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Franklin, MI, United States
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Radiance audiobook cover art

A very sweet love story

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I did enjoy it although the book is a little bit more risqué than I prefer.

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Dark Moon Defender audiobook cover art

A nice, long "read!"

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

This one is primarily Justin's story. There are quite a few gently romantic story elements. It is very sweet .

Fortune and Fate audiobook cover art

One of my favorites. Exceptional narration.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

This is a very sweet story. It's part adventure, part love story. Sharon Shinn is a gifted writer, capable of surprises even in such a familiar genre.

Brotherhood in Death audiobook cover art

Great installment meets the perfect narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

This is the best episode of "In Death" that I have read in years. Robb has flushed out many characters who, until now, have been peripheral. We get to hear from and learn more about Peabody and some of the others . There is more of the other characters contributing directly to the police work.

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Not my favorite, but a satisfying episode

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

What did you love best about Echoes of Betrayal?

I really enjoyed continuing the stories of the characters from the earlier editions.

What other book might you compare Echoes of Betrayal to and why?

They are like the others in the series, which I do recommend.

What does Jennifer Van Dyck bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoy hearing the pacing of a narrator, although some of the personal names and place names weren't pronounced the way that I remembered them; it was a little distracting.

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

I like the good triumphs over evil moments.

Any additional comments?

No.

Limits of Power audiobook cover art

Unlistenable (Is that a word?)

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

What would have made Limits of Power better?

A different narrator would have made this better. I think probably any narrator, but maybe that's not true?

What other book might you compare Limits of Power to and why?

The only books that I know of that are similar to this one are the others in the series.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

There may be genres in which she is competent, but this experience has left me so scarred and traumatized that I don't think I could listen to her again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was offended by this performance. I can't believe that any professionals thought that any of this was appropriate to offer to Elizabeth Moon's fans or potential fans.

Any additional comments?

I am going to request a refund. If it's not too late for you, don't buy this version. Hopefully, our combined outrage will inspire someone to re-record this. Spare yourself!

The Hard Way audiobook cover art

How can #10 of a series feel so fresh?

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

What made the experience of listening to The Hard Way the most enjoyable?

I really like this narrator. Some of his inflections make me feel like he really knows this character.

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

It's no secret that this is, at least in part, a kidnap story. But the question of whether the victims are going to survive was just one layer of the suspense. Reacher is locked in parallel struggles with his employer and with other characters. It is a seamless, multi-layered journey that is almost unbearably suspenseful.

What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

I think that he has a clear vision of Reacher and he is very gifted at creating voices for other characters.

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

Yes and no. It was great and I wanted to reach the resolution, but I couldn't stand the suspense. There were times when I had to turn it off and hide under my bed.

Any additional comments?

This is the best series that I have found since I discovered Robert Crais's Elvis Cole. Don't let the ill-considered Tom Cruise covers scare you away.

N is for Noose audiobook cover art

Brief and adequate

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Would you listen to N is for Noose again? Why?

Full disclosure: I have read this one twice already. I might well read it again once enough time has passed and I have forgotten how mild and uncompelling this one is. It's not terrible.

If you’ve listened to books by Sue Grafton before, how does this one compare?

Definitely the bottom half of the group, but not the very worst.

Which scene was your favorite?

In this one, I would have to say Kinsey's early scenes with Deets.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

If this is your first try at reading Sue Grafton and you didn't love it, I would encourage you to try something else of her's. She has written many books that I have really loved.

M is for Malice audiobook cover art

One of my Grafton favorites.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-12

Would you consider the audio edition of M is for Malice to be better than the print version?

I don't think that the audio is better or worse than the print version. For me, the difference is that sometimes I'm in the mood to read a print version, and sometimes I have work to do.

What was one of the most memorable moments of M is for Malice?

The most memorable scenes for me are the ones where Kinsey, the main character, interacts with the subject of her investigation. I think their relationship reveals a new side of her personality, especially in light of her new, uncomfortable identity as a member of a family.

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

Ms. Peiffer did a good job reading this book, but there is something about her voice that rubs me the wrong way in spots.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh out loud at different times.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this one 3 or 4 times. There are also passages that I like to repeat more than once. Also, I liked that this is a particularly long, engaging work. It helps me to pass the time when I have a monstrous load of work to do around my house, but it is not too complex to follow along with and to enjoy while doing something else.

Buckingham Palace Gardens audiobook cover art

Charming!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

Would you listen to Buckingham Palace Gardens again? Why?

Yes. I have already listened to it three times. It is a well-rounded, satisfying British-style mystery that hits all the high notes. For me, it has come to be one of my "comfort food" reads. I imagine that I will return to it again in the future.

What other book might you compare Buckingham Palace Gardens to and why?

It reminds me of "Pride and Prejudice" more because of my enjoyment than for any similarities in the stories. But this is also period literature. The story is complex and well flushed out. The characters, new and old, are given an opportunity to reveal more of themselves than I think I have seen, even in this series. It is a special treat because the steady characters who work with Pitt this time are Gracie and Narroway, characters whom we don't usually get to hear a lot from.

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

What I marvelled at was his ability to give each character a completely different voice. His gift is to really bring each person in the story to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I'm not sure what that means.

Any additional comments?

If old-style British mysteries are your thing, give this one a try. It may be the best one of the series!

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