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Nora

12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc

Pocatello, ID, United States

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  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1312)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "SAD"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    As a Plum fan this is a rehash ..nothing new.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    Storyline was a rehash of several others.


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Grandma


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

    the characters remaining the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Plum books. This is a retelling of the same story. Nothing and no one has changed. You don't have to buy this NEW book, you can read any of the others for the same basic plot and characters. I am returning this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (369)

    Consistently appearing on US and UK best-seller lists, C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries have earned considerable critical acclaim, including a CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. At the behest of a former servant to Catherine Parr, Shardlake travels to Portsmouth to investigate claims of unspeakable crimes committed upon a young ward of the court. There, Shardlake uncovers disturbing evidence even as England’s continuing war with France rages around him.

    MLKIllory says: "Worth the time and money"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew he is just perfect interesting, human annd he totally engages the listner


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

    Excellent narrator


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

    Enchanting tale filled with villains,heroes, beautiful women brave men an enthralling story


    Any additional comments?

    WHEN is Audible going to bring the latest book in this series to the USA it is already out in th UK My credits are WAITING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Dwell in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Recently transferred to the London borough of Camden from Scotland Yard headquarters, Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his new murder investigation team are called to a deadly bombing at historic St. Pancras Station. By fortunate coincidence, Melody Talbot, Gemma's trusted colleague, witnesses the explosion. The victim was taking part in an organized protest, yet the other group members swear the young man only meant to set off a smoke bomb.

    Keenan says: "Gold Standard"
    "The End is in the middle????"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the story but it ends with little or no resolution. Characters are well developed story grips you, the climax approaches and the book ends without warning. Since this is a very popular series I am wondering if ALL her books end in the middle? I am returning this one.

    Someone tell me , do all this authors books in in the middle?


    If you’ve listened to books by Deborah Crombie before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first and probably last


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing really stands out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not with this ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I would still like to know what happened next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine Swynford

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Judith Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.

    Alexis says: "Too much detail, not enough person"
    "A Great Disappointment from a great writer."
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    Would you try another book from Alison Weir and/or Judith Boyd?

    I have always enjoyed Alison Weir's books not this one. This book managed to make great material into a very boring.


    Has Katherine Swynford turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I enjoy this genre


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None I am afraid


    Do you think Katherine Swynford needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a new book or a complete rewrite. I wanted to earn about Swynford not detailed lists of property holdings by her and John of Gaunt.


    Any additional comments?

    I an saddened by hours of property descriptions filling space instead of the fine writing and research I had come to expect from author Weir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem of Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can't remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he's about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn't even know existed, he's sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division.

    Dianna L. Storck says: "Very disappointing."
    "A WALK THROUGH UNWASHED PUBIC HAIR"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story, sexual scenes resembling humans, a decent plot line, believable characters,
    a different author. I have always enjoyed both Jonathan and Faye Kellerman's books. I will never buy another book where the son is involved. The writing show a crass and little talented writer.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman ’s story?

    The story line had promise but it did not carry through.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Better material woulld have helped


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

    Disappointment and the need for a shower. Anger and sadness,


    Any additional comments?

    I would never buy another book by Jesse Kellerman

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    In Hot Blooded, she transports listeners into the heart of New Orleans, where a deluded murderer is on a holy quest of vengeance. Dr. Samantha Leeds hosts her own late-night radio talk-show on WSLJ. One day she receives a menacing phone call at her home, while miles away, a prostitute is strangled to death. Seemingly unrelated, nobody connects the two events until more murders occur under similar circumstances.

    Andrea McLaughlin (Kindle) says: "Cold Boredom"
    "After reading part of this I trashed it."
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    What disappointed you about Hot Blooded?

    No story, no mystery utterly boring and unbelievable bedroom romp.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Jackson again?

    NO, NO, NO


    What aspect of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance would you have changed?

    She does a decent job with very poor material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hot Blooded?

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    If you are over 14 this book is not for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    Best-selling author of Hot Blooded Lisa Jackson reunites detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya in this gripping psychological thriller. As a serial killer terrorizes New Orleans, the detectives enlist the aid of psychic Olivia Benchet. As the beautiful Olivia paints a vivid portrait of the man they seek, Bentz finds himself thinking of nothing but seducing her. But as the killer claims yet another victim, Bentz realizes that both Olivia and his daughter Kristi are the next targets.

    Debbra says: "Chapters are out of order."
    "Boring Soft Porn"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A believable plot line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something OTHER than a bodice ripping romp. It has NOT increased my interest in any way.


    What three words best describe Alyssa Bresnahan’s voice?

    Its just O.K. good performance with unbelievable plot line. Totally unbelievable characters. This author achieves nothing for me except to remove the books from my library and never buy anything else written by her.


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

    It must have been a challenge for the poor narrators not to break down with laughter at some of what she had to read. I have no fault with the narrator. Utter disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    If you just want to read about humans in heat this is for you. Do not expect a story, a mystery or anything other than badly written soft porn. Do not waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (755)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "I do not really "rank" books. BUT....."
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    Where does Dissolution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Engrossing main character. Obviously well researched. Excellent plot structure. Most of all a really enoyable listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matthew He seems so real, like all of us flawed but a survivor.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Matthew


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

    I smiled, , a good story well read. What more could a book lover ask for?


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to listen to the entire series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harold Schechter
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: SKYSCRAPER SLAYER, BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again - and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed these murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

    William R. Toddmancillas says: "The Mad Sculptor"
    "AWFUL!"
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    Would you try another book from Harold Schechter and/or Peter Berkrot?

    One of the worst books in a long time. Bought it on sale, NO bargain. Production is flawed and annoying. There is no story really.


    Has The Mad Sculptor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, Yes, Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Very much so.


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

    NONE


    Any additional comments?

    If you like this genre try another book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The First Elizabeth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman who commands our attention, fascination, and awe. With the special skill for which she is acclaimed, Carolly Erickson electrifies the senses as she evokes with total fidelity the brilliant colors of Elizabethan clothing and jewelry, the texture of tapestries, and even the close, perfumed air of castle rooms. Erickson demonstrates her extraordinary ability to discern and bring to life psychological and physical reality.

    Nora says: "You may think you know Elizabeth"
    "You may think you know Elizabeth"
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    If you could sum up The First Elizabeth in three words, what would they be?

    I thought I knew Elizabeth 1 of England but this book convinced me of how much more I did not know. An enjoyable, well researched book. NOTE: She is Elizabeth 1st of England

    The United Kingdom did not exist during this period. Elizabeth 2nd is an error.

    Yes, I am opinionated


    What other book might you compare The First Elizabeth to and why?

    Your favorite Tudor period biography.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Gives all of the human beings in this book interest and color.


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

    I have listened several times


    Any additional comments?

    A pleasure, a bit like hot chocolate, its addictive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "A Favorite Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book captires you in every way. I have relistened several times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry of course! I KNOW what he was really like, truly evil a really bad human being. BUT this book has a way of hooking your interest and keeping it. Very well researched. For me a book has to be well researched and this one is.


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

    I loved the narration, beautifully done.


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

    Hypnotic


    Any additional comments?

    A GREAT listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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