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Malia

Avid reader turned listener.

LONG BRANCH, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 21 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
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  • Cloudland: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Olshan
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Cloudland is a stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much-praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart. Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse’s pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer.

    glamazon says: "Page-turner Upgraded!"
    "Please, Please, avoid this book."
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    If you like crime novels, then stay far away from this book. It honestly was probably one of the worst in my current audible library, let alone in the vast range of books that I've read throughout my lifetime. The narration is not good, the characters are indistinguishable at times, and the woman's voice was just desperate and awful throughout. The story itself started off somewhat engaging but eventually I found myself thinking, "What is the author's point of including this?" a few different times. Not to mention the anti-climatic ending.
    Some of the reviews here were very misleading, but I can only blame myself. Oh well, on to the next.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Thomas M. Hatting
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Ten-year-old Krystal Surles watched as her best friend was murdered before the intruder slashed her throat with a 12-inch boning knife. Despite the odds, she survived and led authorities to 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and drifter. Through the Window includes his confession to the murder of 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, playing a pivotal role in obtaining justice for wrongfully convicted Julie Rea.

    Dave says: "Very Good Book About a Very Bad Dude"
    "Perhaps Print is Better in this case."
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    I wouldn't recommend this audiobook. The narrator was quite terrible with close to no inflection. I found myself wondering, "Is this someone speaking now, or part of the text?" Very confusing. I got the impression that the written/print version might be slightly better just because you wouldn't have to listen to this guy drone on. However, there were some parts that seemed to jump around without rhyme or reason, as if the author had to put them in somewhere, why not sandwiched in right here?
    The content of this audiobook was decent, but certainly not on the level of my favorite true crime author, Ann Rule. It was significantly subjective and judgmental; the guy killed A LOT of people, most people will find his acts abhorrent without Fanning labeling them as such and inferring his thoughts and emotions during the time of his crimes. Tommy Lynn Sells is/was a creep and some of the crimes, especially against kids were very difficult to listen to.
    /end rant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Suicides

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

    Lexi Lou says: "Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook"
    "Recommended Listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- for anyone who's watched the film, the book is a great companion with expanded detail and "flavor".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character, they were all portrayed well by Eugenides. I don't know if it were possible to have a favorite. You feel like you knew them well, and didn't know them at all.


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

    I've listened to all of the Dexter books narrated by Nick Landrum and I like his voice. It doesn't "get in the way" of the story.


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

    There was a film! Don't know the tagline, but I'm sure it's just as vague as the deep story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (806)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Can't live up to The Other Boleyn Girl"
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    I read The Other Boleyn Girl in print many years ago and was moderately interested in another Phillipa Gregory novel. This was a somewhat interesting story about Edward and Elizabeth, but I had a hard time placing them in history, except it was clear this was before Henry VIII's reign. There was considerably less drama in this book and it became hard to always distinguish between Elizabeth's children, among a few who had the same name. Two Richards, two Edwards, you get the idea. If you have many hours and you don't mind spending a credit, go for it, but if you are looking for something similar to "Boleyn", I'd skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2264)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "Would Highly Recommend"
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    What did you love best about Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Lowe's deep self-reflection and honesty with his readers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    Lowe's experiences in auditions and on set, in addition to stories about his upbringing in Ohio and California.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    His voice, impersonations of others and in general his candor.


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

    I did laugh at a few points. It wasn't particularly emotion-rendering but it was very good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (808)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Unexpectedly Excellent"
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    A co-worker requested this book for a Secret Santa gift and I was intrigued. I'd never heard of the author or title, but figured I would give it a try as I had some credits piling up. It was a very interesting book and one of the reviews I read about this book having a Toni Morrison feel was dead on. A lot of the book takes place in New Jersey too which was a cool aspect for me, being an NJ native and a lot of the locations the narrator references I was familiar with. If you have even an inkling of interest, I would recommend this purchase. I would caution the listener though, as there are several '75-'90 sci fi/nerd references, some I could understand, others I couldn't. The same goes for a lot of the Spanish dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13985)
    Performance
    (12348)
    Story
    (12376)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "What Can I Say?"
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    Can I really "review" this book without giving much of the conclusion away? No
    Would I recommend this book to a friend? Definitely Yes.
    I agree with some of the other listeners, but I won't say which way I sway in opinion. Pretty well-written, engrossing, and again, I would recommend others read it. I realize this may be a terrible review, but I'm trying to preserve the integrity of the story here. If you have any interest in this novel, go for it. If you're hesitant, forget it.
    On the narration, it was pretty good, although Kirby's "my wiiiife"s were grating on my nerves. He just said it weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bad Beginning, A Multi-Voice Recording: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry, Full Cast
    Overall
    (706)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (243)

    Like a car alarm, bagpipe music, or a doorbell ringing in the middle of the night, hearing this all-new audio edition of The Bad Beginning will only upset you. This unique multi-voice recording brings the first book in Lemony Snicket's alarming A Series of Unfortunate Events to such terrible life that no one should really have to experience it.

    Charles says: "Wonderful!"
    "Great Kids' Book"
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    Read this one to keep up with my students. I really liked the multi-cast reading of this book and wish others in the series were similar. This would be a great road trip option for the 7-11 age group and I love how the author uses big words and defines them for the kids. Would recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

    La Becket says: "Embarrassingly terrible narration"
    "Another Good One from Ann Rule"
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    This is my 3rd Ann Rule book, 1st being Dead By Sunset, and 2nd: Green River, Running Red. I say this one was "good". It's clear, like other reviewers have said, that this was her first book, but the relationship between her and Ted make for a more interesting story than had she not known the main character of what was to be her first book. I didn't find her vacillating feelings for Ted annoying, like some other reviewers did, nor did I think she exaggerated the extent of her relationship with Ted. I think it was all pretty appropriate.
    There is definitely something lacking with this story, which I can't put my finger on, but I'd recommend it to an Ann Rule fan or someone looking to learn more about Ted Bundy and his crimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
    "Hide under the covers if listening at night!"
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    I primarily enjoyed the writing of this true account about Gary Ridgeway. Barbara Caruso's voice got a little annoying at times and I'd agree with another reviewer that it sounded like she had marbles in her mouth. There was also some editing issues which made her pauses extra long and awkward. Some of the accounts regarding the victims were a little too long for my liking; it would appear that Rule had more information on some than others. The parts that really made me scared at night were tales of "The ones who got away". There were many women it seemed who encountered GRK, but due to luck or some other circumstance,were able to escape. Crazy! In all, I would recommend this book, but just know there are some very long and drawn out parts and at times I lost track of what year Rule was currently recounting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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