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Joann

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  • Merry Christmas, Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Stephen Kunken, Cristin Milioti
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (534)

    It's Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who's robbing his church's poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again - a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family.

    Gayle A. Orner says: "Yawn!"
    "Too Short"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Added more to the plot.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    Story was too short and to predictable. Usually James Patterson's books have more plot twists and more to think about and interest you.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    OK. Not Annoying.


    Was Merry Christmas, Alex Cross worth the listening time?

    A good short listen for Christmas time.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the price should have reflected the length of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John Hopkins says: "An original great from Baldacci!"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    I thought I was listening to a Harry Potter book. Didn't make it pass the first four chapters. It's not the David Baldacci you are used to. Strange fantasy characters and setting. Looking to return it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2665)
    Story
    (2648)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "Good Reader/Good Story"
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    Good story line with plenty of twists to keep you interested. The reader could be understood. He had a pleasant voice and did a good job with all the different characters. Recommend to anyone looking for a good mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got You Under My Skin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary Higgins Clark
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    In this suspenseful audiobook from the number-one New York Times best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark, a Manhattan ER doctor is brazenly murdered in front of his young son in a city playground. Five years later, his killer is still at large. Meanwhile his widow, Laurie Moran, is now an award-winning TV producer. Still haunted by her husband's murder, she has been raising their son alone. Laurie and her TV crew have just received the green light to produce a new cold-case series.

    USA Buyer says: "Paimful to listen to!"
    "Good Story/Not a Great Reader"
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    You were kept guessing until the end of the book who committed the crimes. Lots of interesting characters, The reader often used a little person's voice. You couldn't have told the difference between the eight year old and the eighteen year old by her voice. She would often slip into a child's voice when the character was an adult. Her voice is pleasant but I don't like "baby talk" unless it's appropriate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Mishka Shubaly
    • Narrated By Mishka Shubaly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (400)

    Two-time best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope, and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.

    caroline says: "Hysterical telling of the dangers of social media"
    "Don't Bother"
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    The story was just pathetic. Sounded like the author was looking for sympathy. Grow up and take responsibility for your stupidity. Get out of your dream world. There was no opportunity for the reader to show any talent. There are really no characters for us to enjoy or to get to know. Look for a better biography to spend your money or credits on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (904)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "F Word"
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    The story was humorous but did not need to hear the F word so often. It did not add anything to the story.
    Instead of only one interview where he came out looking good I would have liked a second one where he didn't look good. It would have made for a more well-rounded story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cross My Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Tom Wopat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (512)

    Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

    Susan says: "Cheap Trick - Shame on Mr. Patterson"
    "Ending Catastrophe"
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    I just spent almost 10 hours listening to a book with the MOST AWFUL ending. James Patterson does not need to leave you wanting more. Any of his faithful readers would read the next Alex Cross book even with the unresolved ending of this book. I felt robbed! So if you have a spare 10 hours to devote to this book, listen to it now. If your time is more valuable, wait till the next book comes out and listen to it them.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1426)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1288)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Another Entertaining Eve Dallas Book"
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    This narrator is my FAVORITE reader. I have friends and family who read this series and I tell them they are missing so much. When Susan portrays Roarke or Peabody it is truly classic. I love the irish brogue of Roarke and his family. This story brought many of the former characters together that we remember and love. I'm not sure that a newcomer would enjoy the story as much. But for the loyal fans this was a Thanksgiving treasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine — with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace — safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares.

    Michael says: "Knootz-lite"
    "Mystical Not A Mystery"
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    This was not a mystery, as I thought it would be from the summary. It was more about the mystery of witches and sacrifices and magic. The narrator was breathy and affected. I was glad it was short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4107)
    Performance
    (3661)
    Story
    (3659)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    Enjoyed the story and the way it's told from different characters point of view - including the dog. Only complaint it wrapped up too quickly. I was stilll ready for more story but the book was done. Focusing on different guard dogs might make a very interesting series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trickster's Point: A Cork O'Connor Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger has won numerous accolades for his books, including the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. In Trickster’s Point, the 12th suspenseful installment in Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series, Cork is framed for the murder of Minnesota’s first Native American governor-elect, Jubal Little. As Cork fights to clear his name and uncover the truth, he discovers that events from his own past may hold the key to the real killer’s identity.

    C. Telfair says: "I'm Just Saying..."
    "Tiresome"
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    All the flashbacks got tiresome. Very little of the story is set in the "present". If you've read the entire series (which we have) probably a 1/4 of the story was redundebt. Another 1/2 were stories from his boyhood or being in high school. The present story line was good but there wasn't enough. It was a small part of the story but having one of the characters being from my hometown (Red Wing, MN) was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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