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  • A Royal Pain: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1883)

    The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

    But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

    Coffee Lover says: "More Royal Fun!"
    "Second Royal Spyness Mystery does not disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light mysteries and particularly if they listen while they drive. You don't have to have listened to the first book, but I think you will have missed out on the build-up of the characters. It is the characters that make it so funny. Although the situation here is amusing too. Lady Georgiana has to chaperone a Bavarian princess who is the Royal Pain of the title.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Royal Pain?

    The most memorable moment for me was when the Princess's love interest was stabbed upstairs while Georgie was downstairs. A nasty bit of business that made the book more serious for several chapters.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Frankly, I am not sure that I would sit down and read any of these books - it is Katherine Kellgren's performance that makes them enjoyable for me. She brings out every bit of comedy there is by


    Any additional comments?

    These are light hearted mysteries for entertainment purposes.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (566)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Easy Listening for Dog Lovers"
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    I recommend these Chet and Bernie Mysteries for those times when you just want to be entertained and don't want to have to concentrate too closely. I think that Spencer Quinn must love and understand dogs without idolizing them. I really enjoyed that the book is told from the dog's viewpoint and that the his attention span is about 2 minutes long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5529)
    Performance
    (5025)
    Story
    (5037)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "The worst thing is waiting for the next book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedies of manner, great well developed characters, interesting settings and spot on dialogues. I would not recommend it to people who like their mysteries dense and that leave you guessing to the last minute.

    I also thought that Robert Glenister was perfect as the reader. I'm amazed that he could effortlessly change between a Cornish accent and a Yorkshire one, while changing gender. He is so good that I wonder if I would have enjoyed the book as well as I did if he was not reading it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    What kept me on the edge of my seat was wanting to know how Cormorant Strike would do next and what clues he would use to solve the mystery. This is a character driven novel, and although the plot is important, it is not what is interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several scenes that I could picture in my head as though I was watching a movie but the stand out is when Cormorant and Robin are shopping in the upscale boutique. The desciption of each characters' reactions to the expensive clothes, while the shop girls are gossiping is priceless. I love how Robin is constantly surpising Cormorant and how her intuition and acting ability gives him new clues to explore.

    Any time that Cormorant was away from his office, the scene was painted in a way I could picture it though. There is another scene where he is meeting a very handsome police officer in a pub. I could just see the 3 women at the bar who were alternately ignoring the cop and making eye contact with him as they were subtly exhibiting preening behaviour- hilarious!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - although I think about the book often and will listen to it again in a year or two, I can't say I was emotionally moved by it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have told several people about this book and all of them are as delighted as I am to find a new mystery series with great characters. Of course, by now I know that JK Rowling wrote this and she has never been better. Her observations of people and what motivates them are often hilarious without being malicious. I just hope that she will continue this series even though she has now been "outed" because I haven't found one I enjoyed this much in a while.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9373)
    Performance
    (8509)
    Story
    (8574)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Give Dan Brown another chance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like learning new things whenever you read for pleasure, then Dan Brown never fails to deliver. His plots may be predictable and the dialogue somewhat stilted, but his love for sharing arcane knowledge raises his books beyond simple adventure stories. This book uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a backdrop for romps through Florence, Venice and Istanbul. Seen through Dan Brown's loving descriptions, these cities and their art treasure came alive. I hope they make a movie of it, just so I can see some of the museums on the big screen. All 3 cities are now on my bucket list of places I want to see. I also am a big believer in zero population growth, so the major theme is also compelling. The final solution is elegant and non-threatening and I hope that we don't find out in a sequal that it was all nullified.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the description of the art work and the interesting details about them like Botticelli's masterpiece "The Birth of Venus" was a wedding day present to spur erotic desire.


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

    Paul Michael has a very pleasant voice and doesn't make all the female characters sound the same. He has a knack for accents, so his reading immersed me in whatever country we visited.


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

    The realization that we will have 9 billion people on earth by 2040.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the next Robert Langdon book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1525)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Spellbinding story of love in all its forms"
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    If you could sum up The House at Riverton in three words, what would they be?

    Absorbing family secrets


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story pulled you into this family and made you want to be one of their siblings. I have always been drawn to characters like Hannah. I also liked that even though it figured so prominently in the story, we didn't have to suffer the carnage of WWI. Except for one very brief and moving passage about David and Robbie's night at the farmhouse in Normandy, it was left to our imagination. The descriptions of Grace's life in service, especially at Riverton are incredibly well-written and interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Teddy's sister, Deborah was snubbed by Robbie when she wanted to show him off as her discovery.


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

    There were several moving moments, but the scene where Hannah and Robbie are on his barge and begin exploring the world through their imaginations was probably my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a good mystery story and usually prefer a faster-paced book. This book completely surprised me because the mystery is somewhat feeble, the pre-shadowing is so strong that I figured out most of the secrets, the narrator was often irritatingly self-effacing and I still loved it. Someone told me that Kate Morton unfolds her stories slowly and that she does, but it is never boring. The characters are more important than the story. I listened to this book in 40 minute segments for my drive to work and back and I would just sit in my car needing to hear more. Caroline Lee does a great job with the female voices but not the best with the male voices - otherwise I would give her narration 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8774)
    Performance
    (8036)
    Story
    (8088)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Funny, Moving and Devastatingly Beautiful"
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best non-mystery novels I have ever listened to and now I can't quit thinking about it. It is a book about teenagers dealing with their impending deaths, but is somehow not maudlin or particularly sentimental. Yet -it made me think about life in this universe in a very different way. I really feel compelled to tell other people about it but I'm not sure I would recommend it to people who are either dying or watching a loved one die. This is not the kind of book about people dying with cancer who get cured or die noble deaths and that is precisely why I enjoyed it so much. It is the kind of book that makes you want to live every day to the fullest.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    I rarely listen to YA books or non-mystery fiction so no books come to my mind that would compare.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd helped make the character of Hazel Grace come so alive for me that I could believe she was a real person narrating her story. Her voice is also very pleasant - just the right amount of resonance and clarity.


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

    This is a very moving book and as I have stated, one that will haunt me for a long time. I don't want to give too much away about the plot and every particularly moving part would do just that . I will just say that there were more than a few times I had to stop the audio and just breathe.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not know this was a YA book until the interview at the end with John Green. Now I want to listen to the rest of his books to see if they are as wonderful as this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1086)

    A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis - the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

    Stevon says: "good story"
    "Davenport's First Case as a Detective"
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    If you enjoy John Sanford's detective Davenport "Prey" series, you don't want to miss this one. It takes you back to his very first case when he catapulted from street cop to detective. We also meet Davenport's sidekick Del for the first time too.

    Like all of Sandord's stories, the mystery is not as interesting as the characters. This book starts in modern day Minnesota when the bodies of 2 girls are found buried under a block of houses as they are demolished. It turns out the bodies are 2 sisters called the Jones girls, who went missing and were pursumed dead in the 1980s. Davenport recalls his days as a street cop who was allowed to put on detective's threads to pursue leads on the original case. We see how his thought process developed in the early stages of the investigation and how he eventually lost the threads of the case.

    Then the book reverts back to the present and becomes a more ordinary Davenport "Prey" story, decent but not as interesting.

    Richard Ferrone does a great job as a reader, and kept my interest by his ability to inject the right amount of drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2246)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1907)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "The secret heart and mind of a murder cop"
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    From the first 10 minutes of Into the Woods, I have been hooked by Tana French's cop stories set in a Dublin Murder Squad. Each narrator has been perfect for the first person narration and Stephen Hogan may be the best yet as Mike "Scorcher" Kennedy. As with her previous 3 novels, the murder investigation is interesting and the clues are elusive but the real story is the heart and mind of one of the detectives.

    As a rookie 20 years before this case, Kennedy received his nicknamebecause of his habit of congratulating himself out loud with a gesture similar to a soccer scorer. He now has the highest solve rate in the squad and the ego to go with it. Basically a loner, he doesn't have a regular partner, choosing instead to "mentor" whichever newbie detective is assigned to him. This allows him to pontificate about following the rules and doing things by the book according to Kennedy.

    Scorcher is given a high-profile murder to investigate set in Brian's Town, formerly known as the Broken Harbor of the title. His mentee is Richie Curran, so new he doesn't even own a tie or the decent clothes that Kennedy demands for his sidekicks. The murder is pretty horrific: a father and his 2 kids are murderered and the wife/mother is terribly wounded. (As a side note: I might have stopped listening at the description of the murder scene but Tana French focuses on the cops, not the victims. This made the murder of children much more bearable for me.) The clues are very interesting and tantalising, especially a thread about an unknown animal living within the victim's house's walls. More interesting, is how Scorcher comes to understand that the rules that have always been his only friends so very easily become his nemeses.

    I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars but the ending left me a little dissatisfied. I thought Richie was thrown under the bus too easily. Without giving away the ending, all I can say is that I don't want the next book to be about Quigley or O'Kelly. Readers who have read the other 3 books will understand that they are the only ones left for the next book.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15341)
    Performance
    (13597)
    Story
    (13627)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Do you love Twists and Turns?"
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    If so, you will love Gone Girl. This book is well worth the 18 hours of listening time.

    I started listening to this book and had to tell all the book lovers I know that I had found the next great read. Here was a book that told an interesting story through two completely different points of view. I told people that it was a fascinating study in marriage and the reasons that it is so hard to maintain a relationship between two intelligent people. In many ways, it is a scathing comedy of manners about modern relationships. It is also skewers our modern preoccupation with true crime and shows like "Nancy Grace".

    Then as the twists kept turning, I realized this really is a mystery afterall with just enough clues to make me belieive that everyone could be guilty. Now I was listening to find out if any of my theories were plausible. I kept thinking that if it twisted that much from my first impressions, then another big twist was going to come.

    More twists do come and few of my theories were right. The only reason I didn't give the story 5 stars is that the ending, though horrible enough to give you nightmares, didn't satisfy me the way the rest of the book did.

    The two readers do an excellent job, especially Julia Whalen. I am not sure I would have enjoyed the book as much without their interpretation of the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1374)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    A User says: "Stevan"
    "God, No - God, Yes - you have to read this!"
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    Who knew that half of a magician duo could be this funny, raw, shocking and fun?

    Penn Jillette's reading of his own book wrings out every bit of humor, pathos and irreverence from a series of essays grouped by the 10 Commandments. The essays are filled with clippings of Jillette's own life that are often heart-wrenching even though I was often laughing so hard, I had to rewind to hear some bits again. I have to say, sometimes the memories also caused me to squirm a little because his emotions are so raw and the language can be pretty harsh.

    Of course this book will offend and shock many people who are not already athiest, but I am hopeful that some open-minded beleivers give it a try. It may open some minds or it may make your faith even stronger -who knows. I certainly did not agree with everything he has opinions about, but I sure enjoyed hearing his take on American life from religion to politics to child-rearing.

    I was definitely did not want the book to end and now I waiting for the sequel (if there is one) to hear Penn Jillette's take on othere aspects of life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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