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Mimi

Dawsonville, GA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (947)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Austen is wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Persuasion the most enjoyable?

    Juliet Stephenson's voice is compelling and versatile. I agree with another reviewer that she is merciless with those who are worthy of scorn, e.g. Mary. I have not read any Austen with my eyes but so enjoy listening to her words read by so capable a woman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Persuasion?

    Anne's conversation with Captain Harville.


    Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

    Well, Anne...really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (3800)
    Story
    (3798)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Love this book!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought my husband might enjoy this while we traveled so I got the audio book. Turns out that was a good decision. I didn't know Crais at this point but have since ventured out into Joe Pike/Elvis Cole and now Max Holman. I love this guy!

    One of the most captivating things about this book is the way the voice of the narrator changes from Scott to Maggie, who is a dog. It's not at all a Mr. Ed thing, but a true to life voice relating to how a dog's mind works based on someone's obvious research. Scott loses a partner and is nearly killed himself. Maggie's story is the same but takes place in Afghanistan/Iraq. Scott wants to continue being a cop but is struggling mentally and physically. It seems his only real recourse is the canine corps. Maggie is a mess, too, but gets picked to team up with Scott. Their journey is hard, tender, painful, joyful, and healing.

    Crais is a master at creating characters you can cheer for and care about, and the characters in this book are no exception. Loved it and am now a total Crais fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (368)

    When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

    John says: "Good book for the first in the series."
    "Book OK, reader awful"
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    What did you like best about The Monkey's Raincoat? What did you like least?

    Almost didn't finish listening to this book because the reader was so bad. Suffered through listening because I wanted to see how the story ended. I like Elvis and he is better developed in later books, but I wanted to see how it started. This narrator was just so whiny and sarcastic sounding even when he wasn't supposed to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elvis is an interesting and complex character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a different reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of Elvis and Joe and I like Robert Crais as a writer. I'll stay with the series a bit longer but I won't listen to anymore books read by Patrick Lawlor. Guess I'll just have to check them out of the library!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3910)
    Performance
    (3603)
    Story
    (3601)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "More from Robert (ahem, JK) Galbraith!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Silkworm to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to both of Galbraith's books so I can't comment on the written versions, but I love the work!


    What other book might you compare The Silkworm to and why?

    I am a reader of mysteries largely and this is a mystery with a bit of police prodecural thrown in. The investigative techniques and psychology, pretty fascinating, are displayed both overtly in Strikes directions to Robin and covertly in practice. You could call it a sort of modern, over the top Nick and Nora!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Robin's driving on the ice and avoiding the accident to Strike's amazement. Very intricately written. You could almost feel the car sliding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Just no way to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all the Harry Potters and Cuckoos Calling before this. Had I not heard on the news about JK Rowling writing Cuckoo under the Galbraith persona, I don't think I am a good enough technical analyst to have gleaned that it was she. Strike is a great character, not perfect, not always happy, but driven and proud. He wants to make his life right on his own terms and not ride his father's coattails. I enjoyed meeting Al and getting to know his half brother. I hope she includes him in future books. They play well together.

    We see the development of a more mature relationship between Robin and Matthew, but will it survive her training to be an investigator? Robin is a great character and her relationship with Strike is stimulating and very realistic. Whatever name she uses, JK is just a good writer, A Casual Vacancy notwithstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (1970)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    A says: "Cute series"
    "This series is just fun"
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    What did you love best about Royal Flush?

    I like hearing about the history and goings on in the time frame of the book. Lady Georgeanna is a likeable character with a good bit of naivete that nearly gets her in serious trouble at the beginning of the book. She is intrepid if not entirely sophisticated and manages to make all her catastrophes so relevant to us ordinary humans. She is interesting and intelligent and Darcy is luscious.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Royal Flush?

    Georgie's hanging upside down from the cliff face.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoy good British readers and she is one. She has just the right tone for Georgie as well as her wild and crazy friend, Belinda.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready to Kill: Nathan McBride, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (734)

    When a mysterious note referencing a top-secret US operation is tossed over the wall of the embassy in Nicaragua, Nathan McBride and his old pal Harv are called out of retirement by CIA Director Rebecca Cantrell and sent to Central America. Cantrell wants the situation resolved quickly and knows that Nathan is the man to do it; after all, he has a history with the place. The jungle he and Harv are about to land in is the same one that Nathan barely escaped with his life decades before, an ordeal that left him physically and psychologically scarred.

    Gabe says: "Not the strongest outing of the four books."
    "Really enjoy Nathan and Harve"
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    Would you listen to Ready to Kill again? Why?

    Yep, though my Hubby probably wouldn't just because he doesn't. Action packed, good story, great relationship stuff, flawed hero. The problems of the miners are sort of global, though this takes place in Nicaragua. Other geopolitical issues are as compelling...hate to give too much of the story away. As always, Nate and Harve are up to their necks and not sure if their predicament is deliberate or an accident on the part of their higher up.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You figure Nathan will probably not die, but nothing else is sure. Hard to know who to trust. Peterson does his research and the situations and locations seem very true.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Always like Harve and Holly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Good Training is Hard to Overcome


    Any additional comments?

    Keep 'em coming, Mr. Peterson!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Plagues: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1660)

    Saturday, 0911 hours — A blast rocks a London hospital and thousands are dead or injured. 1009 hours — Joe Ledger arrives on scene to investigate. The horror is unlike anything he has ever seen. Compelled by grief and rage, Ledger rejoins the Department of Military Sciences, and within hours he's attacked by a hit team of assassins and sent on a suicide mission.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THIS ISN'T A SODDEN COMIC BOOK"
    "Joe Ledger Rocks!"
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    Would you listen to The King of Plagues again? Why?

    Yes. The writing is good and the reader, Ray Porter, really brings an energy and life to Joe and the other characters. The plot is complex and jumps back and forth between past and present thru most of the first half to 2/3 of the book...then it all comes down at the same time and place. Characters are well crafted and behave the way you would expect. There are apparently two books earlier than this in the Joe Ledger series and I will probably have to go back and get them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a book about terrorism and how to deal with it on many levels. In some ways, it's too real and is scary because of that; but I liked the reality of it.


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

    I haven't but I will.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4796)
    Performance
    (4117)
    Story
    (4093)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Fun, well done and easy to listen to"
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    If you could sum up Her Royal Spyness in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, charming, interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Her Royal Spyness?

    Hate to say because it might be a spoiler. But her conversation with the butler was certainly enlightening.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Hard not to love Georgie but Belinda is awfully good, too


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in a series and I am already listening to the second one. Takes place in '30s Britain, which venue I love. The description of royal manners, dress, everyday life is intriguing to me. The conflict with Georgiana's feelings for and interaction with her mother are interesting, too. Kellgren is excellent with her voice differentiation and is not overly dramatic, which I find irritating. Look forward to the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (1983)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Interesting info delivered well"
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top few of the non-fiction listens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    The agent's understanding that Jackie didn't want the public to see Jack with his face blown up so he put his own jacket over the face and chest, which allowed Jackie to let them take Jack into the hospital.


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    O'Reilly was concise, not overdramatic, and coherent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Details about Jackie at the hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    O'Reilly brings in issues relating to the mob, Sinatra, Cuba, Russia and others. Were any of them involved with Lee Harvey? No way to know...the Russian connection is the only one with any real proximity. He doesn't flatly state that there were no other possibilities than Lee Harvey but the evidence for a one man operation is compelling. Excellent book, good follow up to "Killing Lincoln."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hard Way

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1029)

    Jack Reacher was alone, the way he liked it, soaking up the hot, electric New York City night, watching a man cross the street to a parked Mercedes and drive it away. The car contained one million dollars in ransom money. And Edward Lane, the man who paid it, will pay even more to get his family back. Lane runs a highly illegal soldiers-for-hire operation.

    Ed says: "Picks up at the conclusion"
    "Good Reacher stuff"
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    If you could sum up The Hard Way in three words, what would they be?

    Action, intrigue, twist


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Liked the bi-coastal setting as well as the kidnap set up. Very subtle.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite readers. He imbues the characters with character. You get voice nuance that you wouldn't get with your eyes.


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

    Always get some laughs from Reachers: irony, stupidity, off-handedness.


    Any additional comments?

    I love reading Jack Reacher books by ear or eye so it's hard not to give 5 stars all the way across all the time. They are not formulaic but perhaps not "great literature" in the formal sense, but they are well researched, interesting and fun. The random settings are always fascinating and each is unique for what can be done there. You learn something new about Reacher each story even if just a turn of mind. Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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