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Malia Nash

Malia Nash

Hawaii | Member Since 2010

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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (2050)
    Story
    (2063)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Louise says: "Over the Top - and not in a good way"
    "His worst yet"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???


    27 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John S. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.

    c_soul says: "Very gritty & real story of survival!"
    "Truly messed up plot"
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    What disappointed you about Joshua?

    I have never been one for torture and I hate unfairness. This was an extremely unfair book, with no redemption or satisfaction for the reader.


    What was most disappointing about John S. Wilson’s story?

    First rule of creative writing: make the reader care about the characters. Second rule: don't make your readers angry. Third rule: If you must make your readers angry, give them satisfaction. Wilson succeeded with the first, bombed with the last two.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The county fair.


    What character would you cut from Joshua?

    Michael.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had written the man's reply to the woman who was trying to defend Michael, I would have said this: Laws and rules are there for the SURVIVAL of society. I stole so that Joshua and I could survive. Michael told me I had broken the rule of trespassing but that I had been forgiven because of the circumstances and yet even though he knew why we stole, he punished me for a crime that I had committed out there were there was no society and where he had no jurisdiction over. And while I'm at it, where did you guys get YOUR food and guns? Your medical equipment? Did you buy it from the government or did you just take it?

    I am leaving because of Joshua, because one day he is going to break a rule that someone decides needs punishing. I need Joshua to learn and understand rules that don't change on a whim of whomever is in power.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "An overused storyline"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who read the first 2 and didn't mind an ending with no surprises.


    What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She should have worked on a better ending, something that hadn't been done a thousand times before. I would have also liked a real connection between the 3 ladies and their burdens.


    What three words best describe Dan John Miller’s performance?

    Suitable, easy switch between female and male tones.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Pagan Stone?

    Everything between Gage and Cybil. There was just nothing between them or from them to reader. I found the whole thing boring and if I had not invested time with the first 2 books I wouldn't have continued on to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    The pairing of men to women was rather silly and so predictable. I really wished they all could have remained friends with love blooming slowly and with great reluctance. Perhaps if they had changed attractions between couples between books and back again or one loving but the other not returning that love. I don't know, something that would make the whole couple thing more realistic.

    I also wished Nora would have taken a page out of other horror talents. Ever notice how most successful books begin with children doing ordinary things? It is a trick authors to get the reader to recognize and accept the world being shown so when the scary stuff happens, the reader believes.

    Nora started right but STOPPED right after the big bang. If she had taken the story to weeks after the first incident so that the reader would get into it and root for the boys and then jump to the first 7 years when it was starting all over again. THEN jump another 14 years, the reader would have been invested in the storyline.

    Going back and "telling" what happened seems like it happened to someone other than the boys and the reader no longer has a vested interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2413)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2030)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "A good idea that didn't quite deliver"
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    The biggest problem I had with this book was that I was expecting Shep to be the equalizer and get the bad guys back, a sort of "now you're gonna find out what fear is". Instead Michael didn't really seem to need him.

    And the whole reason behind the terror was kind of lame and unbelievable.

    But I liked the going back in time and how the relationship with Shep came into being.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (295)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Good characterization"
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    I loved the characters as children; true to nature of boys of 10, yet not stereotypical. I didn't care for how there just happens to be one gal for each guy when they got older nor that it took 21 years for them to get serious relationships.

    Some parts dragged on far longer than it should have, but in all, it was fairly good reading. I am buying the rest of the set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban family, headed off to college next year with hopes and dreams. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst. Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who investigates.

    Malia Nash says: "Caught me"
    "Caught me"
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    I truly hated/loved this book. It was the first mystery I can remember where I just had to skip to the end to find out who did what, when and how. I loved everyone even the so called pedophile which I KNEW was innocent--right? I rooted for the broken hearted father who killed the bad guy because the guy was a pedophile and we all hate pedophiles, but then I thought what if the guy was set up and was not a pedophile, so maybe the vigilante didn't really kill him--huh? I was on the side of the cheesy tabloid "reporter" whose "caught ya" journalism I hate in real life.

    By the fifth chapter, I HAD to stop and check out the end to confirm that my values had not changed--and the bad guys really was good and how and why they pulled it off.

    Doing so ruined the book for me because I just couldn't go back and subject myself to more disorientating emotions toward people that if they knew what I knew wouldn't act the way they do...even though I knew that they were acting perfectly normal for the information they had at the section of the book.

    Confusing, yeah, now you know how I felt.

    One of the truly best mysteries for someone who ALWAYS knows who done it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (840)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    Michael says: "Not his best, plus annoying sound effects"
    "Much better"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of First Family to be better than the print version?

    Have no idea, haven't read the printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike the last 2 of this series where only the end was interesting, this got me from the get go. I really like that both protagonist were much more likeable and did less stupid things; I can't stand when the main characters do things that get you screaming "Oh, don't be an idiot!"

    But I especially LOVED how the bad guy was so for real that while the reader doesn't condone what he did, they do manage to love/hate him in the end. I even cried at the end because I completely got how much he loved his daughter--and how he could be angry with God.


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

    His accents are pitch perfect; I really like how easy he makes the Southern drawl sound and kinda sexy. And his female voices are spot on, very believable!


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

    Oh yes, when Tippy died. I felt a father's heart break.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish David had done as well with the 2nd and 3rd. Oh well, he did enough to keep me on the series. Normally if I have difficulty staying with a novel, I move on, even if I spent a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hour Game

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (702)

    A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist, and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer's motives or who the next victim will be.

    Patricia says: "Disappointing"
    "I just don't care"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with a lot of patience. Someone who can care about characters who appear to not care about each other.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    David's weak point is that he makes no effort to get his reader to understand the bad guy. No, he shouldn't try to excuse the guy's action but if he had tried to explain the bad guy's thinking, it would have really spooked out the reader.I also would have liked less Sean worship from all the women; it didn't lend warmth toward the main protagonist. I'm not particularly liking Michelle either; she not only joins the other women in wanting to bed Sean, where is the kick butt ex-agent with the great brain we loved in the first book?


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

    Sadly I can't remember anyone other than the main people--and as I said, I am starting not to like them much.


    What character would you cut from Hour Game?

    all.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the darn thing. I keep having to relisten--and it wasn't because I wanted to hear it again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1553)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Credit worthy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book yes. The characters were rich and varied. David must have a great relationship with his wife because his females are strong but not witchy. Both ladies were cool and strong in their own way without being offensive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the females are treated: real and with respect.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Nice easy diction. I didn't feel I had to listen carefully.


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

    Two of America's best agents careers ruined in a split second.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that was annoying was how all the women were attracted to Sean. Yeah, right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2234)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2063)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "A Twilight for adults-sort of"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If they had dropped all the sex...come on a virgin and the major vampire.


    What could Jeaniene Frost have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was better than the story


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the powers of the vampire, a little different but when he started to bite her and she let him, sigh.


    Any additional comments?

    Won't be buying more from the writer or the series.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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