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Beaverville, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 137 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Indian Hill: Indian Hill, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    Indian Hill is about an ordinary boy who grows up in relatively normal times but who finds himself thrust into an extraordinary position. Growing up in suburban Boston, Michael enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through, from the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems, to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught Michael's eye, and he alternately pines for her and laments ever meeting her.

    DCinMI says: "Get through this one because the next two are good"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
    Where does Indian Hill Series #1: Indian Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Indian Hill is Waaaaayyyyy up there on my favorites.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I bought it because I saw that Mike Talbot was the main character and Sean Runnette was the reader. LOVE them both

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

    Someone else said thae Sean IS Mike Talbot and I couldn't agree more. He has captured Mike's personality perfectly. He also does female voices fairly well. So many men use lisps to use female voices but Sean just uses a softer higher pitch which is more to my liking.

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

    The book held my interest from the beginning. When Mike Talbot had a reaction you can be sure that I had the same one. Anger, disgust, illness etc.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "I will miss Sookie Stackhouse"
    What did you love best about Dead Ever After?

    I love the fact that Sookie ended up with the character I wanted her to end up with.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

    I loved hearing Sookie realize how many people were in her corner at the courthouse and then again at the bar.

    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Well, besides Sookie I think little Diantha is my favorite character.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm truly puzzled by the negative criticism. I agree that other books have been better but to say she shouldn't have put all the characters in is just wrong. Personally I don't want to WONDER what happened to everyone.

    I am disappointed in how Eric's character was handled. Obviously he had to be eliminated in order for Sookie to end up with Sam and I agree that most books seemed like they were heading for a Sookie/Eric forever relationship - however - In order for Sookie to be happy with the rest of her life she needed to be with someone that she could actually marry and have children with. Duh Eric probably should have been killed off instead of having him turn his back on her.

    If there were a #14 I would expect Sookie and Sam's relationship to bloom!
    What happened to the children? I half expected Sookie to end up with Eric and adopting her little cousin and the orphaned children of Arlene.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Not what it is cracked up to be"
    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The main character was totally unbelievable. And I got really sick of hearing her say "Oh my!"

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Maybe. Her voice is pleasant.

    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    All of them.

    Any additional comments?

    I didn't find this book the least bit erotic. In fact it frequently got boring. The characters were poorly developed and unbelievable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Land: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow - only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone.

    Linda B says: "A sad, sweet love fantasy"
    "Keeps You Guessing"
    What did you love best about The Silent Land?

    I love stories where the main characters are married or at least in love. This is such a story. As the story builds the mystery increases. You will form one conclusion only to have it wiped out a few pages later. By the end of the book I was pretty sure I had it figured out and almost did but the author still managed to surprise me with the way other elements fit in to the picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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