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  • The Grave Soul

  • By: Ellen Hart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In the next riveting, insightful Jane Lawless mystery from award-winning Ellen Hart, Jane searches for the truth behind the death of Kira Adler's mother, which has haunted Kira for many years. When Guthrie Hewitt calls on restaurateur and private investigator Jane Lawless, he doesn't know where else he can turn. Guthrie has fallen for a girl - Kira Adler. In fact, he was planning to propose to her on Christmas Eve. But his trip home with Kira over Thanksgiving made him uneasy. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really not OK

  • By Diane on 04-28-18

Really not OK

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Spoiler alert: I may reveal some parts that give away some of the ending.
This is the second book by Ellen Hart I have read with the protagonist Jane Lawless. The first book I found very intriguing and was enticed to read this book. Ms. Hart is a true artist at character development and storyline that keeps you to the very end. So why only one star?
I like a story that does not end neatly packaged with all the pieces in place. Her story certainly does not end the way one expects. It turns out to be a garden variety murder with all the conventional reasons: the murder has obvious motives along with poor impulse control and anger issues. Even though the victim is has a less than stellar reputation, that cannot alone justify the loss of their life. Most readers want to have some justice meted out even if it is not conventional. In this case, justice does not happen because it would be inconvenient to many people. The author offer no justice or sense of moral satisfaction.But the author is not asking the reader to review their moral or ethics to justify a murder which would be interesting if disturbing. It feels the author could not figure out how to find a way to finish the story to meet standard set by her beautiful development of the plot and lost her way.

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Star Wars, The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,046

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

It was amateurish writing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I enjoy Star Wars books for the adventure and this one fell short of surprising me. There was so much foreshadowing that it felt like I was just waiting for the author at every story. I grant that this book was a creative way to explain a main characters back story.

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,307
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,196

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Timothy Zahn is the man

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

I wish this was a three or four part series. Even if the events of Star Wars rebels, Rogue one, and The new hope, were told from Thrawns point of view, I would buy it. This book feels like a first book. I can't wait for more from Timothy Zahn.

  • A Murder in Milburn Box Set, Books 1-3

  • A Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set with Recipes
  • By: Nancy McGovern
  • Narrated by: Renee Brame
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Nora Newberry has been working to make her dreams come true and finally, after 10 years, it's time! She's moved back to her hometown of Milburn, Wyoming, and, together with her lifelong best friend, Raquel Madden, is opening the diner they've been planning since high school. Life couldn't be better...and it's time to celebrate!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Plot is good but characters are weak

  • By Diane on 12-28-16

Plot is good but characters are weak

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

What disappointed you about A Murder in Milburn Box Set, Books 1-3?

The biggest issue is that in Book 1 and 2 the ending did not download. The ending was explained in the beginning of the books. This town is awful and I am still trying to decide if anyone is was the good guy. I could not decide who I liked. The author developed characters and then they became very different people.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sam's Song

  • The Sam Smith Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Hannah Howe
  • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Love hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, and teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol, and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame, and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that's where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realizing that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Me & My Girls on 08-21-15

British with an American accent

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Enjoyed the story but not the narrative. First it takes place in Britain with a British protagonist but using an American accent. Just wrong. Took awhile to get past that. I

  • Pushing Up Daisies

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 27
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

When Agatha Raisin left behind her public-relations business in London, she fulfilled her dream of settling in the cozy British Cotswolds, where she began a successful private detective agency. Unfortunately the village she lives in is about to get a little less cozy. Lord Bellington, a wealthy land developer, wants to turn the community garden into a housing estate. When Agatha and her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, attempt to convince Lord Bellington to abandon his plans, he scoffs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIBLE NARRATION!

  • By Sabrina on 09-21-16

new narrator helps

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I found the plot to be a bit disappointing. It just kind of ended. Agatha can be a bit annoying in her self doubt but I like her take in this one. Just wish it had a plot that actually hung together.

What three words best describe Alison Larkin’s voice?

realistic and I like her much better than the past narrator

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Someone Always Knows

  • The Sharon McCone Mysteries, Book 34
  • By: Marcia Muller
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Settled in to their new home after they lost their house in a fire, and fully established in their new shared offices, private investigator Sharon McCone and her business partner husband, Hy, are finally starting to feel comfortable. That calm is shattered when Hy's former colleague, Gage Renshaw - a shady troublemaker whom they presumed dead - reappears, and it's unclear what he wants from his prosperous former associate.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruins Sharon McCone

  • By Alpaca Lady on 08-11-18

Great story terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Someone Always Knows to be better than the print version?

. This narrator made the book extremely difficult to listen.

What didn’t you like about Laura Hicks’s performance?

She sounds like she is just learning to read.

  • The Night Searchers

  • A Sharon McCone Mystery, Book 31
  • By: Marcia Muller
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

When new clients Jay and Camilla Givens come to Sharon McCone with Camilla's stories of devil worshippers performing human sacrifices in San Francisco, the detective is skeptical, to say the least. However, when she discovers that Jay is involved with the treasure hunting group the Night Searchers, she starts looking into what exactly he and the other participants are up to after dark. As she digs deeper into the Searchers, Sharon joins their ranks in order to find out more - while someone is searching for her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Two In A Row

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-14-14

Not the good old Sharon

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Storyline as unbelievable as usual but still keeps you going. The narrator is terrible. She made it so trivial and silly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guru Bones

  • A Sarah Booth Delaney Short Mystery
  • By: Carolyn Haines
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Zinnia, Mississippi, rolls out the red carpet for controversial food activist Priya Karsan. When the event turns bizarre - and downright deadly - PI partners Sarah Booth and Tinkie are on the case. But it's the detective agency's four-legged gumshoes, Sweetie Pie, Chablis, and Pluto, who save the day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good story line

  • By Diane on 07-04-16

good story line

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Would you listen to Guru Bones again? Why?

I enjoyed listening to the Guru Bones. The story line was good if somewhat implausible as to how many loose ends were intertwined. My biggest issue with this book is the voice of the narrator does not match the claimed age of the protagonists. I enjoy the narrator and think she does an excellent job. However, I keep viewing the protagonist as being at least a decade or more older. I have to keep reminding myself that this person is in their early to mid 30's instead of mid 40's or 50's.

  • Murder Among Us

  • The Kate Austen Mystery Series, Book 3
  • By: Jonnie Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The overlapping threads of two murders lead Kate from cybersex to love sonnets, from a clandestine research project to the deepest of family secrets, and ultimately threaten Kate and those she loves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story horrible narration

  • By Diane on 12-13-15

Good story horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

The narrator spoiled this book for me. The story line is passable. It was just enough to keep my attention. Unfortunately I knew the ending before it was revealed so that was disappointing.