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  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2333)
    Story
    (2321)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Lulu says: "Very, Very Funny Book, Suffered from My Bad Timing"
    "A little wordy"
    Overall

    The author hasn't met an adjective she didn't like. Everything is described in detail from the bathroom to every freaking guy she sees. With the same narrator it makes it hard to remember this isn't a Stephanie Plum book. There's the same lusting over multiple guys and describing and thinking about them until I want to scream! By the time I'm ready to run my car into a tree from boredom she finally stops drooling over some guy and we get to some action. But it's not enough to make it worth the price.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Infection

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig DiLouie
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    Five ordinary people must pay the price of survival at the end of the world. A mysterious virus suddenly strikes down millions. Three days later, its victims awake with a single purpose: spread the Infection. As the world lurches toward the apocalypse, some of the Infected continue to change, transforming into horrific monsters.

    wayne says: "worst narrator, I've heard so far"
    "Should have listened to the other reviews"
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought just because other people didn't like this book didn't mean I wouldn't so I bought it while it was on sale. I do like the idea of the book, infected people running around biting and spreading the infection. They die just like anyone else does but the numbers are overwhelming within days. What's not to like about that? I'm not a very good writer so it's hard to explain what my problem is exactly but the author never brings these characters to life. It's not painful to listen to but I'm not sure I'll finish simply because I don't really care what happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (824)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Impossible to listen to"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Pride and Prejudice better?

    A different reader! She sounds like a little old lady and speaks too fast.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Flo Gibson’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment. Horrible performance


    Any additional comments?

    I love P&P. I have the BBC series, movie, paperback, and ebook versions. I thought getting a free audio version was great until I tried to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanish: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (214)

    A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Body Double.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, but...."
    "Great story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I nearly skipped this book because of a bad review. I glad I went for it anyway. This is the best story in the series so far. The narrarator gives Jane a weird, jersey (?) accent instead of Boston but honestly after a couple of hours listening to a real Boston accent my southern ears would start to bleed. I hated to stop listening when I'd Finnish my commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apprentice: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    It is a boiling summer in Boston. Adding to the city's woes is a series of shocking crimes that end in abduction and death. The pattern suggests one man: "The Surgeon," serial killer Warren Hoyt, known for his partial dissection of his victims, and recently thrown behind bars. Police can only assume an acolyte is at large, a maniac basing his attacks on the twisted medical techniques of the madman he so admires.

    Mary S. Murray says: "Good Read"
    "Putting on the ritz!"
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    What did you like best about The Apprentice? What did you like least?

    Liked best: kept my interest during commute to work. Least liked: the reader. Her normal voice for Jane is fine but the voices for other characters, especially Isles, is horrible.


    What didn???t you like about Anna Fields???s performance?

    She pronounces Rizzoli with a strange emphasis on the z. Felt like I was in a Brian & Stewie sketch every time she says it. She pronounces it Rits-zoli instead of Riz-zoli.


    Could you see The Apprentice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Glad they changed everything for the tv show. Jane and her family in the books are awful. Jane is one of those annoying women that has to be better than all the guys then complains about sexism when no one likes or respects her. No one likes her because she's a jerk. She tells a story about going into a freezing lake after her mother tells her not to because her brothers mock her by repeating their mother. She's telling it to once again show how awful her brothers are. I see another example of her being an idiot. They stay on dry WARM land while she's chest deep in freezing water. Idiot.


    Any additional comments?

    So far the books are just Rizzoli and some guy gets a crush on. When do they become Rizzoli & Isles?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Dexter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    Dexter Morgan is not your average serial killer. He enjoys his day job as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department... but he lives for his nighttime hobby of hunting other killers. Dexter is therefore not pleased to discover that someone is shadowing him, observ­ing him, and copying his methods. Dexter is not one to tol­erate displeasure... in fact, he has a knack for extricating himself from trouble in his own pleasurable way.

    phillip says: "Doting Daddy Dexter Delivers D'goods!"
    "IQ drops with each book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Double Dexter?

    Dexter seems to be getting dumber with each book. Pretty bad when an idiot out smarts him.


    Has Double Dexter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't read any other in the serial killer/hero genre.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Jeff is a pretty good writer but brings nothing as the narrator. I miss the guy from the first 2 books. He really complemented the author's writing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5764)
    Performance
    (4031)
    Story
    (4033)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "OK book, Great reader"
    Overall

    I keep trying Jim Butcher books b/c everyone that likes the same books I like recommend them so highly. But I'm afraid I just don't get it. Jim's books aren't horrible but they're not great either. This type of book is great for audio books since I can listen for the 1 hour commute to & from work then forget about it when I have better things to do.

    I have to confess to being an embarrassing fan-girl for James Marsters so that's the real reason I bought Grave Peril. Take that into consideration when I say he did a GREAT job. :) He really brought Harry to life and I loved the voice for Bob. I pretty much had that voice in my head for Bob while reading the first book.

    Even though I love James, I found myself drifting off while listening but then he would change the pitch of his voice and capture my attention again. With any other reader I would have given this book 2 or maybe 3 stars but because of James I gave it 4.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cross Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (339)

    Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and a scheming lobbyist. Next, the elusive marksman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories - is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? The case explodes and FBI agent Max Siegel battles Alex for jurisdiction.

    Andrea D. Thomas says: "Loved It!"
    "He really is terrible"
    Overall

    This is just a mess. Andre Braugher does a terrible job. He's reading with no presentation or emotion in his voice, just a flat monotone. The other guy (Jay Sanders?) does a really good job as the bad guys though. And this book has Kyle Craig in it. I really hate super-inflated villains like Kyle. I just started the second part and I'm ready for one of them to die. I really don't care which one at the moment just end it. I got this with a free credit so I shouldn't feel so annoyed but the Alex Cross books are the reason I joined Audible in the first place. I'm about ready to give up on James Patterson.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter Is Delicious

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (534)

    Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals.

    Helix Fairweather says: "Getting Dexter"
    "Get on with it!"
    Overall

    Ugh, I have to agree with another reviewer that Jeff Lindsay is a good writer but an annoying reader. The guy that did the previous books was Dexter to me. The book starts out slowly with 20 minutes of how wonderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Dexter's new kid is. It gave me a headache.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer: John Cleaver, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (247)

    John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

    M. Mott says: "Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator."
    "Hate the narrator"
    Overall

    I had a hard time getting into the book b/c the reader is really annoying. I was hoping for a book like the Dexter series but this wasn't it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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