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Besendorfer Books LLC

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  • For the Love of Mike

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (286)

    Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook. Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home.

    Simone says: "The Best Yet!"
    "Light and repetitive read"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Things to change:

    1. There is a lot of repetition. For example, The leading male character is always yelling at the heroine. When he does this he says the same thing over and over again. These incidents occure several times in every book. Then the main character reviews these conversations in her head several more times. The gist of these conversations are as follows:

    Male lead: I am drawn to you because your spirit and bravery. And now stop being so spirited and brave because you will get hurt.

    Female lead: I'm going to tell you that I'm not going to be spirited or brave anymore, but we both know that in the next 50 to 100 pages I will do something stupid and end up back at police headquarters to be lectured by you once again.

    2. Maybe use some more Irish terminology in the main character's dialogue. Throwing in the word "blarney" in several times in each book followed by the word's definition (ever single time) just isn't enough.

    3. Authentic details would go a long way in these books to creating a believable setting.
    The majority of the details are common knowledge.

    4. Does the main character have to almost get raped in every book?

    5. Maybe the harsh world of turn of the century America is not the best time period for a light hearted romp.


    What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be nice if the author could add some more authentic and complex details to the book that would set it more firmly in history.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader does a passable Irish accent. The voices of main characters are fairly distinguishable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Favorite

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Karen McQuestion
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Five years have passed since Angie Favorite’s mother, Laura, disappeared without a trace, and Angie still hasn’t recovered. Sure, things look normal on the surface — she goes to school, works her summer job, and argues with her older brother Jason — but she can’t shake the feeling her mother didn’t leave by choice. Angie’s dad does the best he can, but his work as a musician keeps him on the road and away from home, where it’s up to Angie’s grandmother to keep an eye on the kids. She can’t be with them all the time, though, and so Angie is alone when she’s snatched from a strip mall parking lot by Scott Bittner. Angie narrowly escapes, and Bittner is arrested, but he takes his life in jail before he can offer an explanation for his crime. When his mother makes contact, begging forgiveness on her son’s behalf, Angie agrees to meet with her in hopes of finding answers to the seemingly random attack. But when she arrives at the massive Bittner estate, she is overcome by an unshakeable sense of foreboding… Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young adult novel in which nothing — and no one — is as it seems.

    Besendorfer Books LLC says: "Meh. . ."
    "Meh. . ."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It was okay. Nothing new. The plot had a few holes. I did like that the main characters tried to go to parents for help. In so many books the kids are easily convinced that parents will not understand or believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1334)
    Story
    (1338)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Wonderful characters, but needed a bit more action"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Heft is about three lonely people and how they deal with feelings of inadequacy. The characters are wonderful and interesting. It would have been nice if they could have interacted with each other a lot more. By the end, two of the characters get to the point where they admit they feel inadequate, but they are going to try to trust people and move forward. It would have been nice if this happened much earlier in the book. As it is, the book made me feel depressed and a little angry that happiness for all could have been found so much earlier (18 years earlier) with a little communication. The narration is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Birds of a Feather: Maisie Dobbs Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (431)

    Maisie Dobbs is back, and this time she has been hired to find a wealthy grocery magnate's daughter who has fled from home. What seems a simple case at first becomes complicated when Maisie learns of the recent violent deaths of three of the heiress's old friends. Is there a connection between her mysterious disappearance and the murders? Who would kill such charming young women? As Maisie investigates, she discovers that the answers to all her questions lie in the unforgettable agony of The Great War.

    Linda P-C says: "Yikes! This is a problem."
    "Love the book, but the reader reads way to fast!"
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    What didn’t you like about Kim Hicks’s performance?

    This reader reads way to fast. The reader of the first book was excellent. Her performance was very thoughtful, much like Maisie.

    I have a hard time understanding this reader. Often the meaning of a sentence becomes clear in my mind as the next sentence is being read. After awhile this gets all muddled and I have to back it up. A good reader can add so much to a text. This reader does not do that unfortunately.

    I see that reader of the 3rd book in the series on is read by someone else. Lets hope she's better!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Alison Packard
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (758)

    Kayla Maxwell is eager to shed her slasher-flick bimbo image - and she plans to do just that in her new role on daytime's most popular soap. With a chance to showcase her dramatic range, Kayla will be able to wash away the lingering betrayal and public humiliation left by her controlling, philandering ex-boyfriend. Sean Barrett, the son of an influential, award-winning actor, is the hottest soap star in the country. Paired on-screen with the talented and beautiful Kayla Maxwell, Sean is determined to keep her at arm's length, burned before by fame-seeking actresses who had no qualms about using him to get to his famous father.

    MAB says: "Shocked that I enjoyed this so much"
    "Too perfect?"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you'd like to listen to a perfect romance about two beautiful soap opera stars that are irresistibly attracted to each other, but are reluctant to give in because they've been hurt in the past, then this book is for you.

    Personally I like a story with characters I can relate too and a story with a little more meat. But that's just me.

    The narration is well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Walk in Shoes that Talk: Roscoe Riley Rules #6

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Katherine Applegate
    • Narrated By Jared Goldsmith
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A new fad has broken out in Roscoe’s class—sneakers with built-in walkie-talkies. Roscoe is lucky enough to own a pair, but his buddy Gus isn’t so fortunate. Gus’ mom won’t buy him new shoes until his old ones are worn out. Good thing for Gus, Roscoe is an expert at destroying old shoes.

    Besendorfer Books LLC says: "Fun book for all ages!"
    "Fun book for all ages!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Never Walk in Shoes that Talk the most enjoyable?

    The Roscoe Riley books are very funny. My husband and I enjoy listening to these book as much as our boys. The reader sounds just like a kid and delivers the adult geared jokes deadpan which makes them more funny. These are nice clean stories to enjoy with your kids.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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