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  • The Body Departed

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    James Blakely is a good man who has done some bad things in his time. So when he’s viciously gunned down in his sleep, he’s faced with a choice: Proceed immediately to an afterlife of eternal damnation or haunt the world of the living in search of redemption - and one last shot at heaven. Now, little more than a flickering shade of the man he was, James spends his days seeking solace from the loved ones he left behind - even as he works furiously to unravel the mystery of his murder.

    Debi W. says: "Had me in tears at the end"
    "Intriguing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Body Departed the most enjoyable?

    The story and narration were both good. I liked the approach to death along the lines of What Dreams May Come.


    What other book might you compare The Body Departed to and why?

    It was similar to Richard Matheson's 1978 book What Dreams May Come.


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

    He adds more emotion, as if James is really talking and telling the story to the reader.


    If you could take any character from The Body Departed out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The spirit who embodies the statue of Christ, who isn't really Christ, so that I could learn secrets of the universe and the meaning behind it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story told through the eyes of Jacob was heartbreaking. It was hard to listen to how he died.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Housequake: An Angel Hill Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By C. Dennis Moore
    • Narrated By Curt Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Oliver Mark has found the perfect house. Old, abandoned, on the outskirts of Angel Hill where no one lives - it's the perfect place for him and his girlfriend to make a life together. But when Oliver breaks into the place to explore his new treasure, he finds himself lost in a maze of confusion and spatial anomaly. After losing his job and getting kicked out of his friend's house, Oliver just wants a place to build a new life, but this house wasn't constructed using the physical laws we all take for granted.

    Ty from Wales says: "Bitching stories."
    "Not Great"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I felt like this book was a bad knock off of Clive Barker's "The Thief of Always." I suppose someone will enjoy it. I'll admit I enjoyed "The Third Floor" by C. Dennis Moore.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably the Neil Gaiman item in my library


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance sound quality was bad. It sounded like the narrator was speaking into a loud echoing hallway. He also mispronounced words, which made me cringe inside.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and disappointment. It wreaked of Barker's Holiday House setting, but not in a good way. The Thief of Always is one of my favorite books, but Moore's character Oliver is definitely not on par, at any level, with Barker's Harvey Swick.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a more enjoyable story, read or listen to Clive Barker's The Thief of Always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6867)
    Performance
    (6155)
    Story
    (6186)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Not Quite What I Expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have personalized it quite a bit more. Ms. Kerman focused on very mundane activities: food, work, exercise. We get it; prison was boring. I live in a state which has a prison reentry program with multiple partnerships among sister state agencies, private entities, and stakeholder groups. I've visited mens' prison, as part of this effort, and seen dormitories, work shops, etc. The prison I visited, had a large garden for the inmates to tend, which supplemented their food, and provided enough surplus to benefit a local homeless shelter and food pantry. It also had an art studio, a wildlife rescue clinic (which also grew insects for wildlife food), a trout farm, a doggy daycare (for COs and administrative staff), which was staffed by inmates (who took great pride in their work, and who stated they often fostered special needs dogs from the shelter.) I also have a cousin who served 14 years for drug trafficking; he earned his GED and became HVAC certified, while incarcerated, and is currently married with a child, working and living a productive life. I was moved by the problems with commissary, discussed in the book, wherein, an inmate is provided with laundry detergent, in surplus, but not provided with basic toiletries for hygiene. I also found it very hard to believe that Ms. Kerman got along with her former lover, and the lover's sister and made deviled eggs in their cell. That seemed pretty far-fetched.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I was most glad Ms. Kerman recognized that she had responsibility in opiates addiction, and the heroine epidemic, for her small part in trafficking. I was moved by the feelings of remorse that she expressed for her actions, and in seeing the end results of what had once seemed glamorous and adventurous. I was also moved by the stories of mental illness, poverty, domestic abuse, and addiction, for we often "lock up" people who we're mad at, instead of addressing their problems through medical treatment. They, then, end up alongside the people who we fear, which is never going to create any good outcomes. The least interesting was the prison cheesecake and other concoctions made in the microwaves from stolen food.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I thought the narration was fine.


    Do you think Orange is the New Black needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes; it is pretty outdated. Ms. Kerman presently resides in Columbus, Ohio, and teaches a writing workshop at a women's correctional facility in Marysville, Ohio. It would be interesting to hear her perspective about Ohio's prisons, and its efforts to make offender reentry more successful. It would also be interesting to hear a collection of experiences from other inmates with whom she served, and from inmates who are currently serving time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1800)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    Dylan says: "An unexpected gem"
    "Not bad"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was enjoyable, but differed from the King Fountain series. I was expecting them to be similar, but they were not.


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

    I listened to the King Fountain series, and really lied it a lot. I cared a lot about the characters and they developed and grew over time. I'm waiting for maturation and depth to be gained by the characters in Muirwood.


    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    middle-pitched feminine


    Did The Wretched of Muirwood inspire you to do anything?

    I will try the remaining books in the series and have them added in my queue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Academy: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (698)

    Quitting her job as a high school science teacher to join the Seattle Police Department was an easy decision for Tracy Crosswhite. Years earlier, what should have been one of the happiest days of her life instead became her worst nightmare when her younger sister, Sarah, disappeared. After the murder trial, while her family disintegrated, Tracy turned her heartbreak and her lingering questions into a passion for justice.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Nice Short Prequel to a Blockbuster Series"
    "Wishing I'd read this first"
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    What did you like best about The Academy? What did you like least?

    It helped explain a lot of the animosity between Nalasco and Crosswhite.


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

    This was, thankfully, not quite so repetitive...


    Did Emily Sutton-Smith do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did. She made a concerted effort to give them individual voices.


    Could you see The Academy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Clearing: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (3053)
    Story
    (3040)

    Detective Tracy Crosswhite has a skill, and a soft spot, for tackling unsolved crimes. Having lost her own sister to murder at a young age, Tracy has dedicated her career to bringing justice and closure to the families and friends of victims of crime. So when Jenny, a former police academy classmate and protégé, asks Tracy to help solve a cold case that involves the suspicious suicide of a Native American high school girl forty years earlier, Tracy agrees.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Incredible Story, Smart Police Procedural"
    "Dull"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I felt like I was rereading the first book. Does Dugoni not have anything new to say about Tracy Crosswhite? She hasn't been able to grow or develop as a person in three books?


    What could Robert Dugoni have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Develop his characters and quit retelling the same story


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was fine.


    What character would you cut from In the Clearing?

    I would have eliminated the flashbacks to Buzz Almond's investigation. I found it to be very unnecessary and distracting. Tracy Crosswhite did not have access to his perspective, beyond the case file, so why would it make sense for us to have it?


    Any additional comments?

    It took a very long time to tell a very short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Final Breath: The Tracy Crosswhite Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4373)
    Performance
    (3885)
    Story
    (3870)

    Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister's killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhite, suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she is charged with bringing the murderer to justice.

    The Whole Truth says: "Suspenseful, with an admirable protagonist"
    "Not as good as the first"
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    What disappointed you about Her Final Breath?

    It took a long time to tell and it didn't need to refer to the first book so much. If one is reading the second book in a series, the writer should assume the reader has read the first book. If most of the first book is in the second book again, there's no point in it.


    What could Robert Dugoni have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less repetition and more focus to the main plot line.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Her Final Breath?

    I would have deleted Tracy's stalker as it detracted from the story...it was not a plot twist...it was annoying and took away from the serial killer plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending sequences with the Cowboy serial killer were actually interesting. I wish more of the book had been written that way .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9486)
    Performance
    (8409)
    Story
    (8394)

    Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

    Tania S Dawson says: "A sister never gives up"
    "It was okay"
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    What did you like best about My Sister's Grave? What did you like least?

    It was alright, but it took a lot longer to tell then needed. There were parts which were repetitive.


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

    I listened to the seventh canon. I liked that story better than this one, but I think it is because the characters were a little more interesting and engaging.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith?

    yes


    Was My Sister's Grave worth the listening time?

    It wasn't a complete waste of time. I listen to books while I work to drown out a noisy open office environment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Canon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Dugoni
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1932)

    In San Francisco's seamy Tenderloin district, a teenage street hustler has been murdered in a shelter for boys. And the dedicated priest who runs the struggling home stands accused. But despite damning evidence that he's a killer - and worse - Father Thomas Martin stands by his innocence. And attorney Peter Donley stands with him.

    kwdayboise (Kim Day) says: "Not worthy of Dugoni"
    "Not Bad"
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    Would you listen to The 7th Canon again? Why?

    probably not, because I didn't feel connected to any of the characters in the story


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

    I have not, but it was interesting enough that I've added the Tracy Crosswhite series to my queue to begin listening. I also participate in Kindle Unlimited, and they are available to read and listen under that program at no additional cost.


    Have you listened to any of James Patrick Cronin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't heard him before, but he is easy to listen to.


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

    No, I spread it out over several days, partly because of meetings.


    Any additional comments?

    The sappy ending scenes in the hospital seemed to detract from the story. The final scenes of the book were predictable.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman on the Orient Express

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lindsay Jayne Ashford
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1658)

    Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can't neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling's first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson - newly married but carrying another man's child - is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair.

    Ruth says: "Very enjoyable "woman on transportation" book"
    "Somewhat bland"
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    Would you try another book from Lindsay Jayne Ashford and/or Justine Eyre?

    Perhaps


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will be listening to Jeff Wheeler's Muirwood series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The narration was fine. The story differed from actual history, which bugged me.


    Was The Woman on the Orient Express worth the listening time?

    It passed time during holiday work lull.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Traitor: The Kingfountain Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1708)
    Story
    (1700)

    Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain - and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action...and Owen's destiny demands that he lead the strike.

    Kindle Customer says: "enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood"
    "Looking forward to next book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The King's Traitor to be better than the print version?

    I thought they were both enjoyable. I listen to books while I work, both in office and at home, but I read paper books and Kindle format books.


    What other book might you compare The King's Traitor to and why?

    The Arthurian Legends


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite character, but I enjoy Ms. Rudd's narration. She gives each character his/her own voice, and her pitch, rate of speech, etc. are pleasant.


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

    When Severn Argentine is deposed, but forgiven by Drew.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next book, which should be available July 2017. Many of the reviews call this a trilogy, but it is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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