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Sandy

I've listened to over 300 books on Audible, Books on Tape and elsewhere. I like a variety of books but especially legal thrillers.

Centreville, MD, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Tragedy and mental illness have been dark companions of Rae Newborn for more than 50 years. Her life seems to start rebuilding itself, though, when she moves to a deserted island to restore the house her mysterious great-uncle built in the 1920s. But Rae senses powerful forces stirring on the island. Is the skin-crawling feeling she has of someone watching her only in her mind, or has something disturbingly real taken notice of Rae?

    Amy says: "Enriched"
    "Good story, very well written, great narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Folly?

    This was a well written and believable story about a woman who moves to a remote island in the San Juan islands to get away from her personal past and connect with her family's distant history. What she finds was her future. But it wasn't easy. The story is well written, having obviously been researched to a fine detail...the main character's struggle with depression, the rich detail about her island and the Northwest, and the creative story about her island.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story took some interesting twists and turns and ended up where I thought it might but not for the same reasons.


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

    Frank Muller is simply the best narrator I've ever listened to (I've listened to about 300 over the years). He is a key reason I chose FOLLY in the first place, as he generally doesn't narrate uninteresting books.


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

    No...I listent to it while commuting. But it sure made my trips to and from work much shorter.


    Any additional comments?

    I just put Laurie King's sequel on my Wish List, hoping for another great story.

    1 of 1 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
    (17342)
    Performance
    (15445)
    Story
    (15488)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Really...a lousy, unbelievable story, poorly read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    The story was weak.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Start over. It was just a silly story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performances?

    Not likely


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

    Not that I recall.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry but it was a poorly conceived story made worse by a reader who was less than enthralling....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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