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Carol

Napier, New Zealand

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  • The Drowning: Patrik Hedström Mysteries, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Camilla Lackberg
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Christian Thydell has been receiving anonymous threats since he began writing his novel, The Mermaid. When one message, secreted within a bouquet of flowers, causes him to collapse at the book's launch party, crime writer Erica Falck is compelled to investigate. Erica’s husband, detective Patrik Hedström, meanwhile, is puzzled by the disappearance of Christian’s friend Magnus Kjellner. When a body is found frozen in the sea near Fjallbacka, he has a murder enquiry on his hands.

    BSquared67 says: "Not the best of the bunch"
    "The best one yet!"
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    Dark and disturbing. If you like this type of book, you will love this one! It's the newest in the Patrik and Erica series, and I think it's the best so far. The heart of the story is sad. Children unloved, tragic actions, guilt - all leading to murder and mystery. And the narration was great! I can't wait now for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jill McCorkle
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years is alive with the daily triumphs and challenges of the residents and staff of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement facility now home to a good many of Fulton, North Carolina’s older citizens. Among them, third-grade teacher Sadie Randolph, who has taught every child in town and believes we are all eight years old in our hearts; Stanley Stone, once Fulton’s most prominent lawyer, now feigning dementia to escape life with his son; Marge Walker, the town’s self-appointed conveyor of social status, and many more colorful characters.

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Too Bad"
    "Life in a retirement home"
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    Told from the perspective of a volunteer at a retirement home and the retirees themselves, this book is insightful in a bittersweet and sad way. A lesson to learn from it is to be sure and tell the people you love that you do love them, and don't ignore them or take them for granted. This book tells the thoughts of older people who wish they had done things differently, but also those who had a wonderful life and are still happy.

    Towards the end there is a death that I think it is unnecessary, and this one thing almost spoiled the whole book for me. But that's probably because I'm a softie and always want a happy ending.

    I recommend this book, but beware that it is sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (352)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "What more can I say?"
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    I absolutely LOVE this series!! I've listened to them all, and I'm devastated that there aren't any more. So thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Start with the first and enjoy your way through the rest. You won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grounds for Murder: A Maggy Thorsen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Maggy Thorsen is back! When the coffeehouse owner is dragooned into emceeing the barista competition (think Iron Chef, but with coffee) at the industry's scaldingly competitive trade show, she fears nothing good will come of it. Sure enough, the morning of the finals, Maggy discovers the body of her chief rival and conference organizer, Marvin LaRoche, under the trophy table.

    John S. says: "Not particularly recommended"
    "Coffee anyone?"
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    Another series that fills in the time while driving or doing boring stuff at work. Really very enjoyable and entertaining, but not great literature. I rate a listen a 4 if I intend on listening to more in the series. It will never make a 5 though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Desserts: Savannah Reid, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. A. McKevett
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (207)

    Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

    S. Droski says: "Confusing title for a great book"
    "First in the series."
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    This is good enough that I've got the rest of the series in my Wishlist. I love a good literary read, but when at work or driving this is the kind of listen that suits me best. It doesn't take too much concentration but fills my otherwise boring time with enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Echo: A Grim Reaper Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Judy Clemens
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    It has been years since Casey Maldonado visited her hometown, and the only reason she’s returning now is to get her brother, Ricky, out of jail, where he sits after being arrested for the brutal murder of Alicia McManus, his girlfriend of several months. Casey believes in her brother’s innocence, but proving that to the cops is a different matter altogether - especially since she has her own murder warrant to worry about. Perhaps even more frightening than the law is Casey’s confrontation with her personal demons....

    Donna says: "One of the best series I have come across"
    "Will there be more??!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I hope this isn't the last of the series. Although Death seems to be to-ing and fro-ing with Casey, I don't want Death to go away!

    This isn't great literature, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable read and something out of the ordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridge: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since. Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin and spends plenty of time at The Bridge - the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin - remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there. Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble....

    Laurie says: "heart warming, make you smile book"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
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    A pretty good story, but oh so predictable. Lots of praying to God, some "miracles". Read if you don't want a surprise ending. But still enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Retirement Plan: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (83)

    What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits? Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois' sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice. When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life.

    'Nathan says: "Rooting for the "bad guys" has never been so good!"
    "Old ladies as hired killers?!"
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    I really enjoyed this book and the premise is original. However, in my opinion, they went a little overboard with the lesbian theme. That said, I would read a sequel, if there is one, because the story is entertaining.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    England, 1959. Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good (ish) story, terrible narration :("
    "Another Kate Morton gem!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Once again, Kate Morton comes up with a treasure. She weaves the story from war time past to present, with all the intricate layers of love, loss, betrayal, passion, and leaves the listener wanting more. A sensitive portrayal of how people lived their lives even while a war was going on around them. There was an unexpected (as least to me) twist toward the end that surprised me by making the story even better.

    Definitely worth a read or a listen! Kate Morton is an amazing author, and Caroline Lee did a lovely performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (843)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "A new series to add to my library!"
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    ENTERTAINING! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator was great! Nothing much new in the way of murder mysteries; but the tone, writing, and narration made it it's own.

    Can't wait to listen to book 2 - Mad House, and then the rest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Debts: A Jack Irish Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Marco Chiappi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (93)

    Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years. When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.

    Don says: "Quality Crime Fiction"
    "Just couldn't get into this book."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I tried twice to listen to this book but without success. I think maybe it's more of a man's book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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