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Joann

Scituate, MA, USA

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  • Next

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Joann says: "Next"
    "Next"
    Overall

    The book was okay. It also wasn't what I expected from the description. It was a little silly, but did give you food for thought. My main issue, as with other books, is the narration. I find that when a man tries to do a woman's voice, they sound ridiculous and usually come of as "snotty" sounding, no matter how the character is described.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    Joann says: "Simple Genius"
    "Simple Genius"
    Overall

    Loved it, loved it, loved it. Exciting, interesting, fast paced, excellent narration. Lots of twists and kept you guessing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Judgment

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Megan Gallagher
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Mitchell says: "A great read"
    "Critical Judgment"
    Overall

    Although the story line was a familiar one, this book was excellent. It was fast paced and held my attention through the whole book. I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone. The narration was also excellent, which in my opinion, is sometimes more important than the book itself, because if you can't stand listening to the narrator's voice and/or attempt at accents, it ruins the story. Highly recomend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spare Change

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    When a serial murderer dubbed "The Spare Change Killer" by the Boston press surfaces after three decades in hiding, the police immediately seek out the cop, now retired, who headed the original task force: Phil Randall. As a sharp-eyed investigator and a doting parent, Phil calls on his daughter, Sunny, to help catch the criminal who eluded him so many years before.

    Dan says: "he said he said he said"
    "Spare Change"
    Overall

    This was sooooo boring. I had read an article in the Boston Globe about the author and thought I'd try it. I feel it was a waste of my money. Firstly, the story had more to do with the main characters family, friends and dog (which, by teh way, was quite boring)than with a serial killer. Secondly,the Boston accent was horrible. It sounded like when William Devane tries to do a Boston accent. As bad as it was, I couldn't help but be bothered by the fact that the main female character's mother, father, sister, boyfriend, friends, detectives, virtually every character in the character in the gook all had the awful accent, but somehow she didn't. Did she grow up somewhere else? Really, really annoyed me. I would say about 1 hour of the book actually dealt with the serial killer, and that wasn't even that exciting. If you decide to get this, it's okay to fast forward to the last paragraph if you get bored. That's really all you need to listen to. I will definitely take all books by this author off my Wish List.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    F Chalon says: "good entertainment"
    "Bad Luck and Trouble"
    Overall

    This was the first Lee Child book I've ever read and really enjoyed. It was exciting, with twists and turns and a lot of action. It kept my attention the entire time. The narrator was pretty good, but, as usual, my complaint is trying to sound like a woman. It just can't be done. Other than that, really good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Limitations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Life would seem to have gone well for George Mason. His days as a criminal defense lawyer are long behind him. At 59, he has sat as a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County for nearly a decade. Yet, when a disturbing rape case is brought before him, the judge begins to question the very nature of the law and his role within it. What is troubling George Mason so deeply? Is it his wife's recent diagnosis? Or the strange and threatening e-mails he has started to receive?

    Suzn F says: "behind the scenes in the courthouse"
    "Limitations"
    Overall

    I was bored. Out of the 6 hours, only about an hour was dialogue and action. My mind wandered, but it didn't matter, because I didn't miss anything important.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When Ron Williamson signed with the Oakland A's in 1971, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to pursue his dreams of big-league glory. Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits. He moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa. In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for reasons that were never clear, police suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz.

    George W. Wharton says: "Better Than His Great Fiction"
    "The Innocent Man"
    Overall

    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book. I normally love all of his work, but this was dry and boring. My mind wandered through most of it and I actually didn't finish it. I think had it been in story form, he would have done an excellent job of telling what happened.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    From Michael Palmer, best selling author of The Patient, comes the breathtaking medical thriller Fatal. Bizarre events are happening all over the country, and for one doctor and the two women drawn into his life, finding the link between them could prove fatal.

    Lynn says: "fine medical thriller"
    "Fatal"
    Overall

    Excellent book. It was full of action and adventure and kept my attention the whole time. Also, kudos to the narrator for not trying to imitate a woman's voice. He did an outstanding job and I hope to listen to more books with him as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quickie

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (126)

    Lauren Stillwell isn't your average damsel in distress. When the NYPD cop discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour.

    Sarah says: "Implausible plot"
    "The Quickie"
    Overall

    This book was excellent. Another hit for James Patterson. Mary Stuart Masterson's narration was outstanding. The story moved along at a fast pace with a lot of twists, turns and suprises, and kept my interest the whole time. I would recommend this book to anyone, and, in fact, have done so.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Volk's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brent Ghelfi
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A firefight reverberates through Moscow's dark, rain-soaked streets; shattered glass and screams echo in the air. In the lawless ways of Russia's capital city, the gunmen melt away into the night. Two men are dead, the targets not what they seem. A shadowy figure lopes along the riverbank outside the Kremlin walls. Known to all as Volk, a battle-hardened veteran of Russia's brutal war in Chechnya, he prowls Moscow┬┐s grim alleyways, a knife concealed in his prosthetic foot at all times.

    Mary Ann says: "Distasteful"
    "Volk's Game"
    Overall

    I don't like being harsh, but I thought this was the most boring book. I didn't even get through the first part, not only because of the lack of dialogue and "action" and way too much descriptive/background information that, quite frankly, I grasped from the first time it was described/explained, but also due to the creepy disturbing voice and drone of the narrator. People don't talk like that. There was no expression and at times it seemed like the book was one run-on sentence. When he did a voice, it sounded ridiculous, especially when he tried to do a woman's voice (although I did like Nigel's) and sometimes it was hard to know who was speaking because at times, not always, they sounded the same. That was frustrating, because had it at least been consistent,it would have been easier to differentiate between characters. I got so bored with the descriptive parts, my mind would wander and I would realize that I had missed relevant parts. I thought the story line was great and had there been more dialogue and action, I know I would have enjoyed it (albeit it with a different narrator); unfortunately, I was too bored to continue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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