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  • A Simple Favor

  • A Novel
  • By: Darcey Bell
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Xe Sands, Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,274

It starts with a simple favor - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son, Nicky, after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • yuck

  • By Tabitha on 05-05-18

No substance

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

Maybe I’m overly optimistic about humanity but I just can’t read another book where every single character has literally no redeeming characteristics. And the ending sucks.

  • Crunch Time

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz cooks up bigtrouble as she tries to help her longtime friend and fellow chef Yolanda Garcia. When the rental house shared by Yolanda and her irrepressible aunt Ferdinanda is destroyed by arson, the pair move in with cop-turned-PI Ernest McLeod. But then Ernest is shot dead and his house is set on fire, nearly killing Goldy, Yolanda, Ferdinanda, and nine beagle puppies that Ernest had recently rescued from a puppymill. Concerned for her friends, Goldy invites them to stay with her while the sheriff’s department investigates. Yet even Goldy's house isn't safe....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a fun story to listen to

  • By Kathleen on 05-07-11

Goldie Does It Again

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I like Goldie. Not as much as I like Barbara Rosenblat's narration, but quite alot. I've been waiting for several books for her to add to her family with Tom, so it's about time!

Good story, more plausible than the last few, very well done.

  • Fatally Flaky

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiance. Then Doc Finn, best friend of Goldy's godfather Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of research he was doing at the spa....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Goldie is fun, and fun is all you get

  • By K.D. Keenan on 06-14-09

Production Blues

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

The recording is messed up. The editing is terrible with chapters ending oddly and strange music coming on in the lull that continues through the first few sentences of the next chapter. Rosenblat is her usual genius. In spite of the holes in the story I still love Goldy!!

  • Double Shot

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

New York Times best-selling author Diane Mott Davidson has taken readers by storm with clever mysteries filled with tantalizing plots and mouthwatering recipes. In her 12th novel, her tastiest tale yet, the ingenious storyteller whips up a rich soufflé of murder and mischief.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Double Shot

  • By Val on 11-19-04

Bye bye JRK

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Finally he’s out of the picture. I was personally hoping he had been “injured” in jail, but this was an excellent revenge. I suppose jail would have been to easy or too predictable.

This book was quite an improvement, Ms. Davidson outdid herself

  • Chopping Spree

  • Goldy Culinary Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

With the outbreak of an ugly marital spat among the guests, the behavior of Barry's flighty young girlfriend, and Barry's own strange actions after the truck incident, the event is - by Goldy's standards - a catastrophe. And it's about to get worse. When she goes to pick up her check, she finds an old friend lying dead in a pile of sale shoes - stabbed with one of Goldy's new knives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Miller on 09-14-17

Chopping Spreedom

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Okay, by now Goldie has been hit in the head so many times that she should be brain dead. But I love her!!

I do think that by now she should be smart enough to lock doors behind her when she’s snooping. Can’t we find another way for her to discover the murderer than by being personally strangled?

  • Tough Cookie

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

Everything seems to be going wrong for Goldy. The health inspector has shut down her catering business in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, due to non-standard plumbing. When she hosts a live cooking show for PBS, she drops eggshells into the cookie dough. On the way home from that humiliating experience, she finds the chairman of the State Parole Board - dead with hundred dollar bills drifting in the snow around him. Goldy’s troubles really begin, however, when the police launch a murder investigation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!!

  • By T.C. on 08-18-16

Goldie is too much a smart cookie

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

To do as many dumb things as she did in this book. This wasn’t her first rodeo. Too many mistakes with the video tape. But I liked the book and love the characters and the narrator is amazing.

  • The Last Suppers

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Caterer Goldy Bear's wedding day becomes a nightmare when her groom, homicide detective Tom Schulz, calls her from a murder scene and then vanishes. Her only clue to his disappearance is a cryptic note dropped at the scene of the crime. Its biblical references lead her to search for a Judas among her friends in the church congregation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Carol A Comer on 08-31-11

Repetitive and ill conceived

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Look, I love this group of characters and this series, but this episode in the Goldie saga plays like the publisher was pushing Diane to knock one out quick and the editor never saw it. Fortunately it’s not very long. The premise of the rogue priest is a non starter and I got tired of hearing her call her fiancé by his full name over and over. But you have to love Goldie!!

  • America's First Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SDR on 05-25-16

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Rarely is a historical novel so well written to be completely inthralling to its’ readers. Every facet of this book, from the brilliant narration to the finite writing was perfection. I real pleasure to read and hear. Thank-you.

  • Catering to Nobody

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

Get ready for a smorgasbord of delicious suspense prepared by Goldy Bear, an irrepressible mistress of menus and amateur sleuth. Filled with a cast of colorful characters and superb recipes, Catering to Nobody is the first in a series that has made Diane Mott Davidson a best-selling author and the Queen of the Culinary Mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprises

  • By Nancy on 02-24-13

A Delight

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Beautifully read by an excellent narrator —- strong story and very enjoyable. There were a few segments where there was mike feedback that sounded like water swirling the drain that I found off-putting. I liked it and bought book two in the series.

  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

Another home run

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

It seemed like a long wait for this book to come out, but well worth it. I thought the ending was a little rushed and not quite as satisfying as per usual, but overall quite enjoyable. And Dick Hill could read the phone book and capture my attention.