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Mary Ann Mortensen

Ohio
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It's always a struggle when narrators are switched

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-16

As others have said, the story was good enough... Actually, compelling. It was fun to hear about the friction between differeing political parties, both present and past. The narrator did well enough - not as many voices, but well enough. Luke Daniels, however, has been the voice(s) of these characters that we've come to know and love. It is always distracting trying to hear the story while adjusting to the new voice. The one thing that bothered me is how the victim was "forgotten" in a way that made me skeptical about her survival. It did come together in the end...

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My Favorite! Riotous Spiritual Collaboration!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-16

This story was just lovely! The tension between the protagonists dissolves when the parlor is filled with - well you'll just have to find out! This was a great progression for Heather Graham to make in the beautiful Florida Keyes. And perfectly, the girl "always gets her man!" Again, the perfect blend of mystery and romance laid on the fascinating backdrop of a vital piece of American history.

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Beautiful Historic Places Ignite Love and Mystery!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-16

This story in Krewe of Hunters was one of my favorites! I love the gentle twist of the "Spirits" collaborating with the investigations. This book in particular offered wonderful insight into this historic area of the country as well as what might happen to our loved ones as they transition into the next life. I'm thrilled the author is "predictable" with her overall formula - I don't want shocking surprises. The author blends just enough mystery and romance that always makes me smile.

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This was much better than some earlier in this series.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-16

First, the Gilly character has calmed down and isn't so far over the top as in the past. Second, and not necessarily better (or worse) this book was much darker. I'm glad the author didn't go any further with it. It was plenty. The story arc and resolution was incredibly complicated, well constructed, and creative. My good friend is a medium and I am amazed at how well V. Laurie explains and illustrates the life of a medium. The narrator is doing a much better job, be careful about pops/clicks and keeping character voices consistent and separate from other characters. MUCH BETTER OVERALL!

Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls audiobook cover art

A "character" "Gilly" completely ruins EVERY story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-16

I've never been so put off by an author's choice than in this series and I LOVE VICTORIA LAURIE! It's just a never-ending farce of tension with the absurdity of this character trashing EVERYTHING. This character is an amalgam of every character flaw and caricature of someone "light on the carpet." I've held my tongue in this series so far, but, one scene (and character - in every scene) in this story(ies) is so ridiculous, immature... I just can't even begin to understand why this character was chosen to be a major role in these books. I would so much rather have a "bad guy" create the "angst" in a story. This story will have great moments of exploration, discovery, mystery, suspense and then just when you are enjoying the story's progress, there is an inane scene with Gilly that interrupts the momentum in the most grating and annoying way. It is so frustrating.

Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun audiobook cover art

LOVED the Abby Cooper Mysteries, but THESE?!?!

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-16

This narrator really struggles getting Victoria Laurie...I wish she had listened to Elizabeth Michaels a little before tackling this one. I hardly EVER write negative reviews... I know how much work goes into these books. I learned about Gillie from one of the Abby Cooper stories... he made NO sense, wasn't funny, really just annoying and interruptive. Maybe it's the acting of this character in these books, but it's just the same. Also, this narrator really struggles keeping the flow going, the pauses around "he said, she said" and the overall slow pace. She does have a terrific aptitude for dialects which is really fun and does improve as the story goes on. Victoria Laurie clearly has an amazing knowledge of all things metaphysical. I'm learning a great deal.

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Fantastic from the first sentence to the last!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-16

This series just gets better and better. Nothing like an author hooking you in with a sentence describing... From the protagonists point of view, no less... That they were going to DIE this book, continuing with a brief description of what dying feels like! Then of course she switches to, "one week before." The whole book you know the WORST is going to happen... Sigh. The story was just great. Abby Cooper, our intrepid protagonist, explores the depth of fallible humanity. The scene with the nephews in the limo had me busting up laughing! The narrator, Elizabeth Michaels delivers a both riotous and touching performance throughout. Absolutely delightful. Victoria Laurie and Elizabeth Michaels hit it out of the ballpark, again. :-D

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Fantastic!!! Hilarious! "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Great story! Great narration! What a fun way to help people understand the world of intuition... scarves and crystal balls all excluded! I thoroughly enjoyed the light and dark of Abby's world... especially her hunk of a man, Dutch, and that she uses her talents for good. Can't wait to glutton on the rest of the series!

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Great Story! Great Characters!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Sue Henry does it again! This latest installment of Jesse the amazing, Alaskan dog musher's is woven into the horrific history of Alaska's notorious serial murderer. This was a great delving into a "what if" scenario. I love the moment the author has Jesse face her character flaws and can't wait to see how this affects her maturity in the future. I love how the majesty of alaska's wilderness is a full character in her stories. The Jesse mysteries are a terrific set to follow and get lost in.

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Great Novel, enough suspense and mystery...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-16

I'm not sure why the stars for this are so low. This is a great series. Not too gory, enough mystery. Sue Henry is evolving as an author and her stories are showing interesting complexity. This was interesting because not everyone thinks the "world" of the protagonist. The author left the full mystery to resolve right up til the end. Enough clues were littered through out, but not enough to guess with confidence. There are several Alaskan mysteries and I'm so glad there are. This has been my favorite genre for several years.