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Doreen

Detroit, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 15 reviews
  • 127 ratings
  • 558 titles in library
  • 194 purchased in 2014
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  • Murder of a Wedding Belle: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    School psychologist Skye Denison reluctantly agrees to act as maid of honor in her California cousin's over-the-top platinum-style wedding - and is also expected to assist the control-freak wedding planner. But when Skye discovers the planner dead, just one week before the big event, Skye is suddenly working double-duty.

    deanna says: "One of my favorite in the Scumble River Series"
    "Miserable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book. Somebody may tolerate it but NOT enjoy it


    Has Murder of a Wedding Belle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book was my worst book purchase. It was very boring and didn't hold my interest. I stopped midway through as I couldn't invest any more time hoping the storyline would improve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simone St. James
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary-work agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis - rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts - has been summoned to investigate the spirit of 19-year-old maid Maddy Clare, who haunts the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death. Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle, for Maddy’s ghost is real, she is angry, and she has powers that defy all reason.

    passiflora says: "Not bad, but a little disappointing"
    "Interesting storyline but..."
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    The premise of the story was captivating for my pre-Halloween ghost read. The problem was that the characters never developed into characters I cared about. Gratuitous sex scenes between, practically, strangers added nothing to the storyline. I didn't feel any connection to the maudlin characters. There are better books to spend precious time enjoying. This book I was glad when it ended. This book wasn't a good choice for me. Maybe, I'm too much drawn to characters over storyline. The storyline was interesting but the characters weren't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Timothy A. Pychyl
    • Narrated By Timothy A. Pychyl
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    The new audio edition of the self-published hit, offering powerful strategies to end procrastination!

    Why do we sabotage our own best intentions? How can we eliminate procrastination from our lives for good? Based on current psychological research and supplemented with clear strategies for change, this concise guide will help listeners finally break free from self-destructive ideas and habits, and move into freedom and accomplishment.

    Gillian says: "A Better One Is—"
    "Stop procrastinating and purchase!"
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    Wow! For the first time, I am impressed with a book on procrastination. This book gave me reasons for why we procrastinate; which will help me to overcome some of my procrastination habit. This is the first time I heard it descibed as a self control problem, like drug abusers. I want to break free of this lack of self-control in my life. I haven't even finished the book, due to drive time not procrastination, and I have already found some success. I believe, this book offers me the most hope for sucess by first realizing why we procrastinate. Hopefully, you will find some sucess as I have!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Whose Body?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dorothy L. Sayers
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey sets out to unravel a puzzling case involving the disappearance of a wealthy financier and the discovery of a corpse in a bathtub. He does succeed in solving things to everyone's ultimate satisfaction, but only after a series of bloodcurdling and hair-raising episodes that will hold the listener spellbound with anticipation.

    Roxane says: "Five stars, and yet. . ."
    "Narrator overtook the story"
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    The narrator was a distraction to the story. Many years ago, I read this book and enjoyed it. The over-theatrical narration was too distracting, too fast-paced and too energetic for my personal preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Games: John Rain, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents for something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?

    shelley says: "REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series"
    "Didn't hold my interest!"
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    I was hopeful that this book, outside of my normal genre choice, would be a refreshing change of pace. It wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cards on the Table: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Mr. Shaitana is famous as a flamboyant party host. Nevertheless, he is a man of whom everybody is a little afraid. So when he boasts to Hercule Poirot that he considers murder an art form, the detective has some reservations about accepting a party invitation to view Shaitana's "private collection". Indeed, what begins as an absorbing evening of bridge is to turn into a more dangerous game altogether.

    Calliope says: "this is a great Christie mystery"
    "Typical Hercule"
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    I love Agatha Christie but I didn't love this book. I found it too dry; it could of been all the talk of cards...which I find very uninteresting. The narrator, Hugh Fraser, is absolutely superb! Hugh Fraser's narration is what kept me from stopping midway through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Grave: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun. In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted.

    Doreen says: "Worthwhile listen!"
    "Worthwhile listen!"
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    Totally absorbing story. A woman in her early sixties learns she was adopted. She hires a genealogist to discover her past. The story of her parent's past runs in parallel chapters with the genealogist current investigation. Very engaging! Totally enjoyable!

    After this first listen, in the Jefferson Tayte series, I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Queen of England: Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Steve Robinson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.

    Doreen says: "Non-stop engaging story"
    "Non-stop engaging story"
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    Would you listen to The Last Queen of England again? Why?

    Yes. To make certain I didn't miss anything and to enjoy the story again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I couldn't wait for the story to progress.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Superb performance. Nailed the emotions of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Turn off the television and enjoy Simon Vance's narration of this engaging book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "Unlikeable, boring characters and storyline"
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    I approached this first book, that I owned, by Nevada Barr with much hope of enjoyment. What a let down! The characters aren't likeable or interesting. With the beginning off to a slow start, I didn't give up. Half way through the book, I should of realized that I could of better spent those hours listening to a book of some interest and redeeming value; entertainment or educational. Teenagers telling spooky stories around a campfire and trying to scare each other would of been more fun than this book. I own another book by Nevada Barr (unread); but I'm in no hurry to discover if it is better than this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Redbreast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (890)

    It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century. In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities....

    David says: "Bravura writing"
    "Excellent Introduction to Author"
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    This is my fist Jo Nesbo book. It was an excellent introduction! The story hooked me almost immediately. The story line was absorbing but sometimes difficult to follow. The narrator was excellent; I always knew when he changed characters. The only issue I had was trying to keep track of all the characters in the parallel story line; which may not of been an issue had I read the book instead of listening. Considering the narration, I'm glad I listened to this book. For my next Jo book, I may decide to read it so that I may better understand the characters and their relationship to the story, quicker. Since I mostly listen to books while I'm driving, it isn't possible to write down notes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fort

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    During the summer of 1987, from their tree house fort in the woods, neighborhood boys Tim, Scott, and Luke spot a man holding a gun to missing 16-year-old Molly Peterson's back. The problem is, nobody believes their story, not even the police. As search efforts to find Molly dwindle, the boys know that she, and the man with the gun, are nearby - and that they must now find and save Molly themselves.

    Eclectic Reader says: "Dumb, dumber"
    "Non-eventful"
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    From other reviews, I expected more. Some parts of the story was disturbing, which I didn't realize in advance and didn't expect, but overall the story was non-eventful. I'm neutral on this book. I'm not overly fond of it, nor am I'm able to recommend it. I never felt compelled to rush back to complete it; which I do when a book has hooked me. For me, it was only a "filler" book to occupy my long commute to work. The story where every adult (parents and police) accuse the children in the story of fabricating a lie isn't believable. Maybe not improbable, but not truly believable either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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