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kymberly

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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1637)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Love Love Love This Series!!!"
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    Where does Notorious Nineteen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think this book is awesome just as all of the books in the series are (not including the mini Plum books).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole story. I think Stephanie and Lula are hilarious and the narration is great. I laugh from start to finish.


    Who was the most memorable character of Notorious Nineteen and why?

    Lula of course!


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't picked up a book in this series you should. They all have great plots, character narration and tons of humor. They keep you listening and coming back for more, every time I finish one I can't wait for the next. I wish they were longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1449)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "Not the Oddie I was expecting..."
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

    Yes.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    I've been following the Odd Thomas series since the first book. The first 3 books were the best. The last couple of books seemed to just drag and have little climax. This book seemed to have no climax at all. When the book ended, I found myself saying "What?! That's it?" the entire story is very disappointing.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Aaron Baker has been constant throughout the whole Odd Thomas recordings that I've listened to. He is how I'd heard Odd in my head for the first 3 books (which I read years ago).


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

    No, not really.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2543)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1145)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Good book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bag of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I've never physically read this book. I've seen the movie, but it was like they weren't the same. I remember the movie, but the book for me was better.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    I didn't think King is the best narrator, but I do think that he gave the characters and scenes just the right touch.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare intuition.

    Jennifer says: "Storytelling at its best!"
    "It was ok"
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    Would you try another book from Heather Graham and/or Luke Daniels?

    Yes, the book wasn't terrible, nor was the narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Graham? Why or why not?

    Yes, I've read 2 books by Graham and they've been ok reads so far.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Evil Inside: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (133)

    For as long as it has stood overlooking New England’s jagged coastline, Lexington House has been the witness to madness... and murder. But in recent years the inexplicable malice that once tormented so many has lain as silent as its victims. Until now.A member of the nation’s foremost paranormal forensic team, Jenna Duffy has made a career out of investigating the inexplicable. Yet nothing could prepare her for the string of slayings once again plaguing Lexington House, or for the chief suspect....

    Jessica says: "Great book!"
    "Good first Graham book"
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    If you could sum up The Evil Inside in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting good read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Evil Inside?

    No one moment stands out.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite. I think Luke Daniels is a GREAT narrator and did an awesome job bringing each of the characters to life.


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

    Yes, I would have if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Heather Graham book. I think it was slow in some spots, but for the most part kept the story moving. It wasn't as spooky as I'd hoped for, but nonetheless a good first Graham read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2484)
    Performance
    (2316)
    Story
    (2335)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Wish they kept the movie true to the book!"
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    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Better than movie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Halloran


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

    Scott gives each character their own voice, each one is very different. Some narrators aren't good at giving the different characters their own spark and personality, but Scott does.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shining and why?

    No one character stood out more than the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1181)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "A little off kilter..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure, the last 2 in the Odd Thomas series were a little far out there for me (if that's possible for Odd Thomas). I didn't like the story line of this one at all.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A whole new plot could have made it better.


    What three words best describe David Aaron Baker’s performance?

    Completely captures Oddie!


    What character would you cut from Odd Interlude?

    I wouldn't have included the whole computer/voice guy from the secret lab.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a fan of the Odd Thomas series and a growing fan of Dean Koontz for the past few years. The first 3 books kept me on the edge of my seat, but these last 2 weren't so captivating for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (352)

    All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.

    Julia says: "A rare treat."
    "First time with Poe"
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    What disappointed you about Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories?

    I found this book hard to follow. This is my first time reading/hearing Poe and it was probably and overly ambitious first shot. This isn't a read/listen that I would recommend if you've never had any introduction/experience with Poe as some listeners may have to grab a dictionary for reference quite often.


    Would you recommend Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they are already familiar or would like a challenge, sure.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bob Thomley?

    Not sure, I think someone with a voice like James Earl Jones, since he's got a deep,commanding voice that would fit for Poe's dark poetry.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories?

    I didn't finish the book so I cannot say what I'd delete/edit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1405)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (743)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Good first Gardner book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Neighbor the most enjoyable?

    This book was enjoyable to me because there were several narrators and not just one person struggling through the various characters.


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

    I think for the most part it did. I don't recall being bored with the book at all.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    There were several narrators, they all pretty much fit the characters well.


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

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1192)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "It was...ok"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think I would recommend this book to friends. This book didn't have me at the edge of my seat, waiting to hear what was going to happen next, it just barely kept my attention. I found myself waiting for that big "ooooohhh" moment and it never happened.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Gardner before, how does this one compare?

    This is my 2nd book by Gardner, the first was The Neighbor. I think The Neighbor had a better plot and a little more intrigue and was a better attention grabber for me. This one "kept moving" but always at the same pace.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't like the voice for the main character. I think she was too docile and boring. I wanted someone a little more rough around the edges. At times she used certain phrases like "ain't" and it wasn't fitting for her.


    Did Love You More inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I wouldn't say this was a terrible book, just not for anyone who wants something fast paced and full of excitement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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