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DeShanda

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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (315)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Suspenseful!"
    Overall
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    Where does No Second Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love listening to the narrator Scott Brick. His performance keeps me on the edge of my seat.


    What other book might you compare No Second Chance to and why?

    The Millionaires


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Look

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.

    Dennis says: "Just Shoot Me"
    "Confusing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story was confusing. Too many characters


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    Not sure, but the other story by Coben were more interesting.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Scott Brick is a better narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I was ready for the end. I listened only because I paid for the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7895)
    Performance
    (7119)
    Story
    (7116)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Kept me guessing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sycamore Row to be better than the print version?

    About the same


    What other book might you compare Sycamore Row to and why?

    A case of redemption. Miracle cure. Because I couldn't figure out the reason for the crime


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

    The voices makes each character more visible


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

    Remember the past


    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy books by John Grisham

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Hank Phillippi Ryan
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting young women. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected….

    Amazon Customer says: "Badly Flawed Production Ruined it For Me"
    "Confusing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Other Woman better?

    Maybe a better narrator


    What could Hank Phillippi Ryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Better narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ilyana Kadushin’s performances?

    NO


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

    Anger that I wasted money of it


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator sounds like this is the first time reading the book. Performance was boring

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (445)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Strout and/or Cassandra Campbell?

    NO


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Strout again?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cassandra Campbell’s performances?

    NO


    What character would you cut from The Burgess Boys?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    The story was confussing & slow. The voice of the narrator was boring. The different accents were just bad.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tonight I Said Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (414)

    Investigator Wayne Weston is found dead of an apparent suicide in his home in an upscale Cleveland suburb, and his wife and six-year-old daughter are missing. Weston’s father insists that private investigators Lincoln Perry and Joe Pritchard take the case to exonerate his son and find his granddaughter and daughter-in-law. As they begin to work, they discover there is much more to the situation than has been described in the prevalent media reports.

    Eric says: "Just could not get this engine to rev...."
    "Interesting"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Tonight I Said Goodbye the most enjoyable?

    It was a good plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kept you guessing who the killer was


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

    His voice grabs your attention


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pallbearers: A Shane Scully Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Abandoned by his parents as an infant, Scully was reared in an orphanage, Huntington House. The only positive thing in his young life was the attention of the Home’s director, Walter “Pop” Dix. Pop, an avid surfer, would take a small group of kids for early morning surfing. He was the father none of them ever had. That was 30 years ago. Now, Shane is forced to revisit these memories when Pop is found dead, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast.

    Paul says: "Cannell's best (so far)"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listen to this book while walking the track. It was interesting but it didn't make me pause while walking like some of Cannell's other books.


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

    The character Shane just wasn't as interesting


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott's performance is always great! He's the reason I chose to listen to this book


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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