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Linda

snowbyrd13

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  • Blackberry Pie Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    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?

    Gale says: "A Book With No 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 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (561)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    I have recently reread Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land" and "The Puppet Masters" and enjoyed them very much.

    I simply could not get interested in this book. I gave up at Chapter 12. The dialogue seemed stilted and old fashioned, like the script from a mediocre 1940's film. In fact I did an internet search to see when this book was written, thinking that it might be an early effort. I was surprised to learn that the book was published in the 1980's (if the information on Wikipedia is correct).

    Perhaps one day I'll try to finish the book. I just can't listen to anymore of it right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mobbed: A Regan Reilly Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carol Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    New York Times best-selling author Carol Higgins Clark is a native of New Jersey. So is her sleuth Regan Reilly. In Mobbed, Clark sends Regan “down the shore” where they have both vacationed since childhood. But this trip turns out to be no vacation for Regan!

    Linda says: "Good "Background" Book"
    "Good "Background" Book"
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    I believe this book would be a good listen as "background". It would a good choice for listening while traveling by car or doing household chores. I like "quirky" characters, and there were some in this book. The pace is brisk. In fact, it felt a little rushed to me.

    I may purchase more books in the series, but only if I need something to listen to while I'm also doing something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cinderella Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark, Alafair Burke
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    In a first-time collaboration, "Queen of Suspense" Mary Higgins Clark partners with best-selling author Alafair Burke to deliver a brand new suspense series about a television program featuring cold case murders.

    Jean says: "Engrossing"
    "Good Plot Predictable Characters"
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    I expected more from the "Queen of Suspense" Carol Higgins Clark and "best sellng author" Alafair Burke. While I didn't guess the who did the crime(s). I did guess which character would be in mortal peril as the book drew to a close.

    The plot was good and the pace was brisk. However, the characters were predictable and not very interesting to me. This is the first book of what may become a series. If there are more books, and the characters become more interesting, I might consider reading another book in this series.

    Julie Kramer writes mysteries about a TV reporter. I find her books much more satisfying than "The Cinderella Murders."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    It's been raining cats and dogs in Mayville Heights. The small town's been deluged, and now the local artists' co-op is on the verge of flooding. Kathleen has been up all night helping her friends move their creations to the safety of the upstairs studio.

    The artwork survives, but when controversial mask maker Jaeger Merrill is found drowned in the co-op basement, Kathleen questions whether the death was accidental. After she discovers the artist was using an assumed name, she realizes she can't actually assume anything about him.

    Beatrice says: "The crazy cat lady does it again"
    "Cozy for Cat Lovers"
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    This is the third book of this series I have read. I liked the first two a little better than this one.

    This book seemed to drag a little for me. The plot is good and I wasn't able to guess the final outcome ahead of time. I am not a person who needs fast paced, thrill a minute stories. However, the pace was a little too leisurely for me.

    In earlier books there were more events going on and more new and ineresting characters involved.

    Cassandra Campbell is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder at Ford's Theatre: Capital Crimes #19

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Margaret Truman
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The body of Nadia Zarinski, an attractive young woman who worked for Senator Bruce Lerner - and who volunteered at Ford's - is discovered in the alley behind the theatre. Soon a pair of mismatched cops - young, studious Rick Klayman and gregarious veteran Moses "Mo" Johnson - start digging into the victim's life, and find themselves confronting an increasing cast of suspects.

    Linda says: "Another Great Story"
    "Another Great Story"
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    I've read a number of the entries in this series and I've never been disappointed.

    The pace is brisk. the settings and characters interesting and I'm not able to guess the outcome ahead of time. That's an ideal combination when I want to be entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Finer End: A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

    Deborah Stein says: "Great to hear the early times in this pair"
    "Captivating"
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    When I started this book the only thing I knew about Glastonbury was that there had been music festivals there. After reading several chapters I did some research on my computer to learn a little bit more about the area. That helped me to visualize the area and understand it better. That understanding increased my enjoyment of the story.

    Other reviewers have had negative reactions to the amount of time that is spent describing the lives of the people involved in the mystery. For me that "background" was an essential part of the story. It's part of what makes this book unique

    If you have enjoyed other books in the Duncan Kincaid-Gemma James series, I believe you like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Orient Elite: A Tale of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    In this brand-new Grimnoir Chronicles story written exclusively for Audible, it's 1937 - four years after the Grimnoir Society defeated the magical alien force known as The Power. "Heavy" Jake Sullivan is summoned by his oddest ally, Dr. Wells, to stop the bombing of a new ultra-luxury airship. Amid the glitz, the gambling, and the high-society types, Sullivan races time to hunt for the saboteur. But surrounded by a blimp-full of Germans, Russians, Imperium Iron Guard, and other magical enemies - where can he even begin?

    Matthew E. Bowman says: "An Excellent Teaser"
    "Not For Me"
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    This genre doesn't appeal to me. However, the narration by Bronson Pinchot is excellent. This was a free sample. Thanks to Audible for providing this at no charge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Late Phoenix: A C.D. Sloan Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Catherine Aird
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    Decades ago, Germans bombed the houses in the village at Lamb Lane. Now, redevelopment is underway. Under the wreckage, a workman's pickaxe strikes the skeleton of a pregnant girl, a bullet lodged in her spine, and he finds the skeleton of her unborn baby, too. The trail is definitely stone cold when C.D. Sloan takes on this case. Can he solve the puzzle of this crime on so little evidence...and with such old clues?

    Dana says: "Another good mystery"
    "Might Be A Better "Read""
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    It took me 8 months to finish this book. My conclusion is that this story just wasn't as compelling for me as other authors, such as Debra Crombie and Margaret Maron, that I enjoy.

    In the past I have read and enjoyed books by this author. It may be that her writing style works better for me if I'm reading rather than listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Country Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Publishers Weekly declares that the "leaves of autumn are in full splendor, and so is Maron's talent in her 10th Deborah Knott adventure". Judge Knott is finally ready to marry her long-time friend Deputy Sheriff Dwight Bryant and settle down...or is she? She jumps at a chance to fill in for a judge in the high country of North Carolina. But ugly murder haunts the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

    Kathleen Hobel says: "Love It!"
    "Another Entertaining Adventure"
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    I discovered this series thanks to a Daily Special. I'm so glad I bought that first book. I'm working my way through the books available on Audible and haven't been disappointed in any of them.

    I like Deborah Knott, the main character. She is a District Court judge who deals primarily with lesser crimes. Sometimes she has to travel to fill in for other judges. Her travels to different places are one of my favoroite things about the series. Margaret Maron's writing makes these places very real in my mind, even though I've never visited the area where the books take place.

    Margaret Maron is an excellent story teller. Her mysteries are intricate and her characters interesting and well developed. I look forward to reading all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fundraising the Dead: A Museum Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    At The Society for the Preservation of Pennsylvania Antiques, fundraiser Eleanor "Nell" Pratt solicits donations - and sometimes solves crimes. When a collection of George Washington's letters is lost on the same day that an archivist is found dead, it seems strange that the Society president isn't pushing for an investigation. Nell goes digging herself, and soon uncovers a long, rich history of crime.

    Sharen says: "Good"
    "Not Sure About This Series"
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    I found the museum setting interesting. The story made me aware of the difficulties in
    the safe keeping of thousands of items, some of which have great monetary value. It also made me aware of how difficult it is to fund a non-profit museum.

    I like Eleanor Pratt, the main character. She's smart and sensible. I'm also intrigued by "Marty", another female character who plays a major role in this story.

    One criticism is that I correctly guessed the outcome early in the story. I won't go into detail to avoid "spoilers". There was also one element of the plot that seemed pointless to me - again I won't elaborate because of possible "spoilers."

    I'm undecided about whether I will read other books in this series. I will put it on my "wish list" and carefully check reviews posted by other listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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