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Gloria

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  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (504)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "CHILDLIKE HEROINE..."
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    What would have made Hidden better?

    A more believable voice for the main character, Lacey. She is supposed to be a dental medical examiner, handling corpses and what is left of their teeth, yet she sounds like a whiney pre-teen on a lot of occasions. This is really apparent when talking to Jack, almost had to put the book down at times, but scooted over the unbearable parts instead. Then having that same voice using swear words was really pushing it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kendra Elliot again?

    I MAY be willing to try another book but the description would certainly have to sound exceptional for me to try another one and at a very low price as I would rather use my credits on someone I know I enjoy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Rudd’s performances?

    No, the performance was not believable at all, lacking emotion where there should be adult emotions shown, but there over the top and whiny at other times.


    What character would you cut from Hidden?

    I would cut Kelly, way too unbelievable in the situations she was supposed to have lived through. I would also cut Alex. He added nothing to the story and I am still trying to understand why he was even introduced into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was an alright story, if there were not so many things that were not believable. I could go into them, but would have to give away too much of the story to those who may like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Joanne Fluke
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    New York Times best-selling author Joanne Fluke’s cozy mysteries grow in popularity with each new series entry. One summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen attends the grand opening of a newly refurbished hotel, where her famous red velvet cupcakes will be served in the new Red Velvet lounge. But when a party guest falls from the hotel roof, festivities come to a screeching halt - and Hannah becomes the surprising target of a murder investigation

    Donna says: "Very cute and easy listening"
    "NOT MY CUP OF TEA!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My grandmother or any elderly person who can relate to this type of scene. Well written in that, you can visualize what is happening, but so far fetched, it becomes silly. I bought this book on sale...but should not have bothered trying something new!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Joanne Fluke again?

    No, once was definitely enough of this style of story for me. I will watch for this author so I don't end up with another book that I cannot even get to the third chapter on...and even getting that far was torture.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    No, even the performance was most unenjoyable!


    What character would you cut from Red Velvet Cupcake Murder?

    Just could not get into the story right from the beginning, the recipes included in the story of a murder mystery....are you serious! That was the last straw! What do recipes for what they are serving at the party have to do with anything???


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes you step outside your comfort zone and are pleasantly surprised to find another author you enjoy.....and sometimes it does not pay...guess which one this was for me!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2629)
    Story
    (2613)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "INTRICATE STORY...Mediochre Presentation"
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    Would you listen to The Gods of Guilt again? Why?

    No, the only reason I would listen to this again would be to find out the ending....which I already know. The narrator was not entertaining enough to make me want to hear it again. Prefer to hear more emphasis, and more of Mickeys southern drawl which makes him more believable. The slow mundane reading put me to sleep on more than one occasion. But the story kept me coming back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Earl, because he had a flair that added a little color to the story.


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

    Explained in the first question's answer.


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

    Yes, but don't want to give away any details to ruin it for others. I will say, after the car accident.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the Mickey Haller stories and the way the author can have so many story lines going on in his head, and then bring them all together at the end to create such an interesting story. Very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (469)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Different, but Definitely Entertaining"
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    Where does The Haunted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this book as a three against all the books I have listened to, because it is not as realistic as some I have read. However in the thriller genre only list, I would list it as a four because of its entertaining thrill factor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    One character did not stand out from the rest. They all had their roles in the family and all had their secrets to uphold to protect the other family members.


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

    My first Dan Butler performance was well executed. He made it an enjoyable listen.


    If you could rename The Haunted, what would you call it?

    YOU TELL....YOU DIE!


    Any additional comments?

    I love thrillers that actually thrill! This one measured up and was exhillerating. You will love being pulled from scene to scene!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (641)

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Kathy says: "Great grab-you-in-plot!"
    "LONG, VERY VERY LONG!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has an analytical mind and enjoys all that extra information and minute details on the scientific aspect of this story. I don't need the breakdown and results of tests that the ordinary person knows nothing about, just the results will do me just fine.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    Dragged on and on. It even bordered on a cyber story at one point. Became a little unbelievable when a formula that was supposed to be capable of taking out half the world, was able to be contained within a room with strong walls and security system


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The reaction most sparked in me was boredom. I kept falling asleep and had to keep going back to see where I dosed off.


    Any additional comments?

    A long suffering book that could have been a decent listen if it was shortened to just the main story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1225 Christmas Tree Lane: Cedar Cove, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (329)

    Beth Morehouse expects this Christmas to be one of her best. Her small Christmas-tree farm is prospering, her daughters and her dogs are happy and well, and her new relationship with local vet Ted Reynolds is showing plenty of romantic promise. But... someone recently left a basket filled with puppies on her doorstep, puppies she’s determined to place in good homes. That’s complication number one. And number two is that her daughters Bailey and Sophie have invited their dad, Beth’s ex-husband, Kent, to Cedar Cove for Christmas.

    Anne Roberts says: "Confusing"
    "UNBELIEVABLE!"
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    Would you try another book from Debbie Macomber and/or Sandra Burr?

    I have read other books of Debbie Macomber and enjoyed them. This book would have been bearable if you had read the others in this series. This should have been mentioned as prerequisite for this book. Without them, this was a summary of a whole lot of people's lives, summed up in a neat little package. The happy ever afters of everyone's lives and the Mayberry style of life on Christmas tree Lane made this book very unbelievable.


    What was most disappointing about Debbie Macomber’s story?

    The wishy washy dialogue, the sappy story lines and the sickening sweet way everyone talked to each other was a little hard to take.


    What didn’t you like about Sandra Burr’s performance?

    The whiny, sappy way of delivery. Very unnatural way of talking in todays world.. Almost gave up on the book a few times, but only continued because I am a sucker for Christmas stories, so stuck it out till the bitter end.


    What character would you cut from 1225 Christmas Tree Lane?

    I would cut and ONE character...one was just as unbelievable as the next. The book did not leave me with ANY desire to go back and read any other books from this series.


    Any additional comments?

    I need a PEPTO to settle my stomach after all those sweets!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5071)
    Performance
    (2866)
    Story
    (2903)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "UNFORGETTABLE..."
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again because it was so beautifully written and to get more aquainted with the characters at the beginning of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eliza had to be my favorite character because she was so noble, yet very human at the same time. I loved her character. I thought Nell was a close second with many of the same characteristics as Eliza.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Caroline Lee did an amazing reading of all of these characters, depicting each one with their own personalities. Her lyrical accent added so much flavor to the book, that I couldn't imagine the story without it now. I want to listen to it again, just to enjoy her flow of the story.


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

    I enjoyed this book immensely, it has been put on one of my all time favorites list! Just beautifully written and in such a way that as the story drifted from one era to another it was easy to follow along without the jolt you usually get when such time changes happen in other books that I have read. A truly enjoyable read.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED IT! This is the first Kate Morton book that I have read....and I am already looking for another of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    MEOWx4 says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Narrator would be great at bedtime stories..."
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    What disappointed you about Stealing Shadows?

    Although I enjoyed the storeyline, I'm afraid the narrator took the enjoyment out of the audible experience for me. She kept putting me to sleep with a dull monotone voice. She had a higher pitch for females and lower pitch for males, but all the females sounded alike and the same for the males. I had to keep checking to see who was talking because you just couldn't tell one from another.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kay Hooper before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoy Kay Hooper books, and the story here wasn't one of my favorites, but still enjoyed it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Nothing short of another narrator would have helped the performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Stealing Shadows?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of suspense building, but a little predictable ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2436)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1718)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "TYPICAL JACK REACHER"
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    Would you listen to One Shot again? Why?

    No, although in usual Reacher style, this one became a little unbelievable at times. A little too convenient, the way so many different threads all come together to explain every detail away.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut back on how many times we have to hear...I said nothing, she said nothing, he said nothing...there are other phrases that can be used to convey this message without being so monotonous.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds separation of the characters with his unique clear voice and emphasis on accents or convictions.


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

    No, although it was enjoyable, it was not one of those books that you couldn't put down.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the Jack Reacher series and this rambling character. Always entertaining the way he picks up on the clues that others miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "ABSOLUTE INCREDIBLE READ!"
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    If you could sum up The Bone Garden in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling, Suspenseful, Wrenching!


    What other book might you compare The Bone Garden to and why?

    I have not read a book this well written and entertaining in a while. It kept me reading well past my bedtime with the suspense while wrenching the heart out of me with the ongoing story of the 1830 era. The way the author weaved back and forth between the characters of the present and the characters of the past era was wonderful. It did not leave my head spinning about which time frame we were in. The accents and individuality of each character made it seem like you were watching an incredible movie unfold. The stories keep you riveted to both timeframes to see what happened next.


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

    This is my first listen to Susan Denaker AND I will be watching out for her on future books. She was incredible, especially with the accents of the old era. Every character delivered an oscar winning performance...and all from one person. I could have listened to her forever!


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

    This book had me chuckling out loud at times, but mostly the suspense was tense. Of course, I neared tears at times as well, but dont want to give away an ounce of suspense for others!


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely unequivocally loved this book! Five stars just doesn't seem like enough! So, did I mention this book was great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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