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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1820)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1596)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Ok listen"
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    What did you like best about Notorious Nineteen? What did you like least?

    The narrator did a good job with lula's voice. There were some funny lines.
    On the downside, the voice of Stephanie was all wrong and having a female do the male voices just ruined the story. A woman saying "Babe" as ranger was unconvincing and detracted from the experience. Should've been two narrators since there are so many male characters.


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

    Change the narrator.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    explained above


    Do you think Notorious Nineteen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the series may have gone everywhere it can. Maybe develop Lula as a character and venture off onto new materia.


    Any additional comments?

    would not pay for this audiobook. Probably OK as a book you read yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fireflies in December

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Erin Valent
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.

    Gail says: "Surprisingly interesting"
    "Surprisingly interesting"
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    Where does Fireflies in December rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the second 20%. There were a few I really loved and this would be right behind those. Definitely would recommend


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perseverance of the family


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

    this was my first - she was excellent!


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

    Probably Otis - just wasn't as well developed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Can't get past the first chapter - ughh"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A decent story and narrator.


    What could Libba Bray have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    ditto


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Libba Bray?

    someone professional


    What character would you cut from Beauty Queens?

    So unmemorable - can't even remember who they were.


    Any additional comments?

    skip this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6951)
    Performance
    (4912)
    Story
    (4901)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "If you liked The Help, you'll love this book!"
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    If you could sum up The Kitchen House in three words, what would they be?

    fascinating, intriging, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Momma Mae has the wisdom that we aspire to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    loved them all but I guess my most memorable would be those that actually took place in the kitchen house.


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

    If you like The Help, you'll love the Kitchen House


    Any additional comments?

    The narration of this book was extraordinary. I'm going to read the book myself and see if I can even come close in my imagination to the wonderful job done by the actors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Tim Cain, Michael Cerveris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (479)

    Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.

    David says: "Double Crossed.. Double Good"
    "Entertaining and interesting"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was just something missing about the character development. I enjoyed the book overall though and would recommend to a friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot twists and turns and the ending were good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending


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

    probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17984)
    Performance
    (15992)
    Story
    (15951)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Wish I could give the narrator six stars!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far my favorite audiobook to date. The story is really good but it's the choice of narrator that makes this work so well. Craig Wasson envelopes the characters in a way that is hard to describe. I now know what the old time stories on the radio must've been like - The characters feel true to life and the settings are portrayed by the writer so that you feel like you are there watching the action. The plot is not new- time travel and JFK assisination. However, mixing these things in a unique way keeps the story fresh and interesting. I am actually only more than halfway done but wanted others to know this one is a good choice!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The scene in the Dunning House - don't want to give anything away but you will know it when you hear it.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Everything~top notch!


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

    Many - I laughed out loud on some of the things from the past and clenched my teeth at the physical abuses. The story really comes to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3566)
    Performance
    (2199)
    Story
    (2190)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Great story, great performance...a real winner!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Poet to be better than the print version?

    never read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the author weaves each character into the story. This story is one that is hard to stop listening to.


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

    The characters are done so well. He has a talent for bringing the book to life. I will look for him as the narrator on other books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17356)
    Performance
    (15457)
    Story
    (15500)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "My first audiobook...thoroughly enjoyed."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Liked the story and development of the story.


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

    Use book while running and it motivated me to get out and run to see what happens next.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't think either narrator was great. Could've been more expressive.


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

    going beneath the surface.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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