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Karen M. Arlington, VA

Member Since 2009

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  • 20 reviews
  • 183 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • New Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    John says: "New Tricks"
    "Fast, light, detective story"
    Overall

    This was a quick read that kept a good pace. The dogs added funny moments, but this was not a "dog" story. It is a murder mystery, "who-done-it", that has enough characters to keep you guessing but not so many that you can't remember who people are. It is light on the gore, violence and romance and heavy on the problem solving and clues.
    If you are looking for a simple and enjoyable read, give it a try, it is worth the credits!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Mark Epstein
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Going on Being is Mark Epstein's memoir of his early years as a student of Buddhism and of how Buddhism shaped his approach to therapy, as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems makes change for the better possible.

    Joseph says: "Blissfull commuting"
    "Please hire a narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a really hard time with this book only because of the voice not the content. Authors, especially Psychiatrists, have got to stick with what they are good at and leave narration to the professionals. I'll try again but in kindle format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2014)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1857)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Not as good as the orginial"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love everything Molly Harper, but "Witch's Handbook" was just not as perfect as her other books. For first time readers, you must read the" Nice Girl's" and the "Werewolf" series or you will be confused by the characters in this one. Don't worry, they are worth the read! Amanda Ronconi is the only narrator who can read Molly's books, she is perfect! But her Boston/Irish accent was terrible and Nola's voice was too similar to Jane's. Several times I thought there was a Jane dialogue, when in fact it was Nola. They should have had another narrator play Nola parts while Amanda played her usual amazing characters.
    The story was classic, witty, sarcastic Molly material. I can never get tired of it. But Jeb's identity was a bit too much of a stretch for me, and there needed to be a little more Jane secondary story line weaved in.
    For those Molly Maniacs out there, you'll like it. For those who are new to Molly, read her earlier work first to really enjoy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries have earned her a loyal following. In this 16th delightful installment, the tour bus carrying the Cinnamon Roll Six overturns, sending the band members to the hospital - and the keyboard player to a bizarre and untimely death. Soon Hannah discovers the victim’s surprising secret - and becomes determined to bring the killer to justice.

    Russell says: "Excellent installment"
    "Aweful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not only is the story completely unbelievable, the narrator bored me to tears. Nothing good to say about it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of Magic: Healer, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomaniacal King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confidant, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

    Randy says: "Disappointing"
    "Scent of Magic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second book of a trilogy. The story picks up pace in this book as you are kept guessing as to who is good or evil. The conflict of who will rule the land from the fist book, becomes even more tangled with addition of more contenders. The main character continues her struggle to preserve life and goodness during a time when people find it easier to stray to unsavory ways. The plot is exciting and unpredictable. Hard to put this one down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (499)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "Touch of Power"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the first in a really great trilogy. The narrator did a great job, and the story kept a really good pace. The plot is about a struggle between powerful people (and former schoolmates) for leadership and rule of a land. The main character, who has been personally effected by decisions made by those powerful people, has the difficult task of understanding why good people do bad things as she tries to "pick sides". The twists and turns make it hard to put down. There is nothing predictable about this story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15623)
    Performance
    (14135)
    Story
    (14229)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Fantastic Read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I stumbled upon this as a well kept secret in the children's lit section. Let it be a secret no more!!! It was a fantastic book! The second book is due out May 1.
    It is described as a


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3495)
    Performance
    (3178)
    Story
    (3175)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "Love Molly Haper!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Driving Mr. Dead again? Why?

    I love this author! This was another laugh out loud chick lit which is light on the love scenes but heavy on the sarcasm! The hysterical, yet predictable,


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterhood Everlasting: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

    Penny says: "Depressing"
    "Traveling Pants at 30"
    Overall

    It was good to catch up with the girls of the traveling pants now approaching their 30th birthday. I could not put the book down, but it is a real tear jerk-er. From beginning to end, there was sadness but with a heart warming undertone. Not the type of story I enjoy reading, but for these girls, I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2411)
    Story
    (2416)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "As cute as the first book in the series"
    Overall

    The Art of Seducing A Naked Werewolf is the second book of a series. It was cute, fast, and witty. The perfect book for me! Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Borrowed Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Chris Ensweiler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Richard Kilmer is head over heels in love with Jennifer Ryan, who takes him home to meet her parents, where she accepts his marriage proposal. While visiting, they set out on a nostalgic drive up to Kendrick Falls. On their way, a freak storm rolls in, Richard loses control of his car, and it rolls. When the storm clears in a matter of seconds, Jen is gone. Richard can't find her, and neither can the police who respond to the scene.

    A User says: "Not enough dogs!"
    "Not my kind of book"
    Overall

    For a 7 hour book, it went on forever. I could never really get into it and had no problem putting it down.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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