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Jean

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  • From a Buick 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (253)

    Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.

    J M says: "Essence of Stephen King"
    "So So"
    Overall

    If you're like me, you enjoy anything Stephen King writes. This is not as bad as some of the reviews would lead you to believe, but certainly it is not his best. I believe that in "On Writing" he mentions that he threw this in a drawer for some time before taking it out to finish. Perhaps it should have stayed in there.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16566)
    Performance
    (14726)
    Story
    (14770)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Well, where is part four ?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    Very unbelievable . No one could do all that Amy did without something being discovered.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

    Probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ended so abruptly and incomplete that I went back to be sure my iPod hadn't skipped. I feel like I wasted my time listening to it. Before reading the end, I had recommended it to friends, but now I'll have to call them back.

    This new review format stinks. You are asked questions that change with the number of stars given. Seems very condescending . Why can' t the reviewer decide on what to comment ?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1245)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "forget it"
    Overall

    I usually like the time travel theme, but this one has not been able to get me interested. Rarely do I not finish listening to a book, but this will probably be one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2472)
    Performance
    (947)
    Story
    (945)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    The story is boring , and I only finished it because I paid for it. The reader makes it even harder to listen because of his terrible attempt to speak with a southern or country accent. He sounds like a poor imitation of Johnny Cash.

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (890)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    Old Hippy says: "Absolutely Terrific!"
    "Fantastic !"
    Overall

    For years I have listened to audiobooks on my long comute and enjoy most of my selections. Only once or twice have I had a book so bad I couldn't finish it, or on the other hand , found one I wanted to immediately hear again. Chiefs was one of the latter. I have gone through the whole book twice and listened to several sections multiple times. The story has everything from tradgety to comedy in a history of the old South. The narration is splendid and makes you feel you are right there...the fly on the wall. I rarely write reviews but simply had to praise his book.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dead Know

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    Thirty years ago two sisters disappeared from a shopping mall. Their bodies were never found, and those familiar with the case have always been tortured by these questions: How do you kidnap two girls? Who or what could have lured the two sisters away from a busy mall on a Saturday afternoon without leaving behind a single clue or witness? Now a clearly disoriented woman involved in a rush-hour hit-and-run claims to be the younger of the long-gone Bethany sisters.

    Cayce says: "A page turner"
    "I want more"
    Overall

    This is my first Lippman listen, and as you other listeners know, if you pause for too long, you can easily lose the plot. This tale moves back and forth in time with few clues as to where you are. A reader can easily flip back a few pages to refresh his/her memory, but listeners will have a harder time. That said, it is well worth the effort. The characters stories at first seem very disconnected, but in the end they all come together in a believeable, but hard to predict ending. A very worthwhile , hard to put down book, especially if you're are familiar with Balimer.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1999)
    Performance
    (895)
    Story
    (894)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "A great ghost story"
    Overall

    I too bought the book because of the King name and was not disappointed. This is a real old fashioned ghost story that is hard to find today. Most authors, including, Mr. King, try to find novel plots never used before, but it's nice to read a good old scary tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (334)

    Possessed of an extraordinary telekinetic gift - she can make objects burst into flames - Dahlia Le Blanc has spent her life isolated from other people. But just when she thinks she's finally achieved some peace, her world comes crashing down. For a reason she cannot guess, she has become the target of deadly assassins. Suddenly, no place is safe - not even the secret refuge she established long ago. Now she must rely on Nicolas Trevane, a dangerous warrior sent to track her down and protect her.

    Jean says: "Baahaaady"
    "Baahaaady"
    Overall

    Th first half of the book was exciting and held my interest. The narrator's accent was annoying but tolerable. The second half completely dropped the story line in favor of gratutious sex. The worst part was that almost all sentences used the word body, but Mr. Stechschulte could not seem to pronounce it. It seemed to be baaaaaahdy or bhhhaaady or some such varaiation which became extremely annoying , and I could not finish the book, which is a first for me.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Children of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, John Rubinstein
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (1881)
    Story
    (1911)

    The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: a large colony of humans; the Pequeninos; and the Hive Queen, who was brought there by Ender Wiggin. Once again, the enemy (the Starways Congress) has gathered a fleet and is threatening to destroy Lusitania. Ender's oldest friend, Jane, an evolved computer intelligence, is trying to save the three sentient species of Lusitania, but the Starways Congress is destroying the computer world she lives in.

    Jim says: "Hmm"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Perhaps it is because Ender's Game is so superb that I am disappointed.I have listened to all the Ender stories, and enjoyed them to some degree, but none can rival the original. I could not put down Ender's game, but had difficulty finishing Children . The pace is slow with too little action, and the narration, especially "The Hive Queen" voice is very irritating. Don't waste your book credit on this


    21 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Not for women only"
    Overall

    A wonderful story of a young woman coming of age in the South of the 60's. One tends to forget, or perhaps suppress memories of our racist past; and this should be required reading for our teenagers. On a lighter note, not being female, I found this to be an excellent introduction to the pubescent female psyche. The narration is excellent and the reader's voice fits the character of Lily perfectly. You will not want the story to end, and you will miss hearing her voice !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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