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Cheryl

All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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132
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
93

  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (292)

    The rapist left an indelible mark on their lives; now three women must live with the consequences of his violent brutality. But when he's murdered on his way to trial, the police investigation takes a scorching new focus. All three women had a reason to hate him. All three wanted him dead. But which one of them murdered him? Explosively plotted and unnervingly suspenseful, The Survivors Club sizzles from beginning to end.

    Kathleen says: "Wow! Get this one!"
    "Another Awesome Edge-of-the-Seat Book from Gardner"
    Overall

    Just finished listening to both unabridged books available by Lisa Gardner, wish you had more!! Can't believe I haven't discovered her before now. She writes interesting characters and stories and great puzzles.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Bailey Cates
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees. While working at the Honeybee Bakery - named after Lucy's cat - Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty - Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!

    Kathryn says: "A Little Mystery with your Magic"
    "Tedious and Juvenile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sorry, the reader is not at fault. This was just not well-written. Dialogue was terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1839)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "Wow, how could a spy novel be so tedious?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I guess I have to agree with the other reviews I saw. This definitely didn't live up to the potential of the first book. So disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hundredth Man: Carson Ryder/Harry Nautilus #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jack Kerley
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    When bizarre and cryptic messages are found on a pair of corpses in Mobile, Alabama, junior police detective Carson Ryder and veteran cop Harry Nautilus find themselves in a mysterious public-relations quagmire pitting public safety against office politics. With the body count growing, Ryder must confront his family's terrifying past by seeking advice from his brother, a violent psychopath convicted of similarly heinous crimes.

    Cheryl says: "Definitely a case for Matthew McConnaghey"
    "Definitely a case for Matthew McConnaghey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure when this book was originally published, but after watching True Detective recently, could not get Matthew McConnaghey out of my mind as the lead character. He would be great casting, Hollywood! Excellent story, good twists. Slightly predictable in some ways, but I didn't mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After I'm Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (245)

    Dead is dead. Missing is gone. When Felix Brewer meets nineteen-year-old Bernadette "Bambi" Gottschalk at a Valentine's Day dance in 1959, he charms her with wild promises, some of which he actually keeps. Thanks to his lucrative - if not all legal - businesses, she and their three little girls live in luxury. But on the Fourth of July in 1976, Bambi's comfortable world implodes when Felix, facing prison, vanishes. Though Bambi has no idea where her husband - or his money - might be, she suspects one woman does: his devoted young mistress, Julie.

    C. Vincent says: "Cannot rate this highly enough!"
    "Laura LIppman never disappoints!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Always fully-fleshed out characters, a great storyline, and satisfying--if not exactly happily ever after--definitely a well-thought-out ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Laurence Gonzales’s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees—the bonobos—is running for her life. A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs...She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist. The rebels have already been there. Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jenny’s brutally murdered fellow scientist—and competitor.

    Nicole says: "Wasted Potential :("
    "QUITE a book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought several times that I knew where the plot was going, then it took a twist. I was very happy with the ending, I didn't see it ahead of time, but it was quite satisfying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5506)
    Performance
    (4225)
    Story
    (4235)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Denise says: "What a HOOT!!!!!!!"
    "Too much blood-drinking description!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as the other books I've read by Ms. Harper. I don't care for the in-depth description of the blood-drinking, and the tedious on-and-on about how the vampire was "born", and came out, etc., etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamland: Dale Brown's Dreamland, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dale Brown, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Dreamland is the place where the nation's top minds come to develop artillery and aircraft that push beyond the cutting edge. And where the Air Force's top guns come to test them, on the frontlines of a new era in warfare. The fiasco of a spy's infiltration has the Pentagon looking for an excuse to close Dreamland down. To clean up the mess, and save Dreamland from the congressional chopping block, Lt. Colonel Tecumseh "Dog" Bastian is sent in.

    Cheryl says: "Really boring!"
    "Really boring!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice and/or Christopher Lane?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice again?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dreamland?

    I don't care for this type of book. I thought it was going to be a mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this book unless you're into a LOT of technical detail about piloting a jet. Blehhhh.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Huckleberry Murders: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Award-winning humorist Patrick F. McManus delivers a funny and folksy whodunit from his popular Sheriff Bo Tully series. Hoping for a pleasant day of picking huckleberries, Sheriff Tully instead finds himself investigating a triple homicide and the disappearance of a local rancher.

    Reviewer says: "Gret book, Good performance, issues with burning"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Huckleberry Murders the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters. If you're in the mood for a well-written "cozy", this is a good one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost of A Smile: A Ghost Finders Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    In Ghost of a Smile, the Ghost Finders answer a desperate call for help from one of the world’s biggest drug companies. A team of police enforcement agents has already disappeared, and the Ghost Finders have no idea how to proceed. But they’d better figure something out fast, because time is running out—and failure means an entire building full of innocent victims will cease to exist.

    Arthur says: "Ghost Finder, another good Simon R Green series"
    "Incredibly Stupid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure if this is meant to be a "Young Adult" novel, but I think even my 17-year-old niece would find it too stupid. It started off okay, but then quickly devolved into one cliche after another. I finally quit about halfway through. I really wanted to like it, but just couldn't hack it. The reader, Toby Leonard Moore, however, was excellent. Don't blame him!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon R. Green again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Toby Leonard Moore?

    Nobody.


    What character would you cut from Ghost of A Smile?

    All of them?


    Any additional comments?

    Just too cliche.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on a Midsummer Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Melbourne, Australia, 1929. The year starts off for glamorous private investigator Phryne Fisher with a rather trying heat wave and more mysteries than you could prod a parasol at. Simultaneously investigating the apparent suicide death of a man on St Kilda beach and trying to find a lost, illegimate child who could be heir to a wealthy old woman's fortune, Phryne needs all her wits about her, particularly when she has to tangle with a group of thoroughly unpleasant Bright Young Things.

    Megan says: "The personality of Phryne in a voice."
    "What a delight!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I took advantage of a sale to try one of the Phryne Fisher books. I am SO glad I did. Now I'm hooked. Reader was perfect, characters are delightful. I LOVE them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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