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Siri-Mette Amble

Norway | Member Since 2009

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  • 17 reviews
  • 31 ratings
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  • Injustice for All: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (95)

    The blonde on the beach was screaming. A dead man lay at her feet. But the murder is only the first ingredient J. P. Beaumont discovers in a deadly mixture of politics and passion.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Act With a Conscience"
    "Another winner"
    Overall

    Following J.P. Beaumont is very addictive and the more I know him the more I love him. J.A. Jance is a master author!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Baking Cakes in Kigali

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Gaile Parkin
    • Narrated By Sandra James-Young
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Angel Tungaraza has recently moved to Rwanda from her native Tanzania. Although she has her husband Pius and the five orphaned children of their late son and daughter to look after, she still finds time for her small business, baking individually designed cakes for the celebrations of her neighbours and their friends. Entirely aware that many of the people around her have witnessed and survived horrors she can barely imagine, Angel also knows that their lives continue, and they still find reasons for joy and celebration.

    Angela says: "A Beautiful Story & Narration"
    "What a wonderfully charming book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Baking Cakes in Kigali the most enjoyable?

    The warm-hearted story and the excellent narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character carried the story, well helped by the various people who happended to come her way.


    What about Sandra James-Young???s performance did you like?

    I loved the way she freed herself and let the words become alive and natural.


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

    The book made me smile!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah’s Garden: A Patch of Heaven Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kelly Long
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Deep in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, shy Sarah King is happiest when working in her vibrant Amish kitchen garden, but new family responsibilities lead her into the confusing world of the English. Sarah finds her life turned around when she encounters the community’s new English veterinarian, Grant Williams.

    Carrie Fancett Pagels says: "A Beautiful Patchwork of Characterization & Story"
    "A feel-good read"
    Overall

    You just have to wish them all the best.... The book warms you up inside.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Malice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The scent is unmistakable - gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he's recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn't have been Jennifer. She died 12 years ago....

    J. says: "Terrific"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall

    Bought the book on sale and didn't really put it high on my agenda to listen to. Big mistake. I understand now that this is an independent sequel but no problem. Very, very thrilling and thanks to an descriptive author and excellent narrators I litteraly spent those hours in New Orelans and L.A. I saw it all, every detail - and my blood pressure rose and fell in alignment with the story. Well spent time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lying in Wait: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    A shadow from J. P. Beaumont's past shows up after 30 years, an ex-girlfriend whose husband has been brutally murdered.

    Siri-Mette Amble says: "Yet another excellent book from J.A. Jance"
    "Yet another excellent book from J.A. Jance"
    Overall

    As a Norwegian myself it was interesting following J.P. Beaumont into the Norwegian community. His observations on "Akevitt" is something I belive most foreigners and alot of Norwegians can relate to! As before, Gene Engene IS Beaumont. It should be considered an ID-theft and a fellony to have anyone else do the part. I'm slowly running out of Beaumont/Engene/unabridged books. I see a difficult withdrawal process coming my way!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J.P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    The little girl was found murdered, her pink nightgown twisted around her throat. She was only five. The woman who came to the funeral to throw a single rose on the coffin was very much alive, and beautiful. The kind of beautiful that homicide detective J. P. Beaumont couldn't resist. But lurking in the dark corners of this bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly, so close to Beaumont's own life, that even a street tough cop could die guessing at the answers...

    Carol says: "Hard-boiled + Romance ="
    "I'm hereby a fan"
    Overall

    This was my first J.A. Jance book. I was not even halfway through it before I searched the net for her full bibliography. I have a feeling I'll be reading them all - and will most likely be spending more than my monthly credits on her books. Gene Engene is a master as narrator and deserves whatever the corresponding award there is to an Oscar to audiobook narrators. He IS J.P. Beaumont and I hope he remains through the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elegy for April: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (81)

    April Lavery has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a trail-blazer in the deeply conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, a handsome and charismatic medical student from Nigeria.

    Pat says: "Great Series, Excellent Narration"
    "Good enough"
    Overall

    ... but please, get the narrator off the playing field! Even in British English you don't need to drag out the last syllable of each and every word! It was extremely annoying and terribly over-dramatized. The plot was decent enough with a slightly surprising end.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (947)

    Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

    Babs says: "Intelligent people behaving stupidly"
    "Gerritsen is still going strong"
    Overall

    Following the trail of Iles/Rizzoli once again - a slightly different type this time around. Gerritsen keeps you guessing what's around the corner and makes it hard to use the off button on the player. Being a great fan I loved the book, not so much the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of a Philanderer: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Carola Dunn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    In the summer of 1924, the Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is off on a holiday by the sea with her step-daughter Belinda, Belinda's chum Deva, and Daisy's husband, Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard. Daisy is anticipating a relaxing, nondramatic holiday. But Daisy doesn't have that kind of luck.

    Connie says: "a stronger entry in the series, eventually"
    "I do hope that more books are coming!"
    Overall

    I do love the Daisy Dalrumple (now Fletcher) books. The "innocent" crime along with the underlying love-story, not to mention the charming lingo is enchanting!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Concubine

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lesley Downer
    • Narrated By Sarah Sherborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Growing up in rural Japan in 1861, Sachi has always felt different, her pale skin setting her apart. When she is 11, a princess passes through her village, sweeping her off to the women's palace in Edo, home to 3000 women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi is chosen as his concubine. But Japan is changing.

    Cecilia says: "Interesting but kind of slow"
    "Facinating"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the glimpse into a foreign time long gone. Predictable happy ending, but then again, what's wrong with a happy ending?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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