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Nancy

St Charles, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Murder of the Cat's Meow: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    When ex–Vegas showgirl and local business owner Bunny Reid starts an online dating service called Cupid’s Cat’s Meow, out-of-town visitors flock to her bowling alley for the speed dating and cat show events that she hosts to bring in extra cash. Bunny’s scheme sounds harmless enough, but school psychologist Skye Denison knows all too well that an influx of strangers in Scumble River always spells trouble….

    Laurie says: "Another good mystery"
    "Good, but not her best story."
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    This latest installment of the continuing saga of Skye and Scumble River is a good listen, but definitely not her best work.

    The plot was rather off-the-wall but then, it's organizing character, Bunny, is a rather off-the-wall character so it works. I had a hard time believing the villain was as blatantly irksome as she is portrayed. It just didn't ring true to me.

    The narrator, as usual, was great! Great voices and the sardonic humor of Ms. Swanson was appropriate.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book. But, I've enjoyed the other Swanson books a bit more. It did not put me off the series and I'll listen to her next installment. I'm not sure it was worth an entire credit though.... but, if it were on a 4.95 sale, yes.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Eternity Ring: Miss Silver, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Mary Stokes was walking through Dead Man's Copse one evening when she saw, in the beam of a torch, the corpse of a young woman dressed in a black coat, black gloves, no hat and an eternity ring set with diamonds in her ear. But when she and Detective Sergeant Frank Abbott went back to the wood the body had vanished.

    Nancy says: "Good, but not my favorite."
    "Good, but not my favorite."
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    I normally love the Miss Silver series, but this one lacks something. I found myself having to keep going back over chapter upon chapter because my mind kept wandering. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but it just wasn't her best work, in my opinion.

    I would recommend it to any die-hard Miss Silver fans, but don't start the series with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4326)
    Performance
    (3693)
    Story
    (3672)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Great First in a Series"
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    This is a very cute romp. Excellent setup.. an English Royal but way down the line - and how she copes with having no money. Very nice story. I did figure out who-dun-it about 3/4 through the book, but it didn't interfere with the enjoyment of the book. The characters were real and delightful.

    The narrator was excellent. She made the characters come alive and her breath of voices is amazing.

    Yes, I'd recommend this book.. and look forward to the next in the series!

    0 of 0 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
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1605)
    Story
    (1591)

    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.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "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
    (227)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    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.

    2 of 2 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
    (144)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (126)

    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
    (1033)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (940)

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (2252)
    Story
    (2277)

    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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    Story

    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
    (203)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    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 Czechowski 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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
    (78)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    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

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