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Carmen

Saratoga, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    Hired by a prestigious D.C. law firm after barely surviving witnessing the murder of the First Lady, attorney Jessica Ford is deliberately keeping a low profile as she gets a sensational rape case involving a senator’s son, whom she is defending, is abruptly dismissed because the victim recants on the stand. The problem is, Jess suspects that the victim recanted because she was threatened. Meanwhile, she has an uneasy feeling about the beautiful young associate she replaced: where is Allison Howard

    Karen says: "No need to read 'Pursuit'..."
    "More romance than mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was far more a romance than a mystery or thriller. I thought if she commented one more time on how Mark's muscles rippled or how handsome he was I would have to give up listening to it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (886)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "Not nearly as interesting as were her earlier book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the story and descriptions too long and drawn out, the story seemed contrived not particularly believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4481)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1949)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It sounds like the author (reader) really was inside a little boys head and thinking as he would think. It is an amazing listen. I wanted it to go on longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (217)

    Eight years ago, a man walked five-year-old Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those who’ve searched the longest know where to find her.

    Melinda says: "The Sequel That Isn't Equal"
    "Mesmerizing Story Great Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found both "The Informationist" and "The Innocent" kept me listening and not wanting to stop. Vanessa Michael Monroe is original, unlike any other lead character. Hillary Huber does an excellent job as narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (636)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Good story Poorly narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was interesting if perhaps not totally believeable. I really felt the narrator ruined it for me. Maybe there were too many characters for one narrator but you could not tell the character by the voice. They all sounded like middle aged or older men.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Center

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (478)

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    J. says: "What a Hoot!"
    "Intresting and well read by the narrartor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the witty comments by the main character, Andy Carpenter. This story was made so much better by Grover Garden. I am learning that the narrator makes all the difference in many of my books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tag Man: A Joe Gunther Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Archer Mayor
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Across Brattleboro, Vermont, rich people (some with dark secrets) are waking up in their high security, alarm-equipped homes to find a Post-it note stuck to their bedside tables reading, “You’re it.” There is little sign of disturbance anywhere, nothing stolen (that anyone admits) and only a bit of expensive food eaten as a signature. The press loves the story and dubs the burglar the Tag Man. But who is he? And what’s he actually doing?

    Raymond says: "good story poor narrator"
    "Original Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an original plot and read well. However, it did not hold my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwoods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (391)

    Charles Frazier puts his remarkable gifts in the service of a lean, taut narrative while losing none of the transcendent prose, virtuosic storytelling, and insight into human nature that have made him one of the most beloved and celebrated authors in the world. Now, with his brilliant portrait of Luce, a young woman who inherits her murdered sister’s troubled twins, Frazier has created his most memorable heroine. Before the children, Luce was content with the reimbursements of the rich Appalachian landscape....

    Molly says: "Beautiful writing and powerful narration"
    "Hated it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader was excellelnt. The author really got into the head of a mentally disturbed sociopath but it was a depressing story with no redeeming qualities that I noted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (734)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "Absolutely mesmerizing"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this ! The narrator, Hillary Huber, made it come alive. I can't wait for the sequel and. can only hope for the same narrrator.
    Taylor Stevens has Great career ahead of her.
    CTM

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burden of Proof

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    Presumed Innocent was the fiction debut of the decade - a magnetic work of suspense that earned Turow acclaim for his unparalleled storytelling gifts. Now, in a brilliant follow-up, Scott Turow stakes his claim as an American master, in a mesmerizing novel of law, family and deceit. Alejandro "Sandy" Stern - the brilliant defense lawyer from Presumed Innocent - comes home to discover that his wife of 30 years has committed suicide, leaving behind a web of mystery, money, and guilt.

    Suzn F says: "The Best Yet"
    "Really kept my interest!"
    Overall

    The book is well written and the narrator made it even better. I found it difficult to quite listening!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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