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C. Oneal

I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

California | Member Since 2012

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  • 60 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 64 purchased in 2014
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  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (342)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "It was a painful listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Family Business? What did you like least?

    The story line got better eventually and then went over the top again


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    It was over acted and that could have been the writing too. Too stereotypical in the character development. Characters felt like characters not people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (487)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Corinne says: "Feels real"
    "I'm going to keep trying but this is a warning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am very interested in the topic. However it feels like a textbook or technical journal rather than a story or work of fiction. I haven't gotten very far, but that says a lot I gobble up books when they're good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ring of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victoria Howard
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When English accountant Daniel Elliott dies in a car accident one rainy night, his widow, Grace, is overcome with grief... and panic. Daniel was controlling and their marriage loveless, but he always took care of the sheltered Grace. Or so she thought. She soon discovers Daniel kept secrets: an alias, mob ties, a list of numbers, a mysterious beach house in Florida... and a girlfriend who looks like Grace. Swallowing her fear, she flies to Miami to claim the house Daniel left her. But the price of her curiosity is peril.

    Ellis says: "Kept my attention throughout"
    "Another I can't finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have no connections to the characters. I have read quite a bit but it is painful and I look forward to falling asleep through it. I don't care enough about the characters to find out what happens next.And the narration isn't helping.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (695)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Fantastic Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Amazing writing and narration. I quickly went out and found another book. I git stuck on the beginning and understanding the past and the now. You don't need to focus that hard, it will be reexplained (briefly). A great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "I can't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't care about the characters and the voices are grinding on my nerves. It may appeal to other I though it was another Big Chill. It's not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pied Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    John Howard is determined to brighten up his old age by taking a fishing trip to France, but during his stay the Nazis invade. Howard must try to escape back to England with the two small children of some friends who are forced to stay behind in order to help the Allied war effort. As the conflict grows closer, the roads become impassable and Howard also comes across five more children who need his help. He ends up leading this motley group of youngsters through the French countryside, constantly beset by danger yet heroically protecting his charges.

    A User says: "My favourite Nevil Shute book"
    "Fresh Perspective on a topic widely written about"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the story and perspective of the story teller. It was easy to follow and a pace that made you want to keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Windfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous - except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. Years later, another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

    Peter says: "Jojo hits another home run."
    "Slow going but worth it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It took a while to get into it. It was hard keeping track of characters. That's often due to my multi-tasking. I stuck with it and enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (159)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "GREAT!"
    "Slow but good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed it and it didn't demand my complete concentration so it served it's purpose. I liked it well enough to get the next in the series. However the narrator of the next one was different and i couldn't get my head around the fact it was the same character. I wasn't thrilled with the accent of the first narrator but I lived through it and the switch just threw me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 19th Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Ebershoff
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

    Kenneth says: "Two Mysteries: One Fictional, One Historical"
    "Interesting story, but long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hung in there and listened to the whole story. It was so confusing at first listening to the past and present 19th wives but I got it after a while. This si a completely new topic for me so I had the fascination of something new. It is a long story and I think I may have missed big chunks and didn't care enough to go back. The story was very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bellwether

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (232)

    Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

    Carol says: "Clarity and Chaos"
    "Initially funny but then got stuck"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its like the knock knock joke about the banana, until they finally say orange. The story is great at first and the characters seem like they will be interesting but it becomes a broken record, the characters are very one dimensional and what was funny in the beginning is becoming tedious as I continue to listen. Two thirds of the way in I realized there seem to be no story, or climax are anything interesting beyond the beginning fascination with learning about new characters. I had high hopes after having numerous disappointments. But alas it was another let down.

    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
    (7084)
    Performance
    (6169)
    Story
    (6152)

    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"
    "Annoying! No really really annoying!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There is nothing I can find to keep me listening. The characters are annoying and so far the story is not plausible. I didn't expect it to me a Young Adult novel and that is not a genre I have found I want to read any more of. The narration is equally annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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