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  • Celebrity in Death: In Death, Book 34

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1765)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1526)

    Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy....

    Amy Huber says: "Susan Ericksen is amazing!"
    "Nice visit with the usual suspects"
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    What made the experience of listening to Celebrity in Death the most enjoyable?

    After so many years with these characters it's always interesting to hear more about their lives.


    If you’ve listened to books by J. D. Robb before, how does this one compare?

    This won't be my favorite installment in the series. It may only seem like a less interesting story after the personal and intense 'New York to Dallas' but I also got a bit tired of the suspecting and discarding of each of the potential killers. The pattern of suspect and discard gets to be predictable/boring but forgivable with a good twist. There was no wow in this twist.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    I absolutely adore Susan as a narrator, especially the fact that Nora and the producers of the audio books have chosen to keep the same reader for the entire series. I love that I recognize the voices of the characters.

    I find it curious that Susan reads typos as they are printed. In other books, earlier in the series, I've read over typos or dialogue attributed to the wrong character and then heard Susan read it exactly as written. I'm surprised that Susan or the director doesn't take the opportunity to make a correction. Interesting.

    Thank you, Nora and Susan!


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

    I would have but the schedule didn't allow that much time. I listened to this book in three sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to any story that Nora cares to write. This is one of my favorite series and favorite ensemble of characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2300)
    Story
    (2315)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "fun addition to the NR collection"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Collector the most enjoyable?

    The threads of the story that ran to Faberge, the Russian Revolution and bloodlines of Czars made interesting motivations for the (totally crazy) bad guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Collector?

    Waiting for the assassin to reappear near the end and all hell to break loose. The anticipation was satisfyingly tense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the moments that Lila rescued herself.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Julia's performance was great. Her voice for the bad guy was appropriately creepy. Nora and Julia made a great team.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1620)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Over-excited narrator and boring villain"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. The story was okay but too familiar. Too like Nora's other stories. No surprises. Boring villain.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Always. I've been delighted more often than disappointed. I'll always pick up a Nora Roberts title.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    I've enjoyed MacLeod Andrews and Julia Whenlan reading Nora's books.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll read the other two books in this trilogy but if Katherine is narrating then I'll read them to myself rather than enjoy the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1406)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Classic Nora"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thankless in Death to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know. I go straight to the audio versions these days. Susan Ericksen reads for these characters much better than I do.


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

    I've listened to the entire series and Susan is fantastically consistent. Except for an early title ,when she went for a different sound for Peabody, she's kept great continuity in the sound of all the characters. I love recognizing their voices.I'm sure if I listened to another author's work read by Susan that I would enjoy it as well, but I kind of like saving her voice for this cast of characters.


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

    Yes. Nearly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great addition to the series. All the elements that make an Eve/Roarke story great like tough and unconditional love, a good fight, family, life/career decisions, long time friends, threads of past stories returning, and more. So good. Thank you, Nora!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Woman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (330)

    Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn't recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else's. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

    Molly says: ""just a bad MEMORY"~ 5 STAR Linda Howard Thriller"
    "dreadfully disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Interesting characters, an interesting story, a twist... all would have been welcome.


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Mystery. I've enjoyed all her other titles that I've read. Made this disappointment very surprising.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

    Not on purpose. More than any other author I find the narrators of Linda's book are not my favorites. I almost stopped listening but thought that surely the story would get better and the mediocre narration wouldn't matter. Should have stopped listening.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow Woman?

    I would have sent the whole manuscript back to Linda, told her to pitch it and start again. She can do soooo much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this title is the exception and her next book will be back to fabulous. Maybe this title is a reprint of an early, less experienced work? That could explain the echo where the story should be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7611)
    Performance
    (6630)
    Story
    (6621)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Wonderful story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    Great story! Great characters. Classic Nora. This one goes in the list of her best.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. Edge of the seat is for a writer who doesn't hesitate to kill off a main character. That's not Nora. The suspense is like a old friend. I can enjoy its company because I don't expect it to sneak up and leave a bloody mess. Everything always works out in the end.


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

    Not sure if I've heard Julia before.

    I wasn't certain of her delivery at first. Seemed a little over the top. I was soon caught up in the story and enjoyed her performance quite a bit.


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

    Yes, but life goes on and I couldn't shut out the world entirely for that many hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted Burt to have his moment. There's was so much detail on the security surrounding Abigail's house and Burt's training that I was disappointed not to have a showdown there on the property. I was sad for Burt that he didn't get to bite out anyone's throat and protect Abigail.

    I wondered if Burt was a leftover from 'The Search'. Big action from a dog may have been too close to that story.

    Good dog, Burt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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