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Nancy

St Charles, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1482)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (862)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    DARA says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "Very Entertaining!"
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    It has been a while since I've listened to a Romance novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

    The author gave us 3-d characters that we could love, identify with, and hate. There was a good tension between our heroes and a nice intimate description that was loving, rather than X-rated.

    The narrator was great! She brought the characters alive!

    I would recommend this book. It stands out in this genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1135)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    itsallaboutthestory says: "More Serious Than The Others"
    "This is a departure for this series, but it works!"
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    Ms Harper departs from her standard Kentucky background. You can't get too much different than the Alaskan frontier! She stretches her writing prowess in this book, and proves that she's a wonderful storyteller. I felt like I knew these characters well.. and my emotions kept going back and forth .. not knowing whether I approved.. or not.. or did.. or not... It was a great ride!

    Yep, I laughed and giggled at Ms Harper's sense of humor.. I truly enjoy it. That didn't change in this book!

    I always have enjoyed this narrator. She and Ms Harper are a dynamite duo!

    Yes, I'd recommend this book highly. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Break In

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    Dick Francis was a jockey and horse trainer for many years. His experience gives his questrian mysteries an authenticity that has attracted fans around the globe. To honor him, the Mystery Writers of America named Dick Francis a Grand Master for his impeccably crafted contributions to the genre. Jockey Kit Fielding has been riding the de Brescous horses in a succession of triumphs on the race course. But this winning streak is about to end. Kit’s twin sister, Holly, has come to him in desperation. Threatened by financial scandal, she and her husband may lose their training stables.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "One of the Best Audio Books Ever!"
    "Really very good!"
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    I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. When I bought it, I didn't have high expectations, but I quickly realized, that I'd found a gem!

    The story is great. I suspected the culprit once or twice, but the ending came as a big surprise. But, it wasn't the ending so much, as following our hero's journey as he came to his conclusions that was the best part of this story. His thoughts and deductions were logical and methodical.. It was great fun to tag along with him.

    The narrator was excellent. I never had to rewind.. to go over a part again. His timbre and diction were easy to follow and made the book that much more enjoyable.

    Yes, I'd recommend this to anyone that enjoys a great mystery and following along with the deductions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight at Marble Arch: Charlotte and Thomas Pitt, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    In this superbly accomplished new Charlotte and Thomas Pitt adventure, Anne Perry takes us beneath the glittering surface of wealthy Victorian society into a nightmare world of fear and intimidation, where women are too often blamed for the violent attacks against them, and powerful men take what they want, leaving others to pay the price. The horrifying rape and apparent suicide of Catherine Quixwood, wife of a wealthy merchant banker, falls outside the new jurisdiction of Special Branch head Thomas Pitt, but so pervasively offensive are the rumors about the victim that Pitt quietly takes a hand in the investigation.

    Judith A. Weller says: "Anne Perry at the Top of her Game"
    "One of her best ever"
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    I've listened to all of the Anne Perry books: Pitt and Monk. This is one of her best.

    The tale is gripping. I couldn't stop listening. I did suspect some sort of the end, but kept changing as the facts presented themselves. In the end, I knew who, but not how or why, or even all the culprits! Marvelous twists that blew me away. I don't know how Ms Perry keeps coming up with such interesting and diabolical plots.. but I sure hope she doesn't stop!
    Caution: This book deals with rape, as well as murder.. it isn't overly graphic though and treats the subject matter tactfully and carefully.

    As always, Ms Porter is the best narrator for these books. She is so easy to follow and keeps the characters straight. I never have to guess who is speaking.

    I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Timeless: The Parasol Protectorate, the Fifth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (913)
    Performance
    (832)
    Story
    (830)

    Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.

    Leanna says: "So long but not goodbye?"
    "Author is good, but has an agenda to indoctrinate."
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    (This review is repeated from the review of the first book.)
    After listening to the entire series, I must admit to being rather mixed about the author and her books.

    The books are well written, and the characters are likable. There are good twists and turns which keep your interest.. and enough unanswered sub-plots to keep you wanting to read the next installment.

    My qualms, come mostly in the last book. After listening to 800+ books from old to current authors, I've come to expect an agenda from the current crop of authors with respect to the homosexual community. Most have them represented and attempt to make it seem normal and wholesome. Ok, I can tolerate that within reason.

    Gail Carriger, takes this a bit ... no, for me, .. WAY too far. In the first three books, she has her heroine have a homosexual friend - colorful, dependable and rather stereotyped. However, the agenda culminates in the fifth.

    Depicting romantic love between partners, explicitly.. goes a bit too far for me. I found myself and my soul, sickened and wanting to put the book down and try to forget the images in my mind.

    She obviously, within the fifth book, is attempting to push the envelope to indoctrinate us to her conception about homosexuality.

    World statistics, the last time I checked, approximate the homosexual community at approximately 10% of the total adult population. However, if you look at the proportion in this book, half of the people in the world would be so inclined. And, would represent the only dependable people a woman could count on!

    I know, this review is not exactly "PC".. and will make a few upset. But, the last book honestly sickened me. I truly wish someone had warned me.

    No, I would not recommend this book or series, unless you don't mind this sort of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (2841)
    Performance
    (2057)
    Story
    (2080)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Author is good, but has an agenda to indoctrinate."
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    After listening to the entire series, I must admit to being rather mixed about the author and her books.

    The books are well written, and the characters are likable. There are good twists and turns which keep your interest.. and enough unanswered sub-plots to keep you wanting to read the next installment.

    My qualms, come mostly in the last book. After listening to 800+ books from old to current authors, I've come to expect an agenda from the current crop of authors with respect to the homosexual community. Most have them represented and attempt to make it seem normal and wholesome. Ok, I can tolerate that within reason.

    Gail Carriger, takes this a bit ... no, for me, .. WAY too far. In the first three books, she has her heroine have a homosexual friend - colorful, dependable and rather stereotyped. However, the agenda culminates in the fifth.

    Depicting romantic love between partners, explicitly.. goes a bit too far for me. I found myself and my soul, sickened and wanting to put the book down and try to forget the images in my mind.

    She obviously, within the fifth book, is attempting to push the envelope to indoctrinate us to her conception about homosexuality.

    World statistics, the last time I checked, approximate the homosexual community at approximately 10% of the total adult population. However, if you look at the proportion in this book, half of the people in the world would be so inclined. And, would represent the only dependable people a woman could count on!

    I know, this review is not exactly "PC".. and will make a few upset. But, the last book honestly sickened me. I truly wish someone had warned me.

    No, I would not recommend this book or series, unless you don't mind this sort of thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural Death: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Ian Carmichael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    The wealthy Agatha Dawson is dead and there are no apparent signs of foul play. Lord Peter Wimsey, however, senses that something is amiss and he refuses to let the case rest - even without any clues or leads. Suddenly, he is faced with another murder - Agatha's maid. Can super-sleuth Wimsey find the murderer and solve the case before he becomes the killer's next victim?

    Alicia says: "At last! Sayers read by Ian Charmichael"
    "Excellent Lord Peter Wimsey!"
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    Dorothy Sayers is renown for her Lord Peter Wimsey novels for a good reason.. they are great!

    I suppose this would be classified as an English detective cozy. The hero follows the clues and we follow along. He gets the criminal in the end, but the joy is in the process.

    This installment is before Harriet Vane, evidently. But, the mystery is great, the logic trail terrific.. classic Wimsey.

    Ian Carmichael does an absolutely marvelous job narrating.

    I highly recommend this to anyone liking classic English detective mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poisoned Tarts: Savannah Reid, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    What happens when too rich and too thin becomes too deadly? Voluptuous P.I. Savannah Reid is about to find out as she delves into the disappearance of a celebrity hanger - on that soon leads to something more sinister. As Halloween draws near, Savannah will have to learn a killer's deadly 'tricks' before someone else is 'treated' to murder.... Halloween in Southern California just doesn't have the frosty bite Savannah's used to, although her latest job promises chills aplenty.

    Nancy says: "One of the best in the series!"
    "One of the best in the series!"
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    I've listened to all the Savannah Reid series thus far, and have enjoyed each book. They are nice cozy mysteries with mostly a PG story line and fairly good morals for a book set in L.A. I've been very pleased with the subtle tones of this series. I haven't felt like the author has tried to indoctrinate me!

    In previous issues, although very enjoyable, I found myself yelling at the characters because they failed to recognize what was right before their faces. It was obvious to me but the "detectives" fail to put it together! However, this installment is a bit better. I actually had a different culprit in mind.. and was very surprised at the ending. Consequently, I found this book to be the best so far!

    The narrator is very good. I don't have a problem distinguishing which character is speaking. And, in this book.. she nails the accent of the snooty L.A. society teen perfectly!

    Yes, I'd recommend this series to anyone that likes a good mystery with fairly decent morals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Pink Elephant: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    When Skye Denison's brother forms a band called Pink Elephant, the town goes wild-maybe too wild. First, a groupie turns stalker, seducing the band members one by one. Then, one of the Pink Elephants winds up murdered. Who's to blame? Everyone seems to think it's the drummer - and now Skye has to clear her brother's name.

    Nancy says: "Another excellent installment!"
    "Another excellent installment!"
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    I really enjoyed this installment by Ms Swanson. The mystery was great - I briefly suspected the culprit(s), but the skill of the author led me down so many paths, that I never came back to the ... person(s). (Trying not to give spoilers).

    Once again, the narrator was terrific. Voices were great and distinguishable.

    This one left me wanting much, much more from the author/narrator duo! Thank goodness there are more books in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4323)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2397)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Excellent tale. But ending left me unfulfilled."
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    This is my first book by this author. She can certainly weave a story! The descriptions and emotions were captivating. I did figure out who-dun-it, mostly, from the first third of the book.. however, there were multiple sub-plots which were all blended together to make a great story! My highly suspecting the culprit didn't detract at all from my enjoyment. I still couldn't stop listening!

    However, that being said.. the ending isn't the type I like. One central mystery in left in limbo and the ending is just plain sad.. I suppose this is just my taste.. I like "happily-ever-after" and "the good guys always win" endings.

    This is great story if you like solving puzzles, introspection, and serious studies on profiling/personalities.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "I had a hard time getting through this one"
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    At times, I know that writers like to explore a bit with theories that interest them. But, this plot takes the prime characters a bit too far off their center. The author explores the bodily existence of evil due to her interest in the Book of Enoch and Book of Jubilees.

    I think this subject should have been explored in a separate book, as the author has done in the past. She is a great writer, but using the Rizzoli & Isles characters was the wrong venue.

    I had a very hard time getting through this book. There were many parts that I simply FF through. Animal sacrifices by weirdos (technical term there!), graphic torture.. I simply can't stomach.

    I've enjoyed this series up until now. I'll try one more book to see if this exploration continues.. if it does, I'll stop the series.

    Would I recommend this book? No. At least, not to anyone with any semblance of a sensitive soul.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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