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  • Brownies & Betrayal: A Sweet Bites Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Heather B. Justesen
    • Narrated By Pamela Almand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Pastry chef Tess Crawford thought moving from Chicago to quiet Silver Springs, Arizona would simplify her life. That was before she found the body of a woman with whom she had traded heated words the previous night, left her fingerprints on the murder weapon, and came under attack for trying to clear her name.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great start to a promising series"
    "Good Beginning to a Fun, Lite Mystery Series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. It is a "fun listen."


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't change anything so far. Can't wait to see where it leads.


    What about Pamela Almand’s performance did you like?

    Terrific narration. Perfect voice for the subject.


    Could you see Brownies & Betrayal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I like the blond from Drop Dead Diva for Tess,


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to more in the series. I have already downloaded the second book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trial and Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Adam L. Penenberg
    • Narrated By Jack de Golia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (10)

    The good news is that public defender Summer Neuwirth just won her first case, which involved a brutal rape and kidnapping. As Summer pursues her next case, this time to keep an innocent woman off death row, elements of that past--a mysterious case of childhood amnesia, her police officer father's involvement with a serial killer, a terrifying attack she survived just months earlier--entwine with her present legal work, her missing mother, and her rocky relationship with a private investigator, all of which culminate in a thrilling trial... and terror.

    Teresa says: "A Sizzling Legal Thriller for the Summer"
    "I didn't see that coming!"
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    Would you try another book from Adam L. Penenberg and/or Jack de Golia?

    Yes. I listened to the entire book in two days.


    Would you recommend Trial and Terror to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Good story. Crazy twists.


    What about Jack de Golia’s performance did you like?

    Good narration - enjoyable listening.


    Did Trial and Terror inspire you to do anything?

    I hope not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pistols & Pies: Sweet Bites, Book 2: Sweet Bites Mysteries, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Heather Justesen
    • Narrated By Pamela Almand
    Overall
    (12)
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    (11)
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    (12)

    Negotiations underway with a narrator. No auditions accepted at this time. The gigantic cake for the new city rec center opening is going to be great advertising for Tess Crawford's new bakery, until she finds the city councilman who oversaw the project dead.

    Elizabeth L. says: "Another sweet mystery!"
    "The Fun Continues"
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    What did you love best about Pistols & Pies: Sweet Bites, Book 2?

    The characters are fun and likeable. The story doesn't have the usual absurd twists that seem to be cropping up lately.


    What other book might you compare Pistols & Pies: Sweet Bites, Book 2 to and why?

    Several years ago I started a food themed series. I think the author was Diane Mott Davidson. As the series progressed, the supporting characters were muddled. I hope this series keeps the same focus.


    Which character – as performed by Pamela Almand (The Captain's Voice) – was your favorite?

    Of course the heroine is my favorite but I would like to see more of the paramedic.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to continuing the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Advocate's Dilemma: The Advocate Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Attorney Sabre Brown's day is going well until she walks into her office and finds a dead man sprawled across her desk. When, Bob, her best friend and colleague is suspected of the murder, and Sabre's minor client has information that might clear him, Sabre has a dilemma. How does she help her best friend without betraying the confidence of the child she is sworn to protect?

    Amazon Customer says: "They Just keep getting better!"
    "Terrific Series - Just Keeps Getting Better."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the first four books of the series. If a series can keep me interested through four books I will definitely recommend it.


    What other book might you compare The Advocate's Dilemma to and why?

    I would compare them to the earlier books of Patricia Cornwell. Teresa Burrell's characters are interesting and likeable. I hope she can keep it up. I wore out on Cornwell's characters and started to dislike the whole group.


    Have you listened to any of Laurel Schroeder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only in the Advocate series.


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

    Each book in the series is better than the last. The investigator's "isms" make me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Advocate's Conviction: The Advocate Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    Sabre Orin Brown's clients keep disappearing. With seemingly no connection between the cases, Sabre enlists the help of her southern PI friend, JP, and her best friend, Bob, to find each of them - before it's too late. In her race against the clock, Sabre must determine whether contemporary horrors are being buried in the shadow of dark traditions - or if it's something else at work.

    Cynthia says: "Not Your Ordinary Lawyer Mystery"
    "I Am Hooked on this Series."
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    Would you listen to The Advocate's Conviction again? Why?

    As with most mystery/thrillers it probably doesn't warrant a second listen. I am ready for the next one in the series.


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

    I listened to the entire recording in a 24 hour period.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interactions between Sabre, Bob and JP are fun.


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

    I felt sorry for Mama T.


    Any additional comments?

    The series involves the Juvenile Court system. It's a bit of fresh air from the barrage of legal thrillers and courtroom dramas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Advocate's Betrayal: The Advocate Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Teresa Burrell
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (21)

    The Killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. but the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets. From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre's search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide?

    Teresa says: "A Fantastic Edge Of Your Seat Legal Suspense"
    "Second Book in the Series - Better Than the First"
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    If you could sum up The Advocate's Betrayal in three words, what would they be?

    Non-stop thriller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the first book, but this one (Book 2) was even better.


    Have you listened to any of Meghan Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think Meghan Kelly did a better job with the narration - especially the voices.


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

    Use the title - it fits.


    Any additional comments?

    Towards the end of the book I had a feeling how it was going to end. I was right, but the presentation was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a Silent Movie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jesse Lee Kercheval
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    After losing her husband and daughter in an auto accident, 42-year-old Emma flies to Paris, discovers she has a twin brother whose existence she had not known about, and learns that her birth parents weren't the Americans who raised her, but a White Russian film star of the 1920s and a French Stalinist.

    Perry says: "Rosemary Benson is exceptional Narrator"
    "Extraordinary!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Life as a Silent Movie the most enjoyable?

    Good storyline. Not one boring moment. Excellent narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very emotional.


    Which character – as performed by Rosemary Benson – was your favorite?

    Vera.


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

    Yes, but I don't want to post a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    Rosemary Benson brought the characters to life. One of my favorite audiobooks.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across America by Bicycle: Alice and Bobbi's Summer on Wheels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alice Honeywell, Bobbi Montgomery
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Biking from Oregon to Maine is no small feat, especially for two newly retired women who carry everything they need for three months, powered only by the strength of their legs and a desire for adventure. Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery invite listeners to follow their ride by bicycle across the United States, as they face scorching sun, driving rain, buffeting winds, equipment failures, killer hills, wild fires, and even a plague of grasshoppers.

    Johnald2 says: "Does EVERYBODY have to write a book???"
    "What an experience - inspirational!"
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    Would you try another book from Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery and/or Rosemary Benson?

    If Alice and Bobbi write the book for the proposed north south trip I would like to listen to it. Hopefully Rosemary will narrate this one too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not just once scene. I enjoyed listening to their entire trip - especially their separate thoughts at the end.


    Was Across America by Bicycle worth the listening time?

    Yes. I finished it in two days. I see that another reviewer said the book was boring and that he/she kept waiting for something to happen. This was a book about a life experience, not CSI or Fifty Shades of Gray. This is a story about two wonderful women in their 50s who plan a trip for two years and then ride 3,600 miles across the U.S. in 90 days. Thank you Alice and Bobbi for sharing your story.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the narrator, Rosemary Benson. I plan to look for other books narrated by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadmistress: Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets about the school's faculty and students. And soon it becomes clear that John is not the only one with a motive for murder.

    Teresa says: "A Smart Campus Mystery"
    "Present day old-fashioned mystery."
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    What made the experience of listening to Deadmistress the most enjoyable?

    What a refreshing change! No dismembered bodies, no strange poisons, no vampires and no dystopia. Deadmistress is just a good old-fashioned who done it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadmistress?

    When I realized that the heroine was likeable and smart.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Benjamin-Creel – was your favorite?

    Susan Lombardi.


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

    I liked this new detective and hope there will be more in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hounding: Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sandra de Helen
    • Narrated By Jess Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Tall, thin, androgynous Shirley Combs considers herself the world's greatest living detective because she uses the methods and casebook of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes of the gentry of the American city most closely resembling London, England - in terms of the weather, at least. Sidekick/narrator Dr. Mary Watson both delights in and is frustrated by her partner's behavioral resemblance to Sherlock. Combs is unemotional, analytical, and given to pacing through the night in the streets of the almost perfectly livable city of Portland, Oregon.

    Holly says: "Fun Mystery - Over Too Soon."
    "Fun Mystery - Over Too Soon."
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    If you could sum up The Hounding in three words, what would they be?

    Non-stop fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hounding?

    The elevator scene was certainly memorable.


    Which character – as performed by Jess Reed – was your favorite?

    Dr. Mary Watson


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

    I did listen to is in one day (sitting, cleaning, grocery shopping).


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought the narrator was going to be a bit irritating. The narrative was, for lack of a better word, staccato. As I continued to listen, however, the style of narration made sense. I would listen to Jess Reed again.

    I look forward to listening to future books in the series (and read by the same narrator).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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