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Jaime

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  • Let Me Go: Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chelsea Cain
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    With escaped serial killer Gretchen Lowell on the loose, a murder investigation demanding his attention, and journalist Susan Ward showing up at his apartment, it’s going to be a long weekend for Archie Sheridan. Soon Archie finds himself crashing a masked ball thrown by Jack Reynolds, a notorious drug kingpin. By morning, Archie is back on pain killers, a guest is dead and Archie quickly realizes that little is what it seems. One thing is clear: Gretchen is back, and Archie’s nemesis and sometimes lover has something special in mind.

    Catherine J. Pondozzi says: "Unhooked"
    "Not For the Faint of Heart"
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    If you could sum up Let Me Go in three words, what would they be?

    Really screwed up!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Archie seems to be growing on me more and maybe it's because he's showing more emotion. The flash back scenes were nice to have, and explained a lot about this complex man.


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

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I found I needed to take a break from it. Some parts were just a bit much and I usually like screwed up and twisted books.


    Any additional comments?

    It's good, just really super twisted:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skeletons in the Closet: The Misadventures of the Laundry Hag, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jennifer L. Hart
    • Narrated By Suzanne Cerreta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Maggie Phillips hasn't had it easy. As the wife of retired Navy SEAL, and the adoptive mother of two little hellions, Maggie is constantly looking for ways to improve her family's financial situation. She accepts a cleaning position for her new neighbors (who redefine the term eccentric), never imagining she will end up as the sole alibi for a man with a fascination for medieval torture devices when he is brought up on murder charges.

    Gaele says: "particular brand of crazy that is wholly engaging"
    "Honest Character"
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    If you could sum up Skeletons in the Closet in three words, what would they be?

    Real life mom. There are so many books about mothers that are out of touch, but this one is brilliant, funny with just the right amount of mystery!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skeletons in the Closet?

    I can't pick just one, but maybe if I had to it would be the "fight" scene that lands the main character in jail.


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

    I thought that the accent would bug me, but it didn't. Quite the opposite actually. It actually made the character so much more endearing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book really made me laugh, I could see so much of myself in her.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, easy listen and fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sister: Riley MacPherson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (315)

    In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?

    Patti Fulmer says: "Excellent story line"
    "Good Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but I would caution that it might drag in certain parts. It was frustrating as a listener to know what had happened and still waiting three hours for the main character to catch on.


    What other book might you compare The Silent Sister to and why?

    I'm not sure. It sort of reminded me a bit of the V.C. Andrews books I read as a child.


    Did Susan Bennett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I suppose. There were a few times when her voice grated. Mainly during parts where the character was becoming emotional.


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

    When Celia finally told Riley the truth about everything, that was an honest moment and rewarding as a listener. I knew what the truth was about five hours prior.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, but for me a bit predictable. Still the characters were complex and very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Crossroad: A Novel of Midnight Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Rocky Start but Good Mystery"
    "Surprising Gem"
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    What made the experience of listening to Midnight Crossroad the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing all the characters speak and found them all very entertaining. I was surprised, as reviews on this book had been mixed, which is why I put off buying it. However, I really loved it.


    What other book might you compare Midnight Crossroad to and why?

    This book reminds me a bit of the True Blood show, not so much the books she wrote. The characters are all sorts of twisted, but still somehow likable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene in the pawn shop where two of the characters get creative in resolving a problem for Bobo.


    If you could take any character from Midnight Crossroad out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Fiji hands down! She such a riot and a witch, what's not to like?


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly I really loved this book and was sad when it ended. I have to say I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. It is more comparable to the True Blood TV show, rather than the books it's based on....so, if you like the show, you might like this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1362)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Jonathan says: "Would I let (ok, want) my daughter to marry a ..."
    "Good Read"
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    What did you love best about Better Homes and Hauntings?

    I loved the conversations and quick wit the characters shared. Everything was pretty fast paced, but still enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Dotty, because she was kind of the third wheel in the story. She had a lot of the funnier lines too.


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

    I love her sarcastic tone! There are so many lines that might have fallen flat had I just read the book.


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

    A Deadly Fixer Upper.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book! Downloaded the free preview and liked it enough to buy the whole book. Super fun, suspenseful and totally worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Try to Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Holly Brown
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Angela Goethals, James Fouhey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    When a 14-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her - launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl. Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

    Kate says: "Tedious Melodrama"
    "Meh..."
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    Would you try another book from Holly Brown and/or the narrators?

    I'm not sure I'd buy a book from Brown, but I might from the narrators.


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

    The use of technology in the story was good, however everything else was lacking.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Engaging, emotional, entertaining.


    Was Don't Try to Find Me worth the listening time?

    No. I'm really sadden by this story. It was suggested to me because I liked Gone Girl, however this is nothing like it. I found it very hard to connect with the characters, and I have never known a young teenage girl to speak in such a tone as the one in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been a good story, however it was weighed down by too much psycho babble. Characters are not very likable and very hard to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1316)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Get Off the Pot!"
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    What did you like best about Top Secret Twenty-One? What did you like least?

    I have loved this series for years, but I have to admit that Stephanie and her constant yo-yo-ing between Morelli and Ranger is getting old. I loved Stephanie's relationship with her friends and family, but Morelli is really starting to bug me. I would really like to see a total shift in the story and see Stephanie officially involved with Ranger. The series needs some spice and to shake it up!


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich’s story?

    I'm disappointed in the relationship between Morelli and Stephanie. I feel like it's just in a holding pattern and Morelli's personality has been bugging me. Again, I'd love to see Stephanie with Ranger for a while and develop that relationship.


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

    She's great, but she can only work with what she is given.


    Do you think Top Secret Twenty-One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If Evanovich is going to carry on the way she is, then no. However, if she is willing to change things up and put Stephanie with Ranger, then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I've loved this series, but it either needs to end,or Evanovich needs to shift gears when it comes to Stephanie's love life. I've had enough of Morelli to last a lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter People: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer McMahon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (410)

    West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, 19-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary....

    D. says: "Get past the narration of the first chapter"
    "Interesting Story"
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    Would you listen to The Winter People again? Why?

    Yes, I actually might. I feel like there were some things that I missed, as the story kept bouncing back and forth through time and between different characters points of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the overall story. I felt it was original and very different than I thought it would be. I never thought it would end the way it did.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur – was your favorite?

    I liked the characters of Sarah and Ruthie. I thought the voice and pitch on both was excellent.


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

    The sleepers have arisen.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book, but might need to listen to it again, as it is a very busy story. It weaves together two different eras and a host of characters and their points of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Girl Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Babe Walker
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she's never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her "problems" have landed her in shopping rehab - that's what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she's decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she's had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day.

    Kimberly says: "Hysterical"
    "Very Entertaining!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's so light and funny. You need to have a sense of humor in order to fully enjoy this over the top story. The book is very rewarding, an easy, quick listen.


    What other book might you compare White Girl Problems to and why?

    The way it was written kind of reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary, but not the content. Just the diary-esq way it was told. The content is very different.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably Babe losing her virginity. That scene was uncomfortably funny!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed way too much!


    Any additional comments?

    Go into it with a sense of humor. This is not a complicated literary piece. It's a funny and easy listen to make you laugh and get through a boring work day!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anna Godbersen
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (31)

    It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else: to meet her real father.

    Owlgirl says: "Absolutely Fabulous"
    "Awesome Story!"
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    What did you love best about The Blonde?

    I loved how Marilyn was made to be the smart woman I always suspected she was. The public saw a fragile child-like creature, but this story made her out to be something else.


    What other book might you compare The Blonde to and why?

    NA


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

    I loved this narrator. I felt she did an excellent job voicing Marilyn in her trademark baby whisper. That's something that would have been missed just by simply reading the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt a since of sadness at the end of the book. I felt this would have been a great alternative to what was, but who knows? Maybe there is some truth to it!


    Any additional comments?

    I was skeptical when I purchased this book, but I am so glad that I did. I think this might be a book you either love or hate....and I LOVED it. Amazing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Grayson Manor Haunting: Addison Lockhart Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cheryl Bradshaw
    • Narrated By Nikki Devitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Addison Lockhart inherits Grayson Manor after her mother's untimely death, she unlocks a secret that's been kept hidden for over 50 years. For Addison, it seems like she's finally found the house of her dreams...until the spirit of Roxanne "Roxy" Rafferty comes to call. Who is Roxanne, why is she haunting Grayson Manor, and how will Addison's connection reveal a key to her own past that she thought no longer existed?

    Jaime says: "Good Story, Horrible Narrator"
    "Good Story, Horrible Narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Grayson Manor Haunting the most enjoyable?

    Learning how the story was going to end. But the narrator was horrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grayson Manor Haunting?

    Probably the last third of the book was the highlight.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nikki Devitt’s performances?

    No. She ruined the book for me. Her character voice of Luke was terrible!!


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

    ?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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