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  • Helpless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Daniel Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Nine years after he left Shilo, New Hampshire, former Navy SEAL Tom Hawkins has moved back. It’s not an auspicious homecoming. Tom has returned to raise his teenage daughter, Jill, following the murder of his ex-wife, Kelly. Despite Tom’s efforts to stay close to Jill by coaching her high school soccer team, Kelly’s bitterness fractured their relationship. But together, they are on the mend, and life in Shilo is starting to shape up into something approaching normal. Normal doesn’t last long. Shilo’s police sergeant makes it clear that Tom is his chief suspect in Kelly’s death.

    Amazon Customer says: "Compelling, captivating"
    "Compelling, captivating"
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    What did you love best about Helpless?

    Good plot and storyline. Characters are well developed. Storyline is easy to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Helpless?

    When one of the main characters was murdered, something I did not see coming.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Phil Gigante?

    Maybe not. The narration would have been much better if Phil Gigante did not read the female parts in a falsetto voice. It made all the female characters seem like transvestites. It was a little comical and more than annoying. However, he did have good infliction of drama when drama was needed and urgency when urgency was needed.


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

    Initially no. It started off too slowly as the multiple characters were introduced. But halfway through it started to become very addicting.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first experience with an audio book. I chose this author because he is a resident of New Hampshire as am I. But I will read his novels again. He is a very compelling writer and, because of the setting of the novel, I had great a visual concept of the events. There were some large holes in the storyline but I think some of that was intentional as though to draw your attention to other possible conclusions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (2370)
    Story
    (2374)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Mystery Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "And the King lives on"
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    Joyland -the title alone is ambiguous enough to wonder what the King of horror would put behind it. It is a wonderful tale that encompasses so many genres of literature, a little whodunit, a little sultry, some supernatural and a touch sentiment. The characters are so complete in description and the narration by Michael Kelly rounds them out so well that they are like family. You don't have to be in the carny world to say "Oh I know someone just like ...", well, you pick the character to complete that sentence.
    The main character is Devin Jones, a young man who is just manly enough for the male readers but soft enough for the females. And that isn't the only balancing act. The plot flips from a let's catch the killer crime novel to a story about his relationship with a cougar Mom and her handicapped child. If this sounds corny it's only because I'm not the writer that Stephen King is.
    Its been a while since I've read a Stephen King novel and for what its worth, I've already uploaded another of his more recent works.
    Stephen King may have once been the master of horror. Now he's just the master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (275)

    PECCAVI. The Latin word is scrawled in blood at the scene of a young woman's brutal murder: I HAVE SINNED. It's a chilling Christmas greeting for Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and Detective Jane Rizzoli, who swiftly link the victim to controversial celebrity psychiatrist Joyce O'Donnell, Jane's professional nemesis and member of a sinister cabal called the Mephisto Club.

    Ramona says: "Must Read"
    "Not one of my favorites but still entertaining"
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    Sometimes I think that when a novel series becomes a successful TV series the books are doomed. Since Rizzoli & Isles aired I always hear and "see" the actresses that portray them on TV and can't seem to get the most out of the novel. In this situation it seems written as a screenplay and not as a novel. The book starts off well but loses it's bite in the middle section. Then the bodies start piling up and I always see that as a bad omen. Really, how many people have to die before the cracker shot team solves the murders. And, in this case, they really don't. The scenario just sort of plays itself out without much help from either main character. I was more interested in Rizzoli's family issues (and I think she was too!) than in the crime itself.

    Still, the character development was very well done and I thought the narration was excellent in spite of what other reviewers though of as a bad Boston accent. The story line, although a little far fetched, was rounded out with the crime at hand and the intertwining of the characters personal lives too.

    I usually love Tess Gerritsen novels. Perhaps they just don't translate well to audio. I will buy the hardbound editions in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (1461)
    Story
    (1479)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Fountainhead-Ayn Rand"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    About the same


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is hard to pick the "best" part of a classic written by one of the 20th century's most acclaimed novelists. But if forced to commit it would have to be that the personality descriptions are so vivid it's like I know these people personally.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many from which to chose but I think it would be the first courtroom scene. Telling more would be giving away too much.


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

    No but I did find it difficult to turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    A classic revisited. I missed so much when it was required reading. Although it takes place in a time span fron the 1920's to the 1940's the values and circumstances still seem relevant today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (935)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Like visiting an old friend"
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    If you could sum up The Deep Blue Good-By in three words, what would they be?

    Original bohemian hero


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Mostly. John McDonald wrote these books in the 60's and not only are the plots still relevant today but so many of the his futuristic sentiments are now fact.


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

    First listen


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

    Yes! There was a line where John McDonald goes on a tirade about banks, credit cards, mortgage, overspending that almost predicts our current financial situation in the United States. I couldn't believe my ears. It was like he saw it coming and no one listened!


    Any additional comments?

    Travis McGee was my first hero. Back in the 60's I read every one of the books in the series. Being able to have them again is a like a blast from the past. I thought they may feel dated 50 years later but not so. They are as fresh as they were then.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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