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  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1171)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "Was she in a hurry?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would always recommend J.D. Robb, but I would recommend that her books be read in order, since character development is so important. This shorter story leaves out a lot of the usual interactions and behind the scenes development. I felt that it was just a little "off" from her usual stories, as if she didn't have time to expand it fully. It even seemed to be read a bit more slowly than others in the series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken in Death?

    I liked the relationship between the twins: the communication that they had together. Would have liked more of it, though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end: the children showing their gratitude to Eve, who doesn't know how to respond.


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

    I did listen to it in one sitting. Always want to, but usually can't because of their length.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why this book seemed to be abbreviated, but I hope Robb gets back to her usual detail and length. Nevertheless, she remains my favorite author.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (285)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars. Detective Eve Dallas is playing and replaying the clues in her mind. The candlelight, the music, the rose petals strewn across the bed - a seduction meant for his benefit, not hers. He hadn't intended to kill her. But now that he has, he is left with only two choices: to either hole up in fear and guilt or start hunting again....

    amazonian says: "RE-DO! w/ corrected Characters PEABODY for one!"
    "Eve needs a chill pill"
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    What did you love best about Seduction in Death?

    The story line(s) including the subplots about the secondary characters. The mystery itself was well done. I enjoyed seeing a slightly different view of the "boss":Whitney. And as usual, I love Peabody.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Usually it's Eve, but in this one I liked Peabody better. It showed more sides of her character, and although she's a good cop, she's also a woman in the fullest sense and is growing and maturing. And she's able to put up with Eve's extremely bad temper throughout this particular book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Again, I liked all the minor characters: Trina is a trip, even Somerset showed more than one face. Peabody and McNabb are getting their balance and Charles and his new love interest were well written and performed. But for some reason in this story,or maybe just the way it was performed, Eve seemed to have one mood and one mood only: Angry, aggressive, bordering on mean in her relationships with everyone. She never let down her nasty voice and angry response and by the big rant in Whitney's office I was really tired of it. I get that she's under a lot of pressure (some of it self imposed) and I get that she has flash backs to her terrible childhood. This is usually a good plot enhancer.But her softer side was totally missing in this one. If this was the first and only book I'd read of this series, I'd have to wonder why is was so popular. I was glad that she was taking a vacation at the end of the book. If not, someone would have killed her and ended the series!


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because I read that it was re-released to correct the "sound" of the characters and bring them in line with the rest of the series. Maybe a little bit of Eve got lost in the translation. I want Eve back!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1396)
    Story
    (1406)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Violence vs. Sentiment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thankless in Death to be better than the print version?

    I have stopped buying the print version of J.D. Robb's books because I really enjoy listening to them. I don't think it's better, just a matter of personal preference. I'll probably eventually buy the print version to complete my collection.


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

    Maybe not on the edge of my seat, but it certainly kept me engaged and interested. I didn't enjoy the overly detailed and graphic violence in this book and when I listen to it again I'll fast forward through those parts. But I loved the award ceremony and the family involvement. I am so involved with the characters in this series that the sentiment brought me to tears. I loved the way old characters were brought back and the changes obviously happening to Eve's character as she matures and is finding her personal side. I disagree with those who found this book lacking because of less interaction with the older characters. I think it's perfectly believable that in an investigation that only lasted a few days Eve would not necessarily interact with all of her old friends. The character of the murderer in this book was very strongly drawn and created a contrast between her two worlds. (But I still would like a bit less of the details of the violence.)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The award ceremony and the follow up meeting with friends and family, closely followed by the scene where Nixie presented her gift. Both were moments of growth for Eve and were extremely well done.


    If you could take any character from Thankless in Death out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I love Nixie and would like to meet her. But I'd invite Roark too so he could pick up the check!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that Nora Roberts never tires of developing this character. I'll never tire of reading about her.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1435)
    Story
    (1434)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "Eve Dallas Never Disappoints"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Eve Dallas is my personal favorite character followed closely by Rourke, Peabody, and the whole cast of regulars in the "In Death" series. But I recommend that you follow the series in order to get the most out of the subplots and the character development throughout the series. I absolutely believe each of the characters.


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

    I wouldn't say "edge of my seat", but it did keep my interest and my attention. This plot wasn't quite as complex or confusing as some, but it's always interesting to see how Eve gets to the final arrest, even when the guilty party is evident early in the book. But the subplots are just as interesting as the primary plot.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    Always Eve, but Peabody and Rourke are close seconds.


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

    Not this one, no. J.D. Robb presents realistic emotions in her characters, but I find that I don't get as involved as with some other books. However it's extremely interesting to me to follow her reasoning and her character development. The emotions that the characters experience always are based on solid detail within the story. It always makes sense.


    Any additional comments?

    As always,waiting anxiously for the next in my favorite series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7612)
    Performance
    (6631)
    Story
    (6622)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Well crafted, gripping, great chracters."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The reader was so good that each character lived as an individual voice, and her own voice disappeared. The complexity of the story held my interest from beginning to end. Each character was well developed, complex, and believable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    The "surprise" toward the end when an unexpected twist shocked, but then made perfect sense in the context of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    I liked Brooks a lot. I think I would have liked him if I had read the book on paper, but the way the reader presented him made him much more attractive. Abigail seemed a bit unbelievable at first, but the more you learned about her, the more the character as presented made sense. I also liked Sunshine.


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

    Parts of it brought a tear to my eye, but I think my "extreme reaction" was to listen to it again immediately after I finished it. I found a lot of details the second time that I missed the first time, and knowing what would happen in the end actually made it more interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, but I think this book stands above many of her others because of the detail and complexity of the story and the excellent character development. I am already planning to listen to this one again in a year or so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Insight: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (405)

    When a childhood friend of Abby's from Denver, Colorado, finds herself short one bridesmaid, it doesn't take a professional psychic to see the opportunity for a much-needed getaway. But one bridesmaid after the next is mysteriously flying the coop, and Abby's intuition tells her their final destination isn't pretty. With the wedding party falling apart and her gift of sight never quite so foggy, Abby has to save the date - and herself - from becoming the next taffeta-clad target.

    Yuriko says: "comfort reading"
    "Better enjoyed in a paper format."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I recommended this book, or this series, I would not recommend the audio. Although the story is well crafted and fairly interesting, it just doesn't translate into the spoken word. The reader's monotone voice and pacing don't lend any reality to the performance. I found myself frequently thinking "nobody would use that phrase" or "noone would ever sound like that under the circumstances." It was annoying because the performance actually got in the way of the story. I've read some of this series and it was much more enjoyable to read silently.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None stood out particularly. I like Dutch from previous stories, so although he's not much of a presence in this book, I still like him. Abby is never quite believable to me.


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Michaels’s performance?

    I didn't like anything about it. She brought no life to the story, her pacing was static and boring,and her voice was very monotone. There was never any doubt she was 'reading" and not even attempting to "act" the various parts. I guess I've been spoiled by so many wonderful readers who bring each character to life. I will definately avoid any books read by her in the future.


    Was Killer Insight worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This author crafted a clever mystery with lots of action and characters, but the characters never became "real". They didn't talk like real people and certainly didn't act believably. Why was Abby always able to convince the Sheriff that she should allow herself to be put into danger against his better judgement? And why did the doctor begin to act like a criminal even though he was guilty of nothing? The idea of a psychic is interesting, but it needs more fleshing out, in my opinion. But for a light read, it's fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1222)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (777)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "If you suspend disbelief, this is a good story."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lucky One the most enjoyable?

    As usual, Sparks gives us great character development and an interesting story line. Up to a point, it's easy to buy into his premise, even though it's a bit far fetched. But why not? Why wouldn't an ex soldier weary of battle traumas walk across the country to heal and to find someone who has become a touchstone to him? Without giving away the story line, I'll just say that I was with him until the main character suddenly did something so out of character that I turned it off in disappointment, thinking "I just can't believe this story any longer." After finishing the book, I still couldn't decide why that particular incident was included.

    The ending which was telegraphed did turn at the end and it was overall a satisfying story with very attractive characters. The boy, the dog, and the grandmother were especially well done and fun to watch. Sparks knows how to give his characters depth and human interest, which is why I keep going back to him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development, especially of the minor characters, which were as fully drawn as the two lead characters. Even the town played a character role and was well done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's "female voice" and "child's voice" were really terrible and I never could accept his reading of the characters. He made the female character sound weak and insipid. I think it would have been better to simply read without trying to sound female, and leave it to the listener to provide her "voice". I found myself second guessing him throughout and thinking of how it should have sounded. It's not necessary for the reader to "act" in order to get the character across, and in this case, it was the only really jarring element in an otherwise well done production.


    Any additional comments?

    I can recommend this, but with the caveat that you'll have to put up with an annoying voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Drawn to a castle in the forests of Ireland, a beautiful young woman becomes the link to a stranger’s past – and the curse that has trapped him forever in the eternity of his own dreams…

    Patricia says: "Light fantasy"
    "Light fantasy"
    Overall

    Not one of Nora Robert's best. The story was fantasy but even fantasy could be delivered with better character development, plot, insight. And the reader's voice was extremely annoying: always on the verge of breaking, gravelly. I love Nora but was disappointed in this. I would not recommend it for anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Death Qualified: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (73)

    Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you."

    Alex says: "a good plot and a great reader"
    "Science fiction? mystery. Gripping"
    Overall

    It took a while to tie all the characters together, but once I got into it, this was a "can't put down" listen. A complex trial story with background mystery complicated by science fiction (I hope) abilities by the villains kept me focused on the story. The author includes too many characters and relationships to keep straight easily, but none were extraneous to the plot. And at the end there were loose ends which kept this story unwinding in my mind for days after I finished it. Excellent narration by a skilled reader. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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