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  • Candy Matson, Yukon 2-8209, Vol. 1

  • By: Hollywood 360 - producer
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Candy Matson was a response to all the hard-boiled detectives on the radio, like Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Pat Novak, and all those other detectives who were beaten up on a regular basis. Candy, played by Natalie Park, was hard-boiled in her own way. She never compromised her femininity, but she did know how to use a gun and didn't hesitate to use it when it was necessary. She didn't take any guff from the guys - the good guys or the bad guys. With a snappy comeback, she could take anybody's head off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of Old Time Radio

  • By IreneTH on 09-06-16

The best of Old Time Radio

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

What did you like best about this story?

N/A there are 11 episodes

Which scene was your favorite?

N/A

Any additional comments?

Candy Matson is a SF private detective, former model, very smart and very likable. San Francisco has always been known for diversity and Candy's circle of friends and connections represents SF well. The programs always pleased listeners not only for the excellent and often humorous writing but for including SF locations. The program was on the air for 5 years but it was sustaining - no sponsor. Sponsor dollars were moving to TV. This program was not on the national NBC network. It was a West Coast NBC program. Candy was played by Natalie Park, a busy actor and part of the NBC Players. The writer and director of Candy Matson was Natalie's husband Monty Masters. Unfortunately most programs were not saved and only 11 -12 survived, to the dismay of Candy Matson fans.

  • Blackberry Pie Murder

  • By: Joanne Fluke
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

It's been a sleepy summer for the folks of Lake Eden, Minnesota. In fact, it's been a whole four months since anyone in the Swensen family has come across a dead body - a detail that just made the front page of the local paper. And that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on her bakery. . .or can she? Life is never really quiet for Hannah. After all, her mother's wedding is a little over a month away and guess who Delores put in charge of the planning?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Book With No Ending

  • By Gale on 03-04-14

Enjoyable, as usual but 2 story lines unfinished

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Blackberry Pie Murder to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Moishe - good comic relief.

Any additional comments?

Are the unfinished story lines - Delores' wedding and Hannah's trial - contained in the next book of the series

  • Just Kids From the Bronx

  • Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
  • By: Arlene Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda, Christina Delaine, Regis Philbin, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs - experiences spanning six decades. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx - and of America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, little homogeneous and audio confusing

  • By jamesh-lantern-media on 03-17-15

Good 1st hand memories by those who lived it

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

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

I recommend this book to anyone who lived in the Bronx, or had friends and relatives who lived there. The narration covers the periods by decades which means it reflects the changes over the years as well. Some narrators are well-known such as Regis Philbin and others are not. What they share in common is their life growing up in the Bronx. I did not grow up there, but nearby in Southern Westchester County. My Greek immigrant parents had many friends who lived there and we visited a lot. There's a lot of interesting information about the Bronx to be learned from these enjoyable and informative memories.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There were a number of narrators, one for each decade and as one might expect some were better than others.

  • Thunder Dog

  • The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
  • By: Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
  • Narrated by: Christopher Prince
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 9/11 and People who are blind

  • By Starlet on 09-05-11

Inspirational, Educational and a Good Read

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

Reviewed: 11-18-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Hingson and his service dog Roselle worked together in such a way that they both used their respective strengths to complement each other in helping not just themselves but all the other people going down smoky stairs from high up in the World Trade Center.

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

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

I finished listening to this audio book in two sittings and loved every minute of it. Until I was a teen-ager TV was not a part of my life. I loved radio and remember how much my imagination went to work, how I visualized what I was listening to, It is one of the reasons I enjoy audio books so much.

Any additional comments?

I am never surprised by what a dog can do and feel without any training so I really appreciated the parts of this book that taught me just how amazing they can be with training. The wonderful details of the dog's training and especially what I learned about blindness impressed me so much. The relationship they shared, knowing each other so well, trusting and loving each other made this heartwarming book one I will listen to again.

  • BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead & A Surfeit of Lampreys

  • By: Ngaio Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Clyde
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

A game of ‘murders’ at Sir Hubert Handesley’s country house party becomes far too realistic for anyone’s liking. First a guest arrives with a dangerously lethal dagger and then, when the gong sounds to announce the start of the game, the victim plays dead in a very convincing manner. Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn believes the unusual dagger is a vital clue to the real-life murder, and soon he’s on the trail of a Russian secret society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality radio productions. Thoroughly enjoyed them

  • By IreneTH on 02-01-15

Quality radio productions. Thoroughly enjoyed them

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of BBC Radio Crimes: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: A Man Lay Dead & A Surfeit of Lampreys to be better than the print version?

I read a large number of the Ngaio Marsh books upon which this radio series is based. The BBC was and still is an excellent producer of mysteries on radio and I enjoyed listening to these two episodes.very much.

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  • Billionaire Blend

  • A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 13
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

When a car bomb nearly kills the charming young tech whiz Eric Thorner, Clare comes to his aid and receives a priceless thank you. Not only does the billionaire buy her a barista's dream espresso machine, he hires her for an extraordinary project: creating the world's most expensive coffee blend. The police arrest Eric's alleged attacker, yet death continues to surround the unlucky mogul, leading Clare to question whether the lethal events are premeditated or merely freak accidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best cozy series EVER!!

  • By Byron on 06-13-14

Gets better and better

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

What made the experience of listening to Billionaire Blend the most enjoyable?

Strong storyline, very interesting characters, well-drawn and continuing growth and development of the series. One of the best series. More than 'cosy', which sometimes means a lot of implausibility, which this series avoids. #13 is excellent. I hope #14 is in the works.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Espresso Shot

  • A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 7
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Clare's been hired to create a gourmet coffee and dessert bar for a New York wedding to be held at the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art. Famous chefs will be there, celebrities, members of the press, well-known politicians - so why isn't she thrilled to have this chance to shine? Because the person tying the knot is Matteo Allegro, her ex-husband and current business partner. And while Clare has no plans to ever marry Matt again, she's afraid he's making a terrible mistake....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So angry I could spit tacks!

  • By Sanny on 04-29-14

one of her best

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

Reviewed: 07-12-14

Would you listen to Espresso Shot again? Why?

The story line was compelling and never failed to keep me interested. The development of the story had many twists and turns, and slowly merged the varying plot lines to a plausible solution. I also enjoyed the passages about NYC today, since I live 3,000 miles away but grew up in southern Westchester Co and I love the city still.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Claire's character has evolved in this installment (#7) into a more professional amateur detective and her persona is even more interesting.

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

I definitely wanted to listen in one sitting and having a bad chest cold made that almost possible. I'll definitely listen again.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Vision Impossible

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest civilian profiler, is adding "spy" to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura - just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security, as every country's leader can be identified by their aura.... Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mission impossible??

  • By Sho Sunaga on 12-06-11

Too far-fetched for me, too many improbabilities

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The whole idea of this story

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

it fit all the action which preceded it

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

Performance was fine

Did Vision Impossible inspire you to do anything?

No, just wanted to finish it

Any additional comments?

If ever psychic determinations were needed it was in this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Olive Farm

  • By: Carol Drinkwater
  • Narrated by: Carol Drinkwater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

For many, Carol Drinkwater will be forever remembered for her part as the wholesome Helen Herriot in the television series 'All Creatures Great and Small'. But since being a successful actress in England, she has spent the past thirteen years in France with her husband Michel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-12

courage and chaos

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

Reviewed: 01-11-12

Where does The Olive Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the personal memoir genre this book ranks very high.

What did you like best about this story?

the honesty of the author

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

Carol Drinkwater's language, voice, and attention to detail.. She is an excellent and intelligent reader and uses language and description so well that you really can visualize her description of the area and all its attributes. This is a case, given her skills, that could only have been narrated by the author.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I'm going to move on to the next olive book in her series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful