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Jane

MADISON, WI, United States

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1867)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1637)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "BEST IN AWHILE"
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    Janet's recent Stephanie Plum books have been quite contrived recently. And not in a good way. This book was different. I really enjoyed this book and the multiple plots seemed to work & the flow was natural.

    I would recommend this book. Lorelei King, as always, does great characters. She gets an A+.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Down Home Murder: Laura Fleming, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni L. P. Kelner
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (334)

    When a tragic family accident brings Laura Fleming back home to Byerly, North Carolina, the sleuth discovers that her beloved grampaw's fatal fall from a ladder in the old mill was not an accident.

    U. Gruber says: "Surprisingly offensive"
    "All Right Book"
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    In the beginning, with the down home country accents & all the family stuff, I did not think I could listen to it. But the reader made the accent just right & the story moved along quite well. I will say I enjoyed the story. Not great literature, but pleasant to listen to.

    I thought the reader did an excellent job and I will listen to her again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught on Camera

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (236)

    Beautiful Vega Zaragoza learned the hard way that sex and the spotlight don’t mix. Now the former model makes her living behind the camera, working as a videographer to escape public scrutiny. But when Vega gets a shot at her dream job, one that puts her back in the public eye, she must choose: continue to play it safe or gamble everything to go toe-to-toe - and heart-to-heart - with the city’s most eligible bachelor.

    Kristin says: "LOVED THIS BOOK,"
    "BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH"
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    This was the most predictable story I have ever listened to & I have listened to a lot. He's handsome, she's beautiful, she has a secret, so does he. They are attracted to each other. I imagine they have sex, but I could not listen to one more second of this dribble. I tried to listened to this double time as I did one other book because I sort of wanted to see how it ended & I was almost done. When I checked out how much more there was in this book & I was about 1/3 done, I knew double time wouldn't work.

    Audio books is passive reading. I don't have to do anything special to actually listen except get in my car. I still could not listen to another second. As to the ending, what do you bet that they get together, fall in love, and share their really boring secrets.

    This is the most negative review I've ever written & I wrote a review on another book starting with "was the author paid by the word" and this book is not even that good.

    As to the reader, she was ok. I gave her 2 stars because it may have been the material, but her reading of the male characters was not very good. But it wasn't her fault this book was so bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1272)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Ordinary"
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    I've read or listened to all the Stephanie Plum books & the characters are wonderful. I just think the stories are a little tired and I'm getting a little bored listening to them. I do love Janet's writing style and character development, but I think I'll try some of her other books. For quite a while these books have left me wanting.

    But to anyone new to Janet Evanovich, I say - start the journey. It has been a wonderful series. Laugh out loud. Just time to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1043)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Leesa says: "Totally Fabulous!!"
    "Quite Erotic"
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    This book was very erotic with enough story to make it interesting. I would definitely recommend this book. I also thought the reader did an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarra Manning
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Girls like Neve Slater don’t get gorgeous guys like William. But William’s been in L A for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down in preparation for his return. Then her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess then she’d better get some experience - a man to show her the ropes, like Celia’s colleague Max. And since he’s not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him...

    Aimee says: "I do have to say I love this book"
    "LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK"
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    This book was about weight, love, family, insecurity and so much more. The characters were well written and developed through this story. I really cared about them. This is a book I will listen to again.

    And let's not forget the narrator. One of the best I've heard. Her reading was true to the characters.

    This is a GOOD book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (325)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
    "Fun, entertaining"
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    I enjoy light mystery, romance. This book was just perfect. Fun, mystery, romance, and a great narrator. Plan on listening to more of her books & more with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cowboy Takes a Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lori Wilde
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Ex-champion bull-rider-turned-cutting-horse-cowboy Joe Daniels isn't quite sure how he ended up sleeping in a horse trough wearing nothing but his Stetson and cowboy boots. But now he's wide awake, and a citified woman is glaring down at him. His goal? Get rid of her ASAP. The obstacle? Fighting the attraction he feels toward the blond-haired filly with the big, vulnerable eyes. When out-of-work wedding planner Mariah Callahan learns that her estranged father has left her a rundown ranch in Jubilee, she has no choice but to accept it.

    Zulu says: "Cute Love Story"
    "Was She Paid By The Word?"
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    There is not enough story for a whole book. Maybe if this was seriously abridged (like 3 hours of story total) it would have been ok, but it just felt like the author was paid by the word. This is not an author I would listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Boys Do

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (235)

    Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble - in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan - may be too tempting to avoid.

    Jennifer says: "Cute, romantic fun"
    "Really Good"
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    Great book for this genre. Loved the characters and their interactions. Just wish it hadn't ended.

    Will definitely listen to other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (4987)
    Performance
    (3017)
    Story
    (3017)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Amazon Customer says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "GREAT STORY, GREAT NARRATION"
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    I'm only 1/2 way through, yet I am compelled to write this review. The first 2 minutes did not start well, but then, I am now consumed with this book. This is a book about the characters with a mystery to solve. I am enjoying each word, each sentence, each page. This is a book where the journey is as important as the mystery.

    I will definitely be ordering more books by this author and by this narrater.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5213)
    Performance
    (3170)
    Story
    (3171)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "GREAT BOOK, BEAUTIFULLY PACED"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written & perfectly paced. The reader was exceptional. I am sorry to see it end, but will definitely listen to another book by this author and by this reader.

    The only complaint I have is that it gave away the results from an earlier book, so I probably won't listen to that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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