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Oreathia S.

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  • Lethal City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. W. Gray
    • Narrated By Bon Shaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In this suspenseful thriller set in Dallas, A. W. Gray takes us behind the police lines of a homicide investigation and into the private passions that fuel an urban nightmare. A stolen BMW is recovered with a stash of cocaine, lurid photos, and a charred, dismembered body. Dallas Metro detective Ham Bennosoon connects the victim to a secret circle of family depravity and sexual indiscretion - a mother and daughter who blur the lines between predator and prey.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great police work. Great Narration"
    "Great Texan drawl and Good Story (sort of)"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because the reader's performance makes the world of the story seem genuine. He gives each character a distinctive voice which helps this mediocre detective story seem better than what it is.


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

    The mystery of the story was quite compelling--the characters' being murdered and how they were killed pointed to an angry but clever person. As a reader, I was eager to know "whodunit!" "The little girl" flashback was a bit hokey. I did not think it was necessary. Why not just say the character's name?


    Which character – as performed by Bon Shaw – was your favorite?

    Randy Dunst was not a likable character, but hearing "him" was hilarious.


    Could you see Lethal City being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This novel could definitely be a TV movie. The major problem is the detective. He has no special, awesome abilities and other characters seem to upstage him. He's a nice guy and all, but why root for him? What good is he? What's his strength? Right now, he's a down-on-his-luck guy who gets a second chance.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the twist, but the detective needed to be "dumbed" down for it to work. Actually, he really should have been fired at the end because his being "unaware" put people at risk and got other cops killed. I guess what I'm saying is--readers/watchers want to see the smartest guy/gal solve the case, and this guy was just like...a normal dude. Boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in the Window: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By A. J. Finn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8792)
    Performance
    (8120)
    Story
    (8089)

    Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

    Debra says: "An excruciating listen."
    "Great Voice Good Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Woman in the Window again? Why?

    Yes, I love the narrator's neurotic voice and I like how the story ends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman in the Window?

    The moment Anna HAS to come out of denial about her husband and daughter was quite memorable. Before this moment, she's slurping wine and blasting everybody for not believing her. But then Detective Little and his partner tell her what she needs to hear.


    Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Stepping out might be deadly.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is one we've seen a dozen times over (an unreliable witness sees a murder), but what makes this story stand out is Anna's love of movies, her struggle with agoraphobia, and a decent ending to the mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Drop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Matthew FitzSimmons
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6985)
    Performance
    (6285)
    Story
    (6273)

    A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

    Justin Messer says: "Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap"
    "A Mystery with Great Characters"
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    If you could sum up The Short Drop in three words, what would they be?

    Mysterious. Crafty. Fun. Excellent take on the "the girl goes missing" type story. Both good guys and bad guys work well for this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Gibson Vaughn was a struggling computer hacker. The killer in this story was quite interesting too.


    Did James Patrick Cronin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a good job, but geez, he had a way of reading that sounded like he was working too hard to make this story super-sleuthy.


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

    I didn't have any extreme reactions. I was satisfied (not surprised) with the ending and felt things tied up well and even set up a story for another book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poisonfeather: The Gibson Vaughn Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew FitzSimmons
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (934)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (823)

    When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from federal prison. Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money.

    Gayle says: "Cliffhanger"
    "Too Much Going On"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would have Gibson Vaughn be the hacker that he is supposed to be. Gibson's skill didn't really help him much, and basically he just seemed to either be in the right place at the right time, or he was able to deduce a decision. So what's the point of his being a legendary hacker? And there were so many unnecessary loose ends.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew FitzSimmons again?

    Yes, I actually liked the first book The Short Drop. I'd also like to know what happen to certain characters from the first book.


    What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

    His performance was much better for this book than the first book.


    Did Poisonfeather inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tapping at My Door

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1928)
    Story
    (1915)

    From the best-selling author of Cry Baby, the beginning of a brilliant and gripping police procedural series set in Liverpool, perfect for fans of Peter James and Mark Billingham. A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes. DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case.

    green ice cream garden says: "5 Star Start, Wowed."
    "Love It!"
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    Would you listen to A Tapping at My Door again? Why?

    I have listened to it again. Love the reader's ability to capture all of the voices. Love the introduction to Nathan Cody (He can't sing Single Ladies, but he can do the dance). Cody's internal character is well-developed. He is such a mess but very smart and committed and that makes me want to see him triumph!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tapping at My Door?

    There are several great moments in the book, but the introduction to the main character is my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cody working undercover to catch a flasher.


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

    No. That's not to discredit the book. I liked listening to the story over a period of time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great read/listen. All of the main characters are well-developed and the story plot is quite straightforward. If there is another book coming, I'd totally get it. I want to know what happens to Nathan Cody.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Life of Nick Mason

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Steve Hamilton
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (788)

    Nick Mason has already spent five years inside a maximum security prison when an offer comes that will grant his release 20 years early. He accepts - but the deal comes with a terrible price. Now, back on the streets, Nick Mason has a new house, a new car, money to burn, and a beautiful roommate. He's returned to society, but he's still a prisoner. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, Nick must answer it and follow whatever order he is given.

    Lesia says: "Rock and hard place plot"
    "Some potential but Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nick Mason seemed too shock about what he would be asked to do. For a criminal who knows the streets and has been in prison for 5 years, I just couldn't buy in to his not understanding why he was being freed from prison 20 years earlier.


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

    This story would have been great if there was more character development and character payoff. For example, I think there should have been a point in this book (seems like we're being set up for a series) in which Nick accepts his fate and resolves to be the best at what he does as he strives to get out of this arrangement.


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

    Ray Porter performed well as an entertaining reader.


    Do you think The Second Life of Nick Mason needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    By the end of this book, I wasn't much interested in Nick Mason. Seemed to brood and whine too much.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't feel like the book was a waste of time. It's an okay book for a long drive. The author tried too hard to protect this character, and that is unfortunate. I mean, if someone is telling you to be his samurai, he's not just talking about a code of closely-followed rules. Nick, with his background, should have known what was going to be expected of him. But he was in shock and rebellious. Came off as a whiner.

    Meh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (3513)
    Story
    (3503)

    Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash - no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options.The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

    Lesley says: "Incredible--but not for the faint of heart"
    "Morbid but Excellent Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book. Each character's back story makes for a plausible reason why they are living in such a dump of a house. The murder mystery side is creepier than rats in dark alleys (and I hate rats and dark alleys).


    What other book might you compare The Killer Next Door to and why?

    I don't have a comparison.


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

    I love love love the different voices!! She is a great reader!!


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

    Ever wonder where that smell is coming from?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5319)
    Performance
    (4843)
    Story
    (4828)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    Jeffrey S. Kruger says: "This... book...is...slow.."
    "Overindulgent Melodrama Meets Lame Crime Action"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Survivor better?

    The author has the characters making silly decisions only to further the plot of the story. The main character broods too much and overindulges in past regrets. By the end of the story, I was actually relieved that he accomplished what he had set out to do in the opening of the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregg Hurwitz again?

    Probably not.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader read the main character's lines like he was spastic Forrest Gump. Geez, just because someone is depressed does not mean the person will sound like a baby robot trying to learn the alphabet.


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

    The villains were actually awful, brutal, scary, people that I'd hope to never cross. So whenever they appeared in the story, I was afraid for the protagonist and his family.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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