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  • Chasing Darkness: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Threatened by a raging brush fire, the residents of Laurel Canyon are being forced from their homes. Police and fire department personnel rush from door to door to evacuate the inhabitants, but find something in one of the houses none of them expected: The days-old corpse of a middle-aged recluse who apparently committed suicide. Then comes an even more horrible discovery. Clutched in his lap is a photo album containing photographs of seven young women who have been murdered.

    bec says: "A bit disappointed"
    "A bit disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about Chasing Darkness?

    It didn't give me as much enjoyment as his other books in this Cole/Pike series, and I didn't really know why. Seems I had inadvertently chosen an abridged version.


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

    Not as interesting or absorbing, probably because it has been abridged


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

    Pleasant voice, easy to listen to.
    Helped with understanding the pronunciation of place names


    What character would you cut from Chasing Darkness?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry I chose abridged, feel this is why I felt let down. Will not let this deter me from listening to more books by this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dixie Divas: Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Virginia Brown
    • Narrated By Karen Commins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (258)

    Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

    Maggie says: "Easy Read- Good Plot"
    "I want to be a Dixie Diva!"
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    Dixie Divas is the first of a "Diva" series
    Those Dixie Divas Rock! I want to move to Cherry Hill, Mississippi, just so as I can listen to those accents and join the divas.
    Trinket Truevine has moved back to Cherry Hill ,she is the main story teller, she and her cousin, the much divorced, primped and botoxed Bitty are the stars of the show.

    Now, back to those Divas, who are they? They are a very exclusive group of Southern ladies who hold regular get togethers in order to have a jolly good time! The wine flows and the entertainment sizzles. What goes on in these meetings stays in these meetings. Trinket is invited along to one by her cousin Bitty, Trinkets' eyes are opened by the secret goings on!

    There is, of course, a murder or two with twists and turns to the plot, there is a little romance and lots of sleuthing before the culprit is arrested. For me though, the murder story was secondary to the hilarious narrative, little scenes made me laugh out loud. I hooted at the description of Uncle Freds' funeral (that's Uncle Fred on Mommas side).
    In my minds eye I could just see Bittys' acquired dog, Chitlin' in all his ugliness (bless him), and then, oh dear! Bittys' description of the effects of alcohol on Delbert, one of her ex husbands!
    The whole story delighted me.

    Karen Commins brought these characters to life for me, with a distinct voice for each character, male and female, I was soon able to distinguish who was who. Being British and now living in Australia I could be accused of being unqualified to judge the authenticity of the Southern accents, but I thought Karen did a wonderful job.

    This audiobook was gifted to me by the narrator, with no expectation of a review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vet Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Becky Corwin-Adams
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Follow the Cast-Off Cocker Spaniels as they deal with surgeries, grooming mishaps, seizures, and emergency room visits.

    bec says: "Love your dogs?"
    "Love your dogs?"
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    I listened to the audiobook version, a short listen at 1hour 32 minutes.
    Firstly, it was not quite what I expected, I was expecting more of a jolly romp told from the veterinarian point of view, however, the author describes it as an informative work.
    Vet Tales is a series of short chapters, each addressing a different ailment. I was quite interested in the chapter on seizures, as one of my Jack Russells' suffers from epilepsy - and allergies - and ear problems.
    In fact I would say it IS a very handy informative and educational book.
    It is obvious that Becky is devoted to her Cocker Spaniels, going to great length to ensure their well being and happiness. If you love dogs and need to know a little more about owning and caring for them, then this is for you.

    The book was beautifully narrated by Chris Brinkley who has a lovely, easy to listen to voice which enhances this audiobook.

    This audiobook was gifted to me in return for review, this review is my honest opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Peacekeeper

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By David W. Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Raising four boys alone is not an easy task. Widower Joe Slagel tries, he really does. He works hard, provides a stable home with lots of love and just the right amount of discipline. But Joe Slagel also provides his sons with something else: disposable stepmothers. He never intends for them to be disposable, however, the mischievous doings of his four children make it impossible for him to keep a wife, and them a stepmother, for very long. Boys will be boys. But when the final straw is snapped and the fifth stepmother packs up and leaves without notice, Joe realizes it is time to bring in a professional.

    bec says: "who needs kids!!!"
    "who needs kids!!!"
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    Read in August, 2014

    Poor Joe Slagel struggles to raise his boys alone and to work, keep house and keep the peace, of course, he fails. His solution to the problem is to provide stepmothers, this also fails! The last in the line of stepmothers is done with it, she can't put up with the disrespect and bad behaviour.
    Then there is Sergeant Pletcher, somehow this lady sorts everything out, and to me, therein lay the story.
    The book is written for youngsters, maybe 8 - 12 year olds, hopefully the story would be an enjoyable way for them to learn a few life lessons.

    The narration of David Dietz helped me stay with the book, let's face it, it's not always easy to read and rave over a child's story. The narrator made it easy for me to recognise all of the characters, he sounded as believable playing the enthusiastic younger child as he did the sometimes bored, know-it-all older boy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hallways in the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R.C. O'Leary
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

    Karen says: "Just when you think you know how it will end..."
    "A really good story"
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    Bec's review Sep 02, 14 · edit
    5 of 5 stars
    bookshelves: gifted-for-review, reviewed
    Read from August 31 to September 03, 2014

    This book was gifted to me by the narrator in return for an honest and timely review.

    The story grabbed from the beginning, it drew me in and I did not want to stop listening.

    Atlanta, Detective Dave Mackno is on the third night of a tedious stakeout in the city. A Porsche is driven erratically through the street, the driver is restraining a woman.

    The gripping story begins! The driver of the Porsche is a baseball star, he is aggressive, he and Dave get into a fight which culminates in Dave shooting the star.
    The plot flies along and is full of surprising twists and turns through the murky world of politics, racism and the legal system. This book lacked the tedium of the never ending legal intricacies and long winded speechifying that, to me, signifies a legal thriller.
    I really enjoyed the ending, which, in itself held a surprise.

    The narration by Steven Jay Cohen was excellent, he acts the role of each character in such a way that the listener is easily able to identify each one. His voice has a pleasing rhythm and pace which added to my enjoyment of the story.
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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Stupid Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Aurora Smith
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    All seventeen-year-old David really wants is to fly under life's radar. In a typical cold winter day in Montana he does something extraordinary: he rescues smart, funny, gorgeous good-girl Lucy Peterson from drowning in a freezing lake. As their friendship grows, David realizes that risking his life was the easy part. His friendship with a girl who is different from him in every imaginable way forces David to challenge himself and those around him.

    Greg says: "Such a feel good book!"
    "Enjoyable read"
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    This book was gifted to me by the narrator with no pressure to review. This review is my honest opinion.

    My Stupid Girl
    A young adult book, despite this being a classification I would not normally choose, I did enjoy the book, evidenced by my wanting to know the outcome of the story. It moved along well, holding my interest to the end.

    Set in Montana, 17 year old David is an adoptee, his mother is dead, he lives with his father who, when drunk, becomes abusive toward David. David is a Goth, he and his Goth friends are hanging out together In the park, they like to act all cool and remote. Next thing, The lovely, well brought up Christian young lady, Lucy Peterson falls through the ice to her almost certain death. Seeing as nobody else was about to rescue her, David shakes off his cool aloof persona and bravely goes on to the ice, rescuing Lucy from the freezing waters.

    This is just the start of the story of two teenagers, how they deal with their problems and how their respective families deal with them. It has a very satisfactory storyline, although some may feel that the story is an attempt to teach or preach.
    Would I wish to change the story? Well yes, yes I would, but I am an older adult on the point of retirement, not the young adult for whom this book was intended.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks, the narration is pivotal to my enjoyment. If the narrator is ( in my opinion) bad, I cannot continue listening. I thought David Dietz' performance very enjoyable.
    Changing gender vocally can't be easy but he did so with ease. I liked how, when I listened, I was immediately able to determine each character with no problems at all.
    The only voice I didn't much care for was that of Grandma, I thought she sounded a tad too quivery and old, closer to 99 than the younger "old" I I had pictured in my mind.
    Davids' voice is pleasant and easy on the ear, I don't know much about American accents, being British / Australian but they sounded pretty good to me. More importantly though, I found his mastery of the little nuances, inflection and change of pace greatly increased my enjoyment of this work.
    Some narrators can sell a book, I believe David Dietz to be one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangers On Montagu Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    The Strangers On Montagu Street, the third in Karen White's enchanting series, follows up on the The House On Tradd Street and The Girl On Legare Street. Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave.... Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University....

    T. Arcangel says: "Best so far!"
    "Just simply enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about The Strangers On Montagu Street?

    This is the third in Karen Whites "House on a street" series. All are equally good, easy to listen to, not difficult to get in to.
    A big part of the story is the renovation process of historical houses, very interesting. I very much enjoyed the ghost story aspect, and of course, there is a romantic thread throughout. All in all difficult to pick out a "best" bit, however, I did really love that I found it interesting


    What other book might you compare The Strangers On Montagu Street to and why?

    I can't recall reading anything that might compare, in storyline or setting.
    Except maybe it compares to a few books where the female main character behaves in a predictably annoying manner, making silly choices that lead to the duly foreseeable trouble or misunderstanding, no, didn't like that aspect


    What about Aimee Bruneau’s performance did you like?

    Incomparable, could listen to her reading the Financial Times.
    Lovely voice, each characters voice and manner pleasingly conveyed
    Masterful accents


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

    Yes it was


    Any additional comments?

    Mystery, suspense, humour, nothing too heavy or distressing? I do so hope there will be further books featuring Melanie and the Houses

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

    L. Standridge-Santopietro says: "Totally Honest and Brave"
    "Brilliant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, not having read it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Joan of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no "scenes", but I loved each and every chapter


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

    Laugh, Joan made me laugh out loud, several times, felt a bit silly, but there was no one to see me


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this audio book, Joan Rivers is one of the very few comedians I enjoy. I even watch a show about fashion only because she is the star.
    I can't wait for the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4471)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3802)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Really enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    A "Feel Good" book


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

    N/a


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    The heroine


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

    Not an extreme reaction, but it did make me smile throughout the story


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgreens narration is exceptionally good, with a wonderful mastery of accents and timing. Her voice is pleasant, lovely to listen to.
    It's not the worlds best detective story, but the humour, the writing style, the interesting time period all combine to make this book a really enjoyable and diverting experience. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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