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  • A Dirty Job

  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,721

People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!

  • By Janie on 03-24-06

Why Me!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Was a very interesting an humores take of death, good and evil, and the after life. Following Charlie in his unexplained and unwanted new ability was well worth the listen. Christopher Moore did a great of of reading this adventure. I highly recommend this book to lighten up your day.

  • Murder in an Irish Village

  • By: Carlene O'Connor
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,583

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie's Bistro has always been warm and welcoming. Nowadays 22-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago. It's been a rough year for the O'Sullivans, but it's about to get rougher. One morning, as they're opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery

  • By Jill, NM on 10-21-16

A breath of fresh air

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Great listen. Siobhan was forced to jump into lives responsibilities as an adult, taking on the responsibility of a Bistro and that of her five siblings before she was ready. She proves to be a strong willed an responsible young woman who finds herself having to protect her siblings, the business, and a way of life in her village when a dead man is found in the Bistro.
As Siobhan flounders her way through her hunt for the killer I came to like and respect this young lassie.
Caroline Lennon did a great job reading this story and building a personality for Siobhan.
I'm glad I listened and "Murder at an Irish Wedding" is in my wish list as my next listen.

  • Tricky Twenty-Two

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,566

Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at Kiltman College. Gobbles has missed his court date and gone into hiding. People have seen him on campus, but no one will talk. Things just aren't adding up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stephanie is back -- A great installment

  • By GH on 11-17-15

Stephanie's best

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

One of the best from my favorite author. Stephanie is finally getting a handle on the job. Loved the way Janet brought in the family to help. After this ending I'll be looking forward for the next book!

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  • Tough Cookie

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Everything seems to be going wrong for Goldy. The health inspector has shut down her catering business in Aspen Meadow, Colorado, due to non-standard plumbing. When she hosts a live cooking show for PBS, she drops eggshells into the cookie dough. On the way home from that humiliating experience, she finds the chairman of the State Parole Board - dead with hundred dollar bills drifting in the snow around him. Goldy’s troubles really begin, however, when the police launch a murder investigation....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!!

  • By T.C. on 08-18-16

Always love the cook!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Where does Tough Cookie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top

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

Ms Davidson did a good job keeping the plot moving along. It was fun listening as Goldie gets herself deeper in trouble. Good ending!

Which scene was your favorite?

Egg shells in the cookies.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed in a few spots.

Any additional comments?

Ms Davidson's writing hasn't disappointed yet. Each book is as good as the last and Ms Rosenblot makes them even more enjoyable. I'll keep listening until there's no more to listen to.

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,824

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Don't waste your time or money

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

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

The wife lasted 15 minutes and I give it an hour and a half. I tried but it wasn't worth the time.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

Much effort went into making it sound and be funny. It was wasted effort.

Any additional comments?

I think there is a talent there but I'll never know because I'll not listen to another one of her books. I feel she thinks using profanity would bring more amusement to the plot of her (Mostly True) autobiography and if so it fell flat.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,863

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

I've only listen to the Audio version

What about Jim Broadbent’s performance did you like?

Mr Broadbent's production of this audio was excellent. He was well fitted for the characters in the book and expressed their emotions and stories masterfully. Great job.

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

The reading of this book, if I had done so, would have been very difficult to put down. Would I have been able to read it in one sitting? I don't believe I would have been able to do so.

Any additional comments?

Well written and very enjoyable listen. The way he gradually unveiled the past and its ultimate results was done with grace and great timing. A good read for anyone and a must for us senior citizens.

  • The Grilling Season

  • By: Diane Mott Davidson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz’s newly secure home life is shattered when her latest client is found dead, and her violent ex-husband is the chief suspect. This first-class mystery is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for a delectable blend of heart-stopping suspense, mouth-watering menus, and wry humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Life Goes On

  • By Cynthia on 03-28-16

Degrees of abuse

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Enjoyable listen as the previous books. The story was a little thin but it came together in the end. My main complaint is how the son follows the father in abusing the mother. It may not be physical, but mental and verbal abuse is just as bad and someone should be teaching that lesson. Over all we enjoyed listening to Barbara Rosenblats narration. On to "Prime Cut".

  • On What Grounds

  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,833
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,628

Clare Cosi used to manage the historic Village Blend coffeehouse…until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years and a little friendly cajoling from the owner (a fresh pot of Jamaican Blue Mountain was all it took), she's back to the grind. With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the Village Blend, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of coffeehouse redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work. Until she discovers the assistant manager unconscious in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands out

  • By Pam on 06-07-13

Enough to turn me into a tea drinker

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

What did you like best about On What Grounds? What did you like least?

The premise of the story was sound but it all when down hill from there. The continuous interruption to explain how to make another cup of coffee made me want to begin drinking tea. I also have a problem with people who've experienced a bad and hurtful relationship, turn around and move right back into it and let it get in the way of moving on into new and better relationships. The story lacked continuity in its investigative premise and then seem to all of a sudden revealed all the answers. The story was to predictable.

Has On What Grounds turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. It could be that food and crime is more my mix than coffee and crime.

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

I believe this was the first reading of Ms Gibel's I have listen to. She was the one thing I found enjoyable about this book.

Could you see On What Grounds being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't listen to it if your on a long trip in your vehicle, it'll but you asleep at the wheel.

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  • W Is for Wasted

  • A Kinsey Millhone Mystery
  • By: Sue Grafton
  • Narrated by: Judy Kaye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,398

Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth waiting for....

  • By karen on 10-09-13

"W" for weak

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

Not her best

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

Not really. Was too predictable and ending a bit to quickly.

Which character – as performed by Judy Kaye – was your favorite?

Annie

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

As with all of Sue Grafton books it was an enjoyable listen. However I felt this one to be a bit weak in the writing with a too quickly contrived ending.
Even though I felt this not to be one of her best, I'll still be looking forward to the next one.

  • Explosive Eighteen

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,582

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'

  • By HappyMom on 11-23-11

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

Not quite up to par as the last 17 but well worth the listen. The ending was a little to sudden for me but it still everything wide open. Over all very good.