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Lysa

Tempe, AZ, USA

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  • A Prison Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    On July 19, 2001, Jeffrey Archer is sentenced to four years in prison for perjury. He serves the first three weeks of his sentence in a high-prison that houses some of Britain's most violent criminals. Archer contemplates suicide; he is allowed out and followed by 100 reporters on the day of his mother's funeral; he's moved to the Lifer's wing because of the security; and he becomes a trusted confidant for fellow convicts. A Prison Diary is Archer's account of these events.

    Jeffrey says: "A Worthwhile Listen"
    "Excellent Book and Narrator"
    Overall

    I purchased this book during the $4.99 promotional and it was worth every penny and more! I was not familiar with the case of Jeffery Archer, but being familiar with his case is of little importance in “reading” this book. Archer gives an excellent portrayal of the British prison system, which contrasts markedly to ours in the U.S.! The book was well written and extremely well narrated! The narrator really brought the characters to life and he made the story a listening pleasure. I would highly recommend this book and only wish that the U.S. prison systems would/could take note.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (260)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    Superior set up, many comical/horrific stories with an underlying satire on humanity. I loved it!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

    A User says: "A different kind of thriller"
    "Oustanding!"
    Overall

    If you are into psychological thrillers you will really dig your heals into this one! There are not a lot of books that come by with such great and unpredictable story lines!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (486)

    In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

    Ryan T. Nichols says: "Ron McLarty?"
    "Interesting book"
    Overall

    Odd, interesting and poignant all at the same time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

    Art says: "I really wanted to give it four stars!"
    "Great Book, Poor Narrator"
    Overall

    I had to get the book because I only read the paperback versions (I like to carry them with me) and I am impatient. I am somewhat new to the audiobook idea and have listened to a handful of other books before this one. In my opinion, the narrator was a very poor choice as he made the main character sound pompous and cocky which while this may be the case in the Company Man series; I do not think Mr. Finder meant it here. He also represented the other characters very poorly, especially the women. I know that as a male reader, it can be difficult to represent a woman, but this narrator was particularly bad. The characters did not “come to life”; rather they ran together as this narrator made them all sound the same, with the exception of the women, which he did in a slightly higher voice. I will be sure to avoid other books he narrates. If Mr. Finder has any input in who narrates his books I do hope that he will consider another reader, such as Martin Jarvis who did a phenomenal job in Jeffery Archer’s “A Prison Diary.”

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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