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I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

COPPELL, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Bone Doll's Twin: Tamir Triad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine, Lynn Flewelling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (261)

    As people start to recall the Oracle's prophecy, Erius begins to quietly kill off his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy. Constantly in fear for her life, Princess Ariani the King's sister, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius, the patron of the powerful wizard Iya, and Iya has sinister plans for the babes.

    Katherine says: "Easy to like"
    "book 1 of 3"
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    i just finished this one and found the other 2 are also available. so my next step will be to snarf them up as fast as possible!

    why? because it is a cliff hanger with wonderful writing and a really good narrator!

    normally i dislike series books that have to be read in order but this is one is worth it! it has all sorts of .... weirdness (for lack of a better word). when the region is ruled by women, things are generally run well. when it run by men...different story. want to guess the sex of the ruler. you're right, a king! and things are not good.

    the king has a married brother who becomes the father of twin...one boy, one girl. a things are really bad as the king and new uncle has seen to it that girls who would be in line for the crown are dying.

    attending the delivery are a witch and 2 scorchers. the girl child must be protected if there is ever to be good new in the land...but how?

    listen to find out for yourself and meet ghosts and warriors and people who go a bit batty. if you don't, you're going to miss some great lines that will give you a giggle, some emotions you will understand with just a bit of thought provoking ideas.

    yes, i do highly recommend this book (AND two following it)!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1555)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "One I won't forget"
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    As the Brits would say "It's BRILLIANT!" Alyson Richman is one hell of a writer to be able to switch back and forth between two equally engaging people who fall in love, get married, get separated, and, 60 years later, come back together. She shows you Prague before and after the Nazis take over, what might happen to people who "got out in time", and those who stayed...and how they could come back together.

    It's all so believable! Ms Richman has made all the characters believable. While some of the Germans only appear briefly, most of us have watched enough movies and TV drama to see them as full fleshed out. And the narrators! George Guidall and Suzanne Toren are as near perfect as one could wish. This is one book that I am glad I purchased in audible format rather than paper.

    I don't know why I've always had an interest in WWII in Europe rather than the Pacific, but I have. Many of books have been biographic. This one sounds like it was...the clarification will be in the epilog. It seems well researched.

    If you like a love story...an insight into what one person might have experienced in the camps...or what a person who made it safely to America might have experienced...how likes history, you should purchase this novel and more to share with your friends and relations!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Tort

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Goldy Schulz has a lucrative new gig, preparing breakfasts and conference-room snacks for a local law firm. It's time-consuming, but Goldy is enjoying it, until the night she arrives to find Dusty, the firm's paralegal, dead.

    Amy says: "Good book, enjoyed immensely"
    "Goldie cooks up another one"
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    Ms Davidson has once again charmed my husband and me with another cosy mystery. While there are recipes in the printed version, they are not included in the audio version.

    This time, the victim is Goldy Bear's neighbor at a local Law Firm. Barbara Rosenblat does her usual good job as a narrator.

    Do I think you should read or listen to this book? YES!!! While each book has a good mystery to follow with characters who are believable. The mysteries always different with realist townies...even the murderer is "normal" but then that's how murders generally are.

    AND you don't have to read these books in order! So if one is on sale and it is not the next one in the series...buy the one on sale and enjoy yourself!

    0 of 0 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
    (1566)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1412)

    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"
    "She always writes well"
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    Grand as usual but still wish it was more R or X than XXX rated! The mysteries are good enough with less...I know because I have started skipping some of the more expletive sections.

    Am I the only one who feels this way? It's the only thing that stops me from giving her books 5 stars constantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (806)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "The cover caught my eye"
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    and then I listened to the snippet and read the summary and THEN I BOUGHT IT!

    I needed something fun and this filled the bill!

    Katy is from Texas, I'm from Texas. She has transplanted herself to New York City (I came back to Texas and stayed but I've been to NYC.) Katy "sees things" that no one else reacts to...like people wearing wings or a gargoyle that WINKS? at her. No one else seems to see these things so it must be normal for NYC.

    Turns out, some rare people see the strange things she does but MOST DO NOT! And that is how she got away from the mean boss and onto working at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc. And the fun really gets going! There is someone trying to sell a bad magic and he has to be stopped! She is real, smart, and has that sassy as a Texan gal can be.

    I wish the narrator, Eva Wilhelm, had been able to give Katy and her Texan roommates a bit of the Texas accent but that is not why I rated her down. I gave her the rating because too many times I became aware of her over the story. She is not a bad narrator...I've listened to a couple of them (uck, cringe). She is not the best either.

    This is a good starter book establishing who she is, how she got to MSI, what MIS is all about, why they need her level headiness, as well as her pitching arm. It also establishes not only the workings of MSI but the personalities of the workers. I won't go further there for fear of spoiling something for you. You gotta know they are a very interesting!

    Now as a person who generally does not like books that rely on one reading them in order, if the second one proves the need for reading them in order, I think I will continue investing in the books when I need a fun read for a good laugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4226)
    Performance
    (3900)
    Story
    (3899)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Cormoran and Galbraith (JK Rowling) are back! YEA!"
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    His leg is giving him more gip. This time he has a mystery to solve about a missing husband who has written a novel that has pissed off many people.

    Robin Ellacott is back with her intended...he still doesn't like Cromoran which causes Robin to bend the truth or omit data that might make him more upset. She still wants to be her boss's assistant more than his secretary and indicates so by putting herself in situations to prove it...like her driving skills that shock Cormoran when she saves them from a nasty accident.

    About this writer; his wife hired Cormoran. They have a child with developmental problems which may be why our PI continues to work the case even though he has no idea if he who will pay him or if anyone. Again the author adds a cast of characters that are very colorful while still being plausible.

    I love Ms. Rowling's writing! Not only are the characters clearly defined, so is the atmosphere around them...even when Cormoran finds a mutilated body that makes you want to cringe! When she is describing the weather, I am back on my one trip to wintering England.

    Robert Glenister again does a brilliant job narrating the written words.

    If you like a good mystery with a flawed PI in charge, you will really like this second edition of the series! Even if you are reading instead of listening to words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1745)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (807)

    There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

    Chuck says: "Skip the Prologue"
    "The start of the Women's Murder Club"
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    The members are Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. They come together, these bright young women who are at the edge of breaking through the "glass ceiling", to solve they mystery of the brutal killings of newly wedded couples on their wedding nights.

    "Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong."

    It's the start of a good series from James Patterson whose words are well spoken by Suzanne Toren.

    This is another book that I became curious about after watching the series on TV. I'm glad I did as this book at least is better than the series. Give it a go, you might discover the same thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    Lisa Jackson's novels of romance and suspense race up the best-seller charts. In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose.

    mary says: "Worst Narrator Ever!"
    "I don't like books that are trail into the next on"
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    They said: "In Left to Die, the Pinewood County Sheriff 's Department is on the trail of a cold-blooded killer who acts as a savior to women stranded during terrible mountain snowstorms before stripping them of their dignity and leaving them to die, a victim of the elements. But the killer's latest victim managed to escape, leading some to believe there may now be an imposter on the loose."

    My thoughts:

    One vicious murderer.

    Two vicious murderers.

    One conclusion.

    One trailer into the next book in the series.

    ARG! Ok, maybe I understand the carry over but I don't have to like it! Especially as the carry over story is the MAIN story of book! Maybe I am being a bit harsh here as I have a bias against writers who employ this tactic. The story/stories are good and draw you along but I do wonder how much repetition will be needed in the next book.

    I had no problem with the narrator as he did not detract from the story (which is what a good narrator should do).

    Will I buy the next book? I don't know. Part of me wants see how Ms. Jackson manages to catch up new readers without boring readers of the first book. Part of me wonders about the motivation of the murderer. But it boils down to how invested I am to use another Audible.com credit.

    Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, to people who like serial books and always start with the first book. Yes, to people who like a good mystery. Yes, to people who don't want a lot of really graphic sex scenes detracting from the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Excerpt from Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

    HODGEPODGESPV says: "What a tease!"
    "What a tease!"
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    And it worked on me! I had already read the others but wanted to discover how it all got started. After this, I had to get the full book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Boleyn Girl: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Ruthie Henshall
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands.

    Julie Gibson says: "ABRIDGED!!!"
    "It was ok"
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    It's a good book and good it is good. I just want more development. Ruthie Henshall did her best which was excellent. I've read several Ms Gregory's when I was a teen and college and loved them. I guess I feel I've out grown her. This one I picked up because I couldn't find another book about Ann's sister.

    Did I waste my credit? No, I got what I needed. Would I recommend it to others? Yes, it fills end some blanks in the history of the Boleyn family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3023)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "The title and cover snagged me"
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    I listened to the snippet on Audible.com hoping it would deter me. But no, because of Lorelei King's narration of Darynda Jones' words. Now I am doomed to another series because they left me wanting to know what happens to her and her vaporous boyfriend.

    "Her" was Charley Davidson; PI and a not so "grim reaper". In this book, she had to help 3 dead lawyers solve their case so they could "pass over". The "vaporous boyfriend" was there when she was born and then again whenever her life had been in danger, as well as in her vivid dreams.

    Charley's retired father was cop. Uncle Bob was still on the force. She has been helping them since she was 5 with her ability to speak to the dead. I loved her mind, heart...oh, lots of things, especially her wit which carried me through the rough parts.

    Would I recommend this book? You bet your sweet bibby I would to anyone who likes good mysteries written with good humor! It was well worth my Audible.com credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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