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Francine

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (598)

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Very disappointing!"
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    I love Baldacci but this one is a bust. Badly narrated, badly edited and just plain boring. I've decided to stop listening to it after a little more than half the book. It's just a waste of time. It sounds like this is a book written a while ago that got dusted off and sent to press. The technology is old (floppy disks, surveillance videotapes, the concept of "snail mail" having to be defined). And the supposedly smart lawyer is completely clueless when it comes to computers. Couldn't Baldacci have revised and modernized his book before submitting it? Does he need money that badly? Too bad...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (830)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Disappointing!"
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    I've read all of Sandford's novels and I'm particularly fond of the Flowers series but not this one. Too many half-developed characters and an implausible story that never grabs you. Good narration though and quite funny at times. I still love you Virgil but leave the international intrigues to Jason Bourne. Minnesota is where the fun is.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (2070)
    Story
    (2052)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    DMT says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "Most anticipated series always"
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    If you could sum up Never Go Back in three words, what would they be?

    Great book. Consistent with the character development and the rest of the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher is of course my favorite character. He's smart, down to earth and resourceful. What's not to like? He's impossibly self-confident but it works for him.


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

    Yes. I think that Dick Hill is a fine narrator and he's definitely at his best with the Jack Reacher series. He is THE voice of Jack Reacher.


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

    I always laugh when I listen to a Jack Reacher story. You can't help it - it's full of humour. My biggest reaction though is: What, already over? I have to wait another year now for a new story? Sigh...


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and the Jack Reacher series is always the most anticipated one. Even after 18 books, the character doesn't get old or repetitive. His character is developing nicely and I always learn something new about him. Every year, I feel like I meet an old friend again for a bit of a journey and I'm always sad to say goodbye!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (696)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Scarpetta no more"
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    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    It's just a boring slow book read in a boring slow way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Hobbit.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Yes.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    That's it. I finally learned my lesson. No more Scarpetta book. This series used to be quite good (I have read all the books, except for the later ones that were just too bad to finish) but I just couldn't finish this one. These books are just not worth my time and credits anymore. The characters are not likeable anymore.


    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
    (16392)
    Performance
    (14567)
    Story
    (14607)

    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!"
    "Did we all read the same book?"
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    This book got rave reviews so I decided to try it. I like this genre and the storyline seemed interesting. I tried and tried to like it but about 2/3 in, I had to stop listening. The whining by the two very uninteresting and unlikeable main characters was soooo annoying. The story was not suspenseful, just long and boring. I'm writing this review to let a prospective buyer beware. I have listened to hundreds of books from Audible and this one, in my humble opinion, is not worth the credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Come Home

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (199)

    Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her - though it is stressful - and her daughter, Megan, is a happily overscheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team. But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer.

    Mary says: "Whining and crying make it impossible to finish"
    "Go home Lisa ... and do some rewrite!"
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    What disappointed you about Come Home?

    I can't stand the whining. I taught my kid not to whine from a very early age - I sure didn't want to pay to hear some other kid whine. I love all of the author's legal thrillers. They are well written and full of humor. I also love her two books of short articles. But I couldn't stand this book and I gave it up after a couple of hours (which I almost never do). If the kids have to cry in that book, mentioning it will suffice. I don't want to hear it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (3492)
    Story
    (3458)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Were we all reading the same book?"
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    So disappointed. I was looking forward to reading this book. I like a long book and the storyline seemed intriguing. It was well written and well narrated but sooooooooooo slow. It should have been 1/4 of its actual length. And the ending!!!!!!! For me, the only great thing in this book was the translation. Superb! As a translator myself, I understand the challenges involved and they were more than surpassed. Add to that the fact that two different people worked on it and the story was still seamless. Extremely impressive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Hat off to the narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel?

    How did Holter Graham narrate this tale without bursting out laughing every few seconds. The story was so so for me, although the idea was quite original, but the narration was awesome!!!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (616)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Bad and boring!"
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    What would have made 77 Shadow Street better?

    This book was so boring that I could not finish it. Usually, Koontz's books, although not amazing books (except for a few select titles), are still fun to read and often really funny. Not this one. After about two hours, I decided that I have beeter things to do with my limited time. Disappointing!


    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space: The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Scottoline Serritella
    • Narrated By Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Scottoline Serritella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Critics and readers loved Lisa Scottoline’s first collection of true-life stories, which only encouraged her—now she’s back with these all-new, exciting adventures. She’s farther down the road now, and the scenery has changed—ex-husbands Thing One and Thing Two are in her rear-view mirror, daughter Francesca has moved into an apartment, and Lisa’s finding the silver lining in her empty nest, which has lots more room for her shoes.

    sandra says: "So touching, funny, wonderful"
    "LOVED THIS BOOK!"
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    Where does My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everyone needs some humor in their life and this book delivers. It's quirky and heart-warming. I bought hard copies of this book and of another one about her next husband being a dog for all my closest friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a collection of articles and everyone was interesting.


    What does Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Scottoline Serritella bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They are excellent narrators and because this is about their life experiences, it sounds honest and true.


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

    Yes, and you can because it's quite short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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