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Carilyn

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  • Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (818)

    Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

    GyAzJRD says: "Could have been much better"
    "My eyes hurt from rolling"
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    I am a huge fan of the character Jack Reacher, but the books can be a hit or miss. Lee Child tends to walk a tightrope of "plausible" vs. "everyone but Jack is a drooling idiot." He didn't do so well in the first book, did very well in the second two and then tipped off the later edge into abject crap in this one. Seriously, the FBI are a bunch of lying, rights-violating, vicious morons. Jack is kind of being an ass himself and the story is painfully lackluster. I had to force myself to finish it, because I paid for it, but I am going to be very selective about reading all reviews and not reading the JR series in order anymore - rather reading the books where people aren't suffering from the same "this is so stupid" eye rolling headaches I did during this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1523)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "A lot of good, some not so much"
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    I struggled with writing a review for this one. There are many things I liked. The lead female character was sarcastic, witty, entertaining, and a stronger female. The lead male had some surprising moments of depth and clarity. The support characters were affable and the banter was enjoyable. I spent most of the time listening with a smile on my face and periodic spurts of laughter, and the narrator was fantastic!

    The story was so so. Cliche and predictable, taking hours to accomplish little, but still moved at a pace that you enjoyed and had you invested enough to listen to see what happened next.

    The sex scenes were where the author lost me. Please note, I am an avid GLBT affirming ally, and I am a big fan of sexual expression and freedom, but - for me- this book went too far. It had very crude language "c*ck, cum, f*ck" all the time, anal sex, gay sex, voyeurism (watching others having hetero sex, gay sex and orgies), menage a trois... You name it from the penthouse secrets style books, its in there. I got sensory overload in a bad way and started forwarding through the scenes. This is not to say its true for everyone, but it was too much for me. To the point where I won't be downloading the second book in the series, even though I liked the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4530)
    Performance
    (1436)
    Story
    (1444)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Classic literary genius"
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    This book is unique. It has a classic literary etiquette reminiscent of Austen and Bronte, yet it is a story steeped in realism. A gothic story, macabre and revealing of the human spirit - yet remarkably redemptive in a strange way, of the normalcy of grief and living with it. The performance was the best of any I have listened to through Audible. It is worth listening to this book, and yet I will buy a paper copy as well. Somehow I need to read it again. For "Silence is not a natural environment for stories. They need words. Without them they grow pale, sicken and die. And then they haunt you." (From the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Strangers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (213)

    From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Skeletons at the Feast, and Secrets of Eden, comes a riveting and dramatic ghost story. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has long been sealed shut with 39 six-inch-long carriage bolts. The home's new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters.

    Georgia says: "Eh"
    "Fantastic all the way up to the end...and then not"
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    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was a fantastic mix of mystery, macabre and the constant suggestion of supernatural vs natural forces on the human mind. I thought the author did a beautiful job with character development, and I remained engaged with most of the characters, enjoying the occasional moral ambiguity or questioning of my loyalties. The end however was an epic disappointment. I almost wish I could go back and not listen to the last 30 minutes and make up my own. I can't downgrade a whole book based on a small portion, but really the ending...was remarkably unfulfilling.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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