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Barbara Tobey

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  • Jeopardy in July

  • Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery, Book 5
  • By: Barbara Venkataraman
  • Narrated by: Fay Annette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Old people were dying at an alarming rate at La Vida Boca, a posh assisted-living facility in Boca Raton, Florida. With its sterling reputation, dedicated staff, and top-notch medical care, none of the deaths are considered suspicious, but when members of the poker club start to die under strange circumstances, attorney Jamie Quinn finds herself once again embroiled in a mystery. With help from her new friend, Jessie Sandler, and her favorite PI, Duke Broussard, Jamie uncovers a crime that took place 40 years earlier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughs, art, and senior citizens

  • By Barbara Tobey on 08-09-18

Laughs, art, and senior citizens

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Loved it. Always wonder as I am driving along laughing if anyone nearby wonders about me. Who cares? Barbara Venkataraman brightens my day with chuckles along with an intriguing mystery. The narrator, Fay Annette, does a great job with the variety of voices. I am eager to listen to more.

  • Engaged in Danger

  • Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Barbara Venkataraman
  • Narrated by: Fay Annette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn--her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy--but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn't Jamie just leave well enough alone?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging cozy mystery

  • By Barbara Tobey on 08-04-18

Engaging cozy mystery

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Loved it! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed reading or listening about Jamie Quinn's adventures. The narrator's voices were a hoot and added much to the story. I am eager to listen to the next one in this fun series. The ending on this one made me cry and laugh.

  • Not Dead Yet...

  • By: Peg Herring
  • Narrated by: Becky Boyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Leo appears to be just another downtown bum, but he and Libby, Memnet, and Roy share a secret that requires constant vigilance. They live off the grid in the basement of an almost forgotten museum and survive mostly by committing petty crimes. Each of them has gifts for surviving; each has weaknesses, as well. They make it through each day by working together and trusting each other. Major changes happen when they meet Jake, an orphan who witnessed a murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with a cool twist.

  • By Kay on 09-07-18

Eclectic characters

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Fun to hear the various voices and accents, some of which were difficult for me to hear or understand. Please be aware of my own limitations as I am hard of hearing, so don't let that stop you. An unusual group of characters. I don't want to explain too much about them as that is an intriguing part of the story. Not a fan of criminal behavior so I had difficulty initially. The ending was fast and fun.

  • Suddenly Starstruck

  • Shower & Shelter Artist Collective, Book 4
  • By: Brooke St. James
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Bad Medicine was one of television's most popular dramas, and Ethan Prescott was the show's biggest star. And somehow, Macy Tillman ended up sitting right next to him at dinner. Macy was a gifted artist and former resident of the Shower & Shelter Artist Collective. Macy made Ethan experience feelings he had never known. It was about more than just being attracted to her. Somehow, Macy inspired Ethan to want to be a better person. But those feelings were overwhelming, and they made it difficult for Ethan to decide whether or not he should follow his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, clean, charming romance

  • By Barbara Tobey on 07-04-18

Sweet, clean, charming romance

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

An unlikely, but delightful romantic tale. Charming and adorable characters. The narrator did a great job with the voices.

  • A Kiss for Colt

  • Kiss a Cowboy Series, Book Two
  • By: Deanna Lynn Sletten
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Groberg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Colt Brennan is a sweet, shy cowboy who has spent his life working the family ranch in Montana. He's never thought about doing anything different until the vivacious Carly Stevens steals his heart. On Carly's invitation, Colt leaves everything behind to live with her in Seattle. Although he wants much more with Carly, he finds her slowly pulling away. Colt feels an instant connection with Carly's roommate, Beth Owens, and is intrigued by her quiet kindness and inner strength. Colt finds himself caught between the woman he thinks he loves and the woman he feels a deep connection to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cowboy finds a wife

  • By Barbara Tobey on 06-27-18

Cowboy finds a wife

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

A cowboy falls for his sister-in-law's sister. Is she the one for him? The sister is a great match for his brother. He follows her to Seattle. Time to discover where his feeling really lie...in Seattle or Montana. A sweet love story that makes you want to shake this naïve cowboy and tell him to open his eyes to reality. Entertaining and engaging listening to his growth process.

  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • A Caribou King Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Linda Crowder
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Alaskan fine arts dealer Caribou King has closed up shop for the season and is looking forward to a peaceful winter, capped off by the birth of her sister's first child. When she discovers the body of Angela Nash, an elderly woman, in the old Tilamu house, Cara can't help poking her nose into the investigation. When Alex Tilamu shows up at Mrs. Nash's funeral, drunk and ranting about murder, Cara is convinced there is more at stake than a dilapidated house on the edge of the bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Deadly Art of Love and Murder

  • By April H. on 02-15-18

Romance and murder in Alaska

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Loved my second visit to this small town in Alaska. Caribou has two men seeking her favors. She finds a dead body instead of frozen pipes. The mystery revolves around a cabin. A delightful and entertaining cozy mystery. I am eager to read (or listen to) the next one in this series.

  • Like That Endless Cambria Sky

  • Main Street Merchants, Book 2
  • By: Linda Seed
  • Narrated by: Avie Paige
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Genevieve Porter was forced to flee the art world of Manhattan after she blew the whistle on the shady practices of a powerful dealer. Now she owns a small gallery in the breathtaking beach town of Cambria, California. For Gen, this is a place to regroup; she's poised to restore her name in the art world and return to New York in triumph. When she meets Ryan Delaney, a cattle rancher who's more than he appears to be, she's ready for a sexy roll in the hay - literally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bi-coastal art world

  • By Barbara Tobey on 11-08-17

Bi-coastal art world

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A charming and delightful romance. The narrator did a fine job with the voices. I have been to New York and Cambria. I must admit, I prefer Cambria. Interesting background of the art world.

  • No Kill Station: Murder at Rehoboth Beach

  • By: Diane Meier
  • Narrated by: Kevin Iggens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

A brutal murder ends Matt's quiet life as a small town police officer after he discovers an organized crime ring that politicians ignore. His obsession with the case threatens not only his job but also his new romance with Clara, who is dearly loved by his son. This murder mystery thriller will grab you, especially if you love dogs and cats.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No kill station

  • By JEYCEE on 11-03-17

Animal shelter issues

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

While I enjoyed listening to Kevin Iggens narration of the story, there were times I wished I had been reading a book. There were parts that I would like to have skipped over. I know people have opposing views, but I found it difficult to hear them. Stirred up too much emotion. Also not a fan of ghosts. Overall the story is worthwhile and enjoyable. The good characters were quite likeable, while the bad ones were despicable. The narrator provided a copy for my enjoyment. I am voluntarily reviewing the audiobook.

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  • Somewhere on Maui

  • By: Toby Neal
  • Narrated by: Sara Malia Hatfield
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Sometimes only an accidental matchmaker can make lighting strike the people who need it most. Zoe moves to Maui to live her dream of being an independent journalist walking the beaches of paradise every day - but she never expected to be doing it with just her dog Sylvester. Divorced and heartbroken, and she ends up in therapy. Adam’s born and bred on Maui, a true "local" who surfs to stay in shape and deal with his many sources of stress: care of his mother, a busy contracting business, and a custody fight for his beloved stepkids.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Romance; nothing but romance

  • By Me & My Girls on 08-07-14

Aloha

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Sweet love story that takes place in Hawaii. The descriptions are wonderful. The narrator is fantastic.

  • Deadly Puzzles

  • Mapleton Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Terry Odell
  • Narrated by: Steve Marvel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

Solving a crime is like piecing together a puzzle. But what happens if the pieces don't fit? When police chief Gordon Hepler's doctor orders him to cut down on the stress in his life or risk losing his vision, Gordon books a winter retreat at a remote bed and breakfast. Hours away from Mapleton, where nobody knows he's a cop, he plans to relax and try to forget about his eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cozy mystery

  • By Catrina P on 10-13-17

Clever story

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

What did you love best about Deadly Puzzles?

I enjoyed the Chief of Police and his problems.

What did you like best about this story?

Going on vacation for one's health can be harmful to one's health.

What about Steve Marvel’s performance did you like?

He is clear and understandable and changes his voice to fit the characters.

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

I liked how he tried to protect the ones he cared about, but they did not always appreciate it.