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  • The Mummer’s Curse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Gillian Roberts
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    English teacher and part-time sleuth Amanda Pepper is enjoying Philadelphia’s famous Mummers’ Parade - reveling in costumes that rival Mardi Gras and cheering for a brigade of ornately costumed clowns passing close by. Her festive spirit is shattered, however, when one of the costumed revelers sinks to the ground, and the amateur sleuth finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation in which the prime suspect is a fellow teacher at Philly Prep. Filled with feisty characters, The Mummer’s Curse will keep you guessing....

    Julie says: "Why switch narrators?"
    "Why switch narrators?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No


    Would you recommend The Mummer’s Curse to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, the narration ruins the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Moore?

    After 6 books in the series Susan Denaker IS the voice of the characters. This is especially so for C. K. Mackenzie. I like Christina Moore as a narrator but NOT for the Amanda Pepper series. I found myself not liking the story because I didn't like her narration of the story. Susan Denaker is the voice of the Amanda Pepper series.


    Any additional comments?

    I want to finish the series but looking forward I see that Christina Moore narrates other titles in the series and I am dreading those titles. How can one enjoy a title or story when you just want it to be OVER.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hush Hush: A Tess Monaghan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (91)

    On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: She left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband, and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

    Andrea says: "Too divergent"
    "Tess is back."
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    If you could sum up Hush Hush in three words, what would they be?

    Perils of motherhood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hush Hush?

    Tess and Carla Scout in the grocery store.


    Which character – as performed by Jan Maxwell – was your favorite?

    Jan Maxwell is a fine narrator and all of her characters done well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the maturing of Tess and her life. I worried that Laura Lippman might no longer write Tess Monaghan books when Tess became a mother. Excellent that Tess can be Tess and so much more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Helena Diaries - Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jana DeLeon, a companion novella to Trouble in Mudbug. Do you love Helena Henry? Did you wonder what she was thinking during Trouble in Mudbug, or what she was up to when she was not in the novel? If so, then this novella is for you. All of Helena's thoughts and actions during Trouble in Mudbug, compiled in a diary for you to enjoy.

    Lisa Ridenour says: "Kinda neat after having read the first two..."
    "Don't use a credit."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you listen to Trouble in Mudbug you have the whole story and this is just repeating the story.


    What could Jana DeLeon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The narrator is fine and enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Helena Diaries - Trouble in Mudbug?

    The whole book or story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1679)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Perhaps the best Pendergast ever!"
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    Where does Blue Labyrinth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10, there are a lot of excellent audiobooks to listen to, however, I am very fond of Aloysius Pendergast.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Labyrinth?

    A real toss-up between the botanical garden and the hospital.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again a toss-up between the botanical garden and the hospital.


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

    The hospital scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Fans of the Pendergast series will be elated! Don't begin with this book if you are not up on the series. There is history that will leave the listener confused and missing out on many great stories.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day: Miss Julia, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ann B. Ross
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    Etta Mae is frustrated with her trailer-park life and her no-good family, and she has big dreams for something better. Working as the home nurse for the elderly but wealthy Howard Connard, Sr., she finally sees her chance - with her sexy curves and infectious charm, Etta Mae is determined to become his wife. Unfortunately, Connard's scheming, money-hungry son and stuck-up daughter-in-law are equally determined to make sure she doesn't.

    Miriam says: "funniest of all!"
    "Not part of the Miss Julia series!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book because it isn't part of the Miss Julia series, even though the title suggests it is Book 16 in the series, I disagree. I was really disappointed in the story and the writing is not in keeping with other titles by Ann B. Ross.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann B. Ross again?

    I think I will listen to other titles in the "Miss Julia" series. I do have reservations after listening to Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day.


    What three words best describe Julia Gibson’s performance?

    Julia Gibson gives a fine performance. I have become accustomed to the narration of Cynthia Darlow. Ms. Darlow is the narrator for all 15 titles of the Miss Julia series that I have listened to and therefore is the only voice that I associate with Etta Mae, Hazel Marie and Miss Julia.


    Could you see Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really. This isn't really a stand alone title but it isn't part of the series, in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    This title just didn't feel like the usual writing style of Ann B. Ross. The antics written for Miss Julia near the end of the book during the Lingerie Shower/Party were so out of character for Miss Julia that I question did Ann B. Ross write it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1237)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Angry for ALL the innocent girls."
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    If you could sum up The Wicked Girls in three words, what would they be?

    I wanted to intervene, oops one word too many.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not sure there was something that I liked about the story, I was angry at the injustice.


    What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

    Anna Bentinck's performance was excellent. The narration was difficult due to age changes in the main characters as well as education and life experiences that occurred over time.


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

    The ending was heartbreaking, moving and as a listener I could feel it coming from a mile away, but there was no stopping it.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it is the greatest complement to an author for a reader/listener to express strong emotions when discussing their story, I don't know. But many times while listening to The Wicked Girls I was angry at the injustice done to Jade and Bel. SO MANY other adults and siblings were responsible for the events that lead to the death of Chloe. I can't think of a more heinous character than Bel's mother. Many reviewers made comments like, "I didn't want to like these girls but I did." Jade and Bel were victims as much as Chloe. I feel a tirade coming on so I better end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natchez Burning: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (808)

    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Carolyn says: "Can't get past reader"
    "Average to Above Average"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I typically don't recommend books to others unless asked for my opinion. However, I have found reading reviews from other listeners to be helpful sometimes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Iles? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like Greg Iles books and I like the Penn Cage series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I did not have a problem with the narrator of Natchez Burning. Quite a few listeners expressed that they missed Dick Hill but personally Dick Hill is Jack Reacher. I believe the story could have been better narrated by someone with an authentic Mississippi/Louisiana accent. But I did not have an issue with David Ledoux.


    Could you see Natchez Burning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is long and at some point I was reading online reviews and discovered that this is the first in the trilogy. I did become frustrated at the main characters near the end of the story. All through the story everyone is constantly being warned about how dangerous the Double Eagle group is and Brody Royal, the main story line focuses on the heinous crimes committed by them, but the main characters constantly ignore their own advice. By the end of the story I was very tired of their stupidity.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter by Design

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (700)

    After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

    Russell says: "Is there a such thing as 'too graphic'?"
    "Jeff Lindsay IS the voice of Dexter."
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    What didn’t you like about Nick Landrum’s performance?

    I have listened to the 3 previous books in the Dexter series in which the author, Jeff Lindsay is also the narrator. Nick Landrum was just not able to carry off the wit of Dexter. Per my headline for the review, Mr. Lindsay is the voice of Dexter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Morning Show Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Al Roker, Dick Lochte
    • Narrated By Al Roker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Network TV can be murder. Just ask Billy Blessing, famous for his smile, charm, and ability to survive the shark tank that is high-stakes morning TV. His career has just taken a very dangerous turn, however: his show's perky cohost, Gin McCauley, has launched into some brass-knuckles contract negotiations. And then the network's head honcho is murdered in his luxury apartment - and an ambitious D.A. decides that Billy is to blame.

    Brenda says: "The Morning Show Murders"
    "An excellent beginning for a new series."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Morning Show Murders the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to Al Roker, of the Today Show narrate this 1st in the Billy Blessing series. Who knew Al Roker was so multi-talented? Anyone who listens to the Morning Show Murders will!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Morning Show Murders?

    Can't pinpoint one, the whole story and performance was well done.


    What does Al Roker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Al Roker does an excellent job of entertaining the listener. Very good performance.


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

    There are many funny parts and so yes the story made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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