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Austin, Texas, United States | Listener Since 2008


  • Dreams of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Perri O'Shaughnessy
    • Narrated By January LaVoy

    A mix of slick and seamy, South Lake Tahoe, California, is the perfect setting for adventurers, criminals—and lawyers. In addition to coping with her demanding, sometimes creepy, clients, Nina Reilly is dealing with prickly personal issues involving her sixteen-year-old son Bob, his estranged father, and her investigator, confidante, and sometimes lover Paul van Wagoner. Then, in walks disaster.....

    Linda says: "Story good; narrator horrible"
    "Story good; narrator horrible"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dreams of the Dead to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hire the narrator from Case of Lies. It is very difficult to tell one character from another. They all sound alike. Very confusing. Case of Lies narrator, Laural Merlington, did an excellent job of the different voices. You could visualize Sandy as a Native American in Case of Lies, but in this book, she sounds like all the others in the book. She lost all her personality in this book. Very hard to listen to because you can't tell when the characters change. Very disappointed in the performance.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No comment.

    Any additional comments?

    I am only in the 5th chapter but will try to listen to it all. I love the authors.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Justice: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg

    The cruel and bizarre slaying of a beautiful teen leads Detective Decker into the dark heart of an exotic subculture: the seamy, sometimes violent world of Southern California's rootless, affluent youth. But even the confession of a disturbed kid with cold "killer eyes" cannot soothe Decker's inner torment. For he knows in his gut this crime goes much deeper and higher than anyone expects - and that true justice, brutal and complete, has yet to be done.

    Carol says: "Great Story but Not Typical of the Series"
    "One of her best."
    Would you listen to Justice again? Why?

    Yes. It has a very interesting story and is much more fast-paced than her books usually are. It is more about other characters and less about the Deckers' personal lives.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It is face paced and has interesting characters outside the Decker family.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't find that Faye Kellerman always delivers. Sometimes there is more about her religion and family that gets tedious in some of the books instead of there being a true plot. However, I liked this one and didn't want it to stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Likely to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile, media-infested murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence.

    Sandy says: "What?"
    "Cough Drop, Anyone?"
    Would you listen to Likely to Die again? Why?

    The story is pretty good; the detective is delightful. the only thing that might hold me back is the narrator. She does a great job doing voices, but it sounds like she is sucking on a cough drop or piece of candy. It is very distracting at times. I think it is a shame that such a good narrator spoils her work with the loud swallowing and sloppy saliva. I finished the book and look forward to reading another Fairstein book. However, I pray that the narrator stops swallowing and rolling her tongue around while talking.

    What other book might you compare Likely to Die to and why?

    Light mysteries such as Nina Reilly books.

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


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsighted

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey

    The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town's pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality starts to become clear.

    Terri says: "Narator's southern drawl . . ."
    "Horribly graphic rape scenes ruined the book."
    Would you listen to Blindsighted again? Why?

    No. The story went along pretty good with a surprise as to who the killer/rapist was but the rape scenes were so graphic that I would never recommend it for reading.

    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    The graphic rape scenes.

    What about Judith Ivey’s performance did you like?

    Very good.

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

    Yes, except for the rape scenes. the last one was especially hard to read.

    Any additional comments?

    This would be a pretty good story except for the graphic rape scenes. They were very disturbing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Brilliant story, brilliant performances."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Although people recommend the print version, I cannot imagine not hearing this book. The narrator for Jack is perfect.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


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

    Yes, I did. I think it is so interesting and well written. It is one of the best books I have ever listened to.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Fair Maiden

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sixteen year-old Katya Spivak is out for a walk on the gracious streets of Bayhead Harbor with her two summer babysitting charges when she's approached by silver-haired, elegant Marcus Kidder. At first, his interest in her seems harmless, even pleasant, like his name - a sort of gentle joke. His beautiful home, the children's books that he's written, his classical music, the marvelous art in his study, his lavish presents to her. But by degrees, almost imperceptibly, something changes.

    Linda says: "Creepy book. Creepier than usual."
    "Creepy book. Creepier than usual."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book just made me uncomfortable fromthe start. Didn't finish it.

    What was most disappointing about Joyce Carol Oates’s story?

    Too creepy and sexual, much like some of her others. Just creepier.

    What didn’t you like about Angela Goethals’s performance?

    It was okay.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Fair Maiden?

    Everything I read.

    Any additional comments?

    The Mulhaneys and The Widow's Story are the only decent books she has written, in my humble opinion.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Wow. No skeptic, me."

    It is obvious from the reviews that there is a split between believers of the Bible and skeptics. As a believer, I would have been terribly disappointed if the father had not referred to the appropriate scriptures. I knew immediately that the boy was spot on with scripture but I didn't have to look them up before listening further to the boy's story. There is no doubt in my mind that this boy went to heaven. Any believer could tell you that, unless the whole thing is a scam, which I do not believe it is, this boy saw heaven and did not hear these things at home. For one thing, a child that age would not have grasped the significance of what he saw, even if he had heard the stories. Some of these things are argued about by theologians even today. The boy's simple descriptions blew the complicated descriptions of theologians right out of the water. The father did exactly what I would have done: make sure the descriptions matched the scriptures. No believer wants their child to have misinformation about its spiritual future. No child could have had such understanding at that age. The descriptions are very simple, yet very deep. Much too advanced for a child to have figured out without actually seeing it. The skeptics seem to believe that the father put his own "interpretation" on the boy's story or on scripture. He did not. He simply read the scriptures and said what they obviously say. The boy "got it" from seeing it. I am grateful that the pastor/father wrote this book and shared what his son said. I would not have wanted to miss it.

    60 of 80 people found this review helpful

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