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Sandra

St. Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Player

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rhonda Nelson
    • Narrated By Ian August
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    There's nothing like a man in uniform...or out of it! Especially when he's as hot as former Ranger Jamie Flanagan. After their last assignment went horribly wrong, he and his buddies needed to get out of the military for good. There was only one catch, that he and his pals promise their commanding officer one favor. Any favor.

    Elizabeth says: "Those vexing arrows"
    "The Player"
    Overall

    I couldn't get through it. The narrator sounds like he's straight from Revenge of the Nerds. I couldn't find anything this narrator said to be sexy or the least bit interesting. I actually thought it was a joke at first... unfortunately, the he talks through his nose and sounds like he's never had a date before so it's hard to get into the story. If only the narrator, the actual plot, or the hot scenes would have been good, maybe it would have been more tolerable - no such luck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (581)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Very enjoyable, not too cheesy, horror story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is nowhere near comparable to King at his best (Salem's Lot, Needful Things, etc.), but pretty close to him at his pretty good (Lisey's Story, Under the Dome). Tananarive Due kept it simple, yet scary and just enough to hold your interest. It could have been quite a bit shorter and just as good. The evil house plot has been done a million times, but this author put her own spin on it and I will download another of her books. So, if you're in the mood for a fairly simple, but pulls you in just enough to keep listening, kind of story, give this one a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backseat Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (296)

    Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce and dirty girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches.

    J. E. JONES says: "Loved this audio!"
    "Not Gods in Alabama good, but good..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was going to start off being angry that this author decided to narrator her own books. BUT... I will say that I went on to listen to Between Georgia sometime after this book and I think she did a much better job. Maybe the problem was that I listened to Gods in Alabama, then immediately listened to BackSeat Saints because the main character here was introduced in Gods in Alabama. I think I was expecting too much (and the narrator of Gods in Alabama is tough competition). This was a good story and I am glad I downloaded it, but it was really hard to like the main character. She was a victim of domestic violence her whole life, so you want to root for her and be on her side, but she has such a crappy attitude and personality that often I found myself not liking her and not rooting for her. Either way, the story was well thought out and worth a credit. If you loved Gods in Alabama, do not expect to be as satisfied with this story. Go ahead and give Between Georgia a shot too (I think that story is a lot better than this one)...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (487)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are craving a Southern fix and miss The Help, I think you'll like this book (not to mention the narrator sounds a LOT like Skeeter). It was enjoyable and had a thought-provoking plot, while still being light and pleasant to listen to. Great story that was full of well-developed twists, and the narrator was great. I've recommended this audio book to several friends who have also loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Rods

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Helen DeWitt
    • Narrated By Dushko Petrovich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    "All I want is to be a success.That's all I ask." Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then he fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat hundreds of pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel so sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet his for frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brain storm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top - and to the very heart of corporate insanity.

    Josh says: "Wild tale, enveloping reader"
    "Terrible... just terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I downloaded this book with an open mind, but was so bored by the main character and the plot that I couldn't keep listening. I put in a good 2 hours then tried to fast forward here and there hoping it would get better... it did not. It was just terrible... horrible...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another perfect example of why an author should almost never read their own book. Why can't an author be happy with the writing talent... why prove you can read your own book??? I would probably like the story, but I will never know because after 2 excruciating hours, I finally gave up. His voice is gravelly, without the appropriate fluctuation, and only has one tone. What a waste...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darker Than Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Owl Goingback
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Horror novelist Michael Anthony decides to move his family from New York City to the small Missouri town where he was raised by his eccentric grandmother. Moving into the old house left to him in her will, the Anthonys find something already residing in the walls, under the floors, and in the darkest corners.

    coreybeth says: "Great horror book, scary, wow"
    "Entertaining..."
    Overall

    If you can get past the narrator sounding like a robot (and doing a terrible female voice) and the monsters being named Boogers, it's a fairly entertaining story. A very easy listen; a simple story about a big city family moving into a haunted house in a rural area. The tone and writing reminded me of Joe Hill's Heart Shaped Box, but not quite at that level. Nothing really that hasn't been done before, but a well-written story. This book would definitely be appropriate for YA and doesn't have anything racy or controversial. I'd avoid the narrator, although he's not terrible enough to stop listening, and may download another Goingback book if I feel like a non-thought-provoking, entertaining listen on the long commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "Hard to categorize this story..."
    Overall

    I haven't read Card's sci-fi books, but have enjoyed several of his "horror" novels. This one really confused me. 99.9% of the book has no scary undertones, nothing out of the ordinary, nothing supernatural, and is frankly just a boring story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing happened until the last 15 minutes of the 16 hour book. Every time something new happened, I thought it would lead into something scary, or at least something interesting, but it never did. Yes, the ending was pretty good, and for some reason, I didn't stop listening... maybe because I was already a fan... but I would not recommend this book. If you're looking for a story about a family of Mormons living their everyday lives, it's a story that'll pass the time on your commute, but steer clear if you'd like something scary, thrilling, or anything more than a story about a pretty ordinary family.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2263)
    Story
    (2260)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Really scary stuff!"
    Overall

    Yes, the book ends abruptly, but it's a journal... the journal of one of the last survivors on Earth after the living dead have taken over. It was so creepy that I was scared to get up by myself at night. I found that I couldn't listen right before bed or I had nightmares. It wasn't THE most creative zombie story ever written, but it scared me so bad that I have to say it was a great book! I was a little bummed when it ended, but I would have been even more disappointed if it had a nice bow around it... being written like a journal was a great twist on an old story!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3530)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1973)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Not one of the better Koontz stories..."
    Overall

    The narrator definitely lacked range and emotion in his tone. The story was just kind of "off" for a Koontz book. There was nothing really supernatural or edge-of-your-seat and it wasn't even a good mystery. It was an ok premise for a story but was just very dryly written and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost in Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Just after a man falls in the snow and hits his head on a stone curb, a ghost arrives to take his soul to the afterlife. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. Flabbergasted, the ghost appeals to his boss for further direction and is instructed to stay with the man until the strange "problem" is worked out.

    Brien says: "Interesting writing style, complex story"
    "Odd but good!"
    Overall

    I really liked this story. I agree with the other reviews that it was all over the place. I'm still not sure I understood what was going on throughout the book, but I couldn't stop listening. As long as you're ok with not understanding every single thing that happens, and if you have a good enough imagination to fill in the blanks for yourself when it gets confusing, it's a fun listen! Unfortunately, Jonathan Carroll doesn't have any other books on Audible, but I purchased a couple of his books after listening to this one, and I have not been disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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