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Karen

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  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (807)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (695)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Another great adventure for Dirk"
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    It is hard to come up with any criticism for Clive Cussler. I have read every one of his books and wait with anticipation any and all upcoming books. I have found in the past, any author who puts out any large volume of books (ie Janet Evanovich, (RIP) Robert Parker etc) water their stories down just to publish something. Not so with Mr. Cussler. All series, be it Dirk Pit, the Oregon crew, Isaac Bell are fresh exciting and just plain fun to read (or should I say listen to). Possibly it is the collaboration of the several co-authors that keeps the adventures going with new ideas, I do not know, but whatever the recipie, it works.
    Scott Brick has got to be the best narrator out there and the partnership between author and narrator really makes it a great listen.
    I realize that this review is a bit broad, but what can I say, you buy a Clive Cussler book and you have a great adventure no matter what title it is. I have never been disappointed ever.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Alexandra Cooper, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (91)

    Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend, the famed restaurateur Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned back to New York to handle a high profile case. Mohammed Gil-Darsin, the distinguished and wealthy Head of the World Economic Bureau, has been arrested and accused of attacking a maid in his hotel.

    Jenny says: "Well worth a credit!"
    "A little disappointed."
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    Up until now I have enjoyed every book of this series. Barbara Rosenblat, is as always an excellent narrator, and brings all characters to vivid life, love her. The story line, which is good, but has way to much filler stuff that we can do without. Got a little tired of all the dialog and visiting restaurants, without much meat in the story. As always there is a lot of history thrown in here and there, which I enjoy a lot, but in this book, it just goes on and on. Get the feeling the book could have been a couple of hours shorter and still get to the point quite nicely. Still one of my favourite series, but hopefully the next book will be a little more to the point.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1765)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    A says: "Cute series"
    "Another winner"
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    I have enjoyed this series very much and this installment is right up there with the rest of them.
    Georgie is priceless as is the cast of characters that follow her around. The narrator Katherine Kellgren absolutely makes this book, have to give 50/50 credit to both her and the author. Between the two of them, this is a super winning series and I cannot wait to move onto the next one.

    2 of 3 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
    (4471)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3802)

    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.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "New fan"
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    I was not sure what I expected of this book, but always like to mix up my usual thriller reading with light mysteries. Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every bit of it. Georgie was a riot, and I found myself laughing while driving down the road. Katherine Kellgren was an absolutely fabulous narrator, she brought Georgie and all of her friends to sparkling life. I am definitely a fan now and looking forward to the next adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death Perception: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (334)

    It took a while for Abby Coopers FBI agent boyfriend, Dutch Rivers, to accept her psychic gifts as the real deal. But these days he knows better than to question Abby's visions. So when his favorite cousin Chase is kidnapped in Vegas, they both catch the next flight to Sin City.

    JEAN says: "go abbey"
    "Not impressed"
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    Up until now I have enjoyed this series. I found this book to be unbelievably boring with just the 3 girls running around doing nothing. It was a waste of time and money and not sure if I am going to read the next one. The other books were cute little mysteries and fun light reading, but this one was none of that. It is like the author was running out of ideas, but had to get a book out, so just kept writing anyway. To bad. I do want to give marks to the Narrator, but even she could not save this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2089)
    Performance
    (1074)
    Story
    (1094)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Touching book"
    Overall

    This book was chosen as our November read in my book club. After 3 tries, I gave up reading it, just could not get into it. After some grief by the other members, I decided to just purchase it and try with the audio version. Very happy I did. From the first minute of listening to Barbara Rosenblat I was hooked. When it switch over to Casandra Morris, the book really came to life. I think the book lost a little of its interpretation in the translation from French to English, and then again to the audio, but was still a very good read. I try not to analize books to death and just appreciate the story for what it is. I found it very sweet and touching, the 3 main characters very endearing and left me with a hope that they would continue their friendship. Well worth it, enjoyed it very much.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gold Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (476)

    Welcome to the fabled Gold Coast, that stretch on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America. Here two men are destined for an explosive collision: John Sutter, Wall Street lawyer, holding fast to a fading aristocratic legacy; and Frank Bellarosa, the Mafia don who seizes his piece of the staid and unprepared Gold Coast like a latter-day barbarian chief and draws Sutter and his regally beautiful wife, Susan, into his violent world.

    Jack C says: "Unexpectedly Great!"
    "5 Star + book"
    Overall

    Being a big fan of Nelson DeMilles books I was a little leary of the 21 1/2 hours of audio, but decided to go for it. LOVED this book. Christian Rummel is a GREAT narrator and brought John Sutter and his family to life and draws the listener right into the story. As soon as I was finished this one I immediatly purchased The Gate House and kept on listening. Nearly 50 hours and I was upset when I got to the end. I found myself taking the long way home in my car, and taking the dogs for extra walks just so I could listen to a few more chapters before I had to turn it off. Really really good books. Now Mr DeMille needs to publish another chapter of John Corey life and I will be a happy camper :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Wolf: Arapaho Indian Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Coel
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Someone has left three dead Shoshones on an historic battlefield, positioned to mimic the bodies of those Arapahos killed in the slaughter. Frankie Montana, attorney Vicky Holden's latest client, is a frequent guest of the reservation's holding cells, and after a recent heated encounter with the three dead men, is the number one suspect in their deaths. But despite his faults, Vicky doesn't believe he is capable of murder.

    Karen says: "Eye of the Wolfe"
    "Eye of the Wolfe"
    Overall

    I have to agree with the Marjorie who has also submitted a review on this book. Narrators make or break an audio book and this one is, and I hate to say it, terrible. I have read the entire series and the reason I have "read" them is because I cannot take the narrator. This is the last book in the series and I decided to purchase the audio, just because I love audio books. Ugh, sorry. Again if you cannot pronounce the words properly, they should not be narrating books.
    As for the story itself, I wish she would lighten Vickie up and give her a backbone, come on. I love Father John and totally understand his background and being alcoholic, very good perspective on him. But again I agree with the other review in that some of it is to "soap opera ish" If Vicki "pushes her dinner away" one more time I swear!. I don't think that girl every eats! Also, in the last book Father John had his plane tickets in his hand and was leaving the reservation.... I am not quite halfway thru the book now and not a single mention of why he is still there?? I find same same story line in every single book of the series, Father John living minute to minute waiting for his marching orders. Give it up already. Obviously he is staying there, so tidy up that part and get on with it. Margaret Coel has written a good series and I will be on the waiting list for the next one, just not in audio unfortunatly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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