Don't know, not having read it
Why Joan of course
There are no "scenes", but I loved each and every chapter
Laugh, Joan made me laugh out loud, several times, felt a bit silly, but there was no one to see me
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
It's Christmas time, and for Raine Stockton and her Search and Rescue dog, Cisco, Hansonville, North Carolina is just like a Norman Rockwell painting - except for the rash of thefts of baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes, an abandoned box of golden retriever puppies that someone leaves beside her mailbox, and a mysterious gift from one of Cisco's a grateful admirers. Raine already has her hands full with her own misbehaving pooches, unexpected house guests, and a complicated new relationship. But when a newborn is abandoned in the manger of the town's living nativity and Raine walks in on what appears to be the scene of a murder, she has more to worry about than keeping the Christmas spirit alive.
©2011 Donna Ball (P)2014 Donna Ball
Prior to "Silent Night" I hadn't read any in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series, I was assured however, that this Christmas story can be read as a stand alone. This is true, but I enjoyed it so much I wish I had started from Book One!
This is a story that hooks you in from the very beginning, I found the first chapter engrossing, chilling and full of the anticipation of something about to happen! Well, it certainly did, but not quite as I expected, which only added to my enjoyment.
Raine, our heroine is quite a woman, she is doing it really tough at the moment, suffering financial hardships and a degree of emotional turmoil. Her old love has a new love and this takes some getting used to, a bit more difficult perhaps than Raine had expected. I thought the author added a clever little touch when she mentions the way way in which the male colleagues of Raines ex now felt entitled to treat her with disrespect. Now, they somehow feel no compunction in being rude and snubbing her whenever they get the chance, this, despite the fact that Buck, her ex, treats her respectfully.
I loved how Raine, more used to dogs than children, adapted her dog training methods to modify the behaviour of a very unhappy little girl - the 10 year old child of her very new love interest. These methods worked too, (along with lots of human and puppy love thrown in).
This story moves along well, plenty of action to keep the listener interested, it's a Christmas feel good story, and also a darned good mystery.
It never takes too long for the listener to know when they have found a new gem! Donna Postel is my new gem, I am a fussy listener, for me, the narrator is the most important element of an audiobook. Donna is master of narrative and of characterisation, no overacting here, a class act all the way. Talent and experience are the magic combination here, Donna is now in my top three favourite narrators, I think I make myself clear!
Death by Didgeridoo: A Jamie Quinn Mystery
Written by: Barbara Venkataraman
Narrated by: Carrie Lee Martz
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
Series: Jamie Quinn, Book 1
Whispersync for Voice-enabled
3.80 (18 ratings)
Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It's up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it's too late. It doesn't help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn't commit.
This was a really short listen, but packed a lot of story in to a couple of hours.
A bit slow to hook my interest, it did gain some momentum especially once we had learned a little more about Jamie.
Jamie and her aunt were both grieving the loss of a much loved mother and sister, this grief, rather than uniting them more strongly, had somehow caused them to lose their closeness.
When Adam, Jamies much loved cousin, is accused of murder, his overwrought mother turns to her niece, Jamie, to help them through this terrible ordeal. It is all so much more difficult for Adam to cope with as he is autistic, but his mother and cousin understand him well, and they help him by using all the coping strategies they know.
As far as the mystery goes, well, we do get a few clues, but are they red herrings? You must listen and find out!
Unfortunately, I just could not adjust to the narration, I found Carrie Lee Martz' voice to be too hard and a tad nasal, to me, she sounded like one of the Kardashian girls, sort of tight throated or something, (I apologise for my lack of correct terminology). I really didn't care much for her portrayal of a person with autism nor did I enjoy listening to her interpretation of a drunk. I felt that some of the characters were overdone, overacted.
You know, this is just a personal preference, so don't be put off by my observations, be sure to listen to the sample and make up your own mind. I believe Carrie has received some very good reviews for her work.
This audiobook was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion.
This could be re named "all you need to know about aromatherapy and oils, in under one hour"
Packed with information, starting with some historical facts, the author moves on to the uses and benefits of various oils. How to choose and blend your oils and routes of delivery.
If any are interested in a career in this field, I would say this is an idea starter.
Well narrated, Robert Driver has a clear diction and a pleasant voice.
Fans of William Gibson, Jonathan Letham, and Richard K. Morgan will enjoy Strictly Analog by Richard Levesque.
What's a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That's Ted Lomax's problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.
Disabled in California's war for independence, Ted is locked out of the new tech. Living on the fringes of society for years, he's found a way to turn his disability into cash: finding clients who need their info kept off the grid.
But when his daughter is accused of murdering her boyfriend - an agent in California's Secret Police - Ted has to dig himself out of the hole he's been in. To save his daughter, he ventures into a shadow world of underground hackers, high-end programmers, and renegade gear-heads, all of whom seem to have a stake in California's future.
It soon becomes clear it's about more than one dead agent. Solving the case might save his daughter. And it might get him killed. And it just might open the door to secrets surrounding the attack that almost killed him eighteen years before.
One thing's certain, though. Ted Lomax will never be the same.
©2012 Richard Levesque (P)2014 Richard Levesque
The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets about the school's faculty and students. And soon it becomes clear that John is not the only one with a motive for murder.
©2004, 2011 Carole B. Shmurak (P)2014 Carole B. Shmurak
Series: Susan Lombardi, Book 1
Length 4 hours 4 minutes
The Dead Mistress is the awful Sabina, whose rule over her exclusive little empire came to a nasty end, but ........... Who did it? Is the wrong man being lined up ready to take the blame? Susan thinks so which is good enough reason, she believes, to poke her perky little nose in everywhere it's not really wanted.
This is a short listen, and, despite a precarious plot is entertaining enough, I look forward to discovering how Susan polishes up her sleuthing skills by consuming more of the series.
This was first published as a book a few years ago, and it certainly translates well to audio.
It takes but a few moments to realise that Barbara Benjamin- Cole is a well trained and experienced narrator, she did, in fact, enhance the story for me no end. Through her voice I enjoyed it so much more than I would have by only reading it. I'll certainly be looking out for her name.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for my honest review
Not the type of mystery I would normally choose, but, as usual, I'm looking for a new Mystery series.
After reading the publishers blurb I did expect to enjoy the book - somewhat, but what a surprise! I loved it!
The story is fast, quick to draw in the listener, it's full of interesting characters all described so beautifully that I easily gave a face to them all. I found it witty, amusing and clever, what more could I ask for? Well, a good mystery of course, and Sandra Balzo certainly obliged, I was quite surprised at the ending. I can't wait for more.
As a bonus, I have found a new narrator to love, Amy DeLuca does the job so darned well that I shall be on the look out for her name. Pleasant easy to listen to voice, able to magically conjure up all the different characters making it so easy for the listener to differentiate. Age, gender, rythymn, cadence .... None a problem for Amy.
Where Bluebirds Fly: Synesthesia Shift Series, Volume 1
Written by: Brynn Chapman
Narrated by: Karen Krause
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
Series: Synesthesia Shift, Book 1
Verity Montague is a servant in 1692 Salem. Her flaming red hair and mismatched eyes make her a prime target for accusation of witchcraft. Orphaned during the Indian raids, she and her brother with Asperger's Syndrome come to live with the key historical figures of the trials - The Putnams. They keep their synesthesia secret - that days, months and years appear as color in Verity's mind, and for John, that symphonies play in a Fantasia-style performance of colors and geometric patterns. Truman Johnstone 's ability to discern people's expressions, and decipher if they were lying - made him an outspoken child. Being different kept him from being adopted till he was fourteen. He now runs an orphanage for problem youths, and is a feeding therapist in his desire to help children deal with their peculiarities. To give them the childhood he never had. The harvest festival corn maze Truman creates every year has an unwelcome visitor. Children hear disembodied voices skipping through the corn maze amid the backdrop of eerie orchestral music. In every year of the calendar, intermittent doors of time swing open and closed, so long as the cornfield stands. In societies set on sameness - all are outsiders. They learn the traits that make us outcasts, may be the very ones that make us great, and that true love may heal all, and even transcend time.
©2012 Ronna Hochbein (P)2014 Ronna Hochbein
A well written tale by an author who is obviously very knowledgable about Aspergergers and it's manifestations. However, for me, it was not any easy listen, the different tenses and time periods caused me to lose the thread a little too easily, and I never did quite understand the secrets of the corn maze. For me, the story did not lend itself well to audio. This is simply a personal thing, obviously my mind doesn't cope easily with shifting time! However, because I felt the story to be compelling, I do have the book on order from my library.
This book must have been an awesome task to narrate, but Karen Krause did the job and did it well. Her navy blue and silver voice mastered the differences of time, gender, age and accent, worth listening to if just for that.
To gain any benefit from this tutorial then one really needs to answer "yes" to the questions posed by the author (see Publishers Summary). If your answers are in the negative, then is there any point in reading or listening to it? For me the answer would be no, I would never have purchased this book, however, as it was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion, I listened well to the 1 hour and 57 minute production. It did take me a while to get in to it, but I'm glad I stayed with it as there were a few little gems I'd not heard.
I think if you are in need of something to help nudge you away from negativity and towards a more positive outlook, then this may be just the book for you. The author puts across his message with a brisk and upbeat manner, I liken it to note form, lots of important points for the reader/listener to either expand upon or discard. Plenty of pointers to further help should one need it.
Jay Pritchard is the well chosen narrator, I just love his voice, so easy to listen to, a storytellers voice I hope to hear again.
The first half an hour or so is spent in describing yoga, its origins, its many different forms and of course, the health benefits derived from practising this age old mind and body workout. We then learn of the different meditations and,the seemingly many, breathing techniques.
We then proceed to the workout, a series of exercises or, more accurately, positions, each one preceded by a sometimes lengthy description of its particular benefits.
I must say, the instruction of how to achieve these positions is excellent, can't be easy to describe some very unusual arrangements of the body!
What did I, as an interested novice, think of this user guide? I have to say, it was all too much!
The first half hour, so chock full of information, is too diverse, I don't, at this stage - and that's as an absolute beginner - need to know so much, especially as there is so much strange and unfamiliar terminology to struggle with.
This kind of introduction to an unfamiliar topic may well suit some, because in all fairness, it is packed with information, but it just proved too much too soon for me. As a learning tool it failed me, however, we all learn differently so it may prove to be just the job for other pupils.
Fortunately, the narrator, Jullian Kline has a lovely, crystal clear musical voice which helped me stay to the end.
This audiobook was gifted to me in return for this, my honest opinion.
So, how did it all pan out for Mara?
Well, She doesn't seem to be the brightest of witches, but this just as well really as the story does depend on her penchant for making rather silly choices, this is despite being given some sensible advice. However, she can be forgiven her ineptitude as her mother didn't stay in this world long enough to train her in the art of ...what? Witchcraft? Wicca? Paganism?
The reader is introduced to Mara when, through no fault of her own, she is living a life of what one can only describe as being reduced circumstances. She really is in a bit of a fix, her unemployment payments are coming to an end, not a job in sight, and, to add insult to injury she is being evicted. Something must be done!
Her gay best friend Gus (and his toad) come to her rescue, but only to make matters worse. Life as Mara knows it is ending, so she casts her problems upon the Universe and the Universe responds - The response being the death of Aunt Tillie who has bequeathed to Mara her cottage.
I did find this first part of the story to be quite slow and hard to stick with, so many seemingly unnecessary details, lengthy descriptions of characters who never appear again. All a tad tedious really. Indeed, I found myself urging Aunt Tillie to get on with dying so Mara could move to her cottage and for the story proper to begin!
Mara prepares herself for the long drive to The Cottage, best friend Gus kitted her out for the journey and new life with a box full of herbs and supplements and, possibly for a bit of company, his toad.
Eventually Mara and her toad arrive at Aunt Tillies cottage, and this is where the story really begins. There are some humorous moments to be enjoyed, a little romance, a little interaction with the locals. Then, in my opinion the story takes a surprisingly dark turn, malevolence and evil raise their ugly heads like interlopers. This, I must say, I did not expect and I found it quite shocking, out of place and not in keeping with the beginning and the end of the story.
Of course, all is well eventually, Mara concocts a wonderfully clever plot to release the possessed soul and the way is paved for a sequel.
This book is not at all what I was expecting, I thought it would be lighthearted and funny, as suggested by the cover and the publishers summary. I most certainly was not expecting such explicit adult content nor a story that is so very dark and disturbing.
I also expected so much more from Aunt Tillie, who, poor soul, certainly didn't get the back story she deserved, after all, she does feature in the title of the book.
For me, the audiobook was saved by the narration of Marie Rose, I certainly would not have finished this book if I were reading it myself. Not only does Marie Rose have such a lovely voice, she just captures each character so perfectly. I could identify each character quite easily. Her pace and rythymn are just right, so natural sounding from beginning to end. I shall certainly be on the look out for more of her work.
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