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Zulu

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  • Better Read Than Dead: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (556)

    Word of Abby's talents reading tarot cards has reached a mob boss who wants her help in some business matters and he doesn't take no for an answer. When the police seek out her psychic intuition to shed light on a masked man who's been attacking women, Abby finds herself working both sides of the law on her own, leading her to wonder, why didn't I see this coming?

    Jill says: "GREAT Series!"
    "Watch out, here comes the mob"
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    The main story line starts out with Abby helping a fellow psychic out at a wedding and discovering that it's a mob wedding. As soon as they realize this they, of course, take off with Kendall, the other psychic, saying he'll return the check. Well, Kendall doesn't get around to returning the check right away so the mob starts coming after Abby. There's some side storylines (i.e., Dutch and his new female boss) that add to the fun. There's ups and downs, twists and turns that should keep you entertained to the end.

    The narrator was easy to listen to and did a pretty good job with the voices, although the male voices could use some work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Study: An Anna Pigeon Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    It is January, and Park Ranger Anna Pigeon is sent to Isle Royale in Lake Superior to learn about managing and understanding wolves, as her home base of Rocky Mountain National Park might soon have its own pack of the magnificent, much-maligned animals. But what was once an idyllic refuge becomes a place of unnatural occurrences and danger beyond the ordinary.

    W. Black says: "Perhaps better than reading it"
    "Not one of the better ones"
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    I've read a lot of the Anne Pigeon books and this was not as good as previous ones. First she's amongst strangers so there's no personal interaction. There's also a lot of violence towards Anna and others. About the only thing I really enjoyed was the description of the park and the narrator, otherwise I might have only rated it two stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "Glad the 1600s are over"
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    If you could sum up The Beggar King in three words, what would they be?

    Friendship, mystery, torcher


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have one favorite character. I liked all the three main characters, Kuisl, Magdalena and Simon.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brought more life to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Since this story was set in a larger city there were more interesting characters - the beggars, Monk and, of course, the bad guys, plus a few others. Like usual the main characters had all kinds of hair-raising adventures and you never knew who the next bad guy, or good guy, was going to be. Like usual there were torture scenes, unfortunately the person being tortured was Kuisl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    A devastating plague continues to rage through the land of Muirwood, and all hope is laid at the feet of the young woman Lia. Called as a magical protector, Lia volunteers to embark on one last quest to rescue the knight-maston Colvin - her great love - and his pupil, the alleged heir to the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. Undaunted by injuries, Lia sets off across land and sea warning the kingdom of the great plague that is upon them. The arduous journey leads her to the doors of Dochte Abbey, where her friends are supposedly held. However, a fallen enemy lies in wait for Lia, as well as an unbearable new truth.

    Zulu says: "Coming of Age Story"
    "Coming of Age Story"
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    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for the first book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blight of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Rising from her humble beginnings as a lost orphan, Lia is summoned to be Muirwood Abbey’s protector and special guardian for Ellowyn Demont, the lost heir of the fallen kingdom of Pry-Ree. After the death of the ruthless king at the battle of Winterrowd, the great Aldermaston and Abbey leader calls on Lia to use her mystical talents to save Muirwood from two new threats - a vengeful queen accusing the Abbey of her husband’s death and a deadly plague threatening to destroy the land.

    DeAnne says: "the fun continues in a fast moving fantasy"
    "Coming of Age Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for the first book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (247)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    CJ says: "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
    "Coming of Age Story"
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    Story

    First, I've listened to all three books in the trilogy, so this review covers all of them.

    When I first read the summary for this book I wondered why I had gotten it, but luckily it was a pleasant surprise. I'm usually not too fond of coming of age stories but this one was pretty good. The characters developments grow through the story. Even minor characters have depth to them. There's magic and action. I read some reviewers who said there was a lot of preaching and religious aspects but I didn't find it overwhelming or even really thought of this as a religious book, unlike some I've accidentally listened to. After all, the main character was raised in an Abby and the storyline is centered around them.

    Lia starts out as a wretched (what we would call an orphan) in an Abby. We get to go along with her on her adventures as she discovers who she really is.

    The narrator did an excellent job and added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (817)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Too dark"
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    I unfortunately got this audio because I was curious to see what the young boys had done and like the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. If you like horror books you might enjoy this book, if you don't, stay away from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Alexandra Gaither is an attorney who finally has the power to get the justice she needs. Twenty-five years before, her mother had died a scandalous death. Alex believes one of three powerful men murdered her. Each is charming, each is a suspect, and each tries to shield her from his past. But not one of them can stop her passionate search for the truth.

    jaimie1805@yahoo.ca says: "Worst book ever"
    "Total Miss"
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    This is one of the few books I didn't want to listen to all the way through. I gave it a good try. I listened for five hours, put it aside for a long time, listened to three and a half more hours and then finally couldn't take it anymore and just suffered through the last hour to see if I was right on who the murderer was, I was. It's hard to like a book when you don't like the main character. She was just too hostile and immature. I also couldn't find many redeeming qualities in the other characters.

    Sandra Brown is sort of a hit and miss author for me and this one was a total miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3024)
    Performance
    (2458)
    Story
    (2464)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "Cute But Not Great"
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    Would you try another book from Molly Harper and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Yes. I like her Half Moon Hollow books but the Naked Werewolf ones aren't quite as good.


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

    I thought the narrator did a good job - even the male voices weren't half bad.


    Any additional comments?

    There were some good moments but I would find my mind drifting so it wasn't holding my attention. Her Half Moon Hollow books were a lot more entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1641)
    Performance
    (989)
    Story
    (992)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Nice beginning"
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    It's nice to listen to a book where the lead character starts showing growth right away. Kitty was attacked by a werewolf and turned and is still finding her way in the new world she was thrust into. Kitty starts out as a submissive werewolf who wants to keep some of her humanity so works hard at keeping her job as a DJ even though she gets pressure from all sides to quit.

    Unlike a lot of books in this genre the characters are the main focus and there are some interesting ones.

    The narrator does a great job with the voices. When Kitty is on air it almost sounds like you're listening to a radio show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Vision of Murder: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (419)

    Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II.

    Yuriko says: "Mystery solving couple"
    "Who you going to call, Ghost Busters"
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    Abby, her sister Kat and Dave, her handman, go into business together to buy houses, fix them up and then sell them at a profit. They buy their first house and wouldn't you know, it's haunted. Dave's first encounter with the ghost(s) was so terrifying he refuses to go back in the house. They need to solve the murder that was committed in the home years before before they can call in the ghost buster to get rid of the ghost(s).

    There's also some great side storylines in between the solving of the mystery.

    As the series goes on you get to see more of Abby's psychic ability and it makes the solving of the mystery more interesting. You also got to see a lot more of Dutch. He was on assignment and got shot in the rear so he's sort of recuperating during this episode. Of course, that little mishap has also put off the consummation of his and Abby's relationship so you also have a nice slow romance going. Their frustration adds a little spice to the story.

    The narrator did okay but she doesn't seem to be getting better. There were several times I couldn't tell who was talking and one person was a female and the other one was a male.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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