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  • A View to Die For

  • To Die for Series, Book 1
  • By: Richard Houston
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

The story is not your typical murder mystery. The sleuth is not a detective, private eye, or lawyer. He's an ordinary guy with an extraordinary dog. Jacob Martin is trying to make the best of a divorce and mid-life crisis when he gets a call at two o'clock Sunday morning from his mother. His sister has been arrested for the murder of her fourth husband, and his father is near death. Thus begins an adventure that takes Jake and his golden retriever from their Colorado retreat to a backwater town in the Missouri Ozarks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not really a dog story

  • By Roberta Casper Watson on 07-04-18

Entertaining with some small annoyances

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The reader is pretty good. I thought the story was good. There were some small things that annoyed me about the characters. In particular I would’ve liked to smack the nephew upside the head, then smack his mom for enabling his behavior. Otherwise, it kept me listening to see what happened.

  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549

When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. Still on suspension, and frankly curious, Gamache accepts and soon learns that the other two executors are Myrna Landers, the bookseller from Three Pines, and a young builder. None of them had ever met the elderly woman. The will is so odd and includes bequests that are so wildly unlikely that Gamache and the others suspect the woman must have been delusional. But what if, Gamache begins to ask himself, she was perfectly sane?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • By Kristina on 12-01-18

Louise Penny is awesome

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

If you haven’t read any of her series, please do start with book 1, Still Life. I’m sure they could stand alone, but there is a lot of back story and I have loved them all.
This one was full of twists that kept me guessing, although I did suspect one particular twist, knowing Gamache’s character. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book in any way.
This is a police procedural, with each book advancing the character development of the main series.

  • The Bone Farm

  • A Jane Hawk Case File
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers, James Anderson Foster
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473

An audio original novella featuring bestselling author Dean Koontz’s compelling new heroine, Jane Hawk. From the case files of the former FBI agent before she became the nation’s most wanted fugitive - The Bone Farm details a desperate man-hunt for a serial killer before he murders again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gritty/Realistic

  • By QueenEve on 05-19-18

Pretty Horrible

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I guess I’m just going to have to give up on Dean Koontz. He’s really strayed a long way from his Odd Thomas series and others like it. Too much depravity and no value added for me. Was so not worth even $1.69 I paid.

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  • Undeath and Taxes

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series #2
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,583

After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected - he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, novel, creative, and fun

  • By Shannon Carty on 10-05-16

A Bit Slow to Start...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

...but a great set of stories with Fred and Friends. This is more of a cozy type of paranormal book, which I loved.

  • Shoot to Thrill

  • By: P. J. Tracy
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When Minneapolis homicide cops Rolseth and Magozzi are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see a bride, facedown, dead in the water. And when the Monkeewrench crew – computer geeks who made a fortune on games, now assisting the cops with special anticrime software – are invited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder videos posted to the Web, it’s not long before the group discovers the frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Enough Grace

  • By Cheryl on 09-25-18

Not Enough Grace

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I enjoyed the book, but I didn’t get enough focus on the actual Monkeewrench gang.

  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,018
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,997

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

Woo hoo, Hurwiz does it again!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Loved this one from start to finish. Bummer is now I have to wait for the next installment.

  • The Tuscan Child

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,369

In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knocked this one out of the park

  • By Anne on 02-22-18

Super Stand-Alone

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This was such an enjoyable listen! A bit predictable, but I didn’t care. I was so happy Joanna landed where she did. I wish I could go live with Paola.

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,798

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Ms. Harper

  • By green ice cream garden on 11-30-17

Great Summer Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I needed a light, but well-written book this week. This one was just perfect. I love the characters. Wish I could go visit Lake Sackett right now! Hoping there’s more.

  • Edited Out

  • A Mysterious Detective Mystery
  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

Mystery author Rachel Goldman is getting used to the idea that her fictional creation, Duffy Madison, has somehow taken flesh-and-blood form and is investigating missing person cases not far from where Rachel lives. Wait. No. She's not getting used to it at all, and the presence of this real-life Duffy is making her current manuscript - what's the word? - lousy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By Beatrice on 05-13-17

Not as good a series

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I enjoy the author’s other series much more than this one. I am hoping the continuation of this series doesn’t prevent her/him from publishing more in The Haunted Guesthouse line.
The book was good, narrator very good, I’m just finding the continuing thread of Duffy tedious.

  • Dead in the Water

  • Welcome Back to Scumble River, Book 1
  • By: Denise Swanson
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

A twister, a kidnapping, and a murder - oh my! Scumble River may never be the same. For school psychologist Skye Denison, there's certainly no place like home. When a violent tornado devastates her small hometown of Scumble River, she can't see how the community will ever recover - especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse for Skye when her police chief husband, Wally, disappears in the midst of investigating Zeke's death, and evidence arises pointing to foul play. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • BRING BACK THE VOICE OF SCUMBLE RIVER!

  • By Sandy on 02-15-18

Cozy with too much romance

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I love a good cozy in between thrillers and suspense, but I’m not fond of too much romance and sappy stuff. It’s definitely worth a listen if you don’t mind that. The story was good, I liked the characters and the narrator was good.

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