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S. Sarabasha

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West Danby, NY USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Backfire: FBI Thriller #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen, Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (571)

    San Francisco judge Ramsey Hunt, longtime friend to FBI agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, begins the murder trial of Clive and Cindy Cahill only to have federal prosecutor Mickey O’Rourke, known for his relentless, aggressive style, suddenly turn tentative and distracted. Hunt suspects that something is very wrong — and then O’Rourke goes missing, and Judge Hunt gets shot in the back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Still great at 16."
    "Violence with Tender relationships"
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    What did you love best about Backfire?

    The friendships and the love.


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

    Not really. Too much predictable gore as it moved into the climax.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    "He said." "She said." too often. Sometimes a male voice, then a beat, then a female voice saying, "he said." Sheesh - no exclaimed, or shouted or cried, just 'said'.

    Narration really slowed down the suspense and hampered the storyline. Are these narrators tired of doing this?

    Sometimes male and female changed off with each other with no rhyme or reason, just enough to make the story not flow.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint Closes the Case: The Saint. Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Leslie Charteris
    • Narrated By John Telfer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Simon Templar is the Saint - daring, dazzling, and just a little disreputable. On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time.When the Saint and Patricia Holm stumble upon a government test of a weapon of mass destruction, they realise they've seen something that must be kept away from the wrong hands. But the Saint's nemesis Rayt Marius is already nearby.

    S. Sarabasha says: "Well Written Horror"
    "Well Written Horror"
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    What did you like best about The Saint Closes the Case? What did you like least?

    I did not finish this book. Eruditely written. Well read to the point that the violence was just too real. Too much so, especially in this day and age of violence expounded.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not complete this book.


    What about John Telfer’s performance did you like?

    I could hear each character clearly.


    Could you see The Saint Closes the Case being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO. There is enough gratuitous violence already.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry to have such good writing tell such horrible stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Job: A Fox and O'Hare Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O'Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox - bring down the world's most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it's the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn't know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate-loving drug lord.

    green ice cream garden says: "The Job is not that good a job"
    "Cartoonish"
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    Would you listen to The Job again? Why?

    No. Too slick. Too predictable. Virtually no suspense. Hardly any character growth.


    Would you recommend The Job to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just this series.


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

    No. It was easy to shut off and take back up again.


    Any additional comments?

    I had wonderful hopes for this series but it's already like a cartoon. I stopped listening to the Stephanie Plum series because it became same old, same old. Thought this series had a better chance at staying fresh and interesting. I'll try one more, but if it doesn't get less predictable, then no more after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase: Fox and O'Hare, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (605)

    Internationally renowned thief and con artist Nicolas Fox is famous for running elaborate and daring scams. His greatest con of all: convincing the FBI to team him up with the only person who has ever caught him, and the only woman to ever capture his attention, Special Agent Kate O'Hare. Together they'll go undercover to swindle and catch the world's most wanted - and untouchable - criminals. Their newest target is Carter Grove, a former White House chief of staff and the ruthless leader of a private security agency.

    Stacy says: "Love the humor, but kind of the same story"
    "Addicted"
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    What did you love best about The Chase?

    I loved the interactions and growth of the characters. These books are so much better than the last third of the numbered Stefanie Plum books which I have stopped reading.


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

    Yes, this book definitely had many twists and turns. It could have ended several times but kept on going without a hitch.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only listened to the fist book in the series but am happy to listen to more.


    Any additional comments?

    I do wish the authors would write more than he said, she said. How about Kate shouted or Nick calmly explained, etc?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attorney-Client Privilege: Vernetta Henderson Series No. 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    A brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel lead attorney Vernetta Henderson on a quest for justice - and ultimately, revenge. The hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women. While Vernetta simply wants justice for her clients, the corporation's hired gun wants to win...and she doesn't care how. On the home front, Vernetta's infamous sidekick, Special, has finally found true love. But is the price more than she's willing to pay?

    S. Sarabasha says: "A bit disappointed"
    "A bit disappointed"
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    What did you love best about Attorney-Client Privilege?

    The exploration into Islam.


    Would you recommend Attorney-Client Privilege to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not wholeheartedly. Too much of the ho going on with both men and women. Too many of the women are over the top and mean.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    Even though most of the characters are women, RC changes his voice enough so that I can tell them all apart. Vernetta is spot on.


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

    I was appalled by the pushiness of Special. If she really wants to become a detective she will need to learn some tact and patience.


    Any additional comments?

    Why do all the current mysteries rely on murders and deaths? This series seems to be getting more violent as it goes on. I'll try one more but unless we get a real mystery, not just find the murderer, that will be it.
    As I have said in a previous review, I appreciate the insight into Black Culture but now am wondering if the representation is true or not with all the cursing and sexism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Reasonable Doubt: Vernetta Henderson Series No. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Pamela Samuels Young
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen.

    Amazon Customer says: "loved Special"
    "Unexpectedly Excellent"
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    I tried this book after reading several middling reviews saying the narrator ruined it for them. I agree that a female narrator might be better and certainly with so few men in the book, a woman narrator might have had an easier time with all the characters but I was pleasantly surprised that within a few minutes I was adjusted to RC Bray's voice and was pleased with it as well. I had no problems telling the characters apart.
    For me, a white person, getting a glimpse, through this book, of modern black life and dialogue is informative and illuminating. Professionals of all races have A type personalities and relationship problems. Looking forward to reading the next book.
    My only negative is the loud music played periodically which actually takes away from the story and important dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleuth Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maggie Pill
    • Narrated By Judy Blue, Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    We love our sisters, right? It's just that sometimes we love them because of, and sometimes we love them in spite of. But when murder's the crime and solving's your line, sisters count on sisters. It's a family thing.

    Karen says: "Please, more books like this"
    "Promising First Episode"
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    Good basis for more stories, although one would hope that not all the mysteries include deaths or the small town will be bereft of occupants soon. One of the sisters, Barbara, has a spelling and grammar fetish. It's a funny gambit. She goes around fixing signs and writing letters, anonymously, to the paper. Therefore I was quite surprised to hear Barbara's narrator mispronounce detritus.
    Interesting idea to have 3 narrators, one for each sister, but they could stop emphasizing so many words and sound more natural. The sisters mostly take care of themselves and each other and only call in the guys when absolutely necessary.
    Looking forward to the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Murray Hill: A Gaslight Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Victoria Thompson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he' s assigned to a new case - finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston. It seems the girl had been responding to "lonely hearts" ads in the paper for months before she disappeared.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Saga Continues"
    "Another winner"
    Overall
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    It's not just facebook.
    So timely and so upsetting as we are told about how social media (newspaper lonely hearts ads) trapped women into sexual slavery in Victorian times.
    At the same time Malloy and Sarah's relationship moves ahead with the potential blending of family and homes. Well paced, well told, well narrated. Looking forward to the next episode as things are set up for Malloy and Sarah to now be openly working together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsided: Sisterhood, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Fading into the background isn’t the Sisterhood way. Even after all the adventures they’ve shared, the courageous, close-knit heroines of Fern Michaels’ New York Times best-selling series are always ready to embrace another challenge… All good things must come to an end. But Myra Rutledge isn’t ready to put the Sisterhood - the stalwart band of friends who’ve become legendary for meting out their own brand of justice - behind her just yet.

    S. Sarabasha says: "One of the best."
    "One of the best."
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    So delighted to have the whole gang working together. Each have their specialities and even though they may not be in the same location each do their thing to perfection. I so enjoy the vicarious satisfaction of hearing the vigilantes work out their schemes and right the wrongs. Read this one way out of order so was happy to learn how Dennis joined the group. Also the ending was not filled with gratuitous violence as some earlier and later books did. Just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss and Tell: Sisterhood, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (42)

    Life comes in stages. Even the Sisterhood has been content to let their gold shields gather a little dust while they enjoy their friends and family. But when a string of anonymous emails arrives at Pinewood, suggesting shady dealings at a local assisted-living facility, Myra Rutledge and her best friend, Annie de Silva, are more than ready to out-hustle a master con artist at his own game. They’ll need to enlist some new and untested allies in order to pull off their brilliant plan.

    Mare says: "Not as much intrigue, but glad series continuing"
    "Myra and Annie at it again"
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    Could hardly put this one down. Myra and Annie cooking up an adventure with the Post gang and a newbie. Glad to see some added characters although I miss it being mostly women. Looking forward to Charles' tale in the next episode. Meanwhile gratuitous violence was so unnecessary and achieved nothing. They reach their goal without needing to have done the last bit. Other than that I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: Alaskan Courage, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dani Pettrey
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    A rising star, Dani Pettrey has received critical acclaim and popular accolades for her suspenseful fiction. In this exciting follow-up to Submerged, Piper McKenna is shocked when her brother, Reef, shows up covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder is dead - but despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. Deputy Landon Grainger, a close friend of the McKennas, is determined to get the facts - even though he has deep reservations about what he must do to get them.

    Susan Fryman says: "Shattered"
    "should be renamed Teenage angst"
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    If I had known this was really a YA book, I never would have purchased it. Full of pouting, smart alecky supposed adults that sound like teenagers. The narrator has very few differentiating voices so many of them sound alike and often sound petulant. Interesting storyline hijacked by attitudes and immaturity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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