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  • Lending a Paw

  • Bookmobile Cat Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Cass
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

With the help of her rescue cat, Eddie, librarian Minnie Hamilton is driving a bookmobile based in the resort town of Chilson, Michigan. But she'd better keep both hands on the wheel, because it's going to be a bumpy ride.... Eddie followed Minnie home one day, and now she can't seem to shake the furry little shadow. But in spite of her efforts to contain her new pal, the tabby sneaks out and trails her all the way to the bookmobile on its maiden voyage. Before she knows it, her slinky stowaway becomes her cat co-pilot!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the wait.

  • By Ruth B. on 12-15-17

Well worth the wait.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I spotted this book some time back on the pre order list. As soon as I could today I downloaded it. I have always had a fascination with bookmobiles so finding a book series with them in audio format was a real treat
I was expecting a simple cozy but discovered a nice complex story. This one had a surprise ending for me. About mid book I thought I had the killer identified. The last chapter was a big shocker for me when the killer was revealed. What a treat.
A big bonus for me was the cat. Unless you have had a cat decide to move in and adopt you it is hard to believe the things a cat will do. Eddy reminded me of our Kitty Tom. The cat would ring the door bell to be let in and throw up at the sight of a mouse.
I can't wait for the next big adventure in this series.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Old Loves Die Hard

  • A Mac Faraday Mystery
  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: James C. Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In Old Loves Die Hard, Lauren Carr continues the rags-to-riches story of Mac Faraday, an underpaid homicide detective who inherits 270 million dollars and an estate on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Mac is settling nicely into his new life at Spencer Manor when his ex-wife Christine shows up-and she wants him back! Before Mac can send her packing, Christine and her estranged lover are murdered in Mac's private penthouse suite at the Spencer Inn, the five-star resort built by his ancestors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lauren Carr is amazing

  • By Taj-Marie Lingofelter on 02-20-19

Great second book in series

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I liked this book but wanted the back story from book one in the series. Since its not available in audio format I bought the kindle version for a big whopping $.99. Best dollar investment I could ask for. Since I prefer audio I used the text to voice feature on my Kindle. Sure makes me appreciate all of the wonderful narrators available through Audible!

I hope the rest of the series is as enjoyable as the first two books.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sitting listen

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

Very interesting story

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I was expecting something a little different but am not disappointed. This book would have been a start to finish listen for me if I was not interrupted by an emergency. As soon as I could I went back to finish it.

I like camping but don't think it would be fun for 27 plus years. At the same time I feel sorry for Christopher because he was forced to stop his adventure. I don't think that he was entitled to steal to survive but wished there was a way that he would have been legally able to return to the woods. That's Life

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder at Five Finger Light

  • By: Sue Henry
  • Narrated by: Staci Snell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Sled dog racer Jessie Arnold stars in a series that's "suspenseful, intelligent, and filled with the spectacular beauty of the northern wilds" ( Dallas Morning News). Her friends, Laurie and Jim, have acquired their dream, an old lighthouse on the Alaskan Inside Passage, and invited everyone to a party. Not a party in the typical sense, but one where guests earn their keep by restoring the old building.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little rocky

  • By Teri on 06-16-05

This was o e of the books that I had to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

It was an OK book but it did not hold my interest long at a time. I have several other books by the author. This one just did not hold my interest. Even now I am unable to pin down what the problem is though.

  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,680
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,671

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story for all ages!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-10-14

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This was a start to finish in one session book for me. I saw a teaser for the movie and discovered the audio book version when I was trying to find out more information about the boy.
I am not a fan of movies so the book is preferred. I agree with the other reviews with the praises. There are a few tear jerker moments so be sure to have some tissues handy while you listen.

Anyone with middle school children should use this book or movie as a teaching tool to remind the children about being kind to their fellow students.

  • Sleep Like a Baby

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

Robin and Aurora have finally begun their adventure in parenting. With newborn Sophie proving to be quite a handful, Roe's mother pays for a partially trained nurse, Virginia Mitchell, to come help the new parents for a few weeks. One particularly stormy night, Roe wakes to hear her daughter crying and Virginia nowhere to be found. Roe's brother Philip helps her search the house, and they happen upon a body outside. But it isn't Virginia's. Who is this mystery woman dead in their backyard, and what happened to Virginia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book of the series

  • By Kathy on 09-29-17

Happy for a new book in the series.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I love this series! I was so happy to find that a new book was on the pre order list. If anything I think this is the best book in the series. Most of the time I have the "who" figured out before the reveal. Not this time!
My favorite parts of the book are finding out what is happening with the minor characters from the series and the little hint at the end about a possible new story in the future.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Justice and the Watchers

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games, Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World and George Orwell wrote 1984. All three novels were about dystopian societies of the future. In Lady Justice and the Watchers, Walt Williams sees the world we live in today through the eyes of a group who call themselves 'The Watchers'. Oscar Levant said that there's a fine line between genius and insanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lady Justice and the Watchers

  • By MANI on 04-19-17

Do not like the subject matter on this one

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

I tried three times to get past the "Big brother is watching" angle of this book. Even with the good humor it didn't work for me.
I still love the series and look forward to more books in the series making it to audio. If any one is not sure you want to this series check out the author's web site. Lots of extra info and some cute senior dancing.

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully full of secrets!

  • By Kathryn on 09-05-17

A little different format but fun listen.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

There were not as many of the regular crew members in this one and some of the others had very small parts. I prefer more people and action. I even feel that Peabody's time was short.
I like the series for all of the different people NOT just Eve and Roark.
It is time for another action and people packed adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Murder in Milburn

  • A Culinary Cozy Mystery Box Set with Recipes
  • By: Nancy McGovern
  • Narrated by: Renee Brame
  • Length: 27 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

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! Sadly, the celebration doesn't last long. Just three days before the diner is set to open its doors, Raquel is found murdered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Has potential but...

  • By bg on 09-03-17

Too many "he said/she said in narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

I can only listen to a coup!e chapters before I need to find a different book. A conversation with one male and one female with very distinct different voices does not need a version of he/she said at each change of speaker. The story is fine. The narrator is fine. Someone just needs to edit out some of the wasted unnecessary wording.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Indemnity Only

  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

In this gripping adventure - the first V.I. Warshawski mystery - America’s top private eye is tossed into a dangerous adventure when a seemingly straightforward assignment becomes complicated and deadly. Hired by a man who calls himself John Thayer, V.I.’s assignment is to find Thayer’s son Peter’s missing girlfriend. But when V.I. finds young Peter’s dead body instead, her client disappears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to the Beginning

  • By Geoffrey Kragen on 11-22-11

Read the books years ago. Audio is even better

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I have been trying to find a good new series for a few months. I just noticed that several of the older books in the series have my favourite narrator now. Susan Erickson did a great job with this one!
I lived in Chicago in the late 1970s. Some of the street travel was like a trip down memory lane. I think this was probably one of the first series of books that I followed. Now I am looking forward to hearing the whole series in audio format. Just wish they all have Susan Erickson as the narrator.