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Gail

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  • 43 reviews
  • 216 ratings
  • 414 titles in library
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  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (330)

    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!!!"
    "Gross, Disgusting, Sick & Gruesome"
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    I have to say that this was the most gross, gory, disgustingly sick book I've ever read or heard. Yes.... I listened to the whole thing - to see where the author would go next. When I read the review, it sounded like an interesting storyline and the first chapter or two drew me in - people missing in the woods and a scary motel. But the sick, bloody ideas that this author created makes me actually wonder about him - how can an author even come up with this? Without telling too much about the actual story - it's totally far-fetched & unbelievable. The author relies on gore to create a 'story'. The narrator turned out to be just the right person to read this type of book - his voice is creepy and sounds like a back-hills sociopath. If you like blood & guts, are on the border of being a serial killer yourself and like to look at bloody accident scenes, then this book is for you.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • No Safe House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Linwood Barclay
    • Narrated By Brian O'Neill, Graham Winton
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    New York Times best-selling author Linwood Barclay delivers an electrifying novel of suspense in which a family’s troubled past is about to return in more ways than one. And this time, they may not be able to escape.… Seven years ago, Terry Archer and his family, who first appeared in No Time for Goodbye, experienced a horrific ordeal that nearly cost them their lives. Today, the echoes of that fateful night are still audible.

    Paula says: "Can People Really Live With Lies and Deception?"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
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    After listening to 3/4 of this audio book, I had finally gave in and ended the torture. The book started out great and I was looking forward to listening. However, I found that there was too much explanation, too much incidental and goofy filler. I kept saying to myself, "Oh, give me a break!" (I didn't need to know that so & so went stopped on the way and bought a chocolate milkshake, etc.) It was also quite choppy - too many characters with their unrelated story lines. Although I've liked other books by this author, I wouldn't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tim Johnston
    • Narrated By Xe Sands, R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (283)

    From the day Caitlin vanishes the lives of her family members are irrevocably altered, each assuming blame for that day's tragic events. As the initial days of hope are replaced by weeks of anxiety and despair, they find themselves increasingly isolated, each wondering: Is she still alive? Will we ever know what happened?

    C. Strutz says: "Intense"
    "Descent Into Nothing"
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    I just don't understand all of the positive reviews on this book. I even checked to see if maybe I had the abridged book......no. There is no thrill, no suspense, no mystery, no edge-of-your-seat action. What there is, is a mishmash of characters, a jumble of current and past periods in time, unlikeable and depthless characters, no real conclusion or explanation to the kidnapping, no main character The story jumps all over the place with unrelated filler. I like a book where I can get into the minds of the characters. Not at all with this book - so superficial. I wanted to hear from the mother, from the kidnapper, from the girl.......nothing to speak of. Again, no depth to this book at all, hard to follow, don't waste your credits.

    0 of 2 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
    (1174)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1030)

    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.

    KC in Lexington says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "Do you like Harlequin romance novels??"
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    Would you try another book from Sandra Brown and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Absolutely not


    Has Mean Streak turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love a good mystery/thriller. I have far out grown Harlequin romance books. This was basically a juvenile, romance novel.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s voice?

    The narrator did a good job.


    What character would you cut from Mean Streak?

    Would you believe that there were really no characters that were developed or believable?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credits/money on this book. I felt like I was listening to teenage drivel. Silly characters, unbelievable motivation for the main male character (I actually said out loud.... 'You've got to be kidding' and probably should have quit the book at that time, and a very weak plot. So dumb!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virtue Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (72)

    Twenty-three years ago, Misty Banner was brutally slashed to death in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington. Her husband was convicted of the murder. Their four-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, witnessed the crime, but has no memory of the killing. Now, two decades later, Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls. She soon discovers her father is innocent. The real killer is still out there. And her investigation has stirred dark and deadly resentments that could provoke in another bloody murder - her own - in this riveting novel.

    Susanna says: "Dodd's new direction is worth your time and money"
    "Quit The Book Half-Way Through"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Possibly young adults


    What could Christina Dodd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The characters were all unlikeable. This works for some stories, but just fell flat on this one, at least for me. For a main character with logical thinking, the things the author had Elizabeth doing were in my opinion, just plain stupid. The book dragged on and on - maybe cut it down to a short story??


    What didn’t you like about Rebecca Soler’s performance?

    The narrator seemed to make many of the characters come across as angry, when I don't think that was the intent.


    What character would you cut from Virtue Falls?

    There were so many characters and so many different points of view. I would cut any that didn't contribute to the actual story.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend this book. I found it dragged on and on, was boring and by half way through, I could care less what happened to the characters and why. It amazes me that so many readers gave the book high praise.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • After Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Joyce Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Summer, 1979: A dry, hot Northern California school vacation stretches before Rachel and her younger sister, Patty - the daughters of a larger-than-life, irresistibly handsome (and chronically unfaithful) detective father and the mother whose heart he broke. When we first meet her, Patty is 11 - a gangly kid who loves basketball and dogs and would do anything for her older sister, Rachel.

    Krista says: "Wonderful to listen to, decent story"
    "Very Enjoyable!"
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    What did you love best about After Her?

    I really liked the character development - I felt as if I knew and definitely cared about them. The relationship development between the two sisters was excellent.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really on the edge of the seat plot - not a super thriller. There are some books that you can actually leave the room for a couple of minutes and not really miss much. This book ISN'T one of those - there isn't a lot of meaningless filler and I wouldn't have wanted to leave the room without putting the book on pause.


    Have you listened to any of Joyce Maynard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listed to her books, but I will definitely look at the others she's written.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I picked this book - hopefully you will too :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20969)
    Performance
    (19356)
    Story
    (19366)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "JUST PLAIN AWFUL"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Probably an engineer, historian, astronaut, or someone who doesn't care about character development.


    Has The Martian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What character would you cut from The Martian?

    Couldn't get past the first couple of chapters..... but from what I could tell, there was only one character in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    From all of the positive reviews, I definitely expected much, much, much more from this book! It reads like a how-to book - too full of technical terms. Very dry and cold. No personality and from what I read, no character development.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Chill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeff Gunhus
    • Narrated By James Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Jack Tremont moves his family to the quiet mountains of Western Maryland hoping to leave behind a troubled past and restart his life. Instead, he finds himself caught up in a nightmare when his daughter Sarah is targeted by Nate Huckley, a mysterious and horrifying stranger driven by a dark power that will stop at nothing to possess Sarah. When Sarah goes missing, suspicion falls on Jack and he must uncover the secrets of the small mountain town of Prescott City and face the evil secret hidden there.

    Cidney says: "More Frustrating Than Frightening"
    "A bit of Koontz & King!"
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    If you could sum up Night Chill in three words, what would they be?

    Supernatural, thriller, interesting


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot ended up being a little over the top, but it did hold my interest. It reminded me of Dean Koontz's older books (which in my opinion were much better than his newer ones). The book moves along at a quick pace - no filler and not an excessive amount of detail as so many books have.


    What about James Lewis’s performance did you like?

    Just the right amount of drama, inflection and clarity


    Any additional comments?

    The ending leaves room for a follow-up. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. I like his writing style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The One I Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    The summer of 1985 changes Reggie’s life. An awkward 13-year-old, she finds herself mixed up with the school outcasts. That same summer, a serial killer called Neptune begins kidnapping women. He leaves their severed hands on the police department steps and, five days later, displays their bodies around town. Just when Reggie needs her mother, Vera, the most, Vera’s hand is found on the steps. But after five days, there’s no body and Neptune disappears. Now, 25 years later, Reggie is a successful architect who has left her hometown and the horrific memories of that summer behind.

    Lesley says: "Suspense that won't quit!"
    "ONLY mystery is why many others liked this book!"
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    This was a depressing, dreary story. Think of a rainy, gloomy day and this would describe this book. There was absolutely nothing which was dramatic or suspenseful at all. Every character was made to be flawed, unlikeable and unrelateable. The story kept flipping from past to present and at times, it took a bit to know which was being read. I particularly didn't like the self mutilation cutting - it was almost glorified - which it definitely is not. The whole premise of the book just didn't sit right.... without giving a spoiler, the 'one I left behind' should have just gone to the police!! By the end, I could care less who lived, who died and who the murderer was (and why). My recommendation would be to skip this book and LEAVE IT BEHIND!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Barbara Taylor Sissel
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    As her husband, Nick, and daughter, Lindsey, embark on a weekend camping trip to the Texas Hill Country, Abby looks forward to having some quiet time to herself. She braids Lindsey's hair, reminds Nick to drive safely and kisses them both goodbye. For a brief moment, Abby thinks she has it all - a perfect marriage, a perfect life - until a devastating storm rips through the region, and her family vanishes without a trace.

    Nancy says: "AWFUL"
    "TOO MUCH!"
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    Okay.... I'm a woman and consider myself to be in touch with and able to express my deep feelings and like to hear about others' deep feelings. But, expression can get to the point of being too much! I became so sick and tired of hearing the constant whining of deep feelings, that I was ready to scream. This author can go on and on and on and on about small points from every single angle! Enough already - get to the story and quit the whining! I felt that the story was forced - that it was outlined and filler was contrived to meet the needs of the storyline. As far as a mystery/thriller - forget it. No real suspense and what little there was (maybe in the first couple of chapters).... I was to the point of not caring. The story dragged on way too long, was paced far too slow and Abby (the main character) was made to be silly, stupid and weak.

    The narrator got on my nerves - too cutesy sounding and little-girl-like, which most of the time came across as whiny. This book was a waste of time and I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frozen Solid: A Hallie Leland Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Tabor
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    The South Pole’s Amundsen Scott Research Station is like an outpost on Mars. Winter temperatures average 100 degrees below zero; weeklong hurricane-force storms rage; for eight months at a time the station is shrouded in darkness. Under the stress, bodies suffer and minds twist. Panic, paranoia, and hostility prevail. When a South Pole scientist dies mysteriously, Hallie arrives to complete crucial research. Before she can begin, three more women inexplicably die.

    Gail says: "Just Couldn't Get Into The Story"
    "Just Couldn't Get Into The Story"
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    I had high hopes for this what seemed to be an interesting story. I quit about 2/3'rds through when I realized I had no idea which character was which. Also realized that I could care less whether I returned to the book or not. It just couldn't hold my interest. All of the characters (except Hallie) seem to run together. Even the names of some are similar. The story seemed to drag and I was lost in the technical/scientific descriptions. Also, when I bought the book, I didn't realize that this was the second book for the main character, Hallie. That might explain why I felt that there was a lot missing regarding her character. I personally wouldn't recommend the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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