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Linda

Kinnelon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 78 reviews
  • 167 ratings
  • 263 titles in library
  • 54 purchased in 2014
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  • Deeper Water: The Tides of Truth Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Whitlow
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Christy Award winner Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers draw favorable comparisons to the works of best-selling author John Grisham. Here, Tammy Taylor, a young law student working for a firm in Savannah, becomes immersed in a deadly conspiracy. After Tammy learns dark secrets about her client, her continuing investigation uncovers sinister truths about her superiors as well.

    Teresia says: "Unexpected"
    "No, no, no, Mr. Whitlow"
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    I learned something from listening to this book. From now on, I plan to read the comments on Amazon before choosing a book. I do not agree with the comments that were posted on this page when I made my choice. I listened to more than half of this book. I kept waiting for something to happen. I honestly thought this was in the “mystery” genre, because the publisher’s summary said, “Robert Whitlow’s legal thrillers draw favorable comparisons to the works of best-selling author John Grisham”. I found the protagonist to be very shallow, and quite childish for a woman finishing 2nd year of law school. She meets a Christian guy when she takes a summer job at a law firm in Savannah, goes on one date with him, and feels it necessary to call home to find out if she should continue a relationship with him??!! I’ve been a Christian for more than 30 years, and I must say that I’m not aware of any Christian families who believe that women must always wear dresses or skirts and never wear make-up. I agree that we must use wisdom in all things, but I found this family that Mr. Whitlow has created to be totally unrealistic. I will not be purchasing any more of this author’s books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bolt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys’ colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a “bolt” gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancée, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin.

    Linda says: "Didn't hold my attention"
    "Didn't hold my attention"
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    This author was recommended to me as an author who writes mysteries with little or no undesirable language. I avoided his books for quite awhile because I just didn't think I'd enjoy mysteries about horses and horse racing. I listened for about 2 hours, and I'll agree that the language was acceptable - except for one point where a character is upset and he exclaims "J**** Ch****. However, the story just did not interest me. I bought the book during one of Audible's sales, and only paid $5 for it, so I saw it as an opportunity to try a book by this author. Glad I didn't pay more for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Body on the Beach: A Fethering Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Recently retired, Carole Seddon is residing in Fethering in the cottage she purchased with her ex-husband. There she maintains a quiet and sensible life with the companionship of Gulliver, her Labrador retriever. But everything changes when she and Gulliver, while taking their daily constitutional, find a corpse on the beach. What's more, there are two wounds on its neck. The body mysteriously disappears and the police dismiss Carole as a befuddled middle-aged woman.

    John L says: "I loved it!"
    "Reminds me of "Rosemary & Thyme" TV series"
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    This is the first book in the "Fethering" series. As in the "Rosemary & Thyme" series (which can be seen on Netflix, if you're interested), you've got two middle-aged gals who love a good mystery, and can't seem to mind their own business. I discovered the second & third books in the series at my library and therefore listened to those two before this one. (Library did not have this title). I keep notes of the books I listen to, and my notes on the 2nd & 3rd books tell me there was no objectionable language (it is possible that I just didn't notice!) This book, however, had a sprinkling here and there of language that I didn't care for, but definitely NO F-bombs. I plan to continue with the series. I deducted one star because of the language.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rooms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James L. Rubart
    • Narrated By James L. Rubart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    One rainy day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, 25-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning, brand-new, 9,000-square-foot house. When bizarre things start happening there, locals tell cynical Micah the place is “spiritual”. But he will slowly discover the home isn’t just spiritual....

    b.radford says: "Wonderful Book..."
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Very, very enjoyable! Glad I purchased this audio book. I also liked his book, "The Chair". I anticipate purchasing more of Mr Rubart's books. The narration was very good, also. This is Christian Fiction at it's best. Thanks, Audible, for making this genre' available!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Bad Apple: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

    chefjuli says: "Good series very interesting"
    "B....o.....r....i...n...g"
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    Listened to about an hour of this. Nope. Couldn't stay with it, just lost interest. Narrator needs to brush up on her English accent.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ragtime in Simla

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Barbara Cleverly
    • Narrated By Terry Wale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Simla 1922, and the summer capital of the British Raj is fizzing with the energy of the Jazz Age. Simla is where detective Joe Sandilands is heading as the guest of Sir George Jardine, the Governor of Bengal. But when Joe’s travelling companion, a Russian opera singer, is shot dead at his side in the Governor’s car, he finds himself plunged into a murder investigation. Confronted by the mystery of an identical unsolved killing a year before, Joe realizes that Sir George’s hospitality comes at a high price.

    Carol says: "Fascinating Story, Great Setting"
    "Not a "cozy" mystery"
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    If I understand the definition of a cozy - a mystery that has no graphic violence, no profanity, and no explicit sex - this book does not qualify. True, the book had no graphic violence, and no explicit sex, but it does contain profanity. Not overwhelming, but enough to annoy, and one F-bomb thrown in for good measure. It is a well-written mystery if you can overlook the moderate amount of profanity. Interesting, complex, engaging, yes. Kept me listening because I wanted to hear the solution. The narrator was quite good - I didn't find him annoying at all. However, I don't think I'd listen to another in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home: A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home portrays the unassuming Rabbi Small joyously preparing to celebrate Passover. However, the holiday season is marred when local violence, racism, and misplaced pride run amok. Miffed over the sanctuary’s new seating policy, several families are secretly planning to start their own temple in an unoccupied mansion in the country. When some teenagers break into the house for a party - and one ends up dead - the temple plot is interrupted.

    connie says: "dated, corny, yet engaging and entertaining"
    "I'm done with this series"
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    I have been listening to this series in order. I listened to half of this book (3 hours), and finally lost interest. I got tired of listening to the pettiness and bickering going on between the men who are members of the temple - who gets to sit in the most important seats, who donates more money to the temple than the others, and then trying to manipulate the rabbi to persuade him to do what they want, much like a bunch of children. At the halfway point in the book, the crime had still not occurred. I'm disappointed, because I thought this series would be a nice addition to my library. I enjoyed George Guidall's narration, as always, The book contains some undesirable language, but no f-bombs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There: Trusting Him in Uncertain Times

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ruth Graham
    • Narrated By Ruth Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Best-selling author Ruth Graham, daughter of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, tackles the fear listeners face during times of change, uncertainty, and crisis and reveals how to replace these fears with hope and anticipation through the discovery of God and his power. Graham empathizes with listeners who feel inadequate, overpowered, or even beyond hope.

    Linda says: "What a blessing!!"
    "What a blessing!!"
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    Listened all the way through a number of times during a recent very difficult time. This book is a refreshing balm if you sincerely need one! Highly recommend!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When You Need a Miracle: The Seven Secrets of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cherie Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Life often feels full of impossible tasks - needs you can’t meet, wrongs you can’t forgive, obstacles you can’t overcome. And in the midst of these crushing challenges, you’re supposed to have faith in a God you cannot see? Yet, if you walk in faith, you’ll find God paving a path full of miracles and blessings through all of your trials - if you trust Him, no matter what.

    Linda says: "Much comfort in difficult times"
    "Much comfort in difficult times"
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    If you are a Christian, and you're going through a difficult trial, I would recommend this book. I found much comfort here. I've no doubt that I will listen to this book again and again. I own a few of this author's books, and found them all to be very comforting. Glad to have found one of her books available in audio. The narrator was very good, diction was perfect, and her voice - comforting. Can't say enough good things about this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edwin of the Iron Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marcia Muller
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    It's Sharon McCone's first case as staff investigator for All Souls Legal Cooperative. She knows nothing about antiques, yet she has an affection for Salem Street with its charming mix of antique and curio shops. Now elderly dealer Joan Albritton has been found dead, stabbed with an antique dagger. Her neighbors are shocked. Recurring vandalism has them frightened. Ferreting out the facts will take Sharon from the chaotic jumble of the junk dealer's establishment to a museum where San Francisco's most elegant socialites gather.

    rick says: "The Beginning of a Long Run"
    "Just couldn't hang in there"
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    Listened to more than half of this book. Kept waiting for it to get interesting. It did not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Wentworth
    • Narrated By Diana Bishop
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    There were times when Rachel Treherne fervently wished that her beloved father had left his fortune to somebody else, so overburdened did she feel with the administration of the estate. And never more so than now for, although she was surrounded by relatives who depended on her, whom she loved and who must surely love her, there was no doubt in her mind that somebody was trying to kill her.

    Constance says: "Scrmptious Classic British Mystery"
    "A nice cozy"
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    This is a very mild mystery, in the genre of Agatha Christie, etc., IMO. No objectionable language or situations. I thought I had the perpetrator figured out, but I was wrong. The narrator was fine, I had no objections to her performance, that is why I gave her 5 stars. I rated the book 4 stars because it was not an outstanding story, but it DID hold my interest. I feel I would probably listen to another of Wentworth's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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