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"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis

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  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (793)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (714)

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Lesley says: "I didn't want to like these girls..."
    "I had been on the fence. I'm glad it went on sale!"
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    If you could sum up The Wicked Girls in three words, what would they be?

    So, so good


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

    This was a really suspenseful book. I actually could not put it down. Even though I figured out who the killer was early on, I still wanted to know the back story of every other thing that was going on in the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually, I think it was towards the end, during one of the flashbacks, when Belle was in prison and her mother had come to visit her.


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

    YES.


    Any additional comments?

    It seems that people have either thought this was very good or very boring. I am not sure if it is the difference between reading it or listening to it, but I think I may pick up the book, also, to see if I missed anything while I listened, and maybe I will be able to figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2447)
    Performance
    (2197)
    Story
    (2197)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Enjoyable novel."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    B was my favorite. She was so nonchalant for a teenager. I kept thinking she was much younger acting older, so when the book started pointing out that she had turned 15, I kept thinking that was strange.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is a reunion scene that I enjoyed but if I say more there will be a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    I had trouble with the narrator's voice at first. It was a bit annoying. I mostly got used to it, and she did pretty well with the different voices, but overall there was some kind of high tone to it that bothered my ear. As usual, the volume on this Audible book did not go high enough so that I could listen in my car without a headphone due to road noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (562)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Temptation is fun"
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    Where does Welcome to Temptation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh, it's about the same as most of the others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Welcome to Temptation?

    I just crack up every time I think of the different paint jobs on the water tower.


    Any additional comments?

    Welcome To Temptation is one of my favorite Jennifer Crusie books, so when I was between novels and wanted to listen to something fun and easy I picked it up--I have been enjoying listening to the Audible versions of all of her novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Urn Burial: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    Phryne Fisher, scented and surprisingly ruthless, is not one to let sleuthing a horrific crime get in the way of an elegant dalliance. The redoubtable Phryne Fisher is holidaying at Cave House, a Gothic mansion in the heart of the Victorian mountain country. But the peaceful country surroundings mask danger. Her host is receiving death threats, lethal traps are set without explanation around the house and the parlour maid is found strangled to death.

    Nancy J says: "Homage to the Golden Age Mysteries and Christie!"
    "Great mystery, poor personal choices."
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    Would you listen to Urn Burial again? Why?

    Possibly. I haven't gotten around to listening to any of my books over again. Although I do read them over and over, so you never know.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think as the books move on, Kerry Greenwood's descriptions and storyline get stronger.


    Have you listened to any of Stephanie Daniel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've been listening to the entire series. This was standard performance, I wouldn't have expected anything else--although STOP SINGING. Jeez.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but it's kind of a twist, so I don't want to give it away.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh. The sex is getting to be a bit too much as far as Phryne is concerned. It's fine with me if she wants one lover a book, but two? Not necessary, and it really skeeved me out, especially since they were both within a day of each other, and technically she was "with" one of them. I thought it was crude and manipulative. I don't appreciate cheating in real life, why would I want to read about it? (the other lovers within the book/storyline don't bother me one bit, although somebody who is more...prejudiced...may take issue).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kelly Harms
    • Narrated By Reay Kaplan, Suehyla El-Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When their lives and personalities intersect, however, they discover that more than just a million-dollar dream home awaits them at the water’s edge. These three women (oh yes, Aunt Midge comes along for the ride!) arrive at their newfound mansion only to uncover what exactly it means to truly be "home." Filled with wit and charm, The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane is Kelly Harms's enchanting and heartfelt debut - a testament to the many, many ways love finds us, the power of a home-cooked meal, and just what it means to be lucky.

    bethieboop says: "Terrific debut novel!"
    "Terrific debut novel!"
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    If you could sum up The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad, delicious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A tough one, but probably Aunt Midge, because she's kind of a catalyst for both of the younger women.


    Which character – as performed by Reay Kaplan and Suehyla El-Attar – was your favorite?

    Well, both Janey and Neen were pretty interesting characters.


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

    Yes, I really enjoyed this and am pleased about that, as I had kind of suspected it might be mediocre.


    Any additional comments?

    Just...I wish the narrators had learned how to say "Damariscotta" before actually starting to read the book out loud (it's pronounced, in Maine, "Dam-Ri-Scott-A" -- a silent A after the Dam -- and they kept saying "Dam-A-Ri-Scott-A")--it was annoying at first but finally towards the end I just kept pretending it was because they were supposed to be from Iowa. I guess I got used to it, but for the first three-quarters of the book, it kept jolting me out of the groove.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passion of the Purple Plumeria

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Colonel William Reid has returned home from India to retire near his children, who are safely stowed at an academy in Bath. Upon his return to the Isles, however, he finds that one of his daughters has vanished, along with one of her classmates. Because she served as second-in-command to the Pink Carnation, one of England’s most intrepid spies, it would be impossible for Gwendolyn Meadows to give up the intrigue of Paris for a quiet life in the English countryside - especially when she’s just overheard news of an alliance forming between Napoleon and an Ottoman Sultan.

    J-9 says: "Miss Gwen is THE BOMB!"
    "Lauren's got her groove back!"
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    The previous book in the Pink Carnation series was kind of forgettable (I don't even remember which one it was), but since I have thoroughly enjoyed most of them, I was very excited to get The Passion of the Purple Plumeria. Am I glad I did! It's right back up there with her first books in humour, intrigue, and soppiness, so I had my fill of a terrific romance, lots of spy stuff, and plenty of laughter. I didn't want it to end--and it sounded as if this may be the end of the series, so I was a little sad at the end of the book...well, ok, a lot sad, but I was glad that it was so enjoyable.

    The narration...for the first hour or so of the book I had issues with the narration--it seemed shrill and slow; and very enunciated (which can be annoying)--but by the next night I had grown used to it and by the end of the book I felt that Kate Reading did a wonderful job, all in all.

    If you have EVER enjoyed Lauren Willig's books, don't miss out on this one! It was a rollicking good time! And so scandalous!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Louise Siversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (226)

    Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley. But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Don't know why I waited so long."
    "Corinna Chapman is no Phryne Fisher"
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    I got this because I adore the Phryne Fisher series but I needed a break from them for a while--that can happen when you listen to 8 in a row!

    I was disappointed. First of all, this is the first book in the series, and honestly? The plot is almost the same as the first Phryne Fisher book--a drug ring. OK, I could deal with that. But maybe if it had been fourth or fifth in the series, instead of being in the same order? Is the next one going to be about a kidnapping/child molester? (I haven't looked yet).

    Don't get me wrong. I liked Corinna. I liked that she baked and that she liked her bread; and her apartment and apartment building sounded WONDERFUL. I just didn't feel as if her character was finished, and I especially didn't feel as if her love interest, Daniel, was very well finished, either. It was disappointing.

    I also couldn't figure out why she kept calling herself fat--14 stone is really not that big. It's under 200 pounds, and while obviously that is not thin, it certainly isn't what I would consider...enormous. When I weighed 14 stone, I wore a size 12, for heaven's sake! That's not fat! I found this part of the story to be really frustrating and it made me very angry. All she need say is is that she is voluptuous or some such thing, not make such a big deal over her weight! This is part of the problem with this world these days...but I digress.

    As for the narration: SPEAK UP. I listen to my books in my car, and one of the biggest issues I have is narrators that speak so softly that even when I have the volume the highest it will go and am holding the speakers in my lap, I can't hear over road noise and the a/c blowing inside my car, and I continually am driving distractedly while I attempt to rewind that last minute that I missed.

    I think this book was ok. I won't recommend it to others. I might try reading the next one instead of listening to it. I didn't hate it, but I'll be glad to go back to my Phryne books and listen to Stephanie Daniel again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1236)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Doesn't disappoint!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heirs and Graces the most enjoyable?

    I love this series anyway, and Katherine Kellgren does a terrific job of narrating it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgianna, always. She's just such a refreshing girl, and so headstrong for the time. Willing to do almost anything in order to stay independent. I like that in a person. The children, Kat and Nick, in this book, were hilarious. And the voice that the narrator does for Belinda is so funny that it makes me laugh just to hear her lines.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the twins were trying to get clues from the Inspector.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and I really thought this was one of the better in the series.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11011)
    Performance
    (9989)
    Story
    (10011)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "WOW."
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    What made the experience of listening to 14 the most enjoyable?

    This was a twisting, turning, suspenseful novel to the nth degree. Ray Porter did an almost perfect job of narrating it, and I really felt as if I was involved and rooting for the various characters, although I thought one of them should have been given more of a personality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a surprise. I don't normally like surprises, but it reminded me of that movie that John Cusak did--Identity--in that you really didn't quite understand what was happening, but you were right on the verge of grasping it AT THE SAME TIME as the characters were.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    I loved the relationships between all of the main characters, especially the way various friendships grew slowly and turned into something strong, and, what seemed as if something real and lasting. This is something that doesn't happen very often in books these days, there is too much of the "hurry up and get together" mentality going on. These friendships seemed to become something that would last well beyond the story, and that is really refreshing in a novel.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What just happened?


    Any additional comments?

    I virtually NEVER will get a book on reviews alone. Especially if nobody will give up any part of the plot! However, the fact that virtually nobody WOULD give up the plot intrigued me so much that I really felt that I had to hear it. I am so glad I did! I hope there is more coming from this author--as far as I can see he hasn't written very many novels and has mostly worked with graphic novels (which are not really my forte). And I really hate horror stories as a general rule, which is what I was afraid this would turn out to be. Instead it turned out to be similar to an extraordinarily good

    I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, Stephen King, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, War of the Worlds, Lee Childs, the Matrix, Hackers...etc. I could actually go on for a while. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (399)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Charles says: "The Lone Naysayer..."
    "I do love this book"
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    Would you listen to Bellwether again? Why?

    Possibly. I love reading this book, I have read it several times. I'm not sure I enjoyed listening to it quite as much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, I think the main characters were all pretty important.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was kind of flat. I'm really not sure why I didn't enjoy it more but I know that has something to do with it. I know when I read it to myself, the voice in my head is boggled at the chaos and crazy way people behave, and I just didn't get that feeling from her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just think the bits about fads and chaos are hilarious.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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