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DebKoo

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 18 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Darkest Lie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (396)

    Forced to his knees in agony whenever he speaks the truth, Gideon can recognize any lie - until he captures Scarlet, a demon-possessed immortal who claims to be his long-lost wife. He doesn't remember the beautiful female, much less wedding--or bedding--her. But he wants to...almost as much as he wants her.

    Amy says: "The Darkest Lie"
    "I was completely LOST!"
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    What would have made The Darkest Lie better?

    Probably if I had read the previous books in the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion


    Any additional comments?

    When I got this book I did not know it was part of a series. This book was not like books from Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire Mysteries, and Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress Series, which are all good stand alone books. I was completely lost throughout this book. The book read like I was supposed to already know the characters and the plot. Maybe if I had read the previous books I would have liked it more. But, I don't know that I want to. Probably not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Domingo Martinez
    • Narrated By Emilio Delgado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

    TERESA says: "Humor, authentic"
    "It was Okay"
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    I've been pondering what to say about this book for sometime. I'm conflicted because, like the author, I am from Brownsville. On one hand I totally relate to a lot of what was in the book, and on another hand, I'm a little offended by his description of our hometown with such disgust. Like the author, I left Brownsville a long time ago because there was nothing left for me there, I mean I wasn't really going any where at that time and I have a lot of family and friends who still live there. The picture he paints of our hometown comes off as a town full of illiterate, uneducated, drug dealing, pot smoking alcoholics. Now, I get this is HIS story and that is not what life in Brownsville was/is like for everyone who grew up there. I normally devour audiobooks. This one, not so much. I had to take breaks before continuing. I don't know if it's because I was offended or because it got boring. The narrator was excellent and made the book more interesting than it actually was. If I had read it I don't know that I would have finished the book. I did laugh out loud at times and even cried, and in the end I do feel some pride in knowing that this author is from my hometown even if he doesn't feel pride for his hometown.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5434)
    Performance
    (3691)
    Story
    (3703)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "SCARY!"
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    I got through this book alot faster than I thought I would. The format is more like a written report instead of a novel, like a documentary as opposed to a movie. There is no specific story line, but instead, accounts of events and occurences. The protagonist is interviewing people and taking their statements on their experiences of the war, gathering facts. It's quite interesting and it documents where this decade long war started, how they fought/survived through out the war, and strategies on how it ends. I am curious to see how this will play out in the film that is about to be released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2874)
    Performance
    (2480)
    Story
    (2495)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Good Thriller!"
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    This was a good suspenseful thriller with lots of twists and turns. The protagonist finds out his one true love's husband died so he decides to go to the funeral in hopes of seeing her again after six years have passed. What he finds at the funeral takes him on a long and wild ride. I never really knew where it was going because the direction kept changing. I liked it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4081)
    Performance
    (3487)
    Story
    (3482)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "All I can say is WOW!!"
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    I was quite surprised by the turn of events and blown away with the ending. I never imagined what was to come. I REALLY liked listening to this book. I could relate with the father wanting to do whatever he had to defend his son, who is accused of murder. Being a prosecutor, he knew the ins and outs of the legal system and it was quite interesting. Legal thrillers are my absolute favorite and Defending Jacob is a good one. It was never boring and kept me wanting more until the end. Then I was just like WOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2815)
    Performance
    (2126)
    Story
    (2140)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Quite a Surprise!"
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    When I read all the reviews of how wonderful this book is, I thought I'd give it a try. I liked it! They were right. It really is a book about rabbits and the adventure they go through to find a new home. It was a nice ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially liked the author's prologue explaining the whole premise of the book and how he came to write this story. It was really touching. If you've ever wondered whether you should give this book a try, go ahead. I bet you'll like it too. I was quite surprised I liked it as much as I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vlad All Over

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Beth Orsoff
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Most schoolteachers count the days until summer vacation, but not Gwen. Sure, she loves her job, but it doesn’t exactly pay well. So when a student’s father asks her to fill in for his nanny for the summer, Gwen should be thrilled. After all, Alexander Romanescu is insanely wealthy, and she adores his daughter, Isabella. And yet… And yet she can’t shake the nagging feeling that saying yes to this man could lead to much more than she bargained for. Not to mention that the gig isn’t even in Los Angeles - it’s at the Romanescu’s isolated estate in Transylvania.

    DebKoo says: "Not a Vampire story!"
    "Not a Vampire story!"
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    This book reminded me of a Lifetime movie. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I like the Lifetime channel and occasionally enjoy watching a marathon of movies on a lazy or rainy weekend. Vlad All Over was a SUPER fast and easy read. I liked where it was going until the last third or quarter of the book. The female lead was really annoying me and I was feeling as much frustration as the male lead. I was not really happy with the way it ended and somehow felt cheated. But not everybody agrees with my way of thinking and I can see how somebody would like what the characters had coming to them. Perhaps that's what the author was hoping to accomplish. Because, when I finished the book and my Kindle alerted me to the sequel, I immediately downloaded it and started reading again. Maybe I will get the ending I hoped for afterall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (2561)
    Story
    (2582)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Classic Gillian Flynn"
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    I read Gone Girl first and was hooked on Gillian Flynn, then I read Dark Places and knew there must be something wrong with me, but that's okay. She's brilliant! Sharp Objects is classic Gillian Flynn, nice and dark and tragic and disturbing, etc. with sick and twisted characters. There are twists and turns through out the book and in the end, you don't see it coming. A journalist in her early thirties, who has demons of her own, goes back to her home town to write about the recent murders of two young girls. What she finds in the end is surprising and not at the same time. I really had a hard time putting this one down and you will too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16753)
    Performance
    (11002)
    Story
    (10885)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Tastefully Steamy and Epic Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's ability to do the accents so well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaime... Hello!


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices and accents are so authentic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but I do look forward to reading more.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book on my Kindle while listening to the audio. Great feature from Amazon. It only took me one week to listen to it all because I was doing both. Now, I'm reading the second book on my own without the audio. Listening to it is definately better and is taking me much longer. I hope to finish the whole series before it shows on Starz!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • French Silk

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (527)

    Like the city of New Orleans itself, Claire Laurent is a vibrant beauty laced with a mysterious elusiveness. The founder of French Silk, a fabulous lingerie company, she has fought hard to make it a worldwide success. Then a TV evangelist attacks French Silk’s erotic sleepwear as sinful. And when he is killed, Claire becomes the prime suspect. District Attorney Robert Cassidy knows Claire is damning herself with lie after lie about the murder, even as he feels her drawing him into her world and her very soul....

    OLIVIA says: "Sandra Brown at her Best!!"
    "Good O'l Southern Comfort"
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    I REALLY enjoyed listening to the narrator's southern draw for these characters. The story was really good too, but the narrator, for me, really made this audio book worth the credit I spent. I really like murder mysteries and this one did not dissapoint. Just when I knew who did it, I was completely surprised in the end. The sex was minimal and tasteful! I give this one a two thums up!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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