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Decatur, IL, United States
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Behold, Here's Poison audiobook cover art

Good Story.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Good Story, good plot, well-drawn characters. But: I detested the hero and heroine of the story. Their antagonism made the "happy ending" unbelievable. That said, I've noticed several 1930's era stories where the women, and sometimes the men, are aloof to the point of indifference through the whole tale, then suddenly melt into each others' arms in the final scene. Change of culture?

Just Another Judgement Day audiobook cover art

violent and uncomfortable

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-18

If you like horror, this is the book for you. I like the Nightside series, but this was too much "bad" for me. Little whimsy, just gruesome.

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Diesel is back!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This is classic Evanovich! It's got zing. The pacing is good. The narrator is perfect. The plot has legs. After several less-than-stellar offerings, this book is fast-paced, funny and intriguing. I strongly recommend it to Evanovich fans.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service audiobook cover art

Good. Glad to see my old friends.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

I very much enjoyed this entry in the series. The narrator continues to be excellent. My only quibble is that I spotted the villain and the climax of a sub-plot about half-way through. Put it down to the fact I've been reading cozy mysteries for almost 50 years. I'm glad Queenie has found her niche outside of the main story. She was too dreadful to read about.
Looking forward to more "Royal Spyness" books.

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Female and Male Narrators work seamlessly

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I am a long-time fan of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. This is an excellent entry. The two narrators, after the first surprise, work well together. The plot and story are engrossing with few dead spots. I strongly recommend this book.
One request: Patricia, when are Adam and Mercy going to have a baby? Please?

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Meh...

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-17

I got this audio book for $1.99 and it was worth every penny. A decent plot, the narrator was good, the class distinctions were set and the characters believable. But, and this is a big but, I did not buy the romance, such as it was. This is a set up for a series, introducing the players and backgrounds. As a devotee of Georgette Heyer, I like sparkle, wit and chemistry in my romances. I found little in this book. An older, titled man and a "council flat" feisty Londoner. Nope. Even the author admitted the unlikelihood. I may read or listen to the others in this series because of the plotting, but if you want romance, go elsewhere.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

The Forgotten Sister audiobook cover art

not worth the time

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-16

I had hopes of this book; Pride and Prejudice from a new point of view. Instead it was a sad telling of an unwanted daughter undergoing a deep depression and a love interest from "the lower orders." It came up with heavy handed explanations for her moralizing (in one case she was drunk!), and a last chapter that I found tedious in the extreme. The narration was adequate. Don't waste your credit.

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Dirty Magic=dirty language

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-15

There is a good story buried under the heap of police procedural lingo and really filthy language. I am over sixty, make of that what you will, and I think the story would have flowed better with less "fuck" and "shit". It was like she had a limited vocabulary and those were her "go to" adjectives and adverbs. The lingo may have been authentic but I found it hard to follow. If I listened carefully I could pan for the gold-dust of plot among the rock and sand of obfuscation. The narrator was excellent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Royals Behaving Weirdly

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

Usually, I like alternative history. One of my favorite "what ifs" concerns Henry VIII. What if Catherine of Aragon's son had lived, etc. This is a lousy trilogy. I agree with the review who said the author suffers from Mary Sue syndrome: the lead character is her wish-fulfillment. If the story had been about four random people it would have been silly enough. To have Henry IX suffering love-madness and ruining his kingdom for this Mary Sue is ridiculous. Side characters behave in unnatural ways and the author makes the Odyssey seems sane by comparison to her lovers' travails. Anyone who gives this 4 or 5 stars is an idiot. I will never trust reader's reviews again. I trusted the ones who said "the third book of this trilogy is the best". Boo Hiss!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Well Salted

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-12

"Salt" is the kind of history I wanted from "Catching Fire"; an anecdotal recounting of the uses and abuses of salt across history and around the world: its use a money, political fodder, tax-base and the cause and excuse for riot and revolution. I had no idea how varied the types of salt mining and the many different kinds of salt there were and are.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful