characters with several different plots.

    Moira Quirk did a fantastic job.

    I do like the character Alex Marrow, but I'd prefer that the book be more focused on her and her team and not so many extra characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Girl: Maeve Kerrigan, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Vast wealth offers London defense attorney Philip Kennford a lot of things: a gorgeous house with a pool in the backyard, connections in the top echelons of society, a wardrobe worthy of Milan runways. But his money doesn’t provide a happy marriage, or good relationships with his twin daughters...and it does nothing to protect his family when someone brutally murders his wife and daughter in their own home. When Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan arrives at the scene, the two survivors - Philip and his second-favorite daughter, Lydia - both claim to have seen nothing, but it’s clear right away that this is an unhappy family accustomed to keeping secrets.

    J-9 says: "Really Like Maeve Kerrigan"
    "Really Like Maeve Kerrigan"
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    I really do like Maeve Kerrigan and the team she works with as well as her romance with Rob. I do think Maeve is a little odd in that she doesn't trust Rob to really love her and even when DI Derwent is being nice, she doesn't really give him credit.

    I WANT to listen to the last couple of books in this series. I REALLY hope Audible brings them SOON!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reckoning

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Casey
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (56)

    To the public, he’s a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of London’s police force, he’s the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, he’s a murderer - no matter the sins of his victims - and catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the division’s unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young and inexperienced Maeve is determined to prove she has what it takes to make it as a female in the tough world of the London police.

    Frank Lawrence says: "WoW!"
    "I Liked it and would recommend it!"
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    Would you listen to The Reckoning again? Why?

    Yes, I will likely listen to this story again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Maeve. I think she is a great character and is a good junior detective. I like that the book not only has murder, but also romance. It's a good mix.


    What about Sarah Coomes’s performance did you like?

    I thought Sarah Coomes did a great job with this book. I have other books narrated by Sarah Coomes and I think she is definitely improving with her narrations. I will continue to buy books narrated by her. Occasionally it was hard to tell differences in her characters, but overall she did a great job.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! I hope that all of the books in this series eventually get added to Audible!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (760)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal - but now she's off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene...

    Calliope says: "Good but not her best"
    "Love Georgie & Darcy............but"
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    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    I would definitely try more books from both Bowen and Kellgren. I've listened to all of the books in the Royal Spyness Mystery series and some of them I have loved. Katherine Kellgren ALWAYS delivers an exciting narration.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am not sure that I would have enjoyed reading these books as much as I have enjoyed listening to the narration. Katherine Kellgren brings every character to life and combined with the great writing of Rhys Bowen, I feel like I know these characters and I can see them clearly in my imagination as I listen to the books.


    Was Queen of Hearts worth the listening time?

    I think that the whole series is just a lot of fun, but I really want Darcy to come into some cash so that he and Georgie can get married. The fact that Georgie never knows when and where she will see Darcy again and then he just happens to be in the same location as Georgie is getting old. I did enjoy Georgie's trip to America and her interaction with "the stars".


    Any additional comments?

    SPOILERS: I think these books are REALLY cute, but I think this book had a few issues. I didn't like that Georgie solved the mysteries in this book without Darcy. If Scotland Yard is sending Darcy on these cases and he would like to get paid for the work then he should solve the mysteries. I think it's great for Georgie to help, but Darcy left on what basically ended up a wild goose chase while Georgie solved the mysteries. I would really like to see Georgie and Darcy married and solving these mysteries together. Now that would be fun!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (444)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Totally enjoyed this book - but not for everyone!"
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    What did you love best about Prodigal Summer?

    I loved the three ongoing stories and I loved Garnet. What a prude.


    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    I thought Ms. Kingsolver did a great job with the narration. I really enjoyed her inflection and her southern accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that I was hoping for a different ending. Each story line wrapped up - sort of - but not completely. I almost feel like Ms. Kingslover needed to just finish the book and I thought it could have gone on a little longer and wrapped up a little better.

    This book is not for everyone. You need an appreciation of nature. Ms. Kingslover had to do an incredible amount of research to write this book. I learned a lot. I really enjoyed this book and I'm sure I'll listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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