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Ladyfire

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  • Target: Vicky Peterwald, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Victoria Maria Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of wealth and power, was raised to do little except be attractive and marry well. Then everything changed - her brother, her father’s favorite and the heir apparent, was killed in battle by Lieutenant Kris Longknife, daughter of the Peterwald’s longtime enemies. Vicky vowed revenge, but her skill set was more suitable for seduction than assassination, and she failed. Angry and disappointed, her father decided she needed military training and forced her to join the Navy.

    Bob Nelson says: "Longknife plus sex"
    "Too much gratuitous sex"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the Kris Longknife series and had hoped this would be similar. I get that Vicky Peterwald is a bit of a slut. I'm no prude, but there was way too much sex in this book. It did very little to advance the plot, and in fact got in the way at times. Granted, Mike Shepherd writes very appetizing sex. I've read men's "adventure fiction" that had less sex in it. This will be my last book in this series.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I love Dina Pearlman's narration. Her ability to subtly change her voice to play a different character makes for a seamless listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Covert Warriors: Presidential Agent Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (404)

    At a Mexican roadblock, a U.S. Embassy SUV is stopped at gunpoint, three of its passengers murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, especially when the kidnappers say they will return the hostage if a cartel kingpin is released from U.S. federal prison.But when word gets to Charley Castillo and his group of “retired” spies and special operators, they have their doubts.

    Richard Tabisz says: "Disappointing"
    "Boring!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story.


    What could W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The authors spend way too much time telling about innumerable meetings. There's not enough action and way too much time spent introducing peripheral characters. The previous books in this series were much better.


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

    Dick Hill is always great!


    Any additional comments?

    If you want action, try Andrew Peterson's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwalkers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Cam Richter, needing a break from his too eventful detective career, is in search of more peaceful pastures in the North Carolina countryside. He buys a 700-acre antebellum plantation, the perfect location for restful solitude, but it doesn't take long for him to discover that his new locale is not as quiet as he'd hoped. Almost immediately, Cam finds himself caught up in mischievous pranks around his land, the site of a Civil War-era massacre.

    Pam Sturgess says: "Change of pace for Cam via small Confederate town"
    "A Creditable Entry"
    Overall

    I've been a Deutermann fan since his first novel, The Edge of Honor. This was a good Cam Richter story, much, much better than Spider Mountain, which required way too much disbelief. Particularly compelling was his depiction of folks still living in the old old(!) South, and his portrayal of the subtleties of small-town politics.

    This is a fun read with a great twist, as can be expected from Deutermann.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (277)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "A Solid Entry!"
    Overall

    NOTE: As another reviewer mentioned, there are definite quality problems toward the end of the second recording. In two different places, the recording loops repeatedly and you miss parts of the story. It didn't ruin the book because I was already so far into it, but this is a problem you should be aware of and it does need to be fixed.


    I found this to be a better book than, The Sunrise Lands" which was my last Stirling Audible purchase. It had a much more balanced feel. The end did seem a bit less detailed, perhaps a bit rushed. The big action sequence had me on the edge of my seat. I was so engrossed that I almost didn't pay the lady at the tollbooth!

    Overall, I thought it was a smooth listen. The characters are drawn well enough to make them interesting and there are plenty of of elements in the plot to keep it moving along.

    The reader added to the telling of the tale by doing excellent voices and otherwise being unobtrusive. Todd McLaren will be a selling point for me on other books, like George Guidall, Scott Brick and Carolyn McCormick.

    This one's a winner!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion: New Stories about Cops, Criminals, and the Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly, Inc. Mystery Writers of America
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar, Karen White, John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    From Hawaii at the turn of the twentieth century to the post - Civil War frontier, from smoggy Los Angeles to the woods of Idaho, these gripping stories trace the perils and occasional triumphs of lawmen and women who put themselves in harm's way to face down the bad guys.

    Chris says: "This selection may not be what you expect"
    "If you love short stories, this is for you!"
    Overall

    This is a great collection of short stories that feature cops as main characters.

    As another reviewer mentioned, many are not traditional mysteries. Some simply explore the world from a cop's-eye view. All the stories are standalones - they don't tie into an author's existing series. If you don't already like short stories, please consider these issues before buying.

    If you are a fan of the short story form, however, you've just found a big buffet of really good food. There's enough variety to keep things interesting. Some stories have intriguing twists and others just make you think.

    I've listened to several short story collections lately and this one was especially good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • First Thrills: High-Octane Stories from the Hottest Thriller Authors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lee Child (editor), Steve Berry (afterword), Stephen Coonts, and others
    • Narrated By Jim Bond, Nick Podehl, Luke Daniels, and others
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    First Thrills will include never-before-published stories by New York Times best-selling authors including Lee Child, Stephen Coonts, Jeffery Deaver, Heather Graham, Joan Johnston, John Lescroart, Alex Kava and Deb Carlin, Michael Palmer (with Daniel James Palmer), Karin Slaughter, and Wendi Corsi Staub.

    Ladyfire says: "A Good Anthology"
    "A Good Anthology"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of short stories, this is a rare collection of thrillers. Until I found this collection, I wasn't aware that thriller writers had their own genre organization, International Thriller Writers (ITW). Some of the stories may not seem to be proper thrillers, lacking international intrigue or violence. Listening carefully to the Introduction and Afterword, I learned that a thriller must have four key elements: facing danger, searching for truth, avoiding despair and finding hope. Defined thus, these are definitely thrillers!

    This is a meaty collection. It showcases a wide variety of approaches by both new and established authors. I only found one story truly disappointing.

    I've read negative reader reviews of other ITW collections. If you are considering this collection because you are a fan of one of the big-name authors, please remember that these are short stories, not novels. A short story does in less than 7500 words what a novel needs 50,000+ words to do. One of the best short story examples I can think of is Arthur C. Clarke's "The Star", which won the Hugo Award for 1956. If a novel is a full course meal, think of a good short story collection as a plate of hors d'oeuvres...tasty morsels that make you go, "Wow!"

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Male Factor: The Unwritten Rules, Misperceptions, and Secret Beliefs of Men in the Workplace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shaunti Feldhahn
    • Narrated By Shaunti Feldhahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Based on a nationwide survey and confidential interviews with more than 3,000 men, best-selling author of For Women Only Shaunti Feldhahn has written a startling and unprecedented exploration of how men in the workplace tend to think, which even the most astute women might otherwise miss. In The Male Factor, Feldhahn investigates and quantifies the private thoughts that men almost never publicly reveal or admit to, but that every woman will want to know.

    Ladyfire says: "Practical, Useful Info"
    "Practical, Useful Info"
    Overall

    I work in a non-traditional field that is utterly male-dominated. I was looking for practical information to help me navigate my work world more successfully.

    In the week since I listened to this book, I have used information gleaned from it on three separate occasions. As with all books of this type, the reader must decide which parts are applicable to to temperament and situation. I am still mulling over different concepts from the book and deciding on their appropriateness for me, but overall I've found the book very helpful. I'll rank it up there with Deborah Tannen's "You Just Don't Understand" in helping me be effective in mostly male fields.

    Feldhahn's tireless self-promotion is wearying at times, but don't let that distract you. The sheer utility of this book makes it a must-have for any woman who wants to succeed in the work world, no matter where you are on the ladder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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