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Effie

Franklin, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18349)
    Performance
    (14168)
    Story
    (14113)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny, funny, funny!"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    I love how Tina Fey does not take herself too seriously.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    I honestly don't think that I have ever read anything like it.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    She is very much not caught up in her own celebrity. She comes across like someone down the hall or a few houses down telling you about herself.


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

    Sometimes I had to stop the book or go back because I was laughing too hard to follow the story!


    Any additional comments?

    This one is a great way to pass the time. I have listened to it twice and it was even funnier the second time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Betrayal: Paladin's Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (252)

    All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady’s inexplicable behavior.

    Daniel says: "Awesome. You'll Love this"
    "Not my favorite, but a satisfying episode"
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    What did you love best about Echoes of Betrayal?

    I really enjoyed continuing the stories of the characters from the earlier editions.


    What other book might you compare Echoes of Betrayal to and why?

    They are like the others in the series, which I do recommend.


    What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy hearing the pacing of a narrator, although some of the personal names and place names weren't pronounced the way that I remembered them; it was a little distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the good triumphs over evil moments.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Limits of Power: Paladin's Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike.

    Anita says: "Great Tale badly read to gaspy death"
    "Unlistenable (Is that a word?)"
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    What would have made Limits of Power better?

    A different narrator would have made this better. I think probably any narrator, but maybe that's not true?


    What other book might you compare Limits of Power to and why?

    The only books that I know of that are similar to this one are the others in the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    There may be genres in which she is competent, but this experience has left me so scarred and traumatized that I don't think I could listen to her again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was offended by this performance. I can't believe that any professionals thought that any of this was appropriate to offer to Elizabeth Moon's fans or potential fans.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to request a refund. If it's not too late for you, don't buy this version. Hopefully, our combined outrage will inspire someone to re-record this. Spare yourself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1023)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "How can #10 of a series feel so fresh?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hard Way the most enjoyable?

    I really like this narrator. Some of his inflections make me feel like he really knows this character.


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

    It's no secret that this is, at least in part, a kidnap story. But the question of whether the victims are going to survive was just one layer of the suspense. Reacher is locked in parallel struggles with his employer and with other characters. It is a seamless, multi-layered journey that is almost unbearably suspenseful.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I think that he has a clear vision of Reacher and he is very gifted at creating voices for other characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. It was great and I wanted to reach the resolution, but I couldn't stand the suspense. There were times when I had to turn it off and hide under my bed.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best series that I have found since I discovered Robert Crais's Elvis Cole. Don't let the ill-considered Tom Cruise covers scare you away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N is for Noose: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (99)

    When Tom Newquist, a tough, honest, and respected detective in the Nola Lake sheriff's office died suddenly, the townsfolk were not surprised: Newquist worked too hard, smoked too much, and exercised too little. That plus an appetite for junk food made him a poster boy for an American Heart Association campaign.

    Nina says: "Quite good until the very end"
    "Brief and adequate"
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    Would you listen to N is for Noose again? Why?

    Full disclosure: I have read this one twice already. I might well read it again once enough time has passed and I have forgotten how mild and uncompelling this one is. It's not terrible.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sue Grafton before, how does this one compare?

    Definitely the bottom half of the group, but not the very worst.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In this one, I would have to say Kinsey's early scenes with Deets.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is your first try at reading Sue Grafton and you didn't love it, I would encourage you to try something else of her's. She has written many books that I have really loved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M is for Malice: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Kinsey Millhone's latest client is Malek Construction, a $40 million company still in family hands. It doesn't take an accountant to see that the four Malek brothers stand to inherit a fortune. But one of the brothers has been missing for 18 years, and Kinsey's assignment is to find him.

    Cynthia says: "Rating: Part 1: 0, Part 2: 5"
    "One of my Grafton favorites."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of M is for Malice to be better than the print version?

    I don't think that the audio is better or worse than the print version. For me, the difference is that sometimes I'm in the mood to read a print version, and sometimes I have work to do.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of M is for Malice?

    The most memorable scenes for me are the ones where Kinsey, the main character, interacts with the subject of her investigation. I think their relationship reveals a new side of her personality, especially in light of her new, uncomfortable identity as a member of a family.


    What does Mary Peiffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Peiffer did a good job reading this book, but there is something about her voice that rubs me the wrong way in spots.


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

    I did laugh out loud at different times.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this one 3 or 4 times. There are also passages that I like to repeat more than once. Also, I liked that this is a particularly long, engaging work. It helps me to pass the time when I have a monstrous load of work to do around my house, but it is not too complex to follow along with and to enjoy while doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buckingham Palace Gardens: Thomas Pitt Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    The Prince of Wales has asked four wealthy entrepreneurs and their elegant wives to the palace to discuss a fantastic idea: the construction of a 6,000-mile railroad that would stretch the full length of Africa. But alas, the prince's gathering proves disastrous when the mutilated body of a prostitute hired for a late-night frolic (after the wives have retired to bed) turns up among the queen's monogrammed sheets in a palace linen closet.

    connie says: "a shouting match"
    "Charming!"
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    Would you listen to Buckingham Palace Gardens again? Why?

    Yes. I have already listened to it three times. It is a well-rounded, satisfying British-style mystery that hits all the high notes. For me, it has come to be one of my "comfort food" reads. I imagine that I will return to it again in the future.


    What other book might you compare Buckingham Palace Gardens to and why?

    It reminds me of "Pride and Prejudice" more because of my enjoyment than for any similarities in the stories. But this is also period literature. The story is complex and well flushed out. The characters, new and old, are given an opportunity to reveal more of themselves than I think I have seen, even in this series. It is a special treat because the steady characters who work with Pitt this time are Gracie and Narroway, characters whom we don't usually get to hear a lot from.


    What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What I marvelled at was his ability to give each character a completely different voice. His gift is to really bring each person in the story to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm not sure what that means.


    Any additional comments?

    If old-style British mysteries are your thing, give this one a try. It may be the best one of the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4295)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1839)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "A great legal mystery and a whodunit all-in-one"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Brass Verdict the most enjoyable?

    There were quite a few characters who are included and the story brings all of the players and elements together seamlessly.


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

    This story is very exciting. There are several mysteries unfolding at the same time and they are all great, but I think that the narrator really knows how to help build the suspense.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    I liked the way that he voiced Harry Bosch. All of the characteristics that make Harry Harry were audible in Giles' performance: his gritty, edgy quality and his weariness. Great performance!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I try to stretch really good books out, but I did find myself hanging around my laptop listening long after I should have moved on to something else! Also, I have listened to this audiobook three times (so far!).


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it! The great thing about Michael Connelly's work is that several of the recurring characters have their own mystery series. The characters and storylines often overlap and they are really fun to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason at Lisson Grove: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    The man who lies bleeding to death in a London brickyard is no ordinary drifter but a secret informant prepared to divulge details of a potentially devastating international plot against the British government. Special Branch officer Thomas Pitt, hastening to rendezvous with him, arrives a second too late, preceded by a knife-wielding assassin. As the mortally wounded man’s life slips away, so too does the information Pitt desperately needs.

    Sharon says: "Too unbelievable!"
    "Solid episode in a charming series"
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    If you could sum up Treason at Lisson Grove in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful, original, satisfying


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy following the lives of characters whom I have seen before.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene in the Palace where the elements of the puzzle start to fall into place.


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

    It did make me laugh or smile or shake my head at times.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is worth reading, but this book is a great read all alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.

    Connie says: "a stronger entry in the series, eventually"
    "Snoozer!"
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    What would have made Fall of a Philanderer better?

    a more interesting story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    a different British mystery


    What aspect of Bernadette Dunne’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice has a monotone quality that didn't help to liven up the dull story.


    What character would you cut from Fall of a Philanderer?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D is for Deadbeat: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    He calls himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he has for Kinsey is cut-and-dried: locate a kid who's done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. Stiffed for the retainer, Kinsey finds out Limardo's real name is John Daggett...ex-con, ex-liar, ex-alcoholic, currently dead.

    Simone says: "D is for: Don’t Read My Review"
    "Satisfying and entertaining!"
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    Where does D is for Deadbeat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is exactly the kind of book that I hope to find in the audiobook format: complex, but not too complicated to follow while I wash dishes or fold clothes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of D is for Deadbeat?

    The conclusion is amazing!


    What about Mary Peiffer’s performance did you like?

    I think that Mary Peiffer sounds like the voice I hear in my head for Kinsey when I'm reading the books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The most moving parts for me are the parts of the story that are about Kinsey's personal life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very satisfying, sad and funny mystery. Sue Grafton comes through once again!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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