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  • The Diva Takes the Cake

  • Domestic Diva, Book 2
  • By: Krista Davis
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Sophie Winston's sister, Hannah, is getting married - again! And if you ask Sophie, her future brother-in-law is no prince. But is he a killer? That's the question on everyone's mind when his ex-wife is found hanging from a pergola. This is one event Sophie and her sister hadn't planned on.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kinda obvious but well written

  • By Suzannah on 07-28-15

Love the characters

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I am absolutely fascinated by the characters in this series of books. This book was even more intriguing than the first because of the complexity of the story. I love the beginning of each chapter with the Natasha and Sophie advice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just the Way You Are

  • Lost Texas Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Christina Dodd
  • Narrated by: Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 223

When Hope Prescott's parents disappeared, her carefree teenage life vanished forever. She and her three siblings were separated and sent to different foster homes around the country. Now, seven years later, Hope is still searching for them. To support herself, she works for an answering service, and cares for her clients as if they were family. When wealthy businessman Zachariah Givens hires Hope's service, Hope initially mistakes Zack for his butler....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars for the beginning.

  • By Jane on 12-14-15

Audio Porno

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less detail on the pornographic love making. The story is very weak and predictable.

What could Christina Dodd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Again, less porno.

Any additional comments?

I will not be listening to any more of Christina Dodd's book. It is practically a duplicate of her story titled Thigh High.

  • Scents and Sensibility

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

In the latest entry in the immensely popular Chet and Bernie mystery series, Private Investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet, return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie's wall safe - normally hidden behind the waterfall picture in the office - is gone, and with it Bernie's grandfather's watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Only a cliffhanger, only a cliffhanger, only...

  • By Julie on 07-30-15

Scents and Sensibility

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Where does Scents and Sensibility rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Scents and Sensibility like all the Chet and Bernie mysteries is a number one hit.

What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim doesn't just read the book, he performs the voices so well, I can see the characters.
The best voice of all is that of Chet's. He puts so much personality in that dog, I can see the dog's face and his whole body attitude.

  • Crowned and Dangerous

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199

Nothing is simple when you're 35th in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau, Darcy O'Mara, hope to bypass a few royal rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I always adore Lady Georgiana

  • By Dylan on 03-28-17

Rhys Bowen's Finest Royal Spyness Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I've read every one of the her novels and although I was thrilled with every one of them, they were beginning to get stale. Then Ms Bowen does this!
Absolutely charming, entertaining, and intriguing. Reading the previous novels is a requirement to get the full benefit of the effect the shocking turn around of events has on the lives of the usual characters.

Words cannot express how delightful the story is and of course Katherine Kellgren does an excellent job acting out the story for us.

THANK YOU!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paw and Order

  • A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Spencer Quinn
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Guinea Pig Did It!!

  • By Tracey on 08-08-14

Paw and Order

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

Where does Paw and Order rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Paw and Order and ALL THE CHET AND BERNIE MYSTERIES rate No. 1. I just can't get enough of listening to Chet's take on what is going on around him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Always Chet is my favorite character. The author has the wittiest ways to portray Chet's thoughts as so "dog like" and the narrator gets the perfect inflection. The books would not be the same without the same narrator.

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

Chet would not be the same without Jim Frangione's interpretation. I find myself laughing out loud at some of the comments because Jim does Chet's voice so well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, yes!!!!

Any additional comments?

Don't quit coming out with new Chet books!!!

  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

  • Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Blaize Clement
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By KateontheCoast on 08-10-07

Cat Sitter Surprise

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

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter to be better than the print version?

Yes, the audio is very nice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter?

Every new encounter Dixie has is memorable because she has such a different way of bonding with people - or not.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All the moments with Dixie interacting with her animal clients are moving. She shows such sensitivity to their needs.

Any additional comments?

This is a rare change from your usual "character turn sleuth" story. Dixie comes with a skill for "detecting" and knows what she's doing. The baggage she carries around seems just a bit heavy, however.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 423
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 371

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

Dixie Fun

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

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Dixie Divas to be better than the print version?

Yes, but just barely, I may not be able to read better, but I can imagine better. Still, I prefer listening so I can do other things at the same time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Biddy. She is just so care free and she lives well and means well yet she makes mistakes and gets in trouble.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was to much like she was just reading. I may be spoiled by other actors that really perform well.

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,091

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve Been Charmed

  • By Emily - Audible on 06-11-12

Her Royal Spyness

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

Reviewed: 12-24-12

What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

This story is witty, and kept me laughing one minute and on the seat of my chair the next. I learned things about royalty and life in London.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters and how the narrator brought their accents alive.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Katherine Kellgren is a very talented, brilliant actress that brought all the characters alive. For me, she made the story come alive. I recognized the characters just from "their voice".

Any additional comments?

This is the wittiest mystery I have ever read.

  • A Duty to the Dead

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific period mystery

  • By Anne on 12-04-10

A Duty to the Dead

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because you become engaged with the story from the beginning.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

As the plot thickened it was suspenseful.

Which scene was your favorite?

I had several scenes that I liked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Simple Winter

  • A Seasons of Lancaster Novel
  • By: Rosalind Lauer
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

While investigating an unsolved crime, Remy winds up in the tightly woven Amish community of Lancaster County, the last place she would ever expect to find herself. The story leads her to Adam King and his ten younger siblings, who are trying to sustain their warm, loving home in the wake of the murder of their parents. Although Remy tries to remain professional, she is captivated by the Kings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful good!!!!!

  • By Deborah on 09-10-13

A simple Winter

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is pure pleasure. The way the Amish are portrayed is absolutely genius. It is like taking a vacation in your mind. I didn't want it to end so I went on and bought the next two in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Simple Winter?

Remy was describing the home life of the family she was visiting and the feeling of love and warmth and how she wanted this life. I felt like I was in the room with her experiencing the companionship.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Cassandra does an absolutely superb job. Her voice adds to the whole experience of being around these very gentle people.

Any additional comments?

Please don't pass up the opportunity to enter into a gentler world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful