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Julie Lane

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New York | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 566 titles in library
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  • The Inquisitor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Allen Smith
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business - called "information retrieval" by its practitioners - that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market. Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques - some physical, many psychological - to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.

    Rick Gmail says: "Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure what I was expecting, but found this book rather dull.


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

    Considering all that's out there to read, I wouldn't waste your time on this one.


    Did The Inquisitor inspire you to do anything?

    About all I can say is that I didn't find him as vile as I thought I would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transhuman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life: his 10-year-old granddaughter, Angela. When Angela is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given less than six months to live, Luke wants to try a new enzyme, Mortality Factor 4 (MORF4), that he believes will kill Angela's tumor. However, the hospital bureaucracy won't let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved by the FDA. Knowing Angela will die before he can get the treatment approved, Luke abducts her from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.

    Julie Lane says: "Interesting premise"
    "Interesting premise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's easy to bond with these characters and some might think the premise far fetched. But I've written a lot about health care and it would be short-sighted not to believe that money rules the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exes: The Max Segal Series, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dan Greenburg
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A series of successful professional men are found slashed to death in their beds, apparently during sex, the presumed victims of a gay murderer. Homicide detective Max Segal is on the case, but he’s distracted by his failing marriage and an attractive journalist who is covering the case. Judy Wells has everyone fooled, including the police. She’s been methodically stalking, seducing, and murdering every man who has ever dumped her - and her revenge seems almost justified. But the FBI is closing in.

    Julie Lane says: "Not brilliant but held my attention"
    "Not brilliant but held my attention"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wouldn't go looking for more by this author, but I generally enjoyed listening.
    Quick lessen for mystery fans in search of something light and not complex.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Held my attention"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While it lacked the twists and turns of Gone Girl, it held my attention and was well done. I would definitely recommend it.
    Also, well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger You Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    It begins with a chilling phone call to Casey Woods. And ends with another girl dead. College-age girls with long red hair. Brutally murdered, they're posed like victims in a film noir. Each crime scene is eerily similar to the twisted fantasy of a serial offender now serving thirty years to life - a criminal brought to justice with the help of Forensic Instincts. Call. Kill. Repeat. But the similarities are more than one psychopath's desire to outdo another.

    Julie Lane says: "Compelling"
    "Compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What works for me are books that involve me quickly with characters. This did and held my attention throughout. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Amanda says: "How did this get published?"
    "Good story, great character development"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book held my attention from beginning to end, largely because you really care about the characters.
    You won't be disappointed.
    Story moves at a good pace and performance is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (2036)
    Story
    (2032)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Funny and delightful"
    Overall
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    Story

    If you love Billy Crystal, you'll love this book and that 'a not always true of some stars' books. Funny and touching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues, Book 10: Into the Gauntlet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Margaret Peterson Haddix
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    Once Amy and Dan Cahill's choice was simple - take a million dollars or the first of 39 Clues that lead to the source of unimaginable power. Now it's clear that the hunt for Clues is bigger than anything that Amy and Dan could ever have imagined.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Series of Books"
    "Good series for kids and adults"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The 39 Clues, Book 10 the most enjoyable?

    I got into this series quite accidentally, ordering the first of the series without realizing it was a 10-parter. Overall, I have enjoyed it and I'm no kid. But a wonderful choice for families who can ejoy listening together. Some parts of the series are stronger than others, but overall, it held my attention.

    On the other hand, I'm unlikely to go forward with the sequel that starts with book 11.


    What about David Pittu???s performance did you like?

    Readers of all 10 parts were solid


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Rest for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Baldacci (introduction), Laurie H. Armstrong, Sandra Brown, and others
    • Narrated By James Colby, Richard Ferrone, Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (300)

    More than 20 New York Times best-selling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel -- a collaboration that combines the skills of America’s greatest storytellers to produce a gripping, spellbinding mystery.

    Carrie says: "Not as good as expected"
    "Worth your time"
    Overall

    Don't be turned off by those who complain about too many voices disrupting the flow of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Some chapters were better than others, but it all hung together well and I'm glad I made the decision to buy this one. It was a good listen with a good twist that I certainly didn't see coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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