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Bonnie

Cape Coral, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Murder of a Small-Town Honey: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....

    Martha Orosz says: "Love this Series!"
    "Fun to learn how it all started, love this seriers"
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    If you could sum up Murder of a Small-Town Honey in three words, what would they be?

    Mystery with a kick


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder of a Small-Town Honey?

    Skye and Simon's first encounter, too funny and all too real to many of us.


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

    I love audio books so I can do something else while listening, consummate multi-tasker. Khristine is easy on the ears, especially when they are old ears. Easy to understand her and good tone and inflection while reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Can you believe this town is close to Chicago?


    Any additional comments?

    Light and entertaining. Skye never thought she would have to eat those words so carelessly said at her graduation, lesson for all of us. Loved the interaction of all the characters and will be fun to see how they all develop. (I started listening towards the end of the series.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Wake Zone: Marley Clark Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Linda Lovely
    • Narrated By KC Cowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Visiting her crusty 79-year-old aunt in northern Iowa, Marley Clark tries to save a billionaire when he tumbles from an excursion boat captained by Marley's cousin. But the victim-founder of a biotech empire-is dead before his body hits the water. Soon Marley is consoling the widow, an old college friend and prime murder suspect.

    Leiah says: "Great second installment"
    "fun new heroine, older Stephanie Plum"
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    If you could sum up No Wake Zone in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, enjoy the character especially because she is older and still has spunk and sex appeal. She is intelligent yet she still gets herself into crazy predicaments.


    What about KC Cowan’s performance did you like?

    good performance, keeps the action interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I enjoy listening in small doses.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than the Stephanie Plum books, geared to older women. Character still gets herself in a pickle but she comes out on the right side. Entertaining. Plan on listening to more of this series and have recommended it to female friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Collector: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    The killer's methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims' flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death. When a connection is made to the Bone Collector - the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago - Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.

    shelley says: "Excellent! 2 Old Nemesis plus 1 and a Cliffhanger"
    "Exciting,unexpected ending"
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    Where does The Skin Collector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up in the top, thoroughly enjoyed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Skin Collector?

    Clever ending, not expected


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

    Yes, one of my top narrators, easy to listen to him


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no because I do enjoy drawing it out and relishing it over time


    Any additional comments?

    excellent characters, can't wait for more and definitely suggested that in the end
    author was awesome how to tied everything together so well, one of the best books I have listened to in ages and ages

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Nathan says: "Awesome!"
    "author has a warped sense of humor"
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    Would you listen to Origin again? Why?

    no


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Race, the General, especially at the end


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The author threw in some good topical jabs that gave me a chuckle, nothing to do with the storyline.
    Story was good, a bit supernatural, a bit religious and a bit government conspiracy. Got this on sale so was well worth that. A different spin for me and that was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (264)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Very topical, too much so"
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    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not his biggest fan but he does a good job


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this book if you aren't happy with the current healthcare system, it will make you even more upset.

    Great book. Really enjoyed it. No definitive ending. A winner for Robin Cook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classified: The Godmothers Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It’s one thing for a lady to be a little vague about her age, but Toots hasn’t been entirely honest with Phil about the number of marriages in her past. Frankly, after burying eight husbands, Toots suspects she should end her relationship rather than jinx Phil, too. As a distraction from her personal dilemma, Toots throws herself into helping Abby and Chris open an animal rescue on their plantation. And then another diversion hits - this one deadly serious. Two young children have disappeared after visiting.

    Bonnie says: "Disappointed,only ending character storylines"
    "Disappointed,only ending character storylines"
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    What would have made Classified better?

    Had the opportunity to do something with several storylines, but weren't developed. Started, ending quickly on to wrapping up characters. This book tells me this series is over...everyone had a happy ending. Blah blah blah, boring!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Fern Michaels again?

    Not sure, loved the Sisterhood series but the last one wasn't that good either. Seems Michaels has lost her edge. Guess she will stick to her romance novels which aren't for me.


    What didn’t you like about Natalie Ross’s performance?

    Ok but hard to hear much of the time, even with my volume turned up to the max.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Badly done ending to the series (or so it seems to me, everyone got married off..boring. No drama, no excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsided: Sisterhood, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Fading into the background isn’t the Sisterhood way. Even after all the adventures they’ve shared, the courageous, close-knit heroines of Fern Michaels’ New York Times best-selling series are always ready to embrace another challenge… All good things must come to an end. But Myra Rutledge isn’t ready to put the Sisterhood - the stalwart band of friends who’ve become legendary for meting out their own brand of justice - behind her just yet.

    Bonnie says: "Miss the Sisterhood"
    "Miss the Sisterhood"
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    Any additional comments?

    Good story but I missed the Sisterhood, the originals. This was basically a Myra and Annie story. Needed more pop. No major drama or exciting scenes. Still enjoyed it, nice light story. Keep them coming but bring back Harry Wong and the original Sisterhood. Bring back that edge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (570)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Need a new narrator, this one bores me to tears"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Same, not sure why I listen to them because this narrator is horrible.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Boring, reader is just not involved, phones it in. Very irritating. Won't listen to another booker with Kate Reading as narrator. I am just so done with her horrible performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept listening only because I wanted to see the ending and as usual, was way too obvious.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (781)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Preliminary, narrator problem"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Pet Peeve, if you are going to narrate a book, learn to pronounce names of towns and institutions properly. Totally unacceptable in today's internet, where you can find enunciation keys everywhere.
    Pronunciation for Gustavus Adolphus (Gus·ta·vus Adol·phus) not goosed toff us or whatever it is he says, horrible


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty's Favorite Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Si Robertson, Mark Schlabach
    • Narrated By Si Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    The brother of patriarch Phil Robertson, Uncle Si has a limitless supply of stories about his childhood, duck hunting adventures, his days in Vietnam, and everything in between. Now the best of those tales are gathered into this roaring collection.

    Si shares stories of the more than 25 marriage proposals he's received in the mail (some with photos!), how he came to use a green Tupperware cup for his ever-present sweet tea, and how his cigarette smoke made a deer cough (he's since quit smoking).

    Woody says: "Audible's description inaccurate"
    "Learned more about what makes Si tick"
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    If you could sum up Si-cology 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Love Si


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Si of course


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes, Jase was a bit difficult to listen to so I listened in shorter spurts than I did Happy Happy Happy. I like Jase but as a good narrator, not so much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way could I have done that, best to listen in small does


    Any additional comments?

    Great to learn what made Si the man he is. He was much more grounded throughout his life than Phil. The Viet Nam stories were OK but what did it for me the most was the ending where Si told us about his faith. The letters from his darling dear wife was so touching. Also the letters from his kids. I commend Si for keeping his kids and wife off of Duck Dynasty, allows them to maintain their privacy. Si is someone I would love to know in person, what a wonderful man and his silliness and HEY just adds so much to his personality, that all came out in the book. Carry on Si.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    David Hall, an American nuclear engineer, arrives in Israel on a mission of truth. Believing that the defenders of Masada killed themselves to protect a great secret, Hall plans to explore the heavily guarded site and discover the real reasons behind the dramatic end of the Roman siege. Hall is shadowed by an Israeli archaeologist, Judith Ressner, a reserved professor with an agenda of her own. There is more than history hidden within the mountain, and Hall soon finds himself the target of ferocious Israeli security forces.

    Stevon says: "a good one!"
    "so drawn out, half done and no action"
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    What disappointed you about The Last Man?

    Listened to almost 6 hours and nothing has happened. Just lots of character information and of course the Judeo/Roman history (which is why I continued to listen) There is no way this can be called a thriller/suspense. Reading my Bible is much more suspenseful than this book.


    What was most disappointing about P. T. Deutermann’s story?

    It just doesn't deliver a good story. I don't think I can finish this, regardless of how much I find the historical information interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Lane?

    Yes-hope he is good in another book I have in my library if the story actual has some suspense/action to it, instead of drawn out character study.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    complete disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    want my credit back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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