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Lillian

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  • Murder of a Real Bad Boy: A Scumble River Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Still recovering from breaking up with her boyfriend and alienating half the people in town, Skye Denison has sworn off men - but she hires sexy contractor Beau Hamilton to renovate the old house she inherited. After all, who can ignore his qualifications? Golden hair, bronzed chest, muscular thighs - he’s just too good to be true. Sure enough, he has a reputation for conning the ladies. But before the not so nave Skye can fire the hunk, he turns up dead.

    Lillian says: "Good performance but the listed narrator is wrong"
    "Good performance but the listed narrator is wrong"
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    Another entertaining book in the series but there is one correction to the credits.This book, like all the others is narrated by Christine Leto not Khristine Hvan. This is actually important to me since after 8 books you get used to the tempo & characterizations of a certain narration style and changes to a new narrator can be jarring even if the new person does an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Like Flynn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding as a New York shamus. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con-artists even though the offer comes from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart - until she discovered he already had a socialite fiancée and an upcoming wedding. Now Molly's masquerading as a cousin from Ireland at the Hudson River mansion of Senator Barney Flynn. Flynn's invalid wife hopes the psychic sisters can contact her dead son, kidnaped and lost in a sensational crime.

    Lillian says: "The book is excellent but there are audio issues"
    "The book is excellent but there are audio issues"
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    The books is an excellent, well researched, historical cozy mystery but, unfortunately, whomever did the editing had some serious technical issues. There are multiple 2 - 3 second segments of what is obviously another book (narrated by a man) interspersed in this recording as well as the first 3 other books in the series (there may be more but I"m only on book 4 right now). It's extremely jarring even though it doesn't seem that any of the book is missing (i.e. the errant recording is cut in but doesn't seem to replace any content). The other review of the recording notes the same errors so it's not just a problem with the download I got.
    I hope Audible (who did the recording) reedits the books and takes these glitches out.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (838)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    Kimberly says: "The Jesus story in context"
    "This is not history it's legend"
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    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    I enjoyed Killing Lincoln & Killing Kennedy but this book is so far from historically accurate that I doubt that I'd ever by another one


    What could Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have gotten their facts straight. Some glaring errors: 1) The woman who anoints Jesus' feet was in al probability not Mary Magdalene nor was the Magdalene a prostitute. Both of those statement were errors attributed to an early Pope but have more recently been rejected even by the Catholic Church 2) 3 of the 4 gospels have the overturning of the moneychangers in the temple during the last week of Jesus's life (in fact it was probably the last straw and directly led to his arrest). Only John has the temple event 3 years prior to his execution and most biblical scholars reject that version as a theological tool to present a specific point of view 3) The Isaiah prediction used the word "Almah" = Young Woman not Betulah = Virgin to describe the woman who will give birth to a savior. 4) When he describes the contents of the phylacteries he says the scrolls describe the exodus, that's wrong, they have nothing to do with the Exodus but rather describe how you are to inscribe these words on your doorposts and as a 'frontlet between your eyes'


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill O'Reilly?

    No


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

    No


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Skeleton Letters: A Scrapbooking Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Laura Childs
    • Narrated By Danielle Ferland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    New York Times best-selling author Laura Childs’ cozy Scrapbooking mysteries continue to win fans with each compelling entry. In Skeleton Letters, New Orleans scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava witness a heinous crime at St. Tristan’s Church that leaves a dear friend dead and an antique crucifix missing. Together, Carmela and Ava search the French Quarter for the crucifix in hopes of finding the killer.

    Susan says: "Okay mystery, truly awful narration"
    "Excellent cozy mystery but the need a new narrator"
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    If you could sum up Skeleton Letters in three words, what would they be?

    Easy cozy mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ava Greux since she exudes attitude with a capital A


    What didn’t you like about Danielle Ferland’s performance?

    The narrator gave a minimal 'performance' with little variation in the characters' voices. Also she seriously needs to learn how to pronounce New Orleans phrases and locale names. It broke the mood of the book every time she mispronounced something and she lost the opportunity to give individual character to the characters by making them all sund the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide in Hardcover: A Bibliophile Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kate Carlisle
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration. With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless - and supposedly cursed - copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

    Ruth says: "Mystery,,, Good Romance...UGH"
    "A good cozy mystery but the narrator needs work"
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    Would you listen to Homicide in Hardcover again? Why?

    The book is a fun easy read & there's enough explanation of the esoterica of book binding to keep that from becoming confusing. The plot is plausible enough to keep you involved and the main character's family is a welcome comic relief. Overall a good 'airport'/beach book which you can pick up and put down as needed


    What aspect of Eileen Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator really needs to brush up on her pronunciations of place names/locations. In another book I cringed when she said


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder Is Binding: A Booktown Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia.

    beatrice says: "Pretty Good"
    "A good start to a cozy mystery series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're a fan of cozy mysteries this is a good series to get into. The plot is a bit more complex than most books of this genre and the characters are reasonably well developed for the first book (as the series goes on more character development does take place). It's certainly enough to keep you interested and after there revelation of the killer it wraps up quickly so you don't get bored with the ending.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think she tended to overdo the accents (i.e. the 'snooty CT' accent of the older sister)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threadbare: A Needlecraft Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Monica Ferris
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When an elderly homeless woman is found dead on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, she's wearing something that holds the key to her identity but also opens up a mystery. Embroidered on her blouse is her will, in which she bequeaths everything she owns to her niece: Emily Hame, a member of the Monday Bunch at Betsy Devonshire's Crewel World needlework shop! Emily's aunt turns out to be the second homeless woman to be found dead under mysterious circumstances.

    Lillian says: "One of the better entries in the series"
    "One of the better entries in the series"
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    If you could sum up Threadbare in three words, what would they be?

    With Threadbare, Monica Ferris has gotten back into the swing with the Needlecraft Mystery series. A plot that you couldn't figure out immediately, more new characters, but retaining enough of the basic charm of the series to make it well worth reading/listening to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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