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  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!

  • By Cindy on 10-11-13

Fun and joyful, , like bluegrass!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I love Molly Harper’s funny narrative voice in her romances that don’t feature the paranormal, and Amanda Ronconi is the perfect pairing to perform them!
The storyline isn’t perfectly compelling but that’s not what I read Harper’s books for. The characters are intriguing and fun, and the small town Kentucky location was different and interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, funny and fun

  • By Pamela on 06-08-16

Disappointed but trying next in series

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Mostly fun. Neither as silly and light-hearted as some cozies, nor dark. Miss Fortune is the least interesting character, but because the little old ladies are such fun, I’m going to to check further books in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dark secrets

  • By bayley milton on 06-28-15

Dark and creepy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The sociopath at the center of this story is very nasty. The writing is very effective. Just be warned.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Puffin of Death

  • A Gunn Zoo Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Betty Webb
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

California zookeeper Theodora Bentley travels to Iceland to pick up an orphaned polar bear cub destined for the Gunn Zoo's newly installed Northern Climes exhibit. The trip is intended to be a combination of work and play. But on day two, while horseback riding near a picturesque seaside village, Teddy discovers a man lying atop a puffin burrow, shot through the head. The victim is identified as American bird watcher Simon Parr, winner of the largest Powerball payout in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Silly Fun

  • By Catherine on 11-13-17

Silly Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Another over-the-top zoo mystery, this time in Iceland. Webb’s writing is often clunky as she fills in information from previous installments, and as she tries to give a tourist’s intro to Iceland. Not my favorite of the series, and not for sticklers for elegant prose, but in the same fun vein as Joan Hess’s mysteries.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

Molly Harper brings her signature "clever humor, snark, silliness, and endearing protagonists" ( Booklist) to the charming small town of Lake Sackett, Georgia with the new Southern Eclectic series. Carl and Marianne were high school sweethearts, loving the way only teenagers can - with no thought to logic or pride, just a bone-headed, optimistic frenzy of unicorns and hormones. That was all they needed. Or so Carl thought. Scared of being stuck in Lake Sackett, Georgia, like so many of her friends, Marianne panicked and bolted....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CUTE STORY IN TRUE HARPER STYLE!!!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 12-03-17

Light and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I love Molly Harper’s snarky sense of humor. While I have reservations about some aspects of the story line, and I would have preferred a longer book, this was a really fun read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder Bay

  • A Cork O'Connor Mystery #7
  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

The promise, as I remember it, happened this way. Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs another narrator

  • By Patti on 03-27-13

Entertaining story, over-reaching director

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-17

Story and performance were great, but just because you Can use some technical trick to make voices on phone calls sound different, doesn’t mean you Should. Picky, perhaps, as it only happens occasionally, but it was jarring, and then irritating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Royal Wulff Murders

  • By: Keith McCafferty
  • Narrated by: Rick Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

A local fisherman lands more than he bargained for when he pulls a dead body out of Montana’s Madison River. Sheriff Martha Ettinger takes on the case and soon comes into the company of reclusive artist, Montana newcomer, and ex-PI Sean Stranahan. After teaming up to investigate, Martha and Sean soon uncover evidence that the murder has ties to one of the state’s biggest industries: fly fishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like this series set in Montana

  • By L. O. Pardue on 11-14-16

Entertaining Fly Fishing Mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I enjoyed the descriptions of fly fishing tremendously. The mystery was compelling and there were some interesting characters. What I didn't like was the handling of the obligatory romantic angle of the story. I felt that our hero's relationship with the women was too male fantasy, and too manipulated to suit a formula, to ring at all true.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death in Paradise

  • A Jesse Stone Novel
  • By: Robert B. Parker
  • Narrated by: Robert Forster
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

The local cops haven't seen anything like this, but Jesse's L.A. past has made him all too familiar with floaters. This girl hadn't committed suicide; she hadn't been drowned; she'd been shot and dumped, discarded like trash. Before long it becomes clear that she had a taste for the wild life; and her own parents can't be bothered to report her missing, or even admit that she once was a child of theirs. All Jesse has to go on is a young man's school ring on a gold chain, and a hunch or two.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good mystery, too much empty angst

  • By Babs on 07-06-06

Writing not good for audio.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-17

I found the writing style uninspiring and formulaic. He'd throw in descriptions of clothing in pointless interruption of dialog. Our hero jumps into the sack with anybody, all the women are beautiful...
What I found irritating in the audio that wouldn't matter as much on paper was the dialog. Somehow the rhythm of "He said...She said...He said...She said" really stood out as repetitious in a way that hasn't bothered me in the hundreds of other audio books I've listened to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Find Her

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,766

Flora Dane is a victim. Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure. Flora Dane is a survivor. Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who's never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she's become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who've never made it home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, so damn good.

  • By Christine on 02-12-16

Too Grim for me.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I had to stop reading because the violence against women was too grim for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Charm City

  • Tess Monaghan, Book 2
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Deborah Hazlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On of my favorites

  • By BJG on 05-05-10

Learn pronunciation, then record!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I like the Tess Monaghan series, but the performance irritated me. There were so many words mispronounced, especially French. To make matters worse, mispronunciation because of having only read them, not heard them, is a key characteristic of the newspaper computer geek. Her performance of the characters was fine other than that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful