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  • This Must Be the Place: The Human Division, Episode 10

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (444)

    Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations - to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career. "This Must Be the Place" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    AudioAddict says: "Yawn!"
    "Christmas with Schmidt"
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    Schmidt takes leave to visit his home planet during the holidays. If this was a sitcom this would be the Christmas episode that inevitably comes around once a year, but Scalzi injects it with enough sarcasm and dysfunctional family dynamics to make Rosanne proud. William Dufris does a great job as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: A Big Hand For The Doctor: First Doctor - 50th Anniversary

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A brand new, audio edition of an exciting story about the First Doctor, launched as part of a year-long series to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. The series brings together some of the most exciting names in children's fiction, each putting their own unique spin on the Doctor, his terrifying alien enemies and time-travelling adventures.

    Amazon Customer says: "The First Doctor"
    "The First Doctor"
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    This story is part of a collection of stories commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the tv series. There is one new short story for each of the Doctors. I was excited that two of my favorite authors Eoin Colfer and Derek Landry contributed to the series and they did not disappoint. Eoin Colfer wrote an adventure for the first Doctor that of course captured the feel of the original show but also added several twists of his own. The Doctor's interactions with the other characters are filled with Colfer's trademark humor, but he serves up some particularly satisfying plot twists at the end.

    For fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl series, there's also a moment when the Doctor says something that made me believe that the Doctor may have visited Artemis' universe in the past. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment that made me happy the app has a "replay" button since I had to listen again to make sure (grin.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fortunately, the Milk

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and best-selling author Neil Gaiman.

    Dave says: "Where There Is Milk, There Is Hope"
    "Inspired silliness"
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    The story is about a Dad who goes out to get milk for the kids breakfast. He comes back without the milk, but he has a very good excuse. Dad starts to tell his kids the story of what happened to the milk and a lot of wonderful silliness ensues.

    This was the most light hearted story I've ever read from Gaiman and he did a darn good job reading it. Five stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2544)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2286)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Five stars for both story and narration"
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    This was the perfect storm of a great story read by the perfect narrator. The story involves an examination of a small upper middle class neighborhood in Seattle and a Los Angeles couple who moved there years ago to raise their daughter. The Los Angeles couple is well known in the neighborhood due to the husband's high position at Microsoft and the wife's eccentric behavior. While trying to deal with their own long-brewing marital problems, they become a catalyst for other people's obsessive behaviors. The first half of the book was like a hilarious modern take on Peyton Place, but then the story goes off in a completely surprising direction following the disappearance of Bernadette, half of the Los Angeles couple.

    Kathleen Wilhoite did a masterful job of creating unique voices for each of the crazy characters in the book. This was the first book I read which was narrated by Ms. Wilhoite, but I will be looking for other books read by her in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying for Chocolate: Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    In Dying for Chocolate, intrepid caterer Goldy Bear has moved to the posh Aspen Meadows Country Club, where her tasty concoctions are a hit with the wealthy residents. But when her boyfriend, a local analyst, perishes in a car accident, Goldy suspects that his death has all the ingredients of a homicide.

    D says: "Fun"
    "Fantastic narrator saves this story."
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    Barbara Rosenblat is FANTASTIC. Yes, I'm using caps because she deserves them. The book was only okay for me. It had some good parts mostly to do with Goldy emotionally hitting rock bottom in her on-going divorce, but I did not like Goldy as a character. In the book, she came across as too stupid to live. But, when Barbara read the book she made me believe in Goldy. Instead of being a failed detective wanna-be, she came across as a real woman with all of her pain and confusion and imperfections.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Hunters of Earth (Destiny of the Doctor 1)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Nigel Robinson
    • Narrated By Carol Ann Ford
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Shoreditch, London, 1963. The Beatles have beaten John Smith and the Common Men to No. 1. Satellites are being launched into outer space whilst on Earth a master thief is stealing some highly specialised equipment. In the streets and bombsites around Totter's Lane, the normally placid teenagers of Coal Hill are running riot: Searching out the different and hunting down the alien. Schoolgirl Susan Foreman just wants an easy life for herself and her grandfather, the mysterious Doctor. She wants to be liked and accepted by Cedric and all the other pupils at Coal Hill School.

    Amazon Customer says: "Doctor Who in the mod 60s"
    "Doctor Who in the mod 60s"
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    A story of the first Doctor read by the Doctor's original sidekick, Carol Ann Ford. Carol played the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman in the very first season of the show and here she reprises the character. These stories are straight forward adventure stories where the Doctor (almost) always saves the day. The straight forward nature of the story can make for a boring read, but having Carol narrate the story with all the drama of the tv series kicked this one up several notches. I'm glad I bought this and I plan to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Baby

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (114)

    Gaffigan has proven himself a major talent in stand-up, acting, and writing. As approachable as he is edgy, he's responsible for some of the funniest and most memorable moments in recent comedy and has seen huge success with his first two albums - Doing My Time and Beyond the Pale. King Baby captures his clever, quiet style and features the signature jokes you'd expect, on topics ranging from bowling to bacon. This is an hour of Jim at his hilarious best.

    Uber Femme says: "Funny...not his funniest. But funny."
    "Yes, he will make you laugh."
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    This is not a book, but a recording of Jim Gaffigan preforming some of his best bits. Hid act is laid back, like he is, but go with it. Once he has you in going at his pace you won't be able to stop laughing. He hits all of the (sort of) high points of his life like Eating and Sleeping.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Ash, and Bone: A Tai Randolph Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tina Whittle
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Tai Randolph plans on some time out of Atlanta and a romantic rendezvous with her boyfriend Trey, her past shows up in the form of her ex-boyfriend, who spins a tale of a stolen Civil War artifact that Tai agrees to help recover. As it turns out, Trey’s on the case too, representing a wealthy client wanting the same prize. But where there’s money, there’s usually murder - this time involving the KKK and Tai’s kinfolk. As she unravels the clues to a 150-year-old mystery, she digs up secrets that force a confrontation....

    Amazon Customer says: "Thanks, but no thanks."
    "Funny, sassy and emotional"
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    Tai, just as sassy as ever, gets herself in to another mystery involving an ex-boyfriend, white supremacists and Civil War re-enactments. Along the way, she ends up having to deal with several skeletons in her closet: her mixed feelings about a white supremacist uncle (she has a black best friend) and her past history as a Southern debutante. Tai and Trey were funny and sweet as usual, but this book had a more serious edge than the previous two due to Tai's issues with her family. But, that only made the ending more meaningful. The final chapter had some beautiful passages that had me teary by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (407)

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving—is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern.

    Frobertimus says: "The Character who brought me back to Cozy Mystery"
    "Domestic life in post WWII England & a murder."
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    This is the fourth book in the series but the first that I listened to on Audible. I read the first 3 books and had a different "voice" in my head of what Flavia sounded like, which made it hard for me to listen to the narrator at first. However, she won me over completely with her reading.

    The weakest part of the book for me was the story. I felt the mystery was not as well constructed as the previous 3 books. At the same time, I appreciated that the book managed to tie up some loose story lines from the previous books and gave further insights in to Flavia's family dynamics. The back and forth between Flavia's father and her sister's new boyfriend was hilarious.

    5 stars for the narrator, 4 stars for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blacklight Blue: The Enzo Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Enzo MacLeod, a Scot teaching in southwest France, has confidently bet that he can crack seven notorious murders described in a book on cold cases. He has, in fact, solved the first two crimes, but the third is far from his mind right now. He's just been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and he's become the victim of someone who seems intent on destroying his credit and his relationships - and getting him arrested for murder.

    Dave says: "Absorbing!"
    "Cat and mouse with a killer across Europe"
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    Enzo and his family are targeted by a killer and he must go on the run with his entire family while trying to solve the identity of the hidden mastermind. They proceed to play an international game of cat and mouse across Europe and England with the killer always at their heels.

    This was an exciting adventure in the mold of The Bourne Identity or The Da Vinci Code, where the hero must go on the run while trying to figure out hidden clues and motives. Each chapter brought another revelation while at the same time increasing the danger to Enzo and his family. The close proximity of his family also forced Enzo to deal with the conflicts in his own family, between himself and the oldest daughter that he abandoned and between the two sisters who grew up not knowing each other.

    Simon Vance is back as the narrator in this story after having been absent for book 2 of the series and he does another outstanding job. He made it easy to follow the story despite the frequent changes in viewpoints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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