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Frog Lady

Roanoke, VA USA
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  • Bad Mommy

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Lance Greenfield, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

When Fig Coxbury buys a house on West Barrett Street, it's not because she likes the neighborhood, or even because she likes the house. It's because everything she desires is next door: the husband, the child, and the life that belongs to someone else. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant- really good!

  • By Candice on 06-01-18

couldn't listen - too much bad language

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I listened to possibly 2 minutes max & was appalled to hear the "f" word and "c" word right out of the gate. I'm subjected to enough vulgarity & crudeness in this world without paying to listen to it.

  • 3 Sleuths, 2 Dogs, 1 Murder: A Sleuth Sisters Mystery

  • The Sleuth Sisters, Volume 2
  • By: Maggie Pill
  • Narrated by: Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski, Judy Blue
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

When Retta's "gentleman friend" is accused of murder, the Sleuth Sisters take on the case. Winston Darrow is a charmer, but his secrets create trouble that spills onto Retta, Barb, Faye, and even police chief Rory Neuencamp. Someone is out to get Win, someone he claims is the real killer. While Retta admits Win is less trustworthy than her daffy Newfoundland dog, she insists he's not a murderer. Dogs become an issue when Faye rescues a mutt she finds hurt on the road.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery series!

  • By KadySiga on 04-11-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

My husband and I listen to audio books on our frequent car trips and were anticipating another humorous (I adore Barb and her inability to let bad grammar and misplaced apostrophes go) murder mystery. Unfortunately the story was full of inconsistencies. For example, Faye went to water some horses in sub-freezing temparatures, only the water hose wasn't frozen solid - we're in Virginia, not Michigan, and my friend's water freezes even here! There are more glaring inconsistencies in the actual plot, but they would be spoilers so I won't mention them (for anyone who wants to give this book a try). The person who narrates Faye (I'm guessing Laura Bednarski, since Anne Jacques and Judy Blue were in the first one) must have been owed a favor to get the gig - she was TERRIBLE! She read as if it were a homework assignment: no emotion, no inflection or change in timbre. Here's an example that I wrote down exactly as she read it: "He looked in every cupboard. I'd already looked in." UGH!! Barb would be horrified, not only in mutilating the continuity of the sentence, but also by the dangling preposition! I think we'll pass on future books in the Sleuth Sisters series; too bad, because the first one was so cute.

  • Murder Is Binding

  • A Booktown Mystery
  • By: Lorna Barrett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

When she moved to Stoneham, city slicker Tricia Miles met nothing but friendly faces. And when she opened her mystery bookstore, she met friendly competition. But when she finds Doris Gleason dead in her own cookbook store, killed by a carving knife, the atmosphere seems more cutthroat than cordial. Someone wanted to get their hands on the rare cookbook that Doris had recently purchased-and the locals think that someone is Tricia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Cozy Mystery

  • By Jessica on 06-08-11

Too much fluff

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

There was way too much emphasis in non-essential descriptions of Trisha's stupid cat's antics. And Trisha talking to the cat, as if the cat understood & answered back, was just filler that did nothing to move the story along. This book could have easily been trimmed to 7 hours without all the cat references and the monotonous answering the phone a zillion times with "Haven't Got a Clue, this is [place name here: Trish, Jenny, Angelica] speaking. How may I help you?" How tedious!!

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  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20,913
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,178

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An excruciating listen.

  • By Debra on 01-12-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

I, like many other reviewers, wondered about the 5-star ratings - this to me was mediocre at best. One of the other reviewers talked about Anna's back story. The thing was, I had figured out her entire back story almost from the beginning, so none of what was revealed later was surprising to me. I agree that Anna's character was totally unsympathetic. I had thoroughly enjoyed Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train," and felt like Finn was trying to copy the alcoholic protagonist Rachel in that novel by having Anna buying and imbibing red wine by the case. I guess Finn thought in order to make Anna a little different, he also has her popping so many pills she goes through life in a drunken, drug-dosed stupor. I didn't despise all of the film noir references, but the verbosity in describing Anna's environment was a tad off-putting. I wouldn't call it the worst thing I've ever listened to, but it was far from the best! I did manage to finish it by taking it in small 45-minute doses on my daily walks.

  • A Criminal Defense

  • By: William L. Myers Jr.
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,609
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,301

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life. The defendant, David Hanson, is Mick's best friend, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death. Mick's played both sides of Philadelphia's courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he'll need every one of them to win.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader ruins it!

  • By Matthew Jarka on 05-15-17

Peter Berkrot is a terrible narrator!<br />

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Will NEVER again order a book with this narrator -gravelly, belchy voice that only worsened when he was trying to signify emotions. This was the 2nd book I've gotten that he's narrated - my mistake that will not happen a third time! I ordered this title so by golly I was going to slog my way through it, but it was a struggle. Plot was OK, I'm not used to the profanity sprinkled throughout, but it wasn't every other word, so I slogged through that as well. Tip: avoid any audio book with this narrator!

  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him - or her grandmother, the ice queen - in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Thrilling to the Very End

  • By Hugo Reed on 10-25-16

It was OK..

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

The narrator had no sense of timing. She read the story way too quickly, like the youth at church giving a report on their mission trip. The only time she slowed her breakneck pace was when she was the voice of Olivia Fontaine. Story was OK, if a tad formulaic.

  • Orhan's Inheritance

  • By: Aline Ohanesian
  • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 773

When Orhan's brilliant and eccentric grandfather - a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs - is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But his grandfather's will raises more questions than answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Haunting

  • By alison on 05-05-15

Historical Fiction at its Absolute Best

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I was totally enthralled by this novel. The author has drawn on her own family's personal history with the Armenian genocide to create a riveting horror story that rang absolutely true. I had no idea such a thing happened until I did my own research as I read this novel. It is a powerful, compelling, heartbreaking tale. It will serve us all well to remember that history will repeat itself (Christian genocide in Turkey, Jewish genocide in Austria, Germany, Poland to name two examples) when men fail to learn from it.

  • Forty Thieves

  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 927

Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both retirees of the LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins for hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common - until they are both hired to do damage control on the same murder case. The previous spring, after days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city's overwhelmed storm sewers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Solid Suspense Novel

  • By Jean on 01-24-16

Long and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Narrator was terrible. Way too breathy & tried too hard to adjust his timbre/accent for different characters, with the result that I had to keep adjusting the volume. The book could have been shortened considerably by cutting out the tiresome flashbacks of how the characters met, and the silly repartee between the Abels. The ending was a massive letdown.

  • Three Men in a Boat [Classic Tales Edition]

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Even when the sailing is smooth, the stories never stop in Jerome K. Jerome's comic novel. Plaster fishes, dead water rats, near-death escapes, and many, many jocose anecdotes create a colorful narrative of holiday life on the river. For once three hypochondriacs self-diagnose themselves as "clearly overworked", the rest practically writes itself!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic, Funny Tale

  • By maethorwen on 09-20-17

P G Wodehouse it's NOT

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

My husband and I take many car trips and love to listen to books - we've listened to every P G Wodehouse we could find and were totally charmed. Three Men and a Boat left us cold. After the ridiculous train scene where not even the engineer knew where the train was going, we gave up and didn't finish listening. If you've listened to and loved P G Wodehouse, I would recommend giving Three Men and a Boat a pass.

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  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,260

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Man! What a good read!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-14

Masterful storytelling - I could actually visualize life in the circus during the Depression. Having 2 readers (old Jacob and young Jacob) really added to the authenticity of the characters. I never saw the movie & don't know if I will - I might be disappointed after this thoroughly satisfying rendition. I highly recommend this novel!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful