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Lisa

I love to shop & listen to audio bks

dudley, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 18 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 269 titles in library
  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • Perfect Match

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Susan Bennett, Michele O. Medlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.

    Deborah says: "Not her best"
    "Perfect Match was worth the credit"
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    I think by listening to the Storyteller first is what made me give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was quite as good as Storyteller but it was a good listen. Jodi Picoult is consistent in her writing and I feel it was worth the credit used to obtain this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (959)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Wish it didn't end!"
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    I don't know why I absolutely enjoyed this story so much - maybe b/c it brought me back to high-school days or maybe its b/c John Green did such an incredible job making his characters so real, the reader could relate to each and every one. The narrators were both fantastic and actually I searched for more books read by each. This book is a typical John Green novel and it was worth the credit and more. The storyline about a straight and a gay HS boy was genius - and quite honestly, esp today (I would know seeing how my daughter is in show choir and has many gay friends) coming out as a HS boy is tough and JG portrayed it perfectly in his novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson. My Favorite character other than the gay WG, was def. Tiny Cooper!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Losing Hope: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

    Jordy says: "This book was an example of pure perfection!"
    "Kirby Heyborne MAKES this book 5 stars!"
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    I read the first novel, Hopeless, and thought OK. Good narration, good story-line. The only reason I bought the second book was b/c of Kirby Heyborne being the narrator. He absolutely made me LOVE both these books now. The author writing both novels from the point of view of the girl and the guy was genius. We the reader got to be inside both parties' heads and it was obviously different in each book, yet the storyline remained constant. If you every read Gone Girl, (which BTW Kirby also narrated), its on the same lines as that. The story was realistic but sad. Worth the credit to my ears....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (545)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Good, but certainly not The Sea of Tranquility"
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    I looked for a book similar to The Sea of Tranquility and this one kept popping up. Thus I purchased it. While the other portion of this book read by Kirby Heyborne (Losing Hope) maybe better I am just not sure it can top TSOT! It had the same characters in a way so I am happy I did listen to it. If you are looking for a teen love story with a little twist, then this is it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7147)
    Performance
    (6623)
    Story
    (6640)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Great "catch-up" of little Danny T from Shinning"
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    I think SK did a fabulous job showing how a little boy named Danny Torrence grew up after going thru the Overlook ordeal and working with whatever outcome he had to work with throughout his adult life. That part was realistic, esp AA. The other part of the story just added to SK's imagination and kept us readers interested in mind telepathy as well as ghosts even coming from the old story the Shinning, As SK even admits at the end of his novel, sometimes a sequel (most times) cannot compare to the original, this one came pretty darn close. Worth the credit and more....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Jennifer says: "There is NOTHING wrong with this book"
    "Soooo sad the book came to an end...."
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    This book absolutely stole my heart and my feelings....the author did a fabulous job with going between the main female and male characters. For a debut, Ms. Millay was a natural. While the book itself was nothing like Gone Girl, the set-up was. The reason I even picked this book was b/c of Kirby Heyborne. He is an excellent narrator / actor. Candace Thaxton complimented her role and played it with equal greatness. This book earned every star possible and then some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3472)
    Performance
    (3144)
    Story
    (3167)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Facts about women's prison I never knew!"
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    I am currently watching the Netflix series of this show & while it does match some of the details from the book, I have found that I enjoyed the book more than the show. Don't get me wrong - I can't wait to watch every episode but its a little different & I'm sure it has to do with ratings. The book was well written & gave explicit details into the life of a women prisoner. Extremely interesting. & well narrated. Worth the credit & if you have Netflix I recommend watching the series as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1621)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Kathy says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "Main characters were so well developed"
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    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. Kirby H is one of my favorite narrators & he did not disappoint. The author developed both main characters to the point that in each case I felt an overwhelming need to sympathize with them. The details of their lives were so realistic - it made the book one of my favorites this year. There was no "mystery" or "thriller" - it was just believable regular people with problems one could relate to. Hopefully we see more of Liz Moore in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5182)
    Performance
    (1877)
    Story
    (1867)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Narrator John Slattery is the best!"
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    I enjoyed this book seeing how I am quite familiar with Longboat Key and Ann Maria Island as well as Cortez Rd. I live in MA but my parents live on Longboat Key so it was fascinating listening to this book based on the location. The story itself was a little slow but in the end I was happy to listen to John Slattery (Mad Men actor) throughout the listen. Give the story a chance to get going. Its not a typical SK novel where someone is dead in the 1st chapter....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Will make me look at lost children postcards!"
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    Overall very realistic, working single Mom who makes up her mind to do the right thing after she investigates the potential that her child may be the one on the missing child post-card. I like the twist at the end which I won't say so I don't give it away but it was worth the credit. Plus Mary Stuart Masterson did a great job with the acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7610)
    Performance
    (6629)
    Story
    (6620)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "As the Title suggests...its about a witness"
    Overall
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    The witness is a genius who at a young age witnesses something tragic but from there on in prevails above all - which is why I gave it 3 stars. There was no "wondering" if she would find trouble or be in any trouble....I always felt like she would overcome anything that got in her way which is how the author may have wanted it but I guess after listening to so many Stephen King novels where the characters are faced with adversity and don't live to talk about it I was expecting a little more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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