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Jan

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San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 82 ratings
  • 322 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (147)

    LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gabriel Whitman into their home. While the enigmatic teen seems to be adapting easily, Decker knows only too well the secrets adolescents keep - witnessed by the tragic suicide of another teen, Gregory Hesse, a student at Bell and Wakefield, one of the city’s most exclusive prep schools. Gregory’s mother refuses to believe her son shot himself and convinces Decker to look deeper. What he finds disturbs him. The gun used in the tragedy was stolen....

    Carol says: "Yes, Chris is back"
    "I don't believe that Faye Kellerman wrote this"
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    I have enjoyed all of her books both in print and in audio. But, let me get this out of the way first.

    The narrator is one of the worst I've ever suffered through. He sounded like a complete amateur - holding his nose - I guess to depict people with colds - and he has Marge and Oliver sounding like African Americans from the South. The narrator's poor interpretation would have seriously damaged even a good novel. I will make note of his name and never again believe I "won't mind" a poor narrator because the book will be worth it.

    This book is slow and sloppy. Sometimes it is so dull that you forget who died. I don't believe I would have enjoyed it in print either. The Gabe character is very uninteresting - listen to (or read) chapter 25 to fully experience the stupidity of this book. What happened? Is Faye Kellerman being held hostage while other people write junk under her name?

    Seriously though, I am amazed a writer or an agent or an editor wouldn't care who narrated the book - it sounds (no pun intended) as though the audio version receives secondary attention. Considering the number of people who now listen to books, that decision isn't wise. This isn't the first time I've wondered where the writer or the support team was while the book was being recorded. Don't they realize that while I may try Faye Kellerman again it will be through a loan from the library or an used CD.

    2 of 3 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
    (3339)
    Performance
    (2882)
    Story
    (2904)

    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!"
    "Except for the cheesy love talk..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a mystery it's not bad.

    I got tired of the hero's continuing proclamations of LOVE. I really do like the narrator. I have heard him before and, except for the lovey-dovey ("I cannot live my life without her; I would rather die...") that sounds more like a heaving bosom paperback, the narrator is good. You may want to wait for a sale - or try the library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch & Go: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2524)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2133)

    Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life. When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted.

    lisa says: "Wait for it to go on clearance!"
    "I thought she wrote Romance novels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No, I guess she writes mysteries. I really enjoyed this novel. It is a detective novel and the plot may be far-fetched although I read about similar plots in the newspapers.
    I am not one to try and figure out "who done it" before hand, I want to enjoy my reading. I did have a strong suspicion about half way through and then something happened that thwarted that suspicion. Good characters, good narrator whose voice you'll recognize.

    The Boston accents are a bit overdone - I have lots of friends in Boston, and they don't sound that bad!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past—and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years.

    C. Byrnes says: "Good Listen"
    "Very disappointing - don't spend the money"
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    I think I have read all of Lippman's novels and enjoyed them all. This is boring - I suppose the characters are well done but then there is very little to hold ones interest. The event that occurred while the main characters were children just isn't written well enough to be shocking.
    I really hate spending money with Audible to find the novel is hopeless. At least if one uses the library for an audio book, it can be returned. If you buy the audible book and dislike it - you can give it to someone else who may like it. But with Audible, the cost is just GONE.
    I am beginning to re-think the money I spend with Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (20445)
    Performance
    (18201)
    Story
    (18166)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I haven't read Stephen King since high school..."
    Overall
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    I have always recognized that King was an excellent writer even though I grew out his horror novels. I heard that he had written this one so took a chance; I was enthralled. It's a long novel and I was very sorry to hear it end.

    The tool is time-travel which never interests me but this is done in such a believable manner that the listener is riveted. There are lots of stories within the main plot which has to do with JFK assassignation.

    The narration is TERRIFIC - the reader does every voice in the book - a wide range - he does great accents - women, you name it. I recognize the voice but I am going to remember his name and actually look for his books now.

    It also brought back many of the facts I had forgotten or never knew about the assassination - I was a little girl at the time, so returning to that time was interesting.
    Highly recommend this novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Richard Delman says: "A brilliant book. His best by far."
    "As good as his early novels"
    Overall
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    This book is about the former partners who are now a couple (remember Angie?), married now with a daughter. There is a crime that must be solved. Very enjoyable. The narrator is terrific - although I am not an expert on Boston accents. He does all the voices including his four-year old daughter very well. I may have rated the narrator too high, but I have encountered some very mediocre - if not bad - narrators so this was a pleasure to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Wolf: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Liza Marklund
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In the middle of the freezing winter, a journalist is murdered in the northern Swedish town of Lulea. Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon suspects that the killing is linked to an attack against an air base in the late 60. Against the explicit orders of her boss, Annika continues her investigation of the death, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders.

    Jan says: "I tried."
    "I tried."
    Overall

    I enjoy Henning Mankell and Stieg Larson was also good. I was excited to hear there was another fabulous Swedish crime writer. Unlike the other reviewer I cannot recommend this book - at least in this format. The story takes some time to gel and the narrator seems shrill to me. I tried and finally gave up at the end of Part I., perhaps I'll try again, but I was really not enjoying this. At least listen to the trial audio before you spend any money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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