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Michelle

Mission Viejo, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 39 purchased in 2014
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  • The Moonstone [Tantor Audio Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (117)

    A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth. When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted.

    Douglas says: "If you liked The Woman In White..."
    "Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love books written from this era in England, and this was a good one. I found his other book, The Woman in White, even better.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4146)
    Performance
    (1439)
    Story
    (1455)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Fun, but strange, as usual for Christopher Moore"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Christopher Moore writes very funny characters, and very funny dialogue. However, his stories sometimes venture too far into the supernatural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (9948)
    Performance
    (9015)
    Story
    (9085)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "I can't wait for Book 3!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a good follow-up to Divergent. This series is almost as good as The Hunger Games, and better than The Maze Runner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Navigating Early

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can't help being drawn to Early, who won't believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war.

    Julie says: "Great Character Study"
    "Nice, but predictable coming of age story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I liked the parallels between Early's made up story and real life. I always like stories about kids in boarding school.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (923)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "so compelling!"
    Overall
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    I couldn't get enough of this book! I added it to my Kindle so that I could read it and listen to it. What an interesting concept.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (873)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "I LOVE this series!"
    Overall
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    Story

    After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I couldn't wait to read Days of Blood and Starlight. Now, I want to go find Laini Taylor and tell her not to do anything else until she finishes the next book! The reader does a great job with the accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1475)
    Story
    (1470)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Cute, but nothing special"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This is a somewhat interesting, but quite predictable story. I learned a bit about Egyptian antiquities and culture in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold Dish: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2399)

    Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

    Dataman says: "Not Your Ordinary Western Novel (Series)"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the premise and the voice. It was an interesting story with a creative setting.

    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
    (15642)
    Performance
    (13874)
    Story
    (13908)

    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!"
    "Riveting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't stop listening to this story! It is a true suspense, with many twists. Even when it ended, I thought that there was going to be more. I was a bit disappointed at the ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (266)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall
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    Jennifer Weiner, as always, has written an interesting book. My only complaint is that The Next Best Thing has elements too similar to some of her other writing, which left me thinking, "Hey, have I already read/listened to this book?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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