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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (893)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "The Odds are Good"
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    Would you listen to Odd Interlude again? Why?

    I will want to listen to this story again before I move on to the next Odd novel. (Yes, I am assuming there will be another one)


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am always delighted with Koontz's use of monologue to get the exposition out. Odd has a wonderful voice as does Jolie. I'm also a fan of Ed. I hope we get to meet Jolie and Ed again soon.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a wonderful Odd. Young and self-depreciating and funny and sorrowful in the perfect mix. I do wish he had given us a bit more differentiation between Odd and Jolie's voices though.


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

    I chuckled a good bit. Although there were some very emotional (horrible) bits, I didn't cry.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been nice to have a little more backstory on Odd's companion. She didn't really do much in this story, but references back to previous adventures had me scratching my head. (I really should have listened to Odd Apocalypse again before attempting this story). Overall, it was a fun and satisfying listen for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation - an autumn canoe trip into the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s 15-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is 13. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting-edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

    James R. Ellis says: "Classic Nevada Barr"
    "Tour de Force for Barr! Quintessential Anna!"
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    This book moves so well, the chapters fly by. The characters are so beautifully drawn - I just can't say enough. And I don't want to say much more. Nobody likes spoilers.
    Nature, danger, hunger, the bad guys are *really* bad - AND there's a dog. What more could you want?

    Barbara Rosenblat has only served to make this book even more gorgeous. Her voice is lighter and more energetic than it has been lately.

    Completely worth your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aunt Dimity's Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Atherton
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

    LouisvilleBill says: "great book, lousy reader"
    "Save yourselves!"
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    Years ago, I read as many of these cute cozy mysteries as I could find. Imagine my delight when I found that they were here on audible.

    I have listened to the first 20 minutes of this book and can go no further. I won't go into greater detail, but will say that a reader can make or break a book or a series.

    This is a real shame.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Home for the Haunting: Haunted Home Renovation Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    San Francisco contractor Mel Turner is leading a volunteer home renovation project, and while she expects lots of questions from her inexperienced crew, she can't help asking a few of her own - especially about the haunted house next door . . . the place local kids call the Murder House. But when volunteers discover a body while cleaning out a shed, questions pile up faster than discarded lumber.

    Michelle says: "Sweet read"
    "A good series!"
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    If you've read any of my other reviews, you already know I like a fun listen. And these Blackwell books are that. They are fun. Xe Sands is very playful with the characters, but I'm fussy about readers and hear more vocal fry in every single character than I'd really like to hear from just one or two. It can sometimes be difficult to tell who is speaking.

    The heroine seems to be pretty down to earth, if you don't count the wacky way she dresses. I could have lived without that character quirk - it seems a little forced, but it doesn't get in the way of the stories so I choose to wink at it.

    The books themselves have romance and fun twists and it isn't easy to figure out who the bad guys are - always a plus. Blackwell isn't King or Koontz, but sometimes it's a relief not to have your socks scared off. And, really, who doesn't like a humorous ghost story?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons: Bernie Rhodenbarr, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Ever since The Burglar on the Prowl climbed the best seller lists in 2004, fans have been clamoring for a new book featuring the lighthearted and light-fingered Bernie Rhodenbarr. Now everybody's favorite burglar returns in an 11th adventure that finds him and his lesbian sidekick Carolyn Kaiser breaking into houses, apartments, and even a museum, in a madcap adventure replete with American Colonial silver, an F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript, a priceless portrait, and a remarkable array of buttons. And, wouldn't you know it, there's a dead body, all stretched out on a Trent Barling carpet....

    Bennie says: "Welcome back, Bernie!"
    "Welcome back, Bernie!"
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    I swear Lawrence Block has revived and written more material since his 'retirement' than ever before. And don't think that, just because I've been a Bernie fan for years, I gave this book an automatic 5. There's always that chance of disappointment.
    I'm glad to say that Bern and Carolyn are as fresh (and apparently young) and up to mischief as ever. Plenty of twists and ***s and pretty upbeat, considering it's Bernie and Carolyn. Also, I learned some stuff that I'll never need to know, but don't mind knowing anyway.
    Richard Ferrone does a fine job of handing a handful of characters and is very easy to listen to.

    This was a real gift from Mr. Block.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (348)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "A fun, light listen!"
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    If you're tired of trying to keep all your vampire 'universes' straight, this book will be a refreshing change. It's a reverse Mary Sue, which is also refreshing.
    The reader is very likeable, although she doesn't do a lot of character voice differentiation. Fortunately, the book doesn't seem to really need it and her voice is charming and a little offbeat.
    I plan to continue with this series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (518)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "A delightful light and lighthearted read."
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    Would you listen to The Dog Who Knew Too Much again? Why?

    I probably would a few years down the line, particularly if I can accumulate all of the books in the series and listen to them in order.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I didn't find this an edge of your seat kind of book, but I did choose to continue to listen when I could have opened a book or switched on the TV.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Chet, of course. There were a few times when he really did make me laugh out loud.


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

    I don't see how this book could be made into a film without changing the entire tone of it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was perfect for my escape listen mood. I've already recommended it to a few friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Famous: A Mallory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Carol O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    In Chicago, an FBI agent is killed in a psychiatrist's waiting room. In New York, the jurors from a controversial trial are murdered one by one. The only connections between the two: a flamboyant shock-jock, whose on-air comments seem to be taking him dangerously close to the edge; and a woman, her body misshapen since childhood, whose job it is to clean up crime scenes, and maybe create them as well. This is a federal case, and Mallory's been told that the FBI wants no part of her.

    Carol says: "Peculiar book"
    "Couldn't finish this one."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Probably nothing. It's dark in a way that I find unappealing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol O'Connell again?

    Maybe.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan?

    I have done in the past.


    What character would you cut from Dead Famous?

    I didn't find any of them likeable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Bookstore Babe: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    While school psychologist Skye Denison eagerly anticipates the grand opening of a new bookstore called Tales Dropping off some books at Tales & Treats, many of Scumble River's most outspoken citizens want to shut down the owners before they even open - and one is angry enough to commit murder....

    cynthia says: "funny and twisting plot"
    "Simple plot, poor reader"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. Also, I like a little more depth and a little less lip-gloss color detail.


    If you’ve listened to books by Denise Swanson before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She is extremely nasal and her overuse of vocal fry for every single character (I could see using it on purpose for one or two characters) was so irritating, I may not be able to finish the book at all.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would not go to a theatre to see this. It's really more in the Lifetime Movie genre anyway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (131)

    Alex Cooper awakens one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.

    ddeluca says: "Interesting"
    "I'm confused by the several bad narrator comments."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Final Jeopardy to be better than the print version?

    For me, listening to a book is always a different experience of the story than reading it. If I like a book exceedingly well, I'll both read and listen to it - just to get all the nuances from it. Having said that, I also think a great narrator can take a so-so story and give it life and humor and a naturalness that the actual story doesn't really have. And, of course, the reverse is true as well. Fairstein's books are complicated enough that it might be easier to keep track of all the characters and story turns on the page rather than by earbud.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I'm not quite finished with it, but I'm pretty sure I've guessed whodunit. More red herrings might have been good. :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in Jed's club must be the confrontation fantasy of most people at one time or another.


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

    Beware the fried clam stand.


    Any additional comments?

    It was surprising to me to see so many comments about the annoying aspect of narrator's (the brilliant Barbara Rosenblat) mouth noise. I have listened to dozens of BR's performances and, yes, I've heard her swallow. I've heard her carrying on with what sounded like the end of a head cold. I've heard her voice deepen as time went by.

    I purposely listened out for these noises and can only remember hearing one swallow and virtually no 'sparkles' or 'clicks'. I'd also like to point out that an over abundance of this kind of noise should be at least partly attributed to the sound engineer. It certainly is easy enough to edit noise out of a reading.

    If I have any complaint, it's with the voice BR chose to do for Mike. I keep seeing him as an overweight middle-aged guy, rather than the tall, dark, handsome (if crude) guy he is supposed to be. But maybe that's because it's been too long since I've been to NY.

    Frankly, it's my opinion that it would take an awful lot more (purely natural) mouth noise to offset the fact that Ms. Rosenblat can do any gender, any accent, any genre with complete believability. (I have a terrible crush on her rendition of Emerson in the Amelia Peabody series.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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