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Joy

Annapolis MD United States | Member Since 2003

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126
REVIEWS
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  • The Cavanaugh Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Gifford
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Backwoods treachery links a string of grisly Minnesota murders. Reporter Paul Cavanaugh is coming home from an afternoon tennis match when he sees an ambulance outside his building’s door. A half hour earlier, the mild-mannered Larry Blankenship walked into the lobby, said hello to the doorman, and blew his brains out in front of the elevator bank, leaving behind a note apologizing for the mess. Cavanaugh retreats to his apartment to forget this disturbing scene, thinking the story is over when the police take away the body.

    Joy says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
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    I made it through chapter 7. I tried hard to get into this story but so far, the narration drives me nuts - 90% he is monotone and within the monotone narration he pauses mid sentence in some attempt to give that word some emphasis but fails miserably because of the total lack of change of tone in his voice.
    Maybe this story gets better along the way but I'm giving up. The writer is very descriptive and I love when a writer paints a picture of who his characters are but the drab presentation just makes me want to scream "Get on with it and get on with the plot!"
    Not that I should only be smacking the narrator around, I feel the writer spent too much time detailing minute nuances of the characters rather than taking the time to grab my attention with more suspense. The fact that people were mysteriously dying drew my attention from the story's summary, but was not enough to hold my attention within the first seven chapters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (321)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
    Overall
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    All I can say is if you decide you really want to listen to this book, be sure increase the playback speed to as fast as you can handle it. Even though Scott Brick does a flawless job of narration, his over dramatic tendencies drug this story out even longer than needed. On top of the fact this story could have been edited down by half. I wanted to start pulling my hair out by the 10th hour. Harlan Coben is a wonderful storyteller and there was evidence of his skill although his immaturity as a writer showed through. He gives us fair warning to not read this book if this was your first book written by him. That's a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the story. Whether this is your first or tenth Coben book, I would suggest you heed the advice of the other reviewers before dropping the credit. Overall, the book is filled with beautiful people who are supposed to be smart but doing stupid things. Throughout the book expect to get inundated with the most beautiful women in existence and men stumbling around them with their tongues hanging out. There are also a good many people doing evil and underhanded things which, in the end will turn out to be worthless and totally without common sense. I don't know why I punished myself through 17 hours of torture. I only wished I realized sooner, rather than 12 hours in to the story I could speed up my playback.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Early Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Forced from San Francisco by the slanders of her ex-fiancé, Eden Paxton heads for the wilds of Colorado. But on her way, she’s abducted and abused by ruthless outlaws—until she’s rescued by Matthew Coulter, still obsessed with avenging his wife’s murder. As Eden and Matthew try to elude their pursuers, these two wounded souls struggle to reconcile their tragic pasts—and their growing attraction to one another.

    Tiffanie says: "Good Love Story"
    "Ho Hum"
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    The story had promise - the first 1/4 of the story kept my attention but overall, it drug on and was predictable all the way to the end.
    The narrator was irritating - totally lackluster and drab. Good thing I bought it on a two for one deal. I would definitely returned it if I had used a whole credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (261)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "TWISTED!!!!"
    Overall
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    If you like horror stories, you'll love this one. Christopher Lane's narration was excellent and the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't stop listening even as the evening hour became late and the action freaked me out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Horse Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

    Kaelin says: "Wow! Amazing story start to finish"
    "Moved to tears"
    Overall
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    Story

    I almost returned this book after the first hour because the bouncing around between characters and their stories was a little frustrating. When the separate stories began to converge, I decided it would be worth hanging in there and seeing what happened. I'm glad I did. It's been a long time since a book has moved me to tears of happiness. Worth the credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (486)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "DIdn't get any sleep last night"
    Overall
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    Story

    I couldn't stop listening to this one. Non stop action, this story had me riveted to my IPod. I don't need to tell you what the story is about, the summary will give you enough info but you can expect a gripping "who done it" that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat! Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (544)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Marci says: "Near perfect. One of Burke's Best."
    "Worth the credit!"
    Overall
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    One of my writing instructions said "can you smell, taste, and feel what you have written"? This statement says everything about what James Lee Burke is all about. In this story no character is left untouched and you get to know each of their personalities, their deepest, darkest secrets. You can feel the despair hidden below the surface and the events in their lives that have formed the fabric of their being. The story moves slowly and anything more than eight hours could have forced me to put this book down except I enjoyed the author's ability to show me who the characters are. Will Patton, is the perfect match for James Lee Burke's stories, with his slow southern drawl and expressive narration. I won't get into the story line because it is something you need to experience yourself. What I will say is the last two hours of the story will hold you and have you at the edge of your seat and know that all of the storytelling leading to the end makes this story complete and with out question of why any of the characters did what they did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sold

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (494)

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "A must listen"
    Overall
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    This is a story about young girls, barely out of puberty who are thrust into a world of sexual and physical abuse by both their handlers and customers. Their parents, desperate for money and often with hopes they are sending their children off into the world often do not know they have been duped and their children are headed into an unspeakable existence. People do evil things in the world all in pursuit of lining their pockets. It's a sad state of affairs where young children are sold into prostitution. I want to shame all of those people out there who have no qualms about supporting the industry of child prostitution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haatchi & Little B: The Inspiring True Story of One Boy and His Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Glaister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Owen - known to his family as "little buddy" or "Little B" - has a rare genetic disorder that leaves him largely confined to a wheelchair. Before being united with Haatchi, Little B was anxious and found it difficult to make friends. Haatchi - an adorable Anatolian Shepherd puppy - was abused and left for dead on railroad tracks. But kind-hearted Will and Colleen Howkins, Little B's father and step-mother, decided to introduce the big dog and the little boy to each other, and an unbelievable bond was formed that transformed both boy and dog in miraculous ways.

    Carl says: "Cute and Heart Warming But Too Long"
    "Excellent! A must listen!"
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    A heart warming story about two disabled beings - a dog and a boy. I love how the two of them along with the support of loving family and friends lead to the recovery of their damaged spirits. In a world where the news dwells too much on the bad things happening in the world, it is a pleasure to read about recovery and the good side of humanity where people open up their hearts as well as their wallets to benefit others in need.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends with Daisy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sharron Kahn Luttrell
    • Narrated By Jane Jacobs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Sharron Kahn Luttrell was still mourning the death of her beloved German shepherd when she decided to volunteer as a weekend puppy raiser .But Daisy, an adorable bundle of fur the color of buttered toast, captures Sharron's heart the moment she's handed the leash. And while Keith, the convict who cares for and trains Daisy during the week, seems intimidating at first, he is soft-spoken and polite. What's more, Daisy's appearance on Fridays, freshly scrubbed and sweet smelling, seems further evidence of his gentle nature.

    Susan says: "Daisy's Smile on the Cover is a Perfect Indicator"
    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jane Jacob's narration drove me nuts. I felt like I was listening to a news report. I purchased this book because I used to have a yellow lab and many of Daisy's antics reminded me of my beloved Lani. I found Sharron rather shallow and a bit to quick to categorize individual's personalities and lifestyles in a rather canned personality/intelligence grouping just because they found themselves in a particular situation - (in jail for instance). Having to listen to her rant and rave about Keith's crime for what seemed like eternity was enough to make me want to put this book down except I was already half way through the book and just wanted to finish the story to see if Daisy graduated to become a service dog. This story was a time line of how Daisy progressed over her training period and how she affected the people around her. When I read a story, I want to "see" the story unfold. This was a timeline in every sense and lacked in any real visuals. I would suggest saving your credit for another book about dogs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sand: Omnibus Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (456)

    We live across the thousand dunes with grit in our teeth and sand in our homes. No one will come for us. No one will save us. This is our life, diving for remnants of the old world so that we may build what the wind destroys. No one is looking down on us. Those constellations in the night sky? Those are the backs of gods we see.

    Étaín says: "New world, not as compelling as Wool"
    "Almost a 5 star"
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    I almost gave up on this book and asked for a return credit but I kept listening and in the end I'm glad I did. The first half of the book was confusing and irritating because of the constant introduction of a huge cast of characters and the constant jumping around between time periods and characters. I had a hard time keeping track of everyone and ended up starting over several times just to figure out who the characters were. Some books you can let the words flow through one ear and out the other and you still know what's going on. Not so with Sand. One must pay attention to everything. About halfway through the story all of the pieces came together and I was totally hooked. This was my first Hugh Howey book and I am going to try another.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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