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Marian

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  • Dying for a Date: Laurel McKay Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cindy Sample
    • Narrated By Pilar Uribe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

    Adelaida says: "The Perfect Book to listen to on a Roadtrip"
    "Disappointing"
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    The premise of the overall story was good and I was looking forward to reading it. However, the narrator's voice sounds like a teenager and the main character is 39. I can't believe the author had the romance get strong so early it was totally unbelievable since the detective assigned to the case against her for murdering 2 men was the romance angle. He should have been taken off the case for a conflict of interest. The kids and their attitudes were very believable. But one thing that really made me not want to continue reading it was that she was going to give up an interview for a new job so she could attend the funeral of the 2nd date guy and her mother, boss and best friend all went with her.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Frost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Autumn has finally arrived in the small town of Bascom, North Carolina, heralded by a strange old man appearing with a beat-up suitcase. He has stories to tell, stories that could change the lives of the Waverley women forever. But the Waverleys have enough trouble on their hands. Quiet Claire Waverley has started a successful new venture, Waverley's Candies, but it's nothing like she thought it would be, and it's slowly taking over her life.

    Jen says: "Get Your Sarah Addison Allen Fix"
    "Slow start for me"
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    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    The narration was OK.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved most of Sarah Addison Allen's book but have to admit that this was my least favorite. I just couldn't get into the story for the first half of the book. But since I have loved the unusual story lines of her other books I made myself continue with it. I would say that I really didn't enjoy it until I got to the last 1/4 th of the book partially because the writing seemed aimed at a young adult and immature audience. I am glad that some of the extra characters and their traits were in this book. It helped it along. I didn't like the way the main character (who had a bad attitude) treated her daughter without respect for her making decisions because of bad decisions she made when she was young. The end of the story was just OK. But I did like the Epilogue. It pulled it back together for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Georgie and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Kaz Augustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Who'd believe that in the enlightened year of 1815, Georgie Grisham's Welsh village still felt the need to make its 100-year sacrifice to the local dragon lord? And just because she was supposed to be a descendant of St. George, why was everyone in town suddenly looking at her?

    Marian says: "Little Gem"
    "Little Gem"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. It is a great book to sandwich between other full length books...kind of like dessert.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Georgie and the Dragon?

    I loved the connection of Georgie to St. George....but won't say more to be a spoiler to some of the interesting incidents that I loved.


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

    The narration was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost passed this one up because it was short. But I am sooooo glad I didn't. It was a wonderful find. I will look at other short books differently. It got to all the important points and made me love all of the characters without a lot of babbling about what clothes everyone was wearing, and what each of the characters did each day. I love the details that writers put into most books. But once in a while a book like this that gets to the plot and moves it along in a delightful manner is a nice break to be able to read the whole story in a short space of time so it can be read in one sitting. I loved the way the author did the shape-shifting dragon to man slightly different than in other books (that I also love).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classified as Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Miranda James
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Aging eccentric James Delacorte asks Charlie the librarian to do an inventory of his rare book collection - but the job goes from tedious to terrifying when James turns up dead. Relying on his cat Diesel to paw around for clues, Charlie has to catch the killer before another victim checks out.

    Steven says: "Fun murer mystery. Realistic cat involvement."
    "Interesting by the choice of narrator was wrong"
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    What made the experience of listening to Classified as Murder the most enjoyable?

    I liked the story line and the inclusion of the Maine Coon cat in helping with the investigation.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrator. The narrator is skilled at telling the story, however since the book is written in the first person who is a man and most of the dialog was made for male voices...having a woman do the narration took away from the story a lot for me. It kept me sidetracked from enjoying the story because I had to remind myself that they star was a man.


    What three words best describe Erin Bennett’s voice?

    Not good males.


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

    No extreme reaction except I kept wishing the men sounded like men.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to have given the story and the narrator more points but couldn't. Who ever matched the narrator with this story needs to re-evaluate choosing the right narrator for the story. She would do a good job in books that were first person with a woman as the main character.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch Before Dying: Wishcraft Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Heather Blake
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother's disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve's personal concierge service As You Wish is "No Job Impossible." But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing - Patrice Keaton's body.

    GranAnne says: "Interesting story, narrator not so interesting."
    "Interesting Read"
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    Would you listen to A Witch Before Dying again? Why?

    Probably not only because I have so many books ahead to read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darcy. She was portrayed as a sensible character, not too overbearing or careless and not whimpy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I had a problem with the narration throughout the whole book. I couldn't get my mind off of the narrator's slight British accent that came through regularly even when she wasn't narrating the characters that were meant to have a full on British accents. It distracted me. To me there should have been a Bostonian accent for Darcy and the other local characters because of the area the story took place in. She did an excellent job of the various characters and I enjoyed the female, male, and creatures voices. I was pleased that the narrator didn't sound like a teenager as is found in many books these day which is off-putting.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was a good book and I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Can't believe this was written by Katie MacAlister"
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    What would have made A Girl's Guide to Vampires better?

    To start with better narration. It was so slow and draggy that after I passed half way in the book I sped up the narration that only helped a little bit. The story dragged on WAY to long.


    Has A Girl's Guide to Vampires turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I still love that genre and I even love most of Katie MacAlister's books and own many. Some I have read over and over.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was way to slow extending the length of the book. It is totally unbelievable that Joy and Roxie could have actually been friends most of their lives. Each of them are portrayed as very annoying and they have no common values, ideas or anything to connect them as such BFFs. Karen White does a very good job with the actual voices, but for goodness sake she shouldn't have stretched out all of the dialog and descriptions and I could have done without the snobby way she made Joy sound. I don't expect all main female characters be someone I would want for a BFF...but it sure would be good if I didn't dislike her enough to hope that she would end up as a corpse also.


    What character would you cut from A Girl's Guide to Vampires?

    I could see a purpose for all of the characters actually. Just wish that they could all have been less annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Katie MacAlister's other books. But this one definitely isn't up to her best. Also, I have read other books narrated by Karen White and she can do a better job than what was accomplished in this book, but she definitely isn't up to par with Barbara Rosenblat. I really wanted to read it to the end, but just couldn't handle listening to Karen White's voice any more or put up with the Joy and Roxie characters any more as she portrays them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (2180)
    Story
    (2160)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Hassan says: "A Refreshing Book & Funny too!!!"
    "Molly Harper & Amanda Ronconi never fail me."
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    Would you listen to How to Run with a Naked Werewolf again? Why?

    Definitely. A different slant on werewolves in this story showing a different kind of personality and character than is in most werewolf stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fell in love with Caleb and Tina and loved the way the relationship developed slowly. Even though I suspected midway about a few facts that came out in the end, I still enjoyed the progression as it was written.


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

    Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators. She definitely puts the right attitude in the characters and her delivery of the snarky remarks are perfect as always. The voices for the men are very good and distinct.


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

    It was more of a cozy read but I like that. Harper put enough suspense in to make me tense and worried that it would not end up HEA. For me it was one of those books where you want to reach out and hug some of the characters and beat up the bad guy. I found myself cheering during fight scenes and trying to get help to arrive sooner.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read a Harper/Ronconi book that I didn't love. Thanks to audible and my addition to audiobooks, I have a few hundred that I haven't read that I need to plow through. However, I plan on re-reading this one every year for dessert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suddenly Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Erica Lucke Dean
    • Narrated By Kathryn Merry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Ivie has a confrontation with her lying, cheating fiance. She is shocked when the jerk transforms into a skunk...Enlisting the help of her shopaholic friend Chloe and sexy club magician Jackson Blake, Ivie is forced to play a literal game of cat and mouse as she races against the clock to change her ex back before she's arrested for his murder. With every new spell, a fresh wave of sexual desire draws Jack further into Ivie's troubles, along with her panties.

    Marian says: "Not a romance novel even with a HEA"
    "Not a romance novel even with a HEA"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Although the basic story line is somewhat interesting and different, the author seemed to feel it necessary to write one or two Speedy Gonzalez meaningless sex scenes in almost every chapter.


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

    The narrator did a good job but I have not listened to other books by her.


    Was Suddenly Sorceress worth the listening time?

    Definitely not worth the time. Much of the story is totally not realistic. A famous gorgeous magician who has a show in Vegas falls desperately in love with a stranger after only knowing her for a few days and insists on an immediate wedding. Get real!


    Any additional comments?

    All of that meaningless sex by a nympho with an over active libido would be better off in a story aimed at male readers. I think the story has a lot of potential that the author didn't bring out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vlad All Over

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Beth Orsoff
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Most schoolteachers count the days until summer vacation, but not Gwen. Sure, she loves her job, but it doesn’t exactly pay well. So when a student’s father asks her to fill in for his nanny for the summer, Gwen should be thrilled. After all, Alexander Romanescu is insanely wealthy, and she adores his daughter, Isabella. And yet… And yet she can’t shake the nagging feeling that saying yes to this man could lead to much more than she bargained for. Not to mention that the gig isn’t even in Los Angeles - it’s at the Romanescu’s isolated estate in Transylvania.

    DebKoo says: "Not a Vampire story!"
    "Not a HEA"
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    I kept reading hoping the main characters would get better but they didn't. Honestly I keep getting the desire to slap Gwen and Alexander never wised up a bit. There is a sequel in book form 'Vlad to the Bone' but I am not going to waste money on it. Both of the main characters are too annoying and I don't think I could make myself get another book by this author. The only good thing I can say about this book is that Tanya Eby made it tolerable...she is an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Harbor: Drake Sisters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (251)

    One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, stunning Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Sheriff Jonas Harrington for as long as he can remember. If only she was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn't the only one with desires for Hannah. From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty, intending to destroy her. Can her sisters’ special powers keep her from harm, and will Jonas catch the elusive assailant?

    Denise says: "Christine Feehan at her best!!"
    "Great Story but overly drawn out"
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    I love the Drake Sisters books. I know the drama of the attack and how it affected Hannah was so important. I just thought that how she was dealing was important but was drawn out way too long as far as her internal turmoil. I got kind of tired of reading some of her feelings of her looks and self loathing and guilt over everything and wanted to skip a bit.

    I loved some of the twists and extra plots, they made a big difference. I know the character of Hannah is basically that of a person who is not really happy with herself, her life, and is irritated when others are so forceful of their desire to make her do what they think is best for her. But even that was kind of overdone.

    Overall, the story was great as well as the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    When Rip Cantrell, a seismic survey worker in the Sahara, spots a glint of reflected light in the distance - he investigates and finds a piece of metal apparently entombed in the sandstone. Before long, Rip and his colleagues uncover a flying saucer that has been resting there for 140,000 years.

    Bob says: "A Fun Read"
    "Interesting satire"
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    This is my first Stephen Coonts book. I always figured he was way to serious and probably wrote to realistic violence for me. I can handle SciFi/Fantasy violence fine. But this one, the killings didn't bother me at all. I felt they all deserved what they got. I absolutely loved the political satire about the president and his stupidity about the orders he gave and his utter lack of basic knowledge. Also, the military intervention both by the U.S. and Australian government to me portrays exactly how the governments would or have handled such occurances.

    The greed angle impressed me. It is amazing how realistic that was and was very believable.

    I was surprised by the 'cougar' angle. Not a lot of what I have read handles that subject very much, it is a very common happening in real life.

    Having actually seen with my own eyes UFOs many years ago. My sighting was validated with other identical sightings the same day by others who where with me and also reported in NYC at the same time and 75 miles east of where I was. It happened in the 50s before we even ventured into space. This is a subject that is of great interest to me. I love the ideas behind the saucer in this book as they are to me very valid premises.

    It amazes me how many creationists can't embrace that if He could create what we have here on earth, that he would be limited to just this tiny little rock we live on and feel that such ideas as other worlds would smash their views of the religion they embrace instead of enhancing their awe of what He can do.

    I am looking forward to the rest in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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