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  • Rumble on the Bayou

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Deputy Dorie Berenger knew the day would go from bad to worse when she found a stoned alligator in the town drunk’s swimming pool. Then DEA agent Richard Starke shows up in Gator Bait, Louisiana, giving out orders and insults faster than you can cast a fishing line. Dorie knows the residents of Gator Bait aren’t going to talk to a stranger, but she stuck with Richard until he catches his bad guy. With no other alternative to restore peace to the town, Dorie agrees to help Richard and in the process, uncovers decades of secrets that have been hiding deep in the Louisiana bayou.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted a snack and got a meal

  • By Techpotato on 02-06-19

Honestly, it’s not the narrator’s fault....

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

......I blame the producers for the low narrator rating. WHY WHY WHY do they think people in Louisiana have Georgia-Southern accents? NOBODY in Louisiana sounds anything like this, and especially not people who live a mile from the gulf. Johanna Parker is an excellent reader, one I’ve enjoyed in other series. She’s just wrong for this book. I’ve given up hoping for a female reader who does justice to the South Louisiana voice, but would gladly settle for a generic no-discernible-accent voice over generic southern.

But if you aren’t from around here, or if you can just pretend that the setting is actually some mythical alternative universe, it’s an unusually good cosy mystery. How can you not love a book that opens with a stoned alligator in the town drunk’s swimming pool! The main character, Dorie, is an original, smart, unconventional, and highly respected, and the supporting cast is quirky and fun. Plenty of humor - Dorie is the queen of the sarcastic put-down and the stuffed-shirt DEA agent is asking for it. The mystery kept me guessing; I suspected just about everyone at one point or another and kept being hit with twists I hadn’t seen coming. Yay, Jana Deleon!

A couple of explicit sex scenes - steamy if you like that kind of thing, easily skipped over if you don’t.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in an English Village

  • By: Jessica Ellicott
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,164

The year is 1920: Flying in the face of convention, legendary American adventuress Beryl Helliwell never fails to surprise and shock. The last thing her adoring public would expect is that she craves some peace and quiet. The humdrum hamlet of Walmsley Parva in the English countryside seems just the ticket. And, honestly, until America comes to its senses and repeals Prohibition, Beryl has no intention of returning stateside and subjecting herself to bathtub gin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Wait For Next Book

  • By Sally W. Harris on 05-22-18

Read by Barbara Rosenblat

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

Stop right there. I’ll listen to anything read by Barbara Rosenblat.

A cut above average. Delightful characters. The plot winds round and round with everyone a suspect, lots of people up to no good, and virtually no clues.

Mature characters.

Definitely getting everything I can find by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

  • Mrs. Jeffries Series, Book 1
  • By: Emily Brightwell
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

She keeps house for Inspector Witherspoon...and keeps him on his toes. Everyone's awed by his Scotland Yard successes - but they don't know about his secret weapon. No matter how messy the murder or how dirty the deed, Mrs. Jeffries's polished detection skills are up to the task...proving that behind every great man there's a woman - and that a crime-solver's work is never done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun cozy mystery!

  • By Amanda R on 05-01-15

Once you get into it....

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It took me awhile to warm up to the characters. The inspector is a very nice man who couldn’t detect his way out of a paper bag but he is so kind to his household staff that they are eager to cover for him. Besides, detecting is so much more fun than housework! The plot is thin but Mrs. Jeffries and her staff are a nice crowd to hang out with. This one is for cosy fans only.

The narrator does a good job.

  • Endure

  • Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
  • By: Alex Hutchinson, Malcolm Gladwell - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520

Writing from both the cutting edge of scientific discovery and the front-lines of elite athletic performance, National Magazine Award-winning science journalist Alex Hutchinson presents a revolutionary account of the dynamic and controversial new science of endurance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • finishing this was an act of endurance

  • By slowLoris on 03-21-18

Good, if you like this kind of thing......

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Face it, not everybody is interested in the technical minutiae of how the mind and body work. I happen to be one of those who find it fascinating. Though I’m not a runner and not interested in becoming one, I found this book interesting. While the focus is on running and cycling, there is useful data for any physical training - or for the merely curious. What I liked most: the wide variety of factors examined. What can we do to tap into undiscovered reserves of endurance and/or strength? Does a low carb high fat diet enhance performance? How does your body regulate its temperature and what factors contribute to heat stoke? How does your body tell you when you need to give up and should you listen to it? Can brain exercises give you an edge? Can a distraught mother pick up a Camaro to free a child pinned beneath it? And why are all the best runners Kenyans?

I didn’t have any problems with the narrator. The pacing is slow but I find that preferable for data-dense material in an unfamiliar subject. Some reviewers have criticized some pronunciations. I get that this could be a distraction for those who know how names should be pronounced but, honestly, I listened to a Kenyan pronounce “Kipchoge” several times and I still can’t say it right. The narrator comes Pretty close.

So, like I said: if you like this kind of thing you’ll like this book. If you find research about training methods, diets, body types, biochemistry, neuropsychology, etc., boring, you’ll want to spend your credits somewhere else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Merry and Bright

  • A Novel
  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her - minus her photo - and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lift Your Spirits!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 10-19-17

Merry Pride-and-Prejudice

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Mother with MS, brother with Down Syndrome, father on the road, self-sacrificing heroine who takes care of everybody else, holding down a job with a demanding and crabby boss. Yada yada yada. Being diabetic, I have to limit my sugar intake, almost threw it out a few minutes in.

But no! This is an entirely predictable and charming little Christmas story, well written. The plot is Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Seattle, except that she has a much nicer family.

Four solid stars for being really well done as a nice holiday distraction.

  • Death Distilled

  • A Whisky Business Mystery
  • By: Melinda Mullet
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

It's been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited. With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour. But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes shepherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep - all within the first 24 hours. Still, nothing's more stressful than murder....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flocks, Old Rockers, Bones and Blood

  • By Debbie on 01-22-18

Fun and instructive

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

True confessions - I LOVE a good single-malt scotch. One thing I loved about this book was the explanation of how a single-malt is made and why it still requires a “blender”.

Even if you aren’t a scotch drinker, it’s a good cosy mystery with some very appealing characters.

The narrator is outstanding.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Irregardless of Murder

  • A Miss Prentice Cozy Mystery
  • By: E. E. Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Sheila Stasack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Amelia Prentice, a 40-something high school English teacher comfortable in her predictable routine, regains consciousness after tripping over the corpse of a former student in the safest of places, the public library. Returning to the classroom, she tries to pretend nothing happened. But when it becomes obvious that the victim's death wasn't an accident and she is now a murder suspect, she realizes that her cozy small-town life in New York's Adirondack region will never be the same. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the author knows “irregardless” is not a word

  • By Townsend on 05-19-18

Yes, the author knows “irregardless” is not a word

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

....... in fact, Kennedy makes it clear right at the beginning that English teacher protagonist Miss Prentice habitually corrects errors of this type. This is a winner for any lover of cosy mysteries, but especially for those of us who revel in our association with the grammar police.

Miss Prentice trips over a body in the library - literally. Natural death? Suicide? Drugs? Would you believe MURDER? And who was MargueriteLeBow, really? In between classes, Sunday School, and shopping, Miss Prentice falls in with former students, a self-absorbed best friend, and an old flame to solve the mystery. It all wraps up in a comfortable cosy. Kennedy’s books are also tagged as Christian fiction, but they are not “preachy” and non-Christian listeners should not be put off

The characters represent all the usual suspects, including people who aren’t what they seem to be and that one incredibly annoying “Miss Everything” from high school whose manipulative behavior has only intensified in adulthood.

The narrator does a very nice job, clearly differentiating voices. The “best friend” is awfully strident, making her far more unlikable than she probably is in print. There is a charming almost-21-year-old who is working to pay for graduate school who is made to sound like a 12-year-old. I’m not French Canadian so I can’t critique the accents but from the little French I know they sounded okay.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Cry of the Halidon

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Robert Foxworth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Scientist Alex McAuliff has been hired by Dunstone, Ltd. for $2 million to survey the geology of Jamaica's dark interior. But his reception to the island is far from warm. Someone wants him dead - but who? When British Intelligence learns of Alex's mission they let him in on a little secret - the last survey team never made it home. And Alex is left with only one clue to survival, a single mysterious word: Halidon.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Mess

  • By Richard R on 10-25-07

Abridged, and badly at that

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

Love Ludlum, but hate abridged - didn’t realize that was what I was getting. Even getting it on sale, it was a ripoff.

The story is dated, which I don’t mind. (In the 1970s, “black” was beautiful, not a racial slur..) American protagonist, nebulous bad guys, British intelligence, and Jamaican politics. Danger, mystery, and intrigue. Should be fun but it’s impossible to follow and undeveloped characters make it hard to care.

I have no problems with the narrator. None of this is his fault.

GET THE UNABRIDGED!!!

  • Angels of the Quantum Gate

  • By: William David Hannah
  • Narrated by: Matt Franklin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Angels of the Quantum Gate is science fiction with a twist. It is certainly science fiction with fantasy elements, but it is encapsulated in a wry, ironic, satirical first person narrative that is very convincing. It involves a simple man who is swept into galactic encounters, universal truths, and purposes that are beyond understanding. The sardonic evolves into the spiritual in a work that, somewhere, may require belief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally awesome!

  • By C. L. Mathew on 12-14-14

What’s real? Does it matter?

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

What a strange little tale! Magically real science fiction meets life, the universe, and everything. A quiet unassuming man gets tapped somehow for a series of inexplicable experiences and the fate of the world depends on his responses. His assigned task is to get someone to believe his story. No witnesses. No proof. Just tell the story and get someone to believe you.

I almost quit listening a few minutes in because the reading seemed “flat” and dull. It turns out that the voice is perfect. Donald Henson, the very ordinary first-person narrator in the story, has been told repeatedly to write down all that has happened. This book purports to be the latest of his many re-tellings. Donald still isn’t really sure what was or wasn’t “real”, or even what “real” means, and he’s a bit tired of re-writing it. Matt Franklin”s unemotional and uninflected voice is just right, sucking us into the enigmas of quantum theory - just an ordinary, rather dull man going about his ordinary, rather dull day, only afterwards realizing that he might just be a cat in a box, waiting for the lid to come off so he can find out if he’s dead or alive.

Funny, Thought provoking. Haunting questions. A book I’ll undoubtedly listen to again and again.

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-download for final chapter

  • By Townsend on 04-13-18

Re-download for final chapter

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Initial download omitted the last chapter, giving new meaning to “cliff hanger”. Problem has been fixed. If you don’t have 41 tracks, re-do your download.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, hooray, hooray, Max is back with a vengeance! It is amazing that this series doesn’t get stale, but Jodi Taylor is a wonder and Zara Ramm is perfect as narrator.

Plot: Clive Ronan is still out there and Max has another brilliant idea about how to catch him. Suffice it to say, things go wrong. Everyone cracks wise, disasters ensue, St, Mary”s prevails. Satisfactory conclusion to the current crisis with assurance that there is more to come.

About reading or listening to the series from the beginning: I’d say yes, definitely. All the characters are motivated by events from earlier books.

Note to Audible: shame on you for not notifying buyers as soon as the problem was discovered. I only found out about the missing chapter because I was planning to write a negative review but decided to read other reviews first. A big thank you to the reviewer who said “Make sure you listen to the whole thing.”

26 of 26 people found this review helpful