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Sunshyne

An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.

Ewing, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (512)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    Susan says: "Cheap Trick - Shame on Mr. Patterson"
    "Fascinating and Edge of Your Seat Upsetting!"
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    This installment of the series as is good as his previous works. To prevent spoiling any aspect- I will say it's a good thing the author read a disclaimer at the end to debrief the reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reunion in Death: In Death, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, "surprise!" It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

    Liz says: "The voices are back"
    "The Best author for Scii-fi and Romance"
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    Nora Roberts (writting as JD Robb) delivers yet again in creating a realistic sense of what the future may hold while engaging the reader in a fascinating detective story. Flying cars, pedestrians on glides instead of sidewalks and the craving for a "tube of pepsi" or a meal from the "auto-chef" are all integrated seamlessly into the narrative. Like the best police partners, the narrator too does an EXCELLENT job allowing the reader to imagine each character. She is one of the few narrators for whom I am a groupie and would listen to any story she performs. I am so glad she consistently reads for this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (973)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "A Good Summer Read"
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    Don't expect a deep storyline here but do expect an interesting read. Being familiar with Dick's style of narrating, I enjoyed his performance and thought he did a solid job conveying various characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (510)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Good Crime Series and Narration"
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    I recommend anyone reading/listening to this book that you start with Book 1 of the series. This will give you the foundation to understand the main character's hubris and humor as well as to feel connected to his circumstances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (2776)
    Story
    (2786)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Not Your Typical Zombie Story"
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    A very plausible and entertaining take on a zombie takeover. It makes one care about the survival of the main character and adds an element of humor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1216)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    Patricia says: "Totally predictable"
    "A Political Thriller with Characters We care About"
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    Scott Brick does a great job making the characters come alive. This was an interesting take on actual political events. I typically am not drawn to this genre however, the fact that at times I literally laughed out loud at the main character's humor and narcissism and that I grew to care about the characters makes me a DeMille fan for good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1347)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "A Must Read for Sci-Fi Crime Lovers"
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    JD Robb's (Aka Nora Roberts) In Death Series makes the future that she presents seem attainable and the realism of the characters (along with the depth) increases with each novel. Susan Ericksen is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. She IS Eve Dallas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (956)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Will make you say thanks for a healthy brain"
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    If you are not convinced of the wondrous nature of the brain, you will be after listening to this author's harrowing tale. She does an excellent job presenting the biographical information in a narrative style so that it "reads" more like fiction. The scary thing is that it's not...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (410)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    TEDDET says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "An Unexpected Yet Fascinating Departure for JP"
    Overall
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    I it were possible to listen blindly to this book without knowledge of the author, I would have never guessed this was a James Patterson novel. Yet, this is not necessarily a bad thing. This reads like a sci-fi thriller medical thriller. It is well researched (for those who are knowledgeable of neuro-anatomy. Patterson and Ledwidge deliver with an intriguing story of a hero hoping to stop one of the most self-fish and vicious killers- ourselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2780)

    Iris Scanlon, Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire concierge, knows more about the undead than she'd like. Running all their daylight errands - from letting in the plumber to picking up some chilled O neg - gives her a look at the not-so-glamorous side of vampire life. Her rules are strict; relationships with vamps are strictly business, not friendship - and certainly not anything else. But then she finds her newest client, Cal, poisoned on his kitchen floor, and only Iris can help.

    yasmine32068 says: "Once again this should have disclaimers"
    "Witty & Interesting"
    Overall
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    As usual Molly delivers a glimpse of our would-be world with vampires. Her writing style makes it easy to connect to the characters and Amanda Ronconi is a superb narrator who does an excellent job switching from one role to another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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