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happygirl

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  • Whiskey for Breakfast: Addison Holmes, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Liliana Hart
    • Narrated By Connie Ventress
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The Private Investigator's Handbook Rule #1: Don't break the law Rule #2: See Rule #1 ...And then there's Addison Holmes, who makes up her handbook as she goes along. Addison is licensed to carry and she means business. The only thing getting in her way is a sexy detective, a neighborhood watch from hell, a dead billionaire, a black market sperm bank, and a long lost heir. Piece of cake...

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Addison is a hot mess (in a good way)"
    "Really enjoyable."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as a fun read, interesting, a bit risqué on occasion but not in an offensive way -- just all around fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Addision - personality and southern gentility in manner of speaking if not in thinking. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Black Book of Murder: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nancy Martin
    • Narrated By Kate Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Nora Blackbird may have been to the manor borne, but these days money is so tight, she can't afford to lose her job as a society columnist. So when her new boss at the Philadelphia Intelligencer - Australian tabloid editor Gus Hardwicke - tells her to work the celebrity gossip beat or start checking the wanted ads, the choice is easy. Now Nora's writing a profile on billionaire fashion designer Swain Starr, who recently retired to build a high-tech organic farm with his new wife, Zephyr, a former supermodel. But before Nora can get the story, the mogul is murdered.

    happygirl says: "Good story, not so good narrator."
    "Good story, not so good narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator includes several long pauses and basically the performance comes across as a job more than someone who understood and naturally read the book. I thought the pauses may have been a poor editing job but they continued throughout.
    It's a decent story though is my first of the series. I have no idea how/why the gangster remains a hero throughout, but if the same narrator reads the other books it's probably the last of them that I purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (548)

    For 36 years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only what no one knows about the 25-year-old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false.

    CAROLYN says: "Another winner from Ms. Andre"
    "One dimensional story"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. There are so many good authors who write multidimensional stories that offer more humor and passion and emotion and even a bit of reality (well, it IS fiction). I hadn't read any of these previously but the reviews were good. I was disappointed first w/ the performance and then with the drawn out and very predictable text.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Add some dimension. Couple meets, couple EVENTUALLY spends a night together, one declares love, then harsh words that seem like reality vs. the pretend world they've lived in til the harsh words, then they both stop speaking to one another. Oh, and often the primary male and female character thinks to him/herself that the other is the most beautiful person in the world. Of course, cause at several hours in they've spent 48 hours together.


    What didn’t you like about Eva Kaminsky’s performance?

    Too monotone, inflections change slightly but not effectively, especially for the primary male character. I'd guess she's from a northern state as she has a way of sliding her words into the ....-er ending. To me it seems she reads but lacks emotion that would indicate she is a fan of the book or the characters.


    Was From This Moment On worth the listening time?

    No. I prefer unedited versions but it's clear that the edited version may be a bit better here. Too often I was wanting to hurry things along, ok, ok, we get it, she's the most beautiful woman in the world and you're lucky to be w/ her (true reflection of the words). I bought two of the series, #2 and #7 and at this point I can't bear the thought of listening to #7.


    Any additional comments?

    Apologies for the negative review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (390)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "Sociopaths w/ an end that plans on a sequel"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Family Business? What did you like least?

    The different narrators are good and useful.
    The characters and their sociopathic characters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Carl Weber and Eric Pete before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Orlando / Ruby at first meeting


    Did The Family Business inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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