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Phyllis S. Mike

Bristol, CT USA
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  • The Dirt on Ninth Grave

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227

In a small village in New York, Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half truths. Soon she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Hilarious, Excellent

  • By Catherine J. Pondozzi on 02-01-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

I love Darynda Jones and this series, but I don't like the scenario where the reader knows more than the main character. I like to be suprised by the twists and turns of the story. That's so not the case this time. I am looking forward to the 10th story though. Emphasis on am.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sizzling Sixteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck..

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 16... is a fizzle not a sizzle!

  • By Mo on 06-30-10

The performance is saving this book

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Stephanie with Ranger is getting old. Stephanie with every character in the book is getting old. I feel that author is just riding on the same story line to cash in on more books. This was very disappointing. I'm not sure how it rated over 4 stars except for the narrator. I won't read more until I read all the reviews and find that the readers are happier with the story line,

  • Playing the Odds

  • The MacGregors, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 685

Serena MacGregor had been looking for a little independence and some much-needed adventure, but Justin Blade was not what she had in mind. The stakes were high, and Justin was betting on changing Serena's mind about him. But when this fiery heiress upped the ante on the cool Comanche gambler, steamy didn't begin to describe the results....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it!

  • By Jane on 05-15-15

Great Story - Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

I found the story well written and fun but the narrator sounds loud and angry. I don't understand the positive praise. For me, she ruined the experience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Scandals of Classic Hollywood

  • Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema
  • By: Anne Helen Petersen
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown, and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren't always the saints that we make them out to be. Part biography, part cultural history, the stories contained in this book cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Smut? No Problem?

  • By blake on 12-13-14

Boring

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

I found it boring. The narrator was OK but the whole book was just boring.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Simone: Adventures in Dating (Boxed Set), Books 1-5

  • By: Riley J. Ford
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Powers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Simone: Adventures in Dating (Books 1-5) includes: Book 1 (The Billionaire): Simone meets a mysterious and charming billionaire who sweeps her off her feet. He might just be her perfect date - and more. But does he have a secret side? Book 2 (The Billionaire Revealed): Simone discovers the billionaire's secret, and it could be a deal breaker. Luckily, there's a sexy, down-to-earth cowboy waiting in the wings. But will his big, er…. hat be enough to keep her interested?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-04-14

Too phony

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

It was funny at times but annoying most of the time. I think the author went way too far. I couldn't even pretend that most if could happen. It was uncomfortable and fake.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Not Quite Forever

  • Not Quite Series, Book 4
  • By: Catherine Bybee
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she's prepared to write him off... until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Suprisingly Good Book

  • By Phyllis S. Mike on 11-27-14

A Suprisingly Good Book

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

Reviewed: 11-27-14

I have hundreds of audible books but this is the first one I read by Catherine Bybee. I'm pleased that now I have a new author that I really like. What I enjoyed the most was that the characters were very well developed, believable and likeable. The plot wasn't overdone. It was a very enjoyable read. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could give half stars. There were a couple of situations that were just a little unbelievable, but the fact that there were only a couple is really surprising. I recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author. The narrator is right on. She did a fantastic job with male and female voices. That's important to me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Genuine Lies

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer's career. Last of the movie goddesses, she has two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers, both famous and infamous. Now she is ready to write a tell-all memoir that has even Hollywood's richest and most powerful worried. Julia Summers never dreamed of being chosen to tell Eve's story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow moving, Out-dated, Not a great payout.

  • By Kathryn on 11-17-14

Nostalgia at its best

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written, well read and set in a magical time gone by. I also appreciated the length. So many good stories are short. This story never lost my interest. I would definitely recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Impulse

  • A Selection from Something New
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

For once in her life, Rebecca Malone has decided to follow her impulses. After quitting her job and selling all of her belongings, she heads to Greece in search of adventure. So when a sexy local restaurant owner pursues her, she can't resist playing the role of sophisticated, well-traveled woman. But falling in love with Stephen Nickodemus was not part of the plan! Now she'll have to find a way to break the news of her true identity…without also breaking his heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Fluff

  • By Phyllis S. Mike on 09-27-14

Just Fluff

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

This was just a little too far-fetched for me. Not the usual substance in earlier Nora Roberts stories. Kate Rudd's narration was not enjoyable. I wanted to like the book but her male voice was drone and bland. I wouldn't recommend it if you want an interesting story.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,847

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Loved It

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

This story was charming, loving, funny, and sad all In one. This was the best Kate Rudd narration I've listened to. I've listened to 3 others. The narration was right on. I felt that John Green went a little overboard with his handling of the Dutch author (don't want to do a spoiler), but overall, I've read it twice now. I fell in love with the characters from the start. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Dual Image

  • A Selection from Play It Again
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Playing Booth DeWitt's cruel ex-wife in his semiautobiographical film is the chance of a lifetime for actress Ariel Kirkwood. As she gets to know the sexy screenwriter, she finds herself wishing she was his real leading lady, but her accurate portrayal has left Booth conflicted over his failed marriage and new desires. Now Ariel must convince Booth to see her for the woman she is - and not the one she was hired to play....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It!!!!!

  • By Lisa Howland on 04-27-15

3 is Generous

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

Reviewed: 09-27-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I usually love Nora Roberts books. This combined with Kate Rudd's narration sounded like a dream but it was very irritating and disappointing. Of course we know how these stories will end but the way the author gets there is what makes it interesting. Nora Roberts wrote scenes that I want to call "stupid". I kept thinking "Oh Come On". Yes they have to have a fight but can it be more realistic? I started skipping ahead and it's already short.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Give the reader some credit. If I was a teacher I would say this was put together quickly just to beat the deadline.

Did Kate Rudd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

One of the reasons I bought this book was because I loved Kate Rudd's narration in The Fault in Our Stars. I didn't enjoy this narration at all. I wish she had used her own natural voice for the female and I hated the male voice.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't suggest purchasing these short stories. They're a disappointment and not really worthy of 3 stars.