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Michele

Northridge, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Unnatural Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (312)

    The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

    Joanna says: "Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator"
    "Very Disappointed"
    Overall

    I purchased this audio book because I have liked reading this author's books in the past, but I couldn't get through the first few chapters of this recorded book. The narrator's style is flat, slow and dull. I even tried moving my ipod to a faster rate of delivery for the book, but it still didn't work for me. I am very disappointed and will not be finishing the book in this recorded format.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14730)
    Performance
    (9121)
    Story
    (8993)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "It will leave you wanting more!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I started this series without too many expectations, but the description sounded interesting and thought I'd give it a try. It was so good I hated when it ended, even though it's a long read. And, I now have all the unabridged books in the series and am looking forward to reading the next and newest book. The narrator is the absolute best for this series. Ms. Porter makes the characters come to life and be some of the most memorable of all time. Definitely well worth a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 24 Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    24 Hours begins with the perfect family...on the perfect day...about to become trapped in the perfect crime.

    Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with his whole life ahead of him. He has a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a young daughter he loves beyond measure.

    Suzn F says: "Exciting Book, so well read"
    "A Surprise read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Even though the synopsis of the book's plot had me thinking it would be predictable if you are a constant reader of "whodunits" and thrillers, the offer of 3 for 2 credits had me hooked to picking a third book. This was the 3rd choice and it turned out to be the best read of the 3. Even though it was a little predictable, it was well performed and had some exciting twists that keeps you involved in the plot and the characters. Overall, it was very entertaining and that's just what I became a recorded book reader for...entertainment and the ability to do every day menial tasks while keeping my mind busy and entertained! This book will do that for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Delightful Entertainment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Easy to fall in love with these characters. Sometimes you get anxious, as with any mystery whodunit and sometimes it's just laugh out loud funny, as well as heart warming. I was so delighted with the story and the great performance by Mr. Frangione that i've purchased the next four titles. I'm happy that they are now in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb: Shadow Wranglers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (575)

    The loss of control. The fear of desire. Allie always thought that mysteriously sexy rancher Caleb Johnson wanted her as much as she wanted him. But since he never acted on it, she was ready to admit defeat. Until the night she was attacked by a vicious wolf, only to be rescued by another. In the triumphant, bloodied male, there was something Allie recognized---the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. Her savior was Caleb.

    Michele says: "Wasted a credit!"
    "Wasted a credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Usually there is a story or plot along with some bedroom activities, just to add a little more exotic interest. But, nearing the end of the first half of the book, I realized there is an abundance of bedroom gymnastics, but a total lack of interesting plot or even an interesting character. I won't be finishing this one.

    The narrator tries to do a good job with her part, but it's not her fault that there is nothing but junk to read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5436)
    Performance
    (5017)
    Story
    (5008)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "This is #4, PLEASE say there will be more!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sometimes I take a chance on a first book that I know is a series and knowing that if I like the first, my decisions about what to buy next will be so very simple. The first in this series by this author is "Hounded" and after the first listen, I was hooked. I've just finished the fourth in the series and can't wait for the next installment. This is pure fantasy and if you like character development like I do, especially in this case, being a dog lover myself, you'll love the Druid's Russian Wolfhound. His character and their interaction is enchanting and totally lovable. In quite a few of the interactions, I found myself laughing out loud, which doesn't happen too often in fantasy novels. The narrator does a superb job on his voices and the emotional qualities that he imparts to the characters. Just all in all a fun, fun read (listen).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3967)
    Performance
    (3495)
    Story
    (3487)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Thankful for the unabridged version"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story, history, and depth of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It's joyful, heartbreaking, thought provoking and pure entertainment.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter is a marverlous narrator. Not only does she perform each part with the ability to define each one, she imparts a wonderful emotion with her voice. I think I'd listen to anything she narrates!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook is a great way to spend a credit if you enjoy a great tale told very well!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4474)
    Performance
    (3267)
    Story
    (3285)

    In Chicago, someone has been killing practitioners of magic, those incapable of becoming full-fledged wizards. Shockingly, all the evidence points to Harry Dresden's half brother, Thomas, as the murderer. Determined to clear his sibling's name, Harry uncovers a conspiracy within the White Council of Wizards that threatens not only him, but his nearest and dearest, too.

    Donna says: "Intrigue in The White Court"
    "Review at nine!"
    Overall

    When I purchased the first in the Desden Files series, it was a special offer, so I thought I'd give it a try. I just finished listening to Book #9 and purchased the 10th and can't wait to hear it. I can't believe that I waited until Book 9 to write a review, but now I want to let everyone know how delightful the series has become. The entire series continues to develop the character of Harry and adds new and interesting characters all the time, while keeping the plots exciting and moving right along. The narration has also gotten better with each book and Mr. Marsters creates just the right enviornment for the characters to develop and grow on you. This is pure entertainment if you enjoy fantasy and the exploration of human nature

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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