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Jennie

Crazy about legal thrillers!

Member Since 2003

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  • Fatally Flaky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiance. Then Doc Finn, best friend of Goldy's godfather Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of research he was doing at the spa....

    K.D. Keenan says: "Goldie is fun, and fun is all you get"
    "fabulously entertaining!"
    Overall

    The combo of Goldy Bear and Barbara Rosenblat is unbeatable for non-stop entertainment and light intrigue. This is the type book that makes me smile and forget the stress of the workday. The food references and recipes at the end are a great touch. I highly recommend this series if you read for pure entertainment and enjoy women sleuths as much as I do!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (16268)
    Performance
    (13562)
    Story
    (13557)

    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""
    "Intriguing!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

    Pulls you in!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of the characters were especially likable or inspired. They just all contributed perfectly to the story and allowed you to fully access their flaws.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Flowed beautifully and transported you perfectly into the atmosphere of the story.


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

    Can you trust your own reality?


    Any additional comments?

    Just a wonderfully entertaining book that exposes the reader to the nitty-gritty realities of dysfunction, lies, and deceit and satisfies our human need for justice in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watching You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (437)

    Marnie Logan often feels like she's being watched: A warm breath on the back of her neck, or a shadow in the corner of her eye that vanishes when she turns her head. She has reason to be frightened. Her husband Daniel has inexplicably vanished, and the police have no leads in the case. Without proof of death or evidence of foul play, she can't access his bank accounts or his life insurance. Depressed and increasingly desperate, she seeks the help of clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin.

    Jacqueline says: "Chilling, Suspenseful, Well Done!"
    "Needed better character development."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I did not like the low monotone voice of the narrator. It was difficult to listen to. Marnie's character did not draw you in enough to empathize with her. The overall feel was that she was extremely weak and just pulled along by circumstances and you were never allowed to really get into her head. I like to get an understanding of the protagonist early so I get drawn into the story through her eyes.No buildup of the police and doctor characters either - or at least not enough to feel you knew them enough to get close. The plot developed too slowly for my taste as well.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot was fairly interesting but dragged in places. The story was actually too long without enough emotional depth.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Barrett’s performances?

    It would depend on the author but I would rather not.


    Was Watching You worth the listening time?

    It was not boring but did not hold my attention well. I wanted it to get to the end and reveal the culprit so I could move on.


    Any additional comments?

    From reading other reviews I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read earlier ones that developed some of the characters a little better that carried over into this book. I believe I would have also enjoyed it more with a livelier and more emotional narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    lisa says: "Bad female reader"
    "Good story- most pathetic narration by female ever"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without a doubt I would change the female narrator.She absolutely ruined the book. It grated on my nerves so badly that I had to listen in short bursts.


    Would you recommend Just One Look to your friends? Why or why not?

    I love Harlan Coben's standalone books - he is one of the greatest out there in my opinion, but I would not recommend this audio book to anyone. The female narration absolutely ruined the audiobook. I would have to recommend that one read the book on this occasion and that is rare for me. I'm a diehard audiobook lover - just have never experienced a read this bad.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ?

    Anyone at all instead of Angela Dawe and I really didn't care for Luke Daniels either. My favorite is Dick Hill and there are lots of wonderful female narrators out there.


    Was Just One Look worth the listening time?

    Not with the female narration. Read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story from Coben - please improve the narration on subsequent books.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1451)

    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Needs to get back to writing enjoyable books."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made W Is for Wasted better?

    I used to love these ABC books and Kinsey was a real pleasure to read. Author needs to get off her bandwagon and just get back to writing enjoyable books. This was a real bore as have been the last several. As soon as she started writing about causes, the stories became slow and boring. I'm not sure anything could have made this book worth the waste of time - it's only saving grace was Judy Kay's narration. She is wonderful!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Sycamore Row by John Grisham.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    What character would you cut from W Is for Wasted?

    This storyline was too boring to get into the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make Kinsey interesting again with the x,y,z books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "Fun, entertaining with engaging characters!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Highly entertaining and keeps you guessing about what happened to the first wife.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tess


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good - some of the voices were not as good as others - the southern accent was not done well at all and the heroine was too sappy.


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

    The husband, He sounded like a dream in the quiet, sultry way that drives women crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of it were too sappy and some of the scenes were not very believable or well constructed, but overall the book was a very enjoyable read. Not anywhere near the quality of Rebecca, but entertaining from a more modern perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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