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Carla

Irving, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 12 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 302 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • Payback: Revenge of the Sisterhood #2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Julia Webster's husband, a U.S. Senator, has used his wife's graciousness and elegance to advance his career even as he's abused her trust at every turn and left her dreams for the future in tatters. Now, on the eve of his greatest political victory, he's about to learn a serious lesson in payback. Because the senator crossed the wrong woman...and there are six more where she came from.

    S. Sarabasha says: "great romp"
    "Genius"
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    Would you listen to Payback again? Why?

    Probably not because I want to listen to the rest of the series first


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Payback?

    The most memorable moment was when I found out that the senator and the couple had been put "out to pasture"


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

    I listened to Weekend Warriors and she was awesome then and now


    If you could rename Payback, what would you call it?

    Revenge of the fittest


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    When air force captain Luke Trussell opens his door one Sunday morning, he's shocked to find the police - and even more shocked when they charge him with rape. He knows he made a mistake in judgment the night before, but he certainly didn't force his attentions on the woman who's been stalking him for months.

    SA Shay says: "The Perfect Liar"
    "Interestingly horrifying"
    Overall
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    Where does The Perfect Liar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there with the rest of the thriller mysteries I listen to


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

    The Boston accent


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like that DD was injured. That storyline just wasn't believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (749)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jennifer Bailey says: "Pointless Waste Of Time"
    "O M G ! ! ! !"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Unlucky 13 in three words, what would they be?

    Edgy, scary, fantastic


    What other book might you compare Unlucky 13 to and why?

    There hasn't been one this good for a long time. This should be compared to an action movie, instead of a book


    Did January LaVoy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There wasn't enough distinction in the female voices


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

    I was so scared for Brady and Yuki and I couldn't imagine anything bad happening to them, but it was real, on the edge of your seat storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how they wrapped up Mackie's story line and the fact that there were belly bombs is a real scary possibility, but I think we will see Donna and her half brother in the next storyline

    0 of 0 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
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1197)

    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...."
    "Dragging"
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    If you could sum up W Is for Wasted in three words, what would they be?

    Wordy, the book was too wordy and it dragged on and on to the point that I was getting bored with the subject matter


    What was one of the most memorable moments of W Is for Wasted?

    The ones where there was interaction with the homeless people


    How could the performance have been better?

    There could have been more distinction in the voices of the characters. I had a hard time distinguishing the characters In conversations.


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

    No it pretty much killed the time on my commute to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to know more about Pearl and Dandy? How did they get to be homeless?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Mistake: Fatal Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    D.C. is recovering from angry riots after one player's mistake blew the D.C. Federals' chance at the World Series, and Lt. Sam Holland is determined to unravel the twisted web of motives behind the star center fielder's death. Was it a disgruntled fan, a spurned lover or a furious teammate? Determined to bring the killer to justice, Sam must root out the truth before another mistake proves fatal.

    Rusty says: "Sam is not Submissive"
    "True Love!!!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Fatal Mistake?

    I love that Sam has completely let down any walls she has with Nick


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how strong the women of this series are. This story was no different.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eva Kaminsky?

    Yes


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

    Never take your eye off the ball!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Naomi Chase
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    A journalist turned best-selling author, Naomi Chase quickly became a favorite among fans of erotic urban dramas. Deception stars Tamia and Fiona Lake, two sisters harboring a scandalous secret but looking for fresh starts. Acquitted of murder, Tamia is willing to risk everything to reclaim what she’s lost - including her ex. Meanwhile, Fiona must hide her past if she wants to keep her newfound happiness.

    ann coleman says: "Loved it!!"
    "Wow!!!!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Lust, Lust and Lust...We all want what we can't have, and then when we get it, we don't know what to do with it. The story comes full circle...She really has no one else to blame but herself


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

    Haven't listened to any others


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

    She's Ok...since I haven't listened to the other one, I can't compare.


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

    Yes, absolutely...It was pretty hot


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed in the ending...a book shouldn't just end like that

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (169)

    On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

    Ms Mare says: "Weekend Warriors"
    "Awesome series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Weekend Warriors to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I didn't read the print edition, but I love this story and the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked the camaraderie of the women how they look after each other and Charles looks out for all of them


    Which character – as performed by Laural Merlington – was your favorite?

    I liked all of them for different reasons. I least liked Julia, she seemed so weak and timid. Loved Katherine and her spunk. Loved Myra for her generosity. Felt bad for Nicky and her situation with Jack but admired her sticking to her guns. Not sure about the others yet. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!


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

    Weekend Warriors


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3805)
    Performance
    (3407)
    Story
    (3422)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Boooooring"
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    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    It was very boring. It took too long to get through the introduction and into the actual story, I gave up on it as it was too boring and it wasn't getting to the meat of the story fast enough


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    I had a hard time distinguishing the characters by her voice


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

    I liked the thought of the book, the idea behind it and the idea of secrets between couples but I couldn't get far enough into the book to find out because I got bored.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (553)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Not Good Enough"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or the narrators?

    I love the Alex Cross series and will continue to listen, but this book was too chopped up for me. I don't see the point in the two storylines, why couldn't it have been about the hostage situation and not about the terrorist. I didn't get that, why speed through one story line just to go back to another one, I was rather confused and irritated. It wasn't realistic, how many things could go on on one Christmas. The first story line made sense, but the reason they introduced the second, made no sense.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was ok, pretty predictable, no surprises


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

    Definitely the emotion. You get so involved that you forget that you are listening and sometimes react out loud


    Do you think Merry Christmas, Alex Cross needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Follow up to what?!?!?!?! How can you follow up something that was concluded


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7616)
    Performance
    (6635)
    Story
    (6626)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "This is a wonderful love story"
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    What did you love best about The Witness?

    I think this is also a coming of age story along with a love story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Elizabeth/Abigail


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

    The tone and the matter-of-factness, where Abigail would just start with her braniac speeches


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

    There were many parts where I laughed out loud, and there were parts that tore my heart, I was in her corner from the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    There was a loose end that was not tied up and that's why I only gave the story 4 stars. What was the verdict?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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