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  • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

  • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving Art through good times and bad.

  • By cosmitron on 04-22-18

Monuments Men meet Woman in Gold plotline

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

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

I would. Some of my friends are interested in the story as I am.

What other book might you compare The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery to and why?

Mentioned Monument Men and the Woman in Gold. Lover's Portrait contains elements of both.

What about Carol Purdom’s performance did you like?

I thought she did a fantastic job with various voices. Her voice is strong, easy to listen to.

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

The Lover's Portrait

Any additional comments?

I was given a copy of this audio book in return for an honest review.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinions.
I enjoyed the subject matter.

  • Treasure in Exile

  • Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: S.W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town. And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years. When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable series

  • By J. Ricks on 05-24-18

A Mystery Series You Can't Get Enough Of

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

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

I would! I've listened to each of the previous Audible editions, and each are great stand alone books. The narration is top flight. The plot well paced. Short on violence and sex. And the story doesn't "need" them to stay interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The development, the characters and the fantastic narration by Janelle Tedesco!

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

Wide range of believable voices for each of the characters. She presents the story like an actor on a stage with her physical presence!

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

I took my time to savor it.

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of the genre. This was right up near my favorites.

I was given a copy of this audio book in return for an honest review.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinions.

  • A Special Kind of Evil

  • The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings
  • By: Blaine L. Pardoe, Victoria R. Hester
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The Colonial Parkway Murders - the name given eight murders that took place in the Tidewater region in the late 1980s, two of which were on the historic Colonial Parkway, the nation’s narrowest National Park. Young people in the prime of their lives were the targets. But the pattern that stitched this special kind of evil together was more like a spider web of theory, intrigue, and mathematics. Then, mysteriously, the killing spree stopped. Now, father-daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester blow the dust off of these cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Crime Book of the Finest Kind

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 04-03-18

A True Crime Book of the Finest Kind

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of A Special Kind of Evil to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the written or e-book. The audio version is excellent but maybe adding a pdf to go along would be helpful in following the suspects and enhancing the timeline.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The fact that the crimes are still unsolved.

What does Lee Ann Howlett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent narration! Clear voice, good pacing,.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

All of the victims seemed both random but shared becoming victims of murder.

Any additional comments?

I am a fan of the genre. This was right up near my favorites.

I was given a copy of this audio book in return for an honest review.
Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinions.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Roll The Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition)

  • By: David G. Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

 Roll the Bones tells the story of gambling: where it came from, how it has changed, and where it is now. This is the new Casino Edition, which updates and expands the global history of gambling to include a greater focus on casinos, from their development in European spas to their growth in Reno and Las Vegas. New material chronicles in greater depth the development of casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and their spread throughout the United States. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Gambling.

  • By cosmitron on 03-28-18

Gambling

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Would you listen to Roll The Bones: The History of Gambling (Casino Edition) again? Why?

I'd need to wait awhile. The info is thorough, and at times it lost my interest.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the history and how it related to other social events. The story of the Pequot tribe.

Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

NA

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

You bet your bottom dollar

Any additional comments?

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too!

Thanks!

  • The American Civil War Trivia Book: Interesting American Civil War Stories You Didn't Know

  • Trivia War Books, Book 3
  • By: Bill O'Neill, Dwayne Walker
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

If you went to school in the United States, you probably learned about the Civil War - but this audiobook won’t be like what you learned in history class. This audiobook will lead you, step-by-step, through the causes of the Civil War and the effects. But unlike your high school history teacher, it won’t put you to sleep with long-winded biographies and lists of dates. The names you’ll learn are the big players, the ones with big personalities who made big differences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky Zany Civil War trivia for beginners

  • By cosmitron on 03-23-18

Enjoyable Listen U.S. Civil War Trivia

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

Would you listen to The American Civil War Trivia Book: Interesting American Civil War Stories You Didn't Know again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the listen. This is sort of like a cross of a high school lecture and Teen Jeopardy. Basic but still a fun listen even for very expert level CW aficionados.

What other book might you compare The American Civil War Trivia Book: Interesting American Civil War Stories You Didn't Know to and why?

I made the comparison to lectures and Teen Jeopardy. It was interesting and had some facts that I had forgotten from my studies (for entertainment).

Which character – as performed by Derek Newman – was your favorite?

This is abook of narration not dramatised acting. Derek has a great voice though. Good pace, easily understood. No "quirks".

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

Entertained.

Any additional comments?

This was an interesting work! Well researched and well written. This held my attention.As always..

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death Becomes Us

  • By: Pamela Skjolsvik
  • Narrated by: Lisaun Whittingham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this quirky trip is Death Becomes Us, a humorous memoir about what happens when a middle-aged, anxiety-filled, life-avoider attempts to investigate the last taboo of American culture. And lives to tell the tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take it from a funeral director, this is amazing

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-26-18

A Treatise on Life's Final Outcome

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Where does Death Becomes Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to many genres of Audible books. So ranking it against others isn't a fair evaluation. It was interesting to me for several reasons. After a catastrophic health issue I am in a long term care facility.

The industries that Death has generated are many and varied. A few are covered in this interesting audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author Pamela Skolsvik. She weaves her own story through the ones about the main subject of the book.

What about Lisaun Whittingham’s performance did you like?

She did an outstanding job! I picture the author herself by Lisaun's voice! She is a good choice for this work. A pleasant voice, easily understood and she lends humor, sadness and the spectrum of the story's points very well.

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

Both! Sad at the parents who lost infants or adult children. Smiles or sadness at the author's own story.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time. It is certainly worth many relistenings!
Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When the Braves Ruled the Diamond

  • Fourteen Flags over Atlanta
  • By: Dan Schlossberg
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

From 1991 through 2005, the Atlanta Braves did something no pro sports team can match, finishing in first place for 14 consecutive seasons. During that stretch, the Braves parlayed powerful pitching with potent hitting that produced under pressure. Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox won with veteran teams, young teams, slugging teams, and several times with teams that emphasized speed and defense. His teams captured 100 wins in six different seasons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a Baseball fan I suggest it

  • By Jessi Lynn on 10-16-17

Rules change, The Boys Still Play for the Game

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

What made the experience of listening to When the Braves Ruled the Diamond the most enjoyable?

I see this as a "commemorative" item. Picture it as the written project but with reproduction score cards or some baseball cards, maybe some some play by play from Ron Wolfley sound bites on the Audible version.

This was good but can you see it "enhanced" ?

Who was your favorite character and why?

As produced it well acted. I thought Kyle Tait did a swell job. I believe he has experience as a sports announcer!

Which character – as performed by Kyle Tait – was your favorite?

I didn't get a sense of "favorite character" It did provide a fantastic sense of team excellence, where the dynasty fit with other teams' as well as individual perfotmances, batting, pitching, defense, etc!

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time. It is certainly worth many relistening!
Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

  • Lady Justice and the Class Reunion

  • By: Robert Thornhill
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

For most people, a 50th class reunion is a time to party and renew old acquaintances, but Walt Williams isn't an ordinary guy - he's a cop, and trouble seems to follow him everywhere he goes. Old flames, bullies, and a scorned classmate make Walt's reunion one to remember. The Mexican drug cartel is recruiting young Latino girls as drug mules and the Kansas City Police have hit a brick wall until Walt is given a lead by an old classmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read!

  • By Jan on 08-09-17

Not the Best... Stilll Worth a Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

What made the experience of listening to Lady Justice and the Class Reunion the most enjoyable?

I always answer this regarding the Lady Justice series by saying the combination of characters and the narration of George Kuch. It needs to be said that this title wasn't up to what I have come to expect..
As the review title suggests, I can't put my finger on it, the usual fit between story and the narration just was off.
The reasons behind being at the reunion seemed contrived. And George seemed a bit off. It didn't seem like he was enjoying this one as much as usual.

Would you recommend Lady Justice and the Class Reunion to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, and I highly recommend the ENTIRE series. The characters are older and wiser, and become as close as old friends!

Which scene was your favorite?

The actual participation of Walt and his cohorts in the reunion. Walt impersonates the King again. Yet no singing by George this time! Just written acts. I Missed that.

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

Missing Drug Mules and other shenanigans lead to undercover work at the class reunion.

Any additional comments?

It's still very much worth the listen and the credit.

I own most of the Kindle Lady Justice series and have all of the series thus far produced via Audible editions and can't recommend the series enough!

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

  • Blood Lust

  • Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer
  • By: Gary C King
  • Narrated by: Dan Orders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In this riveting true crime book, "The Man Who Loved to Kill Women" - Dayton Leroy Rogers - was known in Portland, Oregon, as a respected businessman and devoted husband and father. But at night he abducted women, forced them into sadistic bondage games, and thrilled in their pain, terror, and mutilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another good, yet disturbing book by Gary C King!

  • By Rhonda on 07-16-17

Detailed Presentation Crimes, Investigation &Trials

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Would you listen to Blood Lust again? Why?

I would. I am a seasoned True Crime book reader and I might caution that the crimes are reprehensible, and that there are no redeeming factors for murderer Dayton Leroy Rogers. There is some biographical material for Rogers near the beginning of his childhood circumstances, yet they don't mitigate his acts as an adult.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Lust?

Each of the descriptions of the attacks and murders certainly, but what stands out in my mind in hindsight, is his demeanor at the trials.

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

I appreciated his spoken pace, it fit the material well, mostly he did a good job with various character voices. Pleasant voice and pronunciations seemed correct.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to a handful of works written by Mr. King. His area of expertise in with the True Crime genre. I have enjoyed all of them including this one!

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work!

A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

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  • Dangerous Beauty

  • Stories from the Wilds of Yellowstone
  • By: Carolyn Jourdan, Sandy Sisti
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Funny, scary, and touching true stories from Yellowstone wildlife photographers, rangers, guides, and trackers who've accidentally come face-to-face with grizzly bears and bison, who've camped out in -70 degree temperatures, and much more. From a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and wildlife photographer whose award-wining Yellowstone imagery is displayed in the Smithsonian.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but disjointed

  • By kgohl on 09-12-17

Animal Personalities, the Majesty of Yellowstone

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

If you could sum up Dangerous Beauty in three words, what would they be?

Yellowstone Life Cycles

What did you like best about this story?

The stories of life in Yellowstone National Park. The personalities of the bears and other animals, the interaction of Nature, Wildlife, the Park Service and visitors. Makes me want to be there too!

Which scene was your favorite?

The first story of Scarface, then the discovery of familial connections!

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

It made me appreciate our National Parks, and how lucky we are to have them. And our obligation to preserve them for generations to come.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this Audible work is worth the credit and my listening time. It is certainly worth many relistenings!

Thanks for the opportunity to listen and offer my opinions on this work! A review copy was gifted to me at no charge. In return, I am happy to provide an honest review. Also at no charge.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful