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PJPackwood

I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.

Member Since 2004

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  • Gideon's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (556)

    A top nuclear scientist goes mad and takes an innocent family hostage at gunpoint, killing one and causing a massive standoff. A plume of radiation above New York City leads to a warehouse where, it seems, a powerful nuclear bomb was assembled just hours before. Sifting through the evidence, authorities determine that the unthinkable is about to happen: in ten days, a major American city will be vaporized by a terrorist attack.

    Cidney says: "Who is Crew?"
    "Boring."
    Overall
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    I am a big fan of Preston and Child. But not this book. Very boring, predictable and way too long for the story they are telling. I will not bother with another "Gideon" story. Save your credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • McFall

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Scott Nicholson
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When wealthy developer Larkin McFall moves to the small Appalachian Mountain community of Barkersville, generations-old tales of supernatural phenomena, sudden deaths, and odd disappearances resurface. Larkin laughs off the stories as superstition, while promising to bring a bright new future to the dying town. Sheriff Frank Littlefield senses a diabolical motive in McFall’s good intentions.

    PJPackwood says: "Ending?"
    "Ending?"
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    Was the author in a hurry to finish this book? Very strange, unfulfilling ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm: The SYLO Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By D. J. MacHale
    • Narrated By Andrew Bates
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    After a harrowing escape from the SYLO occupied Pemberwick Island, Tucker Pierce and his surviving friends have finally reached the mainland, only to find that no one is left. The once bustling seaport city is deserted.From the bowels of a Portland hospital where they encounter their first fellow survivor to the abandoned stores they must raid for supplies, Tucker, Tori, and company set off on a quest for answers and, for Tucker, vengeance. Tucker soon realizes that “trust no one” doesn’t just mean the U.S. military.

    PJPackwood says: "Sylo 2"
    "Sylo 2"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good follow-up to the first in the series. I know these are meant for 'younger' listeners but I enjoyed this one as much as the first. My only question is, when is the third in the series being released?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4167)
    Performance
    (3893)
    Story
    (3907)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Stephen?"
    Overall
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    This did not seem like a Stephen King book to me. It could have been written by many 'mystery/thriller' authors. I am not sure what was missing, maybe that slight hint of something supernatural? I just don't know. The story was okay but I found it to be more than slightly predictable. I was looking forward to this book but must admit I was a little disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (314)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Okay."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There was a little too much explicit gore and sex in this story for me to really enjoy it. Apart from that the book was quite good, but too much of the afore-mentioned things for me to give it a higher rating.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine — with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace — safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares.

    Michael says: "Knootz-lite"
    "Okay :("
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    This story was very similar to a John Saul novel I recently listened to. This one was okay but somewhat predictable and not a 'suspense' novel. In my opinion, not one of Dean Koontz's best by any means. I was a little disappointed by this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowblind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Golden
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.

    Jan says: "Snowblind.. It's Quite a Party!"
    "Predictable"
    Overall
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    This book was not 'too bad'. It kept my interest to some degree but I found it to be somewhat predictable. There was not real 'mystery' and I didn't find it that 'suspenseful'. To be honest I skipped some chapters toward the end because I could figure out what was going to happen. No real surprises. If you want something easy to listen to on a long trip I would suggest this story. It will not distract you from driving too much because it is an 'easy' listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27118)
    Performance
    (13739)
    Story
    (13785)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Listen!"
    Overall
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    The longer I listened to this book the more involved I became with all the characters. Really good story and excellent narration. I cried my eyes out at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (943)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "Cajun accent?"
    Overall
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    The story was pretty good. A little too "romantic" for me but it was okay. The only problem, to me, was when the narrator attempted to speak with a Cajun accent it sounded more like an Irish accent :)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Some refer to it as the Colony. To others, it’s a cult. But few locals in the Oregon coastal hamlet of Deception Bay have ever been invited to the inner sanctum of Siren Song. Even the sisters who live here, far from strangers who might recoil at their unnerving psychic abilities, don’t know all the terrors buried within its walls…

    Kathy says: "Ouch!"
    "Good Listen!"
    Overall
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    I listened to this book while on a very long drive. It really helped the time pass quickly, but, at one point I got so engrossed in the story I discovered that my speed had dropped to 55 so be careful! Narration was good as was the storyline. Only question is, will there be a sequel to this book? The ending just kind of left me 'hanging'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Cameron
    • Narrated By Paul Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (7)

    Travel along with Mia Kensington through this riveting mystery thriller. Based in an institution for the mentally incurable and the criminally insane, the twists and turns in this novel will keep you guessing.

    PJPackwood says: "Narrator!"
    "Narrator!"
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    I gave the story only one star because I couldn't listen to any of it past the first two minutes! The narrator was terrible!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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