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Stephanie

fuzzball

Burr Ridge, IL, United States | Member Since 2005

ratings
15
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
4

  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2537)
    Performance
    (2195)
    Story
    (2207)

    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"
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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
  • 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
    (804)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (723)

    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"
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    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
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10615)
    Performance
    (9635)
    Story
    (9655)

    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"
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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
    (2136)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1870)

    >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"
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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
  • Paying the Piper

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Simon Wood
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    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"
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    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
  • The Eye of Jade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Diane Wei Liang
    • Narrated By Cindy Cheung
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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.

    Stephanie says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    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
    (2295)
    Performance
    (1960)
    Story
    (1946)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Not my favorite Tana French book"
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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
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15865)
    Performance
    (14075)
    Story
    (14115)

    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!"
    "5 stars until the 1 star ending"
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    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    The story was so good until the lame, pathetic, cheap copout, ending.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Probably


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    I liked how they captured the character of the couple.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    I WOULD CUT/CHANGE THE END


    Any additional comments?

    Really? Did you run out of creativity when it came to the end?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (242)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "WOW"
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    Where does Mudbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife and husband. Honest and simple people.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    It's difficult to pick one. I cannot picture any other narrators for these characters.


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

    The book left me speechless. It's been awhile since I've read a book I didn't want to end and couldn't wait find out what happened next. If I had read the book I would have read every single word.

    The author really sets a mood and I was totally transported. It's not a


    Any additional comments?

    All I can say is: read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Bloated and convoluted"
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    What disappointed you about Wild Thing?

    The story disappointed me. I loved the first book, it was fun, interesting and a great read. This book was not fun or interesting...I finally stopped listening at chapter 34 and clicked on the last one. I didn't even finish the final chapter. Didn't care what happened to any of the characters.


    What could Josh Bazell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have written a better story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when I realized this book was never going to get any better and started another book.


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

    The narration was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Josh, WTF happened?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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