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  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 515 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • To Dream of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    Late December and the river is rising. The Herefordshire village of Ledwardine has not been flooded in living memory but in these days of climate change nothing is certain. Merrily Watkins, parish priest and diocesan exorcist, has learned that one of the incomers is an author who is a figure of hate for religious fundamentalists. Meanwhile, the Hereford police make a gruesome discovery linked to the Dinedor Serpent, a unique prehistoric monument.

    Diane says: "A Murder Mystery Wrapped Up in Rational Mysticism"
    "More more more!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Love Rickman, this series is terrific, complex and compelling, and Emma Powell's reading pulls you in fast and keeps you listening. Wish they would get the whole series!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Alchemist

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gigi Pandian
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

    Maria says: "Loved the french gargoyle"
    "Loved this!"
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    Quirky and spooky, ok mystery but really fun characters. I know this is the first book of this series, but the author has other books.... Would try one of those in a heartbeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sempster's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Margaret Frazer
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Since the death of her husband, Anne Blakhall has carried on their shared tailoring business in the heart of London. Rather than remarry, she has taken on a lover: Daved Weir, a foreign merchant who must conceal the fact he is a Jew, or face deadly peril. Dame Frevisse of St Frideswide's nunnery is in London to arrange funeral vestments for her cousin's murdered husband, the Duke of Suffolk. She encounters Anne and Daved: but her duty and their love become more dangerous as a rebel army approaches the city.

    Cynthia says: "Wonderful Story"
    "Finally! Fraser on Audible... More, please"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Not my favorite of Frazer's books, but have been waiting for them to become available for quite a while. Not the best of the books but good none the less. Also for the narration - not stellar, but quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Deceptions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Mojo is trying to enjoy her lovely new home, courtesy of her wealthy sister, Greer, but she'd rather be back in her apartment over Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona. Life was a lot simpler then. Now her sexy cop boyfriend can't seem to let go of his past, while her sister's being blackmailed for secrets in hers. And Mojo's stuck in the middle again. Then there's the ghost who comes to her for help...and the threats being made against the still-living.

    MerylB says: "Enjoyable amateur ghost-seeing sleuth, plus sex."
    "Enjoyable amateur ghost-seeing sleuth, plus sex."
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    Ok, I prefer my mysteries separate from my soft porn - but the author is, I believe, mainly known for her romance novels and as we all know, romance novels are rife with multiple-orgasm sex. (Honestly, I can accept the presence of ghosts WAY easier than I can accept a woman who has an orgasm in under 2 minutes, followed by multiple more orgasms in similar succession. Pu-leese.) I didn't realize that supernatural-mystery-romance was a category, but I guess it is.

    That being said, I pretty much loved the non-sex aspects of this book. The story was compelling, the characters were enjoyable, and the only horrible deaths happened to either people you didn't care about or people you hadn't met (I totally hate cosy-style mysteries where the nice people die!)

    The reader was ok. Most of the time you could tell who was talking, though occasionally she would read the "I said" or "he screamed" in the same tone as the line itself - which is really about the editing. Ditto for pronunciation issues.

    Overall, however, I loved it, quickly bought and listened to the next in the series, and will happily buy the next as soon as it gets written and recorded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Crafty Killing: Victoria Square Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lorraine Bartlett
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    The last thing Katie Bonner wanted was to become the manager of Artisans Alley. But when her business partner Ezra Hilton is found bludgeoned to death, she has no other choice. Business under Ezra had been faltering - but was it enough to provoke someone to murder? Only Katie can find the answer.

    Kathi says: "So-so"
    "Acceptable Cosy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Writing was ok - nothing glaringly off, but the main character never felt fully explored. Reader was ok - though it sounded like she had a cold through the entire book. And there were some really rough edits where the sound was jarringly different. Overall, not a compelling listen but an easy one - which might suit if you are in that kind of mood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lowcountry Boil: A Liz Talbot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Susan M. Boyer
    • Narrated By Loretta Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle: she blesses hearts and takes names. She carries her Sig 9 in her Kate Spade handbag, and her golden retriever, Rhett, rides shotgun in her hybrid Escape. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. But when her police-chief brother shuts her out of the investigation, she opens her own. Then her long-dead best friend pops in and things really get complicated.

    Laura says: "This is a good one"
    "Excellently!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Enjoyed the writing immensely, and while the narrator had a couple of vocal tics that I could live without, overall it didn't matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2024)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Tabitha says: "I love Charley Davidson!!!"
    "Loved the first two, but not this one!"
    Overall
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    Love Charlie - even though she is less grim reaper and more a sassy version of The Ghost Whisperer. Love the narrator - she does a terrific job. All of the books so far are a bit heavy on the (kind of repetitive) earth-shattering sex stuff, which is a bit much but I can deal. However, having Charlie suddenly feel scared of Reyes when he "kidnaps" her is just more than I can buy: suddenly she's all concerned that he's a "convicted murderer" when up until this point she is defending his deed as pretty much a righteous kill? Sorry, it is way too far out of character for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By E. J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (172)

    In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost. Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift.

    Rene Bellis says: "Quick-witted and entertaining"
    "Cute story but narrator doesn't fit the bill"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I like the author, who writes easy-going mysteries with some ghosts attached. This one is okay for a novella, but the narrator is off. His Maxie sounds a bit too Brooklyn, his Loretta sounds like she's in her nineties, and too often his reading veers off from the description.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    The summer of 1553 is a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king’s brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth’s protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.

    joan says: "English History"
    "Liked this pretty much, but cranky at Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Book pretty good though sometimes very slow. However, not happy with Audible for offering this as "first in a series" but not offering any of the other books in the series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1735)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1371)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "A bit 2-dimensional but enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Love the idea behind the book (a psychic working to solve a crime.) Could have been dark or funny, and this was on the cute side. No going into the angst of what it would be like knowing when people lie to you, etc. but a nice, light read. Will see if writer developers more depth in later books. Reader occasionally was a bit too "smiley" when reading, but otherwise fit the writing well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4795)
    Performance
    (3179)
    Story
    (3208)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Just didn't work for me"
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    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Relic?

    Lots of blood but not three-dimensional. Gave it two hours but then gave up


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would never presume that any author should change their writing because of my taste.


    What didn’t you like about David Colacci’s performance?

    Hate this part. Just never got pull in, couldn't distinguish many of the characters, but not sure how much was the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry - just fell flat for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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