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Julia

Sherman Oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • She Can Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (344)

    Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.

    Deeadra says: "Good story. Horrible, horrible narrator."
    "the dressage trainer NOT the romantic lead?"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the guy designated as the disappointed love interest had been the hero, and the hero had turned out to be a clod - in other words, a twist.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Melinda Leigh again?

    No.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was not the issue.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from She Can Run?

    As I said, I would swap the male characters. There is nothing hotter than a straight, unmarried dressage trainer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mangle Street Murders: The Gower Street Detectives, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M. R. C. Kasasian
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    After her father dies, March Middleton has to move to London to live with her guardian, Sidney Grice, the country's most famous private detective. It is 1882, and London is at its murkiest yet most vibrant, wealthiest yet most poverty-stricken. No sooner does March arrive than a case presents itself: A young woman has been brutally murdered, and her husband is the only suspect.

    Ms Marple says: "A New Favorite Author --Hope this becomes a series"
    "Stopped listening after second dead infant"
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    Story
    What did you like best about The Mangle Street Murders? What did you like least?

    The dead infant theme was poignant but gratuitous. I don't need that in my 'fun' reading.


    Would you recommend The Mangle Street Murders to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    What about Lindy Nettleton’s performance did you like?

    It was fine.


    Do you think The Mangle Street Murders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, not really. I'm not terribly committed to any of the characters, except maybe the cop.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (570)

    For 140 years, Nathaniel Cade has been the President's Vampire, sworn to protect and serve his country. Cade's existence is the most closely guarded of White House secrets: a superhuman covert agent who is the last line of defense against nightmare scenarios that ordinary citizens only dream of. When a new outbreak of an ancient evil-one that he has seen before- comes to light, Cade and his human handler, Zach Barrows, must track down its source.

    Ryan says: "Excellent series - keep reading"
    "I wish I had not purchased this."
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    What disappointed you about The President's Vampire?

    I am a big vampire-fiction fan. However, when Osama Bin Laden turned up and then turned into a demon, the author sacrificed my commitment to the narrative irretrievably. Genuine, serious, bad, scary things do not, in my opinion, belong in vampire fiction. Osama Bin Laden is bad enough as he really is. Moreover, the book had a certain pro-right-wing, militaristic flavor, which bothered me. A vampire spy novel isn't a bad idea. But the demon/villain should have been someone within the United States, like a particularly sanctimonious member of congress, or a mealy-mouthed C.E.O.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Vampires?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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