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  • Deceitful Moon

  • Manny Williams Series, Book 2
  • By: Rick Murcer
  • Narrated by: DJ Holte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Detective Manny Williams and his partner, Sophie Lee, are called to the scene of a disturbing and gruesome murder at Lansing's local adult playhouse, the White Kitty. The circumstances surrounding the murder rocket deeper into the bizarre as the forensic evidence reveals more questions than answers. As he begins his investigation, Manny is interrupted by a phone call that shakes his world. His nemesis, serial killer Dr. Fredrick Argyle, has killed again and sent the evidence to prove it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced; suspenseful; good narration.

  • By MSEreads on 09-30-16

Campy horror & humor

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

Reviewed: 02-29-16

What did you love best about Deceitful Moon?

I liked Rick Murcer's writing style. His work is packed with similes that are often a humorous relief from the horror. I don't know if he intended for me to laugh so much amid the mystery and bloodshed but I did. Many references to the previous book made me want to read it and see if it was the same. My favorite line: "He cradled Louise in his arms, putting his hand on the hole in her chest, trying to stem the flow that wouldn't take STOP for an answer." The first time I heard it I laughed out loud. The second time I thought it was brilliant.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favorite character. I appreciated that the characters, except for the evil Dr. Argyle, were not two dimensional. I liked the way Manny Williams and his partner Sophie Lee bantered back and forth. It will be interesting to find out what happens to Dr. Argyle when the series ends.

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

DJ Holte brings sparkle and color to the story. He gives all the characters a distinctive voice, even the women. His rendition of the villainous Dr. Fredrick Argyle is a nasty maniacal voice that will give you the creeps.

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

No, there was too much graphic violence for that.

Any additional comments?

Horror isn't my favorite genre but when DJ Holte offered Deceitful Moon to me for an honest review, I jumped at the chance to hear one of my favorite narrators again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • THE AMERICAN FATHERS EPISODE 1: SWEPT AWAY

  • By: Henry L. Sullivan III
  • Narrated by: Adrianne Cury, Amy Montgomery, Deb Doetzer, and others
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Sheila is certain America's dynasties will destroy the country, but her nascent group of academic colleagues has failed to persuade the government and the people of the need for change. These revolutionaries call themselves Prime Heuristic. Their influence on government is small compared to that of powerful families like the houses of Daco, Harrington, Maddox, and Tafuri. Sheila and her colleagues monitor the fight for economic dominance between these four houses and America's other dynasties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short and interesting

  • By spacechick365 on 10-05-15

Too short but well performed

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe. I would tell a friend that this is a near-future political thriller with romance and erotica included but there was no hook that made me want to listen to the second installment. It seemed to be three scenes leading to an erotic encounter. The first scene takes place on a talk show called Holding Court with people asking questions related to employment. The panel consists of Sheila, a professor of labor economics, who wants to warn America of the modern feudal system that will surely destroy democracy. Jasira is a journalist and expert on the New Rule that is creating the feudal system. She may or may not be Sheila's ally. In the second scene Sheila and Jasira share a meal and their attraction to one another seems to be headed toward romance until Jasira does something to make Sheila suspicious. The erotic last scene (aptly named Snacks at Midnight) happens three days later. Very steamy! The director included some well place sound effects such as laughter, car horns and music throughout the episode. I think a well placed moan or two would have made the sex scene even steamier.

Would you ever listen to anything by Henry Sullivan again?

I wouldn't mind reading the series to see what happens with Sheila and Jasira.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

They all performed very well. I especially liked Jasira's voice and Sheila's Tennessee accent. I liked the voice of the main narrator. Actually the whole cast was great.

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

I would watch if it made it to Netflix.

Any additional comments?

I received a copy of this audio book at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Would I be eager to hear the next installment if there was more political thriller content? Or more romance/erotica? I'm just not sure.

  • The Boots My Mother Gave Me

  • By: Brooklyn James
  • Narrated by: Brooklyn James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!!!

  • By Rene' Alexander on 04-06-15

I loved Harley

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Boots My Mother Gave Me the most enjoyable?

I really liked the main character, Harley LeBeau. She has determination and courage and despite an abusive father and dysfunctional family like, she knew what she wanted and went after it. She is proof that no one has to let a difficult childhood and dysfunctional family be the excuse not to live life to the fullest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harley LeBeau, of course. If I could go back and relive my 20s, I would like to leave home and live for myself like Harley did.

Which scene was your favorite?

Well, (blush) Harley's first sexual experience. It was sweet, tender and sensual and transported me back in time.

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

Yes, when Harley graduated high school and was leaving town, her father gave her a guitar.

Any additional comments?

No matter what the situation, Harley chose herself and her life. I think her story can be an inspiration to any woman, especially those who have suffered the same kind of abusive family situation.

  • Golden Handcuffs

  • By: Polly Courtney
  • Narrated by: Anne Day-Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Abby is a high flyer. But she's not your average banker. Driven by something other than money and status, she has her own reasons for climbing the ladder. And so does Mike. An ambitious young graduate with an equally impressive CV, Mike is in it for the six-figure salaries and fast cars. He's got the skills, the grades and the swagger to make it all the way to the top. Based on the author's experiences as a junior investment banker, Golden Handcuffs is a fresh, gripping insight into life inside a Wall Street bank and what it really means to sell your soul to the City.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Paints a grim picture

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-10-14

Paints a grim picture

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It is way too long.

Would you recommend Golden Handcuffs to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it to any young person looking to get a position in banking or any highly paid corporate position but can't think of any of my friends I would recommend it to.

What three words best describe Anne Day-Jones’s voice?

British, pleasant and well-paced.

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

I'd watch if it ever came on Netflix just to see how it was different from the book.

Any additional comments?

The book truly paints a grim picture of the experience of working in the banking industry. The horrible greed and deceit fostered by competition to climb the corporate ladder would make it hard to trust co-workers. Any young person who wants to go into banking should read (or listen) so they'd know that the prestige of the position and the financial rewards may not be worth the abuse they would face.

  • Going Shogun

  • By: Ernie Lindsey
  • Narrated by: DJ Holte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Lovable loser Chris waits tables by day and dreams of making something better of himself by night. But, under the almighty, oppressive rule of The Board and their divisive caste system, it's nearly impossible. That is until his super-geek pal and fellow waiter, Forklift, hits upon a foolproof scheme: steal their employer's ultra-popular, top secret recipes and sell them on a black market internet site.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just plain fun!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-09-14

Just plain fun!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-14

What did you love best about Going Shogun?

Listening to Going Shogun was the most fun I've had in ages. I love Ernie Lindsey's sense of humor and his ability to tell a story so vividly I feel as if I'm there. I was totally entertained by the adventures of Chris (aka Brick) and his best friend Forklift and their world dominated by a controlling government agency called The Board.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Shogun?

When Chris (aka Brick) realized what was really important in his life. It wasn't social status.

Which character – as performed by DJ Holte – was your favorite?

I liked all the characters. DJ Holte is so talented he makes them all come alive. Maybe Forklift, with his invented slang was my favorite.

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

Comic joy ride.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend Going Shogun with a warning: Every audiobook you listen to afterward will seem mighty dull.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shifting Fog [also published under the alternate title The House at Riverton]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alternate title for "The House at Riverton"

  • By Karen on 12-22-13

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-13

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

Yes I would recommend it to a friend. It's long but kept my interest all through the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shifting Fog?

When Grace's mother died and she found out the truth about her father.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

Grace was my favorite. I loved hearing her tell the story, going from past to present. Caroline Lee is a great narrator and really did a great performance with all the characters.

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

No extreme reaction but I was sad that Grace died.

Any additional comments?

I love stories about the 20s and especially in the UK. This was well worth the almost 19 hours it took to listen.

  • Harmless

  • By: Ernie Lindsey
  • Narrated by: DJ Holte
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Steve Pendragon is an eccentric (and sometimes delusional) used car salesman in love with Kerry, the quiet, secretive girl next door - only she doesn't know it. When the would-be love of his life turns up dead, all signs point to Steve. Once the detectives hit a dead end in their investigation and he becomes the prime suspect, Steve is left with only a reluctant police officer and a crooked private investigator to help him prove his innocence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun mystery in spite of the protagonist

  • By MSEreads on 12-22-15

I couldn't put it down!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

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

Yes! Author Ernie Lindsey has crafted a story that is funny and entertaining with a main character who is unique, an intriguing mystery and an unconventional love story.

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

Steve's methods of solving the murder and the clues he turned up kept me guessing.

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

It was as if I had Steve following me around telling me his story and not minding when I laughed at him. That's an experience I would never get from the print version.

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

There's someone for everyone, even Steve.

Any additional comments?

Don't miss this one! I have to confess that I listened to it again right away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Happiness as a Second Language

  • A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness
  • By: Valerie Alexander
  • Narrated by: Valerie Alexander
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 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 19

Happiness as a Second Language teaches happiness step-by-step, in the same manner as one would learn a new language. Each chapter builds on the concepts and exercises in the previous one, starting with the most basic lessons, progressing through the intermediate stages, and finally graduating to the more advanced concepts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • you ARE happy! find out how happy.

  • By Jeanne Wolf on 10-23-16

You'll want to listen more than once!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-13

What made the experience of listening to Happiness as a Second Language the most enjoyable?

I liked the simple way Valerie Alexander lays out the process of learning the language of happiness and how she shows her own evolution into happiness. I will admit that I listened all the way through the first time without doing any of the exercises. Then I listened again and did try. I didn't find that easy due to the fact that one of the reasons I listen to books is so I can multitask. So I bought the kindle version and now I'm going through the book again, slowly this time, and doing the exercises and making notes.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that even though I already think of myself as a happy person, I gained insight about myself and learned tools to enhance my happiness.

Have you listened to any of Valerie Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Valerie Alexander did a wonderful job with the narration. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and she sounds so happy.

What did you learn from Happiness as a Second Language that you would use in your daily life?

I make more happiness lists now but sometimes I call them gratitude lists. I tell myself several times a day that I'm happy. I notice things that add to my happiness more often.

Any additional comments?

I know people who live in a world of misery, not realizing that it can be changed. I will recommend Happiness as a Second Language to any of them who will listen.

  • A Reason to Live (Marty Singer Mystery #1)

  • By: Matthew Iden
  • Narrated by: Lloyd Sherr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 620

In the late 90s, a bad cop killed a good woman and DC Homicide Detective Marty Singer got to watch as the murderer walked out of the courtroom a free man. Twelve years later, the victim's daughter comes to Marty begging for help: the killer is stalking her now. There's just one problem: Marty's retired...and he's retired because he's battling cancer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last - a Voice for Marty!

  • By guttersnipe on 09-03-13

Outstanding! Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

Where does A Reason to Live rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank it as one of my most favorite audiobooks. A Reason to Live is a winning combination of mighty fine writing and excellent narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Marty Singer. He is a hero who agrees to help a scared young woman even when his own life is uncertain due to his battle with cancer

Which scene was your favorite?

I laughed out loud at Marty's description of the paper gown he had to wear in the doctor's office.

If you could take any character from A Reason to Live out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would love to take Marty Singer out to dinner to take his mind off his health problems and hear stories about his life before the diagnosis of cancer.

Any additional comments?

It's the first in the Marty Singer Mystery series and I can't wait to hear more.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A.P.B.

  • A Whit Pynchon Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Dave Pedneau
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Special investigator Whit Pynchon and crime reporter Annie Tyson-Tyree race against time to find the psychotic killer who is murdering the wives and girlfriends of all the cops in the small West Virginia town of Millbrook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All a good mystery should be.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-23-13

All a good mystery should be.

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

If you could sum up A.P.B. in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, fast-paced, predictable

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tressa, Whit Pynchon's teenage daughter. She's headstrong but smart and has a good heart.

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

I enjoyed the book but most of all I enjoyed the narration of Chet Williamson. This was my first experience with his work and I've added him to my list of favorite narrators. His voice is perfect for this type of novel and I am looking forward to hearing more of his work.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Even though some aspects were predictable, I enjoyed the story all the way to the satisfying ending and look forward to more in the series.