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Maura

Falls Church, VA, United States

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  • Fireproof: A Maggie O’Dell Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alex Kava
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When an abandoned warehouse in Washington, D.C., bursts into flames on a cold winter night, the first investigators on the scene instantly spot similarities to a string of recent fires in the area. There is one difference, however: This one has a human casualty. The local team insists the murder is an isolated incident, concluding that the culprit must be a bored young man suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out anger and sexual aggression. But when Special Agent Maggie O’Dell is called in, everything she sees indicates that this is the work of a dangerous and calculating criminal.

    Maura says: "Abrupt ending - it's like half a book"
    "Abrupt ending - it's like half a book"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would read it because I've been enjoying the entire series, but I would not recommend it as a standalone book. The ending leaves the reader completely hanging, waiting for the next book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I really like the character of Maggie O'Dell and was hoping to see a lot of character development in this installment of the series, but the book feels really incomplete to me. Kava starts many storylines that she just leaves hanging, and the one that does get tied up (the identity of the arsonist) is done completely abruptly and for no explicable reason through an unexpected confession by the perpetrator.


    Was Fireproof worth the listening time?

    I couldn't believe when the music started playing to indicate that the novel had ended. It felt like we were barely 3/4 of the way through a story arc. One storyline was wrapped up abruptly and for no reason, almost as if Kava had a deadline or the publisher arbitrarily decided to split the book in two. So, it was worth the listening time, but I expected five more hours when it came to an end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6331)
    Performance
    (5561)
    Story
    (5580)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Just listened a second time"
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    I loved Molly and Vivian so much and got so emotionally involved with Vivian's story, I wish there could be a sequel! The performance was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Cold Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (865)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (744)

    Dana Nolan was a promising young TV reporter until she was kidnapped by a notorious serial killer. A year has passed since she defeated her attacker, but Dana is still physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by her ordeal, with aftereffects including PTSD and memory loss. In an attempt to put herself back together after surviving the unthinkable, Dana returns to her hometown. But it doesn't provide the comfort she expects.

    John S says: "Riveting Story Well Narrated"
    "Classic Tami Hoag, a good listen"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed the whole novel and didn't know for sure who the killer was until the final hour. There was one big thread and one key character that's seemed to just be dropped, but I still found it an enjoyable and satisfying read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17375)
    Performance
    (14476)
    Story
    (14472)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Gripping all the way!"
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    This is the best thriller I have listened to on Audible for a few years. I enjoyed the development of each of the 3 main first person characters, and the author rewards readers with a killer from among the characters central to the story, rather than throwing a wrench in later. I enjoyed not knowing whose recollections to trust, having to listen
    very closely to figure out who is lying, who is misremembering, and who is lying to herself. I figured out the murderer with a few hours left, but I didn't know how it would end u too the final 10 minutes. Thoroughly enjoyable!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Die Again: Rizzoli & Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (413)

    Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill.

    Bruce says: "Long-Awaited Book Does Not Disappoint"
    "Another great Rizzoli & Isles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought the African Safari setting would really turn me off, but I enjoyed the latest Tess Gerritsen very much. The narrator was excellent as usual. The ending was quite rushed and would have liked more character development with Rizzoli & Isles, but it was a solid,
    fun read. As always I appreciate that this narrator knows how to pronounce Maura!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed: Rosato & DiNunzio, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maria Bello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (240)

    Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that's more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home.

    A. Delaney says: "Good story - awful narration."
    "Annoying narration, weak plot"
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    Performance
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    I love the Rosato & DiNunzio characters, but this book was a total dud. Maria Bello's reading was grating...over-pronouncing words, inflections in strange places, terrible fake Mexican accents. I nearly gave up
    listening out of annoyance numerous times. Judy's lame Nancy Drew
    behavior was just not plausible, nor were the motivations to make her a target of murder plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (838)
    Story
    (847)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Such terrible narration, I can't stand it!"
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    What disappointed you about Cop Town?

    This is the worst narrated book I have ever listened to on Audible, after listening happily to about 50 other titles. Every single sentence has the exact same inflection. I have begun talking like this and my husband threatens to divorce me. It is the worst thing ever. (I am reading these sentences to myself in the inflection of the narrator and I want to stab out my own eyes with a pencil.)


    What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

    I have not at all gotten emotionally invested in any of the characters, 7 hours in. I don't even know if I will finish it. It's hard to know whether that is Slaughter's fault or 100% Early's fault -- since I have loved other Slaughter books, I blame Early.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I honestly don't know how it could be worse, unless she read it in Chinese. At least I wouldn't have wasted 7 hours of my life listening to the Chinese version, though.


    Any additional comments?

    How does this narrator have a job, seriously?

    18 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Longbourn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (473)

    In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

    MP says: "Extraordinary book (even w/o Pride & Prejudice)"
    "Delicious for a huge Austen fan"
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    Where does Longbourn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Longbourn?

    I can't give away spoilers, but Baker brillantly weaves the plot of Pride and Prejudice with the intense character development of the servants, and it is a joy to see all of the layers unfold. I never expected Mr. and Mrs. Hill to be such nuanced, complicated characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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