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Charlene

North pole, AK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The First Prophet: Bishop Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Months ago Sarah Gallagher woke from a coma with psychic abilities she couldn't control. They changed her life and cost her the man she loved. And now, someone is playing games with Sarah's mind. It begins with Sarah's home being destroyed by fire - an act of arson that draws novelist Tucker Mackenzie into Sarah's confidence. But he has other reasons for pursuing a woman who can see what others can't. So does a mysterious enemy intent on eliminating Sarah, and everyone she cares about. Because it's only a matter of time before her visions lead her and Tucker to a secret many will kill to hide.

    Meggin says: "Move along. This one is a real disappointment."
    "Good first book"
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    What did you love best about The First Prophet?

    Character building for future books in series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Prophet?

    Nothing stands out


    What about Joyce Bean’s performance did you like?

    Ok. Didn't make other than main character voice different enough


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Mark Pearson
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (351)

    For Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private--the world's most exclusive detective agency--saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.

    Jennifer says: "Great listen overall, I recommend it"
    "Not one of their best work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Private London to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength of the women in the story


    Have you listened to any of Rupert Degas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, good as usual


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Seeds of London


    Any additional comments?

    The twist in story was best part.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Ewan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (322)

    When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash, he is told that Lena - the gorgeous blonde woman who was on the back of his bike - doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? Convinced that Lena is as real as he is, Rob teams up with Rebecca Lewis - a London-based PI who has a mysterious connection to Laura - to follow the clues. He learns that even a close-knit community like the Isle of Man can hide dangerous secrets that will not stay safe forever.

    Dave says: "Intriguing twists and turns"
    "Slow first half"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Safe House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle to high


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

    Once you get to 2nd half you can't stop listening


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The barn fight


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Female hero


    Any additional comments?

    Rebecca best part

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (325)

    John Lowery was declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam, his body buried long ago in North Carolina. Four decades later, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The corpse is later identified as John Lowery. But how could Lowery have died twice, and how did an American soldier end up in Canada?

    Richard says: "Couldn't see the forest for the (dry) trees"
    "Hard to follow"
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Spider Bones?

    Main two characters. Those two always make for interesting combo


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending


    Have you listened to any of Linda Emond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, not bad. Male voices are weak


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

    When they go to save daughter on cliff


    Any additional comments?

    At first boring, moved slowly then it started picking up and was very good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (1975)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "Jack Reacher saves the day"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Wanted Man in three words, what would they be?

    Fast moving, Jack at his best, great storyline


    What other book might you compare A Wanted Man to and why?

    Any other Reacher book


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like his voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Kept my heart beat going with all the action


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen to Reacher story

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "A little disappointed"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Cutting Season in three words, what would they be?

    Historical, slight suspenseful, Based in South


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical aspect of the Pre-Civil war house, how buildings on plantation were set up. Mindset of writing from slave perspective, strong female main character. I'm glad I used a credit on the book instead of buying it out of cycle.


    What aspect of Quincy Tyler Bernstine’s performance would you have changed?

    Too much feedback on some of the words spoken


    If you could take any character from The Cutting Season out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The cook because she had the whole life story of the house and it's deep secrets since she was old and lived there all her life


    Any additional comments?

    I expected the book to be better based on other comments. It was not very suspenseful which book was advertised as, certainly not a top suspense writer like Rollins, Patterson, Coulter etc.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Skin Map: Bright Empires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated By Simon Bubb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Kit Livingston's great-grandfather appears to him in a deserted alley during a tumultuous storm. He reveals an unbelievable story: that the ley lines throughout Britain are not merely the stuff of legend or the weekend hobby of deluded cranks, but pathways to other worlds.

    K. Donath says: "Fun Book!"
    "Futuristic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This was not the book I thought I was buying. It had too much jumping back and forth fron one time period to another. If I was a lover of time travel books then go for it


    What could Stephen Lawhead have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing, wrong type for me


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes for a different type of reader


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tombs: A Fargo Adventure, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (710)

    Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are intrigued when an archaeologist friend requests their help excavating a top secret historical site. What they find will set them on a hunt for a prize greater than they could ever imagine. The clues point to the hidden tomb of Attila the Hun, the High King who was reportedly buried with a vast fortune of gold and jewels and plunder....a bounty that has never been found. As they follow the trail, the Fargos will find themselves pitted against a thieving group of treasure hunters.

    Compute says: "Great Entertaining Read"
    "Definitely a Cussler book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tombs to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read it


    What other book might you compare The Tombs to and why?

    Any of Remi and Sam's book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kicking butt at their house


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    You can't go wrong listening to this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return to Atlantis: A Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andy McDermott
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase have stunned the world with their discoveries, from the legendary sword Excalibur to the golden city of El Dorado. Now, by bringing together three ancient statues from three different continents, Nina is about to tap into a colossal energy source - one not felt since the days of Atlantis. But when the statues are stolen and Eddie is falsely accused of murder, forcing him to go on the run to hunt the man responsible, a violent struggle erupts among a secret, vastly powerful group.

    Charlene says: "Adventure"
    "Adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Return to Atlantis?

    The flow of the story a great combination of thriller with history.


    What other book might you compare Return to Atlantis to and why?

    Sarahara


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story moved so smoothly I can't pick a specific scene


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lis Wiehl
    • Narrated By Devon O'Day
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    Elizabeth Avery is a stunningly beautiful woman. But her perfectly managed exterior hides the ice cold heart of a killer. She ingeniously manipulates everyone who crosses her path to do exactly as she wishes - from crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, who thinks Elizabeth is her new best friend, to a shy young man Elizabeth persuades to kill for her. As Elizabeth leaves a trail of bodies in her wake, Federal prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI agent Nicole Hedges must piece together clues from seemingly unrelated crimes.

    Erin says: "Lis is as good if not better than Lisa Gardner...."
    "Race your heart"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Heart of Ice the most enjoyable?

    This audio book is one of those that you can't turn off. You just have to find out what Elizabeth will do next.


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

    Yes, as the reporter and FBI agent get closer to Elizabeth, death comes closer to them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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