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Cynthia

Normal, IL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 27 reviews
  • 96 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • M is for Malice: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Kinsey Millhone's latest client is Malek Construction, a $40 million company still in family hands. It doesn't take an accountant to see that the four Malek brothers stand to inherit a fortune. But one of the brothers has been missing for 18 years, and Kinsey's assignment is to find him.

    Cynthia says: "Rating: Part 1: 0, Part 2: 5"
    "Rating: Part 1: 0, Part 2: 5"
    Overall

    I don't want to sound malicious about this Millhone edition, but part one of M is for Malice is abundant with inane details so bland that I felt as if were peering through a window of a slow moving train into a lifeless and unchanging landscape, destination: Land of Nowhere. I seriously debated throwing myself from the train in a frantic escape, but, gritting my teeth, I continued the journey. Upon entering part two, I was richly rewarded. With relief, I saw that the sun had come out and that the landscape had brightened. In part two, I felt as if I were an inconspicuous shadow within the story, completely enthralled in all that Millhone saw, heard, said, thought and felt. It was well worth the wait.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dance of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (464)

    Agent Pendergast has become one of crime fiction's most endearing characters. His greatest enemy is one who has stalked him all of his life, his cunning and diabolical brother Diogenes. And Diogenes has thrown down the gauntlet. Now, several of the people closest to Pendergast are viciously murdered, and Pendergast is framed for the deeds. On the run from federal authorities, with only the help of his old friend NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast must stop his brother.

    Lu says: "Need to read earlier books in series"
    "Convoluted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story contained events that were not believable...things that Pendergrast just knew to be true. There was a little too much Louisiana affectation with Pendergrast and his brother speaking in almost exactly the same way. I guess the book is ok. The ending leaves you hanging so you have to buy the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (861)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "Very slow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book took me forever to listen to because I kept falling asleep. The narrator was as flat as the State of Kansas. The story was ok, but there was too much down time between action and contemplations. I did not enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2141)
    Performance
    (1887)
    Story
    (1887)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "So disappointing in so many ways"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was thrilled to find another Odd, but this sweet anticipation quickly died. Odd should really focus on the undead instead of creating monsters, such unappealing beings, whose descriptions changed with each telling. They overran the story and all but blotted out the Odd we loved. Once Odd picked up a gun in book 4, his character fell below freezing. Odd for me has now become a beloved lost friend.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1767)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1490)

    For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

    Polly says: "SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING"
    "Unrelenting"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Still Life with Crows the most enjoyable?

    Shivers and Shudders Around Every Corner!


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

    Scott is an amazing narrator. His voice never interferes with the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (768)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "Chaos, Mayhem, Slaughter"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Mister Slaughter again? Why?

    Yes! Mr. Slaughter is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Even though it is set in the 19th century, it is as entertaining as any 21st century thriller. There is tenderness by strangers, stealth by a young man and his companion and slaughter by a creature you could only call the embodiment of evil.. There is tenacity and triumph. You are missing out if your don''t listen to this book,.


    What other book might you compare Mister Slaughter to and why?

    Speaks the Night Bird. It is by the same author and carries you on an adventure that is unrelenting.


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

    Excellence..


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

    A User says: "A different kind of thriller"
    "Twists and Turns"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Lisa Unger provides a novel full of unexpected twists and turns. I would rather that it not be in the first person because she writes about events she did not witness.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    Gray and Victory


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she was emotionally shattered and no one believed in her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1590)

    Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

    Stephanie says: "Best book yet."
    "Too Much Rayas"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No: Too much romance


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too warm and literally fuzzy


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent


    Any additional comments?

    The reason the first story was so compelling was because of the communication between Charlie and the spirits of the dead. There was humor and suspense as they tried to solve their own murders in the first book. In the third of the series, there was little of that. I hoped, thoroughout the the story, to hear it, but there was little of that type of communication, save that of a silent spirit and one in the basement of an insane asylum. I was so disappointed; there was just Rayas. So Dorynda, I would say LESS ROMANCE AND MORE COMMUNING WITH THE SPIRITS in your next book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (2190)
    Story
    (2177)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "You're Next"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of You're Next to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare You're Next to and why?

    They're Watching


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

    His tone and he revs up the exciting moments, but does not go overboard.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A thrilling roller coaster ride.


    Any additional comments?

    A thrilling roller coaster ride that flings you high only for the thrilling dip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    Melinda says: "Buzz-z-z-z-z-z-z"
    "They're Watching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to They're Watching again? Why?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of They're Watching?

    So many, but when he finds himself in jail and figures out it is only made of props.


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

    The way in which he narrates the exciting parts. His inflection of the different characters' voices.


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

    It made me excited.


    Any additional comments?

    Calm, climax, calm, climax over and over again. I had to stop listening for awhile just let myself settle down. I rated the story a 4 because the final chapter is drawn out and a little too calm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (607)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Dean Koontz - 77 Shadow St."
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A story that could make you shiver.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Definitely.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    There was no problem with his performance. The problem lies with the story.


    What character would you cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    The One,


    Any additional comments?

    How many times can mold, mildew, fungi be described before the only emotion left is one of repulsion. It's hard to believe that anyone would find this story remotely scary. Dean Koontz should stick to wraiths and the spiritual realm rather than depicting monsters and ghouls. The only redeeming features are the experience through a child's eyes and the final chapter with its benign insanity.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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