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Gayle

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 27 reviews
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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (3530)
    Story
    (3525)

    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!!"
    "IF you love dogs and mysteries, this is your book"
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    This book really hooked me because I am both dog person and mystery lover. The reader was brilliant, always adding to the experience, never overpowering it. The story was both touching and real. The book offers edge of your seat drama, pathos, and clever resolution. The inner voice of the dog was so believable. At one point I had to turn it off (first time ever!) because I was sure the next scene would be a disaster for the dog and I had to prepare myself. See for yourself...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1431)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tight and Engaging -- Reel and Robie are back!"
    "Done with Baldacci"
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    I was overpowered by the readers. The contant shifting of voice distracted me. They were talented readers - no doubt about that - but the attempt to turn this into a stage-type reading was hampered by the way the dialogue was written.
    Meanwhile, the story was choppy and full of flashback references I didn't get (undoubtedy a prior book) , the plot contrived and unbelievable. Bring back "The Camel Club!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Between Love and Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alexandra Lapierre
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    In 1839, after decades of conflict, the Russian army and the Muslims of Chechnya are on the verge of a truce. To prove his commitment to peace, warrior chief Imam Shamil offers a hostage: his son, Jamal Eddin. But once the truce is signed, the Russians spirit Jamal Eddin back to Russia, where Czar Nicholas “adopts” the boy. Immersed in imperial court life, Jamal Eddin matures into the consummate courtier. Still, he maintains his Muslim faith - until he falls in love with a beautiful Russian aristocrat.

    Sarah Bronwyn Somers says: "Don't bother!"
    "I gave up"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Keep a notebook by your listening device for this one. I got so lost in the odd names and the convoluted histories that it became a chore to listen. So I gave up by the 6th chapter. Be warned: lots of details, and many characters, unlikeable as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (1930)
    Story
    (1915)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Disappointing and Confusing"
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    I had a tough time with this book because the variety of timezones and the odd narrations left me having to rewind and wonder if I missed something. The main thing missing, other than the needed continuity in the story, is a plot...This was a story of a family over time, and the timezones jumped around to add to the confusion, and while the setting is unusual, and some of the components are troubling, it really lacked punch and I wound up disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1663)
    Story
    (1658)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Good Plot, but this one needs an editor"
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    I don't think I could have finished this book in print because it is unnecessarily long and many places are simply rehashes of earlier situations. It desperately needed an editor to cut it down by at least a third.
    The reader was terrific, and that's what kept me reading. I don't know what has happened to Nelson DeMille, who is among my favorite authors. This one didn't cut it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10316)
    Performance
    (5589)
    Story
    (5620)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Both fanicful and absorbing"
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    What a tall tale! Yet, how wonderfully done, from the writing to the narrator. It was a delight to get lost in. I am recommending it to all I know, from ages 12 to 100, who love a yarn with a little mystery and much heart.
    The narrator was AWESOME!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15385)
    Performance
    (13636)
    Story
    (13668)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Grabs You, Keeps You, Surprises You!"
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    This one's a keeper. No wonder it's been on the best seller list so long! I was totally hooked, twisted around, compelled to keep listening. The readers were perfect; the story was original, and the writing was exceptional. I was sorry to hear it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1895)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Bill says: "Wanted Man is Wanting ~ And I Want 14 Hours Back"
    "What happened to Lee Child?"
    Overall
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    Good grief...who wrote this? Certainly not one of my favorite authors, Lee Child! This tale is boring, boring, with such a strung out plot that it truly defies believability. The reader drove me nuts, sounding like he had a bad cold through the whole thing as he tried to voice Reacher's broken nose, and there was such an underlying sarcasm in every other voice. There were so many understated cynical voices throughout, It was painful listening, but I bought it so I felt I needed to finish it, hoping all the while that something would happen. It didn't.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6689)
    Performance
    (4670)
    Story
    (4655)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Ante Bellum South from Another Perspective"
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    This was a an entertaining read full of historical tidbits and cultural enlightenment. The readers were spectacular, finding a variety of voices, dialects and tones to portray the many hands on a plantation in the old pre-war South. The story had twists and turns - some predictable, some surprising. The heroines show a side of slave life that readers seldom see in print and their spunk and character gave the story its energy. It was a page turner, one I will certainly read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3844)
    Performance
    (3272)
    Story
    (3270)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Twists and turns in a clever tale"
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    Where does Defending Jacob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Defending Jacob is one of the books I will recommend to others. It was a compelling and unusual story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected plot twists kept my interest and even though foreshadowing kept me thinking ahead, I was still not entirely prepared for the ending. That ending, and a few other places in the book, required a full suspension of my reality filter. Even though some parts lacked believability, it was still a great tale.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He is always entertaining, and has just enough variety in his characters to make them believably distinct.


    Who was the most memorable character of Defending Jacob and why?

    THe dad -- because I could relate to him.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time to read this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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