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  • Don't Go

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (141)

    When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer. However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart.

    laall says: "Annoying"
    "This book caught me by surprise."
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    If you could sum up Don't Go in three words, what would they be?

    Fresh. Ingenious. Engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Go?

    The integrity of each and every character held. People didn't change suddenly to suit the storyline. The storyline weaved around the characters and who they were


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the grass at the end.


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

    Mostly how touchingly everybody grew together, and towards the end grew together for the love of the little girl Emily.


    Any additional comments?

    The author, one of my personal favorites, did an amazing job of conveying both integrity in the characters & in the integrity of her storyline. I found myself deeply caring about most all of these characters. It was an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (415)

    From the locked archives of the Vatican to the overgrown jungles of Ethiopia, an unlikely trio begins a deadly search for the Holy Grail. Two journalists and a beautiful photographer are traveling together in a broken down Jeep while covering the 1975 Ethiopian civil war. Both men fall in love with the woman and that complicates things. When the trio winds up lost in the jungle, in the no man's land between the fighting factions, they take cover and dig in for the night. In their hiding place, they encounter a dying man who tells them an amazing and quite unbelievable story. But for some reason - one that they grapple with for the rest of their journey - that night they believe.

    Andy says: "The Quest to make money"
    "Not his best by a long shot"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really appreciated the research that went into writing this book and the effort to paint the picture of what we were seeing and where they were in Ethiopia and other European areas such as Italy. I've always appreciated that about his books ...that while you listened you could picture yourself there. But the storyline in this was terribly weak. And the three or four main characters in it were vapid and one-dimensional. He never has written women particularly well but in this case it was the worst. Vivianne was not very impressive. Her two sidekicks were so unsympathetic to me as a reader that I really didn't care what happened to anybody by the time I was three quarters of the way through the book.


    Has The Quest turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. In the case of this particular writer it's understandable that he loved the feeling of this book. I also sometimes go back and read things that I wrote 20 or 30 years ago appreciating the feeling of writing it but I don't subject other people to it. Perhaps he has learned his lesson. I'm sure he reads these reviews.


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

    Scott's intonations in characters are amazing but even he couldn't rescue this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Sophie does it again!"
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    Where does The Undomestic Goddess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There were so many laugh out loud moments in this book...it was just brilliant. It was moving witty and funny and ironic and daring and bold.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samantha of course!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life… It's not for everyone!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loss of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Richard North Patterson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (38)

    America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane - spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.

    Dot says: "Had not read a Richard North Patterson"
    "One of the best books I've ever read (heard)"
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    What made the experience of listening to Loss of Innocence the most enjoyable?

    This blend of very well written prose and the political and social events that occurred in the late 1960's was really quite entertaining. I really enjoyed learning about what our country was like in 1968 in upper income suburbia. At that point in my own life I was 10 years old but completely unaware of what was going on politically and socially. Very neatly interspersed with this is the story of a family completely closed off and safe in their little world of the privileged... Yet unraveling quickly. This writer captures the most unusual things regarding feminism and women's feelings and communication between men and women. I expected a good story however I really was entertained, educated and enlightened. I've been reading Patterson's books since the first one he ever wrote ...and this is by far without question is best. I have an 88 mile a day commute so I 'read 'a lot of books audibly and this narrator did a fantastic job as well. Bravo!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ironically ...in retrospect the build up to the scene where Whitney wants to surprise Peter in the city and her entire world unravels from that moment…… I don't want to spoil it however I realized much later how the way the setting up of the scene,... the way everything was described in detail so well that it was like a haunting melody had started to a drumroll of feeling. A slow motion start to the roller coaster coming.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to mention.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. The narrator does a great job with east coast genteel accents. And the story is very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Lover: The Fairwick Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Juliet Dark
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover - an incubus - and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery....

    Amazon Customer says: "At first I was wary..."
    "Unusual topic for me, a Carol Goodman fanatic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have countless times recommended the Carol Goodman books because of their complete and total ability to immerse yourself in a creatively, descriptively, well detailed storyline and emotional landscape. I was a tad hesitant to start into a different path with this author, NOT being a demon-devil-fairy type book reader. Love mysteries and thrillers, but "Juliet" writes with some serious complexity and strong prose... and it''s hard to put her books down, darn it, regardless of the subject matter. I'm IN!PS: I know the narrator as well, the lovely Justine Eyre so of course, I HAD to try the first Juliet Dark book. It's very very addicting, and I'm on to the sequel and pre-ordered the 3rd of the trilogy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Demon Lover?

    the strong bind between certain characters and I really like how she steadfastly refused to introduce is the the soon to be ex boyfriend, as if he didn't matter much, which he did not.


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    Her variety of voices, old and young! She is very talented!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Callie's elimination of Liam. That had to be terribly hard for her.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you don't like other-world themes in your books, stop and take the time to try this one. Then, go into audible.com and download The Night Villa and anything else Carol Goodman's written. You won't be disappointed!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1472)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1280)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "A MUST READ, er, HEAR! Engaging and well read!"
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    Would you listen to A Case of Redemption again? Why?

    I'm not certain I'd listen to the same book right away, knowing the ending, but it's very entertaining. The narrator is absolutely terrific in all voices, both ethnic and southern accented.


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

    Absolutely couldn't wait to hear this book READ aloud. The narrator seemed to capture the sound and heart of each character.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way he lowered his voice at the saddest, heartfelt moments... it was so appropriate. His voice inflections were spot-on.His descriptions of people helped you SEE them in your mind's eye.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best reads/listens in a long time, and this authors now in my top 5 faves of all time, that's for sure. It's a very engaging listen. I enjoyed the detailed expounding on trial procedure because it was for the sake of the story. This is one amazing author!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (348)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bone Garden the most enjoyable?

    The dual story line was masterful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose Connolly. Her character and strength were solid. I also liked Julia.


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

    Not that I know of.


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

    I really enjoyed this dual story line and it was very educational in a few ways ... Historical.


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing by Tess Gerritsen. Extraordinary!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1680)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Ted says: "Twistier Than A Twizzler"
    "An excellent read, er, listen!"
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    If you could sum up A Conflict of Interest in three words, what would they be?

    A page turner!


    What other book might you compare A Conflict of Interest to and why?

    I'd compare his writing to Turow.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a fabulous first by a new author. It was compelling in a legal thriller type way with quite a personal twist. The narrator was excellent and his pace was great too.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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