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Takeyabue

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
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    Takeyabue 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
  • Lowcountry Bombshell: A Liz Talbot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan M. Boyer
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlings
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Liz Talbot thinks she's seen another ghost when she meets Calista McQueen. She's the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Born precisely fifty years after the ill-fated star, Calista's life has eerily mirrored the late starlet's - and she fears the looming anniversary of Marilyn's death will also be hers. Before Liz can open a case file, Calista's life coach is executed. Suspicious characters swarm around Calista like mosquitoes on a sultry low country evening: her certifiable mother, a fake aunt, her control-freak psychoanalyst, a private yoga instructor, her peculiar housekeeper, and an obsessed ex-husband.

    Takeyabue says: "Liz Goes Shooting With The Wild Hogs"
    "Liz Goes Shooting With The Wild Hogs"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i have happily recommended this book to several friends It is a fast paced frothing blend of mystery, coincidence, romance, look-a-likes, and gun play. Oh, and a guardian spirit to boot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lowcountry Bombshell?

    A tossup between the first meeting with her new client and the ill-fated ferry back to the island. One is a near perfect start to the book and the other is fate personified.


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

    I listened to her performance in the first book of the series and loved it. Then she goes all breathy and gives us a really great Marilyn. Great pacing and near perfect characterizations.


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

    Genteel Southern Living Will Rise Again. (or at least we all can hope so....)


    Any additional comments?

    Give it and the first book in the series a chance. You will not regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Susan M. Boyer
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.

    Laura says: "This is a good one"
    "Listen to your Momma and Put a Little Lipstick On"
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    Would you listen to Lowcountry Boil again? Why?

    The author does a excellent job of pulling you in quickly and keeping your focus by adding many secondary elements that also somehow take you back to the main story and aid in the unravelling. I also find the brother/sister police/PI conflicts between Liz and Blake a great element of the story..


    What other book might you compare Lowcountry Boil to and why?

    While it has many elements of other mysteries it is difficulty to categorize this story into any of the common mystery families. It has supernatural elements, but they are not the main focus. She owns and isn't afraid to use her "Glock", but it is not hard-boiled. There are some very funny scenes, but there are also some hard core PI elements. A mixture of many common themes all mixed together in a satisfying whole.


    What about Loretta Rawlins’s performance did you like?

    I love the accent, which while a little overblown, greatly adds to the atmosphere of the story. Loretta Rawlings shows a great mastery of pacing and uses it to good effect in helping the listener distinguish between the characters.


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

    I would highly recommend that you set aside some time to enjoy this story. It easily draws yo in and moves a constant pace that leaves you wanted to go just one more chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    The series only gets the better in Lowcountry Bombshell with an appearance from Marilyn, or not. Do yourself a favor and find out why Joey met his destiny on night in Charleston. Will Marilyn die on August 4th?.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By LynDee Walker
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke's days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

    Takeyabue says: "Nichelle pulls on her big girl shoes and steps up"
    "Nichelle pulls on her big girl shoes and steps up"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to many of my mystery loving friends. To my mind it shows character growth and development to a much greater degree than most of the "cosy" genre. Nichelle knows what she wants, and goes out to get it, without a lot of demure second thoughts or bumbling coincidences, but plenty of sass.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The competition between Nichelle and her rivals, both print and broadcast, is too close to call. While we essentially are focused on her side of the story, the competition get plenty of time and makes Nichelle work for whatever bits of story that she gets first. I also have to mention I also have to put in a good word for Troy, a great little brother and a very loving son.


    Which character – as performed by Reay Kaplan – was your favorite?

    Rather than pick a favorite, I will say that Reay did an excellent job in making each of the major and supporting characters come alive in their own way. I think she did it in a way that the author, Lyndee Walker, would be overjoyed with. Nothing to take issue with here.


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

    Come out of the morgue with all those dead icky things and let a nice pair of heels lead you into crime.


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful way to spend a few hours when you need to be hands and eyes free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whack Job: An Elliot Lisbon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kendel Lynn
    • Narrated By Rachel Frawley
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Elliott Lisbon blends her directorship of the Ballantyne Foundation with her PI-in-Training status by planning parties and performing discreet inquiries for charitable patrons. But when the annual Wonderland Tea Party makes everyone go mad as a hatter, Elli gets pulled into a shooting, a swindle, and the hunt for a Fabergé egg.

    Takeyabue says: "Elliott's mini is now turbo charged.."
    "Elliott's mini is now turbo charged.."
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    Where does Whack Job rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An light entertaining story with some mystery elements and a increasingly well developed cast, Whack Job is a delight to listen to. The pace is consistently quick and it is easy to be drawn completely into to storyline.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elliott is the star and fate continues to conspire against her. From arid dust bunnies, to a bucket of day old chum, to a fetid urban man camp she manages to wear more unintentional "accessories" and destroy more clothing than any other OCD detective around.


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

    The only onther performance by Rachel Frawley that I have listened to was Board Stiff, the initial mystery in this series. By now I have associated with her characterizations and find it very easy to listen too.


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

    I loved the final party scene where one long-term pain in the butt discovered a silver lining in one small bundle.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enter in looking for a good story and some light entertainment with a sprinkling of mystery on top, you will not go away unhappy.

    0 of 0 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
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    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.

    atisha says: "not crazy about new narrator but still love Davis"
    "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
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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.

    Takeyabue says: "A strong start to a new cozy mystery series"
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (24)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    Takeyabue 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
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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
    (64)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    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.

    Takeyabue 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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