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D. Felicia Valente

Moore, OK | Member Since 2012

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  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Relic: Pendergast, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (4018)
    Performance
    (2465)
    Story
    (2492)

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "Good book, slow start"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, although it started very slowly, once it gained speed it turned out to be a really good book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I had already figured out it would end that way. It's kind of the standard with this type of book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary's Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mia Farrow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    She is a housewife: young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor: charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side is their dream home, a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin, where terror is as near as your new neighbors and where evil wears the most innocent face of all.

    Michael E. Wallster says: "Here Be Witches"
    "Great story, not so great performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rosemary's Baby the most enjoyable?

    The story line. I read it years ago and enjoyed it and with the movie coming out, decided to listen to it before watching the movie. It's a great story with interesting characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mia Farrow’s performances?

    Absolutely not. She speaks so softly that it's next to impossible to listen to the book in the shower (I have a shower speaker) or in my car. I don't have problems with any of the other performers I listen to, just this one. I understand she's trying to portray Rosemary and meek and timid but she could have projected more.


    Any additional comments?

    Other than Mia Farrow's performance and the occasional creepy music, I guess signaling the end of a chapter, it's a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Bell
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside. The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

    And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Good Psychological Horror + Monster"
    "Good story, good drama"
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    If you could sum up The Loon in three words, what would they be?

    Filled with drama


    Have you listened to any of John Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Loon and why?

    Stiger, because of the way his mental illness was portrayed. How he thought and how his story ended fit together perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, action filled and packed with drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crime Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

    Kelbey says: "Excellent"
    "NOT his best!"
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    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Scott Brick?

    I've read two of Gregg Hurwitz's books and liked them very much so I didn't hesitate to snatch this one up. I just want him to get on with the story. Too much rambling, not enough action and I'm doubting I will ever finish listening to it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gregg Hurwitz before, how does this one compare?

    With the other books being 9s, this would rate about a 4.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very slow.


    Was The Crime Writer worth the listening time?

    No. I'm actually a little over 1/2 way through and will probably just give up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2701)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2505)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Great read (or listen)"
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    Where does NOS4A2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of my favorite books to listen to, the reader did a great job with voice change to match the scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book but parts were hard to listen to. It created the emotions that it intended to though and I guess that's the point. Without those unpleasant emotions, it wouldn't have been as good. There were parts that make me roll my eyes (at the characters antics) and parts that made me grip my steering wheel. I love when a storie is so well developed that it makes you actually feel sorry for the villains (at times). I was actually a little irritated with the ending ... until the actual ending, and my irritation, while not replaced with happiness, was at least calmed. Overall this is a really great book. One of the few I would actually listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Surgeon: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Tess Gerritsen was a successful internist who left her practice to focus on her children and her writing. Gerritsen's medical suspense novels have consistently won critical and fan acclaim, and now, with The Surgeon, she delivers her most gripping work.

    Elizabeth says: "The Surgeon"
    "Great story line"
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    What did you love best about The Surgeon?

    I love this entire series!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It sucked me in and I had a hard time turning it off to get out of my car and go to work!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

    Dave says: "A tale fit for the literary gourmand"
    "Great story, great reading, weird music!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Thinner to be better than the print version?

    I tend to read too fast and miss some of the little nuances in a book. So when I can (driving, flying, waiting at appointments, etc.) I like to listen to a book I've already read, often discovering I missed something important my first time through!

    Joe Mantegna did a FANTASTIC job reading this story and the drama in his voice added a lot (as opposed to when I read the hardback). He invoked strong emotion in me that the voice in my head when I'm reading a hardback didn't bring forth.

    However, the music that was played at the ending to a chapter was horrible! A lot of the time it started too soon and drowned out Joe's voice and I think it lasted too long. It was a weird screeching noise that I didn't like at all. It's because of that I've started checking out reviews before purchasing to make 100% sure there is no music in any of the books I'm considering. It was just awful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the main character grew and hardened over time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the ending but hated it at the same time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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