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Cheri

Oxford, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2913)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (923)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "Probably not the narrator's fault, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is ok, and the narrator's voice is nice; he does a nice job keeping the storyline moving. HOWEVER, the recording is terrible. I have had a difficult time ignoring his swallows, breaths, etc. I'm sure this is probably a recording studios issue, but it doesnot do this book, nor this narrator, any favors. If those kinds of things bother you, don't listen to this. The noises do distract me; a lot of this book is dramatic, and leaves many opportunities for these noises to distract.


    Did Richard Poe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Mr. Poe has a nice voice. Very authoritative.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3291)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1040)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Where Was the Ending????"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cell to be better than the print version?

    n/a


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

    As with most of Stephen King's novels, I lose track of the time when listening, and that was certainly true with this novel. The first half sped by for me, and the second half was moving the same way until it came to an incredibly abrupt end. Mr. King usually finds a way to explain the oddities that have occured in his novels, and the ends feel, well... finished. This one had no ending, except that it was over.


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

    Alice was riveting and easy to connect with because I have a daughter her age. She was brave, scared, and smart in one character.


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

    The Head; it would be a fascinating conversation with an old-school gentleman. His devotion to Jordan, and his understanding of the realities of the situation were touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really surprised by the character of Ray; surprised of his complexity, and of the brillance that was revealed after his death. Well written character!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes of Elisha

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Brandilyn Collins
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The murder was ugly. The killer was sure no one saw him.Someone did. In a horrifying vision, Chelsea Adams has relived the victim's last moments. But who will believe her? Certainly not the police, who must rely on hard evidence. Nor her husband, who barely tolerates Chelsea's newfound Christian faith. Besides, he's about to hire the man who Chelsea is certain is the killer to be a vice president in his company.

    Nyoka says: "I think it really happen's"
    "A Lightweight, For Sure"
    Overall

    Easy reading, but not terribly compelling. There is no suspense, and the characters are not very interesting, either. Oh well :-(

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

    Geri-Ann says: "So Disappointed!"
    "Great Disappointment"
    Overall

    I have listened to many of Jodi Picoult's novels, and a few of them have been very enjoyable (My Sister's Keeper, to name one), but this one was horrible. I would like to think that she was early in her career and hadn't hit her stride yet, but several of the latter novels have left me unimpressed, as well. I don't typically review books, but this was such a waste of a credit, I was compelled to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (543)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Worth the "Listen""
    Overall

    While a bit formulaic, I enjoyed listending to Sing You Home just the same. I can understand why Ms. Picoult might want to try new things in her novels, but in this case, the songs interspersed through the novel were a terrible addition. I scrubbed through them to get to the dialogue, and don't feel like I missed anything. Although I would characterize myself as a conservative, I was not offended by any of the view points made throughout the story. If you believe in conservative Christian values, you won't be offended because the statements and positions taken by this book are the ones we hold, and if Ms. Picoult was trying to paint that in an unflattering light, it didn't offend me. If she was trying to "enlighten" me, then I missed that as well. I came away with a greater longing to see church bring out the best in all of us. The characters were well developed and thoughtful, and I was pleased with the ending, which I didn't quite see coming.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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