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DCinMI

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  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (733)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "What a delightful story!"
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    In these days when the "Haves" don't seem to know the meaning of the word "enough," it just seems good to have a story about a "Have Not" who does know. Also, it is so often true, though not often enough acknowledged, that the most generous and honest people are those who don't seem to have much to give. Keith Stewart is one of those people. He knows just what he needs to be happy and doesn't go grasping for more. He knows what his duty is and takes it seriously, even though it takes him far outside of his comfort zone.

    Another reviewer compared the theme of this book to Lord of the Rings, and I can definitely see that. It also occurred to me that there's a touch of It's a Wonderful Life in there, as well. Of course, George Bailey wanted to get out of "Dodge" and couldn't, while Keith Stewart wanted to stay but had to leave for a while. Along the way, though, it was revealed just how many lives he had touched without knowing it.

    I had tears in my eyes at the end of this book, but they were not sad ones. (Except for the ones that were sorry the book was over.)

    Highly recommended!!!

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Overture to Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others' lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman, and may soon stage a repeat performance.

    Robert Mahowald says: "Great characterizations..."
    "My favorite so far!"
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    If you choose to "view this series" for Roderick Alleyn, it clearly states that this title is not available on Audible. I must beg to differ, as I just purchased it yesterday. This happens a lot lately with series books, so don't believe the unavailability stuff until you search for it a few different ways. There are still too many missing or only abridged, but with this series you don't really get lost when you have to skip some. The books could each stand alone.

    At any rate, I'm a fan of this series and would be sorry to have missed this one. She has so well captured the village's petty squabbles, backbiting, what people think as opposed to what they say, that I laughed myself silly. The way the old biddies use the confessional as a way to tattle on other people is priceless.

    It's a good cozy mystery, besides. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Hill 4: From The Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (429)

    It has been three years since the Progerians left their mark of devastation upon Earth. The remaining humans are in a desperate race against time as they do their best to reverse engineer the alien technology they captured, in an effort to bolster their beleaguered defenses against the oncoming onslaught of Progerians hell-bent on revenge.

    Tammea says: "THE BEST ONE YET!!!!"
    "Just keeps getting better!"
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    I thought the first book was too oppressively dark and had to force myself to keep listening to the series. By book two, I was glad I had kept going. It's been classic Mike Talbot ever since and seems to get better with each installment.

    This one had me laughing out loud before the end of the first sentence, I think--certainly the first paragraph. There's plenty of action and suspense for those who like it, always balanced by Mike's wit and banter with others.

    If you've read a lot of Tufo, you've probably already figured this out, but I'll say it anyway. The various Mike Talbot series' are pretty much mutually exclusive. I had read the available Zombie Fallout books first, and expected this series to be the adventures of young Mike before the zombies. I couldn't have been wronger.

    It seems as if Mark Tufo had several completely different adventures that he imagined himself in over the years, and now he has stuck Mike Talbot in his place, (hey, I just noticed they even have the same initials) and is writing them up. I think that is way cool, especially since I have a similar situation inside my own head, but I'm not writing about mine.

    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (256)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "Love this series, but FYI"
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    I've just finished listening to book 13, and I have absolutely loved every one so far! The recurring characters and the relationships between them are very entertaining and often hilarious. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries without all the stress.

    The FYI part is this:

    The first book in the series was published in 1981, and was contemporary fiction. Hard as it is for me to believe, 1981 was 33 years ago! I suspect, though, that the author never expected the series to take off and to still be writing the books all these years later. The main characters in the series are Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. I picture them in age as between 35-40. The thing is, I don't think they can ever get much older than that and have it all still work. However, time and technology continue to march on and, to keep the series contemporary, things like computers and cell phones have to come into play. Also, Jury having been a small child in WW2 was perfectly in line in 1981, but by now he would have to be elderly.

    What I do is just mentally keep the characters in the same approximate age frame they started in, and ignore any references to the passage of time that the author inserts in the text. Just sort of let time and world events go by in the background, while the characters stay the same. There were enough comments in book 13 about the passage of time and people not changing after all these years, that I'm guessing the author was maybe poking a little fun at her predicament.

    I'm awaiting the Audible release of the next book at the moment, but I hope that she hasn't done anything to blatantly age the characters in the rest of the books. I like things just the way they are. Once you know of and accept the time anomaly thing, it need not interfere with the enjoyment of the books. They are definitely worth a listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of the Dead: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

    DCinMI says: "What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?"
    "What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?"
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    I've listened to all the Inspector Ian Rutledge books leading up to this one and several later ones before I realized it was a series. I enjoyed them very much. The problem is, this is the first one that ends on a cliffhanger, so I hopped on here to get the next one right away, only to find that Audible skips over the next 5 books. I'm so angry right now I could spit! Just be warned before you listen to this one. You're gonna be left hanging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1075)

    Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

    Teddy says: "Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!"
    "Loved it, but confused now"
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    I was so happy to see another ZF book. It had been a while since I listened to the previous books, so sometimes I had to really think to remember people and events it was referring to. (This might have been partly due to the fact that in the interim I had listened to the Indian Hills books, which share some characters, but seemed to be an alternate universe from this series.) Anyway, I enjoyed it very much. I laughed out loud frequently and really thought I knew what was going on most of the time. I felt certain that it was leading up to a continuation of the series. An abrupt and unresolved ending was what I expected and received.

    Then came the prologues. Now I am confused, hoping there will be another book to tell me what the heck that was all about, but not at all sure it wasn't meant to be a final ending. There's a nagging feeling that if I was just a little more tuned in, these prologues would tie up all the loose ends for me. (I almost think he might have snuck a little Indian Hills in here.)

    So right now I'm hoping for either an epiphany or a next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

    DCinMI says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent!"
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    I've read every Wodehouse book I could get my hands on, and he's definitely one of my top ten authors of all time. It must have been a scary proposition for someone to attempt to continue his work, but I'm very glad that Mr. Faulks did so.

    I think it would be hard to get any closer than this to the "real thing." It's obvious this author knows his Wodehouse. The humor, mannerisms, and style of speech are definitely faithful to the Wodehouse tradition. I hope that he will continue the series, as I'd like to see what happens with this new direction he's taken with Bertie and Jeeves. (I'd also like to see the author tackle another of my favorite Wodehouse characters--Psmith.)

    They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I think P.G.W. would be very flattered by this novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Stingray Shuffle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters....

    Dubi says: "Why Serge Wanted the Money"
    "Dexter vs. Serge"
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    I hear or see Dexter mentioned occasionally in discussions or reviews about Serge. I love both series, but I don't think they're the same at all. Since I just listened to the most recent Dexter book in between Serge marathons, I decided to start making a list of comparisons to show why they're different. Here's what I have so far:

    Dexter has a legitimate job. Serge lives on the proceeds of crime.

    Dexter feels a deep need to kill. Serge would just as soon not, but...

    Dexter's victims must meet certain eligibility requirements, defined by "Harry's Code." Serge's victims just have to really piss him off.

    Dexter has a routine and a ritual way of killing. Serge doesn't use the same method more than once.

    Dexter stays to the end. Serge usually goes away while they're still alive, and leaves them with a slim (practically non-existent) possibility of escape.

    Dexter thoroughly cleans up afterward. Serge leaves bodies and parts strewn all over Florida for others to find and deal with.

    Dexter keeps a box of slides with blood samples of all his victims. Serge keeps a box of historical Florida souvenirs.

    Dexter talks to his playmates for maximum terror and mental anguish while he works on them. Serge entertains his victims with pleasant banter while setting up his devices, which practically amounts to the same thing.

    Both rely heavily on duct tape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triggerfish Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (224)

    Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida, and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street.

    Janels says: "Excellent Serge--captures Tampa perfectly!"
    "Where it starts to be a series, imho"
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    I say this, even though the events in this book obviously take place during the time frame of Florida Roadkill--sometime between when Serge and Coleman meet Sharon, and when they go to the World Series. Actually, the chronology is a bit dodgy in all the books and, at least once, Serge mentions that sort of thing as one of his pet peeves, so you know it's intentional. (My researches tell me that the author intends the books to be read in the order published.)

    Serge is in all of the books, including the first three, although some people apparently had trouble recognizing him in Orange Crush. (They must not have been paying attention. Admittedly, that one is different, though.) One of the later audiobooks includes an interview with Tim Dorsey and he says that when he wrote Florida Roadkill, he didn't have it in mind to make a Serge series, but then things just sort of headed in that direction. Now that I've read all 16 books and am starting through them again, I feel like this is the one where the "Serge Storms Series" really hits its stride. (But I recommend reading them all.)

    Just FYI: My mental image of Serge is a sort of morphing of Mike Myers/Jimmy Fallon/Johnny Depp, but I definitely think Depp should play him in the movies.

    We find out more about his past, and his "professional" rivalry with a police officer named Mahoney. His obsessive passion for Florida history is well established. After this, you can just go ahead and start laughing whenever someone says something along the lines of, "Nothing can possibly go wrong now." Most importantly, from here on, we begin to know which events will likely cause Serge to get out the duct tape and head for Home Depot. (That thumping you hear from the trunk of his car will be one of his new "friends.")

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange Crush

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (152)

    Praising Tim Dorsey’s tongue-in-cheek humor, the Miami Herald wrote, “Nobody, but nobody, writes like this guy.” Here Florida politics take the main stage in a rollicking satire that proves Dorsey’s at the top of his game. When a traumatic experience forever changes Florida gubernatorial race candidate Marlon Conrad’s life, he hits the road in a Winnebago to find the “real” Florida. But his odyssey is plagued with would-be assassins and cutthroat journalists.

    Dubi says: "Storms Warning"
    "It's Funny 'Cause It's Pretty Much True!"
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    This is possibly the most hilarious book I have ever read! I laughed so hard and so often that I was afraid the neighbors would call the guys with the butterfly nets.

    It gets right into the heart of the political system (specifically Florida politics, but these days we can all relate.) It shines a bright light on all the dirty, hidden political tricks that we know are happening, but can't do anything about. If you've ever wanted to get a politician, lobbyist, news anchor, or rich person by the throat and shake them until their teeth rattle, you will love this book.

    While it's basically shooting at politics, it also takes pot shots at a lot of other pet peeves we all have. For example, there is a scene with a guy trying to make an important phone call and getting stuck in the phone menu nightmare that is purely classic! I had to keep rewinding because I laughed so hard I would miss stuff.

    If laughter is the best medicine, this should cure anything that ails you. This book, while part of a series, could be read without reading the others first, although some minor things will make more sense if you have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Florida Roadkill

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (295)

    Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals - and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs... and the suitcase.

    Ronald Albury says: "I tried to like it"
    "Intro to a Hilarious Series"
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    I completed making a purchase, and the Surprise $4.95 Sale popped up. The only book on the list that looked at all interesting to me was "The Stingray Shuffle" by Tim Dorsey. I bought it and then found out it was the 5th book in a series. You'd think I'd be on to this trick by now, but it gets me all the time. However, I frequently find gems this way that I would otherwise not have known about. Anyway, I never even tried to listen to it, I just went ahead and purchased book one, "Florida Roadkill."

    Several reviewers had compared this series to books by Carl Hiaasen, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I have read several Hiaasen books, but I never found them as funny as I'd hoped they would be. I was pleasantly surprised. It actually reminded me more of the humor of Dave Barry than any other author I've ever read. (Dave even makes a cameo appearance at the World Series later on in the book.)

    This first book is a little chaotic, since it introduces most, if not all, of the recurring characters that will appear in later books, and I felt like I was being jerked around a lot from one storyline to another. Even so, I found it laugh-out-loud funny very often. Pay attention to a guy named Serge. He's the most loveable criminally insane person you're ever likely to meet, and he's been in every one of the four books I've read so far.

    So, while I didn't quite find it to be a 5-star book, I still highly recommend it. I am now getting ready to start listening to book 5 and I have been laughing myself senseless at all the books in between. This book is a good listen in its own right, but important, I think, as an introduction to the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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