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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2650)
    Performance
    (2282)
    Story
    (2298)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "WARNING ~~ TOTALLY LUDICROUS !!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    All of it


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Scott Brick is wonderful in all character parts, but even he could not have salvaged this mess !!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    No editor in his/her right mind would have read past the first chapter/


    Any additional comments?

    Too many to count in this limited space.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charmed: Donovan Legacy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Cristina Panfilio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Her legacy had been as much a curse as a blessing, so Anastasia Donovan had learned to keep it hidden. But when single dad Boone Sawyer swept into her heart, she longed to reveal everything despite her fear of the consequences. Then fate stepped in…

    Karla says: "Bad narration"
    "Charming Story . . . . No Pun Intended"
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    What would have made Charmed better?

    Another narrator !!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Have read print copies of the series and loved them all !!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her female voices were, well ~~ okay even if it was difficult to tell which character was speaking, but the males ~~ OMG !! Nash and Sebastian were absolutely horrible !!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment ~~ couldn't finish listening to audio.


    Any additional comments?

    Happy it was a sale item and didn't have to waste a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonrise

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cassandra King
    • Narrated By Jennifer James Bradshaw, Willow Hale, Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with Emmet Justice, a charismatic television journalist who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his oldest friends, who resent Helen's intrusion into their tightly knit circle. Hoping to mend fences, the newlyweds join the group for a summer at his late wife's family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Philip Miller says: "Not sure what all the complaints are about..."
    "Gothic Wannabe"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    What could Cassandra King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There are too many characters ~~ many of whom have no obvious relationship to the story ~~ she could have eliminate some of them and given serious development to the remainder. The principals at the core of the book are Emmett Justice who is described as "charismatic", but appears totally devoid of any personality whatsoever. He spends the majority of the novel "improving" everything about his new wife Helen ~~ her speech, her grammar, her manner of dress, etc. Her obsession to please him and be accepted by his Highland "social" friends renders her unable to see how demanding and emotionally abusive he treats her. She is so busy cooking for all these people, so they won't hate her for marrying him, that she doesn't even appear to be aware of his infidelities until the end of the book, although it was obvious to the reader from the beginning.
    As an outline for a novel, the concept may have been good, but the characters required work to make them interesting.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I cannot think of any narrator (or even a group of them) who could have saved this one.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    In the future, I will read the printed book first and not just reviews. Moonrise is not a mystery, it is a mess !! The reviewers who found the story even remotely similar to "Rebecca" either did not understand the premise of that fine old classic, or were as alcohol-soaked as Ms. King's characters in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Silent

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In the tenth murderous case for Richard Jury, the New Scotland Yard superintendent witnesses a killing in a West Yorkshire inn called the Old Silent, while his highborn, amateur colleague, Melrose Plant wishes to he could perform one as he drives his impossible Aunt Agatha to the Old Swan in Harrogate.

    Fran Foster says: "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
    "Too Much Music, Not Enough Mystery"
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    Would you try another book from Martha Grimes and/or Steve West?

    Yes ~~ have been a fan of Martha Grimes and the Richard Jury series for over 20 years, but for some reason missed The Old Silent ~~ am now grateful for small favors !! Have seldom been so disappointed in a book !! It was not a "mystery" ~~ more an anthology of early R&B artists (John Coletrane, Charlie Parker, etc.). Unless the listener has a particular interest in that genre, please do not waste a credit on this one.
    Steve West's narration was, as always, wonderful !!


    What could Martha Grimes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have stayed with her tried and true formula of Jury and his friend Melrose Plant investigating and solving the "mystery" behind the murder ~~ The Old Silent does not credit either man with the keen intelligence displayed in her other books; in fact, Plant's actions and language are rather idiotic ~~ here he behaves and sounds like Aunt Agatha !!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The characters living or visiting The Old Silent were totally devoid of interest or purpose to the overall story and the confusing abrupt changes in locales made it impossible to nominate a "favorite."


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

    None of which I am aware.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Murder: Drew Farthering, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Julianna Deering
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (78)

    From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

    Jean says: "fun mystery"
    "Soooooooooo Boring !!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Julianna Deering and/or Simon Vance?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Julianna Deering’s story?

    Would not even know where to begin


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Vance?

    Can't imagine any narrator who could have saved this one


    What character would you cut from Rules of Murder?

    Drew !!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this one ~~ if Drew uttered the word "darling" once more, would have found me screaming !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (2745)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2418)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Bye, Bye Mickey"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Wanted and expected more "Lincoln Lawyer" Mickey Haller ~~ what the author delivered was pre-law lectures on court procedures, subpoenas, etc. and unbelievable stunts ~~ boring stuff !!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Well, books involving Mickey's step brother Harry are generally most entertaining.


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

    He's always at the top of his game ~~ unfortunately, he didn't have much of a story to narrate here.


    What character would you cut from The Gods of Guilt?

    Too many to enumerate.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I wasted a credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Year

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle.

    Richard says: "Five stars aren't enough"
    "The narration is extraordinarily horrendous"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another narrator !!


    What other book might you compare A Good Year to and why?

    All of Peter Mayle's novels ~~ wish Audible would acquire rights to Hotel Pastis (sp. ?)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Stephen Weber, Eric Conger, James Daniels, Jonathan Davis, Paul Michael ~~ almost any other with the exception of Dick Hill who is so awful I refuse to purchase any audio read by him ~~ but that complaint is not relevant to this review.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Peter Mayle's wonderful books and especially enjoyed them, so it was exciting to see this one listed among Audible's collection ~~ did not have a credit available, but purchased it anyway as the story should have made a delightful listening experience ~~ a poor judgment call to waste the money !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (955)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "Boring ~~ instant cure for insomnia !!"
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    Would you try another book from John Sandford and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Yes.


    Has Silken Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    Yes ~~ here, as always, he does a wonderful narration !!


    What character would you cut from Silken Prey?

    Too many to enumerate.


    Any additional comments?

    Have read all of the "Prey" books, listened to many others and thoroughly enjoyed each ~~ can not believe John Sandford wrote this one; even with Richard Ferrone's excellent attempts to add entertainment to the material, it sounds more like a computer skills-enhancement manual than a mystery novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Black Stump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Laurence Kennedy
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If somewhere is said to be 'beyond the black stump', it is in the deepest darkest wilds of the Australian outback. This is the sun-baked setting for Nevil Shute's novel of a romance that is tested by the differences between two young people's home lives. Stanton Laird is sent from his small town in America to work in a remote outpost in Western Australia.

    Fran Foster says: "Boring Beyond Belief !!"
    "Boring Beyond Belief !!"
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    Would you try another book from Nevil Shute and/or Laurence Kennedy?

    Yes, but only after reading the printed version.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nevil Shute again?

    Yes. I already own "A Town Like Alice" in my on-line library, and have thoroughly enjoyed it on more than one occasion.


    What didn’t you like about Laurence Kennedy’s performance?

    Actually his narration was good, considering the insufferable material he was reading.


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

    None obvious to me ~~ perhaps Part 2 would reveal them to anyone interested enough to listen, but that person will not be this reader.


    Any additional comments?

    It is difficult to imagine this brilliant author creating such a vapid and insipid cast of characters as (1) Mollie ~~ who "took a first" at University ~~ in what? Her "higher" education is not further demonstrated, leaving the impression of an semi-illiterate, possession-hungry, magazine-reading, movie star-struck adolescent. (2) Stan ~~ please ~~ even the trained mouse had more personality. (3) The others ~~ my bet is that Mr. Shute didn't have to reach for his Thesaurus when using the word "lunatic" to describe the area housing these burlesque people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2113)
    Performance
    (1864)
    Story
    (1850)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Do Not Waste A Credit On This Book !!!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Laura Moriarty and/or Elizabeth McGovern?

    Absolutely not !!!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laura Moriarty again?

    No !!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth McGovern?

    The story was so incredibly boring, no narrator could have saved it !! Actually on reflection, Elizabeth McGovern was the same character throughout "The Chaperone" (well, except for the money, of course) as she played in TV winner "Downton Abbey" ~~ my all-time favorite of that era ~~ perhaps some of the glitter of that series persuaded my decision to purchase this audiobook.


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

    Not for me ~~ did not and will not even finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible.com has literally hundreds of wonderful books to enjoy (I've found many great ones here on audio which were read and shared by my book club years ago, now out of print and unavailable on audio through other sources) and I've never heard anything from their selection variety unworthy of completion ~~ listening to some two or three times. Have learned a lesson here about advanced research, moved on to another good Audible book and hope eventually to forget about this bad apple !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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