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C. Joan

Ann Arbor, Mi United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 250 titles in library
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  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (731)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Fun and entertaining"
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    I loved this story - it spoke to those of us who aren't blonde, gorgeous, thin and all that. It was carefree and entertaining - the gorgeous didn't get the guy for a change. The narration was excellent and easy to listen to. Well worth my credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: A Sydney Rye Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Emily Kimelman
    • Narrated By Sonja Field
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    UNLEASHED is the first book in Emily Kimelman's best-selling Sydney Rye series of mysteries. This audiobook is narrated by Sonja Field. When the series begins Sydney Rye is named Joy Humbolt. She does not like people telling her what to do, so it comes as no surprise that she was just fired from her last job. When she buys Charlene Miller's dog-walking business on Manhattan's exclusive upper-east-side, it seems like the perfect fit: Quiet environment, minimal contact with people. But then one of her clients turns up dead, and Charlene disappears. Rumors say Charlene was having an affair with the victim--and of course, everyone assumes Joy must know where she is. Joy begins to look into the crime, first out of curiosity then out of anger when there is another murder and threats start to come her way. When police detective Mulberry is assigned to the case, Joy finds a kindred spirit--cynical and none-too-fond of the human race. As they dig deep into the secrets of Manhattan's elite, they not only get closer to the killer but also to a point of no return. One last murder sends Joy Humbolt hurtling over the edge. Her only chance of survival is to become Sydney Rye.

    C. Joan says: "Unleashed a Great Story!"
    "Unleashed a Great Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because it was well written and executed in a manner that engaged the readers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The excitement - plot.


    Which character – as performed by Sonja Field – was your favorite?

    Joy Humbolt/Sydney Rye


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

    No extreme reaction but I found it very interesting and felt the politican and boyfriend were excellently portrayed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was given Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel #1) written by Emily Kimelman in exchange for an honest review.

    I found that Unleashed was well written with character and the plot development executed appropriately thus highly engaging the reader.

    The lead in this book is a strong female protagonist who doesn’t take crap from anyone. Within the first few pages one finds that Joy Humbolt has made significant changes in her world – out with the boyfriend, becoming unemployed and adopting Blue – a rescue dog. She is also taking on a new career as a dog walker. However, in her new role as a dog walker Joy finds herself buried in intrigue up to her neck! Moving from Coffee Barista to dog walker to sleuth seems to be a normal enough move for Joy. What she didn’t count on was the consequences of her sleuthing.

    Thus the birth of Sydney Rye – a thrilling read involving a buried treasure and corrupt politicians with a dash of dead bodies here and there. The dialog is natural and while there is some foul language it is not gratuitously done. I enjoyed listening to this audio book.
    The narrator, Sonya Field, was clear and concise – my only issue was she spoke too slowly at times. I feel the audio production was well done.

    I found myself engaged and enjoying Unleashed. I am eager to hear the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Sparks: A Story from Naughty and Nice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1075)
    Story
    (1094)

    'Tis the Season for Romance. Sparks fly when the lights go out in best-selling author Shannon Stacey's charming holiday romance.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "I Like Free! Thanks Audible!"
    "Who knows how good it is?"
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    Unfortunately, this was purchased as a "freebie" and they don't have it available for my iPod or my iPhone. Way to go Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What a Ghoul Wants: A Ghost Hunter Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    Kidwella Castle in northern Wales is rumored to be haunted by a deadly ghost - the Grim Widow, who allegedly drowns unsuspecting guests in the castle’s moat. Not long after M. J. and her crew arrive at the castle to film their ghost-hunting cable TV show, Ghoul Getters, two new victims are added to the Widow’s grisly roster. Fear ripples through the castle, especially when it’s discovered that the victims may have had help into their watery graves from the land of the living.

    JEAN says: "love the series butttt Gilly has to grow up or go"
    "Loved it!"
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    The reading of the book was delightful. The story itself, as always, victoria laurie continues to do good work. I love the series and the narrator was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1805)
    Performance
    (1573)
    Story
    (1587)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Excellence again!"
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    Janet Evanovich takes Stephanie Plum to new heights (sorry Biggs) with her writing skills and Lorelei King is excellent as the reader and performer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (896)

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Excellent - Highly recommend listening"
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    This is an excellent series of books - Mark Tufo has joined the ranks of Brian Keene, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King in keeping the suspense. Character development is excellent and flow is smooth and easy - The narrator is excellent as well - he IS the voice of Michael Talbot.
    Dont' miss this first in a series - excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strawberry Shortcake Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (114)

    Hannah Swensen, amateur sleuth and boutique bake store proprietor extraordinaire, is judging a dessert contest when fellow judge Coach Boyd Watson is found dead, face down in a delicate confection no less.

    Beatrice says: "It's okay"
    "Excellent"
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    I find that Suzanne Toren is an excellent nararrator and Joanne Fluke's books are excellently written, exciting and holds suspense. I have even reproduced some of her recipes which are better than anything I've bought from a bakery!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Scoop: Full Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Charlotte Hughes
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    There's a whole lot of trouble going on in Beaumont, South Carolina. According to resident psychic-slash-astrologer Destiny Moultrie, Mercury's in retrograde, Venus is in the seventh house, and the combination has turned Cupid wacko! Chaos rules as tempers flare and lust runs rampant.

    Gina Byrd says: "Slow"
    "3 huge hitters - who could ask for more?"
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    The story line was great - romance, action and supernatural all mixed in with a handful or two of comedy. The voices were great and kept up, fast paced story - it is awesome - of course Stephanie Plum is the best but the Full series take a close 2nd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar Cookie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    When Hannah's mother's cherished cake knife is used to kill a beautiful out-of-towner at the town of Lake Eden's annual Christmas party, the stage is set for Hannah to once again unmask a killer.

    Lee says: "Another charming Fluke story"
    "excellent, highly recommend"
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    Everything from the reader to the plot was excellent. I found excuses to listen to this book at work and home when I should have been doing other things. I am already a big fan of Fluke and Toren did an excellent job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Nate on a Roll

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Lincoln Peirce
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop... until Artur - aka Mr. Perfect - joins up. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business. Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?

    C. Joan says: "Excellent, clearly read"
    "Excellent, clearly read"
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    My grandson loved it! I have since purchased more for him. He loved listening to the reader and found that it helped him understand more than when he read it himself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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