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  • 5 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 510 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Bad Twin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Troup
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bad Twin is the highly-anticipated new novel by acclaimed mystery writer Gary Troup. Bad Twin was delivered to the publisher just days before Troup boarded Oceanic Flight 815, which was lost in flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles in September 2004. He remains missing and is presumed dead.

    mkral says: "good book"
    "Should have burned in the plane crash!"

    If you're a fan of mystery novels, this one is so poorly written you'll kick yourself for getting it. If you're a fan of the show Lost (as I am)--the worst episode of Lost is written better than this whole book. And there are no real "clues", so don't bother. It's a good thing Gary Troup went down with the plane, no chance of giving us another bad book like this. If you're a fan of Scott Brick, (as I am) you have to wonder what ever possessed him to read this one. A waste of his talent for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    Anthony says: "Somebody needs to be fired..."
    "Horrible narration"

    I'm a big Baldacci fan, and not even halfway through part 1 of this book, I am struggling to try to like the story, which I can't even comprehend. The reason being the narration, particularly with the female reader. Every character she interprets comes across as ridiculous and snarky and unlikeable. I found myself hoping someone would just shoot Michelle and put us out of her misery! Unfortunately, as she's one of the main protagonists, I assume that sadly it won't happen. I'm really trying to like this story, I'm really trying to FINISH this book, but at this point, it's not looking good.
    I have listened to many audiobooks, and the multiple reader format in general doesn't work well. It takes you out of the flow of the listen. And this one in particular is horrible!! Just as I get into the story, SHE pops up and it's like nails on a chalkboard.
    If narration is important in your listening experience, consider this a huge warning. Don't waste your credits. I only hope maybe they will release another version of this book with a single reader. And they should offer it free to those of us who've so sadly wasted this credit!
    I consider the one-star rating a reflection on the narration. Sadly, I can't give the writing a star rating as the narration makes it impossible to judge the writing on its merits.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Breathless

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Grady Adams lives a simple, solitary life deep in the Colorado mountains. Here the 35-year-old carpenter works out of a converted barn, crafting exquisite one-of-a-kind furniture. There's little about this strong yet gentle man to suggest the experiences that have alienated him from the contemporary world. But that is about to change.

    Michael says: "Lifeless"
    "Is something missing... like an ending?"

    I've been a Koontz fan for many years, some stories excellent, some good enough, but this one sadly is neither. After a decent start, some fairly good character development, and a very curious premise, it just ends. Had it not been because I heard the standard "Audible hopes you've enjoyed this program", I would have thought the second part hadn't downloaded. I had to listen to the "ending" three times to make sure there wasn't something I missed, but there wasn't. It just ends. As if deadline time came suddenly and he didn't have time to finish writing. This a dreadful disappointment, especially from such a prolific author. We were invited to the buffet, given a few appetizers, and then sent promptly home. Don't waste your credits, download a free preview chapter of some other book, at least you know there will be more story afterwards.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wish You Well

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Norma Lana

    Best selling author David Baldacci brings all his brilliant character-building skills to bear in Wish You Well, a literary coming-of-age tale set in Baldacci's native Virginia. Publishers Weekly calls it "his best novel utterly captivating drama" that offers "bone-deep emotional truth."

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Excellent Book"
    "A truly wonderful"

    As a fan of Baldacci's other work, this one intrigued me, and I am so grateful I followed that intrigue. This book is beautifully written and so full of heart that you'll wish you were part of that time and place, as Baldacci does such a marvelous job of bringing it to life. Anytime someone asks me to recommend a book, this one is certainly at the top of the list. Also a great choice for teens, superior to the average type of book written with them in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thin Place

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kathryn Davis
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lake's beach. Two of them run to get help, but 12-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel.

    Christine Carey says: "heart achingly beautiful"
    "I tried!"

    I've tried and tried to get into this book, but it just seems to endlessly ramble with descriptions of the characters in the town. While the descriptions are engaging, for the life of me I can't seem to find a story line to follow and find my condentration wandering in mid-listen. I'm really rather torn, since the characterizations are interesting, and in general I feel like I want to like it, but it continually falls short. Definitely not a read for everyone, buyer beware! Make sure to listen to the sample, at least it gives you an idea of what it's like. It doesn't get much more interesting than that. The rather drone-like tone of the narrator does little to help the situation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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