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Stephanie

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Burr Ridge, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 86 purchased in 2014
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  • Paying the Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    A serial kidnapper known as the Piper spent years snatching children from San Francisco’s wealthiest families. When crime reporter Scott Fleetwood got himself involved in one of the cases, the Piper went from kidnapper to murderer…and vanished. Now, after Fleetwood has languished under crippling guilt and public scorn for eight years, the Piper emerges from hiding to kidnap Fleetwood’s son. He’s demanding $2 million, but it’s not really about the money: the Piper wants blood - and he’ll use Fleetwood to get it.

    Ginger M Weirich says: "WOW!"
    "In desperate need of an editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Simon Wood and/or Mel Foster?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Godchild by Vincent Zandri


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


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

    The narration was top notch. One narrator but used different voices and did it very well.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was a good idea but, I don't think there was an editor involved. What the book needed was an editor who could edit like the Marines' cut hair.
    By the 30th + chapter I didn't care if they ever got the kids back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (516)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Convoluted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would try to have a more feasible plot.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    The whole book was just so ludacris.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where they said Thank you for listening...


    Did Blue Labyrinth inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me not to buy these authors again. Didn't they use to create good excting books at one time?


    Any additional comments?

    If you've run out of ideas than start a new character and stop beating this one into the ground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Things You Are

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Declan Hughes
    • Narrated By William Hope
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    About to turn 40, there’s no doubt in her mind that suburban wife and mother-of-two Claire Taylor has settled. A wild week in Chicago may have shaken things up a bit, but as she turns the key in her Wisconsin home on the eve of Hallowe’en, she knows that this is where her life is. Except that it’s all gone. The house stripped, her husband Danny, her daughters, all gone: no message, nothing.

    Stephanie says: "Dull Boring"
    "Dull Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about All the Things You Are?

    I didn't like the people. To me, they were whiney and pathetic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Declan Hughes again?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by William Hope – was your favorite?

    I don't remember but, his narration was the best part of the book


    What character would you cut from All the Things You Are?

    The mother. The wimpy father. etc.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to restart a few times. Couldn't get into it but kept trying. Scattered and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanishing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Webb
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (223)

    Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired...and who the world believes is dead.

    LaurelOlivia says: "Convoluted"
    "Stupid and overly dramatic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Vanishing better?

    It's not my type of book. It's so convoluted and STUPID


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

    yes


    What didn’t you like about Xe Sands’s performance?

    I do like this narrator. I guess I just didn't like what she was required to do.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Vanishing?

    I can't narrow it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I shouldn't be critical because it's not my type of book. But, if a book is well written I think I would have enjoyed it even though it's not my genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Profiler's Daughter: Sky Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. M. Steffen
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (950)

    The Profiler's Daughter is a psychologically haunting thriller that combines murder mystery, love triangle, and family intrigue in one satisfying page burner. Sky Stone was born into the wealth and privilege of Boston's oldest Brahmin family but chooses instead to follow in the footsteps of her deceased father, legendary FBI profiler Monk Stone. In the chilly morning hours before the Boston Marathon, when a beautiful university student is found strangled and mutilated, her body left at the base of Heartbreak Hill, Sky returns from self-imposed exile to investigate.

    Irene L. Culkeen says: "What a great find"
    "3/4 Lifetime channel 1/4 thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that watch Lifetime movies.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. Maybe, Harlan Coban


    How could the performance have been better?

    She's very breathy...like Marilyn Monroe.


    What character would you cut from The Profiler's Daughter?

    The main character


    Any additional comments?

    It's been about 2 years since I've disliked a book this much. Gone Girl I didn't like because of the ending but it was a great read until the end. I can't even say that about Profiler's Daughter. It's so disjointed almost like the author put 2 separate books together. Not fish nor fowl.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2987)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2601)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Lot of noise no story"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is for people who like a lot of action and sound effects.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I guess there is a plot line but it's all about the weaponry. I'd like more of a story and less ammo talk. I didn't even finish the book. I don't care if they all die.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Narration was spot on. Great voices.


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

    The best part was the narration.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12084)
    Performance
    (10975)
    Story
    (11002)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would highly recommend this book. Enjoyable and very likable characters. Great narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    When they finally see room 14.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great job with voice changes. Every character had a very distinct voice.


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

    No but, they were kind to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting story. Starts off nice and easy but you get that certain feeling that something isn't exactly right.

    0 of 0 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
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >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."
    "WOW so much better than I expected"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Chaperone in three words, what would they be?

    Easy read and very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical era and the older vs. younger views. Go from prohibition to moon landing.


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

    Not sure. She did a great job.


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

    Cora, of course.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was going to be about just a young girl and her chaperone but, it was so much more. Louise Brooks has always been an interesting figure. Cora is so staright laced and Louise is a total free spirit. Their conflicts were interesting and well written. There is prohibition, adoption, long skirts vs short skirts...to show your ankle or not. Birth control information but, only if you were married. Going to jail if you lived "in sin".

    A throughly enjoyable book hated to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of Jade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diane Wei Liang
    • Narrated By Cindy Cheung
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Modern, independent Mei Wang runs her own PI business in Beijing; she even has that most modern of commodities, a male secretary. When a family friend asks her to locate a Han dynasty jade of great value that was taken from its museum during the years of the Cultural Revolution when Red Guards seized many relics, her investigation reveals a story that has more to do with the past and her own family history than she ever expected.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Great Romance, iffy Mystery"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More mystery. A great concept, a female Chinese PI. Book started off great and just went down hill.


    Has The Eye of Jade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like the idea of a female Chinese PI


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good. I enjoyed her.


    What character would you cut from The Eye of Jade?

    I don't know it's just a mish mash of characters. Her sister is not likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    It's as if the author had a ton of ideas and not enough Adderall. To me, she was all over the place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2573)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2198)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "Not my favorite Tana French book"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would cut about 1/4 of the book out. Tana French had to have been paid by the word. It's a good story but very bloated. on and on and on and on ..... The feeling of suspense is ruined by so much ruminating.


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

    EDIT and then edit some more.


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

    I liked the narrator.


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

    Probably. Any C list Lifetime actor.


    Any additional comments?

    Why do good authors go "bad"? I was so excited to start her new book about half way thru I wanted to rip my ears off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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