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Lynne Park

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  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2202)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1836)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Loved It!!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was kept on the edge of my seat! This story was in many ways unique, how can someone really think they know the day they will die when they've prepared for it in so many ways? Who and why could be killing off her friends and want her to be next? I kept thinking I knew, only to be let down by finding I hadn't figured it out. And really, knowing what you know or think you know how could there really be an unexpected ending after all?


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

    This is the first time I've listened to a performance by Kirsten Potter and I really enjoyed it. She tricks your mind into thinking you are really hearing different people talk and think. It won't be my last, as I did enjoy it and tend to consider the narrator when I am choosing my next purchase.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to other mystery and suspense lovers out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2697)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1619)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Different & thoroughly enjoyable!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book ranks in my top few favorite listens so far. Tana French is an artist that deserves high praise. The imagination required to dream up this very different murder mystery is second to none. The characters are portrayed with depth and forethought. I never guessed what was next and had a time putting this story down while never wanting it to end! The narration by Heather O'Neill was excellent and I look forward to hearing from her more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1099)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Keeps you guessing!"
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    Would you listen to Love You More again? Why?

    I probably would listen to this again after some time. I truly enjoyed the story and the narrator!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love You More?

    I enjoyed the telling of how Tessa and her husband met and the romance that followed even though this is primarily a who done it!


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

    I wouldn't listen to this book in one sitting because part of the enjoyment is thinking about the story and characters throughout the day. Take your time and enjoy. I would recommend this book and author to everyone that like a really good mystery.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1261)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Eh, so so...just"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was very disappointed through out. It was too long for the story. I basically had this figured out early on and really didn't waver. I love longer books but only if they hold my interest and this just didn't.

    I really did like most of the characters. Jacob has an interesting disability (not sure about that strong of a word, but best I can come up with) and supposedly people with Asbergers cannot tell a lie, at least that's so for Jacob.

    Considering the length of this book the end poof, story is done. It seemed like just another page.


    Would you recommend House Rules to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, but maybe as revenge to an enemy. 😉


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This was more of a performance because each character had his/her own part to read. I have nothing but good to say about the narration.


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

    No way: I cannot imagine what else could follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like police procedural stories and this certainly was this story. If you also like this sort of book, have a a special interest in Aspergers or just love Jodi Picoult's books them please read it and enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1518)
    Story
    (1515)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    If you could sum up Delirium in three words, what would they be?

    Different, timeless, fantasy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Delirium?

    When Lena realized what she was feeling was love and it was worth fighting for, breaking the law for, a reason to live and leave.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not necessarily a book I would have been drawn to, but the reviews were so good and intriguing I thought I'd give it a try and I'm glad I did! Give it some time if at first you are not sure, as was I, about the style of writing. MIT was well worth the credit and the time spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maisie Dobbs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Rita Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (885)

    Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

    A User says: "A delightful discovery"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to Maisie Dobbs again? Why?

    I could listen to this again after a while...it was a good, not dark, not just like the rest of the books out there, story. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series!


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

    It's not so much the edge of your seat sort of story. A mystery was being solved, a few mysteries actually, but it was more laying the foundation of a detective's life leading up to this case. Surprisingly intertwined characters in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This series could have been written last year or ten years ago, but it doesn't matter like it does with current-time stories. Some of the series that were started in the nineties or early 2000's are dated, but this being a period piece you don't feel like its outdated.

    0 of 0 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
    (15366)
    Performance
    (13617)
    Story
    (13649)

    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?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Excellent!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The constant thought of what's next? This loving husband, loving wife(?), a mistress(?) stalkers? What really happened? Who is telling the truth? What is the truth?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Go...the truly honest one...


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

    Not really, I enjoyed thinking through the story and characters when I wasn't listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I did really enjoy this book. The way the story was written, from each main character's side and hearing his and her's story in alternate chapters. The story was fresh and the plot, while dark, was also new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Haven

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1188)

    When Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community..

    Ruth Adamson says: "Not Nicholas Sparks best, but ok"
    "Super!"
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    What did you love best about Safe Haven?

    The surprises in this book continued from beginning to end. I always enjoy the magic that Nicholas Sparks brings to his books and this one was, in my opinion, one of the best. This book had a little more suspense and mystery than other books by this writer.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Lowman's narration was excellent. She has such a great ability to go between men, women and children and make you feel that there really are several different people performing this story.


    If you could take any character from Safe Haven out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The mysterious woman next door. I would like to know what she learned about the place she lived before she moved back to this town. 😉


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7083)
    Performance
    (6168)
    Story
    (6151)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a great listen! I loved the way this woman overcame her upbringing and the horrible night that sent her running. Weaving the security business she created into the story was intriguing. The author did a great job at keeping me guessing about the people that entered her life...are they the good guys or not?


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the performance. Anytime I can listen to a good book and have the feeling that there are a whole host of performers instead of the single narrator I will seek out the narrator again. Julia Whelan is one of those narrators!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the wide range of stories Nora Roberts brings to book lovers such as myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (3976)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2457)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Not for me."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thought this book just drug on too long. I enjoy the longer novels, but this was too slow. I finally gave up near the end when I realized there were still over 90 minutes left and I still didn't care how it ended.


    Would you recommend Relic to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this one. As previously stated it was slow.


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

    I enjoyed David Colacci for the first time and would purchase a book he performed again. I like his strong, smooth voice and his various voices for different characters added some goodness to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Monk's house is being fumigated, and he has nowhere to go. Fortunately, his assistant Natalie and her daughter are kind enough to welcome him into their home. Unfortunately, their home is not quite up to Monk's standards of cleanliness and order. But while Monk attempts to arrange his surroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of a dog at the local firehouse - on the same night as a fatal house fire - has led Monk into a puzzling mystery.

    Russell says: "Enjoyable listen"
    "It's ok"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recomemd with the caveat that its strictly another way to enjoy Monk.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Hicks – was your favorite?

    I would have to it was Monk! The narrator did a fine job. When I can close my eyes and see a character at any piont in the book then the narrator did his/hers job well and that's what Laura Hicks delivers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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