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Verna

Simonton, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 23 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

    S. Droski says: "Confusing title for a great book"
    "The Beginning of an Excellent Series!"
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    Do you like to laugh out loud without expecting it in a book? Do you like family? Friends? Mystery? and, good people? Do you need to get away from what is going on around you at times?

    This is an excellent series! I found myself downloading the next book as I was ending the one before.

    Savannah Reed is a police officer at the beginning of this book and a PI at the end. She is good at what she does, and her down home Alabama character is refreshing.

    I had to get used to the narrator because I was not used to the Southern Alabama Drawl. Once you get used to it, you don't want anything different .Dina Perelman does an excellent job at each character. It is as if you are watching your favorite program on television. You don't want to miss next weeks episode.

    I can't say enough about the enjoyment I have had through this series. Enjoy!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Four to Score

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (629)

    Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman.

    Mike says: "Narrator was great!"
    "Love Stephanie Plum!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Four to Score to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lula - because she is so real.


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    C. J. Critt has the characters down pat. This is the 4th Stephanie Plum book she has narrated and she carries the characters from one book to the other as if there was no break in Stephanies life. Once I got used to her, I loved her narration. I am sad to learn that she does not narrate upcoming books.


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

    It is a book I saved for my long walks.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series so far. Excellent and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Castle
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat arrives at her latest crime scene to find an unidentified woman stabbed to death and stuffed inside a suitcase left on a Manhattan street. Nikki is in for a big shock when this new homicide connects to the unsolved murder of her own mother. Paired once again with her romantic and investigative partner, top journalist Jameson Rook, Heat works to solve the mystery of the body in the suitcase while she is forced to confront unexplored areas of her mother's background.

    GEORGE says: "Almost Impossible to Put Down/Turn Off This Book!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Got off to a slow start on this one. Nearly didn't proceed...but, glad I did. I think I should have listened to the first book in this series rather than start with the second...then, the start would have been better.

    I truly enjoyed this book and will now go back and start with the first one before proceeding to the third. The story was well written and interesting to follow. I truly did not want it to end.

    It took some time to get used to the "reader". He is not what I expected. That being said, I will listen to the rest of the series and he is the "reader". Guess he wasn't that bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5401)
    Performance
    (4636)
    Story
    (4646)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "FREE Short Story!"
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this listen. It was free as a Christmas gift from Audible and I just now listened to it. Was very enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2874)
    Performance
    (2517)
    Story
    (2521)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "A true soul searching book"
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    This is one of my favorite books. I am a hiker and a person who loves a challenge. This is a true story about a young womans search for herself. She set a goal and found herself through the process of finishing what she started.

    I have recommended this book to those who want to read for enjoyment and who might need a little soul searching for themselves. It proves that you can find yourself no matter where you are in life if you have the courage to search.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Be Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (320)

    Lady Emma Wells-Finch comes to Texas on a mission: she has two weeks to ruin her reputation. The only thing that will save her from losing everything is complete and utter disgrace. World famous playboy-athlete Kenny Traveler has been blackmailed into chauffeuring Lady Emma around. He needs to prove himself completely respectable to get back into his game. And when a gorgeous man who can't afford another scandal meets a hardheaded woman who's determined to cause one, anything can happen...even love.

    mia says: "Another great book by SEP"
    "Love Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
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    Good read! Started slow but once it got going, I loved it. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is becoming one of my favorite authors! This one was not as good as Glitter Baby but was right up there. You would not be wasting a credit on either of these books. They are the kind that you can't wait to get back to and are sorry when they are finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glitter Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (207)

    Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

    Theresa says: "Another SEP Winner"
    "Really Enjoyed!"
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    This was one of those books that I was sorry to see end. It started a bit slow and got better and better. I laughed out loud in parts which is not easy to make me do. It was entertaining and I now look forward to reading other books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Hope they are as entertaining as this one was!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Games

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Paul Panting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (569)

    Private, the world's most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Its agents are the smartest, fastest, and most technologically advanced in the world, and 400 of them have been transferred to London to protect more than 10,000 competitors who represent more than 200 countries. The opening ceremony is hours away when Private investigator and single father of twins, Peter Knight, is called to the scene of a ruthless murder: a high-ranking member of the games' organizing committee has been killed.

    Hollie says: "Well done"
    "Great Series!"
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    Loved this series (3). This book was a little hard to listen to at first because the narrator's accent is British. But, once I got into the story, I didn't notice. Very entertaining. Hope there is a 4th in the series coming out soon. If you like James Patterson's detective novels, you will love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (620)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Betsy says: "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
    "Glad I read it."
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    I am having trouble with this review. This book was really a good story. It was long,and at times, it was hard to listen to because of prison violence and the loss of friends. But, it certainly kept you listening and was different than other James Patterson books I have listened to. Overall, I am glad that I purchased this book and would recommend it to others. A good, packed, well written book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (826)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Jamie says: "Great Listen"
    "Enjoyed!"
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    The Second Book in the "Private" series did not dissappoint. I loved the first book, "Private" and this one was equally as good. The book has 2-3 on-going mysteries and keeps your attention popping. The characters are believable, authentic and the story line makes you want to go into detective work yourself. Presently, listening to the 3rd book in the series. Look forward to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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