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Gail

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  • Save Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Cynthia Nixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    From the best-selling author of Think Twice and Look Again comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. Rose McKenna volunteers as a lunch mom in her daughter Melly’s school in order to keep an eye on Amanda, a mean girl who’s been bullying her daughter. In the aftermath of a massive explosion, Rose finds herself faced with the horrifying decision of whether or not to rescue Melly or usher Amanda to safety.

    C. Byrnes says: "The Protagonist Was Shallow and Unbelievable"
    "Okay, but......."
    Overall

    The story line seemed interesting when I read the write-up and it had the ability to be an interesting story. However, the main character is such a WIMP! I wanted to reach through the audio, shake some sense into her and yell, "Stand Up For Yourself"!! By the end, I'd had just about all I could take - she turned from wimp into Wonder Woman (under a somewhat different storyline) which, in my opinion was so idiotic. Can't stand up verbally to the other moms, but could stand up to gangsters. Yeah.... right.

    1 of 1 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
    (765)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (693)

    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??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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.

    3 of 3 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
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (10491)
    Performance
    (9986)
    Story
    (10004)

    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?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "JUST PLAIN AWFUL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    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.

    Kim Venatries says: ""The Place Where Nightmares are Born""
    "A bit of Koontz & King!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (226)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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
  • Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (474)

    Jeff Talley was a good husband, a fine father, and a frontline negotiator with LAPD's SWAT unit. But the high stress, unforgiving job took an irreparable toll on his psyche. After a despondent father murders his wife and son and takes his own life, Talley hits bottom. His marriage ends, he resigns from SWAT, and he struggles to escape from his former life. But Talley's pursuit of peaceful small-town life is about to change.

    David says: "Wonderful clarity of plot and character"
    "Disappointing after having read Suspect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading the five star book SUSPECT by Robert Crais, I was so looking forward to reading another of his books. Hostage was such a disappointment. I recommend, if you're thinking about buying this book based on SUSPECT..... pass it up. The depth of feeling, the quality of writing and the ability to pull a reader into the story is lacking in Hostage. If you'd take a CSI television show or a made for movie television show and write a book about the show, this would be the book. My feeling of HAVING to get back to the story - can't wait to hear more - just wasn't there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marlys Millhiser
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (45)

    On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body in 1978 to discover herself pregnant.

    K Cornwinkle says: "Fun time travel"
    "Very Superficial - Wish It Had More Depth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was hooked on 'time-travel' after reading the Outlander series and hoping for something with just a hint of those books. While this book was okay, I found myself wishing it would go into more depth. I felt the characters were flat & wooden and the events in their lives were quickly glossed over without any fleshing-out. As by a reviewer before me, the book seemed to have been recorded in someone's home. There were distracting background noises (conversations, water running, possible a TV, etc). This was the first of many, many books where I've encountered this. If you're looking for a romantic time-travel type book, try the Outlander series and also Ferney by James Long (which isn't quite time travel, but similar).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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