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Paige

Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.

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  • The Blood Gospel: The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (373)

    An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

    Jean says: "Surprising Disappointment"
    "Interesting topic"
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    Would you listen to The Blood Gospel again? Why?

    No. I liked it and it was well-written, but a little to far into the vampire thing for me. I usually never pick vampire books on purpose, they bore me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I listened, so this may be misspelled, Roon....the kick butt Sanguines.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This is where the audio version tanked. The guy doing narration mispronounced almost all of the biblical places like Caesarea, Caana, and others. He even mispronounced items. It nearly drove me nuts. The only thing worse was the dialect/accent choices that ended up sounding not Italian, as in purely Italian, but something between a Brooklyn accent and a Chicago mobster! Jeez. Get someone else if you can. I am a history major and have a theater background. Replace him.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Like that man from Texas! He was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1326)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1157)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Complex? No, but I liked the story anyway."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the thread of history running through it and the romance in such an enchanting place....but this sounds a little pay, yes?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whiskey Beach?

    It's been awhile since I've read it now, but I remember I enjoyed the secrets of the house being revealed a bit at a time.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    The grandmother.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 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"
    "Not one of Baldacci's best, but still good."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, but I cannot explain. It lacked "umph."


    Would you recommend The Hit to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    Hard to say again, because their voices were not distinctive enough between characters.


    Was The Hit worth the listening time?

    Yes, but not by much.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (3046)
    Story
    (3049)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Wasted a credit on this one."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing.


    What could Joe Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give it to Ted Bell or Hank Phillipi Ryan to re-write


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

    Her performance was the only thing about the book that was extraordinary. Yes, I have listened to her before and she was technically correct in so many ways, but she also brought the emotiona depth to each and every character. She has to be among the top readers I have heard.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • History of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jacob Abbott
    • Narrated By Lizzie
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Alexander the Great was one of the most successful military commanders in history, and was undefeated in battle. By the time of his death, he had conquered most of the world known to the ancient Greeks. Alexander the Great is one of many biographies aimed at young people written by Jacob Abbott and his brother. The biographies are written in such a way that makes them appealing and easily accessible to everyone.

    Paige says: "A good historical layout, poor performance."
    "A good historical layout, poor performance."
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    Would you try another book from Jacob Abbott and/or Lizzie?

    It depends on who reads it. The person who read this was abomidable and between those annoying wind chimes and her monotonous cadence with no emotion, I nearly abandonded the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jacob Abbott? Why or why not?

    Again, depends, see above.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have Alexander put the reader out of her misery.


    Did History of Alexander the Great inspire you to do anything?

    Try to work in more historical works into my reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously...someone really needs to dispose of the windchimes and I'll bet you can figure out how I would suggest that be done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me: A Novel of the Valentine Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Katherine Cole thought her fiancé was the perfect man - until he turned out to be the perfect killer. He left his victims stabbed through the heart holding a telltale single red rose and was deemed the Valentine Killer. Three years ago he vanished. Now he’s back. And he’s hunting the one who got away. In New Orleans, Katherine dared to hope she was finally safe, yet somehow he found her. This time, Katherine won’t just sit silently by; she’ll do anything to stop the monster she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe.…

    Theresa Dugan says: "Twists & Turns"
    "Not your average "heart throb" romance..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would make it less predictable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was not overly surprised or fooled.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Dane sounded like a werewolf with a two pack a day habit...ease up on the gruff and go more for deep.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    More character development. These characters were too pat.


    Any additional comments?

    Having taken a "stab" at writing my own serial killer book, it is easy to make the story predictable, and I felt that except for the interjection of the twisted psychiatrist, this one was extremely predictable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (3831)
    Story
    (3831)

    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!!"
    "A Lassie for our century...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved all of the details given about dogs in the police and military, oh and I AM a dog lover, so how could I not.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Suspect?

    Usually, I can thing of one that stands out in a book, but this whole book was full of heartwarming memorable moments.


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

    I never just read anymore, well almost never, but I'd say he brought another special kind of voice to life in this particular book.


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

    As I said I found the whole book moving but particularly when Maggie out thought the humans.


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves and respects animals.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (1967)
    Story
    (1985)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "Gardner and Grisham should write a book together!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it is not as predictable as most mystery/thrillers, and it's hard to turn it off..I really like this female protagonist. I read the previous book too and it was also excellent. I honestly didn't know if the writer could possibly do better, but this one was an even match for her last.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Touch & Go?

    The scent of oranges...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the end where Mother and Daughter got unexpected help. (Can't say more, or will give away too much.)


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

    "Hold on, because this plot doesn't just twist and turn, it's like being on a roller coaster in the dark!"


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me of The Racketeer with all of its unpredictable turns, only written by a woman's brain. Seriously, as far as not being predictable, this author and John Grisham should write one together. I might not be able to put it down till I'm finished!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Black
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Photographer Clare Porterfield's once-happy marriage is coming apart, unraveling under the strain of a family tragedy. When she receives an invitation to direct an exhibition in her hometown of Galveston, Texas, she jumps at the chance to escape her grief and reconnect with the island she hasn't seen for ten years. There Clare will have the time and space to search for answers about her troubled past and her family's complicated relationship with the wealthy and influential Carraday family.

    Judith Baker says: "Very predictable"
    "From excitement to apathy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only certain people that I know would like this type of "home is where the hate is," type book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex group of characters with complicated relationships, most doomed from the start, highlighted by the sadly tainted Stella and her heartbreaking history. The author weaves, the tugs at the thread to unravel the secrets binding the characters both dead and living.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    I most liked the elderly lady who was sick, whom the main female character visited to get information and just to get out of the oppressive quicksand atmosphere on the rest of the island.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The book being set on an island in a culture that developed almost in an isolated setting with histories and secrets known only to islanders reminded me of my small hometown where you were either an insider or an outsider. They pretend to be nice to outsiders, but it never lasts long and often the welcome mat is rolled up and a net of viciousness can be dropped upon the unknowing stranger. I could relate very well to this part. I was away from my small town for years and when I returned, I was treated almost as an outsider. It was not a pleasant experience. Oh, and my town is not an island, its a land-locked wide spot in the road in Northeast Texas!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lawyer's Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Sheehan
    • Narrated By Rick Zieff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent.

    Ted says: "AWFUL! Writer's terrible! Pass this up! UGH!"
    "This lawyer impressed by those!"
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    What did you love best about The Lawyer's Lawyer?

    I liked the reversal of positions. Clever, and done well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lawyer's Lawyer?

    Her testimony at the end.


    Which character – as performed by Rick Zieff – was your favorite?

    Henry.


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

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Most books are predictable for be, this one had some very good twists. Loved that and loved the way author worked in the Atticus Finch honor.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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