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Lorri

Tanti Lorri

Garland, TX, United States

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  • Death of a Gentle Lady: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores elderly Mrs. Gentle - everyone but Hamish Macbeth, that is. Hamish thinks the gentle lady is quite sly and vicious, and the citizens of Lochdubh think he is overly cranky. Perhaps it's time for him to get married, they say. But who has time for marriage when there's a murder to be solved? When Mrs. Gentle dies under mysterious circumstances, the town is shocked and outraged.

    W Barry McCue says: "This is just a great story"
    "Hilarious Whodunit"
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    This was my first listen of a Hamish Macbeth book, and I'm glad to see that there are many more out there. I love the characters in this book, especially that of Hamish. I completely understand his obsessive need to make sure his dog and cat are all right. The story was excellent and the characters unusual. It was a delightful experience. The narrator has the requisite Scottish brogue, and I found myself speaking with that lilt after listening to the book for a couple of hours. My only criticism is that there wasn't much voice variation among the characters, and his Russian inspector didn't sound Russian. But I highly recommend this book. No F-bombs! Good clean mischievous fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (659)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Another great addition to the Vorkosigan Saga"
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    Bujold is far and away my favorite sci-fi author simply because of her ability to create believable characters that I would like to meet in person. I never get tired of new plots for Miles or any of his family. I highly recommend the series. Grover Gardner is now the voice of the Vorkosigans in my head. He does a fabulous job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (979)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Unexpected Treat"
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    Finally, someone writes about weres and vampires as alien to humans. I do get tired of reading about them as though they are just humans with modifications. I loved this story about Meg, who is human but isn't prey, and how she learns to adapt to the Others. And the Others stay Other and don't change into odd humans! There is some bad language in the book, and I wouldn't recommend it for teens, but Bishop did a great job with world-building and character development, and I have gotten the sequel to this and the first book of another series she has written. Harris does a great job narrating and keeping the characters separate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Friendship: Star Kingdom, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1009)

    Stephanie Harrington had always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home - a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie's explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

    brendanstallard says: "Wow, Weber hits the target."
    "simplistic"
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    I wasn't expecting this book to be YA after having read other books by David Weber. This is obviously written for 10-14 year olds though, and I found the plot and characters oversimplified and very predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Sport

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (409)

    When English agent Gene Hawkins told his boss he'd forego his vacation to search for millionaire Dave Teller's prized missing stallion, he didn't know his retainer would include the attention of his boss's beautiful teenage daughter - or Teller's seldom sober wife. He also didn't know that a trail from London to New York to Las Vegas to California would lead eventually to murder.

    Mary A. says: "Another great listen from Dick Francis!"
    "Early Francis is better!"
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    This is one of Dick Francis' earlier works, and I can always tell the difference. I think this may be the first novel I ever read (years ago now) where the main character is clinically depressed. I was instantly hooked and cheering for Gene, who was trying to find a reason to keep living. He is one tough dude, too! The plot line is a bit convoluted, but the character development was good. Gene is a prototype of Sid Halley, Francis' best character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quiet Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Cornelius Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    When Gervase Frant, 7th Earl of St Erth, returns at last from Waterloo to his family seat at Stanyon, he enjoys a less than welcome homecoming.

    Anne says: "Delightful relaxing reading"
    "Good Heyer, but not her best"
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    Heyer rarely makes a misstep in her writing. No matter how many times I read her books, she can still make me laugh out loud. This was not her best work, but it still has some good characters. Heyer is the absolute queen of Regency romance in my opinion, and all her books are worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (853)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "TMI"
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    The story starts out well. You are inside the head of the narrator but still getting an interesting view of the rest of his family. But as the narrator's character is developed, I began wanting to be anywhere except inside his head. There was "Too Much Information" as far as I'm concerned. His thoughts were disgusting. I didn't want to know any of them. I had to quit about an hour into the book because it just got gross. Bad language, vile thoughts. I didn't care enough about the story to keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4152)
    Performance
    (2417)
    Story
    (2432)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Rated R"
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    I am not one who can handle vulgar language and graphic sex, so i dont even know what the story was about. I only listened about 20 minutes. I wish the books had a rating system. That would sure save time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (678)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Fabulous addition to the Holmes mystique"
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    I truly love this series about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Even though I don't necessarily agree with the author's world view, her characters are people I would like to meet. The plot is excellent. The narrator does a fair job. He didn't have many accents, but his reading is clear and the voices are easy to distinguish and follow. I highly recommend this book and the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Shadow: Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1227)

    Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

    Amanda says: "Addicted to the series, but leaves you hanging..."
    "Lack of Focus!"
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    I was initially captivated by the story line--poor orphan makes good--but as the story progressed, the characters remained static and became more and more incomprehensible. I don't think the author really knew who her characters were. I got very tired of Kaylin not knowing why she did things and saying so frequently. I couldn't find any rhyme or reason for the actions of many the characters, and I frankly gave up on the story before the end because I didn't care about any of her people. The narrator does a creditable job with poor material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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