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nancy

boynton beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Naked Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (248)

    In Naked Prey, John Sandford puts Lucas Davenport through some changes. His old boss, Rose Marie Roux, has moved up to the state level and taken Lucas with her. In addition, Lucas is now married and a new father, both of which are fine with him: He doesn't mind being a family man. But he is a little worried. For every bit of peace you get, you have to pay - and he's waiting for the bill. It comes in the form of two people found hanging from a tree in the woods of northern Minnesota. What makes it particularly sensitive is that the bodies are of a black man and a white woman, and they're naked....

    Ruth says: "Meet Letty West!"
    "finally available"
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    This book has not been available for purchase as an audio book for a long time. I know because I tried. It is one of two nearly perfect Lucas books. The other book is Mortal Prey and Sandford has written about his emotional regret when he had to close his relationship to Clara. I think the writer's joy in finding another charater, Lettie, that he could continue shows in the book. It is a speculation about when he knew, but, as a writer can rewrite and edit the moment, the guess is more celebration for a writer's recognition than actual need to know. The story is interesting and the characters vivid. It hardly matters what one says about a Sandford book. A fan will read in any case and those on the fence are choosing for reasons a fan can not address. This is one of my favorites though and I am glad to see it available on audible.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fury's Kiss: Midnight's Daughter, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he's not an easy kill. It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab.

    christa says: "A bit confusing!!!"
    "thanks to the reader reviews"
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    I really like Karen Chance's work. The reviews I read about the narration in this series made me go to print for the first book. I know Joyce Bean's narration is good but fans were not fond of Mircea's voice or Marlow. I am not fond of her choices with these characters either but by the time I read the first book in print I was hooked on the series. I bought the last book published at the time from audible figuring that the narration would have gotten better over time. I seem to listen to it over and over again. For one thing this book does have an intricate plot but for another the humor is so well done both in the writing and narration that it remains fun every time I hear it. I eventually went backward with the purchases. The second book is very funny.

    I like Joyce Bean's narration and these books are a challenge. While I am not fond of some of her vocal choices she handles the humor with great skill and is an asset to the series.

    I like the characters in this series and the humor is so well integrated with the characters that it seems just easy to want time with them. It is hard to know why people choose to read one series or another and even harder to know how to share a discovered fondness. The readers of this series are enthusiastic for good reason and I am grateful for their reviews. I started from back to front because I really like the characters from the Cassie Palmer series and a vocal shift on shared characters is upsetting. I got over it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laurel Braitman
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As Laurel spent three years traveling the world in search of emotionally disturbed animals and the people who care for them, she discovered numerous stories of recovery: parrots that learn how to stop plucking their feathers, dogs that cease licking their tails raw, polar bears that stop swimming in compulsive circles, and great apes that benefit from the help of human psychiatrists. How do these animals recover?

    Kathi says: "Fascinating book!"
    "a magazine article at best"
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    This is a meditation that goes nowhere. The narrator has a very pleasing voice and delivers the prose in a robotic formula. Altogether I just could not finish the book. I am interested in the subject but the subject never really seemed to arrive. Altogether too personal both in the prose and narration and never really finds the rest of us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adam's Task: Calling Animals by Name

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Vicki Hearne
    • Narrated By Rachel Fulginiti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Have you ever watched a horse flick her tail or had a dog greet you at your door and known in your heart that the animal was exhibiting something more than simple instinctual responses? If so, you must read this book. In it Vicki Hearne asserts that animals that interact with humans are more intelligent than we assume. In fact, they are capable of developing an understanding of "the good", a moral code that influences their motives and actions. Hearne’s thorough studies led her to adopt a new system of animal training that contradicts modern animal behavioral research, but - as her examples show - is astonishingly effective.

    nancy says: "How to think about rescue, teaching, and learning"
    "How to think about rescue, teaching, and learning"
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    Vicki Hearne can be difficult to read but do the work and it stays with one. I have read this book several times and it never fails to amuse, comfort, challenge, and provoke thought. What we understand about language is assumed and Hearne begins to show us how to move from what we limit to what we can use about that form of ignorance. It is a book to reread and the first read is just a beginning. This narrator is adequate and not irritating. I am not sure if I would be happy about any narrator since I have a passion for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "a template for writers"
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    I got to an interest in Heyer from Lois McMaster Bujold. She recommends her for the control of dialog. Heyer is a wonderful writer. Her books are old now and the fashion for romance is moving in a different direction, however, this is a writer to nurture other writers. The age of the books is helpful in that direction. One can think it possible to do better. Heyer is a gem in lots of ways and I will read more of her work. This particular book is a wonderful example of character and dialog development as well as being just a sweet story of varied kinds of people. Heyer's strength, for me, is that most of her characters skirt the problem of ordinary so well that it is hard to notice that it is the author's hand that lifts them to interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tempt the Stars: Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    Being a goddess is a lot less fun than you might think. Especially when you're only a half goddess, you only found out about it recently, and you still don't know what you're doing half the time. And when you've just used your not-so-reliable powers to burglarize the booby-trapped office of a vampire mob boss. Yeah, that part sucks. But that's just the tip of the iceberg for Cassandra Palmer, aka the Pythia, the freshly minted chief seer of the supernatural world.

    Marianne says: "Still Good, Even with the Narrator Change"
    "change in multiple directions"
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    The reviewers so disliked the new narrator that I went back and reviewed the first books. It is hard to accept change in so many directions this book takes as a need to go forward. Karen Chance writes good books. They are funny, surprising and with characters so well developed that one wants to read about them as well as the story. Holloway was so perfect for the first books it is hard to accept a new narrator. In the review I tried to find a reason for a change. The book indicates both a move toward a mature development of purpose and responsibility. The new narrator does sound older and less frantic. The choice of voice for Pritkin is unfortunate. She is just not good at it. She is not wrong to choose it from the text but she can not manage it well. Otherwise she really does a good job. I like the book but I really am a fan of Karen Chance. It is soooo much better than no Karen Chance at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1240)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "not her best"
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    Sometimes and more often in these late books, the villians are just too ugly to enjoy the story. I wanted a J D Robb to listen to on my mini but I probably will not listen to this one. The villian is too stupid and ugly to wait for the Thanksgiving event with the Irish family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3503)
    Performance
    (3187)
    Story
    (3183)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "A surprise"
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    I have read several reviews of Molly Harper so I bought this one on a Bogo. I knew the series was well loved and folks thought the works funny. I think I expected something I already found funny or had some experience anticipating the shape and direction of the writing. This was a surprise. A very competent writer has anchored the ordinary, unexpected and the imagined in a delicious mix. It was fun and not really what I expected. The narrator was perfect. Thanks to all the reviewers who gave me the confidence to make this choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Man's Moccasins: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1216)

    Craig Johnson's mystery stories have earned him an esteemed position in the pantheon of contemporary crime novelists. In this fourth installment, Longmire is called to investigate a dead Vietnamese girl found along the Wyoming highway.

    Patroo says: "The best writer and the best reader get together"
    "a good balance between art and plot"
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    I simply love this series and each book is different. The writer tries to work with language or plot in all the books. The interview at the end of book 2 on audible is a help to understanding this book's place in the writer's idea, but as a reader it pleases me most as art. This one uses time and memory in a way that actually reading the book is an advantage and the audio a reminder. This writer invests himself in the choice of words and though it is not obtrusive or obsessive- it sure does help imagination and memory. The generational shifts and choices in community are part of the joy in the series. This one carries the Viet Nam generation into and out of memory. I probably like it just because I remember the time and the problems. The story is solid though and the plot feels discovered rather than plotted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1352)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "an old friend available"
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    The complaint about this book is not about story or narrator but about an old addiction. The format of the book makes this sort of like buying chapters of a Dickens book. The story leads to the next and the next but the price is not fun and reading the stories is easy. Most libraries have a copy and the copy has all the books in the series. Young folks may not have the problem. This writer was an option to the Oxford Dons. This writer tied with the novel Dune. There are lots of options to the Oxford Dons these days and it is hard to understand why Zelazny is as important as Herbert in this publishing climate. Those of us with the addiction understand all of the above and probably would not have suffered over the loss of Dickens. One has to understand reading options and addictions to know that not every writer can sustain both appetite and loyalty past fashion. I still like the writer and the series. This was a good performance by the narrator. The competition was thin though since our only option seems to have been the author in a knowably bad performance. So, it is a good performance or we as an audience were hungry enough for the work in audio format that we like what we can get.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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