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  • Dating Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Harley Jane Kozak
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Wollie Shelley is a greeting card artist struggling to keep afloat financially and to pursue - despite a series of recent disasters - the search for the love of her life. She reluctantly agrees to be a contestant on the reality television show Biological Clock. The show's premise: six eligible singles date each other, and the audience votes on which couple would make the best parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great summer read

  • By Paul on 06-18-05

Too much information

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

Reviewed: 07-29-12

This is a good book but there is just too much going on. I'm also not sure I like the romance aspect between Wolly and Simon. I want Doc and Ruby back. It's worth the credit but I skipped ahead on some parts. The book is still good.

  • Dead Ex

  • By: Harley Jane Kozak
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 122

When David Zetrakis, the producer of a popular soap opera, is found shot to death, Wollie Shelley finds herself caught up in the murder. Zetrakis was one of the many Mr. Wrongs in Wollie's career as a serial dater, and her friend Joey has emerged as the media's prime suspect. A hot-tempered celebrity who had dated Zetrakis and was fired from his show some years ago, Joey has inherited a million-dollar Klimt painting from him. But Joey is not the only potential suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Shay J. on 09-27-07

Surprisingly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-28-12

I like Wollie. I really do. I like her friends and the way she keeps getting into zany adventures. While the first book started off quickly, this one starts much slower. The pace in the first half was a little slow and by the time the plot begins to move faster in the second half I had lost interest in it. Fortunately, the characters are strong, and that helps keep the entire book interesting. Kozak's writing is energetic, intelligent, witty, and entertaining. For that reason I will listen to the next book. I do wish Doc and Ruby would return.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Grey Tier

  • A Dead Celeb Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Michele Scott
  • Narrated by: Meghan Hayes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

What happens when a small-town girl moves to Hollywood to pursue her dreams and winds up in the middle of a murder investigation, haunted by dead celebs, and sought after by the dark side? Introducing Evie Preston: Small-town girl and under-the-radar healer, currently trapped in a po-dunk Texas town but yearning for something more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By beatrice on 07-24-12

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 07-24-12

I have nothing to say about this book. The characters and the narrator are annoying and the plot ridiculous. I read half of the book then I gave up. It was horrible.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Deadly Gamble

  • Charlie Parker Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Connie Shelton
  • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

This series looks sharply at those who perceive themselves as the rich - the elite, and revolves around expensive cars, clothes and posh country clubs. Fans of Sue Grafton, J.A. Jance, and Sara Peretsky will find Shelton's female sleuth captivating. Devout in her dedication for the underdog, Charlie Parker gets drawn into perilous predicaments while sticking her neck out for friends and clients in trouble. She proves a wily opponent for the evil she discovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs work

  • By beatrice on 07-23-12

Needs work

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

This was an okay read. The characters were likable and the story believable. I was a bit unsatisfied with the ending and a plot twist that was never truly developed. All in all, it was an ok book. The narrator gets one star because of the annoying noises that I heard throughout the book. I'll give the second book a try. Hopefully there will be a new narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crewel World

  • By: Monica Ferris
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

When Betsy Devonshire arrived in Excelsior, Minnesota, all she wanted was to visit her sister Margot and get her life in order. She never dreamed her sister would give her a place to stay and a job at her needlecraft shop. In fact, things had never looked so good - until Margot was murdered. In a town this friendly, it's hard to imagine who could have committed such a horrible act, but Betsy has a few ideas. There's an ex-employee who wants to start her own needlework store. And there's the landlord who wanted Margot out. Now Betsy's putting together a list of motives and suspects....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • British style mystery set in America

  • By Sara on 01-13-14

Good Start

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

Reviewed: 07-17-12

This is a good beginning to a new series. The characters are likeable and the story is believable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Sauvignon Secret

  • A Wine Country Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Ellen Crosby
  • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When Lucie Montgomery finds the body of prominent wine merchant Paul Noble hanging from a beam in his art studio not far from her Virginia vineyard, she is unwittingly dragged into Noble's murky past. Once a member of the secretive Mandrake Society, Noble might have aided in a cover-up of the deaths forty years ago of a disabled man and a beautiful young biochemist involved in classified government research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps the end of a good thing?

  • By beatrice on 05-14-12

Perhaps the end of a good thing?

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

This book reads like the end to the series. If so, I have to say that I have truly enjoyed it. The lead character has grown from a wimpy dependent woman to a strong independent woman. In this novel we find Lucie willing to walk away from Quinn if he does not give her the commitment she wants. The mystery in the book is suspenseful and entertaining. All in all it's a delightful book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death of an Obnoxious Tourist

  • A Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Maria Hudgins
  • Narrated by: Connie Terwilliger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Dotsy Lamb, history professor and recently divorced empty nester, is ready for culinary delights and sun-drenched piazzas on her group tour of Italy - but murder wasn't part of the package. Snide Meg Bauer was loathed by everyone, but even an obnoxious tourist deserves justice after being stabbed to death with a souvenir knife. When a local gypsy is arrested, Dotsy believes he's an innocent scapegoat. Suspecting that the killer lurks among them, she discovers that within the twenty-odd mix of tourists and guides, there are a few dark secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By beatrice on 05-08-12

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 05-08-12

In Death of an Obnoxious Tourist, Dotsy Lamb, a recently divorced woman from Virginia, traveling with her friend Lettie in Italy. The tour group includes a very annoying woman who manages to alienate everyone in the group. The annoying woman is killed and we quickly killed and we learn that there are many people on the tour who had motive.

This is an entertaining story. The characters are likeable and believable. I like the idea of a mystery taking place on a group tour in Italy. The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It was a bit clumsy. Otherwise it was a good read and a good buy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Uncommon Grounds

  • By: Sandra Balzo
  • Narrated by: Karen Savage
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll have another cup please

  • By Beatrice on 05-08-12

I'll have another cup please

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

Reviewed: 05-08-12

This is one of the most entertaining new series I have read in a while. I was hooked after the first page. In a small town in Wisconsin, Caron Egan, Patricia Harper, and Maggie Thorsen open up a gourmet coffee shop, UNCOMMON GROUNDS. On the day they open for business, Patricia dies in what seems like an electrocution accident. But the sheriff sees things differently. Sheriff Pavlik thinks someone tampered with the latte maker to intentionally kill Patricia. He begins to look at the business partners first.

The characters are realistic, likeable, interesting and well-developed. There are many plot twist to keep you guessing. Other than Maggie my favorite character is Sarah. Her blunt sarcastic comments are funny and keep the story rolling at a fast pace.

I wish the entire 7 book series was available through audiobooks. I bought the rest of the series for my Kindle. If you are a fan of light mysteries you will love this book.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • 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 35,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,908

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....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

  • By Tom on 05-20-10

An Old Fashioned Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-07-12

The plot progresses smoothly, the story reads well, and Harry is a fun character who is his own worst enemy. There were several times when the decisions he made were not realistic. But if he made the realistic choice the story would have ended sooner. I will buy the next in the series because I liked the story. I was reminded of old black and white mysteries with characters that Humphrey Bogart would have played. Harry is smart, tough, and has a dry sense of humor.
The only thing I didn't like was the Narration. It's not James Marsden fault. I blame the production staff. I found it hard to listen to Marsden swallowing and taking deep long breathes. I know the guy has to do both, but, it's distracting and it takes away from the story.
I passed on buying the books since they came out. I listened to the sample and read a few of the reviews. The mention of the deep breathes and swallowing in the reviews was enough to keep me from buying it. I finally gave in because it was something different and I ran out of titles from my usual authors. I wish I could give it a higher rating, but the swallowing was very distracting.

28 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,008
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,901

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

Not as magical as it could have been

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

Reviewed: 02-16-12

The story was pretty good. Jim Butcher did a good job of introducing the characters, but I found him to wordy. I skipped forward a few times and did not miss a beat. The selling point is Harry. I have passed over this series too many times to count. It's not bad. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to listen to the narrator breath and swallow. It's worth the money or credit. I already bought the next book and plan to start on it tonight. I only hope I don't have to listen to breathing and swallowing.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful