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Beth

Norwalk, CT, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (205)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "A Rescuers Dream"
    Overall

    I have never read a Koontz book until this one caught my eye. He has certainly done his homework into the world of dog rescue which he intertwined into the heart pounding story in this book. I found myself tearing up on more than one occasion as he described in detail the life of a dog rescuer and the happiness and sorrows that come with that life.

    Even if you've never rescued an animal you will enjoy this book. It's touching and exciting and holds your interest right up to the last sentence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9431)
    Performance
    (8225)
    Story
    (8239)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Maybe its better as a read & not listened too??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Darker?

    There wasn't much I enjoyed about this book. In fact I had to listen to it in double speed just to get through the agonizing narration. I can't quite grasp what everyone is raving about. The characters are unlikeable. Aside from Christians wealth and good looks he would represent a nightmare to be in a relationship with. Overbearing, jealous etc etc. and Anastasia is pathetic. Come on with the dialog. How many Holy craps, holy shits, and holy f**ks, can one insert. Not to mention this girl who speaks like she's fresh out of junior high, goes from an entry level position, is so irresistable that a man would throw his entire career away just to sleep with her, then she is the most qualified person to take over running the company? Paleeeeze. Throw in the crazy ex-lover stalking them, just bad. The Ohhhh Anna's during their sexcapades (which actually started to become boring) made my skin crawl. The narrators interpretation of Christian was aweful, she should only do young female voices, ever. Read it if you must but don't bother listening


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was too slow, boring. The only thing she captured well was Anastasia's child like qualities


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

    The book was so bad I couldn't even finish it even listening at double speed. I can deal with a bad narrator if the story is good but I found nothing redeeming about this second edition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross's TRIAL

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (214)

    From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written - a novel called Trial.

    Carolyn says: "In a word ... miserable"
    "Not So Bad"
    Overall

    I almost didn't choose this book based on the horrible reviews it received. Sure it was wrong to entice people using Alex Cross as the draw but I found the book entertaining and not overly violent. Having read other books with real accounts of how black citizens were treated back then in the south I was not at all surprised by the graphic nature of the text. Patterson is often quite graphic when describing his crime scenes. This was no different. All in all it held my interest and was fast paced. If you are not looking to be blown away but enetertained give it a try

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2nd Chance: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven
    Overall
    (1061)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (357)

    Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this nail-biter of a sequel to 1st to Die. Four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a journalist, and a medical examiner - combine their efforts, risking everything, to catch a serial killer. "As with Patterson's best novels," Booklist says, "the surprises keep coming until the final pages."

    Jean says: "Painful pastime"
    "Good Book Bad Reading"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of James Patterson and all of his Alex Cross novels. His latest characters introduced in First to Die are a fun and different mix. This book definitely held my interest but the narrator was terrible. She over emphasized words and phrases to the point were she made some of the characters unlikable.If you can get past that it is worth reading and I can't wait to hear the third installment. At least the Lindsey Boxer stories can hold me over until the next Alex Cross comes out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in the Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Eva, a divorced and happily remarried mother of three, runs a small bookstore in a town north of San Francisco. When her second husband, John, is killed in a car accident, her family's fragile peace is once again overtaken by loss.

    Beth says: "Captivating & Entertaining"
    "Captivating & Entertaining"
    Overall

    This is the first Sue Miller book I have listened too and I plan on listening to her others. "Lost in the Forest" was easy to listen too and really drew you into the lives of the characters. It was hard not to feel the pain of the loss of the childrens father/step-father and become involved in their worlds. I found myself hating Duncan for his role in Daisy's life and sincerely hoping for a reconciliation between Eva & Mark. I definitely recommend taking the time to listen to this book. It moves along quickly but not too quickly that you loose your way in the story. Millers writing style isn't overly wordy or descriptive so you don't get bored but you can visualize the tale she is telling.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Black Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    From the best selling author of When the Wind Blows and Kiss the Girls comes an explosive tale of terrorism on Wall Street. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group - with deep ties to our own military - and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror.

    Eileen says: "Patterson not at his best"
    "Not for Alex Cross Fans"
    Overall

    I love James Patterson's writing, especially the Alex Cross novels, however this book couldn't hold my interest at all. Like one reviewer said I kept waiting for it to be over but I listened to it because I paid for it. I hoped it would get better but it never did. I suppose if I had any interest at all in the stock market world I may have enjoyed it more. It was however, read beautifully so if you are a stock market enthusiast then try it out!

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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