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Shelley

Chatsworth CA | Member Since 2009

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  • Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Hack
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    In "the most exciting bio of the year," Richard Hack uses recently uncovered (and in some cases, recently declassified) personal letters, court testimony, FBI files, autopsy reports and exclusive interviews to reveal the man who was a legendary lover, record-setting aviator, award-winning film producer, talented inventor, ultimate eccentric, and, for much of his lifetime, the richest man in the United States.

    Ian says: "Truely Incredible"
    "Definitely Definitive"
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    I was riveted by this fascinating insight into this strange and complicated man. The title says it all as the story proved extemely well researched and equally compelling.

    I have always been fascinated by Hughes and his life and this biography was behind-the-scenes factual as well as entertaining.

    Who can resist a story of such an enormously wealthy man mixed with a descent into madness?

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

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17870)
    Performance
    (15888)
    Story
    (15845)

    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"
    "One of the Best King Books Ever!"
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    I was enthralled throughout the entire, long, long book. I absolutely did not want this wonderful story to end. Hey! Maybe I could go back in time and listen to it again! Naahh.

    I even loved the epilogue by Mr. King himself. I was fascinated by all the research he did.

    I'm afraid I did not totally love Craig Wasson's narration. He was skilled in Boston accents and some Texas accents, but for me, his voice had an older person's sound that didn't fit with many of the characters, especially the main character and the women. I know that might seem like nitpicking, but listening to a book is so different than reading it. The narrator interprets the emotion and meaning of the words. For this audio book, at times I found myself trying to put aside Mr. Wasson's voice and listen to the words as if I were reading.

    Nevertheless, marvelous story, equally marvelous writing from a masterful author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5117)
    Performance
    (3086)
    Story
    (3103)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Good Sequel"
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    Because of all the five star glowing reviews, I doubt that my not-so-glowing review will make a difference. But I have mixed feelings about this two book series.
    On one hand, I enjoyed the cautionary tale of our society completely breaking down as a handful of people try to control the world. On the other hand, I needed to care about characters, who they are and what they feel. I got very little of a character study as much as I got a computer/internet lesson. And for the most part, except for a hastily thrown-in, not-quite romance, all the characters were defined by their computer/internet actions.
    And maybe it was just me, but I got very confused as to who was doing what to whom, and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept trying to figure out the Dark Net or the Daemon people or what.
    I did enjoy the Stephen King/Michael Crichton flavor, as well as the cinematic quality like the razorback rider-less motorcycles.
    But the ending felt rushed and left some unresolved characters. Maybe another sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7108)
    Performance
    (4130)
    Story
    (4161)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Heavy on the Techno, Light on the Reality"
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    As far as I could tell from the reviews, I am one of a mere handful of women who have listened to this book. I am not a gamer, but I do understand technology so I was able to follow most of the techno-speak. But, I'm sorry, that does not make a good novel. It mostly served to bog down the story and helped to create cardboard characters.
    Anyway, about a third way through, I was ready to stop listening because of the dull, repetitive techno babble. Then finally the story heated up and moved along swiftly, albeit still immersed in techno babble. And gore. Lots of head and guts exploding. Lots of fun. Not.
    My favorite parts were when the disembodied female voice spoke as those scenes were truly chilling without all the blood, guts and head explosions.
    Without giving away anything, the end (or rather the cliffhanger calling out for a sequel ending), descended into a mess of chaotic suspension of disbelief.
    But, what can I say? I'm ready to listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (295)

    The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

    Danyale says: "Best of the series!"
    "Unexpected"
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    This installment was a surprise. The plot takes you were you may not have expected. Lots of drama, lots of angst and again, well-written and very involving even for a non-teenager as myself.
    I may have to read the next book in the series because as of now, it is not available on Audible. But I will definitely hear Amanda Ronconi's voice as Kaylee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (261)

    Trying to work things out with Nash, her maybe boyfriend, is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

    Diane says: "Prepare for Emotional Torture"
    "A guilty pleasure!"
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    I am thoroughly enjoying this series that is in the same genre as Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This may not have as many levels or depth as Buffy does, but it is very well written and the main character, Kaylee, is smart, funny and engaging.
    The continuing plot has really held my interest as well as the trials and tribulations of the kids in high school.
    Amanda Ronconi is a very skilled narrator. Definitely a guilty pleasure and a fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper: A Soul Screamers Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

    Deborah says: "Nice Backstory"
    "Really Good Backstory"
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    At first, I wasn't going to listen to this installment because I thought it might not matter what the story was about Nash's brother. But I am glad I did listen. I found myself wishing there was more story and I thoroughly enjoyed this very short story, hardly a novella. Good narrator, too.
    I love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Take: Soul Screamers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (560)

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

    Bethany says: "A true page-turner..."
    "A total guilty pleasure!"
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    I am far, far from being a teen, but I really enjoyed this first book of the series. Rachel Vincent is an excellent writer and the main character, as well as all the others, are nicely realized.
    One of my favorite genres is urban fantasy (I think that's the term for paranormal in a realistic setting), and this book accomplishes that very well. So well that I got involved in the lives of teenagers in high school, something that I could relate to like Buffy, the vampire killer.
    Amanda Ronconi does a superior job bringing the characters to life.
    I am on to the next one in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pact

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (276)

    The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

    Patti says: "Getting Repetitive"
    "Ordinary and Dull"
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    I have enjoyed many of Jodi Picoult's works, but this one I found to be really tedious and unimaginative.
    Sort-of Spoiler Alert: the girl wanting to kill herself didn't ring true at all. Her motivation remained vague at best and her character development remained sketchy. The teenagers' relationship grew pretty tiresome and their parents' relationships were uninvolving.
    I was really put off by the vocal quality of George Guidall, who sounded way too old for any of the characters and was sorely miscast.
    I was tempted to stop listening, but once I was halfway through, I decided to continue. A waste of time.
    Oh, and to end this review on the one good note: I enjoyed the use of the lawyer and his assistant from some of the other novels. The only two characters I cared about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1323)
    Story
    (1334)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Just Okay"
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    Not the most impressive of murder thrillers, nor the least, but a reasonably solid story. I am not damning with faint praise, but rather I was disappointed at the lack of tension and the almost easy wrap up of the ending.

    I liked the main character's situation with the heart transplant and how he had to deal with his health throughout the story. But overall, really not too exciting.

    Sort of SPOILER ALERT: I was very surprised at the ending because the film of the same name with Clint Eastwood featured a totally different ending with a totally different villain. Curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifth Grave Past the Light: Charley Davidson, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1193)

    Charley Davidson isn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper. She’s more of a paranormal private eye/grim reaper extraordinaire. However, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. To further complicate matters, Reyes is her main suspect in an arson case. Charley has vowed to stay away from him until she can find out the truth... but then dead women start appearing in her apartment, one after another, each lost, confused, and terrified beyond reason.

    Hassan says: "Charley Davidson is Back!!!!"
    "Love this series!"
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    First of all, Lorelei King IS Charley! She is absolutely the perfect narrator for this character. Second of all, this series is so fun, so exciting and I hope, hope the next book will be out soon!
    And third of all, if anyone doesn't like the character of Reyes, they must be, I don't know, from some other dimension?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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