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I started listening to audiobooks to help with my commute to work. I now listen to books while I sew and do my crafts.

jasper, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (1917)
    Story
    (1910)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Who is the Panther?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Panther to be better than the print version?

    Scott Brick could read anything to me and he got me through this book. I admit that if I had read this book, it would have been hard to finish.


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

    I enjoyed the reintroduction of Paul Brenner from a previous book, The General's Daughter. I did not enjoy the long descriptions of every place they went or details of of character relationships that held no relavence to the plot. I felt lost in character development. Because I have read all of the John Corey books, I knew John and Kate and their ability to work together and their deep feelings and respect for each other. If this had been my first Corey book, I would not know anything about their relationship or much about Kate. The CIA relationship to the Corey's was explained but without enough detail.Who is the Panther? We knew the Lion intimately. In this book, the Panther was a secondary character. This author is one of my very favorites and each one of his books have kept me on the edge of my seat. I have looked forward to this book all year. As I listened, I kept wondering when the story would start. If this is your first DeMille book, please read others.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is a master story teller.


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

    Catching a Panther for Dummies.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is much too long to get the plot across. I might enjoy the abridged version better.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Key

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By D. M. Pulley
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    It's 1998, and for years the old First Bank of Cleveland has sat abandoned, perfectly preserved, its secrets only speculated on by the outside world. Twenty years before, amid strange staff disappearances and allegations of fraud, panicked investors sold Cleveland's largest bank in the middle of the night, locking out customers and employees and thwarting a looming federal investigation. In the confusion that followed, the keys to the vault's safe-deposit boxes were lost.

    kathy says: "Retired Banker says "Keep up with the keys!"
    "Retired Banker says "Keep up with the keys!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES, especially to my banking friends of the 70's decade! Banking was different back then and even though this story is a bit far fetched, it is feasible in a crazy sort of way, well...not really, but what a ride. The author must have had some banker friends to help put this together. I recommend!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dead Key?

    Many moments are scary with lots of twist, but finding out which one is the DEAD key! The book moved back and forth between the 70's and 90's and transitioned each time change well. You never felt lost.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Sutton-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I can recall, but she was the perfect choice for this book.


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

    Scary. I did not want to stop listening. I really liked the fact that it was not so short. The author did a great job at defining the characters and describing the scenes and places.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Back Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rachel Abbott
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost.

    Debbie says: "Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town"
    "Great book and WHAT A NARRATOR!"
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    Where does The Back Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I will definately suggest that my friends read this book. I thought that it started out a little slow, but as I listened I realized how important it was for character development. The author did a great job setting up the story.I will read her next book.


    What other book might you compare The Back Road to and why?

    Hard question. The review talks about Gone Girl. I have read Gone Girl and really liked it. The two books have similarities but not the same. I think her writing is a lot like Hitchcock in the way she set up the mystery. She introduces the characters at a dinner party with conversations going in all directions. The narrator was excellent with all the different voices!


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

    I do not think so but (as people say) I could listen to her read the phone book. She really made this book entertaining and brought the characters to life.


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

    Absolutely! The book was too long to do so. I will read this book again some day.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a credit or purchase! If you like mysteries plan to read this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (318)

    Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

    cristina says: "Loved it"
    "Narrator sucks you into the story!!"
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    Would you listen to You again? Why?

    No. Once is enough. It is not a story that you will ever forget.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Narrator. I agree with the other reviewers. This narrator carries this story. He pulls you in with his character definition and you feel each characters temperament and feelings as he reads each line.


    Which character – as performed by Santino Fontana – was your favorite?

    There are no favorites. You really do not like any of these people.


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

    Not necessarily, but I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    I used a credit to purchase this book based on an authors recommendation as best book they had read this year. I was not disappointed. One of those creepy, sticks with you kinda books. Not giving away any spoilers here so I will not talk about the storyline, sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    Cecil says: "What a sleeper - I could not finish it"
    "Did Hurwitz write this?"
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    What disappointed you about Don't Look Back?

    I would never have purchased this book if I had known it was a slasher book. I am a BIG fan of Gregg Hurwitz. This book is unlike anything he has written.


    What could Gregg Hurwitz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stay away from the "gory, get chased by a slasher, Friday 13th" genre.


    What aspect of Cassandra Campbell and Scott Brick ’s performance would you have changed?

    Both of these narrators are at the top of their field. I could not recognize either one of their usually great performances.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased the book using a credit because it was a Gregg Hurwitz book and narrated by Scott Brick. I got neither one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sinister

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush, Rosalind Noonan
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Twenty years ago, a fire ravaged the Dillinger family's old homestead, killing Judd Dillinger and crippling his girlfriend. Most people blamed a serial arsonist who'd been seen around town. But strange things are happening in Prairie Creek, Wyoming, again. Ira Dillinger, the family's wealthy patriarch, has summoned his children home for his upcoming wedding. Eldest son, Colton, and his siblings don't approve of their father's gold-digging bride-to-be. But someone is making his displeasure felt in terrifying ways, setting fires just like in the past. Only this time, there will be no survivors.

    kathy says: "Don't Bother"
    "Don't Bother"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Lisa Jackson had written this book by herself. The book is broken down into three parts. The first part is written by Lisa Jackson. Very well written and the book starts out with promise. Then they say - Second part written by Rosalind Noonan and the book takes off into another direction and immediately you have no idea what the story is about. It gets worse when Part three starts written by Nancy Bush.


    Has Sinister turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I thought it was a romantic suspense and to be honest I have no idea what kind of book it was.


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

    She did a good job as a narrator.


    What character would you cut from Sinister?

    All of them. This is a book with no direction. Too many love interest to keep up with. This is not the kind of book Lisa Jackson writes. I am a huge fan of Ms. Jackson and I am disappointed that she attached her name to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not purchase a book in the future that Lisa Jackson writes with co authors. A huge waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2126)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Touch & Go--- AND PAUSE and PAUSE!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    As a big fan of Gardner, I know before starting one of her books I need to take several deep breaths because I am about to get on a roller coaster!! I had to hit pause a few times just to take my mind out of the book and regroup. In Touch & Go, Gardner sets the stage, introduces the characters, places us in a setting, and left the reader and our imagination to figure out the plot. I was exhausted from the beginning when the BAD BAD guys ambushed the family at home, brought them to a far away place with no escape and proceeded to terrorize them.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    What seat? I fell off! Gardner kept shooting out clues and family character development to keep us wondering who the story was actually about. Can you say dysfunctional? The father runs a multi-million dollar construction company that was left to him by his father. His wife grew up poor and married well, runs the house and dabbles in jewelry art. The daughter, 15 (only child) is the love of their lives and does no wrong (oops)!The police are as confused as the reader, grasping at any information that will help them find this family, WHO has them, and why? The police start looking into the key members of the company - more development- who did it thoughts. The men in the company are ex seals and the women in the company are loyal to a fault.


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

    She read the book well, although it would have to be a horrible reader to take away from this book. I have listened to her before and she does a good job transferring accents to distinguish characters.


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

    GET READY- GET SET- GO!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Brian Freeman
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Hilary and Mark Bradley are trapped in a web of suspicion. Last year, accusations of a torrid affair with a student cost Mark his teaching job and made the young couple into outcasts in their remote island town off the Lake Michigan coast. Now another teenage girl is found dead on a deserted beach... and once again, Mark faces a hostile town convinced of his guilt. Hilary Bradley is determined to prove that Mark is innocent, but she’s on a lonely, dangerous quest.

    Squeak says: "A Very Suspenseful Murder Mystery!"
    "A Speedy Read!"
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    I listened to this book in a day because it just keeps you guessing; did he do it? Listen a little more and think, no he didn't do it - and awhile later - he might be the killer after all - no wait - Is it____? This is my first Brian Freeman book and it will not be my last. The one thing that bothered me was his wrap up at the end. I had to "rewind" a few times to put the sequence of events in order to solve this mystery. I think the author got so excited about his ending plot divulsion, that he ran through it too fast. I did not really understand why a house getting burned had anything to do with a teacher molesting a student? Anyway, I would suggest listening to this book and say "pay close attention to the last quarter of the book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (807)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "A FINANCIAL GENIUS: Harry Markopolos!"
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    "Shocked" I was when I heard the news of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme and all of the lives it crumbled to financial ruin. As a retired banker, I have lived my business life by checks and balances, audits, and compliance regulations. How in the heck did this get by soooo many people! Does the SEC have a management training program? Do they have a training department at all? The book does not reflect that there was any intent to defraud by the SEC, however, it does report that the people involved were made aware of the problems with Madoff and his company but did not know what to do with the information. After reading this book you will be sick after learning that this ponzi scheme could have been stopped from the first detection of the incongruous returns Madoff's clients were receiving. I will listen to this book again after reading archived newspaper articles written during this time. I have referred this book to friends. If you are not familiar with broker and financial "jargon" keep your dictionary close! Incredible inside information and a thrill ride of a read!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1883)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Miss Irene says: "Excellent - Deserves More Than 5 Stars"
    "Excellent First Book!"
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    I enjoy reading authors first books. They are either a hit or a miss. This book is a hit. Unlike other legal thrillers, (John Grisham ...), this story is believable. No thugs chasing the good guys,bugging their homes, and killing innocent people.The characters are your next door neighbors. The crimes(unfortunately), are everyday and easy to understand. The narrator is pleasant to listen to. I completed the book in two days because I needed to know where the story was heading. The twists in the book come from the intellect of the characters. I am eager to read his next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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