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  • Inspector Specter

  • By: E.J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

Just when she thought she'd seen everything... Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven's finest. She's also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby's Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it's hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can - even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish there were more in the series!

  • By Paige Matthews on 12-27-14

Cooperman has another hit!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

What made the experience of listening to Inspector Specter the most enjoyable?

The narrator! I love how Amanda Ronconi reads and her voices for each of the main characters never change throughout the series!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. But then all of this series has managed to keep you at the edge of your seat, wondering who killed the victim.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her ability to do a wide variety of voices. I could never imagine how these characters sounded.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Quarantined

  • By: Joe McKinney
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

The citizens of San Antonio, Texas, are threatened with extermination by a terrifying outbreak of the flu. Quarantined by the military to contain the virus, the city is in a desperate struggle to survive. Inside the quarantine walls, Detective Lily Harris is working burial statistics duty at the Scar, San Antonio's mass graveyard, when she finds a murder victim hidden amongst the plague dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • with a touch of suspence

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-23-17

Edge of your seat!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! I thought the story-line moved very well and kept my attention, which I was really surprised. This is so not my usual type of book! The ending was one of those edge of your seat type build ups! Definitely one I will re-listen to later on.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Quarantined?

The very end of the book. The main character and her family escape and live to tell the world.

Which character – as performed by Therese Plummer – was your favorite?

I thought she did a wonderful job with all of the characters. She stayed in voice throughout and it was very easy to tell which character was which.

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

Definitely! I tried too!

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,514

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

A frightening account of a real life case!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

Amazingly true story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Helter Skelter?

The trial phase of the book. After all of the evidence and the ups and downs prior to the trial, the trial brings to light the final moments of the victims.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet, but I will if he performs any other book I'm interested in hearing.

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

If it hadn't been so long, I could have easily have listened in one sitting.

  • An Uninvited Ghost

  • By: E. J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Beatrice on 12-14-13

A positively funny book!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

If you could sum up An Uninvited Ghost in three words, what would they be?

Hilariously funny follow-up!

What did you like best about this story?

It builds on the series, while adding new mysteries to solve. The ending was definitely a surprise because the villain of the story isn't who you would assume it was.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life with different voices for each character and in each book, the character's voice doesn't change. I like that in a narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A guest house to run and I have a ghost who wants me to play Sherlock Holmes!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Night of the Living Deed

  • By: E.J. Copperman
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,134

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman

  • By Zeny on 11-17-13

A very funny listen!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Where does Night of the Living Deed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book, and indeed the whole series, ranks at the top of my funny mystery books! I love a good mystery but this book include a lot of laughs also.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It definitely held my attention and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There were enough plot twists that, when I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was proven mistaken.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Before this book series, I had never hears Amanda Ronconi's performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Who knew a bump on the head could turn life upside down in a hilariously, funny way!

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  • The Harlequin

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend to Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office, to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he's an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help - especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • *sigh*

  • By Lou on 10-10-11

Great book! Not so great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Harlequin to be better than the print version?

With the exception of the narrator, I loved them both equally.

What other book might you compare The Harlequin to and why?

I don't think any book can compare to The Harlequin.

What didn’t you like about Cynthia Holloway’s performance?

Holloway gives no life to the characters. She changes her voice so minimal between each of the characters and without Jean-Claude's accent, it doesn't even come close to what Kimberley Alexis brought to the books. If it wasn't for the fact that I am low vision impaired and I love Anita Blake, I would have passed up the narrator.

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

Most definitely, if the narrator was better.

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,300

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I thought I was desensitized

  • By Parola138 on 02-19-11

A edge of the seat horror novel!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

Oh My Suspense!

What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

The final fight with "It" and how it flashbacked between 1958 and 1985; entwining past with present as the main cast of characters fight for their lives and the lives of all children in Derry.

Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to any other of Weber's performances, with the exception of "The Shining" movie, I had never heard of him.

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

If it had not been over 40 hours long, I very easily could have listened to this in one sitting.

  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • DrBB

  • By Lois on 01-26-13

Preston and Child does it again!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cabinet of Curiosities to be better than the print version?

I have not had the opportunity to read the print version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Smithback. I loved William Smithback's character since he was introduced in The Relic. Even though the books center around Agent Pendergast, Smithback has a tendency to steal the limelight with all of his crazy antics. He is always managing to get himself into scrapes that Pendergast has to get him out of.

What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

I like all of the performance. Marosz does a very good job staying true to the voices he gave to each character. Not all narrators are able to do that.

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

If it had not been so long, I could very easily have listened to this book in one sitting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guilty Pleasures

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384

Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book 1 in the Anita Blake series

  • By Patsy G. on 08-01-10

A really great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Guilty Pleasures the most enjoyable?

The narrator. Kimberly Lexis does such an amazing job with the accent of Jean-Claude, the voice of Edward and Anita. The accents are so dead on accurate that it really brought the book alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty Pleasures?

Whenever Anita came up against Jean-Claude. He loves to call her his ma petite as much as she hates to hear it. A close second is the final fight with Nickolaos. Can't help but love a book that has a variety of preternatural creatures that you either love or love to hate.

Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

Jean-Claude. Her performance of his character was made so much better by the fact that she does a French accent very well. You can almost picture him standing there, speaking to Anita.

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

Actually, it was a book I listened to all in one sitting. I brought it along during hunting opener and with no deer in sight, I listened to my book. Enjoying every minute of it!

  • Circus of the Damned

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495

A rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own - but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire - or so Anita thinks.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vampires, Werewolves and Snake gods...oh my

  • By Jeanette L. Saunders on 01-05-10

Listening is so much better with this series!

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

If you could sum up Circus of the Damned in three words, what would they be?

What a start!

What other book might you compare Circus of the Damned to and why?

I am a huge fan of the Anita Blake series in book form but in all honesty, it cannot be compared to any other. Other then Stephen King, I rarely deviate from my favorites. Neither author can compare with the other and I cannot even begin to explain why.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final fight with Mr. Oliver. Even though Anita could have died, she still managed to kill her master by force-Alejandro, kill Mr. Oliver and save Jean-Claude.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The last thing Anita Blake, the Executioner of bad vampires wanted, is to be tied to Jean-Claude,Master of the City.