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Alice

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  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (282)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    Kate says: "Don't waste a credit"
    "Good narrator, but not for this book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mostly. I wouldn't re-listen though, because of the accent issue. I would instead find the paper book or eBook to re-experience it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Probably, but not one with British characters. Her overall style and pace are great, but she has an underlying accent--I think Midwest or maybe Canada--which doesn't work for a main character who is supposedly from Boston. The characters from northern England sound like either confused cockneys or in one case, like a man from Northern Ireland.
    Also, the pronunciation of some of the Mayan/Mexican names and places didn't sound quite right. My knowledge on the Mayan/Mexican is from a couple brief visits to the area, so it is real, but slight. On the other hand, though I am American, my father was English and from the north--Lancashire, and I watch tons of British TV including things set in Yorkshire (James Herriot series for one) so I have pretty darn good sense of those accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The book is interesting and fairly well paced. I like the combination of locales.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good mystery/thriller. Some aspects a bit far fetched.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mourn Not Your Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (129)

    Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are sent to suburban Surrey to investigate the murder of a high-ranking police officer. Alastair Gilbert was bludgeoned to death in his kitchen, and the list of potential suspects is long--the man's arrogance earned him widespread enmity both in the village where he lived, and in police circles. But Duncan and Gemma must put aside their personal feelings--for the victim, as well as for each other--to solve the most troubling case either has faced.

    Sharon says: "Great listen!"
    "I am really enjoying this series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mourn Not Your Dead the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy this book and this series because for me it balances the best of the old fashioned mysteries (Christie, Allingham, Sayers) with the more realistic and psychological aspects of recent mysteries. The characters have depth and the stories look at difficult issues, and in the end I feel good and hopeful about the world. I think this is a conscious choice of the author. She has characters discuss old mysteries in several books and she talks about how mysteries can renew our faith in justice and the potential power and influence of individuals. For me, these books do that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love both Duncan and Gemma. I like the way their relationship is developing. For me there is a nice balance. We see their struggles and faults and mistakes, and we also see them learn from them. I for one feel hopeful.


    What about Michael Deehy’s performance did you like?

    I forget I am listening to a narrator. I am just in the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None that I can describe without risking "spoiling" it for others, but I will say, I felt much empathy for several characters throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good solid mystery series. I have yet to guess an ending . Each story is a good mystery and I am enjoying getting to know Duncan and Gemma as the series progresses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Too much detail of cult's practices"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Gregory Browne and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick, absolutely. He is always fantastic. Robert Gregory Brown, absolutely not. The way that women are treated in the cult is described with too much detail--detail including way too much description from the point of view of men who enjoy it and justify it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Gregory Browne’s story?

    Already described above. The writing is overall good and the story compelling. I listened to the end, but I am returning it. Really creepy how much the writer seems to want to describe the details of the cult and how it regards sex and women.


    Do you think The Innocent Ones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Gone, Back Soon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nick Trout
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town - especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

    Alice says: "I hope there will be many more"
    "I hope there will be many more"
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    Where does Dog Gone, Back Soon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high--top 10% at least.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole combo--Dr. House meets James Herriot meets Murder She Wrote meets movie starring Hugh Grant. Beautifully voiced.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure, other than the first of this series. Both of these great.


    If you could take any character from Dog Gone, Back Soon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Cyrus. If he weren't fictional, I would wrestle Amy for him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (734)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Wonderful! Moving"
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    If you could sum up 600 Hours of Edward in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, informative, entertaining


    What other book might you compare 600 Hours of Edward to and why?

    I've heard it compared to FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, which I agree with somewhat. Fortunately it has a much more upbeat ending. I also would compare it to THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTIME, though Edward is much more lucid and self aware than the narrator of CURIOUS INCIDENT.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. He is always great. I am really impressed at how he voices the subtleties of character and emotion in this book. Also, there are some repetitive elements, key to Edward's character, which Luke Daniels handles beautifully, honoring the truth of Edward and the listeners' needs (for variety or at least acknowledgement of the repetition).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give too much of a spoiler. The letters throughout are great: entertaining and moving. There is one in particular kind of near the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Really moving insight into the world of an individual with OCD/Asperger's. I was fascinated by how much I related to and how much I came to relate to as Edward revealed his thought process. Also huge story about parents and children and expectations and independence. Incredible book, beautifully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Muscle Memory: The Brady Coyne Mysteries, 16

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William G. Tapply
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Brady helps a troubled ex-jock through a nasty divorce case. As a power forward for the Detroit Pistons, Mick Fallon distinguished himself with an unerring ability to hit late-game free throws. Years after his retirement, the passion and focus he once put into basketball have been repurposed for something less admirable: gambling.

    Alice says: "Review from a binge listener"
    "Review from a binge listener"
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    Where does Muscle Memory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fair to middling. I found myself wanting to keep listening and I am eager to hear the next one. At the same time, there are some aspects of Tapply's style of story-telling that irritate me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think I like Brady's secretary Julie best, though she doesn't appear much in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just binge-listened to all the Coyne books to this point. Obviously I find them compelling. Though it is kind of in a "I keep eating peanuts" kind of way. I prefer Robert Parker and his Spenser and also Phillip Craig and his JW. Tapply has some good elements that remind me of each of those writers. I know Tapply purposely chose to keep Brady romantically footloose from an interview I read years ago. The women therefore end up a bit like Bond women. Also, like any series about an accidental/amateur detective, the writer has to keep coming up with reasons and ways to explain the main character's repeated involvement in solving crimes/mysteries. And the other characters have to keep complaining about it or warning them or whatever. And then the main character starts to seem like a jerk for ignoring them and they start to seem like nags. All that said, I am hoping that audible will soon have the rest of the series so I can binge some more. (Would also love to see/hear the Phillip Craig series and the Brady/JW books too!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death at Charity's Point

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William G. Tapply
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Brady Coyne never meant to become the private lawyer to New England’s upper crust, but after more than a decade working for Florence Gresham and her friends, he has developed a reputation for discretion that the rich cannot resist. He is fond of Mrs. Gresham - unflappable, uncouth, and never tardy with a check - and he has seen her through her husband’s suicide and her first son’s death in Vietnam. But he has never seen her crack until the day her second son, George, leaps into the sea at jagged Charity’s Point.

    Kathi says: "Pretty good first book in a mystery series"
    "Compelling"
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    Would you listen to Death at Charity's Point again? Why?

    Possibly, especially if it takes a long time for the missing books in the series to reach Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tapply tells a pretty good story. I got hooked on him when he co-wrote a few books withe the late Phillip Craig. I adore Craig's Martha's Vinyard books. I found Craig just after he died, though so shortly after I didn't know it at first. I like Tapply mostly because I have run out of Craig and Robert Parker books. I like them better, but Tapply and Coyne are decent and similar. I confess I am beginning to want to take up fly fishing after reading Tapply.


    What three words best describe Stephen Hoye’s performance?

    Hoye has a wonderful voice and overall good style. I have now listened to about 10 available Coyne novels in a binge, so obviously I find him fine to good. A few peeves: His variation for characters are kind of limited to Baahstan or not. I'm not from Boston and his Massachusetts accent sounds pretty good, but it is pretty much the same for all characters and I think he uses it for some characters that wouldn't sound like that. The other thing that gets to me after a while is he has a distinctive drop at the end of some sentences. I've listened to other books he has read and it is definitely a pattern for him. But again, I just binge-listened to ten books by him, so obviously the good outweighs the slightly irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Tapply and Coyne pretty much, but I am not crazy about how "they" perceive and describe women. In one book, Charlie, Brady's best friend who always tells long groaner jokes, tells one about the difficulty men have understanding women. It is interesting as a woman to hear this perspective and I also have to say that both Tapply and his male characters suffer from this difficulty. The female charachters just don't quite ring true. Still, both Tapply and Brady seem to keep trying, which is a hopeful sign.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (386)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "Laugh out loud funny and brilliant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bellwether to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to it, but Kate Reading brings so much to it. The story itself is great, but the audio adds tons.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sandra, the narrator, by nose, with Flip, the irritant, a close second. And then about five other characters in a cluster right behind. Sandra is smart, witty, frustrated, and still hopeful. Flip is the airhead hipster we love to hate.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and I like all the ones I have heard. And still, I think this is my favorite so far. I cannot imagine anyone else reading this book.


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

    Laugh. Out loud. Medicine for our PoMo world.


    Any additional comments?

    I was already a Kate Reading fan. Now I am a Connie Willis fan. Would love to hear them together again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1276)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1182)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Memoir. Think "My Life in Kenya" a bit"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant Whisperer to be better than the print version?

    I only know the audio. Simon Vance is a marvelous part of it. Print version might be more useful for reference and jumping to the best bits.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parts about interactions with the elephants.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The mothers with their newborns.


    Any additional comments?

    Title is a bit misleading, as the author clearly indicates in the introduction. Clearly a marketing ploy to get on the "whisperer" bandwagon. I'm kind of glad of this, because I enjoyed the book and might not have chosen it otherwise. It is more of an overall memoir. One gets to know the author and his wife and colleagues, which is enjoyable in its own way. Worth the listen. Could maybe have benefit from a bit more structured editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magnificent Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    An air voyage to remember turns into a disaster no one may survive. With her orphaned charges, Lady Claire Trevelyan joins the Earl of Dunsmuir’s family on an airship voyage to the Americas. If she can stay out of Lord James Selwyn’s way until her eighteenth birthday, she will be of age and cannot be forced into marriage. What she doesn’t know is that Lord James is in the Americas, too, with Andrew Malvern closing in on him - and the wonderful device he stole.

    Globaltowngal says: "Melodramatic Misadventure Marred by TX Accent"
    "Enjoyable adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Magnificent Devices to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print edition. The audio was well done in general. The narrator is pleasant and a good story teller. I beg the producers to edit any further ones more carefully. There were several mispronunciations in all the books. So jarring in what was otherwise so pleasant and compelling. Please, reinvest in editing/proofing/quality control. Please.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Shelley Adina? Why or why not?

    Probably, I confess I want to see what happens. Fun stories and characters. But again, a few jarring errors in usage. Please, get a good editor for the next one and (and listen to her).


    Did Fiona Hardingham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mostly. Occasionally I didn't know who was talking at first and Sir James's voice was a bit inconsistent. Overall I love her style and pace and delivery of dialog.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is fun and enjoyable and I definitely wanted to see what would happen next. I binge-listened the whole series so far, 3 books, in as many days. I have a real editor's brain. The blips that jar me probably wouldn't bother 95% of readers, so take my concerns about those things in that context. If book four were already available, I would listen to it right away. If/when it comes out I probably will listen to it. However, if the QC on that is not better, I will probably stop there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "Good story, but a bit too far fetched and gruesome"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. Remove gruesome ritual and disturbing inner-monolog of villian.


    What was most disappointing about Aric Davis’s story?

    I was tempted by the mystery and even the tattoo theme. I am not into tattoos, but a housemate introduced me to LA Ink and I became interested in why and how people get tattoos. However, I found the supernatural premise in this book a bit much and the gruesome ritual way too much. There is also something deeply disturbing about the villain's inner monolog and its inclusion. I am a fan of Dexter and Criminal Minds and have a fascination for the whole profiling/trying to figure out and track serial killer thing, but something about the way the villain's thoughts were recorded felt creepy even in that context.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Luke Daniels and he is a big reason I finished the book and won't actually return it. There are good aspects to the story and characters and Luke Daniels brings those out even more. Great style, pace, and character voices.


    Could you see A Good and Useful Hurt being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I really hope not, at least not without significant rewriting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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