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Sandra

TAFT, CA, United States

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 917 titles in library
  • 179 purchased in 2014
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  • Wormwood: A China Bayles Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan Wittig Albert
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Susan Wittig Albert has won critical acclaim anda devoted following for her China Bayles mysteries featuring beloved herb shop and tearoom owner China. In Wormwood, the death of a woman in a pool - where a Shaker woman drowned in 1912 - sets the stage for a perplexing whodunit.

    Sandra says: "Not too bad"
    "Not too bad"
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    Like another reviewer I thought there was WAY too much Shaker history in the story. I mean, the history was interesting, but if I wanted to read a detailed history of the Shakers, I'd get a history book. It seems to me that without the history the book would have been too short, so the author may have added it to fill pages. The basic back story was interesting, but WAY too detailed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open and Shut

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (796)

    Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

    pewter says: "Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?"
    "Good Book"
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    I was looking for a new series to start and stumbled on this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one. Like one of the previous reviewers, I noticed a jump in the action where one second they were doing a deposition and the next second they were in court, but otherwise a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valor's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tanya Huff
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation - at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war.

    Shelby says: "Surprisingly Good!"
    "Good Book, BUT..."
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and interplay between the characters. However, I found the frequent use of the F word offensive, I know Marines talk like that, but if I wanted to hear it, I'd be a Marine. For this reason, and for this reason ONLY, I won't be listening to any more of the books in this series. It's a shame because, as I said, the story itself is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dial C For Chihuahua: A Barking Detective Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Waverly Curtis
    • Narrated By Laura Darrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Pepe may have soft white fur, big brown eyes, and mucho attitude - but he's no furry fashion fad. Pepe can talk - even if his new owner, Geri Sullivan, seems to be the only person who can understand him. When Geri takes on her first assignment for a quirky investigator named Jimmy G and stumbles over a Seattle millionaire's corpse, Pepe proves to be worth his weight in liver treats.

    Sandra says: "Cute Book"
    "Cute Book"
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    The book was pretty cute. Not hilarious, like other reviewers said, but cute. Pepe reminded me of my chihuahua, who I had to put down last year at the age of 15, so I guess that's why I don't want to listen to further books in the series just yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damsels in Distress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joan Hess
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A renaissance fair is coming to the relatively quiet college town of Farberville, Arkansas. Though resistant to getting involved, Claire Malloy, local bookseller and mother of the perpetually petulant teen Caron, finds herself drawn into the strange inner workings of the group putting on the fair. But a dark mood falls over the festivities when one of the organizers is a victim of arson, and her body is found in the burned wreckage of her rented house. Someone is definitely dead - but is it murder?

    Sandra says: "It was OK"
    "It was OK"
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    The book was pretty good. I expected it to be funnier, like Joan Hess' Arly Hanks series, but it was alright. It did get a little confusing when, about 6:45 into Chapter 11, Claire was magically transported from her couch with Peter to her office with Edward. Is that actually in the book, or did the narrator skip a page or 2?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Donna Andrews
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair.

    Jennifer says: "Very amusing!"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    Because of my stressful job, I really wanted something light and funny. I am thoroughly enjoying this book. The characters and story are funny but the author still has a mystery in the book. I highly recommend this book and hope Audible gets more of this series soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chocolate Cat Caper: A Chocoholic Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Carl
    • Narrated By Teresa DeBerry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    After giving up her career as a Texas trophy wife, 28-year-old Lee McKinney finds herself in a Michigan resort town, keeping the books for her Aunt Nettie’s luxury chocolate business. But she soon finds that her new life isn’t all truffles and bonbons… Clementine Ripley, the defense attorney everyone loves to hate, is throwing a party that calls for several thousand dollars worth of custom chocolates - some made in the image of her champion cat.

    Beatrice says: "Disappointing"
    "Not bad at all"
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    When I read the previous reviews on this book, I was skeptical, but decided to listen anyway. I completely disagree with the previous reviews. I enjoyed the book enough to buy the next one, and Teresa DeBerry did a very good job narrating. I appreciate the main character having a slight Texas accent, since she IS from Texas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Monk in Outer Space

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Angela Brazil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Adrian Monk has journeyed into the realm of the cult science fiction show Beyond Earth, where he meets fans just as obsessive as he is. Monk is at their convention because there may be a killer lurking in the Beyond Earth community: someone in a starship uniform has very publicly gunned down the show's legendary creator, Conrad Stipe. Could a fan be that furious at him for selling out to an exploitative Hollywood producer? Or is there more going on behind the scenes in Stipe's life?

    Supreme Overlord of the Earth (a.k.a. Jon) says: "Who changed the channel when its getting good!?"
    "OK Book"
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    The book was OK, but the end didn't make sense. Apparently, some pages were skipped because Natalie was in the building, in the car, then in the building again. And she mentioned driving through the window, which never happened - at least in the reading it didn't! Please be sure the entire book is read; otherwise, why are we buying them from Audible???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raisins and Almonds: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    In investigating the poisoning of a young man in a bookshop at the Eastern Market, and the wrongful arrest of one Miss Sylvia Lee, Phryne Fisher is plunged into a world of Jewish politics, alchemy, poison, and chicken soup. Stopping only for a brief but intensely erotic dalliance with the beautiful Simon Abrahams, Phryne picks her way through the mystery with help from the old faithfuls: Bert, Cec, Dot, and Detective Inspector "Call Me Jack" Robinson.

    Etta says: "Raisins and almonds"
    "Thorougly enjoyable!"
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    I've been thoroughly enjoying the Phryne Fisher stories. The history of 1928 Australia is very interesting. Having Jewish grandparents, I particularly enjoyed this this book. And Stephanie Daniel did GREAT Jewish accents, nu?

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1652)

    Penniless and 34th in line to the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch finds herself in a truly draining state of affairs. To escape her hateful brother, Georgie accepts an invitation from the Queen to represent the royals at a wedding in Transylvania. But at the macabre- looking castle, Georgie finds the bride with blood running down her chin, and a wedding guest is poisoned.

    BJG says: "A little predictable"
    "Not the Best"
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    I agree with a previous reviewer; the vampire stuff was rather silly. The story, however, was as good as expected - vampires not withstanding.

    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
    (4858)
    Performance
    (4177)
    Story
    (4153)

    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"
    "Very fun book"
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    I'd never heard of these books before, but figured I'd give them a try. Totally enjoyable! Fun story line, and the reader is excellent. I love the accents. This is a great series if you're looking for light listening with a bit of excitement. And I find the description of 1932 England fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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