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  • Mink Island

  • Jim and Kram Funny Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Brent Purvis
  • Narrated by: Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Jim Wekle's first day as a trooper on an island in Alaska could have gone better. It was raining, the coffee was bad, and within hours of stepping off the seaplane, he found a bikini-clad girl floating in a kelp bed. As Jim investigates who might have put the bullet in her back, he stumbles across a uniquely diverse and extraordinarily hilarious batch of island inhabitants. Puffing on his imported cigars, Jim soon learns that no one on the island is more unique, diverse, or hilarious than his unlikely counterpart: a man simply known as Kram.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty bad

  • By Susan on 10-01-18

Pretty bad

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

People seemed to like this book, so I took a chance and bought it. It sort of meandered, without much purpose, around a murder on an island in Alaska with supposedly colorful and fun locals. Part of the "funny" story was the absolutely hilarious (I'm being sarcastic) tale of a toy poodle being snatched and killed by an eagle. Couldn't stop laughing, especially at the part where the elderly pet owners were made fun of at a memorial service for their dog. The reader was awful: He mispronounced common words (interpretate?), and I just couldn't take his voice any longer. In addition, the author might want to sit in on a fifth-grade grammar class on sentence construction.

This book might have gotten better if I'd been able to listen to it for more than 20 minutes, but I'll never know.. Can I please have my money back?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Heiress

  • A Nick Williams Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Frank W. Butterfield
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Nick Williams, heir to a vast fortune, lives with his lover, Carter Jones, in the Eureka Valley neighborhood of San Francisco in an unassuming bungalow. Little do the neighborhood ladies, who do their daily marketing on Castro Street, know that just down the street their neighbor is the richest homosexual since possibly Alexander the Great. His no-nonsense secretary Marnie Wilson keeps things together at the office in the Tenderloin. To her frustration, Nick is always turning away clients. He doesn't really need the money, after all. In The Unexpected Heiress, Nick is called in to see his lawyer and friend, Jeffrey Klein, whose mystery client, under contract to Metro, was just arrested at the Kit Kat Club on Polk Street but somehow got off with a bench warrant. Jeffrey wants to know who in the police department worked things behind the scene for the star of the upcoming blockbuster It Was Raining Then. Meanwhile a late night phone call from his estranged father sends Nick into a tailspin and a family secret, along with a lot of other things better kept hush-hush, are all splashed on the front pages of the daily newspapers. It ain't pretty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Nick!

  • By HockeyfanT on 07-14-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

I loved this book, and I was sad when it ended. The main characters are likeable, and it's funny without being silly. It took me a while to get used to the cadence of the reader, but I was won over after listening for a while.

Audible, please add the other books in this series to your library.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dying for a Date

  • Laurel McKay Mysteries
  • By: Cindy Sample
  • Narrated by: Pilar Uribe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118

Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Book to listen to on a Roadtrip

  • By Ad on 02-05-14

Fun cozy mystery, no so wonderful reader

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

Reviewed: 03-06-14

Would you listen to Dying for a Date again? Why?

It was fun and well written, and there were enough suspects to make it interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dying for a Date?

Mom operating heavy equipment

Would you be willing to try another one of Pilar Uribe’s performances?

No. Her performance in this book distracted from what was otherwise an enjoyable cozy. I almost gave up on the audiobook and read the print version, but I made it through to the end. Her voice is pleasant, but her cadence is terrible. She comes across like a seventh grader trying to read out loud in front of the class. Not the worst reader I've ever come across, but still pretty bad.

Any additional comments?

This is a promising writer, but she needs to find a new narrator. I notice Pilar Uribe also narrates the sequel, and I'll be reading it in print.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Curse of the Spellmans

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

When Izzy Spellman, PI, is arrested for the fourth time in three months, she writes it off as a job hazard. She's been (obsessively) keeping surveillance on a suspicious next door neighbor (suspect's name: John Brown), convinced he's up to no good - even if her parents (the management at Spellman Investigations) are not.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What a difference the narrator makes

  • By Sherri on 03-09-12

Great fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-08

I think the Spellmans are great fun. I read the first book, thought it was hilarious, and wondered whether the reader of an audiobook would do justice to the quirky characters. I was pleasantly surprised; the reader does a superb job, and the second book is just as funny as the first. Recommended light reading.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Garden Pest

  • A Gardening Mystery
  • By: Ann Ripley
  • Narrated by: Lynda Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

Organic gardener and television host Louise Eldridge has a nasty confrontation with the former television host she replaced. And when the woman is found poisoned, Louise becomes suspect number one.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By MABJM on 01-03-10

Reader isn't great

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-07

It's hard to get past the reader while listening to this book. Hey, there's no such word as nucular. It's nuclear. Nu-cle-ar. She has a song-song voice that's pretty hard to take,and she stutters several times. Also, thanks to the author for giving away the ending to the first book in this series. I guess I won't be reading that.