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Ima Shoppher

Compulsive 101

Houston, TX | Member Since 2013

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  • 14 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 121 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Happy Never After: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of house mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth.... Keeping Rita Fontaine, a washed-up 1960s teenage rock star, out of jail is a tough job. It's nothing less than murder when Stu Hightower, the vain, temperamental president of a thriving Atlanta recording company, is found murdered in the den of his posh home. His only companions are the slug in his heart and Rita, dead drunk and looking guilty.

    Beatrice says: "I want more of this series"
    "Wrapping it up successfully"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Happy Never After to be better than the print version?

    yes - just adore listening to these books


    What did you like best about this story?

    you get closure on every level


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    She is an excellent narrator - really brings the story and the characters to life


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

    Callahan sleeping in her van and covered in bites to spy on Mac


    Any additional comments?

    What a way to sum up this excellent series. I have a book hangover and would happily purchase another in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nickled-and-Dimed to Death: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Devereaux Sinclair loves running her old-fashioned store in her small Missouri hometown. If only murder didn’t keep landing on her doorstep.… Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband?

    K. April Holgate says: "Addictive series"
    "Ms. Sinclair, you've done it again!"
    Overall
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    Story

    This one keeps you on your toes until the end. Great group of characters and love the back and forth with Jake and Noah. Excellent read :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn't focus on finding the killer of her ex's fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

    Beatrice says: "If you like mystery you Must read this one"
    "Overall enjoyable"
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    What's not to love about a murder mystery, perfect yet imperfect main character and her potential hot new love. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By LynDee Walker
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke's days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

    Takeyabue says: "Nichelle pulls on her big girl shoes and steps up"
    "I'm desperate for another!"
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    Can't wait to continue on with this series. Excellent narrator and great read overall. I see there are four books out, yet Audible only has two available. Really hope to see the others become available soon - take my money!! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery and a likable heroine!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Leads: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By LynDee Walker
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When an Armani-clad corpse turns up in the woods, crime reporter Nichelle Clarke smells a scoop. A little digging, and Nichelle uncovers a web of corruption that stretches all the way to Washington, D.C. Politics. Murder. And a dead lobbyist. It's everything Nichelle's ever dreamed of. The cops are playing it close, the feds even closer, and Nichelle's afraid her boss will assign the story to the political desk any day. Richmond's new ATF Super Cop makes an arrest before she can say "Louboutin," but Nichelle's gut says he's got the wrong guy.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Totally addicted!"
    "Totally addicted!"
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    I adore these books! The narrator is great and easy to listen to and the stories have a very good plot and just enough twist. Really great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14375)
    Performance
    (13111)
    Story
    (13187)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "I laughed and I cried - so much"
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. Their love is the kind that lives on


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel Grace - strong and beautiful, optimistic yet honest with herself and those who surround her.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job on vocals. Really portrayed the feelings and emotions.


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

    I had every reaction possible to this book - but mostly sobbed uncontrollably


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful read - thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homemade Sin: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (131)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. Some people might call Callahan Garrity nosy, but she prefers to think of her tendency toward snooping as a healthy interest in the truth. So when news reaches her of her cousin Patti's death during a carjacking, Callahan shakes off her House Mouse cleaning uniform to don her detective's cap.

    Ima Shoppher says: "Callahan is at it again!"
    "Callahan is at it again!"
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    If you could sum up Homemade Sin in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, exciting, non-stop


    What did you like best about this story?

    Callahan is a great main character - you are really drawn to her and hanging on her every thought.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    Callahan's mother - hands down the funniest character!


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

    Entire story has your heart - the little boy in this book makes me want to hug him.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent 3rd book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Live and Die in Dixie: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (165)

    Callahan Garrity is the owner of House Mouse, a cleaning service that tidies up after Atlanta's elite. She's also a former cop and a part-time sleuth. She and her coterie of devoted helpers can ransack a house for clues faster than it takes a fingerprint to set. From her time on the Atlanta police force, Callahan has excelled at mopping up messes of all kinds. But she has no idea what she's getting into when she agrees to work for infamous antiques dealer Elliot Littlefield. The first day on the job, she and her crew are on the trail of a stolen Civil War diary.

    Blue says: "Narrator/editor should have checked"
    "Callahan has my heart!"
    Overall
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    Where does To Live and Die in Dixie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I just love the southern location and great story lines


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

    Hillary is a great narrator - I would listen to all of her performances!


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

    I laughed out loud several times!


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely worth the money - great 2nd book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Crooked Nanny: A Callahan Garrity Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (414)

    After 10 years of cleaning up the dirt on Atlanta's streets, Callahan Garrity is trading in her badge for a broom and a staff of house cleaners. But, though the uniform is a little different, Callahan soon finds herself right back in the middle of a mystery when a client's pretty, pious 19-year-old nanny is gone...along with the jewelry, silver, and a few rather sensitive real estate documents. Before she knows it, the meticulous Callahan is up to her elbows in a case involving illicit love triangles, crooked business deals, long-distance scams, and a dead body.

    Laura says: "For light entertainment - Also reviews explained"
    "I LOVE Mary Kay Andrews!"
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    What did you love best about Every Crooked Nanny?

    Great story - easy listen


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are top notch!


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    She is an amazing narrator.


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

    I laughed out loud several times - you fall in love with all the characters!


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the money!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (22024)
    Performance
    (17210)
    Story
    (17150)

    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"
    "Tina is a gem!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina Fey - hands down.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    not sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the story about her climbing the mountain with the boy she lusted after - only to be horribly shot down.


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

    Tina and her husband have a very sweet - and funny - relationship. It's very nice to listen to the stories and banter between the two.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good listen - short and sweet! Great way to get into audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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