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Jeanette

Kerrville, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (636)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King enjoys immense popularity and a resounding chorus of critical acclaim for her exquisite mysteries. The God of the Hive continues the thread King began in The Language of Bees, in which Mary Russell and her famous husband, Sherlock Holmes, face trouble with Scotland Yard and the deadliest of adversaries.

    connie says: "Imaginative and engrossing listen"
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    I downloaded this based on other reviews here and on Amazon. I will have to revisit this book a year from now. Even audiobooks I come to love have sometimes taken a couple of tries, but after no less than five attempts at the first hour, I didn't feel I was any closer to understanding who the characters were or what they were up to. Fond of Sherlock Holmes ever since discovering Jeremy Brett, I could not get a handle on this novel or care.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (446)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "The King's Speech"
    Overall

    This book is a story told through the diaries and letters of Mr. Logue and George VI. It's merit is in that actual letters tell the story rather than a modified script. We are a world entertained by enhanced reality. This story isn't going for the amazing turning point or surprise ending. The movie was wonderful--but it would have been less if not based on the reality of these two men. It moves us because the achievement was real and not invented.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3615)
    Performance
    (2724)
    Story
    (2724)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Cold Dish"
    Overall

    I almost gave up on this one. Took awhile to get into--and then all of a sudden I was surround by the characters and the story and I couldn't turn it off for the night. Westerns aren't always a sure thing for me. But this story is a good bet. A good story. Well told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Stranger: A William Monk Novel #13

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk's clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace - especially since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else.

    Nina says: "Perry is without par"
    "Wlliam and Hester"
    Overall

    I am an unabashed WIllaim Monk and Hester Fan. Forget Edward and Bella, these two have me riveted. This is my least favorite of all their stories, but its still very good, and should not be skipped

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The police are convinced that Dr. Morley killed himself. Only Hercule Poirot can see that the death was not suicide, but murder. Assisting Inspector Japp, the Belgian detective investigates. When more victims surface, Poirot suspects a connection between this apparently isolated violence and a larger plot against the government.

    Jeanette says: "One, Two Buckle My Shoe"
    "One, Two Buckle My Shoe"
    Overall

    I'm older than I once was, so that may be why I find such pleasure in listening to an Agatha Christie mystery unfold. I know I'm not going to be shocked by vulgar neighbors. I am going to be interested in the twists and turns and roads she takes us down---because she never takes us so far we get tired. Just far enough to be entertained. Some have said they like Hugh Fraser because of the shows. I never watched the shows, but find his voice to be just the right quality to feel the comfort of my chair as a friend tells me a story. Great combination of writer and reader.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (951)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "The Great Research"
    Overall

    David McCullough is one of the best researchers of biography since papyrus turned into paper. Every chapter is a celebration of this writer's love of discovery. The main problem with this book isn't in finding interesting material--he did that and then some--the problem is--it is impossible to bring it to life without dialogue. And yet even that short coming is its very strength. Mr. McCullough refuses to entertain us with false testimony. He doesn't invent delightful conversations and or envision robust arguments. He researches information from letters and documents and honestly relates them to tell the history of John Adams. He may not have brought him to life--but he definitely brings him to light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity. Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art.

    ChellyBelle says: "Engrossing"
    "Dead Sleeper"
    Overall

    Fingers on a chalkboard don't get on my nerves. This narrator's voice did.
    I finished the book, but the sickly, fake southern accent never let me escape into the story. Its cartoon quality was relentless torture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23670)
    Performance
    (10257)
    Story
    (10337)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Whoa! and then Wow!"
    Overall

    Can't really say this book is a roller coaster ride, because it doesn't take you on any kind of familiar track. I believe I started this book by daring it to live up to all its hype. It took me a couple of chapters to let go. I don't think you can enjoy this book based on all the press. You have to enjoy it based on its own merit. And you will not be disappointed. I usually don't care about the kind protagonist in this book. I don't want to ready fiction stories that ask me to feel sorry for people. Non-fiction can do that honestly, but fiction rarely does. Most people will enjoy the story of this book. I appreciated that I learned to care about a person I would have dismissed in the real world. What kind of writer could create such an alienated, dysfunctional person--and then cause us to not only care about her---but in a strange way---begin to relate to her---a really great one. Good for you Mr. Larrson. I wish you had lived to appreciate the success of your talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher.

    Nadine says: "UGH!"
    "Not Hot Enough to Burn"
    Overall

    Was it a believable romance? Aaaah--No. Was it hot---and ready to Burn? No scorch marks whatsoever. Did I like it, yeah, I kinda did. Though my IQ dropped several points, it was a harmless romance escape. If I was forced to go on a cruise by one of my friends, I am sure I would meet a handsome stranger just like the heroine of this story. Sometimes we don't want to read the news. Sometimes we just want to escape for an afternoon. It wasn't a great story, but I don't think that was its goal. And sometimes....that's ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Roadtrip for Andy Carpenter"
    Overall

    This book continues the Andy Carpenter series and does not disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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