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Sharon

Eclectic, veracious reader hardcover,paperback, ebooks, and audible books. Also have an appreciation for many types of prose.

North Miami Beach, FL, United States

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  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (345)

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    David says: "Zombie. Grizzly. Bear."
    "Great ending to a fantastic trilogy"
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    Where does Blackout rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my top ten this year. Surprisingly I was unable to anticipate what would happen next. It kept my interest until the end.


    Which character – as performed by Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

    I just loved Georgia and Shawn. They are the best characters in the trillogy


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

    The truth comes in many fashions.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe this is one of the top 3 series I have read so far. I bought FEED only because it was on sale and was so pleased that I now search all sales for another unusual lucky pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    The List is a technothriller about a group of people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

    Chris says: "Great Listen!"
    "Very clever plot twist. It will blow your mind."
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    I picked this book up because I heard that the author was good in the suspense and horror genres. It turns out to be a real winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraction

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (498)

    From number-one New York Times best-selling authors Preston & Child, an all-new short story featuring Agent Pendergast, available only as an ebook and audio download. In New Orleans' French Quarter, the Tooth Fairy isn't a benevolent sprite who slips money under your pillow at night.... He's a mysterious old recluse who must be appeased with teeth - lest he extract retribution. When young Diogenes Pendergast loses a tooth, however, his skeptical older brother Aloysius is determined to put the legend to the test...with dire consequences.

    Janels says: "Great Pendergast short story, don't use a credit"
    "Very dark fairy tale"
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    The narrator was very appropriate when he was speaking as Agent Pendergast but only mediocre for other characters voices. Story itself was typical for the series. In the end, you finish the story with tons of unanswered questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (660)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "The theme is character development"
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    Great story as well. JD Robb at her best. Ericksen at her best. Love to read & re read over and over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Frank Delaney
    • Narrated By Frank Delaney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Best-selling author Frank Delaney deconstructs the Vampire myth through the ages, and shows us how Stoker’s 1897 novel, one of the most widely read books of all time, heightened the allure of sex, the glamour of blood, and the defeat of death in a way that continues to pulse - and faster than ever - on the page and on the screen.

    Tad Davis says: "Good travel companion"
    "Not exactly what I expected"
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    A historical lac count of how blood was used in ma y pagan rituals in the past. Also, a
    Ok Att ways Bram stoker researched places in the book and e Ben used names of people he new in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (374)

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    ana says: "from a non believer..."
    "Amazing 😘 is there anything Meryl Streep can't do"
    Overall

    This is an intense look at the events surrounding Jesus Christ's death. It is viewed purely by the heart of a loving mother. Meryl captures the intense feelings, tries to analyze how things got so out of hand. I have never read a book by this Author before but i certainly plan to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwing

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    A community in the southwestern United States falls prey to a plague of vampire bats with a virus which compels them to feed on everything in their path. Martin Cruz Smith, author of the best-selling novels, Gorky Park and Polar Star, mixes Indian mythology with virology in this masterful thriller.

    S. Burrows says: "Excellent book."
    "Natures Murders"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The pacing of the book is slow and steady. It needs more tension to increase interest and keep you wanting to turn the preverbal page


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe a preface beforehand about the Indian culture involved, more character development. The characters were a little flat


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good narration but he didn't change the speed an detention often enough


    Was Nightwing worth the listening time?

    Yes, for sure, that's why I was so frustrated by the things I mentioned in the review


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Catcher

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Katsuk, a militant Native American student, has kidnapped 13-year-old David Marshall - the son of the US undersecretary of state. He and his young hostage flee into the deepest wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where they must work together to survive as teams of hunters try to track them. Even as he struggles to escape, David begins to feel a certain amount of respect for his captor. What the boy does not know, however, is that he has been chosen as an innocent from the white world for an ancient sacrifice of vengeance. And Katsuk may be divinely inspired - or simply insane.

    Sharon says: "Mentally challenging"
    "Mentally challenging"
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    What did you love best about Soul Catcher?

    Looked at the challenges different people have when there culture and religion is not shared by the majority of people. Very philosophical and challenging book.


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

    Yes, but not because of the storyline. The need to continue reading is based on the need to uncover your own opinions and compare and contrast them to the authors.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The soul catcher


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

    The ending was extremely moving and touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Herbert is always ahead of his time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Bites: Argeneau Vampires, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (516)

    Etienne Argeneau’s 300 years of bachelorhood were at an end. Either that, or he’d be forever alone. He could only turn one human in his lifetime, and most of his kind created a life mate. If he turned this stranger…. But what choice did he have? He had to help Rachel Garrett. The beautiful coroner had saved his life. To save hers, he would make her immortal.

    A User says: "This is NOT Book 1!"
    "This was a disappointment. I expected more"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    So-so.


    Has Love Bites turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read many other similar books and enjoyed them more than this one


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    The performance was very upbeat and kept me reading. Her narration improved the book in my opinion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (575)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "Cute and cleaver"
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    What made the experience of listening to FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor the most enjoyable?

    It had less filler than the usually series does


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Georgiana


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

    She has a really believable accent it makes you feel like she lives in the context of the boom.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first book in the series and was not impressed with it, that's why I was so surprised that I truly enjoyed the short story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demonologist: The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gerald Brittle
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (595)

    If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

    Cliff says: "Scary fun."
    "Fascinating book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written and narrated. Pinot confusing or melodramatic.


    What about Todd Haberkorn’s performance did you like?

    His voice was easy to listen to but he needs to work on his ability to do female voices . His were not realistic and made the narration a little choppy.


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

    You don't have to believe for it to be real!


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable as fiction or nonfiction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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