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Deborah Stuart

Texas | Member Since 2009

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  • Tailor

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tammy Vreeland
    • Narrated By Tammy Vreeland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    John is a small town reporter who has just been given the chance of a lifetime. The notorious serial killer Taylor the Tailor has requested him personally to write her life story. The catch is John has only three days before Taylor is to be electrocuted to interview her. During those three days John unravels a story like no other. Overwhelmed in just the first interview, John turns to his young assistant, Lauren, for help. Lauren readily agrees and heads to Taylor's hometown to come up with cold hard facts to help make Taylor's story a credible one. However, both Lauren and John quickly realize that Taylor's tale may not be that easy to prove.

    Rae says: "Pleasantly Surprised..."
    "I don't know what I was thinking...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not. It was written in a very simplistic manner (which the horrible narration seemed to emphasize) and was incredibly predictable. I didn't have another book downloaded or I would have stopped dead in my tracks. I stuck it out - no surprises!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When I heard the first few lines, I knew the author should not have narrated this story. I actually think her narration made the predictable, simplistically crafted story worse. A better narrator could have improved the experience. As it was, you found yourself cringing at the narration more than the story.


    Was Tailor worth the listening time?

    Not really.


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  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15953)
    Performance
    (13293)
    Story
    (13287)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Great thriller.."
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

    Not sure I would. I had a bit of a problem with the thick English drawl of the narrator.


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

    Yes, though I did figure it out eventually!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    Just when Alex Cross thought his life was calming down into a routine of patients and therapy sessions, he finds himself back in the game - this time to catch a criminal mastermind like no other. A spate of elaborate murders in Washington, D.C., have the whole East Coast on edge. They are like nothing Alex Cross and his new girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, have ever seen.

    Jenna says: "A good listen"
    "He's Back!"
    Overall

    Yes, Kyle Craig is back, but also James Patterson is back. Over the past few years, Patterson has been penning a growing number of books with co-authors. He's also been turning them out in mass quantity.

    He seems to be back to normal in the latest Alex Cross novel (Double Cross). He's dating a new girl who is part of local law enforcement, and as we knew it would, his vow to stay away from the nasty guys didn't last long. Though his private practice is doing well, he is drawn into one of his new girlfriend's cases in a big way. Faster than you can say "Nana Mama", Alex is back in the know at the Washington PD and consulting on the latest mass murders.

    About this time, his former buddy and convicted serial killer Kyle Craig makes an abrupt and unscheduled departure from maximum security and begins to reek his own special kind of havoc. We knew that Kyle was a bit miffed at Alex for bringing him in, and the Mastermind is back in action and consulting himself - with the new Washington area killer.

    If you liked early Patterson, you'll really like this new one.

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