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Walter

EXTON, PA, United States

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  • Tied with Me: With Me in Seattle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (488)

    A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

    karen says: "Another Hot and Sexy 5 Star Listen for Kristen :)"
    "Not Even Close to 50 Shades"
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    Would you try another book from Kristen Proby and/or Jennifer Mack?

    Jennifer Mack carries increasingly weak stories and makes them more interesting. Proby's female characters are cool, but the men are childish, overly possessive and juvenile, no matter what their occupation. The male narrator doesn't help. MEN JUST DON'T THINK OR TALK THAT WAY. Ok, so the guy's into kink....why ? We never find out. In 50 SHADES there was a Mrs. Robinson-type, who got the main character into that kind of lifestyle. In this book the main character's a cop but hardly anything about that is in the story. For gosh sakes, you can't get some tension with a detective as the main male character ? There's hardly any tension and you can see the end coming a mile away.


    What could Kristen Proby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the male characters more mature. On one page they hardly know the woman, on the next, they're mating like bunnies and are ready to kill anyone who even looks at their new girlfriend. There's little or no tension, as there was in the first two. The men are increasingly unlikable.


    What about Jennifer Mack’s performance did you like?

    She's a great narrator. She can handle the sexy parts, as well as the normal narration and make you interested. She's one of the best I've ever heard.The male narrator is a huge distraction.


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

    Real disappointment. I'm a guy, so that may influence things. Proby's a good storyteller and the idea of following the romances of one family is clever. The problem is increasingly clear that the guys are over-possessive dolts and the women are either to dumb or too scared to ever tell them to drop dead.


    Any additional comments?

    The series is running out of gas. First couple books were great, but it's been all downhill after the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (558)

    Front nan Leo Nash, from the world-famous rock band Nash, is the last person on Earth Samantha Williams would trust. She's already learned about loving a celebrity the hard way and isn't signing up for another lesson. Every time Sam gives Leo attitude, he wants to knock that chip off her fragile little shoulder. What the hell did he ever do to her, anyway? He's not used to women treating him like he's poisonous, and he isn't about to let her run away every time he gets close. He's had enough of people running away to last him a lifetime...when this one runs, he gives chase.

    Jordy says: "It was so hot, but sweet at the same time."
    "Least Interesting in the Series"
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    What did you like best about Rock with Me? What did you like least?

    No question the author knows how to write a good love story, but the behavior of the male rock star, who's the main character in the story, is totally unbelievable. The author is starting to give all the male leads a childish, immature possessiveness of the women in the stories. It's not the way a rock star behaves. For that matter, it's not the way most mature men behave.


    What was most disappointing about Kristen Proby’s story?

    Four stories in, her female characters are becoming far more interesting, as people, than their male counterparts. It becomes like why would this sharp, sophisticated woman go for this immature, possessive jerk ?


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

    Beyond a doubt the best woman narrator of this kind of story. She actually can keep the boring parts more interesting. The male narrator, though, is a real mismatch with the material. He's hobbled down with increasingly unbelievable script, though.


    Could you see Rock with Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, it's just not that believable. Some of the other "With Me" books yes, but not this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the series is good, but this one has me questioning whether or not I want to hear the rest. Plus, I am SO tired of the men being the same super-wealthy, sexual supermen who go crazy if their wife/girlfriend even talks to another man. Female characters are well drawn and real, but it's becoming very repetitive with the men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Smile: During the Glamour Years of Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bobbi Phelps Wolverton
    • Narrated By Heather Burdette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Eager to taste adventure, Bobbi Wolverton became an international flight attendant in 1965 at age 23. It was a more innocent and glamorous time of travel, when passengers dressed formally, smoking was permitted, and the captain allowed in-flight visits to the cockpit. But there was another side to her profession....

    Walter says: "Like a G-Rated, Enlongated Junior League Speech"
    "Like a G-Rated, Enlongated Junior League Speech"
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    What would have made Behind the Smile better?

    Would have like to have heard from a TWA or PanAm flight crew member. There WAS a story to tell, of a bygone era that does show airlines as more than flying cattle cars, flight attendants as always attractive, sometimes stunning, and a fair amount of crews enjoying the lifestyle of the late 60's and 70's. The author flew for a charter carrier that made its money flying soldiers to Vietnam. The TV show PanAm, did a much better job of telling that story, and it was cancelled.


    What could Bobbi Phelps Wolverton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Clearly, she set out to write a book about her, personal adventures that are, on the whole, not very interesting. Seems like a nice woman but too "goody two-shoes".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Burdette’s performances?

    She's got a solid delivery, but her narration added to the feeling that this was going to be like a four hour speech at a country club, G-Rated.


    What character would you cut from Behind the Smile?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    There is a story.....a great story of stews and pilots, a younger generation learning about flying and how societies attitudes about women and sexuality affected flight crews, but this isn't it. I dated a stew who flew for American in the late 60's and she had more interesting stories in 10 minutes than the author had in the 2 hours I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skygods: The Fall of Pan Am

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Originally published by Wm. Morrow, in 1995, Skygods is the saga of America's most glamorous airline - from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.

    Scott says: "An Absorbing Slice of Social History"
    "Great story of a once-great airline"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For much of the 20th century Pan Am was THE airline. It was the gold standard. How did it go from that lofty perch to just being a memory ? If a friend was interested in aviation or history, it's worth it.


    What other book might you compare Skygods to and why?

    Non-fiction version of numerous airline/ airplane dramas.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes, absolutely. Sounds like it was recorded in his basement. He clearly knows aviation, but so what. Pan Am's history is fascinating, dramatic and , at times, heart wrenching. I got none of that from this narrator.


    Do you think Skygods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. There was only one Pan Am.


    Any additional comments?

    Good example of a fascinating story hurt by a lackluster narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste of You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sorcha Grace
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Beautiful and talented Catherine Kelly is starting over as a food photographer in Chicago. With her painful past buried in California, she's focused on her career and is hungry for little else - until she meets a wealthy bachelor with arresting blue-grey eyes filled with enough tragedy to match her own. William Lambourne is rich, powerful, and gorgeous - and as talented in the kitchen as he is in the bedroom. From the moment they meet, William is determined to discover the perfect recipe to unlock Cat's resolve, awaken her senses, and make her his own.

    Walter says: "Not just another 50 Shades wanna be"
    "Not just another 50 Shades wanna be"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Has a believable story without the over the top affectations of similar books. Graphic but believable intimate encounters, wrapped in the story of a likeable character.


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

    Ending leaves you wanting for more.......which is the idea since there's a sequel.


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

    One of the best female narrators in the business. Even carries you through the slow parts with compelling narration. Does the graphic scenes in an entertaining, not tawdry, way.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The love stories about naïve young women who are swept off their feet by lonely, handsome billionaires is growing tiresome, but this story and this narrator really put an interesting twist on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (618)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    russell says: "He did it again"
    "Best actor book of the year"
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    Would you listen to Love Life again? Why?

    Even though it's all autobiographical, it is NOT self serving and, frequently, he readily accepts blame for things that were his fault, He has the overall view of movies and television that you'd expect from an 80 year old who has been in the business 60 years. His first book was no fluke, this guy can write.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Absolute candor about his life and what really goes on in Hollywood. It was very interesting without being vindictive about anything or anyone. Just the right tone.


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

    If you never read either of his books, you'd think of him as a handsome, talented actor. Getting to know the person behind the actor is fascinating and surprising. Very gifted storyteller.


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

    Listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to and from work, and that's fine. I would not want to hear this in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought his first book on the off chance that it had some great Hollywood stories in it, but came away really impressed with his ability as a writer. This one, I wanted to buy because I liked the last one so much. This guy can really write and, as a veteran actor with a trained voice, the narration is superb. Some of his "character" voices are dead-on funny. Very hard to believe that this level of skill comes from a guy who never went to college or wrote professionally, before.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "Funniest book about Show Biz in A Long Time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Bcause it's very funny.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The blind date with the man who would become her husband. Anyone who's been on a blind date can relate. She forgot what he looked like, after two hours of talking to him over dinner.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Getting to know her step children and her husband's ex.


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

    When Ashton Kutcher bought Judy's dad a serious Harley, just cause Ashton's a good guy.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd be surprised if she doesn't become a major comedy star,after this book. She's really funny and you can't help but wish her the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (604)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "NOWHERE AS GOOD AS GONE GIRL"
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    What would have made The Silent Wife better?

    Unlike GONE GIRL, which is one of the best I've heard in the last year, this portrait of two selfish people has no suspense, likeable charachters, zero passion and a bland ending. Psychobable about why a woman is boring......that's it. Narrators were great, but they didn't have much to work with. Overall, depressing and forgettble.


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

    I'll do a lot more research before I get another one.


    What about Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance did you like?

    First rate voices who helped make the story more interesting than it really was.


    What character would you cut from The Silent Wife?

    Allison, the best friend....who just vanishes, anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    This is no GONE GIRL. If it was this summer's "beach read" a lot of people must have left the beach depressed. Author writes well, structurally, but doesn't have an interesting story tell.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Open Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Thomas Block
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jack Sawyer is an ex-airline pilot turned into a reluctant private investigator. Recommended by his estranged wife Susan, he finds himself looking into the death of an airline copilot. Officially, the man's death was an accident but there are suspicions that could hint at something else. With his estranged wife and a growing caste of other friends and acquaintances in tow, Jack sets out to track down the real reasons behind the mystery and possible murder!

    Gil says: "Great "Who Dun It !!!""
    "Author ruins his own story by narrating it."
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    What would have made Open Skies better?

    Better charachters, more suspense, more interesting protaganist. Less predictable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something from the bestseller list that's professionally done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Quite simply, it was the worst author-read story I've ever heard, and that's saying something. Mr. Block sounds like he read into a tape recoder in his basement.


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

    Anger, at a waste of money and time and disappointment that a potentially interesting topic was so badly mishandled. Kept hoping it would get better. It never did.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to authors......present an future......If you'e going to put yor heart and soul into a book, don't record it yourself, unless you are a highly trained actor or broadcaster or a voice that is instantly recognizable.

    This author, regrettably, ruined a somwhat interesting premise with an awful narration, bland charachters and a lousy ending.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Private: #1 Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (918)

    Since former Marine Jack Morgan started Private, it has become the world's most effective investigation firm--sought out by the famous and the powerful to discreetly handle their most intimate problems. Private's investigators are the smartest, the fastest, and the most technologically advanced in the world--and they always uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Listen"
    "Huge Letdown from 1st Book"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or Scott Shepherd?

    First PRIVATE was sharp, moved at a good clip and had interesting charachters. This reads more like something the authors dashed off over a weekend to cash in on the success of the first book. Narrator was ok...little too affected for my taste, but he wasn't given a lot to work with. Great concept...a super detective agency with the best and brightest...made first book great. This failed the test on every score. Not sure I want to risk credits with any more in the series.


    What could James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More interesting charachters. Women charachters, especially, were weak and predictable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Frankly, none.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Private: #1 Suspect?

    The whole sidebar about the mob.


    Any additional comments?

    Beware of sequels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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