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Midwest Lady

Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

Indiana | Member Since 2014

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  • Lethal Outlook: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    When a mysterious client approaches Abby Cooper with a cryptic message about a young mother who has vanished, Abby is more than willing to get involved. After all, it’s the perfect distraction from dealing with the headache of her sister Cat – who has flown into town and turned Abby and Dutch’s impending nuptials into Weddingpalooza.

    Beatrice says: "I was not disappointed"
    "Fun and light."
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    Not her best but pretty good for the style and genre. A few plot twists. Fast paced. I think it would make an entertaining read for the car or while doing tasks where you want to keep one part of your brain on what you're doing and the other on a fun story. I've liked some of her other's more. Seemed on the light side.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reliquary: Pendergast, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1775)

    Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation.

    Anastasia says: "Should have made this one into a movie..."
    "Even better than Relic. Don't miss this sequel."
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    A lot of detail and intricate plotting. Let's see, a tidal wave in Central Park, plant viruses leading to bizarre genetic twists in criminal humans, diving in mud, and a multi-level city under New York. It just got better and better.

    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
    (4503)
    Performance
    (2905)
    Story
    (2937)

    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"
    "Great story!"
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    Fast paced. Well narrated. Well written and interesting plot. Kept ones interest. Recommend. Will listen to next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1030)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "Story good. Narrator annoying!"
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    Story is good. Narrator's voice is pleasant but she does that droning tone and trail off at the end thing that has replaced Valley Girl talk among some women. It's a sing song, consistent emphasis on the same portion of a sentence that becomes monotonous and like walking down a stairway where the same foot hits the step and attracts your attention. She doesn't do it with the dialogue, so this is a habit that could be corrected. It's annoying and distracting. I had to increase speed to 1.25 and at one point nearly quit listening. However, the story was good enough to power through this narrator's habits. She needs to examine this pattern of inflection. Her voice and characterization is fine in the dialogue so she could fix it. Needs a voice coach to identify the pattern and then stop doing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress Effect: Brothers Sinister, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing - and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances...

    SIMARA says: "Great story with an even better narration..."
    "Not a bodice ripper. Good story. "
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    Good solid story. Kept interest. Romance is not fantastical but still has some good sex scenes. Realistic people and situations. Liked it. Will get another from author now. Take a chance on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train.

    Morgan H says: "Couldn't stop smiling"
    "Another winner in the series."
    Overall
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    Continues the story from books 1 and 2. A few interesting twists. Locomotives, werewolves turning, high level politics, coming of age feelings, and floating schools. This series and the petticoat series by same author are winners and this one holds its own among the others. I recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (269)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Modern gothic. Fun listen."
    Overall
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    Pretty well done modern day version of an old gothic novel. I liked the setting on the bleak shore of Lake Superior. The house itself was one of the characters. A bit light but still entertaining. Certainly worth a listen if you like light cottage mysteries and want a new venue other than a small town or knitting shop, haha. I think I will get the next, should there be one and from the abrupt ending, one would think there will be. Interesting plot lines etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Vampire for Hire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (725)

    Mother, wife, private investigator... vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire. Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun.

    Karen says: "A Nice Surprise"
    "Unexpectedly good!"
    Overall
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    Good fast paced story. Depth in the form of character and plot development. Fun to listen to and held my attention. Minimal romance/sex, which is sometimes refreshing after the gratuitous and repetitive bodice ripping descriptions in other urban fantasy. Is also consistent with the story line. This woman was so embroiled trying to adjust to her life change that she didn't have time for a hot romance. Realistic situations within the context of accepting that vampires exist. I didn't expect much and was pleasantly surprised. I have gotten the subsequent books. I like this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy....

    Doreen says: "I love Chet!"
    "A dog's work just keeps on coming!"
    Overall
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    Chet is delightful. Bernie is smart and pretty cool.

    Together they figure out and fix a complex problem with roots well into the past. Along the way they find some romance.

    Chet's chicken's may come home to roost (Chet is the dog, Bernie is the detective) and that is interesting as we so often think of dogs as having no personal life.

    If you like a good detective story and you like animals, you'll like this. Chet narrates much of the book, responding and speaking as a dog and with a dog's perspective on the events his owner drags him through. I have read a few others of this series and find it delightful.

    Chet's voice is so much like what I think my own dog would think and say. Even if you don't like dogs you'd like the book because the story is good.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1646)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Show? Book? Yes!"
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    Maybe because I'm a nurse, but this is so accurate and what a good historical snapshot of how it is to enter someone's home, provide intimate care and then move on to the next home, having touched the lives of everyone and that includes yourself.

    Good slice of life. Some things no one can fix. Some things can be improved. Some miracles occur, on a daily basis. Health care, whether then or now, is dealing with humanity at it's best and worst.

    If you like medical stories and good stories in general, you'll enjoy it. Every bit as good as the TV show.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1603)

    Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mysteries are critically acclaimed. Longmire's third outing takes him from Wyoming to Philadelphia to investigate a brutal assault on his daughter, Cady. Walt believes her ex-boyfriend is behind the crime and searches him out. But when he turns up dead, Walt is back to square one.

    TravisD says: "Wyoming Fun-- in Philadelphia"
    "POW!"
    Overall
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    From the beginning it packs a wallop. Family. Cops. Change of venue that still manages to be home. Friends. History. Sex. Deceit. Friendship. Adaptation. Confidence. Skill. Law. This one has it all.

    I am a huge fan of this series. Also on A and E TV but books are not the same as the show so do them both.

    Cady is hurt and Walt goes to her side, and solves the mystery. Along the way he learns more about Vic. Henry shows up and helps. Even Dog is there. Good plot but it's not the plot that makes this book, it's the characters. They are finely drawn and full of life with all it's beauty, mystery and heart.

    I liked this one very much. Superior use of your credit. Keep reading. The whole darn series is this way. It sneaks up on you and sticks with you, making you better for having read it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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