LISTENER

DCinMI

Fairview, MI
  • 33
  • reviews
  • 1,460
  • helpful votes
  • 53
  • ratings
  • The Spellmans Strike Again

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

At the ripe old age of 32, former wild child Isabel "Izzy" Spellman has finally agreed to take over the family business. And the transition won't be a smooth one....The uproarious fourth and final installment in this New York Times best-selling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated series about a kooky detective family.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked the previous books... STAY AWAY!

  • By Tracey Rains on 03-27-10

You need to CHILLAX about the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

The only thing Christina Moore is guilty of is not being Ari Graynor. I just binge listened to books 1-4. Moore read book 1, Graynor read books 2 and 3, and Moore read book 4. The only reason I noticed that there was a different narrator at all was because I had seen a review of this book which ripped Moore apart for reading it.

I have 2 rules for book narrators:
1) They must read the words the author wrote.
2) They must speak clearly enough so I can understand what those words are.

I think some people want the books acted out, not read to them. In that case go see a movie. I get so sick of the petty nitpicking! No books would ever get recorded if they had to meet all these demands.

Try this: Pick your favorite public domain book, go to LibriVox.org, and record one yourself, or even a single chapter or a short story. See if you can live up to your own requirements. Or just read a couple books with your own eyes, so you remember that you need to use your imagination in conjunction with the author's commentary. The narrator should not have to do everything for you.,

This is a book. It is a good book. You are fortunate enough to have someone to read it to you so that you can "read" while you drive or do other things. "Chillax" and enjoy the privilege.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,519

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

So many characters who don't add up to one decent human being between them! It's hard to know who to root for, if anyone. I was interested right from the start, and stayed interested right up to the very end. While the narrative and dialog wouldn't really qualify as humor, I often had to laugh as the layers were peeled back to reveal more information about each character, and new ones were introduced. The plot seems to twist and turn, but once you get around each bend it makes perfect sense. It's hard to describe because I've never read anything like it.

I highly recommend this book.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Cold Heart

  • By: Tami Hoag
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,141

Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Tami Hoag book I've had

  • By April on 01-27-15

If you like the Kovac and Liska series,

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

as I do, then you should know that this is really a sequel to "The 9th Girl." Apart from that series I had never read anything by this author, so I wasn't sure about this one, but it was on sale so I bought it. It picks up where "The 9th Girl" ended. Kovac and Liska are only in the beginning because the reporter moves back to her home town and this is her recovery story. At the same time, she is trying to solve a mystery from her teenage years. It's a good story with plenty of potential bad guys to speculate about as her memories gradually return.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overture to Death

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Who in the quiet village of Chipping would kill wealthy spinster Idris Campanula? Plenty of people, among them her fellow cast members from a troubled charity production. Miss Campanula was a spiteful gossip, gleefully destroying others' lives merely for her own excitement. But once Inspector Roderick Alleyn arrives, he quickly realizes that the murderer might have killed the wrong woman, and may soon stage a repeat performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great characterizations...

  • By Robert Mahowald on 09-12-03

My favorite so far!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

If you choose to "view this series" for Roderick Alleyn, it clearly states that this title is not available on Audible. I must beg to differ, as I just purchased it yesterday. This happens a lot lately with series books, so don't believe the unavailability stuff until you search for it a few different ways. There are still too many missing or only abridged, but with this series you don't really get lost when you have to skip some. The books could each stand alone.

At any rate, I'm a fan of this series and would be sorry to have missed this one. She has so well captured the village's petty squabbles, backbiting, what people think as opposed to what they say, that I laughed myself silly. The way the old biddies use the confessional as a way to tattle on other people is priceless.

It's a good cozy mystery, besides. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • From The Ashes

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613

It has been three years since the Progerians left their mark of devastation upon Earth. The remaining humans are in a desperate race against time as they do their best to reverse engineer the alien technology they captured, in an effort to bolster their beleaguered defenses against the oncoming onslaught of Progerians hell-bent on revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE BEST ONE YET!!!!

  • By Tammea on 04-24-14

Just keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-14

I thought the first book was too oppressively dark and had to force myself to keep listening to the series. By book two, I was glad I had kept going. It's been classic Mike Talbot ever since and seems to get better with each installment.

This one had me laughing out loud before the end of the first sentence, I think--certainly the first paragraph. There's plenty of action and suspense for those who like it, always balanced by Mike's wit and banter with others.

If you've read a lot of Tufo, you've probably already figured this out, but I'll say it anyway. The various Mike Talbot series' are pretty much mutually exclusive. I had read the available Zombie Fallout books first, and expected this series to be the adventures of young Mike before the zombies. I couldn't have been wronger.

It seems as if Mark Tufo had several completely different adventures that he imagined himself in over the years, and now he has stuck Mike Talbot in his place, (hey, I just noticed they even have the same initials) and is writing them up. I think that is way cool, especially since I have a similar situation inside my own head, but I'm not writing about mine.

Highly recommended!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Man with a Load of Mischief

  • A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1
  • By: Martha Grimes
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series, but FYI

  • By DCinMI on 03-29-14

Love this series, but FYI

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

Reviewed: 03-29-14

I've just finished listening to book 13, and I have absolutely loved every one so far! The recurring characters and the relationships between them are very entertaining and often hilarious. I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries without all the stress.

The FYI part is this:

The first book in the series was published in 1981, and was contemporary fiction. Hard as it is for me to believe, 1981 was 33 years ago! I suspect, though, that the author never expected the series to take off and to still be writing the books all these years later. The main characters in the series are Richard Jury and Melrose Plant. I picture them in age as between 35-40. The thing is, I don't think they can ever get much older than that and have it all still work. However, time and technology continue to march on and, to keep the series contemporary, things like computers and cell phones have to come into play. Also, Jury having been a small child in WW2 was perfectly in line in 1981, but by now he would have to be elderly.

What I do is just mentally keep the characters in the same approximate age frame they started in, and ignore any references to the passage of time that the author inserts in the text. Just sort of let time and world events go by in the background, while the characters stay the same. There were enough comments in book 13 about the passage of time and people not changing after all these years, that I'm guessing the author was maybe poking a little fun at her predicament.

I'm awaiting the Audible release of the next book at the moment, but I hope that she hasn't done anything to blatantly age the characters in the rest of the books. I like things just the way they are. Once you know of and accept the time anomaly thing, it need not interfere with the enjoyment of the books. They are definitely worth a listen.

40 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Legacy of the Dead

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

  • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

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

Reviewed: 12-19-13

I've listened to all the Inspector Ian Rutledge books leading up to this one and several later ones before I realized it was a series. I enjoyed them very much. The problem is, this is the first one that ends on a cliffhanger, so I hopped on here to get the next one right away, only to find that Audible skips over the next 5 books. I'm so angry right now I could spit! Just be warned before you listen to this one. You're gonna be left hanging.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Fallout 7: For The Fallen

  • By: Mark Tufo
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,834

Mike is back. The battle with Eliza is past. Now Mike must strike out once again in a desperate race against time as his son and best friend are succumbing to the zombie virus within them. What he does not know is that an old foe hasrisen up and a more insidious threat has emerged to not just the Talbots but all of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! Yes! Yes! AWESOMENESS!

  • By Theodore on 11-14-13

Loved it, but confused now

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

Reviewed: 11-28-13

I was so happy to see another ZF book. It had been a while since I listened to the previous books, so sometimes I had to really think to remember people and events it was referring to. (This might have been partly due to the fact that in the interim I had listened to the Indian Hills books, which share some characters, but seemed to be an alternate universe from this series.) Anyway, I enjoyed it very much. I laughed out loud frequently and really thought I knew what was going on most of the time. I felt certain that it was leading up to a continuation of the series. An abrupt and unresolved ending was what I expected and received.

Then came the prologues. Now I am confused, hoping there will be another book to tell me what the heck that was all about, but not at all sure it wasn't meant to be a final ending. There's a nagging feeling that if I was just a little more tuned in, these prologues would tie up all the loose ends for me. (I almost think he might have snuck a little Indian Hills in here.)

So right now I'm hoping for either an epiphany or a next book in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel ( Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By DCinMI on 11-06-13

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

I've read every Wodehouse book I could get my hands on, and he's definitely one of my top ten authors of all time. It must have been a scary proposition for someone to attempt to continue his work, but I'm very glad that Mr. Faulks did so.

I think it would be hard to get any closer than this to the "real thing." It's obvious this author knows his Wodehouse. The humor, mannerisms, and style of speech are definitely faithful to the Wodehouse tradition. I hope that he will continue the series, as I'd like to see what happens with this new direction he's taken with Bertie and Jeeves. (I'd also like to see the author tackle another of my favorite Wodehouse characters--Psmith.)

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I think P.G.W. would be very flattered by this novel.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Stingray Shuffle

  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

In his latest bizarre concoction, Dorsey picks up - sort of - various plot strands from his earlier books, including Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Orange Crush. There's still the matter, you see, of the briefcase full of cash, and still unresolved are the stories of Serge Storms, the serial killer and history buff; Johnny Vegas, the startlingly handsome virgin; Jethro Maddox, the Hemingway look-alike; and Paul, the Passive-Aggressive Private Eye. Fans of Dorsey's magnificently off-kilter adventures will be thrilled to rejoin these characters....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why Serge Wanted the Money

  • By Dubi on 01-28-14

Dexter vs. Serge

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

Reviewed: 10-25-13

I hear or see Dexter mentioned occasionally in discussions or reviews about Serge. I love both series, but I don't think they're the same at all. Since I just listened to the most recent Dexter book in between Serge marathons, I decided to start making a list of comparisons to show why they're different. Here's what I have so far:

Dexter has a legitimate job. Serge lives on the proceeds of crime.

Dexter feels a deep need to kill. Serge would just as soon not, but...

Dexter's victims must meet certain eligibility requirements, defined by "Harry's Code." Serge's victims just have to really piss him off.

Dexter has a routine and a ritual way of killing. Serge doesn't use the same method more than once.

Dexter stays to the end. Serge usually goes away while they're still alive, and leaves them with a slim (practically non-existent) possibility of escape.

Dexter thoroughly cleans up afterward. Serge leaves bodies and parts strewn all over Florida for others to find and deal with.

Dexter keeps a box of slides with blood samples of all his victims. Serge keeps a box of historical Florida souvenirs.

Dexter talks to his playmates for maximum terror and mental anguish while he works on them. Serge entertains his victims with pleasant banter while setting up his devices, which practically amounts to the same thing.

Both rely heavily on duct tape.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful