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Vall

If life were easy, I would't learn anything.

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  • A Cold-Blooded Business: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (97)

    A string of drug-related accidents at an oil company's rig in the Arctic Circle forces Kate Shugak to go undercover to scope out a cocaine connection along the TransAlaskan Pipeline. She's out to ID a major deal and shut down his operation. Of course, the deal has other ideas....

    Jan says: "Dana and Marquerite are hard to beat"
    "All you ever wanted to know...pipelines in Alaska!"
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    An okay story slogged through because of fondness for the author, the series, and the
    narrator. The story is hindered by a too-detailed description of the killing ground oill field and not enough character development of the perpetrators. It did provide more info about
    Kate and her private life-- especially poignant since I know what happens in later books. The narrator seems to speak just a bit too fast and I got the feeling I was being rushed.
    I did enjoy the brief glimpse into the archeology aspect; if only this part had been more indepth.The story is predictablle but elevated by the respect shown to native peoples.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1004)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "Read the entire series and fall in love!"
    Overall
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    Fall in love with the people of Three Pines and listen as Inspector Gamish (sp) finds and brings to justice a killer lurking just under the surface. I started with "A Brutal Telling," then went back to the first book in the series.
    I enjoyed the low key storytelling style of the author as she described the citizens and their various lifestyles. Under it all is an underlying tension between the French and English of Quebec.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brutal Telling: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1494)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1048)

    As autumn descends upon Three Pines, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store at the center of town. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, chaos begins to close in on the beloved bistro owner, Olivier. What past did he leave behind, and why has he buried himself in this tiny village?

    Marie says: "Satisfying but sad"
    "Not What it Seems"
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    A seemingly simple murder story blossoms into a multi-layered confection providing a look at greed, fear, and courage in the small village of Three Pines. The lead investigator and his team
    become the quietly powerful force that solves the case inspite of those incapable of telling the truth. There are unexpected humorous interactions, interesting characters, nods to art, history, poetry and a reverence for native tribes.
    More variety in the vocal performace would have helped to keep all the characters straight--females sounded similar and there was not enough variety in male vocalization. The chapters are long and stuffed with details that make visualization easy. Though there is no arguing with the evidence as the killer is finally brought to justice, a certain sadness lingers as village harmony is shattered.
    A second read for "The Brutal Telling" will be so sweet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood Spilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Asa Larsson
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    It's midsummer in Sweden, when the light lingers through dawn as winter finally ends. In this magical time, a brutal killer strikes, and the murder of a female priest sends shock waves through the community. Though she has no cause to get involved, attorney Rebecka Martinsson cannot help herself. And the further she is drawn into a mystery that will soon claim another victim, the more the dead woman's world consumes her - a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

    Susan says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Wonderful Prose and Narration!"
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    After listening to books by Indridason, Nesser, and Lackberg, this murder mystery was pure pleasure because it simply flowed along and carried me away. The narrator has a most pleasant and melodious voice and the names of the characters were much easier on the ear. Translation was exceptional but for "picnic blanket" instead of "picnic basket" early on. Providing narration of the main non human character provided an interesting plot turn that has given me a lot to ponder. I hated for the book to end and I was left wanting more of Rebecca--her life before this story and afterward.. A really good read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Jane Yolen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Follow along as11 different dinosaur children and their prehistoric parents give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper "good night". Filled with wonderful detail, humor, and priceless expressions.

    Vall says: "Too Scary for Four Year Olds!"
    "Too Scary for Four Year Olds!"
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    I would try another book by this author hoping the music used in the dramatazation would convey a lighter mood. The music selected was too dissonate and kept my granddaughter and myself from getting more than one minute into the story. The foreboding music caused her to rush to mom with an "I'm scared."That ended what was to be an exciting shared experience and it made Grandma look really bad. Luckily, the folks at Audible gave me a full refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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