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MerylB

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  • 8 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 476 titles in library
  • 65 purchased in 2014
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  • To Dream of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phil Rickman
    • Narrated By Emma Powell
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
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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
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1943)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1765)

    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.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Loved the first two, but not this one!"
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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.

    1 of 1 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
    (109)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    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.

    Marcus says: "Enjoyable entry in series, from new perspective"
    "Cute story but narrator doesn't fit the bill"
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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
    (179)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    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"
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    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!

    0 of 0 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
    (1509)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1166)

    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"
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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
    (4309)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2767)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (140)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

    connie says: "Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!"
    "Off on tangents...."
    Overall
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    What would have made The Sunday Philosophy Club better?

    Book just meanders all over the place a bit too much for my taste. Think it's the author's style - remember feeling when reading the Ladies Detective Agency that the pace was very very slooooow


    What could Alexander McCall Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Would never ask an author to change their style!


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Love Davina Porter always. She's a pro.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    believable characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postern of Fate: A Tommy and Tuppence Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Tommy and Tuppence Beresford have just become the proud owners of an old house in an English village. Along with the property, they have inherited some worthless bric-a-brac, including a collection of antique books. While rustling through a copy of The Black Arrow, Tuppence comes upon a series of apparently random underlinings. However, when she writes down the letters, they spell out a very disturbing message: "Mary Jordan did not die naturally." And 60 years later, Mary's enemies are still ready to kill....

    Dawn says: "Boring"
    "Dull reading."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Agatha Christie and/or Hugh Fraser?

    Christie can be simplistic, but the reading on this made it soporific. Much preferred Nadia May's reading of The Secret Adversary.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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