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Janet

Pinehurst, NC, United States

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  • Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.

    Lee Chemel says: "Dibdin and Zen and Kitchen...a great combo"
    "Elegant"
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    It took me a while to warm up to Kitchen's venomous delivery, but he settled down and the brilliance of Dibden's plotting and characterization took over. Dibden communicates a wonderful sense of place and a subtle humor. While the elegance of his style comes through with every sentence and transcends genre, it took me a while to appreciate the economy of the writing. Worth every minute!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of the Silvers

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Daniel Price
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.

    Lisa says: "Glad I took a gamble"
    "Not quite up to the hype, but still a fun listen"
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    This got off to a really slow start due to the long character introductions, and the action in the second half never really compensated for the very slow set up and periodic data dumps. I'll round it up to 4 stars for being inventive, developing characters over the length of the book, and consistent forward moving plot. The frequent mention of characters using their role tags, ie cartoonist, widow, etc., was annoying. It was enhanced by Orlow's fine performance

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (244)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "A new twist on pre-Revolutionary Boston"
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    I liked this book despite a certain annoyance with the main character who seemed to lack good sense much of the time. Sense of place was terrific and I enjoyed the cameos of real historical figures. I was disappointed, however, in Jonathan Davis' narration. I normally enjoy his performances, but this was so deadly slow that I had to speed up my player, making him sound a bit like Donald Duck. I plan to give this series another opportunity to make me love it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3314)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3119)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Best epic I've listened to in the past year"
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    I’ve read a number of epic type fantasy books in the past year or so and just realized that one of the things that has really slowed me down as a reader has been excessive world building. This came strongly home to me as I’ve noticed how skillfully Ryan is achieving it. There’s not a lot of magic, only hints slowly revealed. The world is not a rip off of our earth in any apparent way, but a completely different place, and Ryan starts out only with description of the current environment, adding details as they become necessary for the plot and as the main character experiences new things.

    Ryan’s plot technique might seem similar to "The Name of the Wind," by Rothfuss, as it starts with an adult character talking to someone who is writing down his life story in a relatively detailed prologue, but the stories bear little resemblance past that format similarity. Both are powerful character driven fantasies by authors who know how to tell a story. Fortunately Ryan seems to be doing so a little more quickly than Rothfuss because he already has published 2 lengthy episodes, although shorter than those of Rothfuss, in just over a year--probably not as prolific as Sanderson, but this looks promising. I am REALLY enjoying the book--listening to a wonderful new voice, Steven Brand, who instead of performing a lot of very distinctive voices, uses a more subtle distinction between characters. But the story is well suited to a standard narration. I love having him in my ears and hope to hear more from him.

    I also appreciate that this book is suitable for listeners from older teen and up--the violence is not excessively gratuitous and content is appropriate for folks who object to overuse of profanity and graphic sex

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Odd Balls: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy: A Cue Ball Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Murder meets menopause. Take a guess which wins. A romantic vacation for...five? This wasn't exactly what Jessie and Wilson had in mind when they planned their trip to the tropics. The fun begins when Jessie's delightfully spry mother, Wilson's surfer dude son, and Jessie's rabidly hyperactive New York agent decide to tag along. What kind of trouble can these three oddest of odd balls possibly get into? Take a guess.

    Cyndi says: "Another Fun Listen!"
    "A wild Christmas romp"
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    When romance writer Jessica and her boyfriend Wilson decide to spend their holidays on a romantic getaway--research her next novel on the side, I didn't expect things to go as planned. Before long Jessica's agent Geeze Louise, has invited herself, and Jessica's Mom and Wilson's son Chris join the group. The usual pets stay home, but Beebee the Parrot and spider named Miss Huge and Hairy fill the gap. A murder, a hotel filled with kooky characters, a police detective determined to pin the deed on a tourist, and lots of pink drinks keep things fun, and don't leave much time for playing pool. A fine performance by Caroline Miller keeps things snappy--she does a great job with a book that is already filled with terrific dialog.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Shot: A Cue Ball Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess.

    Trish says: "Such a fun and engaging light mystery!"
    "Blackburn ups the ante"
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    Romance writer Jessie is once more using her skill as a pool player, this time to hustle suspects in a murder investigation at the behest of her new squeeze, Captain Rye. Her crazy friends, her ditzy mom, Snowflake the cat, and Puddles the Poodle further enliven the plot. Plenty of humor, snappy realistic dialog and a full cast of appealing characters make this series a fun listen, and even better than the first. My only criticism is that there is a lot to keep up with, particularly with excerpts of Jessie's novel competing with the main tale. Narrator Caroline Miller keeps things moving along with excellent timing, and enhances the humor with a smile in her voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Playing With Poison: Cue Ball Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Cindy Blackburn
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn't sure what will happen next. She also isn’t sure how to catch a killer, but she's about to learn.

    hellkatjen says: "Engaging and amusing"
    "Fun cozy for a fast listen"
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    When Jessie Hewitt opens the door to her downstairs neighbor's boyfriend, she doesn't expect him to expire on her couch. But sleuthing comes as naturally to Jessie as writing bodice rippers and shooting pool. Before long, she's trying to clear everyone she knows up to and including her ex's new wife, with an attractive policeman trying to hold her back. Short and snappy start to what I expect to be an enjoyable series

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead: Toad Witch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christiana Miller
    • Narrated By Marie Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

    Susan says: "Not what I expected"
    "Haunted houses, talking toads, and ghosts galore"
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    Pitched from her LA apartment for being a Wicca, Mara is saved from life on the street when she inherits her Aunt Tillie's cottage in Wisconsin. But is her luck good or bad? Mara's misfortunes meant my good luck for sure, and I didn't want this wonderfully fun listen to end. Miller has a real talent for dialog, and has put terrific characters in an original scary plot. Marie Rose takes a good story and makes it even better, with the perfect voice for Mara,as well the other characters. She brings the humor front and center. Great pacing keeps the story moving quickly. Can't wait for more!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Raver: The Horsecaller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Candace Carrabus
    • Narrated By Kristin James
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Descended from generations of extraordinary equestrians, Lauren Gallagher longs to be left alone with her horses. When a strange man arrives seeking a particular rider, she and her mount, Pindar, are abducted through the Ravery to Cirq, a dying land bereft of its beloved steeds. There, she encounters Supreme Guardian Leinos who awakens her long-dormant hope for the future. Lauren denies she is the prophesied Horsecaller but is drawn into his quest to return Cirq to greatness.

    Christina L Carr says: "Great for the Car"
    "For horse lovers"
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    Lots to like about this book--well motivated romance, interesting world building, and horses. Lauren, recovering from the painful failure of her marriage is working on her brother's horse farm when a buyer from an alternate world comes looking for both a horse and rider. Lauren and her brother's prize stallion, Pindar, are just what he wants, and Lauren finds herself and the horse on a quest to find the missing horses and return them to the folks who worship them in a strange and dangerous world. The author is obviously well acquainted with horses and horse people, and her love for them comes through. James' performance is decent with a variety of voices, but her narration voice is soft, breathy, and soporific. All in all, a good start for what is likely to be a good series

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A World Within: Wielder Saga Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Somers
    • Narrated By Will M. Watt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Fourteen year-old Daniel Harwick's powerless days bullied at Ekhart Academy are about to end. Traumatically catapulted into a beautiful but terrifying world within, Daniel finds himself on the run from Pirates, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Spider-Elves, Griffins, Krakens, Cyborgs and even "Death" himself. Reluctantly, Daniel joins with a strange band of ragtag warriors questing for the legendary Wielder who alone can defeat the spread of the Necrom Void across the Living Land.

    Kenna says: "10 out of 10 ... WILL listen to again"
    "High adventure in a fascinating world"
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    Dragons, giant intelligent cats, cyborgs, and more, with humans threading their way through a world filled with mythic hazards. Daniel, snatched from his role as a bright, but bullied, schoolboy and thrust into a magical world where all the rules have changed must adapt or die. Brilliantly performed by Will M Watt, with voices for all of the characters and a flawless sense of timing. Exciting start to an epic series

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rising Tides: Destroyermen, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (833)

    Stuck in an alternate universe during World War II, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy of the U.S.S. Walker has found an unlikely but invaluable ally in Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy. And now they are united in their desire to hunt down the traitor who abducted two women both men would die to protect: Reddy's love, nurse Sandra Tucker, and young Princess Rebecca of the New British Empire. But first they have a new battle to win. However, this battle will not be fought with broadsides and broadswords, but with cunning and intrigue.

    DAVID says: "Each book in this series is better than the last!"
    "Flawed, but compelling"
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    I get bogged down in the battle scenes, don't care much for William Dufris, sometimes come across a minor anachonism, but cannot stop listening to these adventures or caring about an absolutely crazy cast of characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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