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Sassy1980

Michigan, USA
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  • Reality Check

  • The Empire's Corps, Book 7
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

None of them wanted to leave Earth. It might have been nightmarish, but it was all they knew. Gary wanted to concentrate on his exams in hopes of leaving the CityBlock and its bullies far behind. Kailee wanted to become an actress. Darrin merely wanted to live. But when the three teenagers win a competition, they find themselves taking the trip of a lifetime, a voyage to a colony world where they can see how the colonists live.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reality check for Mr. Nuttal... This story sucked

  • By Maxster on 05-29-15

Prescient

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Reading this series is almost scary when I compare it to the world today. This book especially resonated with me because of its concentration on the educational system. I am a teacher who retired in her early 40s due to some of the issues touched on in this book. It takes some of the problems our schools face today and imagines where they might go in the future and the effects it will have, not only on the students, but on society itself. Powerful story!

  • The Dog Who Could Fly

  • The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side
  • By: Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts-ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend. In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming and True (mostly)

  • By Skipper on 08-09-14

Highly recommended!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

A great story, especially if you are a dog lover. It shows clearly the bond between a person and their dog. Amazing stories. Worth the credit!

  • Butterfly Boy: An Avery Barks Dog Mystery

  • Avery Barks Dog Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Mary Hiker
  • Narrated by: Crystal Marcano
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

A small mountain town is surprised when murder comes for a visit. Volunteer search and rescue dog trainer Avery Barks and her butterfly loving dog Chevy find themselves smack dab in the middle of chaos. Avery is forced to solve a murder in order to keep herself off the suspect list.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Read

  • By Jami on 03-15-15

Needs work

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

This reminds me of stories my middle school students would write. Too many unexplained threads, choppy writing, and tinny narration. The author has promise, but the book needs to be longer so her ideas can be expanded, and the book will make more sense.

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,669

Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light, Fun YA Steampunk Novel

  • By Rebecca on 02-11-13

Different!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-14

When I purchased this book, I had no idea it was a "steampunk" novel, including werewolves and vampires. I don't like stories including those, and normally would've stopped listening, but this book grabbed me from the first, and kept me laughing! It helped that the werewolves and vampires were a minor part of the story. No mysteries, but plenty of action. The description of the courses at this school really tickled my funny bone - Advanced Eye Fluttering; Handkerchief Dropping Techniques! Bahahahaha! I enjoyed reading about Sophronia's adventures, and I will probably read more in the series.

  • Dixie Divas

  • Dixie Divas Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Virginia Brown
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 369

Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Read- Good Plot

  • By Maggie on 07-30-12

A fun start to a series

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

If you like cozy mysteries with a lot of laughs, this one is for you. Each character reminds me of people I knew while growing up in the south, just more so. The narrator has just returned home to Mississippi after her divorce, to care for her parents (who, it turns out, only need someone to care for their menagerie while they go on adventures). Her cousin, Bitty, is a fanatic about historical homes, and her pursuit of a home to place on the historical register starts a series of events that will keep you laughing or shaking your head. But like all the strong Southern women I know, they come out on top, with style and graciousness. Enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 921

This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, Poor editing

  • By Sassy1980 on 09-11-13

Excellent story, Poor editing

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

I love the James Herriot books, and this one is a favorite. Christopher Timothy does a great job as the narrator. However, in the middle of Chapter 50, the story changes completely, and then the end of the book is in the middle of chapter 55! Then it takes up where it left off in Chapter 50. Editors, where are you?

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • All Creatures Great and Small

  • By: James Herriot
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,940

In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

I read James Herriot's books when they were first printed in the 70s, and loved them. I listened to the audiobooks when they came out on cassette tape in the 90s and loved them. Now I can listen to them on my iPod and I still love them! Though some call these animal stories, they are really stories of Yorkshire, people and their animals. Herriot had a gift for description and storytelling, and Christopher Timothy is the perfect narrator. I laughed and I cried. This will be a favorite that I'll come back to many times!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dick Francis' Refusal

  • By: Felix Francis
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Six years ago, investigator Sid Halley retired for good. He'd been harassed, beaten, shot, even lost a hand to his investigating business, and enough was enough. For the sake of his wife and new daughter he gave up that life of danger and uncertainty, and he thought nothing would ever lure him back into the game. He thought wrong. Sir Richard Stewart, chairman of the racing authority, begs Sid to investigate a series of dodgy races. Sid adamantly refuses, but the following day, Sir Richard is found dead under suspicious circumstances. And then a man with an Irish accent contacts Sid, telling him to deliver a whitewashed report about the suspected race-fixing...or else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sid Halley is back

  • By Jean on 10-10-13

His Father's Son

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

I have to admit that up until this book I haven't been impressed with Felix Frances as a successor to his father. With this book, however, he has truly written a book in Dick Francis' unforgettable style. I found that I couldn't stop listening! I had to know what happened next. If you were a fan of Dick Francis, you will think he has come back to life and written another Sid Halley adventure!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Murder of a Small-Town Honey

  • A Scumble River Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Christine Leto
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 484

When Skye Denison left Scumble River years ago, she swore she'd never return. But after a bout with her boyfriend and credit card rejection, she's back to home sweet - homicide....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun cozy series

  • By Sassy1980 on 07-14-13

A fun cozy series

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

Reviewed: 07-14-13

I love cozy mysteries with a lot of humor, and this series has that in spades. Skye is funny, and compassionate, and I love that mix. I've downloaded several other books in the series and look forward to them.

There are a lot of mispronunciations, though, and they are jarring, because they make no sense in the flow of the story. Editors, you need to be catching these!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Red Planet Blues

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gumshoe on Mars

  • By Craig on 04-06-13

I liked it!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-13

Despite what some other reviewers said, I enjoyed this book! It has humor, it has interesting subplots, and kept me interested. The science was plausible, for the most part, but that isn't a huge thing for me - after all Star Trek science isn't plausible, but I still enjoy it! The blending of sci-fi and detective story was appealing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful