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James

My first book I read was Winnie the Pooh, many years ago!

Alpena, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (404)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "A good page turner."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well done story, it was better than the first and for the lovers of zombie sci fi, it holds up will for zombie genre. It has good action, and follows smoothly.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga before, how does this one compare?

    I get the feeling that it was Jay that wrote this book with Kirkman's assistance.. it follows the walking dead storyline, but was missing something, a little drawn out to make the book longer. Maybe I am too much a fan, but R Kirkman refers to the undead as walkers and biters, while Bonansinga uses the term zombies, and too often uses the word,"supine".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably where Lily starts to put together things aren't safe in Woodbury, and she is realizing that her friends are disapearing. All I am going to say. read the book.


    Was The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury worth the listening time?

    Yes. It shows a parallel storyline to Rick and the others at the Prison who are surviving following to the zombie virus. The characters are rich in thier developement, only disapointed to see many die off by end.


    Any additional comments?

    By about the third time they are caught unaware of walkers, and taken by surprise, I am wondering , if these are survivors, then how did they manage to outwit, and survive? I mean, how many were first taken, bitten, and caught in the armagedon, these survivors would definately be sharper, keener and skills honed to pre-awareness of walkers movement towards them.. noise, smell, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1219)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Engaging, a good book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Criminal to be better than the print version?

    I enjoy Kathleen Early's narration.


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

    The final chapters were - wow... and opened the door.. the book does get mired down, spanning 40 yrs, between present day Will, and the first case that paird up Amanda and Evelyn Mitchell. I miss the lack of our favorites, Will, and Faith.. but it was interesting to see more of Amanda and Evelyn. The way women were treated on the force 40 yrs ago has me wondering, but the story was good and tied together at the end.


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

    Her interpretation, mood of the main characters, like Will, Amanda, Angie, and Sara.


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

    No... but it was very interesting to listen to on my commutes... sometimes I had to back up as I found myself thinking about something, and missed the next subject of data as it moves very fast.


    Any additional comments?

    I missed the lack , or want for more of the main characters I grew to love so much in this series.. meanwhile, I found the final chapters open the door to so much, in understanding Will's past, and his upbringing, and the relationship with his boss, Amanda. I have really gotten hooked on this series.. K Slaughters books have yet to disapoint me. Well worth the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (506)

    From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

    Cindy says: "Really rough material"
    "Start where it begins, addictive!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The later books in the series get better. There is more details thrown in about the characters lives, the material is black as some say, but the books are pageturners, or the audible recordings make you want to continue to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just the repore amongst the characters, Will Trent is a very likable, yet different kind of detective.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    Will Trent.


    Was Triptych worth the listening time?

    Yes... but as recommended to me; start out reading or listening to "Undone" and "Broken" first!


    Any additional comments?

    I am loving the Grant County/ Will Trent series!

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3763)
    Performance
    (2251)
    Story
    (2278)

    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 a standout"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think that it was so so... It could have been better.. the story dragged on in the final third.
    It had me at my most in the beginning- and taking the artifacts to the museum.


    What could Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It needed more counter plot - the final third of the book drudged on.. the only spark was the hint that one of the biochemist was synthetizing a new plant form.. and that could spark more monsters.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Sorry- nobody outstanding.. Dr. Margo Green? maybe.


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

    Uh- daah... how old is this website? Who is running this ? Movie was made back in 1997!
    IMDB gave it5.6 stars out of 10.. starring Penelepe A Miller and Tom Sizemore..
    This is 2014!!! tsk tsk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1117)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Become a Karin Slaghter fan!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The characters have engaging personalities in which you want to read on, not just about the case, but to find out what happens next in their lives. Its true, written by others.. read these in order... and these books are ones you can't put down.. or want to keep listening to.. you get hooked and want to devour what happens next. Very well written.. very well narrated.. I like Shannon Cochran's voices of characters , and their personalities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent attraction to each other. I also enjoy how the author shows both their points of view in the story solving the case, along with Faith Mitchell.


    What about Shannon Cochran’s performance did you like?

    S Cochran has a passionate way of becoming the characters, and you follow along in the story, whereas , her voice never gets on your nerve. She does an excellent job.


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

    This book made me smile by the touching way that Sara went after Will. She finally caught on, his sad life, his miserable marriage... Meanwhile, the other characters like Faith, and Amanda were rooting for Will.. they knew what was going on.. before he even did.


    Any additional comments?

    Not only a good book but a great series. I have recommended them to my brother, and to my friends who like cop/suspense books. I was hooked after reading Unseen, and Broken. They are hard to put down and are to be enjoyed. I am so happy I found them. I encourage people who like detective novels, to join in and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (446)

    In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery - as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime.

    Kara says: "SERIES IN WRONG ORDER!!!!!!"
    "Best mashup of Grant County and Will Trent series!"
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    Where does Undone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good series.. good characters, strong audio narration and good tie in ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Karin Slaughter? Why or why not?

    I had purchased Broken, and had read reviewers who had suggested reading Undone first as a tie in. I am very happy I did. Very good.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Faith Mitchell.


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

    Finding out who the bad guy was near the end.. a bonus, where you sometimes guess it and have to wade thru chapters before the main characters find out. Enjoyed the multi-dimension personalities of the characters who keep you reading or listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Very graphic in describing the disgusting treatment of the women abducted. If your faint of heart, or bothered by this, then don't read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16059)
    Performance
    (14217)
    Story
    (14164)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Holy S-a true 4 star book / Fascinating/Enjoyable!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio- can't compare to print. But will say it just draws you in, and you cant stop. Long too.. so good value for the money.. you get your money's worth!!!


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    This was sci-fi, time travel, but A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, where the story draws you in.. and you can't stop listening, or reading, where you can't wait to find out what happens next. The story is incredible with rich discriptions of the past, and identify with the charactors actions and reactions.


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

    The dialect, inflection, the action, the love between the two characters.. the feeling-when they dance... wow.


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

    George's (Jake) love for Sadie, and the connection between the two. The memories of the past- wow- of being a little one, and remembering the Woolworths, the parking meters, the drive inns, the little changes we take for granted today.. it was fun reliving the past when I could relate, to the political environment that I lived thru, my parents, the impact of Kennedy's death, and the reactions by my own parents.. I lived thru it.. and later much more with Bobby Kennedy. Sure makes you think.. what if?


    Any additional comments?

    Just Read It! Its not a scare your pants off Stephen King... its the edge of sci-fi with time travel.. but along for the ride.. what a journey.. wow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (1221)
    Story
    (1225)

    In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace. The bacterium burrows through the brain, destroying all signs of humanity and leaving behind little more than base, prehistoric instincts. The infected turn into hyper-aggressive predators, with an insatiable desire to kill and feed. Someday soon, the soldier will have to open the hatch to his bunker, and step out into this new wasteland, to complete his mission....

    Mike Naka says: "top notch! highly recommended!"
    "TEOTWAWKI- The end of the world as we know it."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Well done story arc, good characters. However, there are a lot of frustrating errors.. No proofreaders available? Even listening to the audio, there are grammatical mistakes. Was the author saving money? It shows.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The set up for the main character owning a dog was a waste. Less buildup, and add more chapters to Lee doing his mission.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favorite?

    Capt. Lee and Jack.


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

    Why waste my time answering this? (for a book review) It's being filmed in Wimingotn, N.C.We are seeing proof of how huge the internet is, with a book going from digital media, and then to movie rights to be on the big screen.


    Any additional comments?

    It follows the standard zombie apocalypse genre. I have read or listened to a dozen books. I give the narrator a high rating, he's very good to listen to. The story is very sound and well done descriptively by the author. I am disappointed that the book was short in length (8 hrs), and would have liked it doubled for the price.I don't want to own a trilogy of books for $50 that could end up as a $3.95 bargain day buy in a year.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the Governor: The Walking Dead, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    The Walking Dead original novel series, set in the universe of Robert Kirkman's iconic universe, continues with The Fall of the Governor. From co-authors Kirkman, creator of the Eisner Award-winning comic book and executive producer of AMC's blockbuster TV series, and Jay Bonansinga, Stoker Award-finalist and internationally acclaimed author, comes the gripping third novel in this richly woven, literary saga, which began with The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.

    Robert says: "Warning: Not the Complete Finale"
    "Too short. Nothing that I would brag about."
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    Would you try another book from Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga and/or Fred Berman?

    I will wait till reviews come out for it,or it goes on sale. I know that the second half is coming, but if it covers mostly what has already been fleshed out in the comics, it feels like , been there, done that just like part one.(this one)


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

    Further development of Woodbury, with Lily and the Gov , but disappointed in that they covered mostly Michonne's retribution to the Gov.... and least to Rick and Glenn.


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

    Very good.


    Was The Fall of the Governor worth the listening time?

    Yes, but fell short of my expectations, the novel could have been longer and gave more chapters describing the people of the prison, the closeness to Woodbury, and tension building.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (3259)
    Story
    (3258)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Great, Suspensful, Wonderful book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Suspect the most enjoyable?

    The narrators' inflection on the charactors, the engaging investigation, and the progress of the story was very good. Loved the repore between scott, maggie, and the officer lady at the end.


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

    Yes, it kept building up tempo right after the charactors were introduced in the beginning, and you wanted to just keep reading, or listening. You wanted to see Scott make it, and you wanted to see Maggie make it, all the while there were so many obstacles.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

    Scott, & Maggie, followed by his K9 Superior,who was tough as nails, but just all bark and no bite!


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

    I didn't cry, but came close as I had a lump in my throat a couple times. I am a GerShep lover for all my life, my folks have always had a Shepherd, and then I have had 2 since being married. Wonderful, smart dogs!


    Any additional comments?

    One heck of a good book.. I would love to read more like this one! If you don't beleive me, read some reviews and judge for yourself. You won't feel bad for spending the money, its a good one.. and I look forward to listening to the audiobook a year from now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5763)
    Performance
    (5260)
    Story
    (5294)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Wow- what a Gem!"
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right near the top.. it touches you, and causes you to think about how people deal with cancer day in and day out, and how maddening , frustrating and bewildering it can be.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fault in Our Stars?

    I think when Hazel Grace and "gus"- August went to see the author, left and went to see the hiding place of Anne Frank. I really smiled when Hazel read the facebook page when she saw all the posts, sympathizing, and wishing well, etc... and not giving away any thing.. but just how that fits in the world.. how people act like they are right there, yet they havn't been around for ? year or years, and they are just trying to make themselves feel better, but only make the griever feel worse.I loved this book.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Hazel, and the author to her fav. book,Peter van Houghton, an important part to the story later on.. and the connection between Hazel and Gus, and the parents.


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

    Yes, I grabbed my Kindle every chance I got to continue with it.. it was that good.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, there is sadness, but it causes you to come into touch with our own mortality, and others around us. It was a very good book. I wish they would make it into a movie. I want to re-listen to it again. It was worth every cent , and woudn't hesitate to tell others that should read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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