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  • A Vision of Murder

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery solving couple

  • By Yuriko on 06-02-11

Entertaining. comfy read!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

The stories are fun, with likeable characters. I am not sure of the narrator. Her voice just does not seem "smooth" enough for the main character. The romantic excerpts make me cringe. I like the stories and will continue to listen, but will fast forward sometimes!

  • The Butcher's Boy

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027

Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A writer with extreme talents.

  • By richard on 02-26-12

Loved the story. The narrator was ok

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

I had a difficult time getting "into" the story at the beginning. The narrator's tone just did not get my attention. I thought he did a good job with the voices of the characters, but the narrative voice was bland to me.

  • The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 635

Deciding that true romantic heroes are a thing of the past, Eloise Kelly, an intelligent American who always manages to wear her Jimmy Choo suede boots on the day it rains, leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian. What she discovers is something the finest historians have missed: a secret history that begins with a letter dated 1803.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By Jeny on 04-03-10

Just could not get iinto this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

Would you try another book from Lauren Willig and/or Kate Reading?

Not sure, I might if the plot seemed really interesting.

What could Lauren Willig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not sure. I am not a fan of Romance novels, this was more romance than mystery, or spy thriller.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

Not sure. I am not familiar with the names of readers.

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

no

  • Stiff Penalty

  • By: Annelise Ryan
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Deputy coroner Mattie Winston knows a thing or two about dead bodies. That's why she's on the case of Derrick Ames, a high school math teacher stabbed to death with a barbecue fork straight to the heart. Sure, she's turned up some motives and a few suspects, but nothing adds up. Especially when the evidence points to Ames's teenage son. Newly pregnant Mattie can't believe it, even as her own long-estranged father may be following her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best in the series....

  • By Gift Diva on 05-04-15

Enjoyed very much

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Good cozy story. Like able characters. Good narration.
This was my first book of the author will read more! Good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Appraisal for Murder

  • Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series
  • By: Elaine Orr
  • Narrated by: Paula Faye Leinweber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Jolie Gentil moves to Great Aunt Madge's bed and breakfast at the Jersey shore, taking her cat, Jazz, and joining Madge's pair of prune-eating dogs. Jolie does not view this as a retreat, just a smart change. She had no idea her life was about to get even more complicated. Jolie is reestablishing friendships with Scoobie and Ramona, dodging low-level wise guy Pedone, and (oops!) finding a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New version of the audio available

  • By Elaine L. Orr on 10-01-13

Bad Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-04-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Cozy readers

Would you ever listen to anything by Elaine Orr again?

Yes, with a different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Most definitely

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

Anger. I liked the story ,but the narrator ruined it. Her male voices were terrible, sometimes not understandable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Judgment Call

  • Joanna Brady Mysteries
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

When Joanna Brady's daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her high school principal, Debra Highsmith, in the desert, the Cochise County sheriff's personal and professional worlds collide. Though she's tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems. Yet the deeper Joanna digs, the more complications she uncovers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Having Joanna back.

  • By Mara on 08-14-12

Bad narator

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

Reviewed: 08-26-12

What made the experience of listening to Judgment Call the most enjoyable?

Good story.

What didn’t you like about Hillary Huber’s performance?

Her voice seemed too 'cigarette and whiskey'.

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

No, the voice was distracting to me.

Any additional comments?

I love all of J A Jance, but will watch who the narrators are in the future!

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,080

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

ok book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-10

I enjoyed the story line, but became frustrated with the constant repititions of the characters situations and thoughts. It also was hard to follow.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Evil for Evil

  • A Billy Boyle World War II Mystery
  • By: James R. Benn
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Fifty BARs (Browning automatic rifles) have been stolen from a U.S. army base in Northern Ireland. His uncle Ike Eisenhower sends Billy to recover the weapons which might be used in a German-sponsored IRA uprising. Bodies begin to accumulate as Billy finds unexpected challenges to his Boston-Irish upbringing and IRA sympathies. There are rogues on both sides, he learns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe the Best Billy Boyle Book

  • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

LOVE Billy Boyle!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

Enjoyed all of these by James R Benn....I hope there are more to come! Great period mystery

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

  • The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,430

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect.

  • By B.J. on 06-15-10

Loved this entire series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-10

So very sad this is the last book. It has left me wanting more of Salander, Bloomquist, and Berger.