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Tom

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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
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2860)

    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?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "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.

    20 of 23 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
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    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
    (1391)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (730)

    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
    (989)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (659)

    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
    (1146)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (716)

    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
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1270)

    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
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    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.

    johnnaBaby says: "A MUST OWN SEQUEL!! – I'm addicted!"
    "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
  • Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By E. Lockhart
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    At the Manhattan School for Art and Music, where everyone is "different" and everyone is "special", Gretchen Yee feels ordinary. She's the kind of girl who sits alone at lunch, drawing pictures of Spider-Man, so she won't have to talk to anyone; who has a crush on Titus but won't do anything about it; who has no one to hang out with when her best (and only real) friend Katya is busy.

    Tom says: "A WHOLE lot of fun!"
    "A WHOLE lot of fun!"
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    This story was great fun. It started of a bit on the slow side but it sucks you in when you are not looking! It is a lot of fun to be in the character of Gretchen and a little frustrating when she cannot "fix" some bully problems (just like real life!!) but can only work on and change the things about herself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    High-school junior Jordan MacKenzie’s life was pretty typical: fractured family, new boyfriends, dead-end job. She’d been living with her father (the predictable optometrist) since her mother (the hippie holdover) had become too embarrassing to be around. Jordan felt that she finally had as normal a life as she could. Then came Gayle D’Angelo. Jordan knew her father was dating Gayle and that Gayle was married.

    Tom says: "Couldn't stop listening!!"
    "Couldn't stop listening!!"
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    Deb Caletti once again shows how amazing her storytelling skills are. This book fills you with a sense of foreboding from the start. The narrator says right off that a catastrophe has happened but she reveals just enough to keep you hanging on...not unlike an addict getting just enough to keep them going always looking for the next "fix" (the next clue of what is happening...the next level of getting into the characters). This book is riveting. Ms Rudd does a spectacular job reading this tale. Ms Caletti strikes again with another spellbinding, outstanding narrative!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Ellen Grafton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Eighteen-year-old Indigo Skye feels like she has it all – a waitress job she loves, and adorable refrigerator-delivery-guy boyfriend, and a home life that’s slightly crazed but rich in love. Until a mysterious man at the restaurant leaves her a 2.5-million-dollar tip, and her life as she knew it is transformed.

    Tom says: ""Storybook" characters become real and 3D"
    ""Storybook" characters become real and 3D"
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    You should know up front that I am quite taken with Ms Caletti's stories and find her writing impressive. This is possibly my least favorite of her books so far...but even that statement is complicated. I read this one before hearing it and I really like the story. Ms Grafton does a very good job narrating the tale but I just had a really hard time getting "close" to Indigo. Ms Grafton's version was a little too flip; she (Indigo) thought she was SO funny but all she did was annoy. Not how I had "read" her when I read the print version. But it is a testimonial to Ms Grafton that she could create and maintain a character that always sounds as if she is laughing as she speaks. It is also important to note that Ms Grafton is able to flesh out a character to the point of making her quite real all the while maintaining a subtle undercurrent of annoyance with Indigo within the listener. Well done!! To get a listener/reader to be intensely interested in the fortunes (sorry about the pun) of a character AND to have the listener CARE about a character that is so difficult to like is no mean feat!!! Rating this was SO hard and I think I gave the performance 4 stars unfairly. It is actually quite a performance when you are snapping at the CD player and getting all annoyed at a fictional character but wanting things to work out for her. This book should be given a chance...a GOOD, concerted chance and if you find yourself irritated and pissed off at Indigo...then please note that is a good sign; that you have been sucked in; you should push on and let the tale play out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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