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Yvonne

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  • Love in the Afternoon: Hathaways, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (384)

    Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
    Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.

    Helen says: "It's Beatrix's turn!"
    "It's so hard to say goodbye to the Hatheways!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love in the Afternoon to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this book. I have a long commute, and get most of my "reading" done with the audio editions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beatrix - she is not perfect, although the relationship with the equally imperfect Christopher make them a perfect couple. The Hatheway series is populated with strong characters that Lisa Kleypas brings alive. Beatrix' story ends the series beautifully giving hope that there really is someone for everyone.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Her performance didn't detract from the story (as some of the readers do).


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

    No - I wanted it to last as long as possible. I didn't want the series to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Lisa Kleypas' historicals. Her contemporaries, not so much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Buzzard Table

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Margaret Maron's mysteries starring Judge Deborah Knott have built a loyal following since debuting with the Edgar Award-winning The Bootlegger's Daughter. The series' 18th entry finds Deborah and her husband, Deputy Sheriff Bryant, teaming up with Lt. Sigrid Herald to track down a killer on the loose in their small North Carolina town. But as the hunt for the culprit gets more intense, they uncover long-hidden secrets that cast their investigation in a whole new light.

    C. Telfair says: "It's A Turkey"
    "Deborah Knott is BACK!"
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    Would you listen to The Buzzard Table again? Why?

    Yes. It is as good as some of the earlier books in this excellent series. It was a good story, and I may have missed some details the first time around.


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

    I read this series because I enjoy learning about Deborah Knott's extended family as much as the story lines. The plot was interesting, but not an "edge of seat" thriller.


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    C. J. Critt is one of my favorites. I've been listening to her for many years. She's still at the top of her game.


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

    I always laugh when listening to this series. And when the little kids gave their opinions on adoption - I found that moving. I love Mary Pat.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why so much time in the last book and this one was spent on the detective from NY. She seems color less, and I don't think her character adds anything to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Deep Voodoo: Mojo, Louisiana Humorous Mystery Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Maureen Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (197)

    In Deep Voodoo is a rollicking romantic mystery! Start with bad mojo, add a pinprick of revenge, and watch things boil over…A woman receives a voodoo doll of her lying cheating ex-husband as a gag gift at her divorce party, and vents her frustration by stabbing it with a pin. But later when he's found stabbed to death, she doesn't have to be told she's managed to land herself In Deep Voodoo!

    Mary says: "Narrator ruined it"
    "Promising First in Series"
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    What did you love best about In Deep Voodoo?

    I liked the characters, and the setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character was funny, and relatable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was all wrong. Her accent and pronunciation of some words was off putting.


    Who was the most memorable character of In Deep Voodoo and why?

    Marie - she should have her own story so we could learn more about her ESP, and mysterious (or make believe) boyfriend.


    Any additional comments?

    The story/plot seemed unfinished in some ways. However, it was a good introduction and set up for a new series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voodoo or Die: Mojo, Louisiana, Humorous Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Bond
    • Narrated By Maureen Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    When a female attorney relocates to the quaint town of Mojo, Louisiana to take over the practice of a dead man, she thinks the welcome gift on her office doorstep is sweet...until she opens it to find a voodoo doll! After a horrible death occurs that's a little too close for comfort, she can no longer ignore the power of the evil doll...and frantically realizes her secret past might be catching up with her.

    maggie says: "Waste of a credit and 10 hours of my life"
    "No story + no reader + no characters = No Fun!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story was disjointed. Instead of fleshing out the characters (including those from the first book in this series), they all became caricatures - I couldn't relate to any of them.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Bond? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd try another book. Maybe this one was just hexed.


    What three words best describe Maureen Jones’s voice?

    Wrong, distracting, odd


    Was Voodoo or Die worth the listening time?

    No, I skipped some sections.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was disjointed, and the reader's accent (Canadian maybe?) and character voices were distracting. None of the voices matched the descriptions of the characters. I thought the main character was an older woman (based on the first novel in this series) because of the voice given to her by the reader in both books. Disappointed all around.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Lesley Goranson says: "What a disappointment"
    "Hotshot! A Finn-tastic entry in a Fabulous Series"
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    What did you love best about Hotshot?

    Loved the back story of Finn's rescue of Peyton when she was a little girl.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hotshot?

    The opening scenes were the most memorable. They pulled you in and made you care about the characters right from the very beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Peyton recorded and nailed her nemesis ~ with his permission.


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

    I laughed out loud a lot. Finn and his family were very funny. I related to them both from the parent, and from the children's points of view. Peyton's sisters were also funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. This is the best (so far) in a really good series. Kudos to the author and reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted: Donovan Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray was drawn to darkly enigmatic Liam Donovan with a force she'd never imagined could exist. But before Liam could give Rowan his love, he first had to trust her with the incredible truth about himself…and his family.

    Kathy says: "Worst book I've listened to of Nora Roberts"
    "Disappointing end to a magical series!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No idea.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Linda Fairstein, Terminal City


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first one. I was thrilled to be listening to another Donovan Legacy book. The first 3 books in the series were fanciful, fabulous, and pulled you (happily) into another world.


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

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge Nora Robert's fan. But alas, this is my least favorite NR book. I waited to be entertained, but completed the book before that happened. This book seemed to have been hastily thrown together because fans wanted to read more about the Donavans, not because there was a story to tell. Sigh...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three-Day Town: A Deborah Knott Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret Maron’s meticulously crafted Judge Deborah Knott mysteries display the work of a master. In the series’ 17th entry, Deborah and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant are on their way to New York City for a belated honeymoon. Once in the city, however, they get swept up in a mystery involving a stolen package and a murdered doorman.

    G. Plude says: "Can't Get Past The Narration"
    "Disappointed..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Deborah Knott series is one of my favorites. However, this was one that I could have skipped. I would have liked to see Deborah and Dwight work together as a team with a little more time spent on their personalities/relationship, with less spent on all the various NY characters who seemed to get more time than they were worth (such as the NY detective and her roommate) while not advancing the story.


    Has Three-Day Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I'll still read the next in the series.


    What does C.J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is by far my favorite reader. I've tried new authors because she was the reader.


    Could you see Three-Day Town being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. But there are other stories in the series that would work.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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