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Kristi

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  • I, Michael Bennett: Michael Bennett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (517)

    Detective Michael Bennett arrests an infamous Mexican crime lord in a deadly chase that leaves Bennett's lifelong friend, Hughie McDonough, dead. From jail, the prisoner vows to rain epic violence down upon New York City - and to get revenge on Michael Bennett. To escape the chaos, Bennett takes his 10 kids and their beautiful nanny, Mary Catherine, on a much-needed vacation to his family's cabin near Newburgh, New York. But instead of the calm and happy town he remembers, they step into a nightmare.

    JACKIE says: "Disappointing"
    "Best listen!"
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    What did you love best about I, Michael Bennett?

    The characters. No doubt about it. Bobby Cannavale breathes life into the already amazing characters in these books


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realistic way you can feel the flow and recognize this could be real. It makes this book captivating.


    Have you listened to any of Bobby Cannavale and Jay Snyder ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and as always - they are great. Well cast voices. They give inflection, panic, excitement, feeling, and Bobby makes me laugh, smile and even cry. I think he's fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. Even if its your first in this series, you will love the listen and you will be hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1589)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "It ok, only ok."
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    What did you like best about Notorious Nineteen? What did you like least?

    Liked: familiar series.. Least: overly silly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

    A REAL person from New Jersey because there is a specific attitude and accent that the Stephanie Plum series claims to have.


    Did Notorious Nineteen inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Such a boring listen. Very difficult to stay interested. So much better to read because the narrator is like an assault on my ears!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5626)
    Performance
    (5102)
    Story
    (5115)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Wow, not what I expected."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. I am easily entertained and easy going so I usually enjoy even "less than average" movies and books but this... Ugh, it's horrifically boring to the point of going cross eyed. I recommend it to lull you to sleep or to bore enemies to death.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Correia again?

    Nope. I stupidly bought both books in this series. Yup, should have waited but the reviews were good and I wanted to have a fluid link in listening to them. But the answer is NO, we do not see eye to eye in literature at all.


    What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s voice?

    Smooth. Gentle. Nice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like long, historical, yet not historical, boring goop put into 10+ hours of listening - go for it. But don't expect Harry Potter, laughs, relatable subjects or a connection. Won't happen. Not even a great imagination could have fun with this heap of boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Run for Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale, Dallas Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (404)

    A calculating killer who calls himself The Teacher is taking on New York City, killing the powerful and the arrogant. His message is clear: remember your manners or suffer the consequences! For some, it seems that the rich are finally getting what they deserve. For New York's elite, it is a call to terror.

    Only one man can tackle such a high-profile case: Detective Mike Bennett. The pressure is enough for anyone, but Mike also has to care for his ten children-all of whom have come down with virulent flu at once!

    Discovering a secret pattern in The Teacher's lessons, Detective Bennett realizes he has just hours to save New York from the greatest disaster in its history.

    Peggy C. says: "Patterson delivers a roller coaster ride!"
    "Absolutely fantastic in every way!"
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    Would you listen to Run for Your Life again? Why?

    Definitely, in fact, I plan on listening to it tonight. I am putting off another book to take this trip again with Mike because it is that good!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Run for Your Life?

    The Teacher's twist at the end. It was like being an audio-adrenaline junky and getting a fix.


    Which character – as performed by Bobby Cannavale and Dallas Roberts – was your favorite?

    Mike Bennett is obvious. His part is read to perfection and I can't imagine anyone else even trying to read his character. But safely, the Teacher is read with serious eeriness and you get all the creepy acting in just the voice of the part being read. Talk about giving life to pages. Between these 2 men, they are excellent and truly found their calling in being the voice for such great characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a "must-listen"! You cannot believe just how quickly you are swept away and how amazing the writing is. I have listened to many audiobooks over the years but none as exciting as this one. I didn't want to stop listening and often found excuses to put on my headphones for even 10 minutes. You'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3045)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2718)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Gentle wonderful listen"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved just how immediately hooked I was. This is definitely not my type of book but between the narration and the wonderful story, I thought it was perfect. I loved Harold because he seemed so familiar.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    Harold was a dear. He was easily your grandfather, your great uncle or a senior you might remember as a child. Jim gave Harold a mind, body and soul that you wanted to follow and that made you like him.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    Harold walked away from a life and found his.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is gentle, easy to enjoy and is a good listen for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil Bones: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery - a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.

    gwennieg says: "Devil Bones"
    "Kathy is brains and a gifted author."
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    If you could sum up Devil Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, educational and bizarre


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tempe - she is a character that women can relate to and/or look up to. Smart, sense of humor and yet still has common problems, I love it when a character is human!


    What three words best describe Linda Emond’s performance?

    Bland, even toned and ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Kathy Reich's gives her all in each book/story she tells. You never finish a book without learning something(s) new or craving more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3106)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2101)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "I was transported back in time."
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    If you could sum up Gone with the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Historical, brilliant and beautiful.


    What other book might you compare Gone with the Wind to and why?

    You just can't, this is world apart from other written works to start. At least in my experience.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is perfection and brings this book to life. Everyone know GWTW is a masterpiece but with the perfect narrator, you have historic gold that creates a brilliant movie in your mind as you listen. I have seen GWTW several times and love it dearly but the author and narrator give the gift of imagination and education to you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (431)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Excellent book, horrific narration"
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    Where does Deja Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the worst narration possible. Excellent to read but this woman narrator is the worst.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, she belches and sounds like she is chewing gum and gurgling water while reading. I was nauseous listening. Kathy has written an excellent book but you want earplugs to listen to this. I want my money back for this one!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1121)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "A must for anyone who enjoys mystery thrillers"
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    Would you listen to Harry Bosch Box Set again? Why?

    Absolutely. The Bosch series is spot on entertainment and the narrator feels like he is the character. That is the best because Harry Bosch novels are gritty and well researched so you feel like you are part of this world, following Bosch.


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

    He brings the voice, the tempo and the surreal feeling you are actually listening to the teal Harry Bosch.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (168)

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Lannielui says: "Average All Around"
    "Great story, very creative."
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    If you could sum up Bones to Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Smart, emotional and well done. I know Kathy draws off personal experiences and that is why truth is stranger than fiction and thankfully she gives us both. Always keeps you thinking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bones to Ashes?

    The emotional ending. Yes, I cried again. I found myself excited to find time to listen. I love that!


    Which character – as performed by Linda Emond – was your favorite?

    Tempe. She did great.


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration and a great book - what can be better?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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