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Watus

Prosperity, SC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Dog Named Boo: How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Edwards
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers. The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "Soothing, relaxing, inspirational"
    "Hooray For Adoption"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Most of the book I did enjoy because it was realistic. But after listening to the whole thing, I wonder if a more condensed version might not have been better.


    Would you recommend A Dog Named Boo to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably, although if you are a real fan of dogs, "A Dog's Purpose" is a much better choice.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Meredith Mitchell?

    This was couple of books ago and I don't remember Meridith not displaying good talents.


    Do you think A Dog Named Boo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think the author said what she needed to say. It just could have been more concise. It is not a bad book and you definitely got to see Boo's traits. In my opinion, anyone that adopts a dog is a Saint to start of with. I have eight dogs and while five are pedigreed and I love them, they don't hold a candle to the three shelter dogs...these dogs seem to appreciate you more and love you unconditionally, but as Lisa shows you - you have to love them unconditionally too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story. It just could have been a little more condensed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gray Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1111)

    The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer's career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track - until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the "lucky" associates. She's offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she'd get her old job back. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about.

    Jan says: "Sorry John... wanted to like it... love you anyway"
    "Not The Usual Grisham Book"
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    What did you love best about Gray Mountain?

    The visual it projects to the reader/listener


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many personalities to pick out a single character.


    What about Catherine Taber’s performance did you like?

    Not used to a female narrator for Grisham. It was different but not bad. Sometimes a little monotone.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Terminating Appalachia


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike many Grisham books this leaves the reader unresolved. However like many of his books he uses these pages to make a statement that should not go unheeded. In this case, big business runs over the people who were born and continued to live in this beautiful area of the country.The government offers no help and assists big business to trouncing these people, taking their land, polluting the environment and making them desperately ill.

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  • Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (537)

    A series of horrifying events occur in quick succession in the same upscale L.A. neighborhood. A backyard renovation unearths an infant's body, buried 60 years ago. And soon thereafter in a nearby park, another disturbingly bizarre discovery is made not far from the body of a young woman shot in the head. Helping LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis to link these eerie incidents is brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But even the good doctor's vast experience with matters both clinical and criminal might not be enough.

    Jane Markhorst says: "boring and slow"
    "Straight-forward Mystery"
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    Where does Guilt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have pretty much listened to all the Alex Delaware series to date and this one ranks in the Top 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book it has to be Delaware because he carries the story line.


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

    It would not be a Delaware book without John Rubinstein.


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

    No. But it would have been less disjointed. Breaking it up makes you lose pertinent facts.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book mainly because I am an Alex Delaware fanatic. The one thing that mystifies me is why Kellerman insists on giving you a complete run down of each person's wardrobe. It just seems a little insignificant and has no real bearing on the end result.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3886)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3293)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "One of Baldacci's better more recent efforts!"
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    Would you listen to The Innocent: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes! It is so intense that one listening will not detect everything. There are going to be some clues that are missed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julie. Because Baldacci took his time in developing that character.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Honestly, I wish they had chosen someone different for this book. Not that either are bad, but they sound like Maxwell and King and that can be confusing.


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

    It was too long to occupy that much time but made you want to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one I figured out early on because Lambert was not connected at the beginning and really had no reason for being in the book, so obviously there had to be a reason for her existence. I just waited but my money was on her all along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7205)
    Performance
    (6679)
    Story
    (6696)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Will Patton makes this book come alive!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is a master of surprise and he made the events in this book mesh perfectly.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Every King Book is well-thought out and has a different twist. For that reason it is hard to compare this to other King Books or other authors.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will is so smooth and he plays the characters perfectly and brings them to life.


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

    Unlike other Stephen King books, this one was somewhat more predictable but not obvious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (755)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jennifer Bailey says: "Pointless Waste Of Time"
    "One of the Better Murder Club Novels"
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    Where does Unlucky 13 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of The Murder Club Series. It was concise, relevant and constantly moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to pick a favorite character here because each woman is different and interacts well with the others.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Can't really say I had a favorite. The performance was spot-on.


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

    I would if I could but that was not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so sick of Alex Cross that this series is a pleasant relief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6025)
    Performance
    (5617)
    Story
    (5618)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "I enjoyed this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

    I don't have enough time to read that much but I am driving constantly and audio books are my constant companion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did.


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

    Probably one of the best I have witnessed. I was first introduced to Will in the John Lee Burke Novels and I am amazed how well he has transitioned to other authors. FIVE STARS.


    If you could rename Mr. Mercedes, what would you call it?

    Mind Games


    Any additional comments?

    I usually find Stephen King Books to be very long but this one held my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. While it had some of the usual "King Gore" and surprises, it had somewhat of a tender side too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (180)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Classic Sandra Brown Style"
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    Would you listen to Deadline again? Why?

    Maybe after a few months because always the first listening loses some of the details.


    Would you recommend Deadline to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not an edge -of-your-seat book but still interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Dawson, Obviously.


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

    No. There is not enough time for that. But for consistency allow enough time daily to keep up with the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the better recent Sandra Brown Mystery Novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange Crush

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Praising Tim Dorsey’s tongue-in-cheek humor, the Miami Herald wrote, “Nobody, but nobody, writes like this guy.” Here Florida politics take the main stage in a rollicking satire that proves Dorsey’s at the top of his game. When a traumatic experience forever changes Florida gubernatorial race candidate Marlon Conrad’s life, he hits the road in a Winnebago to find the “real” Florida. But his odyssey is plagued with would-be assassins and cutthroat journalists.

    Dubi says: "Storms Warning"
    "A Humorous look At The Underbelly of Politics"
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    What did you love best about Orange Crush?

    The dramatic turn of the candidate. It was unexpected


    What was most disappointing about Tim Dorsey’s story?

    I almost got lost in the story after it moved from the opening pages to the deployment. It got a little boring and probably could have been better demonstrated there. The last part was very interesting and funny but some of the incidents made it less than believable.


    Did George Wilson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I think George did an adequate job- nothing award-winning. He didn't "live" the characters like others I have heard.


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

    Absolutely not. If I hadn't broken it up I might not have gotten through it.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to listen to other Dorsey books, because I have been told that others are more enjoyable than this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1171)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "A Humorous Honest Look"
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    Would you listen to Sh-t My Dad Says again? Why?

    It was entertaining and reminded me of people I know- not my dad


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

    This was my first one and I thought he did a good job


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

    You couldn't have chosen anyone better. Excellent job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This was not that kind of book. It is just a realistic and humorous look at a boy growing up.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for other titles by Justin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (678)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "This book put me to sleep"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a fan of Patricia Cornwell but since she moved Kay from Virginia, her books have been more difficult to listen to because the stories ramble so much.


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get rid of that "Holier Than Thou Attitude" and quit giving us unimportant details . It is boring.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s voice?

    Kate is excellent and she has done a great job with any number of Scarpetta books. This review isn't about the reader of the book for us.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dust?

    While they are all important, Cornwell seems to drag everyone of them out so much you want to scream and she makes Kay a real bitch in this book and that is not how she used to be portrayed in the earlier series.


    Any additional comments?

    FOCUS! This is a great, character that I have enjoyed for years but she is losing me now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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