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Carolyn

Woy Woy, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • The Wrong Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Orphaned at 13, Grace Silva clawed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most respected judges on the federal bench. Grace believes in the rule of law, lives it, breathes it. She has always been buttoned up and buttoned down. Except once.

    Erin says: "The Wrong Narrator & Producer"
    "50/50"
    Overall

    A good story ruined by mundane narration. The narrator sounded bored which distracted from the story. Its hard to get into the tension of the plot when it is read with no emotion. Had I read this before Blue smoke and Murder another story about the St Kilda operatives I would not have gotten it and that would have been a shame as it is another good story but with much better narration.I often wonder if the Author knows just what an awful job some of the narrators do. end result. Get the second book and forget this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (253)

    Claire Parks has been very sick, but she's fine now - just fine - and ready to paint the town red. Well, pink. On her first excursion into the wild world of dating, she nets Bud, a tall, sexy, good-looking lumberjack. She won him fair and square, her prize for not dying. But after a weekend of wild sex, she discovers he's not what she thinks he is. Undercover police officer Lieutenant Tyler "Bud" Morrison can't believe his eyes. What's a 'princess' doing in a dance club known for its rough trade? She needs rescuing, and rescuing women is what Bud does best. He saw Claire first - finders keepers.

    Lia says: "Bud-alicious hero"
    "No Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone that cares nothing about the story but enjoys all the descriptive sex scenes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unfortunately the 3rd book in the series I bought all 3 and hoping each time I get a glimpse of the Ghost Ops books that I liked


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alexandra R. Josephs?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story could have gone so much further.


    Any additional comments?

    No I pretty much said it all in in the review of book 1

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (323)

    Interior decorator Suzanne Barron's new tenant is the most dangerously sexy man she's ever met. Navy Commander John Huntington, a former SEAL (aka 'Midnight Man') works best under cover of darkness. Within hours of meeting him, Suzanne has wild, no-holds barred sex with John, then panics at the depth of her passionate response to such a powerful and dangerous warrior. Suzanne doesn't do sex like that. John is definitely someone she needs to avoid for her own peace of mind. But when killers come for her, Suzanne knows she can turn to only one man.

    Lia says: "A hot and sexy listen! Recommended""
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Midnight Man?

    It was 80% sex and 20% story, I prefer my books the other way around, very disappointed


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Marie Rice’s story?

    not enough story which had some merit, but was overtaken by the unending sex descriptions


    What about Alexandra R. Josephs’s performance did you like?

    She had a good feel for the characters


    What character would you cut from Midnight Man?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why this was in romance sails more to the erotic

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1306)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Average"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Calculated in Death? What did you like least?

    I love the In Death Series have read all 36 books, love the back characters as much as the main ones


    If you’ve listened to books by J. D. Robb before, how does this one compare?

    This one lacked the fast pace usually associated with the In Death Series, not as much action


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

    Love Susan Ericksen, she individualises If thats a word all the characters except for the one hiccup with peabody in an earlier series the characters that she portrays are like old friends


    Do you think Calculated in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Bring on more In Death books, love them


    Any additional comments?

    I found this one slow, too many accounting details which got boring to listen too. Halfway through it I justed wanted Eve to get on with it with her ususal style

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salvation in Death: In Death, Book 27

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    As Eve pieces together clues that suggest identity theft, gang connections, and a deeply personal act of revenge, she hopes to track down whoever committed the unholy act of murdering a priest. Until a second murder, in front of an even larger crowd of worshippers, knocks the whole investigation sideways.

    Share Faerber says: "Another Winner"
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall

    Bit slow, not the usual pace and humour.I would not recommend it as a stand alone book as it would be off putting to the rest of the series and that would be a shame.To get the best from this series you need to start at the beginning its the only way to understand the characters and how they all come into play. I discuss the books with my sister who has also listened to the series and we often laugh at the antics of the characters. I love this series and thankfully a new one has been released. Keep them comming. I dont agree with the reviews about the narration,to maintain all the characters throughout 27 books is brilliant. well done Susan. Do yourself a favour, buy book 1 and go from there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers in Death: In Death, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (497)

    Technology may be different in 2060 New York, yet the city is still a place of many cultures and great divides. And as ever, some murders receive more attention than others - especially those in which the victim is a prominent businessman found in his Park Avenue apartment tied to the bed - and strangled - with cords of black velvet.

    Curtis says: "Excellent series"
    "Great Series"
    Overall

    Its often been said in many reviews that to start at the begiing and just keep going is the way to go. ABSOLUTLY. The background characters and their stories are as much a part of this series as the actual gruesome deaths and although each book can each be listened to individually to get the most out of it I feel you need the whole lot. Excellant narration, geat job Susan even though you did have a hiccup with Peabody at one stage. Only 2 to go and I have caught up here's hoping J D Robb has another about to go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Average"
    Overall

    Not as good as "Fast Women" and because i enjoyed that so much I expected more from this one. It had its good moments and did show the authors usual humour.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (495)

    Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

    Shannon says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "GREAT"
    Overall

    First Jennifer Crusie book for me but certainly not the last. What a very witty story,good narration,I found myself laughing throughout the book, humour from beginning to end. The women in this book are hilarious,good friends through thick and thin, and mostly in trouble.A thoroughly enjoyable book

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Smoke and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events - including a mysterious fire that kills her great-aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings - culminates in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor.

    Springfield Mark says: "Sophmore Slump?"
    "Good"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the St Kilda Operatives so much so that I went looking for any others. The Narrator handle the characters very well. Pity this narrator did not do the first book

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 31 Dream Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lisa Jewell
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In his old, rambling house, failed poet Toby Dobbs has created a refuge for lost souls. But when a quiet tragedy and an unwelcome letter interrupt Toby's sedate existence, he needs his housemates to find some direction in their lives.

    Carolyn says: "Awful"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    What a horror of a book, totally boring and mind numbing. I download to disk and I am struggling at disk 4 I will not be downloading or listening to part 2. enough is enough. what a waste of money. The narrator would be great at reading newspapers thats about all.The story falls far short of what I thought would be a quirky story, instead its mundane and uninteresting. I will never again have anything by this author or narrator. most of all the narrator. I am not sure this book could have been saved with a narrator with any sort of personality I personally dont think so, the drone of his voice and lack of any sort of inflection made me cringe

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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