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Anne F.

Philo, CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 379 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (824)
    Story
    (825)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "How did this one become an Essential??"
    Overall

    I hadn't planned to review this but when I saw it on the Essentials list I had to. If I'd heard the words "I said nothing" one more time I would have vomited. The book is long and I didn't like any of the characters - they are all jerks or sad sacks, no one to really root for. Coben is a decent but not great mystery writer and this was only mediocre. Too many twists and turns and then I guessed the "surprise" ending long before it was revealed. I kept at it just to get to the end, but it was torture at times and I could hardly wait to get on to another story.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1562)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this thinking it was science fiction but instead got political propaganda. Terrible writing and the delivery is often flawed; given other reviews I've read about the terrible punctuation, I think the reader was doing the best he could with bad material. Lots of wasted time while teeth are brushed, food is cooked, clothes are washed. The first part of the story was good and engaging but it really gets bogged down for the final third - I only finished because I hate not finishing a book. Don't waste your time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Long Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (247)

    Myron hasn't heard from Terese Collins in years. Not since their affair ended with no explanation. There had been no contact since, so her call catches him off guard. She's in Paris, she says, in trouble, and only Myron can help. She tells him a sad story she's never before revealed: a good marriage, her struggles to get pregnant, the happiest moment of her life when her only child was born, the day everything she'd ever loved was taken from her.

    Karen says: "Highly recommend/but prefer Marosz over Weber"
    "Good story, horrible writing"
    Overall

    This is the second Harlan Coben novel I've listened to and in both novels (The Woods) Coben continually uses the phrase "I said nothing." Can't he do better than that? The story is interesting but his writing is so terrible I found myself constantly rolling my eyes. I'll never read another book by this guy if I can help it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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