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SAINT PAUL, MN, US
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  • Pontoon

  • A Novel of Lake Wobegon
  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 915

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillliant but not lighthearted

  • By Shel on 10-01-07

OMG... SOOOOO DEPRESSING..

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

OMG... SOOOOO DEPRESSING.. I had to stop after the 4th chapter..... i wanted something funny not about a dead lady, a daughter whos selfish and a grandson whos haveing sex... so sad......... i have his 25 year anniversary one and its so good.... this .. this is just pathetic. so sad.

  • Introducing Agatha Raisin

  • The Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith, Diana Bishop
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Putting all her eggs in one basket, Agatha Raisin gives up her successful PR firm, sells her London flat, and samples a taste of early retirement in the quiet village of Carsely. Bored, lonely, and used to getting her way, she enters a local baking contest. Despite the fact that Agatha has never baked a thing in her life, she is sure the pie she has secretly bought from an upper-crust London quicherie will make her the toast of the town. But her recipe for social advancement sours when the judge not only snubs her entry―but falls over dead!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoying this series!

  • By bigdjunta on 03-04-18

MORES THE PITY.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I'm sad to say.. I listened to 2 chapters and did not like the character at all. The performance was outstanding ( Penelope Keith) but Agatha seemed to be a selfish, egocentric woman, who enjoys cheating and hoodwinking people as some sort of medal of honor( ie the cleaning lady) This is too bad because I was looking for a new cottage/cozy series. and this has a ton of books. :( I probably wouldn't enjoy a story about this woman with no redeeming qualities.-- I could just watch the news to get that, I guess my search will continue for another good mystery series * sigh

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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,624

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

A YOGA CENTER IN DRACULAS CASTLE??

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

descriptions

Has A Discovery of Witches turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

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

love her narration

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

I want to admit, up front, I am no lover of love stories. That being said, I thought I'd give this a shot as it included 'Mystery and Monsters'--hey, I read The WHOLE Twilight Series and made it through ok.. But, as it happens, fate and bad story plots ( or descriptions as the case may be) made this an effort in futility.
Although the author REALLY DOES have a great grasp of language; her descriptions and mood-settings were admirable. I enjoyed her wordplay, even though it was heavy-handed on the romance and "stolen looks" bits. I could actually envision the places she took me. That was pretty cool. She did go a bit over-board with the whole * moan* "I-am-forsaking-My-Natural -Born-Magical-Tendencies-For-A-Scientific-Mind" deal. I get it... enough already.
I was pretty good with the book and the storyline up to the point *SPOILERS HERE** where the main character goes to a YOGA CLASS in Dracula's Castle. I was wondering, " What's next? A Sushi Bar in Frankenstein's laboratory? A Martini Bar in a Pyramid?" This just was over the top for me. I physically rolled my eyes when I listened to that.

It's great for Young Adults of course.

It's too bad, I am really looking for a good series and despite the HUGE amount of people that love this book. I just couldn't stomach it.

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,269

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

  • By Randall on 03-05-19

Love this series. Live the narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

I read a few of the books years ago and have always liked them. It's twice as nice now. I really like listening to James Marsten. He has a natural cadence and way he reads which is pleasant to listen to. The story is action packed enough for me and I like the appearances of different characters. Yes, Harry's bemoaning and melancholy gets to be too much at times. But then out pops something funny from it so I guess it works itself out. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Still Life

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 1
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,820

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare find

  • By Alex on 01-16-15

Wonderful story gripping mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

I liked all of the characters I liked the lead detective he was normal I liked the reference to art I just love the whole thing

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story and wonderful performance!

  • By David J Delaney on 02-21-16

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

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

I like the way it builds up with all kind of clues , characters and situations!. I am 3/4 of the way through and am wondering what is around the next corner.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the characters and the "unknown" characters speaking throughout. I love how it is building and I am waiting for the next pieces of information to drop! The background is served in small bits and that adds to the story. I like that. I really like the story line and different participants as well as the authors description of each character.

Any additional comments?

I like the main character, but I think she could have been a bit less skeletal in her creation. She is a bit "too" tough and less emotional for my tastes. Then again, maybe she will flesh out more as the story continues. Her partner seems to have more depth than she and that's odd for me. Overall,I really do love the book and am now getting her second book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful