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r4punz3ll3

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  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (94)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Fun, Funny, and Highly Entertaining"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Death of Yesterday in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, unpredictable, & funny


    Any additional comments?

    Graeme Malcolm's performance brings the characters to life.

    Hearing the characters speak (in various accents!) makes this (audio)book much more enjoyable than its printed form.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fear Nothing: Detective D. D. Warren, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (662)

    The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear… She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating look at a killer family!"
    "Intricate Plot + Melodrama"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Yes


    Was Fear Nothing worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Cleverly written and packed with unpredictable/unexpected plot twists. I'm not crazy about its melodramatic ending; but, all-in-all, it's a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (99)

    In the good old days, magic was indispensable - it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. But now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians - but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. And then the visions start, predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer.

    Kimberly says: "Sweet YA Story"
    "Fun, quirky, and witty"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    On the surface, this book might seem like a light read. But, it actually is packed with spot-on satire that are delivered in a highly entertaining way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Black Land

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia, Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams. Ptah-hotep, a young peasant boy studying to be a scribe, wants to live a simple life in a Nile hut with his lover Kheperren and their dog Wolf. But Amenhotep IV appoints him as Great Royal Scribe. Surrounded by bitterly envious rivals and enemies, how long will Ptah-hotep survive?

    r4punz3ll3 says: "False Advertising or an Honest Mistake?"
    "False Advertising or an Honest Mistake?"
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    Performance
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    This book should be called "Out of the Black Land - A Historical Romance Novel"

    Yes, Kerry Greenwood is a well known mystery writer (I happen to be a fan of her Phryne series which is set in the 1920s). So, when I read the title of this book, I assumed that it is a detective story that's set in the Ancient Egypt. So, I kept on waiting for a crime to happen & an investigation to begin but none of them ever happened because the novel is not a mystery novel.

    I love Kerry Greenwood's works; but, I'm not a historical romance fan. So, this book isn't something I want to read. But, I'm sure that many historical romance fans might love it.

    Not all historical romance fans are mystery novel fans & vice versa. And, just because Kerry Greenwood is best known for her fun detective novels, it doesn't mean that she will never write any book in a different genre.

    This book's inaccurate label/title doesn't do anyone any good:
    - Historical romance fans (who might enjoy this book) might never read this book (in other words, this book won't be able to reach many of its ideal customers/consumers)
    - Mystery novels readers who dislike romance novels won't like this book
    - Disappointed readers might return this book and will not rate this book highly
    I know I will never listen to this audio book again.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Death on Demand: A Death on Demand Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carolyn G. Hart
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    At Annie Laurance's Death on Demand bookstore on Broward's Rock Island, South Carolina, murder suddenly isn't confined to the well-stocked shelves. Author Elliot Morgan's abrupt demise during a weekly gathering of famous mystery writers is proof positive that a bloody sword is sometimes mightier than a brilliant pen. With Annie in the primary police suspect, the pretty young mystery maven and her wealthy paramour, Max Darling, embark on an investigation into a classic locked-room mystery with high stakes.

    Linda says: "1st in the series"
    "Not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Twilight fans who also enjoy cozy mystery stories & light readings.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Kate Reading is a wonderful audiobook narrator. Nevertheless, a well-narrated cliched & predictable story is still a cliched & predictable story.


    What character would you cut from Death on Demand?

    The main character ... and her very good looking, smart, extremely rich love interest who loves the main character (and no other) so unconditionally. (Sounds familiar?)


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All I Want Is Everything: A Gossip Girl Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cecily von Ziegesar
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It's Chrismastime, and Blair and Serena are best friends again and up to their old tricks: partying hard and breaking hearts from Park Avenue to the Caribbean. Blair's mom and Cyrus are having their honeymoon in Salt Key. And when school lets out for the holiday, Blair, Serena, Aaron, and company head down there to blow off steam after their midterm exams.

    r4punz3ll3 says: "Love the Story, Can't Stand the Narrator"
    "Love the Story, Can't Stand the Narrator"
    Overall

    This narrator manage to make Vanessa to have a strong foreign accent. She makes some of the girls sound like elementary school kids while Blair sounds like a hysteric 30-something woman. She reads each chapter's title in a harsh, loud, roaring manner.

    I was trying to listen to the whole audio book but this narrator's horrible performance makes it hard for me to focus on what she was saying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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