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  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

  • Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Michaels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,070

Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • review of Abby Cooper series

  • By Roger on 03-11-10

A fun premise wasted

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

The psychic angle could be fun, but it is overshadowed by the obnoxious immaturity of the main character. She comes across as being in her early teens rather than her 30s. It's much easier to believe in her flawless 6th sense than that a grown man would find her baby-girl antics attractive.

Also, and it's a small thing, the narrator pronounced the suffix "-ed" as "-it." So "needed" becomes "need it" and so on.

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,051

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

not for feminists!!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The main character is potentially very interesting—issues of enhanced memory usually are—but the way women simply scuttle in his wake, excusing and supporting and enabling him, and don't appear as human at all goes from grating to irritating to unsupportable.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Meh. Could Amos get the hell over himself, please. I certainly have.

What aspect of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance would you have changed?

The performers did fine.

Could you see Memory Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It's practically "Longmire" already, so just recast Robert Taylor. Don't bother casting any actresses; the female characters could be played by disposable cardboard cutouts.

Any additional comments?

Disappointing—could have been SO much better. I realize the protagonist has a brain injury, but he is ONLY his brain injury—just a set of brooding cognitions. That'll work for a short story, maybe, but not for a full-length novel.

  • Man Overboard

  • An Ali Reynolds Novel
  • By: J. A. Jance
  • Narrated by: Karen Ziemba
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Roger McGeary, a brilliant software engineer, has gifted himself with an upscale cruise in honor of his 40th birthday. When he falls to his death from the balcony of his stateroom suite, the incident is quickly declared a suicide. Only his maiden aunt, a tough-as-nails woman who runs a racehorse refuge, refuses to take "case closed" for an answer and turns to Ali Reynolds at High Noon Enterprises to look into the situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative

  • By Jean on 04-20-17

The AI is the most interesting character

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

Would you try another book from J. A. Jance and/or Karen Ziemba?

No

What was most disappointing about J. A. Jance’s story?

Dull characters—I don't care about any of them except the AI.

Plodding plotting—excessive repetition of "what we know so far." I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TWO TIMES.

How could the performance have been better?

DO NOT add an "accent"—and I use the term loosely—to a character specifically described as speaking unaccented English.

DO NOT turn every dependent clause into a question.

What character would you cut from Man Overboard?

The human ones

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Trouble in the Cotswolds

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Thea Osborne hopes to spend a quiet Christmas house sitting for the Shepherds in the picturesque village of Stanton. Walks in the local countryside with the dogs and perhaps a meal in the pub are all the excitement she wants. When her arrival at the village coincides with the funeral of local businessman Douglas Callendar, found electrocuted in his bath, Thea's interest is stirred but the onset of flu looks to prevent any sleuthing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you're a fan of the flu ...

  • By Juggler Naut on 04-17-16

If you're a fan of the flu ...

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

The author did a great job of making me feel like I had the flu along with the main character—all muzzy-headed and droopy. But I don't like feeling like I have the flu.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Stranger

  • By: Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

During the darkest period of her life, Landry Wells found solace in a group of bloggers who had been in her shoes and lived to tell the tale. She's shared things with her online friends that even her husband and children didn't know. Things that now, looking back, make her uneasy. One of the bloggers is dead, victim of a random crime - or was it? Did she trust too easily; reveal too much? At the funeral a thousand miles from home, Landry is about to come face to face at last with the others.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not slog through to the end

  • By Juggler Naut on 04-17-16

Could not slog through to the end

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

I felt kind of bad for not caring about these characters, since most of them were ill ... but not bad enough to listen all the way through to the end of the book. Guess I was looking for something with more action.

  • Harm's Reach

  • By: Alex Barclay
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

FBI Agent Ren Bryce finds herself entangled in two seemingly unrelated mysteries. But the past has a way of echoing down the years and finding its way into the present. When Special Agent Ren Bryce discovers the body of a young woman in an abandoned car, solving the case becomes personal. But the more she uncovers about the victim's last movements, the more questions are raised. Why was Laura Flynn driving towards a ranch for troubled teens in the middle of Colorado.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This narrator gets kudos!!

  • By Ma'at Nefer Ra on 01-13-17

OK mystery; IRRITATING narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

This narrator has a heavy Southern or Southie or something accent that breaks through much too frequently—but not consistently, so the variations in pronunciation are numerous and distracting. For instance, she refers to a couch as a sofa in one sentence and a "sofer" in the next. The name Connor comes out "Cah-nah," but only sometimes. And I'm still unsure whether another character is named Ellena, Helena, or Eleanor.

The narrator also seems to have some kind of sinus condition/congestion that made my head throb when I listened to it. Or maybe that was an attempt at characterization she resorted to because of limited vocal range. Tough to say.

Recommendation: Read this book in print.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stolen in Paradise

  • By: Toby Neal
  • Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

One betta fish, two dead biologists, three trysts, four suspects, and 35 pairs of shoes add up to complicated days in paradise for Special Agent Marcella Scott. Marcella gets into sand way over her Manolos investigating the death of a prominent scientist who washed up on a Waikiki beach with a bullet hole between the eyes. BioGreen, a genetically-engineered algae that could solve the world fuel crisis, has been stolen from the development lab - a hotbed of intrigue where everyone on the project has something to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lei's best friend, Marcella gets her own story!

  • By I♥2Read on 11-06-15

OK (but not great) story; awful narration

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Any additional comments?

This is a run-of-the-mill whodunit that fails to be spiced up by sex scenes or beautified by its island setting. One could simply go along for the ride except that . . .

The narration is AWFUL! This narrator's diction is atrocious—half the time you can't understand what she's saying. Even if it's an accurate representation of how Hawai'i residents speak—and I don't know that it is—the mumbling and slurring distract from the story. For instance, she cannot pronounce the word "bureau," which is a noticeable problem because the main character works at "the Bureau" (the FBI). Poor/caricaturish attempts at Southern, Italian, and . . . British? . . . accents don't help, either.

Disappointing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If Walls Could Talk

  • Haunted Home Renovation, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Blackwell
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338

Melanie Turner has made quite a name for herself remodeling historic houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. But now her reputation may be on the line. At her newest project, a run-down Pacific Heights mansion, Mel is visited by the ghost of a colleague who recently met a bad end with power tools. Mel hopes that by nailing the killer, she can rid herself of the ghostly presence of the murdered man - and not end up a construction casualty herself....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Carole T. on 06-15-15

Good story; annoying narration

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

This is a fun mystery with friendly characters. But the narrato'rs nasal voice drops the ends of words and ends of sentences, especially when portraying male characters, and she sounds on the verge of tears about half the time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful