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  • Catering to Nobody

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 525

Get ready for a smorgasbord of delicious suspense prepared by Goldy Bear, an irrepressible mistress of menus and amateur sleuth. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and superb recipes, Catering to Nobody is the first in a series that has made Diane Mott Davidson a best-selling author and the Queen of the Culinary Mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprises

  • By Nancy on 02-24-13

Excellent Narration Saves Annoying Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I only chose this series because of Barbara Rosenblat. I fell in love with her narration of the Anna Pigeon series. The main characters in this book are some of the most annoying I have ever come across. I actually wanted the mom to end up being a murder victim. But, because of the excellent narration, I'll give one more book a try.

  • Ill Wind

  • Anna Pigeon Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Separated from friends and family and haunted by personal demons, park ranger Anna Pigeon finds solace in the quiet ruins of the Anasazi civilization of Colorado's Mesa Verde. But the rugged beauty of the park and the mystery of the Anasazi are cruelly overshadowed by danger and death. Lately, visitors to Mesa Verde have been bringing home more than photos - they're also carrying a strange, deadly disease, and once it strikes, Anna Pigeon must find the very human source of the evil wind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Production - couldn't finish

  • By Louise on 01-03-18

Even the Terrible Audio Quality Couldn't Ruin This

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

Anna continues to be a very complicated, engaging character. I'd like to see her making smarter decisions in some dangerous situations, but I still love her. Great storytelling and wonderful narration by Barbara Rosenblat. I think this was the last book in the serious she narrated, so I'll probably stop here and just read the rest.

  • Seven Up

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214

All New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has to do is bring in semi-retired bail jumper Eddie DeChooch. For an old man he's still got a knack for slipping out of sight...and raising hell. How else can Stephanie explain the bullet-riddled corpse in Eddie's garden? Who else would have a clue as to why two of Stephanie's friends suddenly vanished? For answers Stephanie has the devil to pay: her mentor, Ranger. The deal? He'll give Stephanie all the help she needs...if she gives him everything he wants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Stephanie Plum

  • By Sharee Sorenson on 10-01-09

Now I Remember Why I Stopped Reading These...

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

As much as I loved the first few books, Stephanie Plum hasn't grown as a character at all. She continues to make the same types of mistakes in book seven that she made in book one! Also, this narrator doesn't do the characters justice. The series should have started and ended with C.J. Critt. Very disappointed in this one.

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Protagonist a bit naive, loves describing coffee!

  • By Victor on 07-20-14

Couldn't Get Past the Sleepy Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

I really wanted to like this, but the narrator sounded as though she were reading to a child. I wanted more enthusiasm to go with a story that likely has a lot of potential.

  • High Five

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Debi Mazar
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 914

America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Content dampened by quality of reading.

  • By Demji on 05-11-03

Disappointed in Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or Debi Mazar?

No

Any additional comments?

Whenever I read these books, I actually pictured Debi Mazar as Stephanie, so I was excited to see that she would be the narrator. But, as good an actress as she is, she's not great at narrating :(

  • Hell Hole

  • A John Ceepak Mystery
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Hell Hole is the fourth book in the mystery series featuring hardened former military PD and current Sea Haven, New Jersey, police officer John Ceepak and his partner, wise-cracking Danny Boyle.

In Hell Hole, Ceepak is confronted with his most personal case yet when he must investigate the alleged suicide of a military corporal who recently returned from Iraq. It turns out that this "locked stall" rest-stop suicide is anything but an open-and-shut case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Terrific Ceepak Mystery

  • By Susan on 07-30-08

A Little Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The bad guys were so horrible, I had to skip some sections of the book. There were also way too many characters to keep everyone straight.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It wasn't bad.

  • Blood Lure

  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

The Anna Pigeon mysteries are a New York Times best-selling series. Each addition is eagerly anticipated by fans of its award-winning author Nevada Barr, who uses her experience as a park ranger to create stunningly authentic details. Blood Lure takes Park Ranger Anna Pigeon high into Glacier Park and deep into a grisly murder case. Anna has joined a bear research team in the vast park that spreads from Montana into Canada.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of your seat...

  • By stone artist on 01-01-12

Probably My Last Anna Pigeon Book

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. This is my 4th Anna Pigeon book and likely my last. Anna seems to be getting less intelligent with every year of her life and every difficult situation. She still does things like going for walks in the dark with murder suspects and and pushing people so far that I'm not even upset when something bad happens to her.

Would you be willing to try another book from Nevada Barr? Why or why not?

Maybe. The first two books in the series were great, and the writing is still excellent, but if Anna doesn't start getting smarter, I'm done.

Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

Maybe Joan.

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  • Blow Fly

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Dr. Kay Scarpetta has left Virginia in search of peace but instead finds herself drawn into baffling, horrific murders in Florida, where she becomes entangled in an international conspiracy that confronts her with the shock of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rereading the older books

  • By Toni on 12-12-15

My Last Cornwell - Can't Take it Anymore

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

No, the earlier books were great, but there were too many ridiculous story lines the reader was asked to accept. Benton's master plan coming together with minimal contact with the outside world, Lucy and Marino keeping the secret, even though two books ago they were just as devastated as Kay, Lucy and Rudy shooting up a boat/boat house without confirming who was in it, every woman Lucy meets just happens to be gay whether they are married to a man or not....enough. It's like the book is a first draft that was never edited or fact-checked based on previous books.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure.

Which scene was your favorite?

There really wasn't one.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The beginning scenes with Kay interacting with trainees/students was good. She seemed to really be strong and happy, more like the character I've come to know.

  • Point of Origin

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Convicted serial killer Carrie Grethen has escaped from a psychiatric hospital with plans for revenge. Wary and shaken, Scarpetta also has to investigate the death by fire of an unknown woman. The post mortem reveals that the woman was stabbed before the fire was started, and soon Scarpetta and her colleagues are called out to the scene of another fire and another murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story Dreadful Narration

  • By nolagal on 04-04-15

Fan Fiction? Surely Not a True Cornwell Book!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Absolutely no one.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

The story is fine. The problem is the characters. Kay Scarpetta is not the whiny, weak cry baby we see in this book. Pete Marino is not this introspective. Benton Wesley is not this cold and unfeeling. It just could not be written by the same author! If I started this series with this book, it would be the last one I ever read.

What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?

Normally, I cut voice performers slack because I feel that it's a matter of preference. In this case, every character had basically the same whiny, nasally voice. I know she has a lot of audio performances under her belt. Maybe she was just off for this one.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope.

Any additional comments?

Don't buy it. I would have returned it, but I wanted to give it a fair chance because I have enjoyed the series so far. By the time I was halfway through it, it no longer seemed fair to return it.

  • Black Notice

  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Following the post mortem of a stowaway that reveals neither cause of death nor identity, Dr. Kay Scarpetta travels to Paris in search of information. In Paris she is given a secret mission--one that could ruin her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read.

  • By Ginger on 01-08-16

More Annoying than Engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I will admit that I'm new to the Scarpetta series. This is my 3rd book and I can't believe how annoying Kay, Marino and Lucy are! My hope is that, as the series progresses, Kay finds her backbone and brain again, and Marino moves away from so much self-sabotage. I know the characters have to be interesting, and sometimes that means they may not be likeable, but I found myself hoping they all got killed in this one!

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll try another Scarpetta book because two out of the three have been great, so far.

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