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  • Bite the Moon: A Texas Hill Country Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Flora Plumb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    When Molly Mullet's husband dies from a gunshot wound inflicted right before her eyes, she abandons her work as a high school chemistry teacher and joins the police force. Now she faces another crossroad in her life. She follows a trail of blood into the closet of Solms Hall, an historic music hall in the Hill Country of Texas. Inside lay the bloodied body of Rodney Faver, band manager for Trenton Wolfe, the hottest new star in country music.

    Dr says: "Excellent plot disappointing heroine"
    "Excellent plot disappointing heroine"
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    Would you try another book from Diane Fanning and/or Flora Plumb?

    would probably try again.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good plot


    Could you see Bite the Moon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes but the hero must not be so lacking in insight.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent plot with lots of potential, but why is the heroine frequently so plane stupid. eg what sort of a detective would invite a known murderer to her house and refuse backup, or march unarmed outside when she suspects the baddies are in the garden. She is lucky she has friends in the police force.
    The patient rush out of hospital was far fetched and could have been handled differently. Try again. A woman does not have to be a Jack Reacher type, but she can be very effective by using her brains.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    1896: Four Englishmen flee for their lives across the merciless Kalahari Desert, carrying a stolen fortune in raw diamonds, and hunted by a fierce African tribe. The thieves manage to reach the waiting HMS Rove - only to die with their pursuers in a vicious storm that buries them all under tons of sand.... The present day: Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the covert combat ship Oregon have barely escaped a mission on the Congo River when they intercept a mayday from a defenceless boat under fire off the African coast.

    Dr says: "Great hero at loose in africa and the atlantic"
    "Great hero at loose in africa and the atlantic"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the character is wonderful but pushing the limits of possibility in his own personal skills. This is superman and James bond together in a middle aged man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the African political scene including black mail back stabbing and loyalty. I loved the concept of the crew and ship as an individual service to put right what no one else can do, unhampered by rules and regulations.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    I found his attempt at the south African accent awful. It was a bit of Scottish, plus I don't know what. Listen to Blood diamond, it is a better attempt. Simple things are easy to change eg a 'V' in Afrikaans or dutch is pronounced as an 'F'. (Visser)


    Did Skeleton Coast inspire you to do anything?

    Wish that the chairman and his group would bring everyone together to help to wipe out the poachers in Africa. A bit like the manhunt series only with functional guns. Help save the Rhino.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (109)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "Can we get it unabridged?"
    "Georgette Heyer vintage"
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    A sparkling regency romance with a spunky new age heroine, one of my favourite Georgette Heyers. The production is most enjoyable. As usual the dialogue and humour is delightful. I would recommend it however in the unabridged version, as some lovely nuances and situations are lost in the abridged novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Longer a Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney has won two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards. In No Longer a Gentleman, the gentleman in question, Grey Sommers, is conducting a bit of light espionage in France when a dalliance with a government official’s wife gets him thrown into a dungeon. Enter beguiling spy Cassie Fox, sent to free the suffering lord - and perhaps to liberate his heart.

    Dr says: "good historicl adventure"
    "good historicl adventure"
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    A historical thriller /romance. This is one of 3 historical romances dealing with the same group of characters in a continuum - one is introduced to each major character in the 3 succeeding novels by Mary Jo Putney. 'No longer a Gentleman' follows the quest for a long missing colleague friend of the main characters. The action is set in France during the napoleonic wars, and the search proceeds based on clues introduced in the previous novel of ' No where near Respectable ' The main hero shows a remarkably minimal effect from years of solitary confinement! The books are well written, with interesting historical descriptions lashed however with a good dash of poetic licence. The independence of the female characters (who are in fact the main characters of each novel) would appeal to the modern feminist but like the presence of 'Indian lords' is pushing the boundaries of credibility. There is a fair amount of explicit sex which is probably unnecessary.

    Overall an enjoyable light historical adventure which is enjoyable if not quite historically feasible or accurate.

    The book is well read but I preferred the English accent for Lady Kieri as in the previous novels read by Mr Reynolds, to the affected 'indian' accent in this performance. A young girl,daughter of and brought up by an English aristocratic army officer , in English army camps, all be it in India, would not have had the heavy 'Indian' accent as portrayed in this performance. The English accent is far more credible for someone moving in English aristocratic society in the early 19th century.



    Would enjoy another novel involving this group of friends and comrades.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere Near Respectable

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney has claimed two RITAs and four Golden Leaf Awards. Her mastery of the historical romance is evident in every word of Nowhere Near Respectable. Damian Mackenzie is an incorrigible gambler just honorable enough to save Lady Kiri Lawford from dangerous smugglers. That does not, however, mean he has any desire to return her romantic interest - until he learns Kiri’s not exactly the prim and proper lady society expects her to be.

    Starlet says: "Disappointing"
    "regency adventure"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is good. Not quite in the league of Georgette Heyer, but good a good adventure. I I enjoy the characters being carried through the books and the development of the characters. Could do with less explicit sex. It quite spoils the flow of the story and feels contrived I would rather leave something to the imagination.

    I do sense a desire to entwine modern feminism and human rights into the stories which pushes the credibility ( schools for wayward aristocrats, and indian dukes). Overall ,the story is good but does not need this level of sex to sell - Despite the latter, this is light escapism which I enjoyed and think is worthy of more than the sex image.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynols’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


    Any additional comments?

    Please dont put the explicit sex into the film.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ghosts: Downside Ghosts, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’ bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

    Lupdilup says: "URBAN FANTASY AT ITS BEST!!"
    "How do you listen to this = 0 stars."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Have tried several times to listen to a bizarre mix of guillotines and ghosts peppered with recent day appalling swearing. An author short of adjectives? A drug addict heroine.??????
    The cover advert is misleading, or maybe I missed the fact that her durg dealer was mentioned. I even tried to get the 20 year olds to listen and they could not take it either. Wew am I sorry I downloaded this and made the double mistake of downloading the next book as well. I wish I could pass these on to someone, as if these were real books they would go immediately to a charity book sale (as there appear to be some people who appreciated swearing drug addicts for heroines), or simply be recycled. Sorry not for me.


    What was most disappointing about Stacia Kane’s story?

    Couldnt get past the first chapter


    What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?

    who is he?


    What character would you cut from City of Ghosts?

    First chapter, all the glorification of being a drug addict. Weird . Not a ghost story at all, at least not one I could get into.


    Any additional comments?

    Surely there are other expetives or adjectives.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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