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The Elf in the Kitchen

Madison, MS USA
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  • The Line That Held Us

  • By: David Joy
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he's chased for years, he never expected he'd accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he's killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer: his best friend, Calvin Hooper. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Kristina on 08-20-18

The Blurred Lines that Held Me

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

It’s been a few days now since I finished listening to David Joy’s The Line That Held Us; and I’m still not sure I can speak to it in a worthy fashion. Mr. Joy’s first two listens were stunning, so this one had an uphill battle, so to speak. And, you know what, that uphill battle was conquered with his amazing talent for ultra dark, vivid and ever-so-flawed characters; his deftly exquisite prose to define and craft them; and the just sheer design of the story itself. The darkest yet, to me anyway, of his books, The Line That Held Us appears to have allowed the continuing depth of Mr. Joy’s talent to filter through and emerge. Dwayne Brewer is a terrifying, brutal, emotionally riveting man who is both the gold standard of rage and love simultaneously. If nothing else, listen to the book to get a glimpse of him. But, his presence does little to distract from the story and the other characters (both primary and secondary), though he does seem to be such a pivotal person. At various points during this book, I began to question Mr. Joy’s mental status UNTIL I realized that I was right there with him, my own viscera on constant alert for the next jolt. Top all this with the superbly brilliant audio presentation by Mr. MacLeod Andrews and you have a substantially challenging book. I did have some reservations regarding the somewhat lengthy ending chapters but I’ll go back and re-listen to make sure I didn’t miss anything in my stunned-into-silence last two chapters. The Line That Held Us offers lines that are drawn and lines that are blurred...and it’s those blurred lines that held me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tailspin

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,392

Rye Mallett, a fearless "freight dog" pilot charged with flying cargo to far-flung locations, is often rough-spoken and all business, but soft on regulations when they get in the way of meeting a deadline. But he does have a rock-solid reputation: He will fly in the foulest weather, day or night, and deliver the goods safely to their destination. So when Rye is asked to fly into a completely fogbound northern Georgia town and deliver a mysterious black box to a Dr. Lambert, he doesn't ask questions. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victor Got His Groove

  • By Empress Karen on 08-08-18

Not Sandra Brown's Best

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

We are always excited to listen to a Sandra Brown book both for her writing/story lines that keep us guessing as well as the narration by Victor Slezak. Well, this one just doesn't quite measure up to her usual exciting and surprising reads. It's slow, we did not begin to connect with Rye, the renegade pilot-for-hire and Brynn, a brilliant physician intent on fulfiling her promise to 'do no harm' until very late in this long book and even then, we felt bereft of any real attachment to them, Frankly, even Mr. Slezak sounded tired in this one.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Three-Nine Line

  • The Cordell Logan Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

More than 40 years after their release from the notorious "Hanoi Hilton", three American prisoners of war return to Vietnam to make peace with their most brutal former captor, a guard whom they've dubbed "Mr. Wonderful". The US State Department hopes reconciliation will help cement a major trade agreement between Washington and the Vietnamese. But when Mr. Wonderful is found murdered, the three ex-POWs are accused of the crime, and the multibillion-dollar deal threatens to unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great addition to this Series!

  • By Chris on 09-24-15

The Bet Logan Yet

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

This review could just contain three words...We LOVED it! Not only is the story captivating, well-researched, a terrific balance between angst and humor and a return for many of us to the memories of Viet Nam. AND, the continuing brilliant narration by Ray Porter only serves to make the story and characters three dimensional. There is one particular snippet that literally had us laughing so hard, we had tears streaming! We clipped it and have returned at least a dozen times to hear Ray Porter's hilarious take of Mr. Freed's description of a restaurant menu. Couple these thoughts with a growing fondness for the returning characters, especially Mrs. Schmulowitz, and it's like old home week, a class reunion, renewing friendships, and continuing involvement with people we care about (and, well, a cat too).

  • Voodoo Ridge

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery, Book 3
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978

In 1956 a plane bearing mysterious cargo takes off from a small airport outside Los Angeles and disappears into a raging storm. Nearly 60 years later, while flying over the Sierra Nevada, retired military assassin turned civilian flight instructor and would-be Buddhist Cordell Logan catches a glint of sunlight on metal and spots what appears to be an aircraft wreckage. His life will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another A+ Cordell Logan story

  • By W. Brooks on 05-02-17

No Need to Stick Pins in This One

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Cordell Logan is in the process of becoming one of our favorite dude/protagoninsts as David Freed continues to grow him into a solid characters. You know, we skipped the second book (now on Kindle) because we could not move away from the narration of Ray Porter. And once again, we have the perfect match between author and narratorThis book challenges us as readers and listeners with the content as Logan endures the most emotionally charged span of his life. Once again, this cook contains all the elements of good story-telling...believability, subject knowledge, and dynamic writing and humor to keep the listener wanting more.

  • Flat Spin

  • A Cordell Logan Mystery
  • By: David Freed
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,370

The irresistible David Freed’s first mystery is a stay-up-late-to-finish thriller. Based in sunny Rancho Bonita - “California’s Monaco”, as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it - Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husband has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A whodunit with a touch of humor.

  • By Arthur on 08-07-12

Nothin' Flat About this Book

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

Initially, this was our first foray into books by David Freed and we selected this book because Ray Porter is the narrator. While Mr. Porter never disappoints, it's the crisp, tight, researched, interesting and delicious humor that Mr. Freed delivers. We related to this book early on as our Dad was a Air Corps veteran/P-51 pilot and instructor and later a private pilot for a company. So, the love of flying (as well as a healthy respect) is in our DNA. As with all 'new' authors, it took us a bit to get the rhythm and voice of his writing down but once we did, we were most certainly hooked. We fell in love with the cast of characters, both returning and not...especially Mrs. Schmulowitz (oy vey), Kiddiot (the cat), The Ruptured Duck, and others who bring their own identity to this fun, fun read. This was one of those...'one more chapter' listens that kept us up well past our usual sleepy time and worth every bit of it. Of course, the real strength of this book is not only how Mr. Freed crafts the story, but also the well developed 'sorta' anti-hero Cordell Logan. This is a delicious read.

  • The Fighter

  • By: Michael Farris Smith
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

 The acres and acres of fertile soil, the 200-year-old antebellum house, all gone. And so is the woman who gave it to Jack, the foster mother only days away from dying, her mind eroded by dementia, the family legacy she entrusted to Jack now owned by banks and strangers. And Jack's mind has begun to fail, too. The decades of bare-knuckle fighting are now taking their toll, as concussion after concussion forces him to carry around a stash of illegal painkillers and a notebook of names that separates friend from foe. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Powerful Book; One Increcible Listen

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 05-15-18

One Powerful Book; One Increcible Listen

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

You know, it’s interesting how listening to a book you’ve actually read opens your senses and mind and heart and soul to a new resonance; the whole story takes on added depth, power, and intensity. Never in a bazillion years would I have thought the audio version of Michael Farris Smith’s The Fighter could take on MORE of what it was when I read it. BUT IT DID! Graham Halstead was a new narrator to my ears and it took a couple of turns to adjust to his style. Once his delivery tumbled from newness to a fit like a ‘broke-in leather glove’, he became the book and the book became him. I don’t care how terrific a book is, the right narrator/reader/performer is critical. In this case, Mr. Halstead brought a substance and identity to the characters and the story that showcased the depth of the author’s talent. So many standout themes in this book. Maryann’s commitment to Jack and vice versa; his visit to her nursing home bed was a searingly poignant and moving expression of love for the woman who would not stop believing in him. Jack’s descent into the world of cage fighting and Big Mama Sweet’s branding iron; Annette’s story of running away from and running toward; lives that are lived hanging on by a thread. So, do yourself a favor...READ The Fighter, then LISTEN to it. You won’t be sorry...nope, not one bit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,794

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

One of Co/Ho's Best

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This is a beautifully written book about a subject that is often hard to deal with. No spoilers means it's hard to discuss the book without revealing the nature of the issue. So, trust me, it's awesome. Narrator is excellent.

  • Wildest Dreams

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The hell..?

  • By Jordan on 01-18-17

In My Wildest Dreams

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I really liked this book; it's a departure of sorts for KA but BOY HOWDY, does she build a world that is mesmerizing. The narrator is beyond superb and I highly recommend. You have to be prepared for some Game of Thrones-esque storytelling but it's worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,371

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

I'll Take a Piece of Cake

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This was a pretty good book that I really enjoyed a lot. It was well written and entertaining. Andi Arndt is one of my favorite narrators; Joe Arden is not so that was a major detraction for me.

  • Melt

  • The Steel Brothers Saga, Book 4
  • By: Helen Hardt
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Jonah Steel is intelligent, rich, and hard-working. As the oldest of his siblings, he was charged by his father to protect them. He failed in the worst way. Dr. Melanie Carmichael has her own baggage. Although the renowned therapist was able to help Jonah's brother, she is struggling with feelings of inadequacy. When the oldest Steel walks into her office seeking solace, she can't turn her back.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED????

  • By BluBumbleB on 01-08-17

Didn't Melt My Heart

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I loved the first three books of this series andn will finish it out just because I want to see how it resolves. However, this book was NOT the caliber of the first three. I love good eroticism just fine but this was just sex without meaning, even though it was supposed to be. I thought, good grief, find something else to do. I did not care much for Cendese; he just didn't 'live' the part.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful