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Judith

Lewisville, TX, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Full Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Rita Mae Brown
    • Narrated By Rita Mae Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    New York Times best-selling author Rita Mae Brown, co-writer of the wildly popular Mrs. Murphy mystery series, weaves a captivating tale from her foxhunting series. The New Year's Day festivities of the Jefferson Hunt are about to pick up when a promising Harvard Law School alum is found stabbed to death. As the investigation proceeds, those searching for the truth realize they might not survive to enjoy the next New Year's festivities.

    Judith says: "Where's the mystery?"
    "Where's the mystery?"
    Overall

    If you like foxhunting, hounds, foxes, lyrical descriptions, dialogue between animals and learning about how a fox hunt operates from the viewpoint of all (and I mean ALL) the participants, this book is for you. If you are looking for a good mystery, forget this one. About halfway through, about the only thing mysterious that had happened was a couple of deaths (by hemlock!) of people we hadn't even met, and even the main character was only mildly interested in what happened to them at that point. The ultimate trap for the villain was pretty exciting, though. Also, the author narrated this one -- always a mistake, I think. She was a bit mechanical. Barbara Rosenblat or another professional could have livened this one up considerably.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (739)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I have read and enjoyed Lisa Gardner's other D.D. Warren books, but I had to stop listening to this one after only about two hours. In most murder mysteries, the murder is described just once and it's over. In this case, the repeated descriptions of the postmortem injuries inflicted on victims made me cringe so much that I found this book an unpleasant experience and I had to stop listening.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden One: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 14

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    New York Times best-selling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters is at her stylish and suspenseful best in a richly woven tale of greed, treachery, and murder set against the tumultuous backdrop of wartime intrigue.

    Suzanne says: "The Golden One"
    "Another great listen from Elizabeth and Barbara!"
    Overall

    This book filled in a key hole for me in the story of the Emerson family's archaeological and investigating adventures. I was very disappointed that it was available only in abridged form -- normally I won't touch an abridgement -- but I decided to make an exception because I really wanted to hear this one. I was pleasantly surprised, as I would not have realized it was abridged if I had not known it. Barbara Rosenblat is great, as always!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • With No One As Witness

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In With No One as Witness, her thirteenth novel, Elizabeth George has crafted an intricate and absorbing story sure to enthrall her readers. Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley, along with his longtime partner, the fiery Barbara Havers, and newly promoted Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata, is back, and on the hunt for a sinister killer.

    Kathleen says: "ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED, ABRIDGED"
    "So great to see a new Elizabeth George!"
    Overall

    I was so glad to see a new Elizabeth George title on Audible! This is one of her best, in my opinion. Those who follow the series will be familiar with the mix of the mystery that faces the detectives and their personal lives, and this one is no exception. It contains a key, life-altering event for Detective Lynley.

    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Tobin says: "A great classic romance/adventure"
    "Good action"
    Overall

    The narrator added immensely to this story, I suspect. I probably never would have made it through this full book in written form, but the narrator (despite certain irritating inflections) has a way of showing the meaning through his tone, which cuts through the verbosity. The action scenes are great -- in one, Rebecca looking out the window and describing a battle to the bedridden Ivanhoe, and the very vivid description was marvelous. That said, I'd recommend that the listener skip the introductions, one by a scholar and another by the author, which take up about an hour at the beginning. They are dead boring.


    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Night Train to Memphis: The Fifth Vicky Bliss Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (108)

    While on an all-expenses-paid cruise down the Nile, Vicky takes on a new case involving a plot to rob the Egyptian museum. With Sir John Smythe, reformed jewel thief and Vicky's lover, the prime suspect, she prepares for shipboard romance and a dash of intrigue.

    Judith says: "Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans"
    "Vicky's Egypt trip is fun for Amelia fans"
    Overall

    Fans of this author's Amelia Peabody turn-of-the-century Egyptologist series will enjoy this book in her modern-day Vicky Bliss series. Vicky takes a trip to Egypt, finds mystery and conspiracy, gets bombed, tricked, kidnapped and held captive, and it's fun spotting the references to places and people in Amelia's world. Most notably, a significant plot element involves the restoration of murals in a queen's tomb -- discovered by Amelia and Emerson in The Hippopotamus Pool. And Vicky's criminally-minded lover, John (a recurring character in the series), is more than reminiscent of Amelia's Master Criminal. It's enjoyable light reading.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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