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My favorite authors: Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline. Also, MC Beaton/Marion Chesney writes hilarious fluff.

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  • Native Tongue

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (293)

    Ex-reporter Joe Winder had been working in the public relations department of a sleazy family entertainment park, The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, when he chanced upon a news-breaking story inspired by the disappearance of two blue-tongued voles and the bizarre death of Orky, the killer whale.

    Tricia - Audible says: "A Perfect Summer Listen!"
    "Decent, but not as humorous as I expected..."
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    Carl Hiaasen's writing makes me think of Dave Barry, whose books I LOVE to read. This was a pretty funny book - although Barry's books are a bit funnier to me. Considering the location of the book and the location of the author, as well as the very similar writing style, I believe that Hiaasen and Barry MUST know each other, actually. Anyway - I digress - the plot was incredibly complicated, but it wasn't too hard to follow, and the multitude of characters were all well-developed. As a main character, I couldn't really decide if I liked Joe Winder or not; he was a person that I don't think I'd want to be friends with. Additionally, I can handle the crass language in this book, but would certainly prefer much cleaner dialogue. I did feel that the story dragged a little bit in places, and I HATED how Hiaasen refers to the main character as Joe Winder...every single time he says his name. As if the book was filled with 27 characters named Joe. He was the only one! I started thinking of his name as Joewinder. Overall, interesting and somewhat amusing. I may or may not read other books by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Mouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (374)

    Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.

    John says: "Whack a Mole"
    "Great series, but little mystery"
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    I enjoy the John Ceepak series very much, but after listening to three of them, I'm starting to worry that the "mystery" or "whodunnit" part of the stories will continue to be extremely predictable. Of the three I've listened to, Mad Mouse was probably the easiest one to figure out. The author gives way too many clues.

    I very much enjoy the characters of Boyle and Ceepak, so I keep listening, but knowing the culprit from the beginning of each story is getting really old. Does anyone else have this experience?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corporate Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Leigh Michaels
    • Narrated By Erin Novotny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Why does she keep wishing she'd said YES? Erin Reynolds is already the perfect corporate secretary and personal assistant, so when her boss, Slater Livingstone, suggests they make their arrangement permanent through a marriage of convenience, the idea seems perfectly sensible - to him. Erin, on the other hand, thinks his offer is ludicrous... but the moment she turns him down, she can think of nothing but Slater.

    Amazon Customer says: "LOVE this book...but..."
    "LOVE this book...but..."
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    I LOVE Leigh Michaels, especially her Harlequin Romances. This story is one of my FAVORITES, so I already owned the book, AND the Kindle version. I just like the story a lot and wanted to hear it read aloud.

    Plot is pretty predictable: Boss/employee romance. Platonic marriage of convenience. Terrible misunderstandings. Breakup. Confession of love. Happy ending. It's your general Harlequin Romance. But hey - I like the formula.

    I put up with the narrator because I like this story so much. But I would have to say that she is one of the worst narrators I've ever heard. I almost turned the story off. And I'm not normally picky at all about my narrators, but this one bothered me because:

    1. I constantly remembered she was female (Good narrators are talented enough to make you forget their gender)

    2. She seemed whiny, especially during the female dialogue. She may have preconceived notions of how men and women sound. See #3.

    3. She seemed like she was overacting, especially in the sections where she was reading the male dialogue. Almost like she had this "idea" of how a sexy man "should" sound. But "he" just sounded like he was trying too hard to be casual or sexy. Totally goofy and unlikable as a hero due to the narration.

    If this was my first experience with The Corporate Wife or Leigh Michaels, I'd be sure never to read/listen to another. I was considering another Leigh Michaels title, but so many are read by this same narrator. Not sure I can handle it again.


    NOT REALLY RELATED TO MY REVIEW, BUT I"M THROWING IT IN ANYWAY

    Looking for a great narrator? Try:

    George Guidall
    Davina Porter
    Barbara Rosenblat

    They are some of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Various Haunts of Men: A Simon Serrailler Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (290)

    A woman vanishes in the fog up on "the Hill", an area locally known for its tranquility and peace. The police are not alarmed; people usually disappear for their own reasons. But when a young girl, an old man, and even a dog disappear, no one can deny that something untoward is happening in this quiet town. Young policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case; she's new to the job, compassionate, inquisitive, and dedicated to the task of unraveling the mystery behind this gruesome sequence of events.

    karen says: "Best of the best...."
    "Serrailler, Who Is Mysteriously Absent/Vague..."
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    Poor title...the main character was NOT Simon Serrailler, but I suppose the author needs him to figure largely in the books later on in the series, so this was her way of introducing him (He isn't developed well and what you do find out doesn't make him terribly interesting or likeable).

    While I like realism in my stories, I don't like for a book to be categorized as a "mystery" that's part of a "series" when it does not function in the same way that most books of the genre do (in other words, the series main character is NOT the main character, so you develop a relationship with the wrong character). It's at the very least, confusing to the reader - and at the worst, quite distressing. Many threads left undone, and one major, MAJOR problem with the outcome. Like a big kick in the gut! That's all I can say without writing a spoiler.

    This is terribly unfortunate, because the writing is INCREDIBLY GOOD. I'm tempted to keep going with the series because the writing is so wonderful, but the heartache of the issues in this book makes me hesitate.

    I gave the story three stars because there are issues with the plot that I personally don't like...but that doesn't mean they aren't written well or believeable.

    I'd love to hear from other readers who went on to read more in this series after suffering through the issues in this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (496)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Not my favorite genre, but interesting nonetheless"
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    I'm not into sci-fi at all, really, but this sounded interesting and cheap (it was one of those $4.95 specials). It was actually pretty cool - I found myself totally able to picture the scenes described in the book, and didn't even mind the weirdness of the characters (robots, mutants, etc.) As the style of the cover suggests, the book combines that old "film noir" detective mystery with futuristic sci-fi. I always thought I'd find science fiction just ridiculous and unbelievable, but this was surprisingly plausible. The only thing that I found difficult to accept was the relationship between the hero and heroine (can I really call them that? not sure). The "relationship" made me feel a little sad for both of them because there was certainly something missing (which, to be fair, neither one could help). I'd recommend this for someone who doesn't like sci-fi. I don't know if regular sci-fi lovers would like this or not, since I am not one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Southampton Row: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    A general election is approaching and Thomas is called to monitor the bitter struggle for one crucial London seat. The Tory candidate is Charles Voisey, ruthless Number One of the Inner Circle and old enemy of Pitt.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of her best!"
    "One of her best!"
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    This book was extremely exciting, despite the fact that Charlotte does not figure largely in the story, as in Perry's other books about the Pitts. Emily is much more prominent in the tale, as she is close friends with one of the main characters. The complicated plot and the way it ties together is incredibly interesting. I really can't go into a lot of detail because I'll end up giving information away - but take my word for it, the connections between the police, the government, a secret society, the elections, the Pitts' vacation, and a well-known medium are astonishing. I also enjoy all the small subplots that Perry included in the tale, and the ending just left me wanting more. I hope that the situation will continue to be explored in the next Anne Perry book! Can't wait to listen to it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Autumn: Wallflower Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (763)

    Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

    Caroline says: "Did not like main female charactor's voice"
    "One of my favorites in the series (Book 2)"
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    While I don't enjoy all of Kleypas' books, I find her Wallflower Series pretty good. Books 2 and 3 are my favorites. If you have read Book 1, you had to know that the H/h in Book 2 were going to get together - they've been chomping at the bit to fight with each other since they met. Both strong personalities end up being tempered (only slightly - no one becomes a wuss) by their love for each other. The h does come across as rather immature because of some of her behavior, but if you have ever known someone who brings out the worst in you (in that you desire to do the opposite of what they tell you), then you'll understand her motivation. I find the H extremely likeable as he is both very strong-willed, but very intelligent and honorable as well. There's thought and planning behind his demands.

    I'm not really a fan of this narrator, though. She kind of made me dislike the heroine at first, and made the hero sound overly stuffy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (850)
    Story
    (851)

    Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Such wonderful Series"
    "One of my favorites in the series (Book 3)"
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    While I don't enjoy all of Kleypas' books, I find her Wallflower Series pretty good. Books 2 and 3 are my favorites. In this tale, Kleypas pairs a shy, stuttering girl with the ton's most notorious rake and womanizer. They enter into a marriage of convenience for their own desperate reasons. It is interesting to read how the two change and grow together during the book - not just that they fall in love with each other - they grow personally and their relationships with those around them change as well. Compared to some of Kleypas' other books, this is less steamy (although still definitely warm).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snobbery with Violence: An Edwardian Murder Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    When a marriage proposal appears imminent for the beautiful - if rebellious - Lady Rose Summer, her father wants to know if her suitor's intentions are honorable. He calls on Captain Harry Cathcart, the impoverished younger son of a baron, to do some intelligence work on the would-be fiance, Sir Geoffrey Blandon.

    connie says: "campy cozy"
    "Light and amusing series (Book 1)"
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    If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)

    I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hasty Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Lady Rose Summer refuses to abide by her parents' insistence that she marry. Even more distressing, she wants to work. On advice from Captain Harry Cathcart - a noble-born private investigator who knows Rose all too well - her parents agree to let Rose work as a typist and live in a women's hostel. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose imagined: When a playboy is murdered, Rose returns to high society to follow a trail of deception, rumors, and devious plots.

    KBL says: "Fun Characters, Great Narration"
    "Light and amusing series"
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    If you want a period piece that is essentially a teensy bit of romance, a teensy bit of mystery, and a teensy bit silly, check out this series by Marion Chesney. There are four books in the series - I'm just about to start Book 3, and so far I find them fun to listen to while I'm working. This series is light enough that you can multi-task while listening, unlike some authors (Anne Perry or Tess Gerritsen) that require you to really concentrate on the details. (I do love both Perry and Gerritsen, though)

    I will say that Harry's solutions to problems seem to border on the unrealistic and rather slapstick at times, but otherwise it is a nice listen. And I ALWAYS enjoy Davina Porter's reading. That's actually what led me to the series in the first place - she narrated many of Anne Perry's books and I loved her in those as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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