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  • Hooked on Murder

  • Crochet Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Betty Hechtman
  • Narrated by: Margaret Strom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

When bookstore event coordinator Molly Pink stumbles across the dead body of a crochet group's leader, her complicated past with the woman makes her a prime suspect. But while Molly's fending off a detective with a personal grudge and navigating the pitfalls of crochet group politics, the real killer remains at large. And it's up to her to catch the culprit - before she winds up in a tight knot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Clean content for the most part.

  • By Kryst on 11-04-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Sorry, but this one had my rolling my eyes .. a lot. The protagonist is a Mary Sue who, in the LA area no less, has every man she meets in love with her. She treats her boyfriend like crap, yet he still wants to whisk her away to Maui, and she doesn't like that. The story was ok, if nothing special. The part about the crochet group getting together to make an afghan for a charity was probably the best part of it, which isn't saying much. The narrator's different voices were all very cliche.

If I hadn't had to read a book that was based on a hobby for my 2019 reading challenge, I wouldn't have made it through this one. Written for the lowest common denominator of readers, that's for sure.

  • Cherry

  • By: Lindsey Rosin
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

To be honest, the sex pact wasn't always part of the plan. Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together...separately.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, disappointing, vapid

  • By V. Spain on 09-06-18

Predictable, disappointing, vapid

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I was excited to listen to this because the premise was interesting. But unfortunately it was very disappointing. I didn't even finish it; I got about 2/3 of the way through. The narrator's voice was jarring in that her "mean girl" voice was overused and irritating. There was a weird fascination of the contents of frozen yogurt concoctions. I could tell how it would end and didn't want to bother finishing. Mostly I was disappointed at how little value the characters placed on sex and intimacy. I know teenagers are pretty vapid in general, but was hoping for a little more substance.

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories and practices not only his native Hinduism but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450 pound Bengal tiger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this book. Now. Just do it.

  • By Jessica Clapp on 08-26-18

Outstanding narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best I've ever listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

The conversation at the end between the Japanese officials and Pi in his hospital bed.

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

The narration was absolutely amazing. I felt like I was there with Pi through it all.

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

I loved every word.

Any additional comments?

Outstanding narrator, his accent is like music.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Bird Sisters

  • By: Rebecca Rasmussen
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 23

When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health. But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This was a disappointing book!

  • By Diane on 06-11-12

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 01-24-17

What would have made The Bird Sisters better?

I was extremely distracted by the way the narrator let her voice fall at the end of sentences, almost as if she was disdainful of me, the listener. Or like she was about to lower herself to tell me some big secret with the next sentence. It's hard to explain, she just seemed disdainful.

Has The Bird Sisters turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but other books by the narrator, yes.

How could the performance have been better?

See above.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story was sad but authentic.

  • The United States of Air

  • A Satire
  • By: J.M. Porup
  • Narrated by: J.M. Porup
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Food Enforcement Agent Jason Frolick believes in America. He believes in eating air. He struggles to get the food monkey off his back. As part of the Global War on Fat, his job is to put food terrorists in Fat Camp. When a pizza dealer gets whacked in the park across the street from the Thin House, the Prophet Jones himself asks Frolick to investigate. For the first time ever, Frolick solves a murder - but what he finds out shakes his faith. Will he ever be able to eat air again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of the Daily Show

  • By Jennifer on 07-04-14

Eye-rolling, gave up halfway through

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

Would you try another book from J.M. Porup and/or J.M. Porup?

Nope.

Would you ever listen to anything by J.M. Porup again?

Nope.

What didn’t you like about J.M. Porup’s performance?

The t's were super crisp, so any word with a t was clipped and jarring. He was trying to act like a clueless wannabe naive idiot, but he just came across as an asshat.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I rolled my eyes at just about every line. I have two little kids so I hear about poop, pee, farts, butts, and the rest every single day. I don't care. But this book was just infantile. The constant references to "poo," "pee," and "wee wees" was just too much for me. I have better uses for my time than listening to something that sounds like my 6-year-old wrote it. I had high hopes for the book because I thought the concept was good, but the focus on poop in the middle of the book just made me give up.

Any additional comments?

Ugh. Just ugh.