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Cheryl

I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.

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  • Body Movers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (118)

    Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her brother. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiance dumping her. And she didn't plan on still being single 10 years later, working at Neiman Marcus, with no idea where her fugitive parents are. Until her lovable brother is arrested, and the hunky cop decides to reopen her parents' case.

    Corie says: "Makes me want to change my job."
    "Disappointed"
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    Story

    This is a book, yes, but the story is notably missing. It appears to be the introduction (only) of the series, the set up, so to speak, which has been stretched to fill the book by using lots of page-filler words. Had it been a paper book, I would have done some major skipping. I wasn't drawn into it, but instead felt as if I had to stand outside and just look in windows where there were mannequins being moved around from point A to point B. It has a familiar and underlying style of a dime-store romance novel, and that is reason enough for me not to pursue book #2. This one was a waste of my time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Connie Ventress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    My name is Addison Holmes, and I teach history at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. You might be under the assumption that my life went to the dogs when my fiancé left me at the altar for the home economics teacher, or when I got notice that my apartment building was going to be condemned, or even when I was desperate enough to strip to my unmentionables to earn some extra cash. The truth is that I'm pretty much used to disasters following me around on a daily basis.

    🌺༺❤ HaloLove ❤༻🌺 says: "Clumsily Charming!! Ms. Addison Holmes is."
    "Very disappointed"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I haven't got a clue who would enjoy this book. Someone who isn't looking for a fun book, someone who hasn't read a Janet Evanovich book, and someone who likes sex scenarios in their books. That's not me.


    What didn’t you like about Connie Ventress’s performance?

    Her voice was too old and too tired for the character. I'm glad it wasn't a computer-generated voice though.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It kept me from going to sleep on the drive home...I just kept listening, hoping it would get better or at least give me a small chuckle. I though the story had potential. It was coherent and organized and it was a fair mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting an ice-cold fizzy fountain Coke book, but got a flat, warm, diluted, generic cola-book instead. It isn't the worst book I've read, but I am not going to order any more by this author or narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5726)
    Performance
    (4428)
    Story
    (4437)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Entertaining and amusing."
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    Any additional comments?

    Happily, I stumbled across this series while searching out stories similar to the Sookie or Stephanie Plum adventures. I really enjoyed every one of these books. Molly Harper writes from a fresh perspective, as told by Jane, a newly-made vampire who is very likeable, independent, and a bit too stubborn for her own good, but smart enough to make it all work out as she deals with adjusting to all the aspects of a new kind of life, which is nothing that she could have ever imagined. There's a host of new problems for Jane to deal with...the new diet, which she dislikes, the change from a day to night career, the family, the man, and of course, there's that problem of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I listened to these books (only) while I rode my bike an hour everyday in the cemetery. As boring as the ride can be, I looked forward to riding every day as I went though the series. I am hoping for a 5th book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3016)
    Performance
    (2743)
    Story
    (2758)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Helter-Skelter"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not at all. This was the worst story of the entire series. It was very apparent that the Sookie character was dead to the author long before the book was written. There weren't any fun, tense, or surprising moments; just a lot of words that seemed to be a helter-skelter attempt to finish writing the book and end the series.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She should have asked Janet Evanovich to finish it for her, rather than produce a book of such low quality as this one.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    I always like Johanna's work. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life.


    Was Dead Ever After worth the listening time?

    No. Spoiler alert: Fifteen bucks to find out she ends up with the dog!!!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2726)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1239)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Delightfully surprised."
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    I didn't know what to expect from this author. I was just hoping for a story/series that would be something similar to Sherlock, Sookie Stackhouse, or even Stephanie Plum; something that would serve to entertain, cleanse. and distract my mind during my work travels. It was exactly that. What wonderfully original and captivating stories! AMSmith has the ability to bring the reader right into the story, which is an important technique when the reading audience might not be so familiar with the culture of Botswana. He made me feel as if I were newly immersed in Botswana, gently and thoughtfully situated into a comfortable spot for observation, safe from the black Mamba, the equatorial heat, and the rancid drinking water. I didn't want to miss a single word of the story. During the day, I would listen to the audiobook and at bedtime, I watched the HBO TV series of the same name and it rounded out my reading experience in a way that I never dreamed possible. The series has been great for discussion with others who have read these books too. My most memorable quote from the book: " Talking about pumpkins doesn't make them grow." There is something that should be mentioned though. My daughter read the paper version of the stories and found the pronunciation of the African names to be a stumbling block and after reviewing the print copy, I agreed that it would have been the same for me. I whole-heartedly recommend the audiobook version for this series of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lean Mean Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (483)

    From coast to coast and around the world, Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels continue to make best-selling history each summer. In the 13th book in the series, the stakes are raised even higher as Stephanie Plum finds herself in her most dangerous, hilarious, hottest, chase yet.

    Kelly says: "Same flavor, different package"
    "Always a hoot!"
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    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1112)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "More fun that One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1724)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "So much fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1359)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    WIpiglet says: "Been there read that!"
    "Fun, Fun, Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1636)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (636)

    Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

    Mo says: "16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!"
    "Fun an exciting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 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
    (1877)
    Performance
    (1631)
    Story
    (1646)

    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"
    "It's a fun and exciting read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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