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Holden, ME, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 248 ratings
  • 362 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    What would have made Shattered better?

    It might have been better if it was advertised as Romance rather than Mystery. The mystery part might have filled 20 pages. The rest was the typical, boy secretly loves girl, girl secretly loves boy and they both pretend to dislike the other...until they don't. It might have been more tolerable if it was about half the length. Much of the book was spent saying the same thing over and over, mainly about the feelings the main characters had for each other.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    Not likely.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Overly dramatic.

    What character would you cut from Shattered?

    All of them.

    Any additional comments?

    Very redundant, corny, sappy dialogue. The only reason I finished it was because I had nothing else to listen to on a long car ride. I fast forwarded through some if it. Contrary to what others have said, I thought the narrator made it worse with her overly dramatic portrayal. If you are looking for a mystery, skip this one. If you like sappy romances, you will probably like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Very Good"

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am definitely interested in reading another. I thought about the bad reviews below, and I have to disagree, mostly. I generally don't like "chick flicks", or books that would fit that description. I am a woman, by the way. However, I might have to concede that this book would be somewhat more to the liking of women. There is no real mystery or suspense. There are no lurid details of the crimes. However, I was interested in how it ended because of the character development. I also loved the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"

    I couldn't wait for this book to become available, and I downloaded it immediately. I loved "Angels and Demons" and "The Davinci Code". Unfortunately, this book really fell short. The facts are interesting, but I never felt myself "sitting on the edge of my seat". I still don't see the big "national security" issue. It was so overblown that it was a let down when it was revealed. Likewise, the big twist in the story was fairly obvious by the time I was half way through the book. I think it is worth the credit. It held my attention, but it doesn't even come close to his previous works.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Finger Lickin' Fifteen

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King

    Recipe for disaster: Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head - literally. Throw in some spice: Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop, Joe Morelli. Pump up the heat: Chipotle's sponsor is offering a million-dollar reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture of the killers.

    Connie says: "A little Disappointed"
    "I think the whole series is great"

    I do not agree with the other reviewers. I love this series, and I love the characters. The reason I love them is because it is light, and cute, and I don't have to think too hard. I would agree that the 14th in the series was my least favorite, but this one was good. If I am looking for an edge of my seat suspense, I look elsewhere. But if I want to chuckle and know nothing too horrifying will happen, I reach for a Plum novel. I like the love triangle, and do not want Stephanie to choose one of them. My only complaint is I do not like the reader's voice for Grandma Mazur. The narrator for the first few books, C.J. Critt, did a much better voice for her, and made her hilarious. King's portrayal of that character isn't funny.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!

    jamie says: "Hard Eight"
    "The whole series is terrific"

    I love this series by Evanovich. The stories are funny, but also provide a mystery. I have moments of anxiety, wondering how Stephanie is going to get out of her latest bind. It also has moments of laugh-out-loud humor. This particular book has some very funny moments. The lead character has two swoon-worthy men in her life, which adds an element of relationship/love to the stories as well. I would recommend listening to the whole series in order, but it is not necessary. They are very entertaining and light hearted.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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