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Tom

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 533 titles in library
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  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3907)
    Performance
    (3416)
    Story
    (3431)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Beyond hopes, let alone expectations"
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    I will admit that I am a longtime fan of Jodi Picoult but this book ranks very high, possibly the best. I was able to foresee most of the twists but actually "living" the story rendered that irrelevant. I was truly riveted.

    The performance was OUTSTANDING. Each of the 4 narrators were spectacular as well as each reader's performance exemplary. When a male character lapses into a quite decent Katherine Hepburn, I was blown away. The voices, accents and inflections were spot on!

    I very highly recommend this book. I think it is well worth a peek regardless of personal views of the subject matter or the author.

    24 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1948)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "We get it!"
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    I really wanted to LOVE this book. Perhaps it is the narrator, whom does a good job, I just have personal issues about not being able to get into his reading. I VERY MUCH like Briggs's "Mercy Thompson" series and Lorelei King just captivates me with her reading of that series. Mercy's world is just more captivating for me, both in print and in sound. The Alpha & Omega series, especially this particular story, gets bogged down with Charles's/Brother Wolf's testosterone and jealousy. It gets to the point where I shout "ENOUGH already!!" The characters, ESPECIALLY Charles, are nearly paralyzed by his blind "needs." Over and over again the minute descriptions of every twitch of jealousy and rage really drag down this tale in the otherwise terrific world Briggs has created. Maybe just let this narrative go and concentrate on more Mercy tales?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3519)
    Performance
    (2491)
    Story
    (2491)

    Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places - and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary - and neither is the demon inside of him.

    Deborah says: "Blood Bound"
    "Can't get enough"
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    I LOVE this series. Patricia Briggs has sucked me in to a genre I don't usually read. The world created here is so good for me that I started with the first book and just bulled through. Now I am bereft hoping there are more volumes coming. Lorelei King also is outstanding and I find I am listening to this series a second time because I like being in the world of Mercy Thompson so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (1865)
    Story
    (1866)

    Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.

    Teleasa says: "WOW!!"
    "Another good series"
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    I began with Patricia Briggs with Mercy Thompson and started this series solely BECAUSE of how much I like Mercy. I enjoy this series as well although I find that I have trouble getting used to the narrator. He does a good job, mind you, it is just some of his "voices" (such as Charles) don't fit my mental image of that character. NO reason to not listen though as that is a minor detail in what is a well written series and a good performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4904)
    Performance
    (3390)
    Story
    (3402)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "This series has a magnetic pull!"
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    I am not normally a fantasy person and I can't recall how I even picked the first book of the series up, but it grabbed me right away and held tight. I have even eschewed series I am well established in to continue reading this one. I wonder if Patricia Briggs can put the draw of a vampire's sway into these stories? The writing is obviously good in order to create the allure it does but the story is... different. It is clean and straightforward "in the moment" as it were but has many subtexts and side issues going in within the narrative. It is funny and the characters are very real and three dimensional. Lorelei King does her usual fantastic job. Give Mercy Thompson a try. I doubt you will regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Despite my best intentions, I was beginning to understand how my dad saw the world. The shadows haunting every living thing. The secrets inside the lies wrapped in bullshit. Even Gracie’s box of pills was beginning to make sense. For the past five years, Hayley Kincain and her father, Andy, have been on the road, trying to outrun the memories that haunt them both. They moved back to Andy’s hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

    The Reading Date says: "Powerful and Riveting"
    "It was a surprise - and I LOVE this author"
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    This book was quite a surprise. It was amazing how deep things ran yet the narrator was still 17 in many ways. The reader, Julia Whelan, did a GREAT job. I had a bit of a problem with the seemingly random interruptions by Haley's father (read by Luke Daniels). Here and there they added to the overall story overall but they didn't really connect much. Even if he had told these stories to Haley, they didn't offer any real insight into Andy (they were too brief for that) and the idea that he was messed up due to a TBI AND PTSD came across quite well without his interjections. Ms Anderson is always great for a journey into a mind and she once again comes away with top marks for her work.

    2 of 2 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
    (1491)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    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"
    "Gardner has a surprising point of view"
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    I find the Det. D.D. Warren stories to be unique. I enjoy the stories greatly and think they are tightly woven and at times, spell binding, but these books are unique in that Det. Warren is NOT the primary point of view. She is the thread that holds the characters together. It is quite admirable that the author can present so many insights from the different characters and yet still have the listener guessing and 'figuring'!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (804)

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "Beware!! Segments may cause pants-peeing!!"
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    I am at a loss to come up with enough superlatives for J.D. Robb (author) and Susan Ericksen (narrator)!! There are "scenes" in this one that I played for friends, out of context, because they are so PERFECTLY staged. I would point out that that alone should tell you a LOT!! You can't HAVE such scenes if you are not thoroughly engrossed in the story and have a big investment in the characters!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Witness in Death: In Death, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1325)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (870)

    Opening night at New York's New Globe Theater turns from stage scene to crime scene when the leading man is stabbed to death center stage. Now Eve Dallas has a high profile, celebrity homicide on her hands. Not only is she lead detective, she's also a witness - and when the press discovers that her husband owns the theater, there's more media spotlight than either can handle.

    Liz says: "Another good Dallas"
    "The strength of this series continues to surprise."
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    I originally avoided this series because the author seemed supernaturally prolific to have actually written everything herself. But I finally got sucked in and each book is as good if not better than the last. I love the subtly of the characters, their slow growth, and the quiet humor that abounds in the stories. There are repetitive parts, to be sure, but they are quite easy to overlook. Susan Ericksen's reading is amazing. Although I am not in love with some of her voices for some ongoing (minor) characters, again the tale makes it easy to accept any such irritants. I believe you will be failing yourself to not at least give Eve Dallas a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1616)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1478)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "Trashy fun"
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    This book, like the rest of the series, "reads" as if it was written in a hurry. There are several slightly annoying multiple word usage points (repeating something that could easily have been substituted with a similar word). So the actual "text" is ever so slightly sloppy sounding but the story itself is SO much fun!!! It sometimes gets needlessly racy but it all adds to the great fun of this book and this series. I couldn't wait to move to the next volume to hear how peripheral characters introduced in this volume fared as major players in the next book. Bottom line, these books are worth the effort for the fun factor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbreakable: Unraveling, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Norris
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    It’s been four months since Janelle Tenner stopped the Earth’s destruction with the help of Ben, the boy who resurrected her after she died. Ben is gone now - disappeared through a portal to his home world. Even though Ben broke her heart, Janelle refuses to believe it when Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay tells her Ben is suspected of running a human-trafficking ring across several universes. She vows to uncover the true culprit and rescue the people who have been sold into slavery on alternate Earths - not to mention find Ben and prove his innocence.

    Kas says: "This series is so good!"
    "The sequel is actually better than the original!!"
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    This story is quite well and tightly woven. Ms Norris has spun a tale that is well written and if anything, slightly understated, especially considering that the principal characters are teens so it would be easy to get "gushy." The story really brings you into J's world. There are a couple of unimportant details that don't seem to line up but that is of little consequence as I found myself wanting to hear more about this minor character or that scenario. Katie Schorr does a SPECTACULAR job narrating this book. She is quite consistent with this book and book 1 and her range of voices and emotions really brings you into the world of the Interverse. Well done!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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