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Dave

At home in the snowy mountains of Utah. Who says you need to have a summer...

Orem, UT, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Diners, Dives and Dead Ends: A Rose Strickland Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terri L. Austin
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland's life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she's hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out. With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and a pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose goes from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you're speeding down the fast lane, it's easy to crash and burn.

    Dave says: "A light character driven story with some mystery"
    "A light character driven story with some mystery"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend as the story captured my interest and held it for the duration of the story. The violence is very limited and the characters are interesting if a little off the beaten path. The mystery elements are quite light and I anticipated all of them, but the characters kept me with the story. I look for to seeing if Rose progresses and develops or is left to drift here and there for the several coming sequels.


    What other book might you compare Diners, Dives and Dead Ends to and why?

    It has the bad boy elements and character driven storyline of the Stephanie Plums series, but I don't see Rose as being nearly as hard core or professional as Stephanie. Stephanie has a career that involves going out looking for trouble while Rose simply has it find her. This story is definitely lighter and avoids casting any of the characters in too black of terms.


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

    The narrator keep the tone very light and upbeat adding the illusion of someone from essentially the right side of town, although personally somewhat alienated from it.


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

    How can one girl attract so many very different men?


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the cost and time to give this one a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dip: A Davis Way Crime Caper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gretchen Archer
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last. Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal. She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford.

    Gloria says: "Excellent funtime story!"
    "Another strong story with a large helping of humor"
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    What made the experience of listening to Double Dip the most enjoyable?

    While there is a whole "What could possibly happen next?" aspect to these books, there are periodic small resolutions which keep the story fresh. Just when it appears that the whole mess has gone down the drain some small, or large, success keeps me moving forward and willing to put up with the continuing disasters that occur in the life of Davis


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Dip?

    I really loved the hectic room to room in the restaurant sequence which ended with Davis face down in the food, but not for the reason you would suspect.


    Which character – as performed by Amber Benson – was your favorite?

    I think Bianca was one of the strongest characterizations by Amber. Most of the female characters were quite well done, with the male characters following slightly behind.


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

    The whole prayer circle rationale, the negotiations in the dinner, and the elopement at the end both had me laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate that so far at least it appears that Davis is moving forward, gaining confidence, and growing into her new situation. I hope the story continues moving forward in the next installment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Board Stiff: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kendel Lynn
    • Narrated By Rachel Frawley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing serious until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne's reputation tanks, Jane's headed to a jail cell, and Elliott's sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town. Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation.

    fred says: "good listen, kept me interested"
    "A strong start to a new cozy mystery series"
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    What did you love best about Board Stiff?

    The story was fast moving without a lot of interludes. It also included several episodes of peeling back the onion to find a new level of plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I personally loved the two chefs, especially their interactions with each other. i found Elliott a bit too much to believe, but that is somewhat the nature of the beast with cozy mysteries.


    What about Rachel Frawley’s performance did you like?

    While the narrator was a bit breathy and off-setting at the beginning once the story began to move along it was more that sufficient to draw me right in.


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

    Once I was past the first couple of chapters and the characters were established, I knew i would be with them through to the end. Well deserving of it's nomination for best first novel in the 2014 Agatha awards.


    Any additional comments?

    It would be really nice to have a ongoing successful male character who could participate in the mysteries without being a romantic interest for the main female character or one of her friends. As is common with many current cozy's, male characters are either a possible love interest for the main female character or her posse, gay, humorous figures (boozers, druggies, losers, computer nerds), or father figures too old to be of any romantic interest. i would hope that a successful 40-year-old single female would have a few mainstream male friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Diner Standing: A Rose Strickland Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terri L. Austin
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Rose Strickland is having a blue Christmas. Her friend is arrested for attempted murder, her sexy bad guy crush is marked by a hit man, and her boss is locked in an epic smackdown with a rival diner. Determined to save those she loves, Rose embarks on an investigation more tangled than a box of last year's tree lights. With her eclectic gang at the ready, Rose stumbles across dead bodies, ex-cons, chop shops, jealous girlfriends, jilted lovers, and a gaggle of strippers in a battle for freedom she might not survive.

    Dave says: "Rose and the Bad Boy"
    "Rose and the Bad Boy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Diner Standing the most enjoyable?

    The narration remained excellent with a low key yet polished use of nuance and expression. As the second entry in the series, it also had more time to develop a storyline beyond merely introducing the large, diverse case of supporting characters. Each of the cast of characters appears to have a niche and how the author weaves a story that allows the characters to all "do their own thing" is quite remarkable. If you enjoyed the first Rose Strickland mystery you will enjoy this even more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry, the bodyguard and chef, as one of my sons is well on his way to becoming just like him. I also feel a lot of empathy for Jacks, the people pleaser stuck with Rose for a younger sister.


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

    The narrator managers to help keep everything moving forward and avoids building tension in this story which must be a comedy as much as a mystery.


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

    You have to be the tree!

    Unarmed and dangerous in a comedy zone


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent use of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Roman Hat Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it's packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen.

    Kathi says: "Wonderful "logic puzzle"--great listen, great fun!"
    "A classic with all the trappings of age"
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    If you could sum up The Roman Hat Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    A true classic.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not change a thing. While it does not meet current ideas of political correctness, it is a great representation of the times in which it is set and was written.


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

    The narrator does not go overboard with the vocal representations of the characters, but still manages to convey tone and intent.


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

    Listened to it non-stop on a trip across Nevada from Utah to San Jose. Great listen!


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy the Ellery Queen method and don't mind a period piece that shows its age in places, you will enjoy this production.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy: A Davis Way Crime Caper, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gretchen Archer
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Davis Way thinks she's hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies.

    Dave says: "Another excellent reading by Dina Pearlman"
    "Another excellent reading by Dina Pearlman"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would be comfortable recommending this to any fan of cozy mysteries. While there is some romantic tension and violence, it does not proceed beyond a level acceptible for most cozy mystery lovers. I also continue to enjoy the reading/performance of Dina Pearlman. I have listened to many of her other audiobooks and find that she is consistently excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Whammy?

    Davis's encounters with Maxine and Mary at the Double Whammy machines. i also enjoyed Teeth and No Hair in all their intimidating glory.


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Morgan George Sr.was my favorite character beyond Davis.


    Any additional comments?

    Hoping that Double Dip will also make its way to audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Dodge Dalton in the Shadow of Falcon's Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sean Ellis
    • Narrated By Jesse Keim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Dodge Dalton's stories about the adventures of Captain Zane Falcon have made both the author, and his iconic protagonist, famous. Maybe a little too famous. When a diabolical villain, wielding a fantastic power unearthed in the ruins of a forgotten civilization, kidnaps the president, he has only one demand...a fight with America's greatest hero. There's just one problem: Falcon doesn't exist. Or does he?

    Dave says: "A classic pulp story with all that means"
    "A classic pulp story with all that means"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A good listen for a lover of pulp stories, although the narration is merely adequate. Listen for the story and not for the narrator.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narration a bit lacking in cadence and characterization. The narrator seems to substitute volume for pacing and storytelling. As storytelling is the essence of pulp fiction this stands out more than it might in other situations.


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

    Non-stop action in the style of Indiana Jones.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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