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William

Sugar Land, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1277)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Fifty Shades copycat"
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    What would have made The Marriage Bargain better?

    Not trying to copy Fifty Shades of Grey. So transparent.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Probst’s story?

    Seemed thrown together to ride on Fifty's coat tails.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nope.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1045)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "I think about this book every day."
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    Have you listened to any of George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I have heard them. Such perfect diction and emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (1003)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "Very interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Night Film the most enjoyable?

    It was different. I'm not into magic, but there were fascinating twists.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1358)
    Story
    (1364)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Couldn't get into it."
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    What would have made Criminal better?

    shorten the long meaningless dialogue between the cops.


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

    I couldn't finish it. Maybe there was a good story in there somewhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stay Close

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1930)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1605)

    Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.

    Robin says: "Why did I think I liked Harlan Coben novels?"
    "I couldn't figure it out"
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    If you could sum up Stay Close in three words, what would they be?

    kept me listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't figure it out and when I did, it even took a stranger turn. Excellant.
    And some very good lines: " I will take a side of Lipitor with that!" made me laugh.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth L. Silver
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Noa P. Singleton speaks not a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ends with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, a woman who will never know middle age, she sits on death row in a maximum security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the heartbroken mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing....

    Paul Krasner says: "Sorry, but not the next "Gone Girl""
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Something happening. Characters I don't care about.


    Has The Execution of Noa P. Singleton turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Boring. 2 hours into it and I have no interest in what happens to Noa or the rest of the characters. Seems like she should be executed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15712)
    Performance
    (13938)
    Story
    (13973)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Full of Surprises!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    After the first "ah ha!" there are many more. I never knew what to expect next. Great book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Women

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (494)

    Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

    Shannon says: "Couldn't put it down!"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Good no brainier. Not a favorite, lots more memorable books to read. But enjoyable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Crusie? Why or why not?

    Probably.


    Did Fast Women inspire you to do anything?

    Only to think that the book should have a different name. I didn't think any of them were "fast".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (580)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Loved it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dreams of Joy the most enjoyable?

    Wasn't predictable. I learned so much about history and life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pearl, even though she is so serious.


    What about Janet Song’s performance did you like?

    Excellent! A pleasure to hear!


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

    I certainly could of taken it at one time, but I liked breaking it into several days to digest what was happening to them. Lots to ponder!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2027)
    Story
    (2026)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Totally different! Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Different! More.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bernadette is a classic! She has the nerve to do things I would love to do.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course, the blackberry vine incident!


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

    Her visions about housing!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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