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Candace

Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

Tracy, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "Surprised"
    Overall

    This one was a little strange for me coming from James Patterson. If you are familiar with his books, you expect a certain type so when he offers a book so off the mark from his usual, it feels a little like false advertising. It makes me wonder how much he actually contributes to the writing or if he is just 'Selling his Name' on some of his co-written books.

    This one was a surprise, however. I hardly can give credit to Mr. Patterson, since it is so far from anything I have read of his, so I guess the credit is going to his unknown co-writer Andrew Gross.

    I usually like current day murder/mystery stories, but his was about the Crusades in Europe when knights were off pilaging towns in search of historical christian artifacts. Although I am not too interested in the topic, I did really enjoy the listen. The historical references and the descriptive about what actually could have occured were fabulous. It actually made me more interested in learning about those times and the struggles of the peasants - who were killed and tortured for entertainment or for any reason at all.

    I absolutely loved it and was sorry when it ended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Life in the Emerald City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (237)

    The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing Iraq is in the hands of 20-somethings chosen for their Republican Party loyalty. They pursue irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity, angering the locals and fueling the insurgency.

    Rick Grant says: "A stunning work and performance"
    "Too boring to endure..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Imperial Life in the Emerald City better?

    I listened to about 1 hour and had to change to something else.


    Has Imperial Life in the Emerald City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have listened to other spy novels and still love the genre.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter?

    Narrator was OK. Storyline was... just... a... snoozefest.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Imperial Life in the Emerald City?

    I didn't get through enough of the book to comment.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Count: An Artie Cohen Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Reggie Nadelson
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Mid-December 2008. Barack Obama has just been elected; all New York is ecstatic, especially Harlem. On a freezing night a few weeks later, detective Artie Cohen gets a late call from his ex girlfriend, Lily Hanes, begging for his help. Lily has been living at the Louis Armstrong Apartments, one of Harlem's great buildings, while working on Obama's campaign; now her Russian neighbor, Marianna Simonova, has died, and Lily fears she's at fault and needs Artie's Russian connections....

    Candace says: "Really like this series"
    "Really like this series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this series. I have gotten attached to the characters and enjoy hearing them in each series. My only negative comment is although the narrator is able to capture unique voices for the different main characters in each story, but anyone with an accent tends to sound Russian. This is a bit annoying, when someone with a Hispanic name comes off sounding like they are from Russia.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Proven Guilty: J. P. Beaumont Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By J. A. Jance
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    Lurking in the dark corners of J. P. Beaumont's bizarre case was not just a demented mind obsessed with murder, but secrets so deadly that even a street-tough cop could die guessing.

    Jean says: "Until proven guilty"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Until Proven Guilty better?

    A different narrator


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

    I am not sure if I will reach the end. The narrator is killing it for me...


    Any additional comments?

    The guy narrating this book sounds like a 70 year old retired broadcaster with a voice better suited to television commercials about viagra or scooters. In the sexy scenes I get grossed out. When he changes his voice for other characters he sounds cartoonish. I really had a hard time listening and think I will abandon this one without finishing.

    Before you download this book, I highly recommend that you listen to the sample to make sure you will be able to enjoy hearing this.... I would not have downloaded the book if I had done that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3529)
    Story
    (3524)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Surprise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Suspect to be better than the print version?

    I really liked the narrator in this story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At first I was wondering where this was going. But slowly it became clearer. I really liked how the story was told from the perspectives of the main characters and I grew to really like these people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Maggie chased down the burgler's brother in the park.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed hearing the background of Maggie and how loyal she was to her human pack leader in the Marines. I also enjoyed how the author explained things from Maggie's perspective. My heart dropped towards the end when I didn't know if she died or survived for a few minutes... very happy with the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "Snooze and a Half"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Summer's Path better?

    The book was so far fetched and went against the grain of belief. The narrator was not very good either. She had two voices, high excitable and monotone. These two did not blend well with the story. Don, who is dying of cancer, always sounds like a young kid about to go to Disneyland. The mad, sad, introspective dialog all sounded this way. Terrible, no wonder it was free. I could only get through half of the book because it was just that bad.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Need something more exciting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator, but the story was so bad it might not have helped.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Summer's Path?

    The whole thing went down hill so fast, I would not have published it at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2692)
    Story
    (2692)

    Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

    Melinda says: ""All Aboard!""
    "I "Heart" Jack Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Affair?

    Like all the other stories, I love the way Jack Reacher follows his own code. He risks his career in this one and loses, but he stays on his moral ground and solves a mystery that needed solving and executes the punishment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Search

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2882)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1630)

    To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life — a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

    A User says: "Not very exciting"
    "OK Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This story was OK. I did like the references to the dogs, however the narrator was a little difficult to listen to. She has several voices that she used, but a lisp that is a little like nails on a chalk board. It is an OK listen. I am a big fan of Rizolli and Isles, so it is a pity because the same narrator does that series.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The lisp is a bit annoying to listen to for that many hours.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rolling Thunder: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (276)

    A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isnt long before there are suspicious hints of foul play, especially after another dead body is discovered: a stunning young beach beauty. Fortunately for mystery lovers, the straight-arrow cop John Ceepak and his wise-cracking young partner Danny Boyle are on the case.

    Janet says: "Great story and narration as usual!"
    "Fun Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rolling Thunder to be better than the print version?

    I love the charactors and the plots. Very simple, easy to follow and I like the moral John with his side kick Danny. I also like the setting in a beach town that has tourist seasons and otherwise a quiet small town atmosphere.


    Would you recommend Rolling Thunder to your friends? Why or why not?

    Definately. If you like murder mystery but do not like all the gore of some of the crime stories out there. These stories would be appropriate for even a younger audiance (teens) who like mysteries.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    This narrator is AWSOME! So many voices, he is easy to follow when he changes charactors - a lot of diversity without any fake sounding (cartoon-like) voices.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (636)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Good beginning, good ending, boring middle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    About 1/2 way through the book, when they introduced Duncan, I was totally bored out of my wits and wondered why I downloaded this story... so I went back to Audible and read the reviews. Most listeners liked the book and I read about the ending so I decided to stick it out. The book was OK, but a real snore. I was happy that Jade got her revenge at the end, but it was a long and boring trip for the listener to get there...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sandra Brown again?

    Probably not


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was good. No complaints.


    Did Breath of Scandal inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I like action and thriller or detective stories. This book was more of a romance novel - close to a harlequin type story. Not my cup of tea...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4006)
    Performance
    (2284)
    Story
    (2300)

    Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

    Felicity says: "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"
    "Could be better"
    Overall

    The series and characters are interesting and the narrator has a wide range of voices and accents to pull from, however I didn't like that this series is taking place in the future and some of the references are weird. Not much for sci-fi, and a mixture of sci-fi detective was not to my liking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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