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Lisa

I finally found a female author that I love...Louise Penny and the Three Pines series. I can't say enough about her characters or stories!

Janetville, Ontario, Canada

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  • Dressed for Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's hopes for a refreshing family holiday in the mountains are once again dashed when a gruesome discovery is made in Marghera--a body so badly beaten the face is completely unrecognizable. Brunetti searches Venice for someone who can identify the corpse but is met with a wall of silence. He then receives a telephone call from a contact who promises some tantalizing information.

    Tom says: "marvelous duo"
    "Boring!!"
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    I found the narration of this book to put me to sleep!! I was expecting the Italian version of French Canadian "Gamache" however, this was not to be and I did not finish this book as I forcing myself to continue to listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1109)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "Good story but too long!"
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    I enjoyed the first book with Dewey Andreas and will listen to another. The story was well written but lost a star for the length. I feel this story could have been shortened from it's 16 hours as it sometimes felt that it was never going to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Warning

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Birmingham
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high energy wave cordons a vast area from southern Canada to northern Mexico. In a moment, 99 percent of the U.S. population has been wiped from the face of the earth.

    J says: "Solid, entertaining listen"
    "Terrible narration!"
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    The book sounded very interesting and worth the money. Unfortunately, I could not finish the first chapter. I found myself cringing when the narrator was speaking in the voice of a young girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2919)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2702)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Still the King!!"
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    Loved this book although I hesitated before buying it. I wasn't sure if I would like it, didn't think it was truly in the SK genre...boy was I ever wrong!! This book has it all...murder, love, suspense, and I even picked up some "carny" language along the way, which might come in handy some day. (you never know). The only small disappointment for me was the narrator. Michael Kelly certainly did tell the story well although I thought he was not emotional enough so I had to drop to four stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (990)
    Story
    (981)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Somewhat disappointing!"
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    I am a big fan of the "Inspector Gamache" Three Pines mysteries. I found the narration to be as fine as ever, however I had difficulty keeping the characters of the monks separate and I gave up trying to remember which monk was which and that ultimately spoiled this book for me! Stay with Three Pines!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6040)
    Performance
    (5743)
    Story
    (5753)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "I should have paid more attention in Science class"
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    If I was stranded on Mars I would want "The Martian" to be with me! He is extremely creative, upbeat and works miracles! I enjoyed learning all about the scientific nature of space and the reasons behind them. I wanted to return to his classroom as he explained what he was doing and why he was doing it, not to mention he told his story with a terrific sense of humor...what more could a girl want?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: Victor the Assassin Series, #3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...

    John says: "1 Review for 3 books in series"
    "A HOLE IN ONE!!!"
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    Tom Wood does it again!!! I have to buy and download the next book in this series TODAY! I enjoyed this book even more than the second in the series!! Many twists and turns and surprises...if you love Victor "The Game" will cement your relationship!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (821)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Honestly one of the best books I have listened to!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Woodcutter the most enjoyable?

    I could not stop listening...that hasn't happened in awhile!


    What other book might you compare The Woodcutter to and why?

    This book is a stand alone for me and I rushed back to the Audible to search for more books written by Reginald Hill and narrated by Jonathon Keeble!!


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to take on all the voices and you forget that you are listening to the same person.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't deny yourself of a book that has it all...intrigue, suspense and a twist around every corner!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4366)
    Performance
    (1840)
    Story
    (1857)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "You will love Odd even if you do not know him!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    I loved both the print and audio versions of Odd and would gladly read them all again; however the narration by David Aaron Baker was exactly what I imagined Odd Thomas to sound like. It was like listening to an old friend. I actually got my husband hooked on Odd so of course I had to download the next in the series Forever Odd. I now prefer to listen to David as Odd rather than read it myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    The relationship between Odd and Stormy with their carnival fortune tellers card is one of undying love and when it says that they will be together forever I believe it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love Terrible Chester (the cat) and his master who thankfully encourages Odd to write down his story in this series of journals. He is certainly a most memorable character (not the cat) and quite a literary force to inspire Odd to so believably narrate his life story. The characters are so believable and real that it feel as if I too live in Pico Mundo and could wave to any and all who passed my way!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My daughter and I both had an extreme reaction to the ending of this book...she cannot pick up another Odd book but I on the other hand believe the fortune teller!


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a big favour and read Odd Thomas and you will be sent into the world of love, evil, and everything else in between!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1921)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "If you like Jack Reacher you will love this book!"
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    What did you love best about First to Kill?

    I love the characters Nathan and Harvey and they are a great team! The action is non stop and there are lots of twists and turns that you do not expect which I like, nothing predictable in this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First to Kill?

    Never a dull moment and of course they always get the job done! The relationship between Nathan and his father was very touching and real. Nathan and Harvey were like an old married couple (which I loved) and could finish each others sentences...this to me is the true symbol of this working relationship which encompasses so much trust and strength.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the reasons that I gave this author a first try was because of Dick Hill. I love his narration of the Jack Reacher series and I knew I would enjoy listening to him with a new story and I am certainly glad I did! I will start looking for more books by Andrew Peterson.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost had tears during the last exchange between Nathan and his father. Nathan reaching out to his father and his father giving back what a son needs from his father.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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