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Linda

snowbyrd13

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  • The Puppet Masters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (401)

    At key points throughout North America, an invasion force is taking over communications, government, industry, and people's bodies. And the nation is helpless to stop it, because the invaders multiply far faster than they can be destroyed, controlling the mind of every unsuspecting person they encounter. Enter Sam Cavanaugh, a can-do intelligence officer for the United States' most secret service. Cavanaugh is the only man who can stop the invaders. But to do that he'll have to be invaded himself.

    Mike From Mesa says: "An old favorite, but poorly narrated"
    "Great Science Fiction Classic"
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    I discovered Science Fiction as an elementary student in 1950's. As I recall the first SF book I read was written by Robert Heinlein. I don't remember the title, but I don't believe it was this book.

    This book was great fun to read. Heinlein had a view point that comes through clearly, but the book didn't seem "preachy" to me. It's an action packed, fast paced story. Once I got started with it, I found it difficult to stop listening. The book was written in 1951. Some aspects of the book are dated - I expected that. However I didn't find the book as "dated" as I expected it to be.

    The only thing that I didn't like was the narrator's "voice" for the female character Mary. The character is a strong, capable woman. The rest of the narration by Tom Weiner is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leave the Grave Green

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    When a body is discovered floating in a Thames river lock one dreary morning, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Sergeant Gemma James are summoned from Scotland Yard to Chiltern Hills. The dead man is Connor Swann, son-in-law of two of London's most renowned opera personalities. And prints on the corpse's neck suggest that Swann was strangled.

    Constance says: "Interesting Character-Driven Mystery"
    "Satisfying!"
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    So far I have read six of the books in this series and I've enjoyed every one of them.

    For me the books have just the right mix of a good mystery and well defined, interesting characters. The settings in this book are described with enough detail that I can "see" them in my mind. When I finish one of these books I feel satisfied and eager to read another of the series.

    The first Deborah Crombie book I read was the first in this series. I've read the other five books out of sequence. That hasn't affected my enjoyment of the books. However, there is a developing relationship between the two main characters that might be best enjoyed if read in sequence.

    Michael Deehy's narration was excellent for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeleton Takes a Bow: A Family Skeleton Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Leigh Perry
    • Narrated By Katina Kalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He's starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part - he's using his head to play Yorick of "Alas, poor Yorick" fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery's daughter, Madison, who's also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home...

    asassyvic says: "A new meaning for 'A Skeleton in the Closet'"
    "Humerous, Relaxing "Cozy""
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    I liked the first book in this series enough to buy the second one when it became available on Audible.

    What makes this series unique for me is that one of the main characters is a skeleton named Sid who walks, talks, and has a Facebook page, but doesn't eat or breathe. The other main characters are regular human beings who accept Sid as normal part of their lives.

    The plotting of the first book seemed more intricate and enjoyable to me. Even so, I like the main characters and the humor and liked this book. If there is a third book in the series I will read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at Union Station: Capital Crimes #20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Margaret Truman
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Historic Union Station means nothing to the elderly man speeding south on the last lap of what will turn out to be a one-way journey from Tel Aviv to D.C. - on a train that will soon land him at Gate A-8 and, moments later, at St. Peter's Gate. This weary traveler, whose terminal destination is probably hell, is Louis Russo, former mob hit man and government informer. Two men are at the station to meet him.

    Linda says: "An Entertaining "Page Turner""
    "An Entertaining "Page Turner""
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    I enjoyed the style of this book. It begins by introducing the story lines of a number of interesting characters and then gradually weaves them together.

    I liked the ending, and wasn't able to guess what it would be before I read it.

    There is violence in the book. However, there is not emphasis on explicit descriptions of violence.

    Narrator Guerin Barry does a good job. As I listened I always knew which character was speaking and could easily follow the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Paw: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady. But after Owen and Hercules followed her home, she realized her mind wasn't playing tricks on her - her cats have magical abilities.

    When the body of elderly do-gooder Agatha Shepherd is found near Kath's favorite local cafe, she knows Owen's talent for turning invisible and Hercules's ability to walk through walls will give the felines access to clues Kath couldn't get without arousing suspicion.

    Beatrice says: "I'm not a cat person"
    "Relaxing Entertainment"
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    This is my second "Magical Cats" book. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first one.

    I'm a fan of "cozy" mysteries. This book has everything I look for in a "cozy" - small town location, a "cast" of recurring, likable characters, a bit of humor, and a good mystery without explicit violence. One reason this series appeals to me is that the location is a fictional town in Minnesota, the state I've lived in all my life.

    I enjoyed the narration by Sofie Kelly. For me she uses the the right amount of vocal distiction to each character. The tone of her voice is pleasing to my ears, and her diction is good.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (1304)
    Story
    (1320)

    In 1948, an alien starship crash-landed in the New Mexico desert and brought with it the key to mankind’s future. Code-named the Rho Project, the landing was shrouded in secrecy, and only the highest-ranking US government and military personnel knew it existed. Until now....

    Mike From Mesa says: "Terrific story"
    "Too Violent For Me"
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    Warning - possible spoliers

    I am far outside the target age for this book. It was a Daily Special and had a number of good reviews, so I took a chance.

    The first chapter in the book deals with an insane killer. Later on another sadistic serial killer joins the story. I have a very low tolerance for explicit violence and serial killers. There was more of that than I expected to find in a book aimed at young people. It seems I am very out of touch with that age group.

    The plot was predictable. I do not have enough knowledge to judge how plausible the science is.

    Partly because I wanted to learn if my expectations of how the story would unfold were correct, I listened to the entire book. I skipped the violent and predictable chapters. The plot was what I expected.

    I won't be reading any other books in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City and the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Geoffrey T. Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again. No child has been born for at least 10 million years. Until Alvin....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A Classic"
    "My Kind of Science Fiction"
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    In this book Arthur C. Clarke creates a fascinating world of the far future. As I listened I was seeing images of it in my mind. I felt I was exploring this world.

    The story is captivating and entertaining. This is the type of book that I couldn't put down when I read it as a youngster in the 1950's. It was a delight to find it had the same effect on me now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a stocky tuxedo cat who shares Kathleen's fondness for Barry Manilow. But beyond all the fur and purrs, there's something more to these felines. When murder interrupts Mayville's Music Festival, Kathleen finds herself the prime suspect.

    Linda says: "Promising "Cozy" Series"
    "Promising "Cozy" Series"
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    I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.

    One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.

    The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.

    Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.

    I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.

    The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • And Justice There Is None: A Duncan Kincaid / Jemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Michael Deehy
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (78)

    Gemma James is adjusting to professional and personal changes - and a future now intricately entwined with Duncan Kincaid. But her new responsibilities are put to the test when she is placed in charge of a particularly brutal homicide: The lovely young wife of a wealthy antiques dealer has been found murdered on fashionable Notting Hill. This case sets off warning bells for Duncan: It's far too similar to an unsolved murder in which an antiques dealer was killed in precisely the same way.

    N. McCurdy says: "Possibly my favorite"
    "Skillful Blend of Past and Present"
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    So far I've loved everything about this series. Main characters Duncan Kincaid and Jemma James are interesting, complex characters who have changed and matured as the series progressed.

    The story lines are intricate, but not confusing. The pace of the stories is steady, but not overwhelming. In this book Debra Crombie once again skillfully weaves elements from the past into the current mystery. There is tragedy, but there is also hope.

    Narrator Michael Deehy is excellent. The tone of his voice is pleasing, his diction is excellent.

    I look forward to listening to more books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

    Jeanne says: "Abrupt Ending"
    "Good Light Reading"
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    I listened to this book while I was in rehab recovering from knee replacement surgery. It was a great choice for the occasion.
    This is a typical entry in this series. If you've enjoyed other Hannah Swenson books, you'll probably enjoy this one.
    I wanted a book tht would be entertaining and distracting and this book was a good choice.
    This book includes recipes. I'm not a baker, so I wasn't interested in the receipes. The recipes are located at the end of chapters, so it's easy to skip them.
    This series takes place in a small Minnesota town. There is no explicit violence or sex and no grahpic language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hilary Caine Mysteries, Box Set 1, Volumes 1-4 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By MJ Elliott
    • Narrated By Jim French
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Nine full-cast Hilary Cain Mysteries by British author MJ Elliott. Set in England in the 1930's Hilary is employed by the British tabloid Tittle Tattle Magazine as their in-house "Girl Detective". Hilary is an independent spirit with a gift for solving crime.

    Carolyn says: "Dear Hilary,"
    "Just OK"
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    I didn't enjoy this series very much. The production is fine. However, main character Hilary Caine is just a little too giggly and silly for my taste. I believe this series is meant to be light and humerous. For me Hilary Caine was annoying.

    The stories take place in England; the show is produced in the USA. To my ear, the English accents of some of the actors are not very convincing.

    I love other Jim French radio shows. Harry Nile is a favorite of mine. Hilary Caine just doesn't measure up to the standard I expect from Jim French.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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