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  • Better Than Chance: Better Than, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lane Hayes
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    They begin a friends with benefits arrangement, which becomes difficult for Jay when he starts falling for his sexy boss. Peter's past issues keep him from committing, and Jay has to decide if he can be satisfied with friendship if Peter isn't ready to take a chance on anything more.

    Heather K says: "Very nice! Almost as good as the first!"
    "Narrator was off putting"
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    Would you try another book from Lane Hayes and/or Tyler Stevens?

    Not sure. I will have to read the story to have an opinion. Could not finish the book, narrator was too annoying.


    What was most disappointing about Lane Hayes’s story?

    Can't comment


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tyler Stevens?

    It was soo distracting and over exaggerated. I am not sure if the narrator is from the south, but the accent was just campy, it made the character sound like a joke.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Better Than Chance?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Risk of Darkness: Simon Serrailler 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    Following on from the child abduction in her previous novel The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror.

    Nancy says: "Nail biting story and brilliant narration"
    "Too much going on"
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    What did you like best about The Risk of Darkness? What did you like least?

    I loved the resolution of the previous story, i liked the way she ended the story and the other characters affected by the outcome. I did not like all the other stories, it started to feel too busy and not coherent...it felt too busy.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok. I am just tired of british authors not allowing their main characters to have success in their personal live.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He is the only reason I keep reading, he is excellent.


    Do you think The Risk of Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, would like to find out what happened to Eileen and Ed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in Silver: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest - where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price.... The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before - both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes.

    Annie says: "The Title says it all"
    "Intriguing"
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    This was a fair continuation to the story of the others. I had hoped for more regarding the blood prophets, but I guess the author feels she has more to tell and we will find out in the next book. Enjoying the story still...looking forward to the next installment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Babes in the Wood: A Chief Inspector Wexford Mystery, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing along with their sitter, Joanna Troy.

    connie says: "as good as anything Rendell has written"
    "Distracted by Sideline story"
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    What did you like best about The Babes in the Wood? What did you like least?

    I liked the main story and how as usual the story unfolded slowly. What made me not give the story more starts, was the side story involving Wexford's daughter, The way the author chose to handle the situation was very disappointing and it totally distracted me from the rest of the story.


    What was most disappointing about Ruth Rendell’s story?

    Like I said the way she handled what happened to Silvia, was a bit confusing. Everyone acted like it wasn't a crime, and there was nothing they could do. The whole thing that happened after, was beyond annoying. I could not believe Wexford did what he did after all he had witnessed.


    What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

    He did great, loved him.


    Was The Babes in the Wood worth the listening time?

    Yes, overall it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henrietta Who?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Life for Henrietta Jenkins was a quiet, well-ordered affair - a home with her widowed mother and degree studies at university. But her life changed dramatically when, just before her 21st birthday, her mother’s body was found in a quiet road, apparently the victim of a hit-and-run driver. For not only did the simple case turn into a murder hunt, but the post mortem also revealed that Grace Jenkins had never had any children. In which case, who was Henrietta?

    HIII says: "Henrietta's humor"
    "Good story."
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    What did you like best about Henrietta Who?? What did you like least?

    I liked the character of Henrietta, I liked the way her she worked her way through the mystery. I of course also liked Inspector Sloan and his side kick constable Crosby. I love Crosby constant muttering, and the way response from Sloan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way the story progresses, keeping the solution a mystery till the end.


    Did Robin Bailey do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I like Robin Bailey's voice, because having lived in London, his accent makes sense. The only issue I have with his narration is that it needs better editing, he had a terrible tendency to swallow loudly,and when he is speaking sometime it seems like he has false teeth. There is a wetness to his reading, like his mouth is constantly filling up with spit.


    Was Henrietta Who? worth the listening time?

    Yes, absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Silent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

    Fran Foster says: "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
    "Slow to getting to the point..."
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    What disappointed you about The Old Silent?

    I really wanted to like the story, but I have gotten used to Ms. Grimes love of pointless musing, irrelevant storylines, and flights of fancy of her characters. The dialogues in her stories can be frustrating at times, especially when you are not sure what this has to do with moving the story along. This story was 2 hours in and I was ready to pull my hair. All the internal dialogue, the witty repartee with no direction, and a whimsy that was very juvenile at times. It just took forever to get to the point.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not, sure. Having a hard time finding anything right now.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    I love Steve West, his performance is the only reason I kept reading


    What character would you cut from The Old Silent?

    Not so much the characters, but the dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Only Running Footman

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    In a rainy ditch in a Devon wood, a hitchhiker is found dead. Almost a year later, on another rainy night, another murder; this time, however, the victim is found just outside a pub called I Am the Only Running Footman, near Berkeley Square in London’s fashionable Mayfair District. Devon policeman Brian Macalvie is convinced that the two murders are connected. And thus, in his eighth case, Richard Jury is drawn into the so-called Porphyria killings.

    Kathi says: "Another solidly good mystery in the series"
    "Review of last 3 books."
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    What did you like best about I Am the Only Running Footman? What did you like least?

    Ms. Grimes books are definitely growing on me, and I think more than anything the narrator really adds to the stories. I like the clever repartee and intelligent plot lines. What I am beginning to no like about this books, especially after 3 consecutive examples of this, is the dramatic endings, with the same outcome, It is almost as if she can't think of a way to end her books, or she feels the need to end with a twist. It is starting to get old, and a little predictable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am the Only Running Footman?

    In all of her books, I love how the stories are brought together,and of course my favorite character is Agatha...love her, love her, love her.


    Which character – as performed by Steve West – was your favorite?

    Steve West is an excellent narrator, and as each story gets better so does his narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not sure, I'm not one for books turned to movies.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (1034)
    Story
    (1031)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "Dissaponting saga, underwhelmed."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author had picked up the pace of the book. I think because this book was a follow- up from a very dramatic ending in the last book, the author was trying to slow down the pace. There was a lot of reflections, quotes, and aimlessness I felt to this story. The end was such a disappointment, that what redemption could have come out of the book was lost.


    What was most disappointing about Louise Penny’s story?

    I felt like she was a little to overindulgent, the book was a lot of phrases that kept being repeated over and over. There was a lot of reflections on things that were maddening to me, and to be honest I felt that book was longer than it needed to be. Once again, the end was a total let down. I can't get over it. Why redeem a character, just to treat him like that.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the narrator was o.k, and he definitely marched the pace of the story which did not help, as the pace was really dull, and convoluted.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Long Way Home?

    Oh, my where to start. Most of the conversations were a tad redundant. I get it, it was an exploration into art, but still It was too much detail. Too much detail that in the end had nothing to do with the conclusion, or the murder.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if her next book will be an automatic buy, this was so disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • As the Pig Turns

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (233)

    The picturesque Cotwsold village of Winter Parva has decided to warm the post-Christmas season by roasting a pig in the town square. Agatha, always one for a good roasting, organizes an outing to enjoy the merriment. But as the rotary spit is placed over a bed of fiery charcoals and the pig is carried toward its final resting place, Agatha realizes that things are not as they seem... Stop!" she screams suddenly. The "pig," in fact, is Gary Beech, a policeman not exactly beloved by the good people of the village. Although Agatha has every intention of leaving matters to the police....

    G. Byrge says: "Beaton always delivers"
    "Slight Spoiler!!!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is in the same vein as all the same stories. There is no real substance, but it is a good listen.


    Would you recommend As the Pig Turns to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the light, easiness of the stories. Doesn't require a lot of concentration to follow.


    Which character – as performed by Penelope Keith – was your favorite?

    I love her portrayal of Agatha raisin and Roy.


    Was As the Pig Turns worth the listening time?

    Yes, I love Penelope Keith. She dramatizes the characters wonderfully.


    Any additional comments?

    This is where there is a spoiler...for those who have been following the stories...was surprised to find that Simon who was an orphan in the last book, now had parents. Surprising...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Penelope Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (90)

    Reports of a haunted house soon have amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin snooping around, only to discover the victim of the haunting is a universally disliked old biddy on whom someone is playing a practical joke. But then the old lady is murdered and, for Agatha, solving a crime is much more fun than ghost-busting. Very soon she’s up to her usual tricks, involving the villagers, local police, and, naturally, her handsome new neighbor.

    Mary says: "An amusing story"
    "Consistent, and confortable."
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    What did you love best about Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House?

    I have persisted on reading this series for one reason, Penelope Keith. I love her narration, and she brings her acting skills to bear with wonderful results. M.C. Beaton's books are simple and comfortable read. It took a while for me to get over the teenage reactions of Agatha raisin, but the author has done a good job explaining her behavior through Mrs. Blocksby.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am finally starting to enjoy Agatha Raisin's crazy lovesick antics, and can actually laugh. I used to get so annoyed, and avoided all the books that were based off her love life.


    What aspect of Penelope Keith’s performance would you have changed?

    Every aspect of Penelope Keith's performance is divine. I have stuck to this books just to hear her read.


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

    Yes, it does not require a lot of concentration.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I like M.C Beaton's take on battered women, there is definitely a pattern through both her series. In both her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth books, she always makes them out to be people who like to be victimized, and without hope.
    To be exact I am not sure I like her take on women as a whole, she tends to make them very silly, and her habit of love cross lovers is getting old, but I love Penelope Keith. So, as long as she is reading I will be listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bird That Did Not Sing: A DCI Lorimer novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alex Gray
    • Narrated By Joe Dunlop
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    2014: The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow and security is extra tight, particularly after a mysterious bomb explodes in nearby rural Stirlingshire. As the opening ceremony for the Games draws ever closer, the police desperately seek the culprits. But Detective Superintendent Lorimer has other concerns on his mind. One is a beautiful red-haired woman from his past whose husband dies suddenly on his watch.

    Kathi says: "Solidly good police procedural!"
    "Slow and tedious"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was slow and somber, maybe if he had been a little more animated, and had given each character some personality. The story is told in first person for every character, so it gets a little difficult to follow, as the many points of view grew. There was also so many things in the book that did not add up, I know she was trying to create suspense, but each close miss, started to get tedious and a lot boring. It was too long.


    Has The Bird That Did Not Sing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love murder mysteries, and I especially love British detective stories. I will just have to try another author.


    What didn’t you like about Joe Dunlop’s performance?

    He was too monotonous, with no real differentiation between characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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