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Connie

Shawnee, KS, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (846)

    For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

    And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.

    m says: "A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
    "Great Short Stories!"
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    I was so jonesing for some Hollows stories and Kim Harrison. These stories were great! I loved every one of them.

    Of course, Marguerite Gavin brings so very much to the book with her unbelievable narration.

    If you, too, are fans of The Hollows AND Kim Harrison, you will truly enjoy this!






    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (754)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "How does it end?"
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    I enjoyed the book for the most part and loved the narration. I'm glad I got it in audio as I'm not sure reading it would have been as enjoyable. I didn't quite "get" the movie, although I liked it so thought the book would help. I'm no "Pollyanna" but the ending of the book really ticked me off and left me feeling dissatisfied. Not every story has a happy ending, but I feel this book had no ending. I may listen to it again but doubt there will be a different outcome. ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17870)
    Performance
    (15888)
    Story
    (15845)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Amazing!"
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    This book was not one I thought I would like. I decided to go ahead and get it and could kick myself for not getting it earlier.
    Not only was it a marvelous story, but also the narration by Craig Wasson was REMARKABLE!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Wasp Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Jane McFarlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    When a notorious millionaire banker hangs himself, his death attracts no sympathy. But the legacy of a lifetime of selfishness is widespread, and the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting: his family. Meanwhile, in a wealthy suburb of Glasgow, a young woman is found savagely murdered. The community is stunned by what appears to be a vicious, random attack.

    Kathy says: "misled by a review but I still liked it"
    "What a surprise!"
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    I had purchased this on my Kindle and decided to get the audible version as well. I had not heard of this author and truly enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading more of her novels.

    The narration was a little difficult to understand at times and I was glad I had the book to verify the words. I would have preferred the dialect not be as strong so I could understand it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

    Darryl says: "Cain always good"
    "Good story."
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    I enjoy the story but felt the narration did not help the story in any way. I wish I had read this rather than listen to it. The narrator has little inflection and did not put any emphasis on the dialogue. There was absolutely no emotion in this reading at all. I can't say it was monotone, but it was the next thing to that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (322)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "The Best"
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    This is one of the best Lisa Gardner book that I have read thus far. Suspenseful, riveting with several twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty as Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    A cold-blooded kidnapper has been playing a twisted game with a terrified Minnesota town. Now a respected member of the community stands accused of a startling act of evil. But when a second boy disappears, a frightened public demands to know: Have the police caught the wrong man? Is the nightmare continuing...or just beginning? Prosecutor Ellen North believes she’s building a case against a guilty man - and that he has an accomplice in the shadows. As she prepares for the trial of her career, Ellen suddenly finds herself swept into a cruel contest of twisted wits.

    Victor says: "Beware, this is a continuation of another book."
    "Reading this was like pulling teeth"
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    This particular story was a good idea but so very poorly executed. Repetitive phrases, way too much detail on unimportant items. Sexual harassment written as if it were flirting dialogue.
    I have enjoyed Tami Hoag books before, but now I'm not sure if I will even attempt another Hoag book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (469)

    John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match. His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wanton killer who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself.

    Ed says: "Just as good the second time around"
    "Edge of your seat!"
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    I have read the majority of the Prey series, although not necessarily in order. This is one of his earlier stories. It is, by far, one of my favorites.
    I couldn't stop reading it as I was on the edge of my seat. At times, I was tense with the anticipation of what would happen next.
    The Prey series is one of the best in this genre and I would not only highly recommend MIND PREY, but the entire Davenport series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (231)

    A serial killer watches and waits. Each time, he takes two victims, preparing the first's body with all the clues the police need to find the second, who is still alive. The clock ticks, and the second one can still be saved. But the police never make it in time. The second one dies. For years, the killer has plagued the city with the same pattern, but the police never pick up on it quickly enough.

    Mina Brown says: "Captivating--it hooks you!"
    "Disappointing!"
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    I have enjoyed every book I have read by this author so I was so disappointed in this book. It drawn out, repetitive and did not keep my attention. It was a CHORE to listen to this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (916)

    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 terrific horror story"
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    This is the first Joe Hill book I have read. I also have not read a good horror story for years. I'm pleased this is the first I've read in years as it had all the components I love in the horror genre.

    Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre and has a horrible collection. His background of abuse and this collection has caused him difficulty in hs relationships, yet he basically keeps them due to his reputation but when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. This is the beginning of a series of events, not even Judas could imagine.

    The story not only outlines the horror but also brings some humanity to Judas. I started out not fond of Judas Coyne and ended up liking the character.

    Stephen Lang did an excellent job of narration and bought a good deal to the dialogue.

    However, I was less than pleased with the audiobook production. Adding music to an audiobook is not only not necessary, but also is extremely irritating to me.

    It would have been much better without the multiple musical interludes which explains my rating on performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2058)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1729)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    John says: "Exciting Nelson DeMille novel with great narration"
    "Another DeMille hit!"
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    I can't even begin to state how much I enjoyed The Panther. I so enjoy Mr. DeMille's style and subject of writing. Although I know it is fiction, I still feel that a lot of it is based in fact. I enjoyed the continuing story of John Corey, the ending in this one for me was a little anti-climatic, but it ended as it should.
    I cheered on the "heros" and booed the "villians", yet wondered how this could be when both represent our country!
    Scott Brick is a marvelously talented narrator and I am pleased he was still the narrator for the John Corey series.
    This is a great read but I would suggest one reads the prior John Corey novels first (especially The Lion).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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